Who says summer says a nice cold drink after working outside all day. And you’ll need the best cooler to accompany you on the jobsite or at home and parks to preserve your favorite beverage & lunch at the best temperature. It’s an ideal option if you prefer eating homemade meals to doing the line at the closest drive-through. It’s why we’ve compiled the best cooler according to the various usages it could have.
How to choose your cooler?
Making purchases based on best reviews and social circle’s opinions is a way to do it. However, to help you further in your cooler quest, we’ve determined the criteria below to help you make an informed purchase, according to your habits and budget. ·
- What will you use your cooler for? Bring it as a lunchbox at work? Or are you planning a long road trip and need something that’ll stay cold long?
- Plan a budget on what you’re willing to spend for your cooler.
- How long can a drink stay cold on average? Usually you’ll get an average of hours for a certain type of temperature.
- Is the cooler IGBC (bear proof) rated? If yes, usually your cooler will be leak-proof, avoiding any spills while being bear-resistant.
- If you’re going on a family trip, a bigger cooler might be better, meanwhile a solo trip in the woods might require a smaller and lighter cooler that is more lunchbox-like.
- Does the cooler offer a unique feature that you like? For example, the Xspec provides you with fishing tools such as a compass and fish ruler.
- Does the product come with a warranty? How long? And what does it entail?
|Normal day lunchbox||Keep it cold for days||For fishing weekend getaways||On a budget||One for the team||All-terrain|
HSD Lunch bag
Yeti Tundra 65
Coleman Xtreme 5 day 70qt
Klein Tool Lunchbox
Normal Day at the Jobsite: The lunchbox HSD Lunch bag (126$CAD)
This insulated cooler is the best all-around for your workweek. The size of a large lunchbox, this is perfect for bringing your lunch and beverages and leaving them all day in there without worrying about it getting warm. Easily transportable with a reasonable weight, this is your go-to for days on-site.
- Insulated cooler
- Military quality materials
- Large thermal lunch box tote with MOLLE/PALS webbing, Adjustable Padded Shoulder Strap
- Cold time :12 hours
- Solo lunch (box is relatively small)
Keep it cold for days: Yeti Tundra 65 (350$ USD)
Yeti Tundra 65 is the best overall cooler. Easy to use, it can keep its content at a temperature less than 50 fahrenheit during warm days, and so for 6 days minimum. If you’re working in hot weather a lot or need a multi-purpose cooler, this one’s for you.
- Great insulation and the longest lasting cooler
- Ease of use
- Dry basket inside to keep food out of the icy water
- 5-year warranty
- Option of customization with accessories
- Heavy to move around
- No leash for plugs
For your fishing trip this weekend: Xspec 60qt (255$USD)
Fan of fishing weekend getaways with the boys? This cooler has some unique features that you’ll appreciate and is light enough not to be an inconvenience while being carried around.The Xspec 60qt is however not IGBC rated, but as long as you’re not planning adventures in the deep wild with it or dropping it from a high building, you should be able to keep this cooler just as long as the others.
- Lighter and Less expensive than the number 1 YET
- Solid durability
- Airtight seal/rotomolded
- Useful features: bottle openers, removable handles, fisher rule and a compass
Currently out of stock
Not IGBC rated
On a budget : Lifetime 90820 (129.99$USD)
This cooler has a similar design to the YETI brand, while targeting a lower price point. And it’s just as good! Very sturdy, durable and can hold coldness for an impressing amount of time.
Holds up to 100 cans!
Integrated bottle opener
Threaded Drain spout
Not a roto molded model
One for the team: Coleman Xtreme 5-Day 70qt (130$CAD)
The biggest in this selection, the Coleman’s cooler can contain everybody’s lunch. And you can find larger sizes on their websites to fit all your team beverages and food in it. Coleman 70qt is overall a functional cooler at a fraction of the competition’s price.
Large capacity (Holds up to 100 cans)
Light for its size
Reasonably priced against others this size
All-terrain cooler Klein Tools Lunchbox/Cooler (225$CAD)
Made with construction workers In mind, this cooler is a tough box that can withstand harsh conditions (solid and lockable). You can even use this cooler as a seat when you need it! At 48qt, this is one of the smallest model in this selection.
- Contains up to 18 cans
- Cold time 30 hours
- Pro tough box (lockable feature and durable)
- Pricey for a smaller model and heavy
- Not 100% leak-proof
Special mention: Infinite Smart Cooler Prototype
As a construction technology company, we couldn’t help but mention an innovative newcomer, the Infinite Smart Cooler. Still at the prototype phase, this model promises some interesting features:
· Wireless chargers and usb ports
· Bluetooth speakers
· 550 watts blender
· LED light
· Multifunctional utensils and cutting board
· Side storage boxes
· Digital screen and touch-up buttons
We hope this article gave you tips and direction on which type of cooler you could have depending on the above criterias. We would love to know: out of the cooler options mentioned, which one are you most likely to get?