Make Sure You Don’t Miss the Summer With These Portable Coolers


If you want to party outside during summer by making a dance floor on the river bank, or just planning a nice and peaceful camping trip, enjoying the fresh air while the city is melting, a portable cooler is a must have. You can use it for camping, summer parties, picnics, or any other outdoor activity since we all love a cold drink or two when the heat becomes unbearable. There are hundreds of different models out there, so making the right choice may prove to be harder than you thought. But, with a little help from us, you will soon find your next portable cooler. Just make sure you fill it to the top once getting it.

OtterBox Venture

If you are surprised to see a cooler from a company known for its phone cases, don’t be. Although OtterBox is a newbie in portable cooler market their first product is an excellent outdoor fridge. The Venture cooler is pretty tough, it comes with a Bear Resistant certificate (it’s not a joke, this cooler is as tough as they get) and with a wide set of features.

Its injection-molded insides can hold ice for two weeks, so you can rest assured that any food and drinks will be kept cool for days and days. It isn’t really portable but once you take it out of the trunk you’ll get a huge cooler that comes with a bottle opener, cup holders, a dry storage tray and a cutting board for food preparing. The Venture comes in three sizes (25, 45, and 65 quarts) with a starting price of $249.99 for the 25-quart version.


  • Extremely tough
  • Comes with lots of extra features
  • Can hold ice for two weeks


  • Not very portable
  • Steep Price

Buy It – Otterbox Site ($400)

Coleman Collapsible Sport Cooler

coleman cooler

Unlike the OtterBox Venture, the Coleman Collapsible Sport Cooler is extremely portable. The cooler is collapsible, so it won’t take lots of space when stored. Once you set it up, it becomes a pretty large portable cooler. You can stuff up to 75 cans inside it, perfect for beach parties, and the cooler is pretty wide, making it easy to find exactly what you want inside.

The Coleman Collapsible Sport Cooler also features four can holders on the top of its lid, and once you empty it, just collapse it and put it in your trunk, until the next outdoor party. It is also pretty affordable, with a price of just $55


  • Extremely portable
  • Collapsible
  • Enough room for up to 75 cans
  • Can holders on the lid
  • Affordable


  • Can’t sit on it since it isn’t hard-sided
  • Design could have been better

Buy It – Amazon

ORCA 58 Quart

If you want the best go for the ORCA 58 Quart. This cooler is huge, has a stellar insulation, and a nice cubic design for fitting it easily inside a trunk. Aside from excellent insulation, the cooler comes with excellent handles for carrying it around along with a drain plug that won’t make you soaking wet while emptying it.

The Orca comes in many different sizes, but the 58-quart one provides the best ratio between portability and storage space. The lid can snap unsuspectingly, and the cooler is a bit costly but other than that the Orca is a perfect choice for any outdoor adventure.


  • Excellent insulation
  • Nice cubic design
  • Quality carrying handles


  • Steep Price
  • The lid that can snap shut when you least expect it

Buy It – Amazon

Igloo Glide PRO 110qt


If you need something huge the Igloo Glide PRO 110qt is the right choice. The cooler really is huge, weighing in at 24lbs, but it still can be moved with relative ease thanks to its glide wheels and sturdy handle that can be extended if needed. Just be careful when lifting it out of the trunk, since it can be really heavy when fully loaded.

The Igloo Glide PRO 110qt can keep food and drinks cool for almost 4 straight days, and its 110-quart storage space is enough for making a wedding in the wild if you’re into that. Although it is huge, the cooler is relatively affordable, costing just $130.


  • Huge storage space
  • Glide wheels and handle for easy transport
  • Relatively affordable (considering its size)


  • Hard to take out of the trunk when fully loaded
  • A bit large

Buy It – Amazon

Coleman Steel Cooler


If you want a quality and rugged cooler but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on it, the  Coleman Steel Cooler is an excellent pick. The cooler looks luxurious has a rugged body made out of steel and can house up to 85 cans inside.

The  Coleman Steel Cooler comes in lots of color choices and is rust-resistant. It also features sturdy handles for carrying it around. Overall, it is a top quality cooler that can house lots of food and beverages and comes with a price tag of around $120, which is way less than the price of most other top tier portable coolers.


  • Steel Frame
  • Relatively affordable


  • A bit heavy (because of the steel frame)

Buy It – Amazon

EDC Meal Prep Bag by Evolutionize


Evolutionize offers one pretty interesting portable cooler. It is made for storing food and comes with a three full sized meal prep containers so you can prepare meals and store them on ice until you decide to cook them. The cooler is made out of thick PEVA inner lining, EPA foam, metal hardware, and the outer shell is made out of ultra-strong polyester.

The three insulated compartments are completely sealed off one from another, and there’s another compartment that can fit a fourth container or be used to store beverages, which you can keep at a different temperature. The EDC Meal Prep Bag is great for outdoor parties and is made for storing lots of food inside it. The downside is that, if you want to use the cooler to store beverages, you’ll have to look for another model since this one is made for storing food. On the other hand, you can use the fourth compartment for a couple of cans of beer or juice, just don’t expect to be able to stuff lots of cans inside it. But if you plan on having an outside cooking session, the EDC Meal Prep Bag is an excellent choice.


  • Great design
  • Perfect for food
  • Affordable


  • Not really for drinks

Buy It – Amazon

Yeti Hopper Two Soft Cooler


If you’re looking for a super portable cooler, the Yeti Hopper Two Soft Cooler is the way to go. It looks like a big purse, and is very light. The cooler comes in three sizes (20L, 30L, and 40L) so you will find the one just right for your needs.

The outside of the bag is made out of Dryhide along with a water resistant treatment. Inside you’ll find ColdCell material that can keep food and drinks cold for days. The thick insulation of the bag allows it to keep food and drinks cold longer than other soft coolers. It can be used for picnics, hikes, camping, or beach parties, and is great because you can carry it around on your shoulders, instead of having to put it in a trunk because it is made to be super portable. The bag also features MOLLE loops for mounting extra accessories.


  • Extremely light
  • Can keep food and drinks cold for days
  • Easy to carry


  • The cooler is a bit pricey

Buy It – Amazon

IceMule Coolers Pro Coolers


IceMule coolers also are extremely portable. They look like backpacks and are proper portable coolers. They can keep your drinks and food cold for more than 24 hours (great for a backpack cooler), and are made out of waterproof materials making them unlikable.

These coolers can store up to 18 cans, which is not much but more than a solid capacity for a backpack cooler. The insulated dry-bag will make your drinks cool even during scorching hot days, and they come with a padded strap system making them comfortable to wear.


  • Extremely Portable
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Can keep drinks cold for 24 hours


  • Not really spacious

Buy It – Amazon

Ryobi Air Conditioned Cooler



The Ryobi Air Conditioned Cooler comes with an A/C unit capable of chilling you and your gang for four straight hours, perfect when you go to a beach party and wait for the sun to set and temperature to drop. The cooler features wheels and a sturdy handle for moving it around along with a 50-quart capacity.

The cooler comes with two compartments placed on top for storing sunglasses, a smartphone and other stuff you want to have near you. On the top, you can find two can holders and the cooler comes in a nice color combination. The Ryobi Air Conditioned Cooler is the ultimate portable cooler, no other cooler comes with an A/C unit and that’s enough to get our recommendation, not to talk about its sturdy design, high capacity, and rugged frame.


  • A/C unit that can work for four hours
  • Lots of extra features
  • Large capacity
  • Rugged frame


  • High price
  • It’s really heavy

Buy It – Home Depot ($200)

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