There is a lot of debate between cooler enthusiasts as to what brands keep your goods iced down the best. One aspect that's often compared (and is super important to the casual ice chest user)? Mobility. Enter: the cooler with wheels.
Heavy-duty coolers are great, but not when you have to drag them through the sand, haul them over gravely distances, or just generally enjoy life without a hernia. Save yourself the hassle and enjoy summer with ease.
Best Coolers With Wheels
Best for Budget & Quality
Ah, the old trusty Coleman Xtreme. Looks like your Dad in jean shorts, smells like the cramped back seat of a station wagon, and keeps an ice cube frozen for an unbelievably long time.
This Coleman cooler will keep water bottles cold all day.
Best Under $90
Igloo's Glide Rolling Cooler has a telescoping handle, and although that's the coolest thing about it, Igloo's polyurethane quality is ice cold. There is a reason that the brand has been a tailgate essential since the League was born (don't fact check that).
Best for Food, Drinks, and Personal Belongings
Getting into more hard cooler territory here, the Trailmate offers a lower quart capacity in exchange for adding to one of the best cooler aspects you can get: tablespace. The stainless steel legs might work better for beach days than camping trips, but it will outperform soft coolers easily.
Best Wheels for Your Current Cooler
The only thing that beats a cooler with wheels is a cooler you already own that can have wheels added to it. That's right-- if you have one of a certain ice chest brands, consider a set of removable, heavy-duty wheels. It's like an adult version of playing with Transformers.
Best YETI Cooler on Wheels
*Slaps lid of YETI*
This baby can fit so many cold ones.
Best for Tailgates
6. REYLEO Camping Cooler, 21/50/52 Quart 5-Day Ice Retention, Portable Rotomolded Cooler, 30-Can Capacity, with Built-in Bottle Opener, Cup Holder, Fish Ruler, Ideal for Camping, BBQs, Tailgating & Outdoor Activities
The tires on the REYLEO are hard plastic, so you don't have to worry about popping a flat on the way to your fishing hole, sandcastle, or even between the house and the car. Its got multiple quart capacity options and premium insulation.
Best for Parties
This beverage cooler can hold up to 100 pounds! How many cases of beer is that?
The leak-resistant party cooler will come in handy for parties, camping trips, and more. Chris gave it five stars and wrote, "This is seriously the best deal at this price point. The construction is fantastic, and the space inside is insane. Everything in my picture fit in the cooler. Every frozen item was frozen when I got home, which is insane because I live in Phoenix and this was strapped to my bike rack."
Best for Emergencies & Ice Retention
$500 for a cooler? Yep, it's definitely a splurge, but you're paying for some top-notch durability. The 80-quart cooler has 10 days of ice retention. This is going to come in handy when the power goes out, and you've got to save your groceries!
The made-in-the-USA cooler has a lifetime warranty.
Keep drinks cold, ice packs frozen and snacks fresh all summer long.
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This post was originally published on April 14, 2021.