Outdoor coolers are an especially useful addition to RV fridges, whether it’s to store extra food and beverages or bring on an outdoor activity. These are 4 high-end outdoor cooler brands that are raved about by fellow campers.
Yeti is the pioneer of roto-molded outdoor coolers, coming out with the first of its kind back in 2006. Since then, they have a lot more competition, but the Yeti name is still the most recognizable of all outdoor coolers. Yeti’s extra thick flat walls hold two inches of insulation ensuring ice stays ice and stored food stays cold.
They offer 13 different sizes of Tundra, their ice chest style coolers—from the Roadie that holds 12 cans of beer and ice to their 250 QT coolers. Yeti’s hard-sided coolers also pass the bear-proof test.
The company has also added the Hopper to their line of coolers. The Hopper is Yeti’s soft portable cooler and comes in 4 sizes from 14 QT to 40 QT. The Hopper’s shell and straps are designed to be indestructible and it has completely leak-proof zippers.
2. ORCA Coolers
According to Coolers on Sale, ORCA’s 58-QT cooler beat 8 other coolers during their 5-day ice challenge. With similar features as Yeti’s, ORCA Coolers are a tad bit cheaper and a couple of pounds lighter when it comes to similar size coolers.
Unlike Yeti, ORCA Coolers offer a backpack style in addition to the traditional ice chest style cooler. The ORCA Podster backpack coolers come in 2 different sizes: 14.25 QT and 28.5 QT that can hold a max weight of 28.5 lbs to 59.5 lbs. The Podster has padded shoulder straps, a chest strap, and Molle webbing to make it comfortable and versatile for day hikes and other short trips.
ORCA also makes standard hard-sided coolers that come in 6 sizes from 20 QT to 140 QT. What makes ORCA Coolers stand apart from other companies is their lifetime warranty.
If you’re not up for spending over $200+ on a cooler, then the Coleman 54 QT Steel Belted Cooler is the one for you. While this cooler isn’t going to keep bears out or keep your ice frozen for days on end, it will do its job for overnight camping trips, tailgating parties, and summer picnics.
This 54 QT cooler is large enough to hold 85 cans and tall enough for 2-liter bottles to stand upright. This classic design features a lid strong enough to act as a chair, stainless steel lid latch to keep items inside safe during bumpy drives, and steel handles that are comfortable to grip and carry.
The Koolatron W75 Kool Wheeler straddles the line between outdoor cooler and refrigerator on wheels. This cooler can cool 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit below the outside temperature using the 12-volt power cord and your cigarette lighter outlet. This means goodbye ice bags!
Reverse the power cord and the cooler becomes warmer. This cooler can be used in an ice chest position or tilted upright like a fridge.
It also comes with a shelf that turns into a tray or divider. The Koolatron W75 has a large enough capacity to fit 57 12-oz beverage cans. The large handle and sturdy wheels make this cooler a good choice for all tailgating parties and car camping trips.