All Small Size Coolers

This is a list of all small size coolers we have reviewed.  We define “small size” as any product that has between 17 and 35 quarts of storage volume.  This size is the second smallest, putting it in between the personal size and the medium size.  Products that fall under this category are typically intended for small group outings or potentially for an individual who needs to pack a couple of meals and some drinks as well.  They will oftentimes be a bit too bulky to be used as a conventional lunch container. At this storage volume, you will have a bit more space which means that more features such as external pockets, multiple storage spaces, etc., can be added.

At the same time, they are still mobile enough to be easily carried but a single person, and a conventional carrying handle will usually be all that is required. You will start to see more plastic or “hard-sided” coolers in this category, although there is still a nice variety of soft-sided options as well. If you are looking for a mobile-friendly and convenient product that amps things up a bit in the storage department, then consider checking out this size!

K2 Summit

k2 summit coolerOur Rating:

 4.5 star

This is a fantastic line of coolers and has no real weak points.  With ice life of potentially a week or more, great construction, and a resilient look, anybody that is looking for a long-term cooler investment will be pleased. However, with this high-end offering you will expect to pay in the top price bracket for it but, in this case, we think it is absolutely worth it, especially considering that many of the comparable coolers on the market are more expensive.

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

Canyon Adventure Series

  canyon adventure series review Our 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


vibe cooler review full

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

Pelican Elite

pelican elite coolerOur Rating:

 4 star

Some of the best ice life of any cooler on the market and excellent construction make this an extremely effective line of products.  However, it comes it a hefty price and you don’t get as many bells and whistles as some of the other premium brands on the market.  But in terms of performance, it can’t be beaten.

Pros: Incredible cooling life, very durable, rugged look

ConsVery heavy and difficult to move, expensive

Read Our Review of Pelican Elite Cooler

Arctic Zone Pro 30

arctic zone pro 30Our Rating:

4 star

This product does everything pretty well and we prefer this larger size because of the improved cooling ability.  There are some notable build quality issues but the performance, features, and price are on point, making this a definite recommendation.

Pros: Acceptable cool life, very easy to access items inside, looks great Cons: Fabric falls apart too soon, shoulder strap can be weak

Read Our Review of Arctic Zone Pro 30 Cooler

Lit Cooler

lit cooler review Our 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

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 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



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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

Ao Backpack

ao backpack cooler new full

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

Igloo Legend

igloo legend coolerOur Rating:

 3.5 star

Overall this is a simple, modular, and relatively effective cooler that can be had for a reasonable price.  It won’t win any beauty contests but its effective design and helpful key features make it a buy for anybody looking for a space-saving and simple cooling solution for a small outing.

Pros: Quite good cooling ability, very mobile, lid converts to tray and cup holder, great price

Cons: Handle can be a little weak, very boring styling

Read Our Review of Igloo Legend Cooler

Coleman Chest

coleman chest coolerOur Rating:

 3.5 star

An affordable, entry-level ice box that is good for those that are looking for a product that can work for an afternoon or evening rather than multiple days.  This product is well constructed and should last for several years and other than the minor issue with the lid not staying open this isn’t a big choice for a casual cooler enthusiast.

Pros: Built tough, strong handles, great price

Cons: Underwhelming ice life, lid won’t stay open, plain design

Read Our Review of Coleman Chest Cooler

Igloo Marine Ultra

igloo marine ultra coolerOur Rating:

 3.5 star

A proven, established marine cooler that has all of the features you need for our next boat trip.  The huge range of sizes means there is likely something for you, and you get quite good insulation in the larger options.  Overall a great range of coolers but shop around for good prices.

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

Cons: Can be quite bulky, need to shop around to find good deal

Read Our Review of Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler

Kysek Hard Cooler

kysek cooler reviewOur Rating:

 3.5 star

This cooler meets all of the needs we like to see including long ice life, plenty of features, and extra tough construction.  We just wish that it tried to stand out a bit more from Yetis and RTICs, particularly for the high asking price.

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

Cons: Expensive, limited color choices

Read Our Review of Kysek 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

Thermos Raya Lunch Tote

thermos raya lunch toteOur Rating:

 3.5 star

This is a great-performing cooling product and should be more than large for most people’s needs.  In addition, the price is more than fair for what you are getting.  We do wish that there were some extra pockets to store non-chilled items and that there were some more aesthetic features or a more entertaining fabric layout but overall it is still a nice buy.

Pros: Affordable, plenty of storage space, good cooling qualities

Cons: Very bare, no external pockets

Read Our Review of Thermos Raya Lunch Tote

Ao Vinyl

ao vinyl coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

A tough product that has a good ice life for being a soft-sided cooler, while adhering to some of the benefits that those types of coolers bring.  It does fall a bit short on the looks category, though.  However for someone looking for a rugged but still somewhat mobile cooling solution this should do the trick.

Pros: Great cooling ability, two carrying choices, strong material

Cons: Still prone to scratches, not many external features, looks are questionable

Read Our Review of Ao Vinyl Cooler

Arctic Zone Ultra 50

arctic zone ultra 50Our Rating:

 3 star

This product attempts to combine a relatively large storage volume with soft-sided technology and it overall does an acceptable job of it.  With up to 2 days of cooling life, a variety of helpful features, and a decent price it should make most people happy that are wanting to go the soft-sided route.

Pros: Quick-access lid is super handy, tons of storage space, mobile for its size Cons: Can be quite bulky, not enough color choices

Read Our Review of Arctic Zone Ultra 50 Cooler

Coleman Xtreme Marine

coleman xtreme marine coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

The major issues such as poor insulation, lack of mobility, and a “boring” look have been improved with the Xtreme series, while actually being able to maintain (if not lower) prices in many instances.  The major design flow in the hinges is important to note, however, and something you need to be aware of while using the ice box if you want it to last a long time.

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

We definitely like the updates that were done on these coolers, especially the multiple carrying methods and the improved ergonomic design.  However, the ice life is still nothing amazing and for the price we were hoping for a bit more.  Despite this, it isn’t a horrible choice considering the many features and facelift.

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

Igloo Hard Liner

igloo hard liner coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

This product performs surprisingly well despite its assumed limitations of being a loose soft-top that is relatively small.  The build quality and portability are more than acceptable as well.  The visual department could have a bit of a boost but it is not a deal-breaker, and we would recommend this to someone looking for a simple, mobile cooler.

Pros: Acceptable ice life (especially with ice pack usage), easy to store and transport, a lot of choices in color

Cons: No handle for carrying, a little too flimsy

Read Our Review of Igloo Hard Liner Cooler

Igloo Marine Breeze

igloo marine breeze coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

This ice chest does a pretty good job on all levels with its performance.  The elevated base and tight-fitting lid mean that ice will be around for a weekend trip to even the hottest climate.  It is well-constructed enough to hold up for several seasons.  Opening and close the lid and rotating the handle can be a bit laborious, however, but with its decent price can be overlooked.

Pros: Good ice life, well-constructed, good price

Cons: Lid can be pretty tight, not a lot of additional features or color choices

Read Our Review of Igloo Marine Breeze Cooler

Igloo MaxCold Gripper

igloo maxcold gripperOur Rating:

 3 star

This product is good enough to handle the cooling requirements for a day trip and is plenty large for even a large lunch or outing for two.  Build quality is there except for a minor zipper issue and we wish we could access both zipped areas without it being covered by the strap during transport.

Pros: Strong fabric, plenty of storage space for being a gripper, good price, easily stored

ConsZippers are a little weak, looks a little cheaper than the hard-top version, can have access difficulty during transport

Read Our Review of Igloo MaxCold Gripper


rubbermaid coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

This is a simple, highly popular cooler that is often used for short weekend trips.  The insulation ability is more than up to the task for this, and the great variety of sizes means that there should be a solution for just about anyone.  However, the weak handle is a problem that continues to plague this line of coolers.  If you can find these coolers for sale on the cheaper end of the price point range then they are a buy but if you see yourself paying on the upper range we recommend keeping your eye open for other buys.

 Pros: Good ice life for the size, strong lid, decent price

Cons: Weak handles, pretty plain design

Read Our Review of Rubbermaid Cooler

Picnic Time Turismo

picnic time turismo coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

The cooling ability and features here are good enough to consider this item, but there are a couple of issues.  It appears that some shortcuts might have been taken in the construction of components to drive the price down, which does result in the performance and product life some.  And even with the shortcuts, it is still not a super cheap product.  However, we like the included features and mobility.

Pros: Multiple insulated areas for categorization and increased space, very mobile, professional-looking

Cons: Not waterproof, low-quality water bottle, velcro is weak

Read Our Review of Picnic Time Turismo Cooler

Yeti Tundra Series

yeti tundra series coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

While the Yeti name comes with a lot of respect and heritage, there are other products on the market that perform as well or close to it for a fraction of the price.  That’s not to say that this isn’t a great cooler: it has long ice life and the construction is well-made, but for someone willing to drop this kind of money on a cooler we recommend shopping around for all of the competition as well.

Pros: Great cool life via thick insulation, easy gripping, high-quality build construction

Cons: Very expensive, quite bulky, not many additional features

Read Our Review of Yeti Tundra Series Cooler

Engel Cooler/Dry Box

engel cooler dry boxOur Rating:

 2.5 star

While the premise of being suitable for hot and cold items and also being waterproof is a unique touch that will have very particular applications, the core cooling performance of this ice box does struggle a little bit as a result.  It is well constructed, however, which means it should last a while.  For its pretty price, there are better options if all you are looking for is something to keep your items cold.

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

Read Our Review of Engel Cooler/Dry Box

Igloo Gripper

igloo gripperOur Rating:

 2.5 star

A solid, safe choice for those looking for a small gripper to pack their lunch or a few afternoon drinks.   One of the most mobile options available, but the size might be too small for some.  If space requirements aren’t an issue then it should be an acceptable choice that should last you a while.

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

Picnic at Ascot Cooler Backpack

  picnic at ascot cooler backpackOur Rating:

 2.5 star

If you are simply looking for a backpack to keep our items cool for a few hours this will work, but it doesn’t do anything incredibly well.  Cooling ability is average at best and the straps are notoriously weak.  There is quite a bit of carrying space considering the size, however.

Pros: Extremely mobile, plenty of pockets for storage, nice design

Cons: Struggles some with keeping items cool, weak straps

Read Our Review of Picnic at Ascot Cooler Backpack

Picnic Time Zuma Insulated Cooler Backpack

picnic time zuma insulated cooler backpackOur Rating:

2.5 star

This is a very “average” backpack, that doesn’t overly struggle with any particular facet but doesn’t knock it out of the park on anything either.  There are a few clever design details that we like but we also feel that including them hurt both the cooling performance as well as the cooling volume some.

Pros: Decent insulation ability, easy top access, plenty of storage areas

Cons: Limited in insulated storage volume, somewhat flimsy, very plain looking

Read Our Review of Picnic Time Zuma Insulated Cooler Backpack

Coleman Marine

coleman marine coolerOur Rating:

 2 star

There is a nice range of sizes and for short periods of time these cooler will suffice.  However, for marine-oriented products we expect a much longer ice life and it would also be nice to be a bit more durable and have better seals since typically these coolers will be thrown around quite a bit.  The price, while not super high, is at a level where would expect a bit more.

Pros: Relatively light for the size, cup holders in larger sizes, nice size range

Cons: Lackluster cooling life, weak handles, can be difficult to transport

Read Our Review of Coleman Marine Cooler

Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Rolling

  picnic at ascot collapsible rolling coolerOur Rating:

 2 star

Unfortunately, this cooler struggles in too many areas to warrant a recommendation by us.  The wheels, which are supposed to be one of the main selling points, struggle to be viable and the fact that the build quality is lacking are too glaring of issues, and the average-at-best cooling ability doesn’t get us excited.

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


grizzly coolerOur Rating:

 4.5 star

In terms of ice life, these ice chests are some of the best on the market.  High-quality materials and optimal construction is used and it shows up both in the performance as well as the looks.  The only drawback is the price but if someone is looking for a cooler that will last them for years and provide continuous great performance it is well worth the price.

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


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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

Sacko Insulated Cooler Bag

sacko insulated cooler bagOur Rating:

 4 star

This is a great-performing bag for the price.  It should be large enough to store just about everything you would need and comes with enough unique features such as the quick-access hatch to make it stand out from the competition.  Anybody who is in the market for a soft-sided cooler should definitely check this one out.

 Pros: Great price, high-quality insulation, large enough for most applications, quick-access Velcro hatch

Cons: Wish it was a little bit tougher

Read Our Review of Sacko Insulated Cooler Bag

Techni Ice Cooler Bag

Techni Ice High Performance Cooler Bag (14Qt)

 4 star

A viable all-around bag, the Techni Ice Cooler Bag enjoys the extremely thick walls that we have come to enjoy from Techni Ice.  This results in good ice performance and toughness while maintaining a reasonable asking price.

 Pros: Good ice retention, Fair price, Good craftsmanship

Cons: Lack of colors, Not as many features as other soft-sided coolers

Read Our Review of Techni Ice Cooler Bag

Polar Bear

polar bear coolerOur Rating:

 4 star

This is a high-quality cooler that should have adequate ice life for a full day.  It is very convenient, having multiple carrying options, and overall the construction is good quality.  The huge array of color options is also a nice touch.  However, it is a bit on the expensive side but we still think it is worth it.

Pros: Good cooling ability for a soft-sided cooler, great mobility with multiple carrying straps, high-quality look

Cons: The opening is a bit constricted, pricey

Read Our Review of Polar Bear Cooler

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

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


siberian cooler review

Our Rating:

 4 star

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


frosty cooler review full Our 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

Arctic Zone Titan 16

  arctic zone titan 16Our Rating:

 3.5 star

Even though we are a little underwhelmed by the cooling ability of this product, we still really like everything else it has to offer.  The mobility and design feature are handy and effective, and we love the styling of it.  If you are needing a short-term cooling solution this product will be more than acceptable.

Pros: Very convenient lid, Smartshelf technology is a nice touch, looks awesome Cons: Struggles with cooling life

Read Our Review of Arctic Zone Titan 16 Cooler

Engel High Performance

engel high performance coolerOur Rating:

3.5 star

For most the cooling life of this cooler will be plenty long, but it does fall a bit short of some of the other super long-term ice boxes on the market.  However, it is also significantly cheaper than many of those products as well, so we feel this is a fair tradeoff.  As expected, build quality is superb and this is an extremely tough product.  It is a bit plain looking but that isn’t an overly huge deal.

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

Cons: Lid doesn’t seal as well as expected, very heavy, still quite expensive

Read Our Review of Engel High Performance Cooler

Igloo Contour

igloo contour coolerOur Rating:

 3.5 star

These coolers perform quite well and have the insulation ability to last for a long weekend on the beach.  There aren’t a ton of size choices but what is available is proven and should be large enough to fit everything you need for a couple of days.  The user-friendly layout and nice build quality mean that you will get plenty of uses out of these.  The price is acceptable and minor issues such as a non-insulating lid and no cup holders can easily be overlooked.

Pros: Very mobile, comfortable to carry, nice grip on handles, affordable

Cons: Cooling ability could be a little better, no cup holders

Read Our Review of Igloo Contour Cooler

Igloo MaxCold Tote

igloo maxcold toteOur Rating:

 3.5 star

This is a good tote for those looking for a handy and easy-to-use cooler that can keep items cold for a short period of time and at a price point that is more than digestible.  There are no major qualms with construction or durability and the overall package is good enough to warrant a buy.

Pros: Actually keeps items cold for a while, very lightweight and mobile, well-priced, nice construction

ConsNo varying size options, not as rigid as most coolers

Read Our Review of Igloo MaxCold Tote

Kysek Soft Cooler

kysek soft cooler review

Our Rating:

  3.5 star

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 Soft Cooler

Yeti Hopper

yeti hopperOur Rating:

 3.5 star

We really like this soft-sided cooler, and for someone dead set on this style, they will be hard-pressed to find a better cooling performer on the market.  We love the styling of it and the build quality is acceptable except for the tight zipper lid.  Also, expect to open up your wallet pretty wide to purchase this, especially when considering its relatively small storage size.

Pros: Some of the best cooling on the market for a soft-sided cooler, great size for its intentions, looks great

Cons: Can be difficult to insert and remove items, very expensive for the storage size

Read Our Review of Yeti Hopper Cooler

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 Soft

coleman soft coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

These soft coolers are well-made, attractive, and should last for several seasons.  There are multiple compartments and the removable hard shell is a nice touch.  Insulation ability is somewhat lacking but that is to be expected for this type of cooler.  Shop around since prices vary a lot on these and if you can find one on the lower end of the spectrum that are an OK buy, just don’t expect to be able to actually fit the advertised number of cans in one and keep them cold at the same time.

Pros: Look great, a lot of places to store items, plenty of sizes to choose from

Cons: Air easily escapes, exaggeration on how much you can actually store

Read Our Review of Coleman Soft Cooler

Igloo Island Breeze

igloo island breeze coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

The upgraded cooler shell is a nice touch and the shape helps to make it a very user-friendly cooler.  The cooling ability is a bit on the low side, however, so this would really only be a recommendation for a quick day or short weekend trip.  And why is the lid so hard to open and close?

Pros: Quite durable, wheeled options for mobility, modern look, decent price

Cons: Low cooling ability, lid can be stubborn

Read Our Review of Igloo Island Breeze Cooler

Igloo MaxCold Duffel

igloo maxcold duffelOur Rating:

 3 star

A good-looking duffel but falls short on cooling ability and is really limited by its size constraints.  If you can get past these struggles it is well-built enough to be able to be a go-to option for your short lunch or picnic for many trips to come, and the price shouldn’t scare you off, either.

Pros: Easy to carry around, decent build quality, looks awesome, reasonably-priced

ConsLimited insulated volume space, intense heat can easily overwhelm it

Read Our Review of Igloo MaxCold Duffel

Igloo Sportsman

igloo sportsman coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

A very attractive, well-priced cooler that has acceptable cooling capabilities and a very tough frame but the hardware is the major flaw.  The hinges and handles are simply too weak and take away from what would otherwise be a grand slam rugged and outdoor-friendly cooler. It is still a soft recommend buy despite this, however.

Pros: Decent insulation, very attractive styling, good price

ConsWeak aluminum hardware, not as long of cooling life as advertised

Read Our Review of Igloo Sportsman Cooler


driftsun cooler new

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

OAGear Cooler Sports Pack

OAGear cooler sports packOur Rating:

 3 star

This is a handy backpack that has better-than-average cooling performance while still adhering to the mobile benefits of a traditional backpack.  There are some build quality issues that are holding it back from having an even higher rating, but even after considering these the combination of cooling ability, style, and price makes this product a decent buy.

Pros: Plenty of color schemes, very mobile, multiple storage areas, great price

ConsWeak shoulder straps, only one size

Read Our Review of OAGear Cooler Sports Pack

Picnic at Ascot Cooler Tote

picnic at ascot cooler toteOur Rating:

 3 star

While the cool life is quite small, this product can store a lot of items which can make it useful in certain short-term scenarios.  In addition, unlike many competitors, it can hold up to being full without potential tears or rips.  In addition, the price is good enough to justify trying this one out.

Pros: Plenty of storage space, decent build quality, many color and pattern choices, affordable

Cons: Very little insulation, not a lot of external features, can be a bit bulky to carry

Read Our Review of Picnic at Ascot Cooler Tote

Yeti Roadie

yeti roadieOur Rating:

 3 star

This cooler tries to capture Yeti’s stored performance in a smaller package.  Unfortunately, some of the hurdles of these types of coolers carry over included the large size and expensive price.  However, for the size, there isn’t much better out there in regards to cooling performance and, as usual, the build quality is great.

Pros: Great cooling ability for the size, premium materials used for construction, very tough visual appearance

Cons: Very expensive, quite heavy for the size

Read Our Review of Yeti Roadie Cooler

Ao Canvas

Ao Canvas coolerOur Rating:

 2.5 star

A very “average” cooler in just about every sense of the word.  It will keep items cool for long enough period of time to be useful and the build quality isn’t terrible, but there are several minor complaints that we wish weren’t there for its intermediate price.

Pros: Acceptable cooling ability, multiple carrying options, many color choices

Cons: Fabric is prone to tearing, weak should strap, occasionally has odd folds in material

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Coleman Party Stacker

coleman party stacker coolerOur Rating:

2.5 star

This is a unique design that is great for small, short gatherings and for locations that normally couldn’t fit a cooler.  However, it comes at the cost of very poor insulation so be ready to top off with ice constantly.  The price is quite reasonable though so won’t can’t be overly picky.

Pros: Extremely mobile, stackable, good price

Cons: Insulation could be a lot better, hard to get a good grip, not a lot of extra features

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Igloo Playmate

igloo playmate coolerOur Rating:

 2.5 star

An affordable, simple cooler that has been around for decades, the Playmate relies on its unique design and storied history with this update.  Unfortunately, it isn’t stellar at keeping things cool and you can tell that the durability took a hit with the thin plastic that was used.

Pros: Body is strong enough, classic design, affordable

ConsShort ice life, flimsy lid, not very many features

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Picnic Time Insulated Cooler Picnic Tote

picnic time insulated cooler picnic toteOur Rating:

2.5 star

The cooling ability of this product is only average, and we feel there will be scenarios where you will struggle to store everything that you need to stay cold.  The inclusion of everything you would need for a typical picnic is the unique feature and this obviously helps to justify the high price.  If you are strictly looking for an all-in-one package this will suffice but if you are just looking for a convenient tote to store and transport chilled items there will be better options, especially for the cost. There is a nice range of sizes and for short periods of time this cooler will suffice.  However, for marine-oriented products, we expect a much longer ice life and it would also be nice to be a bit more durable and have better seals since typically these coolers will be thrown around quite a bit.  The price, while not super high, is at a level where would expect a bit more.

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

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

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Thermos Element 5 Can 

thermos element 5 can coolerOur Rating:

 2.5 star

The most impressive feat with this cooler is how much it can store despite what appears to be a relatively small size.  Unfortunately, nothing else about it really stands out and in fact, it somewhat struggles with cooling.  The price is at a point where it isn’t a horrible buy but there are better choices out there.

 Pros: Adequate job of cooling, carries quite a bit for the size

Cons: Not a lot of other storage options, zipper is very weak, flimsy structure, little variance in aesthetics

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Arctic Zone Eco Blend 45 

  arctic zone eco blend 45Our Rating:

 2 star There are a lot of issues with this product, ranging from the extremely short cooling life, leak issues, plain looks, and a price that is much too high for what you are getting.  Obviously, the portability and simplicity of a tote

There are a lot of issues with this product, ranging from the extremely short cooling life, leak issues, plain looks, and a price that is much too high for what you are getting.  Obviously, the portability and simplicity of a tote is tough to beat, but we just don’t see it being worth the price or other issues that are associated with this product.

Pros: Plenty of storage room, easy carrying with straps Cons: Very poor insulation ability, easily leaks, very plain appearance

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Dalix Cooler Bag

dalix cooler bagOur Rating:

 2 star

Unfortunately, this product has several issues, the biggest of which are based around the subpar ice life and the shoddy construction.  The price, while somewhat affordable, is still too much for what you are getting with this item.

Pros: Multiple carrying options, additional front storage pockets, decent price

Cons: Cooling ability could be better, strap is very weak, only two color choices

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