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Article updated on May 22, 2024 at 4:15 PM PDT

Best Cooler of 2024

Looking to keep your drinks cold? Here are the best coolers you can buy, tested by our experts.

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Our Picks

$350 at Cabela's
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Best overall cooler
Cabela's Polar Cap Equalizer 80qt Cooler
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$250 at Academy Sports
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Best large cooler
Magellan Outdoors Pro Explore IceBox 75qt Cooler
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$80 at Academy Sports
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Best soft-sided cooler
Magellan Outdoors Pro 24-Can Square Cooler
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$425 at Yeti
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Best midsize cooler
Yeti Tundra Haul Hard Cooler
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$220 at RTIC
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Best value cooler
RTIC 45qt Hard Cooler
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$150 at Amazon
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The convenience of having a cold drink wherever you go is made easy when you have one of the best coolers available. We have created a great list of coolers for everything from enjoying a trip outdoors to relaxing in your own yard to cheering on your team at a sporting event. So, if you've been waiting to grab one, Memorial Day sales are currently underway and are the perfect opportunity to score some great Memorial Day deals on appliances.

You have a ton of options to choose from, including coolers on wheels, thermoelectric coolers, roto-molded coolers, powered coolers and even cooler backpacks. That makes it quite tricky to pick one that's the best equipped for your needs. To save you the effort, we've put together this list of the best coolers you can buy. Our picks are backed by hours of testing coolers in our climate-controlled lab, to help you get the most out of your cooler budget.

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Over the past several years, we've tested dozens of coolers, 40 of which are still commercially available as of this writing. I've broken them down into four main categories:

  • Small or personal-size coolers that advertise internal volumes of less than 40 quarts (that's less than 10 gallons or 37.85 liters).
  • Midsize coolers, where most of your top options seem to land, range from 40 to 59 quarts (10 to 14.75 gallons or 37.85 to 55.83 liters).
  • Large "party" ice chest coolers that boast volumes over 60 quarts (over 15 gallons or 56.78 liters).
  • Soft-sided coolers, which don't have a specific capacity range, but tend to line up with the same offerings as small or personal-size coolers.

With a mass of test data in hand showing us just how well these things perform, I've gone ahead and separated the winners from the also-rans. (Bonuses like a cup holder or a bottle opener are important, but the most critical thing a quality cooler does is keep your cold drinks cold.) Here's everything I learned, starting with the coolers I think you should rush out and buy before your next camping trip or big family gathering. I update this list periodically.

Best coolers of 2024

$350 at Cabela's

Best overall cooler

Cabela's Polar Cap Equalizer 80qt Cooler

The last time I tested coolers for this list, I had Cabela's 60-quart version of this cooler listed as the best large cooler. That title is now held by a Magellan Outdoors model. In the big picture, if you want stuff to stay cold, you literally can't beat Cabela's Polar Cap option. Its lowest internal temperature during testing was the coldest, but the real treat was the fact that it held that low-level temp for around 20% longer than the next best contender.

The prices range from $300 to $400 for the 60-, 80- and 100-quart models, and what you're paying for is undoubtedly performance. There aren't many crazy features on this unit, but it does have bottle openers built into the rubber latches, a pressure relief valve to help open the cooler when the interior pressure rises, and rubber-padded feet to elevate the cooler and help reduce direct heat transfer. Oh, and it's certified bear-resistant.

$250 at Academy Sports

Best large cooler

Magellan Outdoors Pro Explore IceBox 75qt Cooler

The performance of Magellan's largest offering was very close to Cabela's Polar Cap Equalizer. The lowest temperature recorded between the two in our cooling tests was less than a degree apart (44.6 vs. 45.5 degrees Fahrenheit). If your main use is for keeping things cold, then the question is whether or not that extra 0.9 degree is worth paying another hundred bucks for.

I say keep the cash and use it to stock your cooler -- especially since these hard-sided Magellan Outdoors coolers boast one of my favorite cooler features of all time: the double-sided hinge latches. The hinges themselves are the latches, and they're featured on both sides of the cooler, so no more walking around to "the other side," reaching over the lid or asking someone to grab your drink. This model also sports wheels, which is great when you're loaded down, as well as metal bottle opener inserts on either side of the cooler.

$80 at Academy Sports

Best soft-sided cooler

Magellan Outdoors Pro 24-Can Square Cooler

Yeah, I know. Another Magellan cooler. Listen. I didn't plan it this way: I run tests, I look at the data. The results usually speak for themselves, as they do in this case. Just scroll down a bit and look at the graphed-out data for yourself. The performance wasn't close enough for me to pretend like I could name another victor even if I wanted to.

You could tell before the tests were run that this cooler was going to be the better performer. The competitors sport very thin walls, and that's just not going to do much for your insulative capabilities. The others are much cheaper and a couple come in backpack format, if that's your thing.

To be fair, my personal opinion is that all soft-sided coolers are bad choices. None of them get that cold, and they don't hold their median temp for long at all. I'm sure some of you will disagree and are totally happy keeping your charcuterie sampling and bottle of red wine at a slightly cooler than room temperature for the hour it takes you to hike to that flat green spot with the city view (or another non-flat green area; choose your own adventure here).

$425 at Yeti

Best midsize cooler

Yeti Tundra Haul Hard Cooler

Yeti is already a name people tend to associate with better performance (if not higher prices), and at least with coolers, for good reason. Yeti coolers consistently perform at the top of the pack. The Tundra Haul is no different. Although Yeti didn't hit the lowest overall temp of the bunch, it did hold its lowest temperature for much longer than its competitors. The Haul has rugged "Neverflat" wheels, suggesting you could trek out farther or into more rugged terrain than you might venture with a lesser cooler. It will transport more easily than most, and you can be sure you'll be getting maximum cool duration for your time.

$220 at RTIC

Best value cooler

RTIC 45qt Hard Cooler

The previous title holder for this category was one of the cheapest coolers we've tested to date, the Coleman Stacker. The best value doesn't have to mean the least amount of money. This RTIC unit tested with impressively low temperatures. It gave the lowest temperatures in the midsize cooler category and low enough to play ball with the largest of coolers we tested.

As a matter of fact, at just over $200, this cooler is currently one of the cheapest of any cooler in either our midsize or large cooler category, except for the Igloo BMX 52qt Cooler, which happened to be the poorest performer of the aforementioned categories. If you want great performance with a friendlier price tag than its competitors, you can feel safe picking up this RTIC.

$150 at Amazon

Best small cooler

East Oak Cooler, 25 QT

The performance data on this little cooler is excellent, with the lowest temperature reached and the lowest average temperature of the bunch. Its clever design makes it both good-looking and highly effective. It's relatively shallow, so you can easily find your food.

A diversion groove at the bottom of the cooler keeps the ice and water separated, which slows melting. The pull handle is ergonomic so it's more comfortable to cart around. The drain hole at the bottom is angled so that you don't have to tilt the cooler to drain out the water. The lid supports up to 400 pounds, so it doubles as a stool for sitting or standing.

How we tested the coolers

Capacity considerations

cooler full of water

I was able to fill the Lifetime High Performance Cooler with 62.4 quarts of water without causing it to overflow when I shut the lid. That's 13.5% bigger than advertised.

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A bar graph shows the measured capacities of eight large-sized coolers. The 80-quart Cabela's Polar Cap Equalizer cooler offers the most space, with a measured volume of 76.2 quarts, enough to pack in 67 cans with a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio.
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A bar graph shows the measured capacities of eight large-sized coolers. The 80-quart Cabela's Polar Cap Equalizer cooler offers the most space, with a measured volume of 76.2 quarts, enough to pack in 67 cans with a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio.

Among all of the large-sized coolers we've tested (60 quarts and up), the 80-quart Cabela's Polar Cap Equalizer cooler offers the greatest capacity with an actual, measured volume of 76.2 quarts. That's enough to hold 67 cans with a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio.

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Ice retention

The big differentiator that you'll hear a lot about as you shop for a cooler is ice retention -- specifically, how long a cooler can keep a full load of ice frozen (melted ice, a.k.a. water, isn't as good at keeping drinks cold). The new, expensive options all hang their hat on this test, with roto-molded coolers specifically designed to ace it (and in doing so, to justify their price tags).

That's all well and good, but I worried that a standard ice retention test on its own wouldn't tell us the whole story. Sure, some coolers would probably keep the ice frozen for a lot longer than others, but using the melting point as your metric seems to disregard everything that comes before. I wanted to get a good sense of performance, not just after days but in hours, before any of the ice had even melted.

To do that, I started with a modified version of the ice retention test. Instead of a full load of ice in each cooler, I went with an amount of ice equivalent to 10% of each cooler's total volume. (I already have a precise measurement of each cooler's total volume from the earlier described capacity test.) Less ice meant more of a challenge for the coolers, which would hopefully give us a more granular look at how well they perform relative to one another. 

Specifically, I wanted to track the ambient temperature in each cooler, so I spread the ice in each one I tested beneath an elevated jar of propylene glycol solution (watered-down antifreeze) with a temperature probe in it. Why elevated? The temperature down in the ice would have been roughly the same in all of the coolers, leaving retention as the only real variable. Tracking the ambient temperature up above it was much more telling, and it gave us some additional variables to consider.

Oh, and I did all of this in one of our appliance lab's climate-controlled test chambers, and I made sure to let each cooler sit open in the room for several hours beforehand to ensure that they all started at room temperature (about 80 degrees Fahrenheit to emulate a good outdoor summertime temp).

In the end, it turned out to be a fruitful test. After 48 hours (72 hours for the largest coolers), I had a nifty graph showing me the temperature inside each cooler on a minute-by-minute basis -- and the difference from cooler to cooler was striking. To help put this data in perspective, I broke down the coolers into separate size categories after peeling soft-sided coolers into their own category. That left me with small coolers (less than 40 quarts), midsize coolers (40-59 quarts) and large coolers (60 quarts or more). You can find the graphed data for each of those categories below, as well as our performance data on soft coolers (again, you shouldn't expect a whole lot from coolers like those).

A line graph shows the internal temperatures of several small-sized coolers (less than 40 quarts), each of them sitting in a climate-controlled, 80-degree room over 48 hours with 10% of their respective measured capacities filled with ice. The East Oak 25-quart cooler leads the way, pulling its internal temperature down the farthest (45.2 degrees F) and maintaining the lowest average internal temperature over the duration of the test (60.7 degrees F).
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A line graph shows the internal temperatures of several small-sized coolers (less than 40 quarts), each of them sitting in a climate-controlled, 80-degree room over 48 hours with 10% of their respective measured capacities filled with ice. The East Oak 25-quart cooler leads the way, pulling its internal temperature down the farthest (45.2 degrees F) and maintaining the lowest average internal temperature over the duration of the test (60.7 degrees F).
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A line graph shows the internal temperatures of several mid-sized coolers (between 40 and 60 quarts), each of them sitting in a climate-controlled, 80-degree room over 48 hours with 10% of their respective measured capacities filled with ice. The East Oak 45-quart cooler achieved the lowest temperature during the test (44.5 degrees F) while also maintaining the lowest average temperature for the duration of the test (58.1 degrees F). The Yeti Tundra Haul was right behind it on both fronts in a very close second.
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A line graph shows the internal temperatures of several mid-sized coolers (between 40 and 60 quarts), each of them sitting in a climate-controlled, 80-degree room over 48 hours with 10% of their respective measured capacities filled with ice. The East Oak 45-quart cooler achieved the lowest temperature during the test (44.5 degrees F) while also maintaining the lowest average temperature for the duration of the test (58.1 degrees F). The Yeti Tundra Haul was right behind it on both fronts in a very close second.
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A line graph shows the internal temperatures of several large-sized coolers (more than 60 quarts), each of them sitting in a climate-controlled, 80-degree room over 48 hours with 10% of their respective measured capacities filled with ice. The Cabela's Polar Cap Equalizer cooler is our winner in this category, achieving the lowest temperature of any of them (44.6 degrees F) as well as the lowest average temperature for the duration of the test (54.8 degrees F)..
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A line graph shows the internal temperatures of several large-sized coolers (more than 60 quarts), each of them sitting in a climate-controlled, 80-degree room over 48 hours with 10% of their respective measured capacities filled with ice. The Cabela's Polar Cap Equalizer cooler is our winner in this category, achieving the lowest temperature of any of them (44.6 degrees F) as well as the lowest average temperature for the duration of the test (54.8 degrees F)..
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A line graph shows the internal temperatures of several portable, soft-sided coolers, each of them sitting in a climate-controlled, 80-degree room over 48 hours with 10% of their respective measured capacities filled with ice. Though none of them perform nearly as well as traditional, hard-side coolers, the Magellan Explore cooler was the best of the bunch, pulling its internal temperature down the farthest (53.9 degrees F) and maintaining the lowest average internal temperature over the duration of the test (72.4 degrees F).
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A line graph shows the internal temperatures of several portable, soft-sided coolers, each of them sitting in a climate-controlled, 80-degree room over 48 hours with 10% of their respective measured capacities filled with ice. Though none of them perform nearly as well as traditional, hard-side coolers, the Magellan Explore cooler was the best of the bunch, pulling its internal temperature down the farthest (53.9 degrees F) and maintaining the lowest average internal temperature over the duration of the test (72.4 degrees F).
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Mobility and durability

I also took each cooler's design and features into consideration as I tested and kept an eye out for durability concerns. I wasn't impressed with the lid on the Igloo Latitude wheeled cooler, for instance. It doesn't lock shut and the plastic nub hinges are a total joke. Give it a modest yank and the whole lid comes right off -- and the cheap plastic wheels didn't leave me impressed, either. Not great if you're looking for a camping cooler. 

The Rovr Rollr wheeled cooler fared much better, thanks to a rugged design that features heavy-duty wheels, a sturdy steel handlebar and an optional $50 accessory that lets you tow it behind your bike. I also liked that the interior comes with a divider that makes it easy to keep items you don't want getting wet separate from the ice and that you can customize it with different interior liner designs. My only qualm is that the T-shaped handlebar includes comfy rubber grips on the sides, but not in the middle, the spot you'll want to hold as you lug it around one-handed.

Igloo cooler open

Try as I might, I can't quite catch all of the Igloo Trailmate's snazzy features in one photo. 

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On the topic of wheeled coolers, the Igloo Journey Trailmate 70qt All-Terrain cooler also came with a dizzying amount of extras and features. Overall, it wasn't quite as durable as the Rovr, but I think they're mostly designed for different purposes. If I'm trekking into the woods for a weekend with a couple of pals, I'm going to take the Rovr, no question. If I'm headed to the beach with the family for a day, I'm probably going to opt for the Igloo.

Oh, and if you'll be spending lots of time camping in a place where bears are a concern, then you'll probably want to invest in a bear-resistant cooler. The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee keeps a running list of certified options, which includes a number of coolers from this rundown. Several of the models I've tested from Cabela's, Orca, Rovr, Magellan Outdoors and Yeti all make the cut.

It's also worth considering whether or not your cooler is sturdy enough to sit on, something that comes in handy when you're out camping. Most of the coolers that I tested were, but some took things even further. For instance, the Bison Gen 2 Cooler goes so far as to advertise itself as an ideal casting platform to stand on during your next fishing trip and even sells nonslip traction mats for the lid in a variety of designs. 

Between the hinges, the lid, the drain plug and the lid latch, the Bison cooler felt the most like a premium product to the touch. It didn't hold cold air as well or as long as other roto-molded models and it costs about $150 more than our most affordable roto-molded pick, the Xspec 60qt High Performance cooler.

Latches and lids

cooler latch

The Magellan Outdoors model features four hinge latches, two on either side, so you can open the cooler from either side, or remove the lid completely.

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Let's pause to dive into hinges and latches a bit more. Some are good, some are bad and some are just nonexistent. Coolers with removable lids tend to be cheaper coolers that aren't going to perform in the top percentile -- with one exception I've found so far. Magellan Outdoors has a double-latching, double-hinged removable lid and happens to have won our picks for best small and large cooler. The easy-to-use, double-latched design means you can open the cooler from either side and, if you'd prefer, you can disengage the latches on both sides to remove the lid altogether. 

Now let's compare that to most of the newer cooler designs on models like Yeti, RTIC, Orca, Cabela's or Frosted Frog that have rubber T-shaped handles you have to stretch to secure the lid. They're difficult to pull down, even as a full-grown adult. I asked three other adults to secure these handles and out of the four of us, two were successful, one unsuccessful and the last successful only after an excessive amount of struggling. Performance is important, but design matters, too -- and sometimes, it's a deal-breaker.

I get that a rubber bungee-style latching mechanism is probably very efficient from a cost and maintenance perspective for the manufacturers. Less moving parts and it's rubber, so… it just kind of bends around, but there is a latching mechanism I've seen that is probably a great middle ground between the rubber latches and the ones you'll find on Magellan Outdoors products. I've seen this on products like the Xspec 60qt cooler, Amazon's Commercial 20qt cooler and the Lifetime 55qt high-performance cooler. These latches have rubber straps to secure the lid, but at the end of each strap lies a plastic handle that you can leverage against the mounting point to easily achieve the tensioned fit. That's a lot better than the rubber T handles but make no mistake, Magellan Outdoors still gets my vote for the best latching mechanism.

a blue backpack cooler

Our first soft-sided and backpack cooler didn't perform the best, but it is durable and a great option for hikers and campers alike.

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The Yeti Hopper Backflip 24 was the first backpack-style cooler that we tested, and although its overall performance wasn't stellar, there were things I did like. First off, it is a backpack. I do like that. Whether you are trekking gear to the beachfront or headed out for a hiking day, having free hands is always a bonus. The backpack has lots of straps and hitching points, too -- I imagine the target demographic is more hiking-oriented than day-at-the-beach, but in either case, you'll be able to secure extra stuff. 

There are no latches since this is a soft-sided cooler, just a zipper. The zipper boasts claims of being both water- and leakproof. We put that to the test during our capacity evaluations, where the entire cooler is filled to the top with water, and then closed. In its closed state, full of water, I sloshed it around without spilling a drop, so it's safe to assume that leaks won't be an issue. Our recent Magellan Outdoors soft-sided cooler (title holder for Best Soft-Sided Cooler) has the same zipper setup.

Final thoughts

Surprisingly, or not, brands matter. Everyone expects a Yeti cooler to perform well. They also expect them to cost more than their competitors. I recommend keeping an eye on other brands we've come to respect that have a more palatable price tag. Magellan Outdoors, Frosted Frog, RTIC and even the Amazon Commercial coolers are worth a look pretty much across their product offerings based on what I've seen.

The only other thing I'll say here is that I'm still surprised not to see more of the high-end options try to separate themselves from the pack with clever bonus features like a built-in battery for charging your devices while you camp outdoors (or better yet, a solar panel).

If that's what you're hoping for, your best bet might be to turn to Kickstarter and Indiegogo, where expensive, gadgety mega-coolers like the Coolest Cooler and the Infinite Cooler live in infamy. I say infamy because both of those cash grabs have a history of production delays and decidedly unhappy customers.

It's all more than enough for me to recommend the healthiest possible dose of skepticism if you ever find yourself tempted to back a campaign like that with your cold hard cash. I mean, come on -- the literal last thing you want from your cooler is to get burned by it. Stick with an old-fashioned cooler like the ones I recommend above.

The full list of coolers we've tested

These coolers are currently commercially available from the dozens we've tested over the last few years. Here's a linked list with brief insights:

  • Lifewit Collapsible Cooler Bag 24L (25 quarts): A handle-carry soft-sided cooler. It's popular on Amazon, but as expected soft sides didn't perform well in terms of keeping things cool during our testing.
  • Tourit Cooler Backpack (20 quarts): Another popular Amazon find. In our testing, these backpacks weren't great for cooling, but at least this one is stylish and has a connected metal bottle opener. 
  • OlarHike Cooler Backpack (23 quarts): Pretty similar to the Tourit. It's not as attractive, but you may be able to load a bit more into it. (Update: Currently unavailable)
  • Amazon Commercial Rotomolded Cooler, 20qt (20 quarts): Amazon has a line of roto-molded coolers that perform better than most (but not all, keeping it out of the winner's circle), and have one of the best cooler latching design.
  • Camp Zero 20L Premium Cooler (21 quarts): Very middle-of-the-road performance. It offers neat color options and four lid molded-in cup holders, which is great unless, you know, you need to open the cooler.
  • Frosted Frog 20qt Rotomolded Ice Chest (20 quarts): This was a brand requested to be reviewed by multiple CNET readers, and we've grown to love it too. We saw excellent performance, just not the best. 
  • Klein Tools Work Cooler (17 quarts): Sturdy, but not great performance as a traditional cooler, but would maybe keep your lunch cool. 
  • Igloo Playmate Cooler 4qt (4 quarts): Everything about this is tiny: capacity, level of performance, but also the price tag.
  • Orca Light Blue 40 Quart Cooler (40 quarts): A steep price tag for median performance in this category.
  • Igloo BMX 52 Quart Cooler (52 quarts): Looks neat and "BMX-y" and is the lowest-priced midsize cooler we tested -- but it also gave the worst performance.
  • KENAI 65 Quart Cooler (65 quarts): Classic design. Great color options. OK performance.
  • Frosted Frog 75QT Cooler (75 quarts): Like the other Frosted Frog model we tested, we found it to have reasonable pricing for excellent performance. 
  • Bison Gen 2 Cooler (50 quarts): The higher price tag will get you the coldest temp in its category, but also an inability to maintain that temp keeps this cooler from the winner's circle.
  • Cabela's Polar Cap Equalizer Cooler (60 quarts): One of the most expensive coolers on the list, but that's the price you pay for a former "best large cooler" title holder.
  • Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler (33 quarts): Lowest temp reached in the small cooler division, but its price tag keeps it from being the top pick.
  • Rubbermaid Ice Chest Cooler (48 quarts): One of the worst temperature performances in midsized coolers. (Update: Out of stock.)
  • Coleman Xtreme Marine Cooler (70 quarts): Tons of capacity in this cooler, and for less than $80, it's a solid choice. (Update: Out of Stock)
  • Coleman Xtreme Wheeled Cooler (50 quarts): Fairly poor stats in the midsized cooler performance tests, but less than $50.
  • RTIC 65 Cooler (65 quarts): Middle-of-the-pack performance with a slightly higher than median price tag. 
  • Igloo Island Breeze Cooler (48 quarts): Low cost around $50, but second to lowest performance scores in its division.
  • Igloo Latitude Wheeled Cooler (60 quarts): Large, but lowest performance scores in its division. (Update: Temporarily out of stock.)
  • Igloo MaxCold Cooler (50 quarts): Some of the best scores in the midsize cooler division and an attractive price tag. (Update: Currently unavailable.)
  • Rovr Rollr 60 Wheeled Cooler (60 quarts): Holds temp well, just maybe not as cold as its competitors. Highest price tag we've tested. (Update: Unavailable.)
  • Lifetime High Performance Cooler (55 quarts): One of the better-performing midsized coolers and a deal at just over $100.
  • Orca Classic Cooler (58 quarts): Formerly awarded best midsized cooler for a reason, but the price to pay is steep.
  • Pelican Elite Cooler (50 quarts): Gets colder than most, but won't hold it as long as others. 
  • Yeti Roadie 24 Cooler (20 quarts and 60 quarts): Middle-of-the-road performance. Picks a temp and holds it well. 
  • Yeti Hopper Backflip 24 Insulated Backpack Cooler (22 quarts): It is a backpack, but most any other cooler will perform better. 
  • Coleman Portable Cooler (16 quarts): One of the cheapest options at only $23, but isn't going to hold its temp for very long. (Update: Out of stock.)
  • Pelican 20 Quart Elite Cooler (20 quarts): Not a strong competitor in comparison with others. 
  • Coleman 24-Can Party Stacker Portable Cooler (23 quarts): Gets super cold, but doesn't stay that way for long; only $30. (Update: Currently unavailable.)
  • Rubbermaid 45qt Blue Wheeled Cooler (45 quarts): Median performance, but it's $72 and on wheels. (Update: Out of Stock.)
  • Xspec 60 Quart Roto Molded High Performance Cooler (60 quarts): One of the best coolers we've ever tested. Formerly named our best overall cooler, priced at $270. Top-notch features and performance.
  • Igloo Trailmate Journey 70qt All-Terrain Cooler (70 quarts): Feature-rich and excellent performance. Just above the median price tag. (Update: Currently unavailable.)
  • Gosun Chillest (48 quarts): No need for ice, this is basically a portable fridge and freezer. Set the temperature in two different zones with a range from -4 degrees F to 68 F with electricity from 12-volt, AC or solar. We tested both the fridge and freezer sections in our Gosun Chillest review.
  • Laka 20 (20 quarts): This adorable oval-shaped cooler comes in dozens of cool colors. It's both lightweight and tough.
  • East Oak (45 quarts): The larger version of our favorite small cooler, you can't go wrong with this effective and good-looking cooler. It doubles as a stool or table when closed. (Update: Currently unavailable.)
  • Brumate BrüTank (55 quarts): Go clamping with this trendy and stylish cooler chock full of features, like a foam seat top, all-terrain wheels, a built-in bottle opener, and more. (Update: Currently Unavailable)
  • AirSkirts Inflatable Cooler (58 quarts): Don't have a lot of space to store a cooler when not in use? This inflatable cooler conveniently packs down into a small bag you can store in the tightest spaces. However, its performance doesn't compare with traditional coolers.
  • Yeti V-Series (60 quarts): This sleek, upscale stainless steel cooler is tall enough to chill wine bottles inside. It'll set you back a pretty penny, though.
  • Coleman Convoy (65 quarts): This is a solid cooler, but surprisingly it had the worst performance of the large coolers we tested.
  • Ice Mule R-Jaunt (20 quarts): The backpack style is convenient to carry, but it doesn't perform as well as some of the other soft-sided coolers.
  • Ice Mule Jaunt (15 quarts): A clear backpack cooler looks pretty neat, but it had the worst performance of all the soft-sided coolers we tested.
  • Ice Mule Boss (23 quarts): Another Ice Mule backpack, but this one performed better than the other two, putting it in the middle of the soft-sided cooler pack.
  • Iron Flask (13 quarts): A portable cooler with cup holders on top and middle-of-the-road performance among the soft-sided coolers we tested.
  • Orca Wanderer (23 quarts): A better-than-average performer, this soft-sided cooler is tall and narrow so it can hold taller bottles.
  • Lifewit Collapsible Cooler Bag (25 quarts): While its performance amongst the soft-sided coolers we tested was middling, the price makes it an appealing option.
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