Man smiling with stacked wall of coolers behind him
There was something very satisfying about building a wall out of 60 coolers from our collection. Photo: Chase Fly

Hard coolers, soft coolers, backpack coolers, wheeled coolers, rotomolded coolers, bearproof coolers, and gimmicky coolers – we test them all! We have so many coolers that we literally had to get a storage unit to store them. It’s a bit ridiculous, but it’s all so we can provide the best cooler reviews on the internet! No sponsored reviews here, just authentic, hands-on, deep dives on ice chests from budget to high-end models.

If you want to know if Yeti really makes the best rotomolded coolers, or which of its competitors offer the best ice retention, you’re in the right place. Our side-by-side comparisons, real-world testing, and detailed analysis will demonstrate how hard we try to help you know what you’re getting and whether it’s worth the money. After all, coolers can be crazy expensive these days! Let us help you pick one with confidence.

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Cooler Reviews, Tips, and Guides

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Don’t Ruin Your Cooler: How to Avoid the 9 Most Common Cooler Mistakes

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6 Best Wheeled Coolers of 2023 and 3 to Avoid

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Best Cooler for Ice Retention (We Tested 28 to Find Out)

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How To Store Coolers So They Stay Clean and Last Forever

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How To Pack a Cooler Properly (Drinks, Camping, Day Trips, Meat)

Improperly packing a cooler can lead to consequences that range from merely inconvenient to dangerous. Warm drinks or soggy bread are a ...
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How to Clean a Cooler (Even Stains and Smells)

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8 Best Coolers Reviewed (Budget to Best on The Market)

When it comes time to upgrade you cooler, you will find that it is more complicated than ever before. Today’s coolers do ...