The Best Coolers for Every Summer Adventure You Can Dream Of
There’s an ice chest for every personality, plan, and party. Take your pick from this cool list.
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Your cooler is one of the most important parts of your outdoor excursion kit. It keeps your food fresh and your beers chilled, and may even double as a beach chair. But its mostly utilitarian function doesn’t mean this piece of gear has to be boring or basic. You can have your cooler and its good looks, too. We rounded up the best coolers for days by the water, on the boat, or at the beach house. You’re sure to find at least one that matches exactly what you’re looking for in a cooler companion.
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Where this cooler goes, so goes the party. Chip and Joanna Gaines bring their signature farmhouse style to this retro-inspired Hearth & Hand Rolling Cooler. The all-steel frame in a stylish Magnolia Green finish holds a large cooler that’s easy to stock, store, and roll wherever you need to go. The lid has a double opening for easier access, and the insulated base keeps drinks cold for hours.
Several days of camping, grilling, or chilling require a cooler that’s up to the storage task. This large-capacity YETI Tundra 45 in crisp Coral, a new shade for 2018, holds 28 cans and the ice to keep them frosty. Thanks to two inches of signature insulation, the cooler can keep foods chilled no matter the sweltering temps surrounding it.
If you like the style but need a more petite cooler variety, the Tundra series offers two smaller chests, the perfectly portable Roadie 20 and the Tundra 35, which would be ideal for a day trip.
The wheeled cooler base of this Coleman 50-quart Xtreme Wheeled Cooler lightens the load of lugging a heavy piece of equipment to your perfect beach perch. The heavy-duty wheels can endure rocky shores and slatted piers, while the insulated lid and walls keep everything chilled for a full five days. The chest holds up to 84 cans, so you’ll have all the room you need to stash your snacks and sips.
Utility, meet function. The ideal soft cooler, BuiltyNY’s Welded Cooler Large Bag is a leak-proof, insulated tote that’s easy to load, unload, and clean thanks to a wide-mouth opening. Its rugged design—the exterior is made of heavy-duty shell fabric that’s resistant to puncture and abrasion—is fortified with welded seams to prevent leaks and drips. Fill it with up to 32 cans or 30 pounds of ice; a padded shoulder strap and reinforced handles make transportation easier and more comfortable.
With a hint of nautical style, this picnic-perfect Collapsible Basket Cooler should be a required carry for anyone planning a seaside picnic. When not in use, it folds flat to about the size of a casserole dish for easy storage.
Works like a cooler, looks like a beautiful tote. This Champagne Gold Weave Insulated Lunch Tote Bag is large enough to hold everything you need for a picnic, several bottles of wine, and the ice packs to keep it all chilled. The sophisticated style adds a touch of chic to your total beach look, too.
Camp out under the stars with the ORCA Seafoam Liddup 35 Quart. This contemporary cooler is ideal for a nighttime meal al fresco thanks to the high luminous white LEDs that pop on when you open the lid. The gasket seal promises nothing leaks if you accidentally stumble and tumble with the cooler, and the rugged container, which is made in the U.S., comes with a lifetime warranty.