All Premium-Priced Coolers

Updated by Brandon F. on June 16, 2019

This is a listing of all premium priced coolers we have reviewed.  We define “premium” as being a product that is in the highest bracket in terms of cost per quart of storage volume.  The reason we break things down into dollars per quart is to allow all different-sized coolers to be on an even playing field in regards to cost.  

For example, a small personal cooler will almost always be cheaper than a large cooler overall, but the large cooler might actually be a better bang for the buck in terms of how much storage you are getting for your money. Premium coolers can vary quite a bit in price, but many can go well into the multiple dollar per quart range.  Before we go into greater detail and provide a full listing, we have including our top-rated premium coolers in a table below.

Best Premium Coolers

Comes with Wheels
Pelican Elite 45 Quart Wheeled Cooler (White)
Grizzly 40 Quart Red/Cooler
Fantastic Ice Retention
Canyon Coolers Prospector 103qt (Sandstone)
K2 Coolers Summit 50 Cooler, Duck Boat Green
Vibe Element 75 Quart Rotomolded Hard Shell Cooler with Bottle Opener, Hunter Camo
Model
Pelican Elite 45 Quart Wheeled Cooler (White)
Grizzly 40 Quart Red/Cooler
Canyon Coolers Prospector 103qt (Sandstone)
K2 Coolers Summit 50 Cooler, Duck Boat Green
Vibe Element 75 Quart Rotomolded Hard Shell Cooler with Bottle Opener, Hunter Camo
Storage Volume (Quarts)
45
40
100
50
75
Tested Ice Range (Hours)
70-90
75-95
155-240
85-115
90-136
Price (Amazon)
from $379.95
$269.99
$369.99
$249.99
from $249.99
Our Rating (Out of 5)
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Comes with Wheels
Pelican Elite 45 Quart Wheeled Cooler (White)
Model
Pelican Elite 45 Quart Wheeled Cooler (White)
Storage Volume (Quarts)
45
Tested Ice Range (Hours)
70-90
Price (Amazon)
from $379.95
More Info
Our Rating (Out of 5)
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Grizzly 40 Quart Red/Cooler
Model
Grizzly 40 Quart Red/Cooler
Storage Volume (Quarts)
40
Tested Ice Range (Hours)
75-95
Price (Amazon)
$269.99
More Info
Our Rating (Out of 5)
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Fantastic Ice Retention
Canyon Coolers Prospector 103qt (Sandstone)
Model
Canyon Coolers Prospector 103qt (Sandstone)
Storage Volume (Quarts)
100
Tested Ice Range (Hours)
155-240
Price (Amazon)
$369.99
More Info
Our Rating (Out of 5)
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Our Full Review
K2 Coolers Summit 50 Cooler, Duck Boat Green
Model
K2 Coolers Summit 50 Cooler, Duck Boat Green
Storage Volume (Quarts)
50
Tested Ice Range (Hours)
85-115
Price (Amazon)
$249.99
More Info
Our Rating (Out of 5)
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Our Full Review
Vibe Element 75 Quart Rotomolded Hard Shell Cooler with Bottle Opener, Hunter Camo
Model
Vibe Element 75 Quart Rotomolded Hard Shell Cooler with Bottle Opener, Hunter Camo
Storage Volume (Quarts)
75
Tested Ice Range (Hours)
90-136
Price (Amazon)
from $249.99
More Info
Our Rating (Out of 5)
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Our Full Review

While there is a good variety of sizes and shapes to choose from in this range, we noticed that there are a lot of smaller, personal-sized examples.  This is likely because as a cooler becomes larger it is easier for the manufacturer to produce more storage space for only a marginal increase in costs while on a small ice chest a significant portion of the manufacturing costs is still consumed but resulting in only marginal storage volume.  That being said, there are still a lot of top of the line cooler manufacturers that offer very sizeable examples.

In the premium tier, products will oftentimes be made of high-end materials and metals and have a wide variety of additional features. Furthermore, more exotic and time-consuming manufacturing processes might be used to help maximize durability and ice life.  The result is products that can potentially last for many days with its initial ice and can also be exposed to a wide variety of challenging environments.  

On a smaller scale, while the cool life might not be quite as impressive, the personal and small-sized coolers will have a host of additional features and be made of more unique and aesthetic materials that will help them to stand out.

The target audience for those looking at the premium price tier will be people who are prioritizing insulation ability, product life, and in some cases looks over the cost.  Many of these coolers could be considered an investment that will be planned to last for years.

Kong

kong cooler reviewOur Rating:

 Premium

One of the best “bang for your buck” coolers on the market.  The Kong Coolers combine impressive ice life, tons of great features, and robust build quality.  Plus, they look great!  This is one of the best coolers you can buy.

Pros: Great ice retention, Lifetime warranty, Attractive styling, Very durable

Cons: Limited size options

Read Our Review of Kong Cooler

Engel Soft-Sided

PremiumOur Rating: Premium

A truly fantastic product, Engel’s entry into the cooler bag industry really impressed us.  The ice retention is industry-leading and the build quality is unmatched.  There are also some really cool features that you won’t find anywhere else.  Combine this with great styling and you have one of the top coolers we have ever reviewed.

Pros: Industry-leading ice life, Incredibly tough outer shell, unique vacuum feature, attractive styling

Cons: Limited sizes, Strap adjustment is a bit more work

Read Our Review of Engel Soft-Sided Cooler

Grizzly 

grizzly coolerOur Rating:

 4.5 star

This cooler has incredibly long ice life, even when compared to other worthy premium coolers available.  This is thanks to extra thick walls, optimal construction, and a simple and proven approach.  Plus it looks the part as well.  Just be expected to pay well into the upper price range to enjoy one.

Pros: Some of the best ice life on the market, incredibly durable, aggressive look, easy to carry considering the size

Cons: Very expensive, heavy

Read Our Review of Grizzly Cooler

Orion

Premium

Our Rating:

 4.5 star

When it comes to styling and features, it doesn’t get much better than Orion.  Plus, the warranty is among the best in the industry.  But it does come at a very high asking price and most of the colors may have a bit too much “pop” for someone who would prefer to blend in.

Pros: Very clever features, Impressive ice performance, Awesome Styling, Long warranty

Cons: Extremely expensive, Not a lot of “safe” color choices

Read Our Review of Orion Coolers

Palm

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Our Rating:

 Premium

Palm’s recently revised V2 Coolers improve on what was already a solid design.  You will enjoy fantastic ice life and one of the longest warranties in the business.  The additional features are welcome as well.  Our only minor issue is in the lack of color options.

Pros:  Great ice retention, Extremely tough, Good value, Wheels on new models

Cons: Only two sizes of new models available right now, Limited color choices

Read Our Review of Palm Cooler

K2 Summit

k2 summit coolerOur Rating:

 4.5 star

K2 offers up one of the top coolers on the market with their Summit series.  Ice life can be potentially a week or more (in the largest sizes) and the build quality is top-notch.  You may not see quite as many exotic features as you do on other premium coolers but the straightforward approach results in a long-lasting and effective cooler that will make its owner happy for many years to come.

Pros: Incredible ice life, wheeled option for mobility, very sturdy construction, great tough look

Cons: Quite expensive, very bulky

Read Our Review of K2 Summit Cooler

nICE

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4.5 star

A great lineup of small to large coolers that have good ice life and toughness.  What really brings these over the top is their clever features combined with a relatively competitive asking price.

Pros: Acceptable asking price, good ice life, loaded with features

Cons: Limited size options

Read Our Review of nICE Cooler

Techni Ice Signature Series

Techniice Signature Series Ice Chest, 74 Qt. Cooler

4.5 star

This cooler comes with industry-leading ice life and the proven performance that we come to expect from top coolers.  There are enough features to make most happy and the asking price is more than fair considering what you get.

Pros: Incredible ice retention, Good Build Quality, Reasonable Price

Cons: Very limited in color choices

Read Our Review of Techni Ice Cooler

Igloo Sportsman

PremiumOur Rating:  Premium

This is a great cooler that is designed to compete with the best coolers in the industry.  It comes with premium build quality, tough components, and it is proudly made in the USA.  It also is more affordable than a lot of its competition on the market.  The only minor issue we have is lack of color choices.

Pros: Great ice retention, Extremely durable, Cheaper than many other premium coolers

Cons: Somewhat limited features, Lack of color choices

Read Our Review of Igloo Sportsman Cooler

Polar Bear

polar bear cooler reviewOur Rating:

Premium

We are really impressed with the large and diverse selection of Polar Bear Soft Coolers.  These models are extremely durable and have very good ice life (particularly in the Eclipse and H2O series).  The features are acceptable and the asking price, while not the cheapest, is more than fair considering what you get for it.

Pros: Huge model selection, Great ice retention, Very tough construction, Customization options

Cons: Styling may not appeal to some, Can be a little pricey

Read Our Review of Polar Bear Cooler

Siberian Soft

Premium

Our Rating:

 Premium

While very limited in sizes and color choices, the Siberian Sidekick 32 is a great performer when it comes to ice retention and overall toughness.  And there are enough features to make most people content.  We hope to see Siberian build upon this platform in the future.

Pros: Good ice retention, Very tough, Awesome warranty

Cons: Limited in colors and sizes, Can be a bit expensive

Read Our Review of Siberian Soft Cooler

Bird Dog

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Our Rating:

 Premium

While limited in size choices, Bird Dog makes up for it with good ice life and plenty of features.  Plus, there are quite a few colors to pick from.  An overall good performer at a reasonable price within the premium price range.

Pros: Many good features, Attractive styling/colors, Good overall performance

Cons: Not many sizes, Questions about warranty

Read Our Review of Bird Dog Coolers

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Bison

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 4 star

 A solid competitor with a few intuitive features, Bison coolers stand behind a great warranty and are made in the USA.  However, for the price, there are better performers out there.

Pros: Great warranty, Awesome latch design, Made in the USA

Cons: Very expensive, Average ice life

Read Our Review of Bison Cooler

Bison SoftPak Cooler Bag

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4 star

A proven soft-sided cooler bag, the BIson SoftPak utilizes an extremely tough outer shell and thick insulation to give it a bump in performance.  It won’t have quite the ice life of the top cooler bags but the asking price is much more reasonable.

Pros: Very tough outer fabric, Thick Insulation, Proven Looks

Cons: Somewhat limited ice life for a premium cooler bag

Read Our Review of Bison SoftPak Cooler Bag

Canyon Outfitter Series

canyon outfitter series cooler review Our Rating:

 4 star

 The “little brother” of the Adventure Series, it sacrifices little for a noticeable drop in price.  Very good insulation and almost as tough while lightweight and adhering to the great lifetime warranty.

Pros: Good ice life, “cheap” for being premium, plenty durable

Cons: Not many color choices

Read Our Review of Canyon Coolers

Igloo Marine Ultra

igloo marine ultra cooler reviewOur Rating:  4 star

This is one of Igloo’s most proven coolers and it is specially designed for boat outings.  The selection size is massive so everybody, no matter their storage needs, can likely find a model that works for them.  The insulation is adequate (even in the sun) and there are wheeled options for added mobility.  That being said, they can be on the bulky side and prices tend to fluctuate quite a bit depending on where you shop.

Pros: Overall good to very good insulation, many wheeled options, stainless steel hardware, looks very professional

Cons: Bland styling, need to shop around to find good deal

Read Our Review of Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler

Kysek Soft Cooler

kysek soft cooler review

Our Rating:  Premium

We like what Kysek brings to the table with this soft cooler.  It comes with relatively good ice life and has most of the features we want to see in a premium soft cooler.  We particularly like the extra strong material and quality binding used.  However, the design is essentially a copy off of Yeti and it comes at a similarly high price tag.

Pros: Acceptable insulation, All of the expected features, Super tough

Cons: Pricey, Very similar design and approach as Yeti/RTIC

Read Our Review of Kysek Rover Soft Cooler

Mammoth Ranger

mammoth ranger cooler reviewOur Rating:

  Premium

The Mammoth Ranger Cooler is the larger sibling of the newly-updated Mammoth lineup.  It offers up extremely thick rotomolded walls and quality hardware.  This results in a tough package that can offer very nice ice life.  But it is a bit lacking in features and color choices.

Pros: Impressive ice life, Extremely tough, Lifetime warranty

Cons: Not a lot of features, Lacking in color options, Pretty pricey

Read Our Review of Mammoth Ranger Cooler

Taiga

taiga cooler review

Our Rating:  Premium

Taiga really impressed us with their huge selection of customization options and their awesome lifetime warranty.  But the cooler is pretty bare when it comes to features and ice performance is average for the premium price tier.  But this is still a solid competitor all around.

Pros: Endless customization options, Lifetime warranty, Great build quality

Cons: Limited sizes, Not a ton of features, Quite expensive

Read Our Review of Taiga Coolers

Simple Modern

simple modern cooler medium

Our Rating:

  Premium

Simple Modern Soft Coolers are limited in color choices and size selection but what is available offers up a good performance and build quality for a reasonable price.

Pros: Good ice life, Nice build quality, Good value

Cons: Limited size and color choices, Questions about warranty

Read Our Review of Simple Modern Cooler

Icemule

icemule cooler reviewOur Rating:

 Premium

A really unique design, Icemule Coolers lead the way in terms of mobility and portability.  Their ice life is acceptable and the build quality is plenty resilient.  But this simple approach does come at come costs: lack of features and not a lot of options for storing items outside of the insulated main area.  But these coolers definitely have their place among our readers.

Pros: Very simple to use, Extremely tough, Acceptable ice life

Cons: Limited additional pockets, Very short warranty, Can be pricey

Read Our Review of Icemule Coolers

Yeti Roadie

yeti roadie cooler reviewOur Rating:

 Premium

The smaller version of Yeti’s hard-sided coolers, the Roadie adheres to the thick walls and quality construction but with a much smaller storage volume.  For its size, you will enjoy great ice life and the build quality is top notch.  But you are limited in storage volume and the asking price is very high.

Pros: Great cooling ability for the size, Premium materials used for construction, Portable

Cons: Very expensive, Quite heavy for the size

Read Our Review of Yeti Roadie Cooler

Orca Pod

orca pod review 2Our Rating:  Premium

The Orca Pod is the larger of the two Orca backpack coolers.  It comes with tons of storage space and the ice retention is among the best in the industry.  Combine this with extremely high-quality construction and you have the perfect recipe for a premium cooler.  But this product is quite large/bulky and the asking price may be more than some people can afford.

Pros: Fantastic ice life, Tons of storage space, Extremely durable

Cons: Quite bulky, Limited features, Expensive

Read Our Review of Orca Pod Backpack Cooler

Homitt

homitt cooler review full

Our Rating:

  Premium

Homitt delivers good performance and nice build quality at a very competitive asking price.  This is a great cooler for those who want their money to go further.  However, we do have issues with their lack of color choices and warranty information.

Pros: Good performance, Nice construction, very reasonably priced

Cons: Very limited color options, Unsure about specific of warranty

Read Our Review of Homitt Cooler

Pelican Soft

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Our Rating:

  Premium

The Pelican Soft Cooler is a tough competitor thanks to its high-quality components and American build quality.  The ice life is quite good as well.  But there aren’t a lot of features and currently only one color option.  Also, it is quite expensive.  But if you are willing to pay for it, you will enjoy an excellent soft cooler.

Pros: Great ice life, Extremely tough, Good warranty

Cons: Expensive, Lack of features, Only one color

Ao Backpack

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Our Rating:

 4 star

A great-performing backpack that has an acceptable cooling ability and is tough enough to hold up to typical wear and tear for quite some time.  It is a bit expensive for the amount of storage that it has, but if you are willing to pay the premium price it should meet most of your needs.

Pros: Mostly water-resistant, extremely mobile, uses tough materials, very attractive look

Cons: A bit short on ice life, quite expensive

Read Our Review of Ao Backpack Cooler

Stanley Adventure

stanley adventure cooler reviewOur Rating:

 Premium

Although somewhat lacking in size options, the Adventure Cooler is a tough little ice chest.  It has enough ice performance to meet most people’s needs and the ability to be able to secure a Stanley bottle on the top is really cool.  It is also very mobile.  But the lid can be a little finicky and the asking price, while not crazy high, is still in the premium price sector.

Pros: Nice ice life considering its size, Very easy to transport, Great implementation of bungee cord

Cons: We would prefer metal hardware over plastic, The lid can sometimes be stubborn, Pretty expensive

Read Our Review of Stanley Adventure Cooler

Calcutta

calcutta cooler mediumOur Rating:

  3.5 star

Calcutta Coolers can hang with the best when it comes to ice retention and build quailty but outside of their LED drain plug, features are a bit lacking.  They are also quite expensive and don’t have many colors to pick some.  But when it comes to simply being a cooler, they perform fine.

Pros: Good ice life, Really cool LED drain plug, Nice build quality

ConsVery expensive, Limited features, Not many color options

Read Our Review of Calcutta Cooler

Coleman Stainless Steel

coleman stainless steel reviewOur Rating: Premium

This is an extremely attractive cooler and will certainly stand out from the crowd.  Recent improvements make it adequate in ice life and the toughness is bumped up a notch thanks to steel construction and hardware.  But it is limited on features, size options, and it will be a bit more expensive than most other Coleman Coolers.

Pros: Very attractive look, Metal components

Cons: Limited features, Only one size, Somewhat expensive

Read Our Review of Coleman Stainless Steel Cooler

Engel Cooler/Dry Box

engel cooler dry box reviewOur Rating: Premium

A very clever approach but for those who aren’t after the specific needs that this cooler addresses, you will end up paying more for a product that doesn’t have as long of ice life as a more traditional premium cooler.  The unique design also results in rather limited storage space.  But we certainly can’t deny its quality components and for people after an “all-in-one” cooler, this can’t be beaten.

Pros: Can retain both hot and cold items, cooler can be submerged underwater without issue, quality hardware

Cons: Not the best cooling performance, a bit limited in storage volume, expensive for the size

Read Our Review of Engel Cooler/Dry Box


Coleman Excursion

coleman excursion coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

The semi-recent update to the design resulted in a more attractive styling and subtle ice life improvements.  That being said, the available sizes are on the small side.  It can be an adequate personal cooler for an afternoon outing but may struggle beyond that.

Pros: Lid seals pretty well, rather tough, more progressive styling than predecessor

Cons: Still a little expensive, limited sizes, might be too small for many

Read Our Review of Coleman Excursion Cooler

Driftsun

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Our Rating:

 3 star

All of the premium components and features we look for in high-end coolers but a bit rough around the edges.  It comes in at a cheaper price but you will be sacrificing some in regards to ice life and toughness.

Pros: Premium features for a more affordable price, decent size range

Cons: Quality issues, Lid doesn’t hold a great seal, inconsistent insulation walls

Read Our Review of Driftsun Cooler

Igloo Stainless Steel

igloo stainless steel coolerOur Rating: 

3 star

One of Igloo’s most attractive coolers, the stainless steel really stands out from the plastic we are used to seeing.  It also helps (or at least doesn’t hurt too badly) the ice life.  But this aesthetically pleasing cooler does come at a much higher asking price and also suffers from some very weak latches.  Also, the attractive steel outer finish is easily scratched.

Pros: Very attractive look, decent insulation performance

ConsExpensive, latches break very easily, easily scratched

Read Our Review of Igloo Stainless Steel Cooler

eBags Crew Cooler Jr.

ebags crew cooler jr. coolerOur Rating:

 2.5 star

This is a smaller version of the popular Crew Cooler.  It is certainly more mobile but it may be too small for some as the storage size was definitely trimmed down.  However, the build quality is nice and it looks attractive as well.  The price point just needs to come down some to make it a stronger buy for us.

Pros: Very mobile, decent build quality, a lot of additional storage pocket, looks nice

Cons: Expensive for the size, very limited in insulated storage volume

Read Our Review of eBags Crew Cooler Jr. Cooler

Everest Cooler Lunch Bag

everest cooler lunch bagOur Rating:

2.5 star

This is a rather boring lunch bag that doesn’t do anything to make it stand out from the crowd.  While the cooling life is acceptable for a lunch bag and it is easy to carry, the limited size and somewhat pricey cost (given the size) makes it only a decent choice, in our opinion.

Pros: Decent cool life, lightweight and easy to carry

Cons: Expensive for the size, very limited size, boring appearance

Read Our Review of Everest Cooler Lunch Bag

Mammoth Discovery

mammoth discovery coolerOur Rating:

 2.5 star

The now retired Discovery Series cooler offered up solid ice life but it didn’t quite hold up to its competition at a similar price point.  Also, many of the features and the simple look of the cooler were a bit underwhelming as well.  However, the build quality and components used were good and a Mammoth Discovery Cooler is designed to last for many years.

Pros: Decent cooling performance, very well-built cooler with premium metal hardware

ConsVery heavy, not very exciting visually, super expensive

Read Our Review of Mammoth Discovery Cooler

Picnic Time Insulated Cooler Picnic Tote

picnic time insulated cooler picnic toteOur Rating:

 2.5 star

We love the originality in finding a way to squeeze in just about every picnic-related item you would needs.  The additional storage space will also come in handy.  The main concern lies with how little remaining space there is for your actual chilled items.  While the picnic tote does look nice, you will be severely limited in finding room for the edible items you want to bring.

Pros: Has everything you would need for a picnic, multiple carrying options, looks great

Cons: Rather pricey, may run into issues with storage space

Read Our Review of Picnic Time Insulated Cooler Picnic Tote

Igloo Gripper

igloo gripperOur Rating:

  2.5 star

Igloo’s old design, the Gripper is in need of a face lift both in terms of performance and looks.  What it does have going for it is being extremely mobile and being assembled with high-quality components.  There are also plenty of colors to choose from.  Where it lacks is in its overall ice life, very limited storage space, and simply being too pricey for what you are getting.

Pros: Very mobile, decent construction, wide color selection

Cons: Won’t keep items cool for very long, storage volume might be an issue, somewhat expensive for the size

Read Our Review of Igloo Gripper Cooler

Packit Freezable Bag

packit freezable bagOur Rating:

 2 star

There are plenty of color and designs to choose from.   Also, the Freezable Bag concept is a clever idea.  But the implementation and results just don’t work very well.  There are some major quality issues you have to deal with and the asking price is simply too high for what you get.

Pros: Big uses itself as cold source, very mobile, a huge variety of color and pattern choices

ConsDoesn’t stay very cold by itself, has construction issues and weak materials, expensive for the storage size

Read Our Review of Packit Freezable Bag

Pelican Elite Wheeled

pelican elite wheeled coolerOur Rating:

 4.5 star

We love the combination of the proven performance of the Pelican Elite with the mobility of including wheels.  You will pay a bit extra for the wheeled feature but it is worth it as it makes moving this behemoth cooler much easier.  Plus, we really dig the recent re-design.

Pros: Incredible ice life, more mobile-friendly, extremely durable

ConsExpensive, still quite bulky

Read Our Review of Pelican Elite Wheeled Cooler

Canyon Adventure Series

  canyon adventure series reviewOur Rating:

 4.5 star

A truly fantastic cooler that has some of the longest ice life we have ever come across.  There are plenty of features that help to make it tough while easy to use.  Consider the reasonable asking price and lifetime warranty and you have a home run.

Pros: Super long ice life, extremely tough, lifetime warranty

Cons: Not many color choices

Read Our Review of Canyon Coolers

Cordova

cordova cooler review fullOur Rating:

  Premium

This Idaho-based company really impressed us with their boat-inspired lineup of hard-sided coolers.  The ice life is there but the most notable aspects are their clever features and beautiful aesthetics.  And having a lifetime warranty sure doesn’t hurt, either!

Pros: Good ice life, Lifetime warranty, Many clever features, Awesome styling

Cons: Not a ton of sizes, Limited colors, High price tag

Read Our Review of Cordova Coolers

Cordova Soft

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Our Rating:

 Premium

While somewhat limited in size selection, the current models of Cordova’s Soft Cooler line are quite good.  They offer up tons of storage space, great build quality, and impressive ice life.  A solid choice for someone who needs to transport a lot of cans for the weekend.

Pros: Tons of storage, Great construction, Attractive styling, Reasonable cost

Cons: May be simply too large for some, Limited color options

Read Our Review of Cordova Soft Coolers

Vibe

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4.5 star

Another worthy candidate in the premium cooler market.  While it lacks in sizes and colors, it more than makes up for it in features, toughness, ice life, and a fantastic asking price.

Pros: Very affordable for a premium cooler, loaded with features, good ice life

Cons: Limited size options, few color choices

Read Our Review of Vibe Cooler

Engel Backpack

PremiumOur Rating: Premium

If you are after a backpack cooler, look no further.  Engel combines extra thick insulation and a sun-resistant inner shell to produce great ice retention.  The quality materials and construction also mean that this product will last for many years.  An attractive cooler with multiple color choices, it really is the “total package”.

Pros: Awesome ice performance, Extremely resilient outer shell, Attractive styling

Cons: Pricey for a backpack, Not a true backpack, Limited sizes

Read Our Review of Engel Backpack Cooler

Igloo Trailmate

PremiumOur Rating:

  4.5 star

This cooler combines acceptable ice life with awesome mobility, tons of features, and an attractive look.  We really like how Igloo managed to cram so many cool accessories into this cooler while still maintaining great build quality and a decent asking price.  We highly encourage you to check out this ice chest if you want a large cooler that is more mobile.

Pros: Great mobility, lots of helpful features, good build quality, awesome styling

Cons: Will be a bit pricey for an Igloo, only one size to choose from

Read Our Review of Igloo Trailmate Cooler

Pelican Elite

pelican elite coolerOur Rating:

 Premium

This cooler will give you extremely long ice life and it is backed by proven construction and high-quality components.  Plus, the aggressive look helps to make it stand out.  But it does come at a very high asking price (even with the premium cooler sector).

Pros: Incredible cooling life, Very durable, Rugged look

ConsVery heavy and difficult to move, Expensive

Read Our Review of Pelican Elite Cooler

Siberian

siberian cooler review

Our Rating:

 Premium

This cooler lineup really impressed us with their diverse selection of helpful features.  The ice life is also quite good but for the high asking price, this is to be expected.  A solid choice for someone who wants a premium cooler that is easy to use and gets the job done.

Pros: Loaded with unique features, Very attractive styling, Adequate combination of ice life and toughness

Cons: Not the cheapest, Lacking in color choices

Read Our Review of Siberian Coolers

CustomCoolerStore

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Our Rating:

 Premium

The main selling point of this small lineup of coolers is in the impressive ability to upload designs to be printed on the cooler.  In addition, the ice life and asking price aren’t terrible, either.

Pros:  Great ability to upload designs, Good ice life

Cons: Limited size selection, Only two base colors, Pretty expensive

Read Our Review of CustomCoolerStore Coolers

Igloo Yukon Cold Locker

igloo yukon cold locker coolerOur Rating:

  4 star

The most impressive ice performer of the Igloo lineup, the Cold Locker is able to compete with some of the big dogs while being a little more affordable.  It also comes with many of the features and quality materials that we like to see at this price point and have the stored Igloo name backing it.

Pros: Amazing cooling ability, extremely tough and long-lasting, aggressive styling

ConsVery heavy and bulky, expensive

Read Our Review of Igloo Yukon Cold Locker Cooler

Lit Cooler

lit cooler reviewOur Rating:

 4 star

A very refreshing premium cooler than stands out from the crowd thanks to its solid build quality and attractive and handy LED lighting.  Acceptable performance and tons of color choices make this a solid buy despite the high price tag.

Pros: Handy lighted interior, Tons of color choices, Acceptable toughness

Cons: Expensive, Somewhat limited ice life, Not a lot of sizes

Read Our Review of Lit Cooler

Engel High Performance

engel high performance cooler reviewOur Rating: Premium

This cooler’s ice life is up to the demands of most people after a premium cooler.  However, in the ever-increasing premium cooler market, finding ways to stand out is important and Engel’s simple approach may not wow many people.  The tradeoff for this straightforward approach is a more affordable asking price.  And you will still enjoy quality construction at this cheaper price point.

Pros: Great insulation ability, very tough, cheaper than many comparable coolers

Cons: Lid doesn’t seal as well as expected, bland styling, still quite expensive

Read Our Review of Engel High Performance Cooler

Thermik Cooler

thermik cooler

Our Rating:

 4 star

Another solid competitor in the premium cooler market. It takes a proven approach of offering solid ice life and toughness as well as some helpful accessories such as a pressure release valve.  We just wish that there were more colors to choose from.

Pros: Good ice performance, Tons of great features

Cons: More expensive than some similar brands, lack of color options

Read Our Review of Thermik Cooler

Orca

orca cooler review full

 4 star

 A very straightforward cooler that doesn’t wow you with tons of features but instead with good ice life and toughness.  There is also a huge selection of color and pattern choices but they do come at a high cost.

Pros: Plenty tough, Good ice life, Many color options

Cons: Little in the way of features, Rather expensive

Read Our Review of Orca Coolers

Grizzly Drifter

PremiumOur Rating:

 Premium

The Drifter is a small but potent lineup recently released by Grizzly.  These coolers don’t have the longest ice life but are adequate for the size and, outside of some loose stitching, are plenty tough.  Also, they are at a competitive price point.

Pros: Plenty of additional storage areas, Attractive styling

Cons: Threads can unravel easily, Limited size options

Read Our Review of Grizzly Drifter Soft-Sided Cooler

Kysek Hard Cooler

kysek cooler reviewOur Rating:

 Premium

This cooler meets all of the needs we like to see including long ice life, plenty of features, and extra tough construction.  They are quite expensive but the awesome performance helps to make the sticker shock a little easier to swallow.

Pros: Great ice retention, clever accessories, quality materials and construction

Cons: Expensive, limited color choices

Read Our Review of Kysek Cooler

Mammoth Cruiser

mammoth cruiser cooler reviewOur Rating:

  Premium

The Mammoth Cruiser is the smaller sibling of the new Mammoth lineup.  It attempts to find a happy medium between ice life and mobility and, for the most part, succeeds.  But the overall feature choices are a little lacking and you won’t find as many colors to choose from as you may like.

Pros: Great build quality, Lifetime warranty, Very mobile

Cons: Limited in features, Expensive for the size

Read Our Review of Mammoth Cruiser Cooler

Yeti Tundra Series

yeti tundra series cooler reviewOur Rating:

Premium

One of the originators of the premium hard-sided cooler market, the Tundra has certainly made a name for itself.  You will enjoy fantastic ice performance, great American construction, and a proven reputation.  But the features are a bit lacking and the asking price can be extremely high.  But that is the price you pay to enjoy an iconic Yeti cooler.

Pros: Great ice life, Awesome warranty, Tons of accessories, Team logo options

Cons: Very expensive, Boring styling, Limited features

Read Our Review of Yeti Tundra Series Cooler

Yeti Hopper

yeti hopperOur Rating:

 Premium

A very impressive soft-sided cooler across the board, the Hopper was one of the original premium soft-sided coolers to hit the market.  You will find the ice life and toughness among the best there is and there are a few different colors to choose from as well. But it does come with a high asking price and somewhat limited storage locations

Pros: Some of the best cooling on the market for a soft-sided cooler, Great size for its intentions, Very tough

Cons: Lack of additional pockets, Few color options, Very expensive for the storage size

Read Our Review of Yeti Hopper Cooler

Orca Podster

PremiumOur Rating:  Premium

The Orca Podster is the smaller of the two popular backpack coolers.  It finds a happy medium between storage capacity and ice retention.  Plus, the build quality is rock-solid.  But there aren’t a ton of features and the asking price is quite high to have a chance to enjoy this special cooler.

Pros: Very tough, Good ice life, Mobile

Cons: Expensive, Limited color choices, Questionable styling

Read Our Review of Orca Podster Backpack Cooler

MILEE

milee cooler review largeOur Rating:

  Premium

MILEE has a small but proven lineup of hard-sided coolers.  They take a very standard approach that we have seem emulated in other cooler brands but it definitely works.  Our main issues are with the lack of color choices and small warranty.

Pros: Good performance for the price, A lot of features

Cons: Limited Size/Color choices, Missing great warranty

Read Our Review of MILEE Coolers

Dometic Patrol

dometic cooler review fullOur Rating:

Premium

While Dometic may be known more for their powered coolers, their recent Patrol hard-sided coolers are no slouches, either.  They have great build quality and their ice life will compete with the very best.  However, they are a bit Spartan when it comes to features.  And we wouldn’t mind a few more color choices.

Pros: Good ice retention, Built sturdy

Cons: Not a lot of features, Only one color choice

Read Our Review of Dometic Cooler

Kula

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Our Rating:

  Premium

Kula has one of the most unique styles of any cooler that we have tested.  The round cooler offers up a nice list of features and is built quite well.  However, the ice life and high asking price might turn some people off.

Pros: Great build quality, Attractive, Nice warranty

Cons: Uncomfortable to carry, So-so ice life, Expensive

Read Our Review of Kula Cooler

Frosty

frosty cooler review fullOur Rating:

 3.5 star

One of the most affordable premium-level coolers you can buy, Frosty has a great approach that will sit well with those on a tight budget.  However, it has to make some notable sacrifices in features and styling to achieve this.

Pros: Good ice life, Plenty Tough, One of the more affordable premium cooler choices

Cons: Few features, Boring design, Lack of color choices, Disappointing warranty

Read Our Review of Frosty Cooler

Stanley Heritage

stanley heritage cooler reviewOur Rating:

 Premium

A fun little cooler that comes with its own Stanley bottle, the Heritage Series attempts to stand out from the crowd thanks to its mobility and convenience.  While the ice life is nothing amazing, it is more than serviceable.  And the compartmentalized interior is a nice touch.  But you won’t have much in terms of color or size choices.

Pros: Great feature that allows thermos to be attached, Looks quite classy, Decent cool life

Cons: Relatively limited storage space, Wish there was metal hardware used, Only one size

Read Our Review of Stanley Heritage Cooler

Kysek Dry Bag

kysek dry bag reviewOur Rating:

  3.5 star

These dry bags are assembled with great construction methods and have a similarly tough outer shell that we have became used to from Kysek.  However, you are giving up a significant ability to keep items chilled for very long and are still having to pay a premium for this high-performance bag.

Pros: Quality construction, Super resilient outside fabric, Attractive looks

Cons: Aren’t designed to store cold items, Expensive considering they aren’t really coolers, Not as many features

Read Our Review of Kysek Dry Bag

Kysek Trekker Backpack

kysek trekker backpack reviewOur Rating:  3.5 star

The Trekker Backpack finds a happy medium between ice retention, performance, and mobility.  There is plenty of storage space and, thanks to the comfortable shoulder straps, it is a breeze to carry (even when full of drinks).  Ice life won’t be quite as long as in a traditional premium soft-sided cooler but it is good for being a backpack.

Pros: Very mobile, Easy access to stored items, Comfortable to wear, Lots of storage

Cons: Ice life is lower than a traditional soft-sided cooler, pretty expensive

Read Our Review of Kysek Trekker Backpack

Picnic Time Pranzo Insulated Lunch Tote

picnic time pranzo insulated lunch toteOur Rating:

 3.5 star

This is a solid choice for someone who wants to take the effort out of their next picnic.  It comes with plenty of features as well as a nice layout that gives you room for all the various items you would need.  In addition, it has a very attractive look.  The issue is with the lack of insulated storage volume and the somewhat high asking price.

Pros: Thick insulation, high-quality materials used, awesome looking design and layout

Cons: Severely limited insulated volume, expensive

Read Our Review of Picnic Time Pranzo Insulated Lunch Tote

Ao Carbon

ao carbon series coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

This is a very classy-looking cooler that does an alright job of ice retention and the build quality and materials are good enough, albeit it is a bit on the large side for a given size.  Also, the price is somewhat high so we wouldn’t mind if its performance was bumped up a notch or two.  It’s still not a terrible choice, however.

Pros: Waterproof, multiple carrying options, strong fabric, very attractive

Cons: A bit large for what it carries, not many external features, a bit expensive

Read Our Review of Ao Carbon Cooler

Coleman Xtreme Marine

coleman xtreme marine coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

The Xtreme Series has recently undergone some updates and the new look is much more attractive.  In addition, the thicker insulation and higher quality materials results in quite good ice life for the size and price.  That being said, the lid can be a bit stubborn to open and close and screws used on the hinges can also strip prematurely.

Pros: Very good ice life, wheeled options for mobility, relatively tough, higher quality materials

Cons: Lid can be too tight, quite heavy, screws can strip, pretty expensive

Read Our Review of Coleman Xtreme Marine Cooler

eBags Crew Cooler II

ebags crew cooler II coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

The Cooler II provides some much-needed updates to this popular cooler bag.  There are plenty of places to carry items and the aesthetics are on point as well.  However, we do wish that the ice life were bumped up a little higher as the asking price can tend to creep up on this product.

Pros: Plenty of room for a lunch outing, 3 different carrying methods, looks very nice

Cons: Ice life is a bit on the short side, pretty expensive

Read Our Review of eBags Crew Cooler II Cooler

Wildkin Lunch Bag

wildkin lunch bagOur Rating:

 3 star

The cooling ability of the small lunch bag is actually pretty good.  There are also some intuitive storage compartments with well-placed zipper for accessing them.  There are plenty of color and design options to pick from, too.  But it will cost a bit more than you are used to seeing for a product of this size and the storage volume can still be a major limitation.

Pros: Great cooling for the size, unique side-access to storage areas, a wide variety of color and patterns to choose from

Cons: Expensive for the amount of storage volume, bit quality could be better, only one carrying method

Read Our Review of Wildkin Lunch Bag

Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Basket

picnic at ascot collapsible basket coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

We think that this product looks lovely and will serve its function for a short picnic.  It will keep items cool for a few hours and there is tons of room for your various picnic supplies. However, it isn’t capable of much more than that and it will cost you more than you would expect.

Pros: Works well enough for a picnic, should be plenty of storage space, quite light and mobile, unique look

Cons: Expensive for the size, not good for an all-day affair

Read Our Review of Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Basket Cooler

eBags Lunch

ebags lunch coolerOur Rating:

 2.5 star

In terms of simply being a lunch cooler, it does the job well enough.  You can expect your items to stay cool for a few hours but not much more than that.  The build quality is quite good and we like the material choices.  But you will be limited in storage volume and, for the size, the asking price is definitely up there.

Pros: Will fill its purpose in regards to keeping items cool until lunch, high-quality materials, strong strap

Cons: Very limited in storage size, expensive for how much space you are getting, very plain styling

Read Our Review of eBags Lunch Cooler

Wildkin Lunch Box

wildkin lunch boxOur Rating:

 2 star

This lunchbox is extremely easy to transport and comes with many fun color options.  But the simple fact of the matter is that it is too small for most people’s needs.  And this not only results in difficult in packaging all of your items but also sub-par cooling ability.

Pros: Very easy to transport, side-access to compartments, a huge array of colors and patterns to choose from

Cons: Way too small for many applications, struggles with cooling life, not at all waterproof, expensive given the storage size

Read Our Review of Wildkin Lunch Box

Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Rolling

  picnic at ascot collapsible rolling coolerOur Rating:

 2 star

We think that this product looks lovely and will serve its function for a short picnic.  It will keep items cool for a few hours and there is tons of room for your various picnic supplies. However, it isn’t capable of much more than that and it will cost you more than you would expect.

Pros: One of the few soft-sided coolers on the  market with wheels, lightweight, a nice amount of storage volume

Cons: Very little insulation, poor build quality, only one color option, pretty expensive

Read Our Review of Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Rolling Cooler

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