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Cool Down Your Summer: The Best Beach Coolers of 2024

 Beach Cooler Is Best

Beach Cooler Is Best

Updated on 7/10/2024
Abigail ScottBy Abigail Scott
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When it comes to hitting the beach, a well-insulated cooler is just as essential as sunscreen, towels, and swimwear. To make the most of your time in the sun, finding the best beach cooler is crucial, especially when refreshments are scarce and the sun is scorching.

Thankfully, cooler construction and innovation have come a long way in recent decades. Gone are the days of struggling to remove soggy food and floating beers from a poorly insulated cooler. Now, beach coolers come in a wide range of price points and feature sets, with some high-end models boasting extended cooling capabilities.

But no matter if you're traveling from a coastal resort or navigating a sandy beach entry, carrying your cooler and its contents safely and comfortably is critical. Fortunately, there are options for every occasion, from soft-sided coolers to those with wheels.

So, if you're planning your next beach day, picnic, or hike, check out our picks for the best beach coolers to keep your drinks and snacks cool and refreshing all day long.

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Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless Hardbody Cooler By Arctic Zone

Product tested by Board and Kayak
Our Overall Review
4.6

Things we like:

  • Deep Freeze high performance insulation with radiant heat barrier reflects heat rather than absorbing it
  • Patented, 'flip open' Zipperless lid allows for quick access to food and drinks; Features FDA compliant HardBody liner with removable SmartShelf
  • Features an Ultra Safe leak proof, easy clean interior lining; Includes insulated front pocket
  • Rhino-Tech water and stain resistant, wipe clean exterior is abrasion and puncture resistant and will not crack over time. Care: Most food residues can be wiped clean with mild soapy water and a damp cloth. This applies to both the interior and exterior of the cooler or lunch bag
  • Adjustable Backsaver shoulder strap with shoulder pad for convenience and usability; Interior liner dimensions: (L x W x H) 12.7' x 7.6' x 10.2'

Things we don't like:

  • The shoulder strap may not be comfortable for everyone
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A soft body covers a hardbody cooler from Arctic Zone. With this cooler, you get all the convenience of a soft body cooler with the superior insulation of a rigid body cooler. If you intend to travel or camp in the woods, this hardbody cooler is a great option, as it has a higher-quality build than other models. It has a detachable SmartShelf and an FDA-approved HardBody liner. Your beverages and ice sit on the SmartShelf, and you can now pack deli foods and other goods without the ice making them soggy.

A popular size is the Deep Freeze variant with 30 cans. Also available is the 48-can type, which is the largest (and also the most difficult to carry). These models are more suitable for picnics. The Deep Freeze 30 boasts many handy features for such a compact cooler, such as its ice retention of three days.

There are two front-zippered pockets on the cooler. Despite being more significant than the smaller ones, the large one is still deep enough to fit a tube of sunscreen. Also included is a hook for attaching a can opener or securing your wallet and keys.

The secondary zip pocket is ideal for storing essentials like purses and phones. You can use the top bungee strap to carry flip flops or other beach or picnic-related items. The cooler also comes with a bottle opener, which is handy if you forget yours at home. There is a net compartment on the side of the cooler for minor goods, but this is not as convenient as it might seem. The items get dirty as they fill up with mud and sand.

Pros

  • With long-lasting insulation, this cooler can keep its contents cool for up to three whole days, allowing you to travel longer distances with less stress.
  • Lid that opens easily The brand's patented flip-open lid makes trips easier as it gives access to food more quickly. 
  • It has a super safe leakproof lining and a wipe-clean exterior to make cleanup a breeze. 
  • This cooler is easy to carry, even on grass or sand, thanks to the back saver adjustable strap

Cons

  • It is necessary to pre-chill any food or beverage placed in this cooler to ensure it stays cool for three whole days. 

Collapsible Cooler Bag Insulated 24L By Lifewit

If portability and storability are essential to you, the Lifewit Collapsible Cooler Bag fits the bill. With less than 2 pounds, this cooler bag is extremely lightweight. Other coolers can weigh more than 10 pounds, and they can be cumbersome when you add ice and drinks, which is where the Lifewit comes in.

Additionally, it's completely foldable, so it won't take up much space when not in use. In collapsed form, it can be stored conveniently in a cupboard or slotted next to a washing machine or other small nooks so it won't take up valuable storage space. You can be sure that any ice you place in the container won't leak all over because the lining is leakproof.

This container will keep food and beverages cool for up to 12 hours, according to Lifewit. As is typical for a thin-sided plush cooler, the ice will probably melt within 6 hours. When empty, this weighs just over 10 ounces, and when loaded, it won't be too heavy. The Lifewit 32 has a retractable and changeable cushioned shoulder strap that makes life better, and there are some cushioning handles as well.

If you need a cooler on a short trip, its netted pockets make it easy to sling over a luggage handle.

Pros

  • Cooler of high quality made of high-density water-resistant, dirt-proof Oxford fabric for longevity and easy cleaning.
  • With its large capacity and lightweight design, the cooler bag can accommodate all the picnic needs of a family.
  • It has multiple pockets and a large hole for lifting and moving the bag easily. Two side netting pockets can be used to store beverages, bottles, or even umbrellas.
  • It can be carried in a variety of ways with its cushioned handle and retractable shoulder strap and is easy to transport.

Cons

  • Some reviewers reported that the cooler can become saggy if it is overfilled with heavy items or used often.

Backpack with A Cooler From Tourit

Tourit's Insulated Cooler Backpack is compact but spacious. I believe it can carry at least 28 cans and some ice packs, perhaps with some room left over. It weighs only 1.1 pounds. It features a big thermal storage compartment of 25 liters and an additional front zipped pouch for supplemental items you would like to keep dry. This pouch is waterproof and leak-proof for total peace of mind. In addition, it consists of a proprietary material that keeps condensation from seeping through, so you will stay dry while carrying it.

Additional storage is available around the outside of the backpack via two side compartments and a front bungee. There is a refrigerated compartment that keeps food cold for 16 hours. The colors available are black, blue, gray, and red. A backpack strap is ideal for carrying a light to moderate load. Ideally, the side or front handles are better for carrying a heavy load. This cooler also has unisex proportions, which we appreciate. The TOURIT backpack is comfortable for both men and women to use.

The front has a zipped pocket for personal items and a large mouth for easy access. Additionally, there are netted compartments on the edges of the bag for storing items of any size.

Pros

  • The insulated backpack features insulating fabric and a leak-proof lining that keeps food cool or warm for 16 hours.
  • With its large capacity and lightweight design, the cooler bag can accommodate all the picnic needs of a family.
  • The elegant design of this insulated cooler backpack makes it suitable for daily use or a picnic—ideal for work, lunches, and picnics.

Cons

  • Using ice is not recommended - According to the manufacturer, you should use ice packs available separately in the cooler rather than ice. Despite this, some people continue to do so without noticing a problem.

The SeeHolor Insulated Cooler Backpack

The cooler's size allows it to fit 45 cans, making it a favorite among fans. The bag features one front pocket with a zipped cutlery compartment, two side pockets with nets, an internal pocket on top, two D-shaped hangers, and a beer bottle opener. This backpack is made of heavy-duty nylon and has detachable, comfortable straps. In addition to the black displayed, the bag is also available in three other colors: orange, grey, and pink.

Dividers inside the bag's main compartment make it easy to organize the products. The highly rated cooler features robust shoulder straps that are cushioned and extendable and ventilated back pillows. The front security pockets are ideal for storing your phone, travel money, and other small belongings. Additionally, SEEHONOR offers categories for products such as chocolates, crackers, and snacks that shouldn't be served with ice or exposed to cold temperatures.

Pros

  • This bag has a large capacity for lunches, beers, tall drinks, snacks, and other essentials.
  • With thicker inner padding and a leakproof PEVA liner, the more excellent backpack works hard to keep your things cold or warm for hours while also preventing them from leaking.
  • Durable design The bag cooler is made of heavy-duty nylon that is still lightweight and won't shred, tear, or scrape.

Cons

  • Although this cooler may not be entirely leakproof, some users reported that it leaks through the zipper.

Rolling Cooler Coleman Xtreme 5

The Coleman cooler is a timeless classic for a straightforward reason: it performs well and is affordable. It lacks the fancies and amenities of more expensive coolers, but if you only need a cooler to take to the beach now and then, that won't be an issue. A 50-quart container holds a lot of goods (up to 84 cans), plus it comes with heavy-duty wheels and a telescopic handle to drag it across the sand. This car has four cup holders on the front, and they are very convenient.

It features a leak-proof drain that lets you efficiently discharge excess moisture without rotating the cooler. In addition to built-in cup holders, a lid provides a comfortable place to sit and rest. The cooler gets its name from the Xtreme Insulation Innovation. In temperatures exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit, it can maintain ice for up to 5 days. You won't find a cooler of this quality anywhere else.

The Coleman cooler is an excellent alternative to other coolers with slick marketing campaigns when you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars.

Pros

  • Its insulated lid and additional wall insulation maintain ice for up to five days, even in temperatures over 90°F.
  • Affordability Unless you need your cooler to keep ice for five straight days, the Coleman does the job at a fraction of the price.
  • It is easily cleanable. This sink drains quickly without tipping with its smoother surface and leak-proof channel drain.

Cons

  • Some people have reported that the handle is flimsy and gets stuck in the lower position, making it difficult to use.

Buying Guide

Choosing the best beach cooler on the market will also require considering a few factors. Even though some of these suggestions may not apply to your upcoming beach vacation, they will undoubtedly help you prepare for other endeavors in the future.
When shopping for a beach cooler, look out for these things:

Amounts

Especially ice cold beverages need to be transported in coolers to keep them out simultaneously. The coolers will also help store food and other personal items. It would be best to decide what you want to keep in your cooler before shopping. The size of the cooler may depend on the amount and types of items to be stored and the number of people it will feed. As a result, you will have to add more ice packs to the overall storage.

For this reason, if you want to carry 25 cans in a cooler, you will need a giant backpack - perhaps one that holds 30 cans. You will then be able to have as many beverages as you like, along with extra ice containers to keep the drinks cool.

Retention Of Ice

One of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a cooler is ice preservation. During your seaside excursion, you should keep your food and drinks cool and fresh. Choosing an ice-preserving product requires that you sift through the products carefully. For long-distance trips, beach coolers with robust insulating features can keep things chilled for a long time.

You should research the exact specifications of each cooler before you decide which one to buy. A cooler should be multipurpose, and however, your main goal should be to keep your items fresh for as long as possible. Select what best fits your needs.

Adaptability

Choose one that is compatible with the way you will be traveling. If you consider how to transport the cooler, you need to consider its size, and you should also consider its portability. When choosing what to buy, make sure you are buying something you can carry easily. Rucksack coolers and coolers with cushioned straps and ergonomic handles are available.

Since they are highly portable, these coolers are advantageous. Both types of coolers are easy to transport. Consider investing in a cooler with wheels on the base to make your trip more enjoyable.

Cleaning Ease

Invest in an easy-to-clean beach cooler. You may spill some items during your travels, and you should clean the stains promptly to prevent them from setting in. You want something that will be easy to manage and sanitize. It is easy to clean soft-shell coolers but takes longer than hard-sided coolers. Think about how easy it is to clean before making any purchase decisions.

Additional Extras

You may find that some beach coolers have extra features that can be useful while you are on a beach trip. Look for features such as shaped cup holders and built-in chairs. Many hardbody coolers come with these features. You can quickly move your big cooler around with others that have large wheels. There are also models with gripping points for attaching other accessories and non-food objects to the cooler.

Consider what would make your beach vacation more enjoyable.

Reliability

You should be able to keep your beach cooler chilled for a long time. Depending on the composition and construction of your cooler, its lifespan will differ. If you're dragging your cooler across rough terrain or subjecting it to regular abuse, you'll need a cooler that can withstand leaks, tears, and damage. You should also specify clearly what the cooler must do. You should decide whether your cooler will be used and abused for a season or if you wish to purchase a product that will last for years. This consideration will influence your decision-making.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Can A Beach Cooler Keep My Stuff Cold For A Long Time?

It all depends on what kind you want to buy. As previously stated, soft beach coolers are less efficient than hard-sided beach chillers. As long as there is still ice left in the system, the hard coated will keep things cool for days.

What Is The Best Way To Clean My Beach Cooler?

Washing is a breeze as long as it's spill-proof. Standard beach coolers are challenging to clean and turn the more extraordinary upside down to drain any leaks. You can also use a moist cloth or napkin to remove any dirt. You can wash your soft cooler by machine if you're using one. You can easily clean spots on the exterior with a brush or a moist cloth and warm water.