If your cooler must-haves include easy portability, large capacity, and maximum ice retention, a wheeled cooler is the way to go. Like standard hard-sided models, many of today’s top wheeled coolers can keep ice frozen for several days with the added ability to cover longer distances—whether you’re trucking them to your campsite, along the river, or to a cabin retreat. From high-end Yetis to entry-level designs for new and occasional campers, below are our favorite wheeled coolers of 2024. For more background information, see our comparison table and buying advice below the picks. And for a wider look at the market, we've also put together lists of the best coolers, best soft coolers, and best backpack coolers.

Editor's note: We updated this guide on May 24, 2024, to move a couple packs around in our rankings and add information about our testing practices. We also swept the guide to ensure all prices, colorways, and specs are up-to-date at the time of publishing.

Our Team’s Wheeled Cooler Picks

Best Overall Wheeled Cooler

1. Yeti Roadie 48 ($400)

Wheeled cooler (Yeti Roadie 48)Construction: Rotomolded
Capacity: 45.3 qts. (76 cans)
Weight: 28 lb. 4.8 oz.
Other sizes: 32, 60 qts.
What we like: Class-leading build quality and insulating performance with a smaller form factor than many competitors.
What we don’t: You pay a steep premium for the Yeti name and can go bigger for the price.

Yeti’s signature Tundra line—including the towable Tundra Haul below—put the brand on the map, but the Roadie offers similar performance in a more space-conscious package. Yeti recently added two wheeled models to the line: the Roadie 48 and Roadie 60, both of which retain the upright shape of the original (non-wheeled) model. In addition to taking up less space than most similarly sized competitors, the tall build allows for efficient packing—you can fit a lot of food and drinks below the dry goods basket—can accommodate wine bottles upright, and makes the cooler easier to tow and move around than many alternatives (including the Tundra Haul). We also love the latches, which are incredibly easy to operate even with one hand, and the handle is similarly sturdy and thoughtfully built with enough length to clear your heels when walking. Added up, it’s an exceptional wheeled cooler that will stand up to years of use and abuse.

The rest of the Roadie’s design reflects Yeti’s typical attention to detail: Ice retention is top-notch thanks to the thick walls, proven PermaFrost insulation, and quality gasket; the exterior is sleek and streamlined; and the wheels roll smoothly over most surfaces. The RovR RollR below fares a bit better in soft ground and on bumpy trails in our experience, but the Roadie is capable on most terrain. It’s worth noting that you can go bigger for the price with the RollR or Yeti’s own Tundra Haul below (by 12 and 5 qts. respectively), but the Roadie’s smaller form factor and best-in-class latches were quick to win us over. And if you need more space, the larger Roadie 60 (58.2 qts.) still has a smaller footprint than the 50.3-quart Tundra Haul below.
See the Yeti Roadie 48


A Close Second (With Standout Features)

2. RovR Products RollR 60 ($399)

RovR RollR 60 wheeled coolerConstruction: Rotomolded
Capacity: 60 qts. (60 cans)
Weight: 40 lb.
Other sizes: 45, 80 qts.
What we like: Very capable wheels and impressive selection of accessories and add-ons.
What we don’t: A little less thermally efficient than Yeti designs, stiff latches, and very heavy.

RovR’s aptly named RollR is their flagship design and gives the Roadie above a run for its money in a couple key areas. First are the wheels: With aggressive tread reminiscent of all-terrain tires, they cruise smoothly over everything from maintained trails to tricky surfaces like sand and rocky shorelines. Second is RovR’s impressive selection of fun add-ons, from kitchen basics like a prep board and cup holders to canvas bins that fit perfectly inside the cooler, balloon tires for shuttling longer distances through sand, and even an attachment kit for towing behind your bike. Importantly, most other details are equally well sorted, including a practical interior—half is a dry goods bin, and the slanted base allows for melted ice to sit underneath to keep food cold—a long handle that’s easy to grab from either side, and quality components that hold up well over the long term.

While the RollR’s wheels are hands-down the most capable here, we came away less impressed by the latch design. Despite featuring thumb loops for leverage when opening the lid (a small but thoughtful touch), the latches require considerable force—and sometimes two hands—to operate. We also found the RollR to be a small step down from Yeti’s Roadie above and Tundra Haul below in insulating performance, and it’s the heaviest of the bunch at 40 pounds empty (and far more when loaded down with ice, food, and drinks). But overall, the RovR is an excellent all-around performer with unmatched portability and customization options, earning it very high marks on our list this season.
See the RovR Products RollR 60


Best Budget Wheeled Cooler

3. Coleman 50-Quart Xtreme 5-Day ($65)

Wheeled cooler (Coleman 50-Quart Xtreme Wheeled)Construction: Plastic
Capacity: 50 qts. (84 cans)
Weight: 12 lb. 11.2 oz.
Other sizes: None
What we like: Cheap, lightweight, and will get the job done for most casual campers.
What we don’t: Limited ice retention and long-term durability.

Coleman is a consistent cost leader, so it's not a big upset that their 50-quart Xtreme 5-Day scores our vote as the best budget design this year. Right away, we’ll note that this basic cooler is a far cry from modern options from brands like Yeti and RovR, but overall functionality is decent for the price. The simple plastic wheels and telescoping tow handle make transporting the cooler over smooth surfaces relatively easy, the hard-sided build provides modest insulation for day or short overnight getaways, and the integrated cup holders built into the lid are convenient for storing drinks. Taken together, the Coleman should meet the needs of many recreational campers, beach-goers, and tailgaters without breaking the bank.

That said, as with any budget product, the Xtreme wheeled cooler makes several sacrifices to cut costs. First, it’s far less durable than premium roto- and injection-molded models (when testing them back to back, the cheap and lightweight materials were very noticeable). We also had trouble keeping the lid open while loading and unloading the cooler, which made the process fairly painstaking, and the plastic wheels struggled even on marginally bumpy paths. Finally, as we touched on above, we’ve found Coleman’s five-day ice retention claim to be overly optimistic (in practice, it’s been much shorter for us). But again, it’s hard to knock the bargain-basement price of the Xtreme wheeled cooler, which is understandably enough of a selling point for occasional campers and done-in-a-day activities. For another great value from Coleman, check out their 316 Series wheeled coolers, which come in 62, 65, and 100-quart capacities.
See the Coleman 50-Quart Xtreme 5-Day


Best Combination of Price and Performance

3. RTIC 52 QT Ultra-Light Wheeled Cooler ($249)

Wheeled cooler (RTIC 52 QT Ultra-Light)Construction: Injection-molded
Capacity: 52 qts. (78 cans)
Weight: 30 lb.
Other size: 72 qts.
What we like: Versatile size, practical feature set, and good ice retention at a competitive price and weight.
What we don’t: Only sold online; injection-molded construction is less premium than rotomolded designs.

RTIC consistently strikes a great middle ground between price and performance, and their 52 QT Ultra-Light Wheeled Cooler is no exception. For a considerable $150 less than the Roadie and RollR above, the RTIC checks most of the boxes we look for in a well-built and well-rounded wheeled cooler. Starting with features, the Ultra-Light boasts heavy-duty wheels that do a good job absorbing impacts, a handy silicone cargo net underneath the lid for stashing foods like fruit or deli meat, and a sturdy aluminum handle with grips for easy towing (nice touch: It falls gently back in place if you suddenly let go). You also get quality T-handle latches to seal the lid shut, tie-down slots and holes for locks, and even a built-in bottle opener at one corner. Taken together, the RTIC is a standout value.

As its name suggests, the Ultra-Light is around 5 to 10 pounds lighter than most competitors, which can make a significant difference when loading and unloading the cooler from your vehicle. This is achieved through injection molding: Unlike rotomolded competitors that are made from a continuous piece of plastic, the Ultra-Light uses separate sections that are pieced together, requiring less material. In theory, the trade-off is a step down in durability compared to rotomolded alternatives like the Roadie and RollR above, although we’ve been impressed by how well our RTIC coolers have held up over the years. Importantly, the Ultra-Light is pretty competitive in ice retention, too—with the recommended 2:1 ice-to-food ratio, it will handily keep food and drinks cold on weekend trips (or longer, depending on conditions). RTIC only sells their coolers online, meaning you won’t be able to see the Ultra-Light in person before you buy, but that’s a small inconvenience for such a solid design at a great price.
See the RTIC 52 QT Ultra-Light Wheeled


Best High-Capacity Wheeled Cooler

5. Pelican 80QW Elite Wheeled Cooler ($570)

Wheeled cooler (Pelican 80QW Elite)Construction: Injection-molded
Capacity: 80 qts.
Weight: 52 lb.
Other sizes: 45, 65 qts.
What we like: A massive, bombproof wheeled cooler for transporting game or fish.
What we don’t: Very heavy, bulky, and expensive; short handle makes it awkward to pull.

For uses like hunting, fishing, or other activities that warrant a high-capacity cooler, the Pelican 80QW Elite is a true standout. Right off the bat, we’ll address the astronomical price tag: At $570, this cooler is the most expensive unit here by a sizable margin and has limited appeal for the average outdoor-goer. But for safely transporting game or fish, there’s a whole lot to like: The Pelican boasts heavy-duty wheels and wide, glove-friendly latches for easy towing; ice retention is excellent thanks to the freezer-grade seal and quality foam insulation; and you even get an integrated fish scale and garden hose-compatible drain plug to make cleaning a breeze. All told, it's a very rugged and thoughtfully built design for recreationists who intend to utilize the massive capacity and specialized feature set.

Pelican designs many of its products for military and law enforcement use, and that tactical styling is readily apparent in its cooler line. In other words, if you’re looking for a sleek and streamlined unit, this isn’t it. The handles are bulky and rigid—and unfortunately the pull handle is short enough to make walking uncomfortable—the color options are relatively subdued, and the cooler itself is undeniably hefty at 52 pounds before food, drinks, and ice. But again, most people who buy this cooler aren’t overly concerned with looks and simply want a large, beefy, and functional option for storing game or fish. If that’s your end use, the 80QW Elite should be on your short list (bonus: It’s backed by a lifetime warranty). If you like the design but don’t need the huge interior, the 45-quart and 65-quart Wheeled Elites offer similar appeal in a more manageable—albeit still very pricey—package.
See the Pelican 80QW Elite


Best Soft-Sided Wheeled Cooler

6. Coleman Chiller 42-Can Soft-Sided Cooler ($54)

Wheeled cooler ( Coleman Chiller 42-Can Soft-Sided Cooler)Construction: Soft-sided
Capacity: 42 cans
Weight: 7 lb. 3.2 oz.
Other sizes: None
What we like: The cheapest design on our list and also one of the lightest.
What we don’t: Unimpressive ice retention and durability; tiny wheels.

The vast majority of wheeled coolers on our list (and on the market) are hard-sided, which is great for maximizing insulation performance but can be cumbersome to load and unload from your vehicle. Enter Coleman’s Chiller 42-Can Soft-Sided Cooler, which checks in at just over 7 pounds and is far more manageable to move around, even when full. Another benefit to the soft-sided build is exterior storage: The Chiller features a mesh pocket at each side for stashing a water bottle or sunscreen, a large zippered pouch at the front for low-profile items like a wallet or map, and a bungee cord system on top of the lid for securing a light layer or towel. Inside, there’s an additional mesh pocket under the lid that’s nicely sized for an ice pack, along with the hard-plastic liner that helps the cooler maintain its shape and slides out easily for cleaning. All told, it’s a pretty practical design that belies the bargain-basement price tag.

Still, calling the Coleman Chiller a wheeled cooler feels like a bit of a stretch. The cooler technically has wheels, but they’re very small and underbuilt for anything other than paved trails and smooth surfaces, and the rolling suitcase-like shape can feel tippy on uneven terrain. Some users also note that the telescoping handle is prone to collapsing (we haven't experienced this, although it doesn't truly "lock" into place at the top), and the TempLock insulation is far less capable at keeping ice frozen than the thick foam you get with hard-sided alternatives (ice retention is listed at just 12 hours). Finally, the Chiller lacks a plug for draining melted ice, which can lead to a soupy interior. In the end, the lack of performance limits the Coleman's appeal, but it has its place for day trippers looking for a cheap and lightweight option that they can tow—rather than carry—short distances.
See the Coleman Chiller 42-Can Cooler


Best of the Rest

7. Yeti Tundra Haul ($425)

Yeti Tundra HaulConstruction: Rotomolded
Capacity: 50.3 qts. (82 cans)
Weight: 37 lb. 8 oz.
Other sizes: None
What we like: Typical Yeti quality and attention to detail.
What we don’t: Takes up considerably more space than the Roadie above with only a marginal boost in capacity.

No one does high-end coolers quite like Yeti, and their Tundra Haul joins the Roadie above as another exceptionally built design with class-leading cooling capabilities. Like the non-wheeled Tundra coolers, the towable Haul scores high marks in ice retention with a thick rotomolded build that’s more durable and less prone to cracking than injection-molded options like the RTIC above. The rest of the design exudes the same level of quality: The wheels are well executed with good tread and enough surface area to tow over rough terrain, the rubber T-handle latches provide a confidence-inspiring seal (although they’re harder to operate than the Roadie’s QuickLatch system), and everything from the welded aluminum handle to the thick rubber feet has a sturdy look and feel. Unlike the Roadie above, the Tundra is also certified as bear-resistant when used with Yeti’s Bear Proof Locks ($30 per set), which is a worthwhile consideration for those who frequent the backcountry.

Why does the Tundra Haul come in below Yeti's Roadie? The biggest reason is space savings: The Roadie 48’s bottom is around 125 square inches smaller than the Tundra Haul’s with only a marginal drop in capacity (the latter can fit eight more cans according to Yeti). In fact, even the larger Roadie 60 (58.2 qts.) has a smaller footprint than the 50.3-quart Tundra (for $25 more). Both Roadies are also lighter, can fit wine bottles upright, and boast more intuitive latches that are easier to manipulate with one hand. Some will prefer the Tundra's rigid handle over the Roadie's telescoping design—with more moving parts, the latter is more prone to failing and breaking over time—although it's largely a matter of personal preference. In the end, you really can’t go wrong with either collection, but the Roadie’s similar appeal in a lighter and more space-conscious package gives it the overall edge for us.
See the Yeti Tundra Haul


8. Igloo Trailmate Journey ($250)

Wheeled Cooler - Igloo Trailmate JourneyConstruction: Injection-molded
Capacity: 70 qts. (112 cans)
Weight: 34 lb. 11 oz.
Other sizes: None
What we like: Massive interior; creative exterior storage and feature set.
What we don’t: Lots of moving parts, no latch for the lid, and middling ice retention.

In stark contrast to the sleek designs from Yeti, ORCA, and RovR is Igloo’s utilitarian Trailmate Journey. Starting at the inside, you get a massive interior that Igloo states can fit over 100 12-ounce cans, a dry goods basket for separating fruit and other fragile food items, and a tray underneath the lid that can be removed and placed on the telescoping handle for storage and food prep. Outside, the Trailmate takes a no-holds-barred approach: The handle tucks away neatly when not in use and expands with the push of a button, there’s both a pocket and lockable compartment for divvying up snacks and other extras, the oversized (10-in.) wheels have deep tread to plow through soft ground, and Igloo even included pole slots to hold beach umbrellas or fishing rods. And unlike other designs here, the Trailmate is positioned off the ground via skid rails to maximize cooling performance. 

No cooler is perfect, however, and we do have some complaints about the Igloo Trailmate Journey. First is ice retention, which falls notably short of premium rotomolded competitors. The lack of lid latch doesn’t help—there’s no way to secure the lid shut to seal in cold, which feels like an oversight. More moving parts also means more potential for durability issues, and some users have reported premature problems with the telescoping handle and the thin cable that prevents the lid from overextending when open. Finally, not everyone will like the tactical looks and styling. But at $250 for a generous 70 quarts of capacity, the Igloo is a solid value and one of the most well-equipped options on the market.
See the Igloo Trailmate Journey


9. ORCA 65 Quart Wheeled Cooler ($450)

Wheeled cooler (ORCA 65 Quart Wheeled Cooler)Construction: Rotomolded
Capacity: 65 qts. (54 cans)
Weight: 41 lb.
Other sizes: None
What we like: Competitive thermal efficiency and durability, handy cargo net, and backed by a lifetime warranty.
What we don’t: Wheels sink in soft surfaces, stiff T-handle latches, and not a great value.

ORCA (Outdoor Recreation Company of America) isn’t a household name like Yeti, but the Tennessee brand is no slouch in the premium rotomolded cooler market. Their wheeled offering is the 65-quart model here, and they offer non-wheeled options ranging from 20 to 140 quarts. First and foremost, ORCA didn’t skimp on the details with this cooler, which include a large and easy-to-grab handle, a tough build that stands up well over the long term, a modest but fun colorway selection, and a very convenient exterior pocket for stashing small items like koozies, kitchen utensils, or even electronics. And importantly, thermal efficiency is on par with the high-end competition—the ORCA will handily keep food and drinks cold for several days, even in the heart of summer (provided you use enough ice and avoid opening the lid too frequently). 

Wheels can make or break a cooler, and we weren’t big fans of the ORCA’s during testing. Unlike most designs here, the ORCA’s wheels are mostly hollow, which caused them to sink into sand and other soft surfaces. To be fair, we didn’t have any issues when navigating over obstacles like rocks and roots—in these instances, the wheels flexed nicely to absorb the impact—but they’re more limiting and less premium-feeling than what you get with the RollR or Yeti coolers above. Speaking of high-end competitors, the ORCA is priced around the same as other options in the 60- to 70-quart range, but its internal capacity is much smaller than its 65-liter designation suggests due to the thick walls. A final complaint is that the ORCA’s traditional rubber T-handle is a bit stiff and harder to latch than some alternatives, including the Yeti Tundra and RTIC Ultra-Light. But there are certainly many positives to the design, including good cooling capabilities, the handy cargo net, and a competitive lifetime warranty to back it all up.
See the ORCA 65 Quart Wheeled Cooler


10. Xspec 45 Quart Towable Ice Chest ($240)

Wheeled cooler (Xspec 45 Quart Towable Ice Chest)_0Construction: Rotomolded
Capacity: 45 qts. (40 cans)
Weight: 35 lb.
Other sizes: None
What we like: Practical features and great durability at a good value.
What we don’t: Heavy for the capacity, no dry goods basket, and not the most modern design.

If the Yeti Roadie 48 above caught your eye, it’s also worth considering Xspec’s 45 Quart Towable Ice Chest, which boasts a similar size and shape for $160 less. Like the pricier Roadie, the Xspec features a tough rotomolded build, big and beefy wheels for smooth hauling over rough surfaces, a retractable tow handle, and competitive cooling capabilities with thick walls and quality latches. It also has built-in features like a bottle opener, compass, and even a molded ruler on the lid, which is uncommon among rotomolded competitors (the Roadie included). All in all, it’s a very well-rounded Yeti alternative at a great value.

What do you sacrifice by saving with the 45 Quart Towable Ice Chest? Despite offering nearly the same capacity, the Xspec weighs around 7 pounds more than the Roadie and lacks a dry goods basket, which can be helpful for keeping produce fresh for longer. Ice retention is also a step down, and we don’t love the webbing handles at the side for lifting the cooler into a trunk or truck bed (the Roadie’s large cutouts make the process much easier). Finally, the 45 Quart Towable Ice Chest is only available in a couple of muted and fairly bland colorways. But again, it’s hard to argue with the combination of price, features, and overall build quality, earning the Xspec a spot on our list this year.
See the Xspec 45 Quart Towable Ice Chest


11. Igloo Ecocool Latitude 60 Qt Roller Cooler ($95)

Wheeled cooler (Igloo Ecocool Latitude 60 Qt)Construction: Plastic
Capacity: 60 qts. (93 cans)
Weight: 14 lb.
Other sizes: 16, 90 qts.
What we like: Strikes a nice balance between price and performance at a manageable weight.
What we don’t: Handle design could use some improvements; not the most thermally efficient.

Wheeled coolers are an inherently pricey bunch, as evidenced by the $400+ Yeti designs and RovR RollR above. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t good deals to be found, and Igloo’s Ecocool Latitude 60 Qt is a prime example. For a fraction of the price, the Igloo strikes a desirable balance between price and performance for short-term users. Starting with cold retention, the proprietary foam insulation does a good job keeping food and drinks chilled for weekends away (in mild weather), which is realistically all many campers need. The feature set is also pretty well sorted for the price, including four self-draining cup holders and functional lifts at the bottom that slightly elevate the cooler off the ground or truck bed. And like the Roadie and Xspec above, the Ecocool is tall enough to fit wine bottles upright—in a much lighter and more sustainably built package to boot.

In terms of overall build quality, the Igloo Ecocool is a slight step up from many of Coleman’s budget designs (including the Xtreme and Chiller above) but still can’t hold a candle to most of the pricier competition. The recycled plastic used for the body and lid is decidedly cheaper-feeling and less confidence-inspiring than rotomolded designs from Yeti, Xspec, ORCA, and others (we’ve had Yetis withstand over a decade of use with almost no wear to show for it). The handle is a particular point of weakness and susceptible to cracking under the weight of a heavy load. Further, we’re disappointed that Igloo omitted lid latches, meaning the cooler lacks a secure seal and isn’t an efficient insulator. But if you’re willing to set reasonable expectations, the Igloo is a perfectly serviceable entry-level pick for quick weekend getaways, tailgates, and days at the beach. It’s also sold in a massive 90-quart model for just $140, along with a 16-quart version ($50) for day trips.
See the Igloo Ecocool Latitude 60 QT


12. Arctic Zone Titan 60 Can Wheeled Cooler ($80)

Wheeled cooler (Arctic Zone Titan 60 Can)Construction: Soft-sided
Capacity: 60 cans
Weight: 6 lb. 12 oz.
Other sizes: None
What we like: Lightweight, collapsible, and can be detached from the rolling cart and carried by hand.
What we don’t: Cheap-feeling construction and low performance threshold.

Rounding out our wheeled cooler picks for 2024 is Arctic Zone’s Titan 60 Can Wheeled Cooler. Like the Coleman Chiller above, the Titan is soft-sided by design, which has its pros and cons. As far as benefits go, the Arctic Zone is the lightest option on our list at under 7 pounds, which makes it very easy to lift into a vehicle. It’s also collapsible, which is great for maximizing storage space when not in use, and can be detached from the cart and toted via the side handles or over-the-shoulder strap on short jaunts from the car. And storage abounds, including an expandable and insulated front compartment for foods like fruit or cheeses, a zippered pocket for valuables, a large mesh pouch on each side, and a bungee system at the top for securing an extra layer or accessories.

Why the last-place finish for the Arctic Zone Titan 60 Can Wheeled Cooler? Our biggest gripe is the low-end construction, which was immediately apparent upon unboxing—everything from the flimsy zippers to the reflective lining and plastic cart has a decidedly cheap feel. Ice retention is another notable compromise: Arctic Zone’s three-day estimate feels like a real stretch, and we’d put it closer to a full day at maximum. Final complaints include a loose connection to the cart via a single strap, a telescoping handle that’s prone to collapsing under pressure, and the aforementioned shoulder strap that can get in the way when towing the cooler. Taken together, we hesitate to recommend the Titan over the Chiller, but the ability to collapse the cooler down and separate it from the cart may be appealing to some. For a similarly built design at an even cheaper price point, check out Columbia’s Crater Peak.
See the Arctic Zone Titan 60 Can Cooler


Wheeled Cooler Comparison Table

Wheeled Cooler Price Construction Capacity Weight Other Sizes Ice Retention*
Yeti Roadie 48 $400 Rotomolded 45.3 qts. (76 cans) 28 lb. 4.8 oz. 32, 60 qts. Unavail.
RovR Products RollR 60 $399 Rotomolded 60 qts. (60 cans) 40 lb. 45, 80 qts. 10 days
Coleman 50-Quart Xtreme $65 Plastic 50 qts. (84 cans) 12 lb. 11.2 oz. None 5 days
RTIC 52 QT Ultra-Light $249 Injection-molded 52 qts. (78 cans)  30 lb. 72 qts. 8 days
Pelican 80QW Elite $570 Injection-molded 80 qts. 52 lb. 45, 65 qts. 10 days
Coleman Chiller 42-Can $54 Soft-sided 42 cans 7 lb. 3.2 oz. None 12 hours
Yeti Tundra Haul $425 Rotomolded 50.3 qts. (82 cans) 37 lb. 8 oz. None Unavail.
Igloo Trailmate Journey $250 Injection-molded 70 qts. (112 cans) 34 lb. 11 oz. None 4 days
ORCA 65 Quart Wheeled $450 Rotomolded 65 qts. (54 cans) 41 lb. None 8 days
Xspec 45 Quart Ice Chest $240 Rotomolded 45 qts. (40 cans) 35 lb. None Unavail.
Igloo Ecocool Latitude 60 $95 Plastic 60 qts. (93 cans) 14 lb. 16, 90 qts. 5 days
Arctic Zone Titan 60 Can $80 Soft-sided 60 cans 6 lb. 12 oz. None 3 days

*Editor's note: This number represents claimed ice retention, and in real-world use, we've found these times to be quite a bit lower. More in our "Ice Retention and Cooling Capabilities" section below.

About Our Testing Process

Here at Switchback Travel, we’re big proponents of enjoying good food and cold beverages while camping—it can make a surprisingly big difference when you’re outside for days at a time. Managing editor Sarah Nelson kicked off this list in early 2024 to supplement our three other cooler guides: hard-sided coolers, soft coolers, and backpack coolers. Previously living on the road full-time in her converted van, Sarah is acutely aware of the space and energy constraints associated with traveling and was very selective in putting together the lineup above. Contributing editor Maggie Slepian now manages the guide, bringing her background in low-maintenance truck camping to the team. Maggie has never owned a van or RV and relies entirely on coolers to keep food and drinks cold on extended road trips and basecamping expeditions. 

In putting together the list above, ice retention was at the top of our priority list. However, since many of the highest performers are prohibitively expensive for most, we made sure to balance cooling capabilities with price—there’s a reason RTIC’s $249 52 QT Ultra-Light ranks high in our lineup. Another important factor for us was portability, including the quality and handling of the wheels and handles, along with overall weight (it can be difficult to lift some of these behemoths out of a trunk or truck bed). Finally, the smaller details can make or break a cooler, so we paid close attention to features like latches and closure systems, drains, and any other accessories (e.g., bottle openers) included with purchase. As the market changes, we’ll continue amending the list above to reflect our favorites.

Wheeled cooler (carrying ORCA 65 Quart up steep slope)
Lugging wheeled coolers around trails in Pacific Northwest | Credit: Jason Hummel

Wheeled Cooler Buying Advice

Wheeled Cooler Construction

Most high-end wheeled coolers are made via one of two methods: rotational molding (rotomolding) or injection molding. At the cheaper end of the spectrum are simple plastic and soft-sided offerings that weigh less but fall notably short in durability and cooling capabilities. Below we break down the pros and cons of each construction type.

Rotomolded Coolers
Rotomolding was popularized by Yeti (although they technically weren’t the first to make a cooler in this way) and currently dominates the high end of the market. These types of coolers are made out of a single piece of continuous plastic that’s rotated until it forms the desired shape. The advantages are fewer stress points (these coolers are less likely to crack under pressure) and a consistently thick outer shell, which translates to exceptional durability. Primary disadvantages are cost and weight. A final point to note is that rotomolded designs don’t offer any inherent advantages in ice retention. However, because most high-end coolers utilize rotomolded builds, the two tend to correlate more often than not (a quick check of our comparison table above confirms this).

Wheeled coolers (ORCA 65 Quart and Yeti Roadie 48 side by side)
Rotomolded designs from brands like ORCA and Yeti don't come cheap but will stand up to years of use | Credit: Jason Hummel

Injection-molded Coolers
Injection-molded coolers are made by inserting hot plastic into defined molds and assembling the separate sections together once they’re cooled. The process is simpler and cheaper than rotomolding, uses less material (read: less weight and bulk), and allows for greater precision because of the molded shapes. However, the fact that injection-molded coolers are made with multiple pieces—unlike the single, uninterrupted form with rotomolding—can lead to a drop in durability and added susceptibility to cracking. That being said, a quality build like RTIC’s 52 QT Ultra-Light stacks up favorably to top rotomolded competitors in overall toughness. Many injection-molded designs also allow for various mounting locations for accessories like tables, cup holders, and cutting boards, which is something you don’t typically get with rotomolding (although there are exceptions to this rule). 

Wheeled cooler (bottom of RTIC Ultra-Light)
RTIC's injection-molded Ultra-Light stacks up well to rotomolded designs in overall durability at a lower weight | Credit: Jason Hummel

Plastic Coolers
Basic plastic wheeled coolers like Coleman’s 50-Quart Xtreme have been around for years and still have their place for occasional campers and those who want to keep costs low. While decidedly less durable and thermally efficient than rotomolded and injection-molded alternatives, designs like the Xtreme and Igloo Ecocool Latitude will get the job done for day trips to the park or beach, tailgates, or other short outings. They also weigh significantly less, checking in at around half the weight of other hard-sided options. All in all, if you aren’t ready to spend hundreds of dollars on a cooler and only plan to use it a couple times a season, a plastic model could be the way to go.

Wheeled cooler (towing the Coleman 50-Quart Xtreme)
Basic plastic designs like the Coleman Xtreme are workable for day trips and occasional use | Credit: Jason Hummel

Soft-sided Coolers
Finally, soft-sided wheeled coolers are the lightest option available but don’t stand out in many other areas. For starters, ice retention is a notable step down from even basic plastic models—the Coleman Chiller and Arctic Zone Titan, for example, are listed at 12 hours and three days respectively, which can’t hold a candle to the multi-day ice retention you get with most hard-sided competitors. They’re also inherently less durable and relatively limited on storage space. Some do collapse down for storage, including the Titan, which is helpful for maximizing space in your garage or trunk, and they’re much easier to hoist in and out of a vehicle. The Titan can also be detached from its rolling cart for carrying over the shoulder, which can be a nice option to have depending on the terrain and your objectives. But overall, we feel there’s little reason to opt for a soft-sided wheeled cooler over a similarly cheap plastic design. 

Wheeled coolers (Yeti Roadie 48 next to collapsed Arctic Zone Titan)
The soft-sided Arctic Zone Titan (right) collapses down for storage and can be detached from the rolling cart | Credit: Jason Hummel

Wheeled Cooler Capacity

Before we dive in, there are a few considerations to note regarding sizing. Most importantly, not all coolers measure interior capacity in the same way. Soft-sided designs like the Coleman Chiller and Arctic Titan Zone, for instance, use cans (without ice) as a unit of measure, while most hard-sided offerings use quarts. It’s also important to note that listed capacity and real-life storage space don’t always line up precisely—two coolers with the same listed capacity may differ considerably in how much interior space they offer due to the thickness of the walls, for instance. In our experience, tracking down a cooler’s interior dimensions (if available) can be a better way to get an accurate estimate of volume. Just remember that the inside might not be perfectly symmetrical, so usable volume is an approximation.

Wheeled coolers (grouped together at campsite)
Wheeled coolers come in many shapes and sizes | Credit: Jason Hummel

Small: Less than 45 Quarts
The smallest options on our list above are the Coleman Chiller and Arctic Zone Titan, both of which are soft-sided designs. This is no coincidence: Soft coolers are designed to be lightweight and easily portable, which translates to a lower weight capacity. In general, they’re perfectly serviceable for day trips when you’ll only be packing a lunch and drinks for one or two people but are undersized and underbuilt for multi-day outings that warrant multiple meals and cases of beverages.

Medium: 45 to 55 Quarts
Most hard-sided designs are much larger, ranging from 45 quarts for the Xspec Towable Ice Chest to 80 quarts for Pelican’s 80QW Elite (and you can certainly go bigger). At the lower end, 45- to 55-quart wheeled coolers are relatively manageable—although still hefty and bulky when packed full—and compact enough that they won’t take up your entire trunk or truck bed. In testing, we found this size to be sufficient for groups of two or three for a couple days. If your party exceeds that, it’s worth bumping the capacity up to 55 quarts or higher for the same time frame. And if you plan to go on an extended outing or are traveling with a large group, you’ll want to check out the larger sizes below.

Wheeled cooler (towing RovR RollR 45)
Towing the RovR RollR 45, which is a smaller version of the RollR 60 above | Credit: Brian McCurdy

Large: 55 to 75 Quarts
If you’re headed out with two or more people over multiple days, it’s worth packing a large wheeled cooler. It’s true that you’ll almost undoubtedly need a second person to help lift it in and out of the car, but the upside is enough space to utilize a proper 2:1 ice-to-food ratio to maximize performance (we cover this in more detail below). In the 55- to 75-quart range, we like RovR Products' RollR 60 best: It has a great mix of storage capacity, ice retention, and features that should meet the needs of most small groups on extended weekends or larger families on overnight trips. But at more than 26 inches long and almost 20 inches high, it does take up a sizable amount of space in a trunk or pickup bed.

Wheeled cooler (eating lunch with ORCA 65 Quart Wheeled Cooler)
Large coolers like the ORCA 65 Quart are great for multi-day trips with groups of two or more | Credit: Jason Hummel

Extra Large: 75+ Quarts
Wheeled coolers in the 75-quart-and-larger range are typically reserved for the committed outdoorsperson. While undoubtedly expensive, extremely bulky, and heavy (the Pelican 80QW Elite is over 50 lb. and a whopping $570), these extra-large models have their place for big groups and certain activities, such as fishing and hunting. That said, even wheeled designs of this capacity can be very unwieldy when full and nearly impossible to hoist in and out of a vehicle without help. In other words, if you opt for an extra-large wheeled cooler, you’d better have a good use for it.

Cooler Shape and Dimensions

Related to capacity, the shape of a wheeled cooler can make a sizable difference in how easy it is to lift and move around, as well as how much floor space it takes up in a trunk or garage. This is one of the reasons we love Yeti’s Roadie 48: While only 5 quarts smaller than the Tundra Haul, the Roadie has a much smaller footprint, is easier to tow over obstacles (the telescoping handle helps), allows for very efficient packing, and can accommodate wine bottles upright. Another benefit to the upright design is that you can stack a backpack or tote on top of the cooler during transport by threading the strap(s) over the handle. The same advantages hold true for Xspec’s 45 Quart Towable Ice Chest and Igloo’s Ecocool Latitude. It's true that some tall designs can feel a little tippy and less planted than their rectangular counterparts, but the difference is negligible in our experience (especially with high-end designs like the Roadie).

Wheeled coolers (Yeti Tundra Haul next to Roadie 48)
Yeti's Roadie 48 (right) is similar in capacity to the Tundra Haul (left) but has a much smaller footprint | Credit: Jason Hummel

Ice Retention and Cooling Capabilities

Ice retention—i.e., how long a cooler keeps ice frozen—can be surprisingly tricky to pin down when researching coolers. First, it’s important to note that external factors play a huge role. Considerations like air temperature, direct sunlight, and the amount of ice you use can all make a sizable difference in overall performance (most brands recommend a 2:1 ice-to-food ratio). It also matters how often you open the lid, thereby allowing cold air out and warm air in. For maximum performance, it’s best to pre-chill your cooler prior to loading it up. This involves filling the interior with ice for at least a few hours to bring its interior temperature down. When you’re ready to hit the road, swap in some fresh ice at that optimal ratio along with your drinks and food. On the flip side, if you leave your cooler sitting out in the sun before loading it up, you can expect it to be preheated like an oven and not nearly as effective.

Wheeled cooler (ORCA 65 Quart Wheeled Cooler full of food and ice)
A 2:1 ice-to-food ratio is ideal for maximizing ice retention | Credit: Jason Hummel

Most cooler manufacturers provide a “claimed ice retention” spec in their product listings (Yeti is one major brand who does not). A quick look at the table above shows that the times range from 10 days at the high end for premium designs like the RovR Products RollR 60 and Pelican 80QW Elite to just 12 hours for Coleman’s Chiller 42-Can Cooler. That said, we always take manufacturer-provided specs with a grain of salt, and there isn’t an established, standardized test here. In practice, most of the claimed ice retention times feel quite inflated to us, perhaps due to extremely favorable testing conditions (storing the cooler inside with the lid closed in cool temperatures, for example). If we had to generalize, we would say that you should expect to get approximately half of the claimed ice retention time in real-world use, give or take depending on your specific circumstances.

Wheeled cooler (undoing zipper on Coleman Chiller)
The soft-sided Coleman Chiller lists ice retention at just 12 hours, which is the shortest on our list | Credit: Jason Hummel

If you’re looking for maximum thermal efficiency, premium rotomolded coolers from brands like Yeti, RovR, and ORCA are the clear leaders in keeping ice cold for long stretches. You definitely pay for the privilege, but you can expect multiple days of cold temperatures and solid ice in your cooler with these high-end offerings, and that time goes down as you move toward cheaper plastic and soft-sided designs from brands like Coleman and Arctic Zone. If you need ice for extended periods for activities like rafting or long camping trips, the cost is worth it. But for those on day trips or shorter overnight outings with access to new ice, an inexpensive cooler like the Coleman Xtreme or Igloo Ecocool Latitude is a fine option. And a final note: Latch design can have a considerable impact on thermal efficiency and often lines up with price, too (more in “Cooler Latch and Closure Systems” below).

Wheeled cooler (towing Yeti Roadie 48 near trailhead)
Yeti coolers—including their Roadie 48 shown here—offer class-leading ice retention | Credit: Jason Hummel

Portability: Wheels and Handles

Wheel and handle design varies considerably between models and can have a sizable impact on a wheeled cooler’s portability. Starting with wheels, you can expect the best performance from high-end designs like the Yeti Roadie 48, RovR RollR 60, and Yeti Tundra Haul (all around $400). The RollR's are particularly versatile with aggressive tread that can handle tricky surfaces like sand and rocky shorelines. One exception above is ORCA's 65 Quart Wheeled Cooler, which is priced at $450 but has hollow wheels that aren’t all that functional and sink quickly into soft terrain like sand. They’re good at rolling over obstacles like rocks and roots but far less versatile than what you get with similarly priced competitors. At the budget end of the spectrum, wallet-friendly designs like the Coleman Chiller and Arctic Zone Titan are underbuilt for anything other than paved paths and other smooth surfaces.

Wheeled cooler (RovR RollR wheels)
The RovR RollR's wheels are very well executed and capable of handling tricky terrain | Credit: Brian McCurdy

It's a similar story with handle design, which can be broken down into two main categories: telescoping or rigid. This will largely come down to personal preference, but we’ve found that the former typically offers a little more control and versatility (you can expand it as far as you'd like) but has more moving parts that can stick, fail, or break over time. Rigid handles generally have a sturdier and more confidence-inspiring feel but don’t extend as far, which can be uncomfortable over longer distances. And again, price is a good indicator of overall quality. For example, the Igloo Ecocool Latitude’s handle is plagued by reports of premature wear and cracking where it connects to the cooler, while the Chiller and Arctic Zone’s handles are prone to collapsing under pressure. We’ve done our best to call out these discrepancies in the write-ups above, but if portability is a top concern, be ready to spend up.

Wheeled coolers (rigid handle and telescoping handle)
The two main styles of handles: rigid (left) and telescoping (right) | Credit: Jason Hummel

Wheeled Cooler Weight

Wheels make coolers considerably easier to transport once they’re on the ground, but most designs are unapologetically hefty and difficult to lift in and out of a trunk or truck bed. For reference, most hard-sided options above check in around 30 to 35 pounds, with the heaviest on our list being the Pelican 80QW Elite at a whopping 52 pounds. Once loaded down with ice, food, and beverages, that number skyrockets. At the other end of the spectrum are soft-sided models like the Arctic Zone Titan 60 Can Wheeled Cooler (6 lb. 12 oz.) and Coleman Chiller 42-Can (7 lb. 3.2 oz.), which are much easier to pick up and move around when needed but make notable compromises in durability and cold retention. In the middle are plastic options like the Igloo Ecocool Latitude (14 lb.) and Coleman 50-Quart Xtreme (12 lb. 11.2 oz.), which are considerably lighter than premium rotomolded competitors and more thermally efficient than soft-sided coolers. In the end, it’s up to you how much weight you think you can manage.

Wheeled cooler (wheeling RovR RollR to beach)
Wheeled coolers may be manageable on the ground, but make sure you can lift them in and out of your vehicle | Credit: Brian McCurdy

Are Expensive Coolers Worth It?

Taking the average of all of our picks above amounts to around $300, which goes to show how pricey wheeled coolers can be. But in our opinion, the cost is fairly easy to justify. Wheeled coolers from Yeti, RovR, ORCA, and others are able to keep ice frozen for significantly longer than budget options from companies like Coleman or Igloo. And while bags of ice come relatively cheap, it can be a real pain to have to drain your cooler and replace the ice on a daily basis (not to mention having to travel and purchase more of it). Another benefit of high-end hard-sided units is durability—the difference in quality is immediately apparent, and some of the best out there are truly meant to last a lifetime. All that said, if you just need a reliable cooler for days at the beach or packing a lunch on the road, it’s probably a good idea to save your cash. But if you consistently head outside for days at a time, the added investment is well worth it.

Wheeled cooler (RovR RollR logo closeup)
The RovR RollR is very pricey but will handily outlast and out-cool the budget competition | Credit: Brian McCurdy

A final factor when considering a high-end cooler is longevity. Simply put, coolers are unlike most other categories of outdoor gear that may last just a couple seasons before needing to be replaced. We have a family member who purchased an original Yeti Tundra back when the line first hit the market in 2008, and the cooler is basically like new today (he had to replace one rubber latch after more than 10 years of use, but that’s it). This means that when you’re making the calculation of whether spending $400+ on a cooler is worth it, remember that you’re getting a product that literally should last for decades—and many of the high-end brands back their coolers with generous warranties, which we cover below. That said, if you don’t need multi-day ice retention, even a cheaper wheeled cooler should last you multiple years.

Cooler Latch and Closure Systems

A cooler’s latch or closure system is one of the defining characteristics of a premium model and plays a significant role in overall cooling performance. Our favorite latch design belongs to Yeti’s Roadie: Dubbed “QuickLatch,” the system is incredibly easy to operate even with one hand and provides a very confidence-inspiring seal. Most high-end competitors instead feature rubber T-handles to keep the lid locked securely in place, which are fairly user-friendly, strong, and minimize any openings for cold air to escape (or warm air to creep in). However, we’ve found some T-handles to be noticeably stiff and difficult to manipulate, including those on the RovR RollR and ORCA’s 65 Quart Wheeled Cooler. At the other end of the spectrum, Coleman's Xtreme and Igloo’s Trailmate Journey and Ecocool Latitude forgo latches entirely and rely on a good fit between the lid and cooler body. This results in reduced insulating performance and means you’ll need to keep an eye on the lid to make sure it doesn’t pop loose in transport.

Wheeled coolers (T-handle latch and Yeti Roadie QuickLatch)
T-handle latches (left) are very common, but Yeti's QuickLatch system (right) on their Roadie is our favorite design | Credit: Jason Hummel

Bear-Resistant Ratings

Unlike standard hard-sided coolers, wheeled coolers typically aren’t certified as bear-resistant, which is a worthwhile consideration should you be camping in bear country. One exception above is Pelican’s 80QW Elite, and Yeti’s Tundra Haul also meets IGBC (Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee) standards for bear resistance with the appropriate locks, which are sold separately. If you frequent the backcountry or will be traveling where bear-proof gear is required, make sure your cooler is on their list of approved designs.

Wheeled cooler (Yeti Tundra Haul bear certification)
The Tundra Haul meets IGBC requirements with Yeti's Bear Proof Locks | Credit: Jason Hummel

Cooler Drain Systems

All of the hard-sided wheeled coolers on our list have drainage systems to help you empty out water once your ice has melted. Typically, this comes in the form of a screw-on or pop-off cap at the base of the cooler—simply take it off and let the water pour out. Some also boast drainage channels or slanted interiors that funnel water through the opening (including RovR's RollR), which is a nice touch for helping with the clean-up process. Soft-sided designs like the Coleman Chiller and Arctic Titan Zone forgo drainage systems and require removing food, drinks, and ice in order to drain any water. However, given these coolers’ smaller capacities and limited ice retention, most users will be restocking the contents frequently anyways.

Wheeled cooler (opening drain plug)
Drain plugs make it quick and easy to dump any melted ice sitting at the bottom of your cooler | Credit: Jason Hummel

Other Wheeled Cooler Features

In addition to wheels, handles, and drainage systems, many wheeled coolers share a few other features. Non-slip rubber feet are very common and help keep your cooler in place during transport. They also elevate the cooler slightly off the ground, which can help with ice retention, especially on particularly hot and sunny beach days. Other features to look out for include bottle openers, cup holders, and additional storage in the form of exterior or interior pockets. A couple standouts on our list are the Xspec 45 Quart Towable Ice Chest and Igloo Trailmate Journey. The former includes a bottle opener, compass, and molded ruler for measuring the size of a fish, while the latter boasts multiple storage compartments, slots for a fishing rod or umbrella, and a “butler” tray that stores under the lid when not in use. The soft-sided Coleman Chiller and Arctic Zone Titan are also rife with storage, including bungee systems to attach an extra layer or accessories. We did our best to call out any noteworthy features in the write-ups above.

Wheeled cooler (silicone net inside RTIC 52 QT Ultra-Light)
The silicone net inside RTIC's 52 QT Ultra-Light is handy for stashing cheeses and other packaged foods | Credit: Jason Hummel

Accessories and Add-Ons

If you’re someone who likes to customize your gear, there are a number of useful add-ons and aftermarket accessories available for many wheeled coolers. For example, food baskets—which are included with some but not all models—can be a great way to store fruit and other fragile items, dividers are handy for cordoning off various meals, and external attachments like cup holders and side tables can significantly increase storage and prep space. Most well-known brands sell these accessories directly on their website, although they can substantially increase overall cost. One of our favorite unique add-ons is RovR's BikR Kit, which allows you to tow the RollR behind your bike. Their LandR Bins are also practical for stashing dry goods, towels, and other necessities for the day and fit nicely on top of the RollR coolers. Finally, many manufacturers sell replacement parts should you encounter any issues with components like gaskets, wheels, drain plugs, latches, etc.

Wheeled cooler (RovR RollR with LandR Bin)
RovR's collapsible LandR Bins are a nice supplement to their RollR cooler | Credit: Brian McCurdy

Ice Types: Crushed, Blocks, Packs, or Dry

As committed cooler enthusiasts know, the type of ice you use heavily impacts how much you’re able to store and how long it stays frozen. Crushed ice is the most readily available—you can find it at most gas stations and supermarkets for fairly cheap. The major draw is that it easily fills the gaps between your food and beverages, cooling them quickly and efficiently. However, crushed ice is also the fastest to melt, meaning you’ll likely need to replace it fairly frequently. Blocks of ice take much longer to melt than crushed ice, although they’re bulky and take up a lot of space in the cooler since they don’t conform around your food and cans. If we have enough space, our preferred method is to use both block and crushed ice together, and Yeti has more great tips here.

Wheeled cooler (ice and cans inside cooler)
Crushed ice easily fills the gaps between food and beverages but is the fastest to melt | Credit: Jason Hummel

If you’re worried about re-stocking, ice packs are a viable alternative. Most major brands sell their own designs that work well in their coolers, and you can use them repeatedly without ever having to drain melted ice. That said, ice packs are fairly expensive (Yeti's range from $15 to $30 depending on size) and require refreezing once they lose their coldness, which limits practicality for longer trips.

A final option to consider is dry ice. Since dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide, it passes directly from a solid to a gaseous state, meaning no water to deal with as it melts. However, dry ice can be dangerous to touch (you have to wear heavy gloves to prevent frostbite), doesn’t last long, and many coolers aren’t even rated to handle it. All told, it might take some finessing to perfect your strategy, but we think a combination of crushed and block ice is the best (and safest) method.

Wheeled Cooler Warranties

Coolers are undoubtedly expensive, and wheeled coolers are especially pricey given their large size and added features like wheels and handles. Having a generous warranty can help ease some of the buying anxiety, and the good news is that many wheeled coolers are covered for several years—if not more. At the top of the pack are Pelican and ORCA, which offer lifetime warranties that cover defects, although Pelican specifies that certain components—including the wheels, rubber feet, drain plug, gasket, and accessories—are only covered for 90 days. Most other manufacturers have one- to 10-year warranties, including Yeti’s Roadie and Tundra Haul collections (both five years), RovR’s RollR (five years for the body and one year for all other components), and RTIC’s Ultra-Light (one year).

Wheeled cooler (towing Yeti Roadie 48 on trail)
Yeti wheeled coolers come with five-year warranties | Credit: Jason Hummel

Cleaning and Odor Prevention

Given their frequent exposure to food, drinks, and the outdoors, wheeled coolers can get dirty and smelly surprisingly quickly. The upside is that most are fairly easy to clean and maintain. After each trip, it’s good practice to wipe down the interior with soap and warm water. For removing stubborn grime or odors, Yeti recommends applying a 6:1 solution of warm water and bleach with a brush or using a high-pressure sprayer. It’s a similar story with soft-sided models like the Coleman Chiller and Arctic Zone Titan: The former comes with a removable plastic liner that’s easy to wipe down and leave out to dry, while the Titan has an antimicrobial liner that’s similarly quick to clean. 

Wheeled cooler (Coleman Chiller removable insert)
The Coleman Chiller's removable insert makes cleaning a breeze | Credit: Jason Hummel

Alternatives to Wheeled Coolers

We exclusively cover wheeled coolers above, which are great for those who plan on covering considerable distances. If space is at a premium, you don’t mind carrying your cooler, or it’ll find a semi-permanent home in, say, a raft, a standard hard-sided model will get the job done for less. Yeti’s Tundra 65, for instance, costs $75 less than the 10-quart-smaller Tundra Haul. It’s also worth noting that there are a few companies that sell wheel kits or caddies to turn a standard hard-sided cooler into a wheeled cooler. One example is Camco's Cooler Cart kit, which includes straps and 12-inch wheels with all the necessary hardware to attach to your cooler (it fits most hard-sided models up to 17.5 inches wide with tie-down slots).

Cooler (carrying RTIC Ultra Light cooler to tent at camp)
If you don't mind carrying your cooler, a standard hard-sided model can save you some cash | Credit: Jason Hummel

Alternatively, soft coolers don’t offer the same ice retention as hard-sided designs (typically ranging from one to three days) but generally weigh around 5 pounds or less, are more portable and often collapsible, and come much cheaper. They can also be a great supplement to a larger hard-sided model, providing additional space to store extra food or beverages when camping with a larger group. A final alternative is the backpack cooler, which is a purpose-built option for those who want the easy portability of a backpack with the insulating performance of a cooler—great for approaches to a favorite picnic spot or fishing hole. For more information and our top picks in each category, check out our articles on the best coolers, best soft coolers, and best backpack coolers.
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