The 7 Best Speaker Coolers

Updated November 20, 2017 by Chase Brush

7 Best Speaker Coolers
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We spent 45 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Are you ready to rock out at your next pool party or beach trip and keep your drinks chilled at the same time? No? Then check out these nifty speaker coolers, which will help cut down on the number of things you need to carry by not only offering a way to keep your beer and soda refreshingly cold, but also delivering impressive stereo sound from just about any music device. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best speaker cooler on Amazon.

7. Bellino Sound Cooler

The Bellino Sound Cooler offers a surprisingly effective solution for taking your drinks and music with your wherever you go. Its speakers may not be as powerful as they ought to be, but they'll get the job done, and they come in a unit that is highly portable.
  • made of polyester
  • runs on 4 aa batteries
  • leaks water as the ice melts
Brand Bellino
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

6. Volador Tote Box

It's not as well-insulated as other models, but the Volador Tote Box is fairly roomy and, since its inner lining is waterproof, it can double as a plain old beach bag if you need it to. The front speaker panel folds open, offering a safe place to store your music device.
  • plays by bluetooth or headphone jack
  • not very durable
  • could use a few extra pockets
Brand Volador
Model CL-102429
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Brekx 54QT Black

No backyard pool party is complete without something like this Brekx 54QT Black, a full-sized, hard shell cooler with two built-in, high-powered speakers that can connect to any Bluetooth-compatible device from up to 35 feet away. It's pretty sharp-looking, too.
  • stainless steel construction
  • speakers are not fully waterproof
  • very expensive option
Model pending
Weight 22.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Budweiser Soft Bag

From one of the biggest names in beer, the Budweiser Soft Bag is the perfect way to carry that 24-pack down to the lake this weekend. Sure, you may feel like a walking advertisement while doing it, but with good friends, cold brews, and loud tunes, who cares?
  • runs on rechargeable battery
  • also comes in blue
  • could be a little bigger
Brand Budweiser
Model BW-SCB-001
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

3. Fydelity JamBox

With a decent 18-can capacity and a stylish gold finish, the Fydelity JamBox is sure to stand out at the beach or your next barbecue. It'll reliably play music from any device with an auxiliary jack but, unlike similarly priced options, it's not Bluetooth compatible.
  • 8-plus hours of playback
  • speakers are water-resistant
  • could be much louder
Brand Fydelity
Model 91203
Weight 2.3 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Tunes2Go KoolMAX

While other models sacrifice cooling quality for sound or vice versa, the Tunes2Go KoolMAX tries to achieve both. It features a Bluetooth music player complete with FM radio, plus thickly insulated walls capable of keeping drinks chilled for up to three days.
  • 350 watt max output
  • includes usb port and sd card slot
  • holds up to 48 cans
Model CA-E065A
Weight 38.6 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Super Real Business Rager

There's really no competing with the Super Real Business Rager, which combines two full-range speakers with an 8-watt sub woofer to produce clear, high-fidelity audio everywhere you need it. The sleek, easy-to-carry bag doesn't hurt, either.
  • works with most devices
  • speaker unit is removable
  • charges via usb
Brand Super Real Business
Model 610822770816
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

The Game Before The Game

There’s a ritual here in America that takes place outside of football stadiums in the hours leading up to kickoff. Fans of the home team show up as early as the stadium’s parking lots will allow. They set up grills, tables, chairs, games like corn hole, and large outdoor enclosures. They cook hot dogs and burgers, toss footballs around, and they drink. And they drink. And they drink.

This is the ritual of tailgating, a name derived from the back portion of a truck, which is where the majority of this kind of partying takes place. It’s a fascinating form of communal bonding among fans, as people who may not be the more gregarious neighbors on the block suddenly want to share their food and booze with complete strangers (as long as they’re wearing the right team’s colors). It’s almost a kind of tribalism that you rarely see outside of music festivals and, well, tribes.

One of the strangest things about it is its legality. Many football stadiums are on publicly funded land, and many of the stadiums themselves are largely funded or subsidized with taxpayer money. If that’s the case, then the open container laws in many cities and states should prohibit the kind of drinking that consistently goes on at tailgating parties. Fortunately for football fans, that’s rarely the case.

While it’s important to know your rights —and the rules — at a given tailgating event, it’s more important that you have fun. If you’re in violation of any local laws and the police happen to swing by, they’re more likely to tell you to stop than actually detain you.

That means you have a lot of leeway to enjoy your tailgating party as you see fit, and whether you’re pre-gaming outside of a stadium or looking to boost your level of enjoyment at the beach or a backyard barbeque, a speaker cooler can do the job.

As its name suggests, a speaker cooler is a combination of two tailgating essentials: cold beer and music (or a live game feed for ticketless tailgaters). In one cooler-shaped body resides a compartment that can keep food and beverages cool, as well as another dedicated to housing one or more powerful speakers.

What To Look For In A Speaker Cooler

When evaluating the speaker coolers on our list, it’s important to remember what these items do best. Despite the order of words in their name, they are coolers first and speakers second. Rarely will these devices have the most cutting edge audiophile technology, but that’s really not what they’re for. Their speakers are designed to provide with an ambience, a feeling from the music that doesn’t necessarily require the widest dynamic range.

With that in mind, you should evaluate these items as coolers first, and ask yourself how much space you’re going to need inside. Because they come with built-in electrical components, these items have a little less internal space than regular coolers. If you know you’re going to need a lot of space, don’t skimp on size to save money, and don’t go with a smaller model that might have slightly better audio.

Other aspects of cooler evaluation also apply. More straps or handles (especially retractable handles) will make the unit easier to carry. When it’s laden with drinks and ice, it’s liable to be rather heavy, as well, so a unit with wheels might be nice.

You’ll also have to decide between hard- and soft-sided models. Hard sided models tend to keep food and drink colder longer, and they’re generally more durable, but they’re also a lot more of a pain to store when they aren’t in use.

When evaluating the speaker component of a given cooler, ask yourself how you intend to listen to your media. Some units have built-in radio components that can be great at the tailgate or on the beach, while others offer little more than the speakers themselves. Also, look out for Bluetooth compatibility, as you’ll have a much easier time connecting many of today’s —and almost all of tomorrow’s — devices via Bluetooth than you will employing an auxiliary cable.

Look for variety in the speakers themselves, as well. Some units come with one or two primary speakers. These are often capable of delivering competent mid-range frequencies with a little bass, but their high-end frequencies can often feel nonexistent. A speaker cooler with one or more tweeters can really give more articulation to your sound, so if you’re adamant about getting the best sound quality possible, this is the way to go.

Finally, there’s the element of style. These coolers come in styles that range from vastly understated models that look like ordinary coolers to more stylized units made in flashy colors or to resemble old school boom boxes. This is ultimately a personal preference, but it you’re worried about someone with sticky fingers running off with your cooler, it might be wise to keep a low profile.

A Few Extras To Improve You Party

We’ve already gone over a few tailgating essentials above: the grill, some shade, a lawn game or two. We’ve also commented on the local laws governing what you can get away with at tailgating event. There are some additional steps you can take and purchases you can make to ensure the best time possible.

For starters, if you’re worried about local laws, make sure everyone has a beer koozie. These handy devices obscure the contents of a given bottle while also keeping your hand from getting too cold or moist from condensation.

You should also make sure you have an extra jersey or team hat lying around. It may sound superfluous, but if a neophyte were to arrive unknowingly rocking the colors of the opposing team, your party could get awkward fast. Having an extra piece of gear around for them to throw on will show everyone where their loyalties lie.

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Last updated on November 20, 2017 by Chase Brush

Chase is a freelance journalist with experience working in the areas of politics and public policy. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he is also a hopeless itinerant continually awaiting his next Great Escape.

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