The 10 Best Wheeled Coolers

Updated March 24, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Wheeled Coolers
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We spent 42 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Have you any idea how many beers you can take with you if you don't have to carry them on your back or by hand? Neither do we. But you can find out if you get one of these wheeled coolers. Whether camping, tailgating, picnicking or at the beach, you'll find rolling all your cold food and drinks a whole lot easier. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best wheeled cooler on Amazon.

10. Columbia Crater Peak

The Columbia Crater Peak is a stylish choice with versatile and convenient features. Its Therma-Flect radiant barrier keeps your items cool for an extended period of time, but it doesn't attach securely to the rolling cart and could fall off on bumpy ground.
  • strong and sturdy zippers
  • doesn't have a shoulder strap
  • wheels don't roll well on grass
Brand Columbia
Model 1165040075
Weight 6.3 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

9. Picnic Time Cart Cooler

The Picnic Time Cart Cooler sports a polyester microfiber exterior that is soft yet durable, and has an insulated 25-quart foil interior that can handle up to 77 pounds. The plastic wheels are not of high quality, though, and can break with heavy use.
  • stability bar for extra control
  • split level handles
  • available in three color choices
Brand ONIVA - a Picnic Time b
Model 545-00-100-000-0
Weight 4.8 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Coleman Xtreme 6201A748

Designed with superior insulation, the Coleman Xtreme 6201A748 can keep your items ice cold for up to 5 days in 90-degree heat. It can hold up to 160 cans, and is equipped with large wheels that make it easy to pull on any terrain.
  • hinged lid with molded cupholders
  • convenient two-way handles
  • channel drain may leak at times
Brand Coleman
Model 6201A748
Weight 21.4 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Arctic Zone Ultra

The Arctic Zone Ultra offers a quick and simple way to transport drinks and snacks when you're on the go. It features side mesh pockets and a roomy insulated front storage pocket, plus the all-terrain cart is removable for use without the cooler.
  • folds flat for compact storage
  • adjustable padded shoulder strap
  • easy to grasp zipper toggles
Brand Arctic Zone
Model AZ6634
Weight 7.2 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. Coleman 42-Can

The Coleman 42-Can is the perfect companion to hold all your goodies when traveling to a picnic, sporting event or beach party. It is resistant to mold, mildew and pungent odors, plus all the seams are heat-welded to prevent interior leaks.
  • bungees on top for extra storage
  • simple to maneuver
  • interior is easy to clean
Brand Coleman
Model 1342-Parent
Weight 6.3 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Igloo MaxColdCool Fusion

The Igloo MaxColdCool Fusion sports an innovative design that blends the best of both worlds in soft and hard coolers. Its polyester nylon exterior features a slew of pockets for maximum organization, while the hard plastic interior liner adds optimal structure.
  • sturdy telescoping handle
  • extra-wide rubber wheels
  • lid closes tightly
Brand Igloo
Model 58991
Weight 6.5 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Rubbermaid FG2A9002MODBL

With its 60-quart capacity, the Rubbermaid FG2A9002MODBL has got you covered for your next large family gathering. Thanks to its hinged, split lid design, you can easily access one side without letting all the cold air out.
  • protective anti-microbial liner
  • ergonomically angled side handles
  • keeps food cold for days
Brand Rubbermaid
Model 1836573
Weight 14 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

3. Picnic at Ascot 330-BLB

The deluxe Picnic at Ascot 330-BLB is fully equipped for a fun double date, including a corkscrew, stainless steel cutlery, matching plates, and acrylic wineglasses. It is available in a variety of stunning patterns to suit your taste.
  • separate food and drink sections
  • wheels are removable
  • small quick access door in the lid
Brand Picnic at Ascot
Model 330-BLB
Weight 8 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Igloo Island Breeze 28

The Igloo Island Breeze 28 is the perfect cooler for a day at the game, beach, or fishing. It has a push-button telescoping handle that locks securely into place and soft ride sports wheels that allow you to conveniently tow it with only one hand.
  • lid fits snugly
  • large molded handles
  • lightweight yet sturdy
Brand Igloo Products Corp.
Model 45069
Weight 8.7 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. K2 Coolers Summit 60

The professional-grade K2 Coolers Summit 60 is extremely solid and features a roto-molded construction that makes it durable enough to last for years. With the LOCKaway lid design, your contents will stay ice cold or steaming hot until ready to consume.
  • non-marking rubber feet
  • dry ice compatible
  • comes with a 7-year warranty
Brand K2 Coolers
Model SW60W-Parent
Weight 15.8 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

A Few Words On The Rolling Cooler

A cooler is nothing more than an insulated box designed to keep items like foods and beverages (or bait, medicines, etc.) chilled for an extended period of time without the need for additional cooling added by mechanical means such as refrigeration. Coolers are ubiquitous at campsites, on fishing boats, at sporting or music events, and at cookouts and picnics all around the world.

There are few better ways to improve on the basic, reliable design of a great cooler than by adding a pair of wheels and a handle. After all, a cooler is designed to chill foods when you're away from the fridge at home or the chilled aisle at the grocery store, so why not choose a cooler that's easy to move when you're on the move?

There are two basic approaches when it comes to rolling cooler design. In one category, we have what is essentially a standard, hard-sided rectangular cube-shaped cooler that has wheels and a handle added on. The wheels engage the ground when the cooler is lifted on the opposite side using a handle that is often able to swing freely.

In the other category, we have a cooler designed first and foremost for mobility, usually featuring an upright design that takes its cue from a hand truck, centering the weight and making it easier to move foods over longer distances. The handles of such coolers are usually telescopic, collapsing for easy storage, and fixed in position when extended to improve leverage and control.

At first look, the second type of rolling cooler would seem the better choice, then; if an upright cooler is easier to move than its squat counterpart, why not choose it? Though perhaps easier to move, upright coolers seldom offer nearly as much storage capacity as a rectangular ice-chest style coolers. Upright coolers are also often made primarily from fabrics which offer plenty of insulation, but can't ultimately match the durability and insulation of a solid material like ABS plastic.

Choosing The Right Cooler For Culinary Needs

If the primary purpose of your cooler is keeping beverages cold (most likely canned and/or bottled beverages) then a large, hard-sided cooler is likely the best choice. That's because these coolers can accommodate the weight of copious beverages and can also handle plenty of ice, remaining impervious to the liquid that comes with its melting. (Some fabric coolers will begin to sweat if not outright leak when filled with liquid.) Hard-sided coolers also stand up better to dry ice than soft, foil-lined versions.

However, a large hard-sided cooler is no place for a delicate dish or for containers or bags of food that can be easily damaged, such as cakes, chips, and pre-made sandwiches. A smaller, softer-sided cooler is a much better choice for moving these types of foodstuffs, as most of these coolers allow for greater control, letting you minimize the bumps and jolts to which the cooler's contents will be subjected. An upright cooler is also a great choice for transporting groceries from the shop to your home; these coolers allow for easy mobility in the tight, busy quarters of a city, and as a fringe benefit, an upright cooler will also draw fewer odd glances than would a large hard-sided cooler.

Ultimately, though, you need to choose the cooler that will best keep your food and beverages cold under the circumstances in which you'll find yourself. If you need meats and cheeses to stay cool for several days while you camp, for example, then you need to use one of the larger, hard-sided molded coolers rated for multi-day cooling. If you simply need to bring a bottle or two of Chardonnay to a picnic, then by all means choose a rolling cooler that also has a compartment reserved for wine goblets, a corkscrew, and other handy sundry items, or better yet a dedicated wine tote.

Choosing The Right Cooler For The Terrain

Equally as important as what is going inside your cooler is where your cooler is going.

As noted, it makes little sense to use a huge, hard-sided cooler to transport a few chilled groceries around the city, while a smaller upright cooler will be right at home in that bustling metropolis, even in you have to get on and off buses and subways. It might also make no sense to try to haul one of those huge coolers over the sand of the beach while an upright cooler with larger wheels might trundle over soft terrain with ease.

Conversely, bringing a compact upright rolling cooler onto a boat where it will sit in a corner of the cabin or tucked away under gunwales doesn't make sense. Using the wheels of a big ice chest to roll down the dock and then enjoying the large seat provided by your large cooler while you fish is simply common sense. And why settle for a smaller cooler if you're only moving the thing a few dozen yards from your car to the picnic spot or the sidelines?

Again it comes down to the chilling properties you need first and foremost, but try a process of elimination as you choose the right rolling cooler within a framework so defined.



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Last updated on March 24, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.


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