Best Wheeled Coolers 2018 – Reviews And Top Picks

Wonder what rolling cooler is? Even the name itself speaks for itself “a cooler with wheels”, implying the transfer of the goods in the form of products that need to maintain a stable temperature regime that differs from the temperature outside. Quite often we can hear another interpretation like ice chest, for example. This is the main purpose of this useful device – you can keep some food there, and the cold drink will remain cold (who likes warm beer?). The refrigerator bag will carefully store the products from possible overheating, even in those cases when they were bought in the morning, and in the refrigerator they got only closer to the evening. Some sellers state the shelf-life of frozen products in coolers up to 5 days and do not specify at what ambient temperatures. These statements should be treated with caution, as in the heated products intensively develop pathogenic bacteria. It is known that heat inflows into an isolated chamber directly depend not only on the quality of thermal insulation, but also on the surrounding conditions. So how to choose a really useful wheeled cooler you are going to find out in our buyers guide of the best coolers on the market.

  • YETI Tundra 45 Cooler
  • Rating:
  • Dimensions: Outer: 16,1×15,3×25,7 Inner: 9,3×10,6×18,3 inches
  • Capacity: 28 cans
  • Weight: 23 lbs.
  • Color: Ice Blue, Desert Tan, White, Coral, Charcoal
Name
DIMENSIONS
CAPACITY
WEIGHT
COLOR
Price
Name
DIMENSIONS
CAPACITY
WEIGHT
COLOR
Price
№1
Outer: 16 1/8″ × 15 3/8″ × 25 3/4″; Inner: 9 3/8″ × 10 5/8″ × 18 3/8″ inches;Show More
28 cans
23 lbs.
Ice Blue, Desert Tan, White, Coral, Charcoal;Show More
№2
Outer: 75.3 x 50.8 x 48.9 cm; Inner: 48.3 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm;Show More
45 QT
37.25 lbs.
White, Tan
№3
12.50 x 11.13 x 19.88
42 Cans
6.61 pounds
Blue, Grey
№4
20QT: outer: – 13 ¾ x15x20; inner – 8 ¾ x10 7/8×13 ¾; 45QT: outer – 16 ½ x15 7/8 x26 ½; inner – 10 ½ x11 7/8 x19 3/8; 65QT: outer – 18 ½ x17 1/8 x 32 ¼; inner – 11 3/4x13x24 ¾; 110QT: outer – 20×19 7/8 x 35 3/8; inner – 14 1/8 x16 ¼ x27 ¾; 145QT: outer – 20×20 7/8 x 41 5/8; inner – 14 1/8 x 17 ¼ x 34 1/8;Show More
20QT – 24 cans, 25 pounds of ice, 22 quarts, 5,5 gallons; 45QT – 36 cans, 40 pounds of ice, 45 quarts, 11,25 gallons; 65QT – 64 cans, 70 pounds of ice, 65 quarts, 16,25 gallons; 110QT – 110 cans, 115 pound of ice, 110 quarts, 27,5 gallons; 145QT – 145 cans, 155 pounds of ice, 145 quarts, 36,25 gallons;Show More
20 – 17.5 lbs; 45 – 25 lbs; 65 – 36,5 lbs; 110 – 48,5 lbs; 145 – 59,5 lbs;Show More
White, Blue, Tan, Pink, Seafoam Green
№5
75 QT: outer: – 19.6″ x 33.4″ x 17″inches; inner – 14 x 25 1/8 x 11 1/6;Show More
45 QT – 67 cans with ice; 50 QT – 75 cans with ice; 60 QT – 82 cans with ice; 75 QT – 130 cans with ice;Show More
75 QT – 14.88 pounds
Blue
№6
20QT: outer: – 21.1″ x 13.3″ x 14.3″; inner – 14.1″ x 7.8″ x 9.8″ (no wheels); 45QT: outer – 26.7″ x 16.6″ x 16.3″; inner – 20.2″ x 10.6″ x 11.6″ (no wheels); 70QT: outer – 33.3″ x 17.2″ x 17.6″; inner – 27.4″ x 12.2″ x 13.5″ (with wheels); 75QT: outer – 33.5″ x 18.2″ x 17.9″; inner – 27″ x 11.7″ x 13.2″ (no wheels); 110QT: outer – 37.5″ x 19.3″ x 19.5″; inner – 31.7″ x 14.3″ x 14.9″ (no wheels);Show More
20QT – 16 cans of beer (ice and beer – 1:1); 45QT – 28 cans of beer (ice and beer – 1:1); 70QT – 55 cans of beer (ice and beer – 1:1); 75QT – 59 cans of beer (ice and beer – 1:1); 110QT – 92 cans of beer (ice and beer – 1:1);Show More
20 – 14,4 lbs.; 45 – 23 lbs; 70 – 36 lbs; 75 – 42 lbs; 110 – 47 lbs;Show More
Alpine Gray, Hunter Camo
№7
28 QT: – 18.5 x 13.4 x 16.1; 48 QT: – 25.57″ x 14.07″ x 14.13″; 60 QT: – 18.5 x 20.7 x 20;Show More
Capacity: – 28, 48, 60 QT;
28 QT: – 5 pounds; 48 QT: – 9,22 pounds; 60 QT – 3.8 pounds;Show More
White
№8
Outer: 36.5 x 16.75 x 18.25 inches; Inner: 23.75 x 11.75 x 13 inches;Show More
100 QT – 160 cans
18 lbs.
Blue
№9
Outer: 18.9 x 15.3 x 13 inches; Inner: 15.5 x 12.4 x 9.9 inches;Show More
30 QT
12.8 lbs.
Blue, Grey
№10
26 x 21 x 19 inches
55 QT
Shipping – 39 pounds; With accessories – 34 pounds; Without accessories – 29 pounds;Show More
Dark and Stormy Black, Sangria, Blue Moon, Classic Orange, White Russian;Show More
№11
18.6 x 23.5 x 20.3
70 QT
14.5-pound
Blue
№12
Outer: 39.1″ x 21.8″ x 26.9″; Inner: Top – 33.38″ x 14.63″ x 15.13″; Bottom – 31.13″ x 13.5″ x 15.13″;Show More
125 QT
34.27 lbs.
Grey
№13
Outer: 26.2 x 18.5 x 19 inches; Inner: 21 ½ x 14 x 10 inches;Show More
40 QT
31.6 pounds
Orange, Blue, Grey, Red

YETI Tundra cooler is somewhat legendary item. It is built for all purposes and cases; you may like to use it. It’s ideal outdoor cooler, which is quite comfortable in use during camping. Cooler has extra-thick walls with 2 inches of insulation for great ice retention. Pressure-injected polyurethane foam in the walls and lid prevent the ice from melting down. Manufacturer made it armored to the core and virtually indestructible. The cooler comes without wheels, which you can purchase separately, choosing from a great variety of them.

DIMENSIONS
Outer: 16 1/8″ × 15 3/8″ × 25 3/4″; Inner: 9 3/8″ × 10 5/8″ × 18 3/8″ inches;
CAPACITY
28 cans;
WEIGHT
23 lbs.;
COLOR
Ice Blue, Desert Tan, White, Coral, Charcoal;
PROS

Long-time ice retention;

Variety of color choice;

High-quality construction;

Bear-resistant;

Cons

Expensive;

Heavy;

Pelican manufacturer has made the toughest mobile ice chest as much as it possible. Reinforced corners and thick walls are insulated for better and longer ice retention, and protect from outer impact. Great stainless steel hardware and UV resistance feature provide greater lifetime of cooler.

DIMENSIONS
Outer: 75.3 x 50.8 x 48.9 cm; Inner: 48.3 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm;
CAPACITY
45 QT;
WEIGHT
37.25 lbs.;
COLOR
White, Tan;
PROS

Non-skid;

Molded-In lock hasp;

Sloped drain;

Corrosion resistant;

Heavy duty wheels;

Made in USA;

Cons

Heavy;

Thick insulation;

Coleman cooler features the retractable handle and durable wheels so you without an effort can get your destination. There are only two small wheels which diameter size is 5cm and they are perfect for grass covering but move problematically on soft sound. In addition to the leak-free main compartment, the zippered front pocket lets to store extra snacks and small gear. The bungee cord on the lid also provides quick access to other items. Antimicrobial, product-protecting feature are built into the flexible lining to resist odor, mold and mildew, making it easy to clean. It might be the best choice for outdoor gatherings and in case you need to carry food and drinks cold from one place to some other (for example, from park to the place of camping, sporting events, and others).

DIMENSIONS
12.50 x 11.13 x 19.88;
CAPACITY
42 Cans;
WEIGHT
6.61 pounds;
COLOR
Blue, Grey;
PROS

Many pockets and bungee cords;

Liners adhere to FDA;

Seams are heat-welded;

Antimicrobial;

Cons

Problem with wheels;

This cooler is about extremes, starting from impact resistance and durability to its long lasting (10 days) ice retention. It is simply the best cooler for all outdoor activities. RTIC Cooler 20 QT has heavy-duty stainless steel handle but it has no wheels. Being great for a lot of stuff, it is still small enough for one person to carry. If you don’t want to carry the cooler in hands you can get wheels for it separately. This is the best large cooler available on the market. It turns out to be a great marine, hunting or camping cooler. Cooler keeps drinks and food cold during long camping trip. Allows up to 64 cans of capacity including space for ice.

DIMENSIONS
20QT: outer: – 13 ¾ x15x20; inner – 8 ¾ x10 7/8×13 ¾; 45QT: outer – 16 ½ x15 7/8 x26 ½; inner – 10 ½ x11 7/8 x19 3/8; 65QT: outer – 18 ½ x17 1/8 x 32 ¼; inner – 11 3/4x13x24 ¾; 110QT: outer – 20×19 7/8 x 35 3/8; inner – 14 1/8 x16 ¼ x27 ¾; 145QT: outer – 20×20 7/8 x 41 5/8; inner – 14 1/8 x 17 ¼ x 34 1/8;
CAPACITY
20QT – 24 cans, 25 pounds of ice, 22 quarts, 5,5 gallons; 45QT – 36 cans, 40 pounds of ice, 45 quarts, 11,25 gallons; 65QT – 64 cans, 70 pounds of ice, 65 quarts, 16,25 gallons; 110QT – 110 cans, 115 pound of ice, 110 quarts, 27,5 gallons; 145QT – 145 cans, 155 pounds of ice, 145 quarts, 36,25 gallons;
WEIGHT
20 – 17.5 lbs; 45 – 25 lbs; 65 – 36,5 lbs; 110 – 48,5 lbs; 145 – 59,5 lbs;
COLOR
White, Blue, Tan, Pink, Seafoam Green;
PROS

Rugged and durable;

Great ice retention;

Good construction and color option;

Cheap price;

Cons

Rough finish;

May leak;

The construction of this cooler includes dense insulation that keeps the food cold. Rubbermaid ensures that it keeps food and drinks cold for up to 5 days at 90 degrees. This cooler is large enough and available from 45 to 75 quarts. The design makes gripping more comfortable and strong so it can be carried without an effort. Additionally, handles swing sideways to make everything easier. The drainage mechanism allows simple and quick process.

DIMENSIONS
75 QT: outer: – 19.6″ x 33.4″ x 17″inches; inner – 14 x 25 1/8 x 11 1/6;
CAPACITY
45 QT – 67 cans with ice; 50 QT – 75 cans with ice; 60 QT – 82 cans with ice; 75 QT – 130 cans with ice;
WEIGHT
75 QT – 14.88 pounds;
COLOR
Blue;
PROS

Thick insulation;

Rugged wheels;

Size option;

Drain mechanism;

Cup holders;

Cons

No dividers;

Not for all bottles;

Less ice retention than mentioned;

Roto-molded construction is used for Element 70 while its shell is made of high-quality plastic insulation that is up to 3″ thick. Vibe Kayaks cooler have thick freezer-grade gaskets that have a ton of squeeze and seal in the inside air from the warm, outside air. The rubber T-latches are thick and provide an excellent bit. The combination of thick roto-molded walls, premium hardware, and safe construction proves that Vibe Cooler is durable. It has heavy-duty wheels are 7 inches in diameter and are suitable for any type of surface.
Element 20, 45, 75, 110 QT don’t have wheels but have a heavy duty handle. You can buy wheels for the cooler to move it easier.

DIMENSIONS
20QT: outer: – 21.1″ x 13.3″ x 14.3″; inner – 14.1″ x 7.8″ x 9.8″ (no wheels); 45QT: outer – 26.7″ x 16.6″ x 16.3″; inner – 20.2″ x 10.6″ x 11.6″ (no wheels); 70QT: outer – 33.3″ x 17.2″ x 17.6″; inner – 27.4″ x 12.2″ x 13.5″ (with wheels); 75QT: outer – 33.5″ x 18.2″ x 17.9″; inner – 27″ x 11.7″ x 13.2″ (no wheels); 110QT: outer – 37.5″ x 19.3″ x 19.5″; inner – 31.7″ x 14.3″ x 14.9″ (no wheels);
CAPACITY
20QT – 16 cans of beer (ice and beer – 1:1); 45QT – 28 cans of beer (ice and beer – 1:1); 70QT – 55 cans of beer (ice and beer – 1:1); 75QT – 59 cans of beer (ice and beer – 1:1); 110QT – 92 cans of beer (ice and beer – 1:1);
WEIGHT
20 – 14,4 lbs.; 45 – 23 lbs; 70 – 36 lbs; 75 – 42 lbs; 110 – 47 lbs;
COLOR
Alpine Gray, Hunter Camo;
PROS

Insulated walls;

Padded handle;

Non-skid;

Cons

Not for long-distance trips;

The Igloo Marine Breeze Cooler uses the unique Igloo Cool Riser Technology, which almost elevates the cooler base off of the ground, which prevents outer impact and avoids unnecessary heat. It has UV inhibitors to protect from sun rays and comes in white color which helps minimize sun rays impact. It has molded on-side carry handles and extended carrying handle for the wheeled variety. It is available in 48-quart non-wheeled and 28 and 60-quart wheeled. 6,25 inch wheels can be made of hard duty plastic or a non-marking rubber. If you choose a non-wheeled cooler, you can buy them separately. The wheels don’t spoil the floor of boats and can stand any other hard and sandy surface.

DIMENSIONS
28 QT: – 18.5 x 13.4 x 16.1; 48 QT: – 25.57″ x 14.07″ x 14.13″; 60 QT: – 18.5 x 20.7 x 20;
CAPACITY
Capacity: – 28, 48, 60 QT;
WEIGHT
28 QT: – 5 pounds; 48 QT: – 9,22 pounds; 60 QT – 3.8 pounds;
COLOR
White;
PROS

UV inhibitors;

High quality plastic;

Foldable handle;

Drink holders;

Cons

Not long handle;

Lacks drain hole;

Tight seal;

Coleman 100QT Wheeled Cooler is large enough to contain 160 cans and can be easily transported to the place you need without leaking. It’s an ideal variant for camping and big party. Towing is made with the extra-large wheels, a handle that adjusts to a person’s height, and comfortable grips. There are cup holders built into the cooler. The cooler has a rustproof drain and requires no adjusting. The durable construction allows the unit to be transported over any terrain like sand, gravel and grass.

DIMENSIONS
Outer: 36.5 x 16.75 x 18.25 inches; Inner: 23.75 x 11.75 x 13 inches;
CAPACITY
100 QT – 160 cans;
WEIGHT
18 lbs.;
COLOR
Blue;
PROS

Doesn’t include CFCs, HFCs or HCFCs;

Comfortable grips;

Cup holders;

Rustproof drain;

Spacious;

Easy to transport;

Cons

Poor wheels quality;

The BESTEK 30 Quart Cooler & Warmer is ideal for keeping in the back seat of the car while you go on camping trips, work, picnic, or in case you need to take your medicines with which must be stored at low temperature. Small but durable wheels take little space. The massive 30 Quart interior chamber is enough for 5 2-liter bottles of soda/40 cans and packs of your favorite food. The inside Thermoelectric System is excellent for cooling drinks and snacks. It also provides you warm drinks, dishes, etc. when it you turn on “Hot” mode.

DIMENSIONS
Outer: 18.9 x 15.3 x 13 inches; Inner: 15.5 x 12.4 x 9.9 inches;
CAPACITY
30 QT;
WEIGHT
12.8 lbs.;
COLOR
Blue, Grey;
PROS

Thermoelectric System;

Portable;

Telescoping handle;

Money-back guarantee and warranty;

Cons

Loud fan;

Doesn’t cool enough;

This is more than just ice chest, which has a consumer-friendly design and even blender, but the Bluetooth speaker and USB charger. It’s a cooler for those who enjoy most of their time outside, enjoys blending drinks and needs to keep food at the safe temperature. Two durable wheels have plastic hub and rubber tread. They are perfect for rough terrain and bad for soft sand.

DIMENSIONS
26 x 21 x 19 inches;
CAPACITY
55 QT;
WEIGHT
Shipping – 39 pounds; With accessories – 34 pounds; Without accessories – 29 pounds;
COLOR
Dark and Stormy Black, Sangria, Blue Moon, Classic Orange, White Russian;
PROS

Blender;

Bluetooth speaker;

Splash-proof;

LED light;

Thick insulation;

Cons

Bad recharge;

No customer service;

This nice cube-shaped 70-quart cooler has 5″ smooth-rolling wheels with 3/4 closed construction for comfortable transportation. Wheels move on sidewalks, through grass and on uneven surface but are not very good for soft sand. There is a firm locking, telescoping tow handle, molded side handles for lifting. The shape is more useful when you lift the cooler, as it makes the arms stay close to the body. A deep foam insulated lid with two molded drink holders offers longer cooling properties, and the Ice Cube keeps ice for five days to the fullest. The recessed drain plug eases emptying melted ice process and makes it quick.

DIMENSIONS
18.6 x 23.5 x 20.3;
CAPACITY
70 QT;
WEIGHT
14.5-pound;
COLOR
Blue;
PROS

Cube shape;

Deep, foam-insulated lid;

2 drink holders;

Locking, telescoping handle;

Molded-in side handles;

Recessed drain plug;

Cons

Small size;

Drain plug leaks;

Here is innovative super modern 125-quart lighted cooler, which features LiddUp LED light system to illuminate contents when it gets dark and let to find what you want quickly. Being a large ice chest, it is quite mobile. The detachable rubber lockable casters make cooler to be easily rolled on grassy surface and carried conventionally with the handles. It is also lightweight as for its size thanks to the thin structure.

DIMENSIONS
Outer: 39.1″ x 21.8″ x 26.9″; Inner: Top – 33.38″ x 14.63″ x 15.13″; Bottom – 31.13″ x 13.5″ x 15.13″;
CAPACITY
125 QT;
WEIGHT
34.27 lbs.;
COLOR
Grey;
PROS

Fully insulated;

Heavy-duty locking casters;

Removable dividers;

Threaded drain plug;

Built-in bottle opener;

Cool Riser design;

Heavy-duty swing-up handles;

Removable lid;

Utility loops hold towels, trash bags;

Cons

Lid without insulation;

Poor seal;

This 40-quart cooler features advanced insulation technology so you can keep ice frozen almost all weekend long. This cooler is the ideal in size to keep drinks for a company at camping. The KoolMAX by Tunes2Go has weather resistant storage space for devices so they will be protected from splashes, waves or spilled drinks. The cooler comes with a built-in bottle opener, which is always helpful.

DIMENSIONS
Outer: 26.2 x 18.5 x 19 inches; Inner: 21 ½ x 14 x 10 inches;
CAPACITY
40 QT;
WEIGHT
31.6 pounds;
COLOR
Orange, Blue, Grey, Red;
PROS

Battery up to 16 hours;

Advanced insulation;

Splash-protected;

Long handle;

Bottle opener;

Includes a 1/4″ instrument input, an XLR micro input and a cigarette lighter port;

Cons

Not enough ice retention;

Screws get rusty;

Wheels For Coolers

In case your cooler doesn’t have wheels but you do really like it (for example, RTIC Cooler 145), you can buy wheels kit to avoid lifting of a heavy cooler and for more comfortable usage.

The Badger Wheels Single Axle is made for YETI Tundra 35-160 and is designed to provide rugged durability of any YETI Tundra cooler you have. Finally, you can prevent yourself from injuries. Badger Wheels for YETI allows you to easily transport your YETI cooler to any destination like car, sand terrain or field without an effort. It’s made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel and is equipped with one 2x4x5 inches lock extension, one hex wrench sized 3/16 inches, bolt and a lockable plate. The capacity is 500 pounds. Each wheel has 2 sealed steel bearings which provide smooth rolling. Wheels are made of durable polyurethane with solid tread and manufactured in the USA and can be easily attached and removed. YETI coolers have holes in the bottom for wheels prongs’ inserting. Wheels could be used on any terrain. Additional handle purchase is recommended.

Capacity
500 lbs.;
Material
Rugged polyurethane;
Fits
YETI Tundra 35-160;
PROS

Marine-grade;

316 stainless steel;

Corrosion resistance;

Sealed steel bearings;

Capacity of 500 lbs.;

Cons

Handle not included;

Don’t turn;

The Large Badger Wheels and Handle Combo make your work obviously easier when you roll YETI Tundra cooler. Thanks to this kit you’re able to move cooler up and down, and over terrain like mountain goats. This Combo includes 2 Heavy Duty Badger wheels measuring 4 ½x 7½ inches, reinforced axles, two steel locking plates with bolts and a super-sturdy Badger Wheels Handle. This version fits Tundra models: 35, 45, 50, 65, 75, 105, 110, 125 and 160.

Capacity
500 lbs.;
Material
Rugged polyurethane;
Fits
YETI Tundra 35-160;
PROS

Fits various terrain;

Includes axles, handle, locking plates and bolts;

Adjustable for YETI Tundra 35-160 coolers;

Features 316 stainless steel;

Corrosion resistance;

Cons

Don’t turn;

No braking system;

Another kit of Badger Wheels is made to keep rugged durability rolling Yeti cooler thanks to bigger wheels for soft terrains. Wheels fit Tundra Coolers 35 – 160. It features 2 sealed steel bearings for each wheel and axle pegs to lock wheels firmly. Rugged polyurethane wheels have an aggressive tread.

Capacity
300 lbs.;
Material
Polypropylene;
Fits
Igloo, Yeti, Coleman, Pelican, Grizzly, Rubbermaid, Hauler;
PROS

Stainless steel;

Large wheels;

Locking plate;

Corrosion resistance;

Cons

Problems with bolts;

This is absolutely all-purpose wagon as it’s considered to be all-terrain, water and weatherproof. It can stand up to 350 lbs. and plus about extra 35 lbs. in the deep soft sand. The wheels can be used in salt water, mud, gravel, jetties and fishing piers. The Flatbed frame extends from 31″ – 34″ and to 38″ for larger coolers like Igloo, Rtic, Yeti, and Coleman. Its compact size makes it possible to carry cooler caddy in any car.

Capacity
500 lbs.;
Material
Rugged polyurethane;
Fits
YETI Tundra 35-160;
PROS

All-terrain wheels;

Adjustable base;

Rust-proof;

Steel axles;

Waterproof;

Cons

Hard to turn;

Not sturdy plastic body;

It has never been so easy to adjust wheels kit for your Yeti Tundra Cooler depending on the size of the cooler. You simply loose the hex bolt with the included hex wrench and slide to the appropriate size. Then you place the metal claw into the holes on the rubber feet of the cooler and you are ready for the next step. The handle is attached by a few small screws and a 3M stick tape pad which attaches a plate to the cooler. The handle connects to the place and allows you to use one side of the cooler. The handle of this system also can be used as the leveling piece when the cooler is stationed. This offers a steady base and some area for the cooler, making sure that what you have inside of your cooler won’t be on a hill.

Capacity
500 lbs.;
Material
Rugged polyurethane;
Fits
Yeti Tundra 35-160;
PROS

All-terrain wheels;

Corrosion resistant;

Adjustable to the size of the cooler;

Locking plate;

Stainless steel details;

Cons

Not for all Yeti models;

  • ALL TERRAIN
  • Rating:
  • Versatile
  • Price: $
  • Number of Wheels: 4
  • Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Igloo Yeti Coleman Pelican Grizzly Rubbermaid Hauler
  • ONE AXEL
  • Rating:
  • Cheap
  • Price: $$
  • Number of Wheels: 2
  • Capacity: 500 lbs
  • YETI Tundra 35-160 coolers
  • TWO AXELS
  • Rating:
  • Expensive
  • Price: $$$
  • Number of Wheels: 4
  • Capacity: 500 lbs
  • YETI Tundra 35-160 coolers

Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose a Wheeled Coolers

Today there are many various coolers and it’s quite problematic to choose the right one you need. Your choice depends on the purpose of your purchase. You should take into consideration its size, weight, capacity, dimension, ice retention, cooler with or without wheels, and additional functions like an ice-breaking blender, beer opener, inbuilt radio, and a great number of others. Our buyer’s guide will help you choose the cooler you need.

Capacity

The storage capacity of a cooler is usually measured in cans and quarts. A quart equals 4 cups, 32 ounces, 0,94l and 2 pints and one standard can contains 12 ounces. A cooler is usually bought for drinks and food and sometimes for other goods like medicines. Everyone knows how 4 cups of water or a can of soda look like. That’s why a person has no problems to imagine cooler’s capacity hearing “20QT” or “24 cans”.

In the event that you are searching for a day-trip cooler, at that point any of the economy-valued models will work, even the minimum costly. A 28-qt to 54-qt cooler is probably going to be the ideal size for you. Multi-day outdoors generally likewise implies a greater cooler. Most basic sizes are around 66-qt to 77-qt, yet reasonable sizes go up to 120-qt large coolers. You will discover many limit options between the 33-qt and 150-qt sizes. The most widely recognized camp cooler sizes go from 54-qt to 80-qt. In case you look for a cooler considering the quantity of people then follow the next criteria:

  • 1-2 people. A 54-qt. cooler will most likely be all you requirement for seven days end outdoors trip. Longer than that you should need to consider an extra little 8-qt – 16qt. cooler.

  • 3-4 people. 62-qt – 77-qt. cooler to store food, and a 54-qt cooler for beverages.

  • 4 people and more. You should look for 100-qt+ wheeled coolers.

Size

Exterior dimensions. In the first place, you’ll have to decide on space that you will transport the cooler in. It might be the trunk, rearward sitting or the back of a truck. Measure the space so you’ll know the biggest size of the cooler that will fit inside this zone. Next, when considering the outside measurements of the cooler, likewise consider any embellishments that project from the essential unit. This refers to handles, wheels and other equipment.

Interior dimensions. Next, it’s vital to consider how huge within the cooler ought to be. Since we’re all extraordinary, what works for one individual may not for another. Ensure that it is sufficiently huge inside to hold the measure of sustenance/refreshments that you regularly bring in the coolers you’ve already utilized. On the off chance that you found that they were too little, take it up a size for accommodation. By focusing on these four things, you will have more chances to find the wheeled cooler that is perfect for you.

Mobility and Portability

It may not be that vital, still, you have to consider it. On the off chance that you are taller and need to squat lower with a specific end goal to hold the handle as you move, at that point you might be in a few troubles. In the event that you have to roll your cooler for long periods and distance, and have to squat down for long stretches at once, at that point you might need to think about a cooler with a more extended adaptive handle.

With regards to transporting your new cooler, at that point measurements will become possibly the most important factor. Handles and wheels connected to your cooler can make it cumbersome to transport and hard to put into trunks or rearward sitting arrangements. In case that you are going on a plane and will take a wheeled cooler, at that point it can turn out to be considerably more troublesome. Something you ought to focus on is the extent of the cooler, and additionally the connections, for example, handles.

So, you should consider:

  1. Number of wheels. The most popular are 2-wheels-on-back coolers with adjustable telescoping handle. There are also side-wheeled coolers with pivoting static, rotating side, and molded-in handle. Then comes 4-wheeled ice chests with heavy-duty swing-up handles. You should choose the most practical variant for you. Coolers with 2 wheels and telescoping handles are perfect for camping due to convenient movability and 4 locking wheeled coolers are perfect for parties.

  2. Wheel size. The size of wheels have a significant effect. Simply consider genuine vehicles and this will bode well. Wheels can be big or small, partially hidden in the cooler body or not. It depends on the weight and the surface (even or uneven, grassy, sandy, etc.).

  3. Wheel material. Generally, manufacturers produce rubber or plastic wheels. Manufacturers often use high-quality materials which are non-marking and perfectly fit to be rolled on boat or yacht deck.

  4. Surface. On the off chance that the zone you will utilize the cooler has harsh landscape, at that point you might need to consider a cooler with bigger wheels. There are universal cooler wheels (fit all surfaces) and those which are practical only on particular surface (grass, sidewalks, sand, or uneven, hard, smooth, etc.).

Empty weight

Pay attention to cooler’s empty weight. The more it weights the longer ice retention is. Light coolers might be good for a one-day trip and heavy cooler made of better materials will be a perfect solution for camping or travel.

Handles

Handles can be telescoping, molded-in, swing-up, pivoting static, and rotating. Coolers can be also equipped with shoulder straps.

Ice Retention and Insulation

Ice retention is ostensibly the most essential factor picking a cooler. As the name infers, a “cooler” it is intended to keep things cool and some are greatly improved than others in achieving this assignment. As a rule cooler’s brand claim about 5 days or something like that. As the experience shows, this is by all accounts an overestimation on the producer’s end. The most ideal approach to discover the real ice retention standard is to converse with somebody who has utilized it in the different conditions or spend a couple of minutes perusing surveys online from real clients. The reason that you utilize coolers is to keep food and refreshments frosty for as long as it possible. The insulation of the cooler points at the time that ice will stay solidified protecting the food from any impact. Pick a cooler with wheels that has no less than 2 inches of insulation and tight gaskets around the cover. A fast, simple plug system is necessary for quick depleting water.

Paying attention to ice retention you can see for what purpose your cooler can serve. If you are going to spend 4-5 days traveling or camping, you’d better look for coolers with extra insulation. If it’s really hot outside, you’d better supply your cooler with fresh ice oftener (in case you have such an opportunity). You may use dry ice. Manufacturers tried to improve their coolers’ ice retention capacity and found out that dry ice is able to turn your cooler into a real freezer with dry ice (-109.3°F). Such coolers are usually expensive and weight much.

In case you need to take your yogurt with to eat it at your work, you can choose soft-sided 24h or one-day variants because they are easy-to-carry and keep ice at – 40˚F from few hours to one day. Such coolers are not good for uncooked meals. In case ice melts earlier you can be poisoned or get problems with digestion.

Material

Most camping coolers are made of Poly materials, which are good ones, cheap and durable material. Soft coolers are made of strong fabrics, such as nylon and polyester. Hard bags are made of hard polymeric materials. Foamed polymers, such as polyurethane foam and polyethylene foam, are used for the thermal insulation of two-layer coolers. If the inner material is not like an amalgam, then it will be worse to retain heat or cold.

Durability

Coolers will dependably confront a decent amount of mishandling, and you need one that can easily deal with the pressure. Normally, you require a wheeled cooler for using it particularly in rough conditions. These models are bear-proof and come intended to last and highlight valuable components, for example, stick style pivots, unbending dividers, elastic o-ring seals, bigger handles, plastic that resists ultraviolet and tighten channels.

Conventional models work best for short end week trips and for the most part to store drinks. The higher-end models cost up to five times more, yet their contending preference is their better protection execution and general solidness.

There are also styrofoam coolers but they are not solid and aren’t used today.

Soft-Sided or Hard

Soft coolers are very convenient for traveling in a car, outdoors, and many other occasions when food and drinks need to be kept cold or hot. Although their warranty period does not exceed several months, they usually serve about 5 years. For the manufacture, mainly elastic materials are used so that the cooler can be folded. The design of the hard cooler is a rigid frame, so it takes up more space than the soft cooler. But there is an advantage: the required temperature is maintained in it longer. So the choice of soft or hard cooler depends on how long you are going to spend outdoors, number of people (big or small) and the way you are going to travel: by car, by boat, by plane, by train, or just walking. That’s why it’s better to see their pros and cons:

CategoryHard coolerSoft-sided cooler
Weight HeavyLight
Transportation Wheels requiredNo wheels required
Storage Take much spaceTake little space
Ice retentionMaximum - 7 daysMaximum - 1 day
Capacity Few people/ Big companyFew people
Durability Long warrantyLimited warranty

Additional Things to Consider

Locking System

When people go camping for few days, it’s important to be sure that nobody will steal something from the cooler when nobody sees. That’s why there are different types of locks offered by manufacturers. The most popular locking systems are:

  • Stainless locks (don’t corrode or rust);
  • Locking bracket (high strength and anticorrosion material);
  • Locking cable (difficult-to-break device);
  • Lumintrail Combination Padlock (pretty much universal).

Check what locking device your cooler can be adjusted to.

The Purpose or Good for

All coolers can store food and drinks but some of them suit better for specific purposes. For example, Pelican cooler is equipped with a fish scale, non-marking wheels, and UV protection. So, it might be the best variant for boats. Fishermen can store their take their many hours because the cooler promises 10 days ice retention. Coleman with telescoping handle, antimicrobial inner covering, pockets on sides and front zipped pocket could be a great choice for those who want to store some food during football games or short trips. Rubbermaid cooler has in-built dividers and can’s holders so that you can keep your drinks there. Coolers with universal wheels for all terrain can be taken to the seaside because they perfectly roll on sandy surface.

That’s why it’s necessary to pay attention to ice retention capacity, maximum and minimum temperature during hot and cold days, accessories like bottle openers, fish scales, etc. to know what purpose can a cooler serve better. One more feature is the quality of wheels, their size and ability to move on various terrain (some coolers cannot roll through grass or sand).

Warranty

All coolers have limited warranty. As a rule, hard and soft-sided coolers have 1-3 years warranty and 1-day coolers (like RTIC) have 90-days warranty. Some manufacturers, like BESTEK, give 18-months guarantee and 100% money return within 30 days from the day purchase.

Substituting details have 6 months – 1-year warranty.

Dry-bins and Dividers

Dry-bins and dividers are essential for cooler on the grounds that the dubious trails of outdoors can cause a considerable measure of jarring inside a moving cooler. You don’t need your pack of beignets splashed by the ice and buildup keeping your brew and water frosty. Some cooler makers offer additional dividers that can be settled inside the cooler to isolate ice and dry goods.

Base Drain

It is a certain requirement for two reasons; to start with, you don’t need to get and tilt, the cooler to receive liquefied ice water in return, and second thing if your cooler producer did not think a drain was sufficiently imperative to incorporate, at that point you need to pick an alternate brand.

Drink Holders

Molded drink holders may be advantageous for cooler, yet most likely won’t be utilized much on the bigger sustenance coolers. Consider where your cooler normally is while you are enjoying the great outdoors to choose if this is an element you may make utilization of or need.

Plates

Insert plates, plates that ride on top-edges of the cooler, over the mass stuff in the base. Useful for keeping small things isolate from different nourishment. It is up to you would they be helpful to you, or would you lean toward the additional storage without them.

Section dividers

Section dividers these are normally just set in bigger limit coolers. It is anything but a vital element, yet in the event that you are purchasing a bigger cooler, they are exceptionally useful with nourishment stockpiling.

Other Things

A few coolers accompany great implicit adornments, for example, container holders, blenders or ice crushers. Most likewise accompany deplete plugs at the front or side to dispose of fluid much effortlessly. A couple of models make utilization of electric cooling instruments. Not at all like the customary coolers, they don’t require ice, and they work much like your normal icebox. They should be connected to consistent divider outlets or an auto’s cigarette lighter to work. These alternatives would be perfect for longer trips and in circumstances where you will have a relentless power supply.

Pros and Cons of Wheeled Coolers

With wheel on a cooler, you can without an effort move the cooler wherever you need, with no assistance. Lifted wheeled coolers (4-wheeled) constrain the measure of warmth exchange starting from the earliest stage the cooler. At the point when a cooler lays on a hot surface, there is an exchange of warmth starting from the earliest stage the cooler. This warms the base of the cooler up while currently liquefying the ice at a speedier rate.

Advantages:

  • Helps to avoid back injuries;
  • Decreases the impact of outdoor heat on stuff inside the cooler;
  • It’s easy to move and roll the cooler;
  • Can be very portable.

Disadvantages:

  • You may need replace the wheels after a while;
  • The wheels may be hard to find, especially those which would fit;
  • Some large ice chests are hard to move due to empty cooler itself may weight a lot;
  • There are not all coolers that can withstand different rough terrains.

How to choose:

  1. How many people

    • If there are only 1-2 persons, 20-50QT cooler might be enough;
    • A group of 3-4 people could get up to 50QT cooler for food and 70 QT cooler for drinks;
    • A big company (more than 4) might need more than 100QT cooler.
  2. How many days

    Coolers’ ice retention can last from several hours to 5 days according to manufacturer’s data. A person must take into consideration weather conditions (cool or hot), number of days and new ice availability. If a person can afford dry ice, it’s possible to get not only a cooler but a freezer for uncooked and long period food storage. A number of people should also be taken into consideration. The information is mentioned in the 1st point above.

  3. Access to new ice

    Some manufacturers promise 5 days of ice retention but according to customers’ reviews most coolers can’t keep ice longer than 2-4 days. That’s why it’s very important to have access to new ice in case a person wants to spend more than 4 days camping.

  4. Distance to carry

    Distance is also an important issue. For example, if you want to take cool drinks for a football match or on boat for fishing, it’s better to take light coolers. If you want to bring cool drinks to the seaside, then it might be good to get a cooler with wheels. If there are no wheels, you can buy wheels kit separately. See if the kit can roll on all terrain or require some specific surface.

Conclusion

In general, a conventional wheeled cooler could be a soft-sided cooler or plastic box consisting of two vessels inserted into each other. Between them is placed an insulating material – granular or pressed foam. For such a device, it will take a bit more space than for a bag, due to the use of a structure with ribs of strength. But there is a significant plus of such a rigid layout – the ability to withstand the set temperature for a longer time. Roto molded coolers are also very popular nowadays due to their durability and a long period of ice retention. Rotational molding is the process of wheeled cooler body construction. The manufacturers coat the mold with expensive and solid plastic material distributing it equally on all parts of the cooler. Rotomolding improves insulation throughout the cooler body and makes it serve longer and avoid corrosion. Roto molded coolers are heavier but fit all terrain.

So, first of all, it is necessary to determine your own needs. So, for example, if you need to maintain a low temperature longer than 4 days, you should choose a suitable cooler which ice retention period allows doing that. If, on the contrary, ice chest is needed to keep heat, you can choose a model with the appropriate purpose. No less important criterion is the required capacity (volume). In addition, the transportation methods should also be considered. Finally, it will be superfluous to pay attention to the warranty period of the goods, as well as to the manufacturer, since wheeled coolers by reputable brands can really serve for a longer period.

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By Chris Hayes
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My name is Chris and I am a hunter, outdoorsman, survivalist of 36 years old from Bosie, Idaho. Being a participant of Ihea-USA, I like big game hunting most of all, especially hunting white-tailed deer. Except hunting, I’m also keen on fishing and gaining new knowledge how to survive in the wild nature. As a professional hunter, I do not stop improving upon own hunting skills and testing new gear, equipment, hardware and weapons. I write articles to share my experience and knowledge with the readers who motivate me for more. For any additional information contact me at [email protected]