Now that summer is here and it’s officially hot, you need a way to stay cool. One of the best ways is with a cold beverage. In order to have a cold beverage, you need a way to keep your drinks cold. Enter a handy full-size cooler.
Sure, you can go down to the gas station and get one of those junky Styrofoam coolers and fill it with ice from the pop machine, but that’s a temporary solution. If you’re lucky, you’ll make it through the day without breaking your icebox. If you’re not, you’ll be without a cooler to use.
Don’t get stuck with a crappy cooler. Get yourself a good full-size one that you’ll have for decades. That way you never have to worry about what you’re going to use to keep your drinks cold. Here are five of the best coolers around.
YETI Tundra Cooler
YETI is the king of hard coolers. The company makes some of the best outdoor-ready coolers around. The YETI Tundra is the way to go. It’s durable, good-looking, and easy to use. It features PermaFrost Insulation and extra thick walls and lid to keep whatever you put in the box cold for days. The anchor point tie-down slots allow you to tie the box down and keep it from sliding around while you transport it to your destination. Once you get where you’re going, you’ll enjoy the military-grade polyester rope handles, which allow you to easily carry this cooler wherever it needs to go. It is a little pricey, but when you consider the fact that you’ll never have to buy another cooler again, it’s roughly $350 price tag seems pretty good.
Coleman Steel-Belted Cooler
Looking for a durable cooler with a well-recognized name and a somewhat old-school look? Check out the Coleman Steel-Belted Cooler. This heavy-duty cooler can keep ice for up to four days. Its tough stainless steel exterior is rust-resistant and will look good for decades. The comfort hand grips are ergonomically designed to make it as easy as possible to carry this cooler even if it’s filled to the brim once you get to your location. The classic design harkens back to the coolers of old from the first classic Coleman made in 1954. The differences between this modern product and the classic are the new materials, giving you the very best cooling performance. For only about $100 you can have one of the best coolers around.
ORCA Extra Heavy Duty Cooler
Outdoor Recreational Company of America (ORCA) makes killer products, and its large cooler gives front-runners like YETI and Coleman some serious competition. The durable, roto-molded construction means you can lift, slide, and drag this cooler just about anywhere and it will perform just as well as the day you bought it. ORCA claims the insulation of the cooler and its lid seal ensures ice retention and freshness for up to 10 days of storage. Additional non-cooled storage can be added to the ORCA cooler by the use of a cargo net. This can come in handy for utensils and other items you may need while enjoying the great outdoors. With prices around $325, the ORCA cooler isn’t cheap, but that’s because it’s such a high-quality product.
K2 Coolers Summit
Around the same price range as the ORCA and YETI is the K2 Coolers Summit. It’s a large roto-molded polyethylene box that offers excellent cooling capabilities thanks to its special insulation that’s injected under extreme pressure for maximum ice retention that will last for days. The cooler features anchoring points for tying the cooler down during transportation and integrated handles as well as rope handles for easy lifting and moving. While it’s roughly $335 price tag is no joke, neither is this cooler, and the fact that it falls in line with some of the best out there means you should probably consider it.
RovR Products RollR Cooler
Don’t want to lift or drag your cooler around? Check out the RovR Products RollR Cooler. This cooler was specifically designed for people on the go. It features two wheels at one end and you can get an attachment so you can tow it behind a bicycle. Looking to ride your bike to the park or beach for a fun day in the sun? This is the cooler for you. This cooler, like others on this list, will retain ice for up to 10 days thanks to two inches of foam insulation. The roto-molded, durable exterior means you can beat the cooler up a little bit and it will still get the job done. At $500 it’s an expensive product, but you won’t find a more versatile cooler out there.