Are you getting ready so going out for some outdoor fun?
Do you have your favorite liquid refreshments to bring along?
How are you going to keep them cool?
Read on and find out how to keep your drinks and beverages cool and refreshing!
How To Find The Best Cooler For you?
Weekends are made for outdoor fun and thrilling activities. Going to the beach, park, or where ever the mood takes you. But, along with the fun comes thirst and to quench that thirst you need to have your favorite beverages with along with you.
That’s what we are going to talk about today in this article. You’re going to see some of the best coolers that we are going to review for you; you can then choose the right one to take with you and your friends and family for your outdoor excitement and all your other activities, whether for fishing, a trip to the zoo, volleyball at the beach, or a backyard barbecue. You’ll find the perfect cooler that’ll fit your needs to keep your drinks cold and refreshing.
When you finish reading this, you’ll know what kind of cooler to get that matches the type of outing you are planning. There’s nothing like a cool drink after playing outside in the warmth and heat of the sun with your friends and family.
What size cooler do you need?
One the first things you need to think about is what kind of cooler do you need. This of course first depends on how many people’s thirsts you have to quench. Coolers today can vary in size from single serving to up 50 cans of beverages.
The smaller coolers can be carried over your shoulder in the form of a tote bag, strapped around your waist or even fitted to your chair. We will be looking at coolers a bit later that fit into all of these categories.
The largest of them come equipped with their own wheels and some have retractable handles that make moving them to where you want them simpler and without undue stress.
Types of coolers:
Elite style coolers cost more as you are paying for fashion and panache, while the ordinary or standard versions you’ve all seen at picnics and outings. Revolutionary types of coolers use high-tech materials that provide a cooling way to transport and hold your drinks and they are lighter and thinner than coolers of days gone by that perhaps your family used when you went out with them and you remember as a child.
What are the top brands?
Many of the top brand names you already know such as Igloo Coleman and of course Rubbermaid, which is very popular in the large discount, MegaMart, or wholesale home centers. But there are other brands that are build brand recognition and a following that is starting to cut into the dominance of the main brand such as Yeti, Pelican, and some others that you may never have heard of, which we will mention later in this article.
However, all of them are of high quality and you can’t go wrong with any of them as we will be looking at only the top end of the market and reviewing them for you today.
Know what the important factors you need to consider in a cooler
When choosing a cooler for your outdoor activities there are some factors you need to consider. Size and quantity of beverages we have touched on briefly. But the first thing you need to think of is quality of the product, which has a direct bearing on the durability of you cooler. It also weighs on and how much fun and usage you will get out of it for the next few years. Will your cooler last years and be passed down to the next generation of your family for a lifetime of use as some have done in the past with some Colman coolers that this reviewer has seen from the 60’s, still in use by some families.
Some of the other critical factors are of Portability, Ease of Use, and how well the Insulation holds up to keeping your beverages cool in the heat of the hot summer’s heat.
We will not be looking at coolers that user external power to keep your beverages cool, as they require either an external source of electricity, Gas generator, or Solar Powered generator like the “Power Cube” to power them. This makes them not so portable and this adds to the cost of your cooler.
We want a cooler that through passive means keeps your drinks cool for as long as possible and we will mention the length of time that they can keep your drinks cold as appropriate.
Let’s look at some of the Best Coolers on the market Today!
Pelican ProGear Elite Marine Deluxe Cooler
- Polyethylene Plastic.
- Freezer Grade Gasket For Extreme Water Tightness.
- Ultra-thick Polyethene Insulation-2″ Thick For Extreme Ice Retention.
- 100% Non-corrosive Stainless Steel Hardware.
- Molded-in Lock Hasp.
Pelican is one of the top brands when it comes to coolers. This one is one of their best, it holds 35 quarts of liquid refreshment for you, and it is rugged and is designed with shipboard use in mind. However, it also is at home in the back of a pickup truck, car or SUV.
So whether you want have a day on the lake, or a weekend out in the woods, to a picnic with your friends or family. Pelican has exactly what you want in quality and endurance.
- Rotomolded Construction makes it armored to the core and virtually indestructible.
- Permafrost - Insulation the stronghold of cold.
- No Sweat - Design keeps it dry on the outside.
- Bearfoot - Non-Slip Feet assures your Tank stays put.
- Doublehaul - Handles are military-grade nylon rope with a heavy-duty textured grip.
This is a heavy duty cooler that can hold up to 45 quarts of your favorite bevies and keep them cool all day. The quality construction of this cooler uses space age materials, which lightens it and prevents condensation from forming on the cooler’s outside surfaces, ensuring a dry surface at all time. The Tundra is made by Yeti a name noted for its quality and durability. This is the perfect cooler for a tailgate party or takes it out on your boat for an afternoon of water fun.
Igloo Island Breeze Maxcold 50 Quart Roller Cooler
- Cool Riser Technology(TM).
- Foamed lid & extra insulation for MaxCold performance.
- Wide grip push-button & locking telescoping handle.
- Oversized soft-ride sport wheels.
- Holds 69 12-oz cans and holds 2 liter bottles upright.
- 50-quart rolling cooler ideal for camping, tailgates, BBQs, and more.
- Cool Riser Technology minimizes contact with the ground.
This is another of the large coolers designed for your next out Barbecue, Outdoor family get-together, or church social. This cooler can take enough cool drinks to handle any outdoor activity you care to name and its rugged design means it will be around for many years of fun in the sun going into the future as well.
Rubbermaid Marine Cooler 150 Quart
- Extra thick insulation keeps ice up to 7 days at 90° F.
- Rugged built-in extra wide handles allow for two handled access.
- Stain and odor resistant, easy-to-clean liner and threaded drain plug.
- Sturdy lid can seat two adults and has a molded in fish scale.
- Built in cup holders fit 12-oz cans and 20-oz bottles.
From Rubbermaid this Mega-Cooler is what you need when you are really going out to have a good time with ALL t=your friends or the entire family is coming by for a cookout or Barbecue. Capable of holding 150 quarts in many different containers of your choice this is the ultimate cooler for taking out on the boat as well, for days of fishing at a time. This cooler will keep your beverages cold for days instead of merely hours as other coolers.
Perfect for that camping trip you've always wanted to take or that week getaway to the cabin by the lake where they haven't heard of electricity or modern conveniences. This is the cooler that can do it.
Qube Cooler 40 Quart
- The Qube Cooler combines an insulated cooler apron with the collapsible Qube Cart.
- Collapses and folds away for easy storage.
- Extra long and durable aluminum handle easily extends and collapses with the push of a button.
- External pockets keep supplies within easy reach, while the insulated cover protects items inside.
- Cart is included.
Here is a cooler designed for heavy use and at a low price. This cooler by Qube is a brand that is new to this reviewer but its features speak for themselves as it has a built-in cart to make move from your vehicle to where the action is and its 48-quart capacity wouldn't all your friends or family down with the quantity or variety of beverages it can hold. This one is great for a pack outing, little league, or soccer games. Your team can refresh themselves during breaks in play.
eBags Crew Cooler II
- Designed specifically for the unique needs of Flight Attendants and Pilots.
- Top dry compartment has two zipper pulls for easy access and is perfect items that do not need to be kept cold.
- Zippered mesh pocket in the lid keeps napkins and other small items in place.
- Bottom cold compartment is insulated on all six sides and has a welded PEVA liner that is replaceable.
- Front tip-out pocket has two zipper pullers for easy access and side pleats to prevent contents from spilling out.
While is one of the best coolers for an Airline flight crew. That does not mean it can't go on a long drive with the family or carry your favorite beverages to a sporting event, Workout at the spa/health club, or outdoor concert. You have a sturdy shoulder strap and twin reinforced carry handles that allow you to carry sport & energy drinks, as well as the standard soft drinks, and other beverages you enjoy. Stylish it can be a fashion accessory as well as it comes in a variety of designer shades that can match your Sports clothing or other apparel you choose to wear.
In closing, we have given you an in-depth introduction to the world of coolers. We have shown you some of the things to look for in your cooler. You have also read reviews on some of the best coolers available on the market by brand names that have been around for years as well as newer companies that are making names for themselves as well.
We have gone the gamut from small single server coolers to giant Mega-Coolers that can keep your beverages cool for days, with a bit of everything in between. You can now choose the right cooler for any activity you choose to pursue in the great outdoors knowing your beverages will remain cold, waiting for you to enjoy.