8 Best Floating Coolers | April 2017

When you're relaxing in the water, you don't need the hassle of getting out for a drink, do you? Whether at the beach, a river or in a backyard pool something from our selection of colorful and functional floating coolers will keep all your beverages and snacks nice and cold and within arm's length. Skip to the best floating cooler on Amazon.
8 Best Floating Coolers | April 2017
Overall Rank: 4
Best Mid-Range
Overall Rank: 1
Best High-End
Overall Rank: 3
Best Inexpensive
The Ocean 7 Inflatable Floating Cooler keeps most of its contents, such as beer and ice, below the surface of the water, meaning it's stable and unlikely to tip over even when jostled by waves or swimmers.
  • duo lock valve technology
  • lid secures with velcro
  • rather small capacity
Brand Ocean
Model ONT7002MA
Weight 14.9 ounces
Rating 3.6 / 5.0
This Inflatable Pirate Ship Cooler probably won't last forever, but it's a fun themed party accessory that's cheap enough to be worth replacing if it sinks. Use it as a themed decoration or let it actually set sail across the pool.
  • can tote booty of up to 72 cans
  • complete with jolly roger flag
  • not the strongest construction
Brand Beistle
Model 50989
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
The Byers 1700 Big Bobber floating cooler is strong and lightweight, and has a built-in carrying handle, so it's easy to get it to the water and then let flotation take over. Watch out though, as it may be prone to leaks.
  • great gift for fishing enthusiasts
  • made in the united states
  • tends to tip over when overfilled
Brand Byers
Model 1700
Weight 4.9 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
The SwimWays Kelsyus floating cooler has six handy cupholders built into it, so you can grab a cold drink and find a place to stash it all at once. It doesn't have a huge capacity, but it's of decent quality.
  • storage compartment with zipper lid
  • pull out liner for easy cleaning
  • carrying bag comes included
Brand SwimWays
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
This GoPong Party Gator Floating Alligator with a built-in cooler is sure to be as good at sparking conversation as it is at keeping your beverages cool. It's a rather ridiculous item, but at least it's priced to sell.
  • oversized, stable design
  • perfect for kids or college parties
  • can double as a raft
Brand GoFloats
Model PG-01
Weight 2.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
The Intex Mega Chill II inflatable floating cooler is a mighty 48" by 38" in size, so it can hold enough beverages to keep a party going all night. The inflatable ice chest can be removed and replaced with a regular cooler.
  • can hold up to 72 cans and ice
  • carrying handles built in
  • repair patch comes included
Brand Intex
Model 58821EP
Weight 7.9 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
The Airhead AHAO-1 Aqua Oasis insulated nylon cooler sits on a removable floating base, so it works great in the pool or on dry land, too. Take it to the beach, on a camping trip, or when you're tailgating.
  • rope connector for tethering to loungers
  • numbered cupholders in base
  • very well reviewed by owners
Brand Airhead
Model AHAO-1
Weight 3.4 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
The Wow Sports 30 Quart Floating Fridge is well-balanced for use even in mild swells and has an extra large capacity, letting it hold well over two dozen cans or an assortment of bottles, foods, and more.
  • ez zippered lid allows easy access
  • thick and durable walls
  • heavy-gauge pvc construction
Brand WOW Sports
Model 11-2000
Weight 6.3 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

On Making The Most Of Summertime Fun

When the summer heat hits those top temperatures, there are essentially two options at your disposal: you can hide out inside with the AC and fans running and squander your precious free time, or you can jump into the pool, lake, or the ocean and keep cool while enjoying outdoor activities. Ever since the proliferation of private swimming pools began in the middle of the 20th Century, many Americans have enjoyed the opportunity for recreation and relief from the heat right in their own backyards. Public pools also offer respite from the heat of the summer, as does a trip to the beach, the river bank, or the lake.

To enjoy your visit to the local swimming spot (even if it is on your own property) it's important to plan things properly. Make sure you bring along everything you're likely to need throughout the day so you minimize the need for trips back to the car, the hotel room, or to a store. That means bringing plenty of sunblock and ideally a way to create shade, such as with an umbrella or a pop up sun shelter. You should bring one towel to use on your beach chair or on the sand, and another for use to dry off after each dip in the water. As for recreational activities, your "kit" might contain everything from a book to a football to a surfboard -- that part of the equation is entirely individual.

One thing any successful day at the beach or the pool needs, though, is great snacks and beverages. Liquids in particular are important to have when you are spending long amounts of time outside on sunny, warm days. It's important to keep yourself properly hydrated, so pack plenty of water and/or hydrating beverages along with you. And if you like to enjoy a beer or cocktail while poolside or on the beach, go ahead and indulge, but make sure to increase your intake of water even more so when consuming alcohol -- the sun and the booze don't mix well without proper hydration.

When spending time outside, best place to store your food and drink is in a reliable cooler. And the place for your cooler to be is floating right next to you in the water.

Choosing A Floating Cooler For The Pool

If you're going to be spending a day at the pool, then almost any floating cooler is an acceptable choice. Many coolers with open tops are not acceptable for use in rivers, lakes, or the ocean where the current or waves could spill water into the cooler and out of which cans, bottles, or foodstuffs could easily spill, thus leading to pollution. The calm waters of a pool present much less chance of a spill, and even if something does fall into the pool, it's easy enough to retrieve it.

There are many novelty floating coolers available that can make a playful atmosphere even more fun, or that can work with the theme of a party. Many of these coolers are inflatable, allowing for easy storage when not in use and easy portability, too. The drawbacks come from the chance for a puncture that will render them unfit for use in the water, and from the fact that they don't tend to insulate as well as some of the more sturdy, substantial floating coolers available.

For use in the busy pool filled with active people, consider a floating cooler with a cover to protect your food and drinks from splashes. In general, you shouldn't need a cooler with built in cupholders when at the pool, thanks to the plentiful places to rest a drink. But you can always consider these options for added convenience and less reason to get out of the water. More important is simply considering the capacity you want out of your cooler. There are floating coolers that can store just a few bottles and cans and that take up minimal room, making them good for smaller pools. And then there are floating coolers that can hold up to 72 cans, making the great for the large group ready for a long day of beverages.

Choosing A Floating Cooler For The River, Lake, Or Open Water

If you are bringing a floating cooler out into a river during a tubing or canoe trip, into the lake while you swim, or out into the surf of the ocean or sea, you need to make sure your cooler can stand up to the waves and the current. That means choosing a floating cooler with a top that closes reliably enough to keep water out in the event of splashing or larger waves, and that won't spill its contents into the water even if it is jostled or tipped. It's important that you keep your foods and drinks clean and safe and that you avoid spilling things into the water at the same time.

When you're choosing a cooler to use in a river or in open water, you want to make sure its use will be as convenient as possible, as you can't just hop out of the water as is possible in a pool. Choose options that have cupholders to make it easier for you to put a beverage down between sips, and consider a floating cooler larger enough to even offer some floatation you can take advantage of. Once the water is too deep for standing, you'll be glad to have a float nearby so you don't have to constantly tread water. (And so much the better when that float is filled with beer.)

If you are bringing your cooler along for a trip down a river, chances are good that it will encounter rocks, branches, and other obstacles. Consider a cooler with hard sides and that floats low in the water to offer your chilled goods the best chance to avoid damage and to avert capsizing when the cooler bumps off of submerged hazards.

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