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Find the Perfect Cooler for Your Needs


Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

Every adult should own a cooler, but what type of cooler do you need? That depends on how often you'll use it, how much storage you need and your price point. Here are a few great options on the market to consider.

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Roto-Molded Coolers

Roto-molded coolers, or rotationally molded coolers, are designed to keep ice for a long time and to protect your items from wildlife. Superior performance comes at a higher price point, but if you're a serious outdoorsman, roto-molded coolers are well worth the investment.

Soft-Sided Coolers

If you aren't concerned about bears getting into your food, a soft-sided cooler is another option. The CleverMade model (below, left) is completely collapsible. Both models are leakproof, and the Yeti cooler has a shoulder strap.

Wheeled Coolers

When it comes to taking your food and drink long distances, coolers on wheels are your friend. These models will save you from (most) of the heavy lifting with durable wheels to cross all kinds of terrain.

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Personal Coolers

If you're more of a casual cooler user, then a smaller model like one of these should get the job done. BYOB to a backyard barbecue, pack your lunch for a day trip or safely transport frozen food from the grocery store in hot summer months with these personal coolers.