The 10 Best Mini Coolers

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This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in September of 2020. While large coolers are helpful for extended outdoor stays, these mini ice chests give you mobility on short trips. Ideal for beach days, picnics, airplane travel, or simply heading to work, they're available with different types of insulation to suit different needs. No matter where you're headed, these insulated containers ensure your food and drinks stay fresh throughout your journey. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze

2. AO Coolers Original

3. Tourit Insulated Backpack

Editor's Notes

September 23, 2020:

For this list, I wanted to include a variety of mini coolers that suit different needs. Some may be looking for an insulated lunch box, and for them I recommend the Coleman FlipLid, Igloo Mini Playmate, or the Coleman 9-Can. Their small size makes them especially easy to tote around, and they are sturdy enough for daily use.

For outdoor activities, the Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze, Tourit Insulated Backpack, and the Icemule Classic are good choices. Each of these items has its own unique perks for different preferences and needs. The Titan is a good choice for taking a full picnic, as the interior allows you to separate its contents to prevent soft items from being smashed. The Tourit Insulated Backpack, as seen on our cooler backpacks ranking, frees up your hands, making it useful for activities where you're on the move. The Icemule's dry-bag style lends itself nicely to trips on the water, since it is highly water resistant and buoyant.

Special Honors

Wayb Ready to Roam Mini Cooler If you're looking to go green, this model will help you get started on the right foot. It is made with recycled nylon and polyester, and features elastic straps to store reusable cutlery, allowing you to cut down on your plastic use. Despite its small size, it includes both an insulated compartment for cold snacks and beverages and a dry storage compartment for holding items that don't need to be chilled. The fabric is water resistant and easily wiped clean.

Callaway Clubhouse Mini Cooler The Clubhouse Mini Cooler features foam insulation for keeping items cold and sealed seams to prevent leaking. The main compartment offers insulated storage, while a smaller pocket can be used to store any extra items.

4. Icemule Classic

5. Super Real Business #1

6. Igloo Mini Playmate

7. Yeti Hopper Flip

8. Coleman FlipLid

9. Coleman 9-Can

10. OAGear Backpack

Sam Kraft
Last updated by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.

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