Ah, summer season. The seaside, the lake, the river—wherever you’ll find water is the place to be. But whilst you’re beating the warmth floating in an internal tube or standing on a paddleboard, your drinks and meals are usually not. They’re baking within the afternoon solar, as a result of this morning’s shady spot has already evaporated, alongside together with your ice.
When cooler corporations declare ice lasts for days, be skeptical. They’re not essentially mendacity, however they’re testing underneath splendid situations which might be by no means going to exist in the true world. We’ve been testing coolers for over two years now, and we have saved them within the solar, in bike trailers, and in vehicles, all whereas attempting to maintain meals and drinks cool and edible. Below, you may discover our high picks for every class (hard-sided, soft-sided, backpack-style, costly, inexpensive, even disposable), in addition to a couple of alternate options, plus normal shopping for suggestions if none of those seize your fancy.
Updated May 2023: We’ve added a number of new Yeti coolers, the Airskirts inflatable cooler, and the Oyster iceless cooler, and we have up to date costs all through.
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