Best Coolers

Insulated coolers can be a lifesaver on hot days when camping, fishing, holding a backyard barbeque, or doing anything else outdoors where refrigeration is not an option. Whether stocked with your favorite soft drinks, beer, water, enough picnic food to feed a small army, or full of ice for mixing drinks, coolers have earned their place in the world of recreation. That said, coolers have come a long way in recent years, with new technology and materials making it possible to keep food and drinks colder (or hotter) for even longer. Still, some models are tried and true and have earned a bandwagon of lifelong proponents and consumers. So, if you're ready to impress at your next shindig, boat trip, or camping expedition, check out some of the best coolers we could find.
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YETI Tundra 45 Cooler

Bear-Proof, Versatile, Long-Lasting Cold

With its extra thick FatWall design, signature Permafrost insulation, and Rotomolded construction, the Yeti Tundra cooler offers unrivaled ice retention, incredible levels of insulation, and near indestructibility.

What We Liked

YETI entered the market relatively recently with bold claims, chunky designs, and previously unseen color options for its coolers, rapidly gaining in popularity. Rightfully so, as YETI coolers, like this 45-liter Tundra model, are tougher, better insulating, and more versatile than pretty much every other cooler on the market. The Tundra weighs 23 pounds when empty, which is heavier than most coolers its size, due to its extra thick FatWall design, pressure-injected Permafrost insulation, and rotomolded core. YETI has put its coolers to the test when it comes to strength, hence the claim that the Tundra cooler is bear-proof. The cooler features YETI's T-Rex heavy-duty rubber latches that, along with its Interlock lid system and Coldlock gasket, ensure the lid stays closed to maintain an optimal temperature inside, even if you're keeping ice in blistering sun or hot food in freezing temperatures. Available in eight colors, there's a YETI Tundra to match every style and décor, as well as your boat, pickup, or RV. Get it here. 

Most Versatile

Coleman 48-Quart Performance Cooler

Three-Day Ice Retention Power

With its 48-quart volume measuring 26 inches by 14 inches by 14.5 inches, this Coleman cooler offers impressive and versatile functionality in a manageable, lightweight package.

What We Liked

The Coleman 48-Quart Performance cooler boasts an impressive three-day ice retention ability at temperatures up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. That means fewer trips to the store or concession stand on week-long camping trips and guaranteed cold drinks on fishing trips and at backyard events. The cooler is large enough to hold 36 standard-sized beer or soda cans and tall enough to keep two-liter bottles upright and surrounded by ice. A leak resistant drain located at the bottom sidewall allows you to easily discard water without having to lift or tilt the cooler. Handles on both sides offer the convenience and ability for a single, able-bodied individual to lift and carry this cooler, even when fully loaded. Buy it now. 

Best Capacity

Igloo Polar Cooler (120-Quart, White)

Holds 188 Cans of Cold Drinks!

With its impressive 188 can capacity and five-day ice retention at 90 degrees Fahrenheit, this is the cooler you want to have at big events, extended camping trips, and anywhere having cold drinks (or food) on demand is paramount.

What We Liked

Weighing a mere 18.2 pounds and measuring approximately 38 inches by 17 inches by 18 inches, this massive cooler can hold a whopping 188 cans, dozens of bottles of water or sports drinks, two-liter bottles, containers of food, or whatever combination of drinks and snacks you need to feed and hydrate a small army or, more likely, your kid's sports team, extended family visits, or neighborhood cook-outs. The cooler uses Igloo's Ultratherm insulation to provide five-day ice retention, dual snap latches to keep the lid secure and temperature optimized, and a threaded drain plug for lift-free draining or hooking up to a dispenser hose. Buy it here. 

Most Portable

OlarHike 40/24 Can Cooler Bag

Leak-Proof, Lightweight & Compact

At just under two pounds with a capacity of 30 liters (8 gallon), this collapsible OlarHike cooler bag provides an impressive level of insulation and leak-free ice retention, allowing you to conveniently carry a variety of drinks and snacks wherever your travels take you.

What We Liked

This impressive cooler bag from OlarHike offers a way to keep drinks and food iced down and cold in a compact, easy-to-carry, and portable vessel. With a 50-pound load capacity, the cooler bag has room for up to 40 cans or 20 water bottles, plus ice. The interior is lined with PEVA foil and padded with eight millimeters of EPE foam, creating an impressive level of ice and temperature retention for a soft-shelled bag. The outside of the bag is waterproof and the inside is leak-proof, meaning whatever you put inside stays cold for up to 12 hours and untouched by the elements. Handles on both sides and the top plus a padded shoulder strap keep it easy to transport and carry for longer distances, making this cooler bag a great option for beach days, hiking, camping, and more. Get it now. 

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