Let’s chat all things coolers! Overall, it’s really important that we keep everything cool so we can stay hydrated out in the summer heat. There are so many options these days that it can be difficult to find a place to begin. You can opt for hard shelled coolers, which are usually heavier, but they do tend to work a little better in terms of keeping your items cool. This is probably because there’s so much to the technology behind them. But, at the end of the day, the cloth insulated coolers are a lot easier to carry if you have a lot packed already and you’re thinking about the walk out there. Moreover, an insulated cup is key for hydration. The bigger, the better because you don’t have to worry about running out!
These are our favorite coolers to keep cool all summer long:
Where to Begin
Firstly, the best coolers are completely up to what you need them for. Consider a camping cooler, built-in bottle opener for parties, shoulder strap for easy travel and a backpack cooler if you have little ones. For instance, beach days are a popular activity for us and finding the best soft cooler to run in the sand with is a great option for us. Moreover, backyard barbecues are another fun activity for long days. With the summer heat, a reliable cooler that can store not just beverages like cold water but food items, too is a necessity! Plenty of ice needs to be able to fit in there, as well. An ice retention test is always a great way to determine whether or not a cooler can withstand warm weather and keep cold drinks cool.
Secondly, size is everything! It’s all about what you are using the cooler for. A compact cooler for storage if you live in the city is something you might want to consider. For example, a lightweight cooler is easy to walk around with, but they normally don’t have too much space inside. Better results don’t always just come with a large cooler, but the quality is essential. A cooler backpack is something that is light weight but also large enough to hold enough for lunch and larger sizes of ice packs. Long trips to the beach require a bit larger cooler and hard shells can withstand the heat longer under direct sunlight. But if you’re taking a quick trip for the day, a small, soft-sided cooler is a top pick!
Finally, a good cooler doesn’t necessarily need to cost a ton of money. Although a cheap cooler is something that can be a quick fix for the day in a small size but the quality won’t withstand hours outside. Expensive coolers don’t ultimately mean that they are automatically a heavy-duty cooler, but I will say they normally are better quality. When it comes to comparing cheaper coolers to something like a hydro flask, or yeti roadie, you’ll definitely want to splurge for beach coolers.
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