If you’re not super passionate about your cooler, you haven’t found the right one. A great cooler is a joy in life: not only can a hard body cooler make a great seat, they also protect and cool your food on the go. Think of them as portable refrigerators. And better yet, if you get a good one, you’ll rarely need to replace it. Coolers are built to withstand anything, even bears. To help pick out the right cooler for you, whether you’re hiking, spending a day at the beach, or just making your backyard a bright spot, we’ve rounded up some of the best coolers out there.
FOR THE BEST COOLER
Yeti Tundra 35
The creme de la creme of coolers, the Yeti Tundra is designed with bear-tested toughness to protect against bears, or even yourself. The PermaFrost insulation truly holds ice in for days at a time, and the best part, the T-Rex heavy duty rubber latches are easy to lock in, and won’t break like the latches on other coolers will.
FOR A BACKPACK COOLER
Hydro Flask Soft Cooler Pack
For a more portable, less extreme option than the Yeti, the Hydro Flask pack is a backpack cooler. The shell is built with a leak proof design, and can keep drinks cool up to 48 hours long. But the best part has to be the padded straps and backing that make carrying this cooler a breeze.
FOR A CLASSIC COOLER
This is the kind of cooler you’d bring with you camping around 20 years ago, but its design has stood the test of time. The handles are comfortable and easy to hold, and the cooler itself can keep things cool for up to four days at a time. But just look at the design: that’s what a cooler should look like.
FOR A SOFT COOLER
This is a great soft cooler option. It won’t keep things cool for as long, but sometimes you don’t need that. It’s easy to store when you’re not using it, and is great for just a day picnic, grocery shopping, and anything in between. Plus, it has a bottle opener attached to it. Just saying.
FOR A LUNCHBOX COOLER
Arctic Zone Deep Freeze
If it’s just you and maybe one other person going to have a drink, or buying a filet of salmon from the store, this is a great option. It has a flip open zipper lid so you can get quick access, is a soft shell with an interior hard lining, and is puncture proof and stain resistant. The stain resistant feature is my favorite part as I’m constantly spilling things.
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