The 10 Best Coolers for Summer Trips and Days in the Sun: Yeti, Igloo, and More
By Carolin Lehmann
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Memorial Day is right around the corner, and whether you're planning to chill at the lake, grill with the family or make a splash at a pool party, we suggest you invest in a cooler to keep the good times rollin' through the holiday weekend by keeping your favorite beverages ice cold through the summer heat.
From classic ice chests to backpacks with a built-in cooling feature to giant family-sized coolers that'll fit everyone's must-have refreshments, coolers are not one-size-fits-all. Some are more portable for impromptu picnics while others are big enough to stash enough food and drink for your whole crew's beach day — there are so many options. Popular brands like Yeti, Igloo, Coleman and more have coolers to meet every need ahead of Memorial Day 2022, which falls on Monday, May 30, this year. Best of all, there's a style for every budget — we even found some great coolers on sale.
Below are all our picks for the best coolers for your Memorial Day parties, summer road trips, and days at the beach.
This cooler with a devoted following comes in 12 sizes and four colors. The Yeti Tundra 45 holds overnight camp provisions for four people, or 28 cans (enough drinks for a day on the water). The alpine-yellow hue is a limited-edition Yeti color.
This affordable cooler promises to keep ice icy for up to three days. It boasts cup holders on its lid. It can fit up to 80 cans and supports up to 250 pounds (if you'd like to sit on it). It's ideal for camping.
Strap your cooler on your back, and go with this bucket-cooler backpack. It comes in six colors, and with an exterior made of either vegan leather or neoprene material, depending on the color you pick. It can hold up to 12 cans.
You'd never know this 1970s-inspired bag is actually a cooler. It's made of a poly-cotton-canvas material that's treated with mold, water and UV coatings. It has a genuine-leather trim, and features exterior slip pockets.
Thanks to rubberized latches, this cooler seals shut tight to prevent things spilling out. Or, if you prefer, you can close up the cooler with a lock (thanks to its built-in locking plate). The cooler features a bottle opener, UV inhibitors (that help prevent sun damage) and a drain plug (to make emptying melted ice a breeze). It holds up to 81 cans.
The Hydro Flask Day Escape Pack is a lightweight cooler that provides up to 36 hours of cold insulation. The Day Escape Pack is designed to be leak proof and can be worn as a backpack to make it easier to keep your provisions cool on the go.