We compare 5 of the most popular camping cool boxes to help you decide which one to buy to take on your camping adventures.
For us we want to know three key things; how long will it keep ice frozen? How many bottles of beer, packs of sausages and overall storage it has and finally, is it durable and can be used for multiple uses.
We’ve created a quick summary of the coolers in this article for you to check out here
Best Camping Coolers of 2017
Pelican Products ProGear Elite 70 Quart Cooler Review
This cooler is the best of the best with just over 2 inches of polyurethane insulation which allows ice retention for up to 10 days. Polyurethane is one of the best insulators available with a very high R value stopping the movement of heat from external to internal and vice versa. With a fully injection moulded outer body, this rugged case has been tested by being filled with meat and then given to Grizzly Bears. Suffice to say they didn’t come close to getting it open. The large press and latch mechanisms ensure an airtight seal and finally the combination lock ensure if you leave it at camp no human counterpart can come and take your sausages!
With a 80 litre capacity this cooler isn’t much smaller than the average home refrigerator by volume, it’ll easily store food for a week for a party of 4 campers. If you want drinks in there as well it’ll be more like 3 days. Overall this is without doubt the best cooler for the money as it’s versatile, can easily be used as seating, will keep things ice cold of days and is impenetrable and comes with a lifetime warranty.
- Volume: true 70 quart internal volume
- Extreme ice retention: 2 inch of polyurethane insulation with a 360 degree freezer-grade gasket that delivers extreme ice retention for up to 10 days
- Features: molded handles and tie-down slots, 3 inch locking latches, reinforced lockable hasp, stainless steel bottle opener, anti-shear hinge system
- Features: leakproof drain plug, 4 self draining cup holders, integrated measuring board on lid in centimeters and inches, non-skid rubber feet
- Made in the USA: includes pelican's legendary lifetime guarantee - you break it, we replace it...Forever
Coleman 100 Quart Exteme 5 Wheeled Cooler Review
This cooler is a very good family friendly coolbox, being able to store ice for up to 5 days and have the capacity to hold over 160 cans of soda/beer. Sounds like quite the party, if you’re going for a weekend away with your friends or the family the wheels make this cooler an ease to transport with a full load, they are also its biggest weakness so be careful how much you load within it, repeated use will likely weaken them.
Coleman have used their proprietary ThermOzone insulation which is environmentally friendly and safe as it doesn’t breakdown into CFC’s, HFC’s of HCFC’s which damage the ozone.
If has a channel in the middle leading to a plug to allow for easy draining. Great to easily reduce the water weight when moving around.
- Holds 160 cans-more than six cases of soda
- Xtreme 5 Technology keeps ice up to 5 days in temperatures up to 90° F (32.22° C)
- ThermOZONETM Insulation contains no CFCs, HFCs or HCFCs, which deplete the ozone
- Hinged lid with four cup holders keeps drinks close
- Two-way handles for easy carrying
Coleman 54 Quart Steel Belted Cooler
Coleman have enhanced their classic cooler design which made it’s first appearance in 1954. With stainless steel handles and metal brackets this is built to last. It’s still got the capacity to see you through, with capacity to hold a bottle of wine or 2l bottle upright with a total space for 85 cans.
The top is designed to be a seat, rather than on other coolers made do. The steel reinforcement ensures that warping of the cooler doesn’t occur when a load i.e. person is sitting on it.
Finally Coleman have thought about your hygiene and have made it really easy to clean and designed it not to have any edges for bacteria to settle and reproduce on.
- High-capacity, heavy-duty cooler features a charming retro design
- 54-quart capacity accommodates up to 85 cans
- Keeps the Ice! insulation offers 4-day ice retention in temperatures as high as 90 degrees Fahrenheit
- Built to deliver years of performance with rust-resistant stainless steel hardware
- Comfort-grip steel handles allow for easy, controlled lifting and carrying
Yeti Tundra Cooler Review
This is my favourite cooler by name as it depicts brilliantly the performance this cooler provides. With over 3 inches of insulation and guaranteed bear resistance this cooler is suitable being thrown in the bottom of the boat of the back of the pickup and being taken off on an adventure. It can withstand 1500lb of force without cracking or deforming. This is the cerme de la creme and has the price to match.
- The YETI Tundra 45 combines versatility with durability with a capacity of up to 26 cans with a recommended 2:1 ice-to-contents ratio
- Will keep your ice... well ice thanks to up to 3 inches of PermaFrost Insulation and an extra thick FatWall design is certified Bear-Resistant
- The Rotomolded Construction makes the Tundra armored to the core and virtually indestructible so wherever you decide to take it, this portable cooler's sturdy construction will stand up to the rigors of the journey
- All Tundra coolers feature T-Rex Lid Latches constructed of heavy-duty rubber and made with patented technology so you'll never see another busted latch
- The Tundra 45 dimensions are 25 1/2 in long x 16 in wide x 15 ½ in high with an empty weight of 22 lbs NOTE: All Tundra models come standard with one dry goods basket.
Rubbermaid Wheeled Ice Chest Cooler Review
The rubber maid wheeled ice chest while not being as high performant as the like of the Yeti or Pelican does tick the boxes for many due to it’s well balanced ergonomics. This 60 quart cooler has a split folding top with in built drinks holders and comes with stain and odour resistant materials. If you’re looking for a day cooler or short trip cooler this will do it’s job but might not last too many years.
- Superior thermal retention keeps food and beverages cold.
- Stain and odor resistant.
- Stain and odor resistant, easy-to-clean liner.
- Easy-to-clean liner. Made in the USA.
- Size: 16.25" l x 29" w x 18.25" h