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!

Below we list out some of our top-scoring small coolers.  For a full list of all small coolers that we have reviewed, just hop on down to find looks to all of them.

Best Small Coolers

Grizzly 20 Quart Red/Cooler
K2 Coolers Summit 30 Cooler, White
Tons of Features
nICE 20 Qt Cooler, Gray
Canyon Coolers Scout 22 (Sandstone)
Incredible Ice Retention
Techniice Signature Series 47qt
Grizzly 20 Quart Red/Cooler
K2 Coolers Summit 30 Cooler, White
nICE 20 Qt Cooler, Gray
Canyon Coolers Scout 22 (Sandstone)
Techniice Signature Series 47qt
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from $109.99
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Grizzly 20 Quart Red/Cooler
Grizzly 20 Quart Red/Cooler
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K2 Coolers Summit 30 Cooler, White
K2 Coolers Summit 30 Cooler, White
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Tons of Features
nICE 20 Qt Cooler, Gray
nICE 20 Qt Cooler, Gray
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from $109.99
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Canyon Coolers Scout 22 (Sandstone)
Canyon Coolers Scout 22 (Sandstone)
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Incredible Ice Retention
Techniice Signature Series 47qt
Techniice Signature Series 47qt
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Engel Soft-Sided

Our Rating:


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

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


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

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

Our Rating:

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

Igloo Sportsman

Our Rating: 

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:

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

Our Rating:


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

Arctic Zone Pro 30

arctic zone pro 30Our Rating:

4 star

A nice overall performer, the Pro 30 has an adequate cooling ability and it is very simple to access items inside.  It also is much more attractive than most other soft-sided coolers we have reviewed.  However, it does have some problems with fabric unraveling early.  But for the price and features available, we are overall content.

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

Coleman Marine

coleman marine cooler reviewOur Rating: 

We really like the recent upgrades that Coleman has done on their Marine Coolers.  This is particularly true in the Offshore Pro Series which really cranks up the ice life and toughness.  Also, many of the weak hinge issues they suffered from in the past have been corrected. Outside of the somewhat weak handles, these are a solid-performing ocean-friendly ice chest that can be had at a reasonable price.

Pros: Has all the features you need to handle water environments, Good ice life in certain models, Relatively lightweight

Cons: Handles can be weak, Lower-end models have so-so ice life, Bland styling

Read Our Review of Coleman Marine Cooler



bison cooler full


 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

Grizzly Drifter

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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:


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

Kysek Soft Cooler

kysek soft cooler review

Our Rating:  

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 Cruiser

mammoth cruiser cooler reviewOur Rating: 

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 Roadie

yeti roadie cooler reviewOur Rating:


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

Pelican Soft

pelican soft cooler review image

Our Rating:


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

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

A simple, effective approach that gets the job done.  It has long enough of ice life for a day’s outing and comes with solid and proven construction.  Our only issue is that the lid doesn’t like to stay open but for the attractive price, it is easy to deal with.

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

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 lunch tote is quite large and has enough storage space for an entire group’s afternoon needs.  And surprisingly, the semi-insulated walls do an OK job of keeping items cool for a few hours. But beyond that, there isn’t much to it.  This includes lack of external pockets or other helpful features.  But it certainly is affordable.

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

Cons: Very bare, no external pockets

Read Our Review of Thermos Raya Lunch Tote

Coleman Soft

coleman soft cooler reviewOur Rating: 

These simple soft-sided coolers are surprisingly resilient and should last for a few years without major issues.  There is also plenty of storage area for the size.  Prices may vary so be sure to shop around.   The major issues include water easily leaking out and a challenge in storing as many cans as Coleman states that it can.

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

Coleman Xtreme

coleman xtreme cooler reviewOur Rating: 3.5 star

You will enjoy a bump up on ice life and toughness with this cooler but it also comes with a bump up in the asking price.  Plus, for the size, it is quite mobile thanks to the side handle and attached wheels.  The only weak point comes with the handles and hinges potentially coming lose over time.  Also, it isn’t going to win any beautify contests.

Pros: Good price for what you are getting, decent insulation, has wheels for easy transport

Cons: Weak handles, hinges can come loose, fairly plain-looking

Read Our Review of Coleman Xtreme Cooler

Ozark Trail Soft

ozark trail soft cooler reviewOur Rating: 

This is a solid competitor that finds a happy medium between cost and performance.  We encourage you to try to stick to the premium models as they have a nice bump up in ice life and overall build quality.  But the (more affordable) entry-level can coolers will work for short-term solutions as well.

Pros: Very attractive price, Acceptable performance, Plenty of sizes to choose from

Cons: A little lacking in colors, A few quality issues

Read Our Review of Ozark Trail Soft Cooler

Igloo MaxCold Gripper

igloo maxcold gripperOur Rating:

 3.5 star

Another portable solution, the Hard Top Gripper is extremely mobile for those who can make do with the small storage space.  Being small does mean that it is very easy to carry and store and the ice performance, despite being little, isn’t too bad.  However, the zipper can be a bit stubborn at times and it needs some additional features to be a real home run choice for us.

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:


One of the most popular Rubbermaid coolers out there, this product takes a very simple and cost-effective approach.  For the size, you will enjoy nice ice retention and the lid (a common weak point on budget coolers) is quite robust.  But the design is very bland and there simply aren’t enough features to really get us excited.  Plus, the common weak handle problem that plagues some other Rubbermaid models exists here as well.  But for the asking price, we can’t be too picky.

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

Cons: Weak handles, pretty plain design

Read Our Review of Rubbermaid Cooler

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

The largest of the Arctic Zone products, the Ultra 50 has the storage space you need but misses the mark in other areas.  For the size, the ice life just isn’t that great.  That being said, we do like the quick-access lid and comfortable carrying handles.

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

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

Igloo Hard Liner

igloo hard liner coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

This product has good cooling performance and we recommend using ice packs instead of ice for it.  The size is at a happy medium that allows for adequate storage space while still being very mobile and easy to store.  In addition, there are plenty of color choices.  Our only issues are that it is a little too thin and we wish that they would update the carrying method.

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 is a good all-around ice chest that doesn’t have any major flaws.  The ice life is acceptable and the construction is, for the most part, up to par.  All of this is available for a reasonable asking price as well.  Our main issues are with the lid being a bit too tight and a lack of color choices or features that would help to make it standout.

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

Picnic Time Turismo

picnic time turismo coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

Another attractive offering, the Turismo is designed for someone who needs to keep items cool and look professional while doing it.  There are multiple insulated areas and plenty of spots for other items as well.  And this is accomplished while being able to stay quite mobile and lightweight.  But there are some quality issues, particularly related to the Velcro used and some of the stitching.

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

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

Picnic at Ascot Cooler Backpack

  picnic at ascot cooler backpackOur Rating:

 2.5 star

This Backpack is functional.  It is very mobile and there are lots of storage pockets for your various items.  But its ice life is lacking and the straps, while handle, are very weak and prone to tearing prematurely.

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 another cooler backpack that doesn’t really inspire us because of some notable issues.  While it does actually have pretty thick insulation that does an above average job of keeping items cool, the available space for these items is severely lacking.  There is ample space for other items, however, and they are also easy to access.

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

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


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


nice cooler review imageOur Rating:

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


cordova cooler review fullOur Rating:


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

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

Engel Backpack

Our Rating: 

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

Pelican Elite

pelican elite coolerOur Rating:


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 cooler review

Our Rating:


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

Sacko Insulated Cooler Bag

sacko insulated cooler bagOur Rating:

 4 star

A simple bag that performs quite well compared to what else is out there.  And when you consider the attractive price, the results are even more impressive.  The success comes from the quality insulation used and the optimized design that isn’t too big or too small.  We also like notable features such as the quick-access top latch.

 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

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

Engel High Performance

engel high performance cooler reviewOur Rating: 

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

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

Igloo Backpack

Our Rating: 

The Igloo Backpack Cooler has undergone some changes that have improved its looks and ice performance.  The result is a series of mobile coolers that we really enjoy.  Ice life will vary but can reach up to a half day.  And the features that are in place make this a very portable and reliable product.

Pros: Very reasonably-priced, Nice features, Good build quality, Plenty of choices

Cons: Limited colors, No extreme long-term ice solution

Read Our Review of Igloo Backpack Cooler

Mammoth Ranger

mammoth ranger cooler reviewOur Rating: 

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

Orca Pod

orca pod review 2Our Rating: 

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

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Ozark Trail

ozark trail cooler reviewOur Rating:

You will get to enjoy a quality premium cooler that has around 80% of the performance of other top coolers but for a fraction of their asking price.  All of the features and components we like to see are here. The only minor complaints are some lingering quality issues and lack of color choices.  But for those on a tight budget, this cooler is worth looking into.

Pros: Great Value, Plenty of Features, Good Ice Retention

Cons: Some Quality Issues, Few Color Choices

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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

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taiga cooler review

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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

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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

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Yeti Hopper

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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

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Arctic Zone Titan 16

  arctic zone titan 16Our Rating:

 3.5 star

Being a smaller size, the ice performance is somewhat lacking here.  However, outside of this concern, everything else about the Titan 16 is quite good.  The intuitive lid makes accessing items a breeze and we really like the styling of it.  This is an acceptable choice for a small soft-sided cooler if super long ice life isn’t a big concern.

Pros: Very convenient lid, Smartshelf technology is a nice touch, looks awesome

Cons: Struggles with cooling life

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Engel High Performance

engel high performance coolerOur Rating:

3.5 star

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, very heavy, still quite expensive

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Igloo Contour

igloo contour coolerOur Rating:

 3.5 star

The Contour is a small but potent cooler that can handle ice for a weekend excursion.  It is adequate size to fit most items a small group would need and it designed to take up minimum storage space.  This also makes it much easier to carry.  Finally, the asking price is very reasonable.

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

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

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Igloo MaxCold Tote

igloo maxcold toteOur Rating:

 3.5 star

The combination of decent short-term cooling ability, simplicity in use, and competitive asking price makes this a good buy.  It is well-constructed and lightweight enough to easily be carried on your shoulder.  We do wish that there were some more size options but this is a minor complaint.

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

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Coleman Xtreme Marine

coleman xtreme marine cooler reviewOur Rating: 3.5 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 result 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

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Engel Cooler/Dry Box

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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

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Stanley Adventure

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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

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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

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Igloo MaxCold Duffel

igloo maxcold duffelOur Rating:

 3.5 star

While this duffel looks great and is built with high-quality materials, its biggest limitation is with its cooling ability and also its storage size.  If you are able to make do with its limited storage space, it is quite mobile and won’t be too bit of a hit on your pocketbook.

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

ConsLimited insulated volume space, intense heat can easily overwhelm it

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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

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Igloo Island Breeze

igloo island breeze coolerOur Rating:

 3 star

This cooler recently went through an update which resulted in a more modern appearance and slight improvements to build quality.  We also like the mobility thanks to the wheels and extending carrying handle. However, it is a bit limited in how well it cools and the lid can be a little finicky.

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

Cons: Low cooling ability, lid can be stubborn

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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

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OAGear Cooler Sports Pack

OAGear cooler sports packOur Rating:

 3 star

For a low-cost cooler backpack, the cooling performance isn’t half-bad.  It is also well designed and allows for plenty of storage space while being quite mobile.  There are also some very attractive color designs to choose from.  Our main issues are with the shoulder straps (that are prone to tearing) as well as wishing that there were more sizes to choose from.

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

ConsWeak shoulder straps, only one size

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Picnic at Ascot Cooler Tote

picnic at ascot cooler toteOur Rating:

 3 star

This is a rather large tote and, as such, can store a lot of items.  The build quality is also pretty good.  Combine that with the many color options and you have a stylish and functional product.  But there is essentially no insulation so don’t expect it to keep items cool for very long.  There is also little in the way of additional features.

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

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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

The design and convenience of the Party Stacker is fantastic as you can easily stack them on top of each other to take up hardly any space.  But for this convenience, you have to deal with poor insulation and very lackluster ice life.  It doesn’t fare well in the sun for very long but it is very reasonably priced.

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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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

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Thermos Element 5 Can 

thermos element 5 can coolerOur Rating:

 2.5 star

Don’t let the small size fool you: this cooler will store a surprising amount of items.  In addition, the cooling is good enough for its intentions of carrying some cans for a few hours.    But outside of the insulated internal storage, you won’t have much room for storing anything else.  Plus, the zipper is weaker than we would like to see.

 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

The Eco Blend 45 is good for carrying a relatively large amount of items for a short period of time, but not for much else than that.  Issues include leaking walls, boring looks, and too high of an asking price for what you are getting.

Pros: Plenty of storage room, easy carrying with straps

Cons: Very poor insulation ability, easily leaks, very plain appearance

Read Our Review of Arctic Zone Eco Blend 45 Freezer Tote

Dalix Cooler Bag

dalix cooler bagOur Rating:

 2 star

The best thing that this Cooler Bag has going for it is its multiple places to carry items.  Also, it doesn’t have too big of a sticker shock.  However, the construction quality is sub-par (particularly around the strap) and the cooling ability isn’t great.

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

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

Read Our Review of Dalix Cooler Bag

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