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The 7 Best Camping Coolers of 2022

By: Jen Streby: Camp Buyer | June 14, 2022

 

We all have memories of the heavy, clunky coolers that our parents brought along on camping trips. They were bulky, weirdly fragile, and didn’t keep food cool for long. Often you’d end up having to drain melted ice out and repack it at least once a day. Luckily, those days of inefficient, crappy coolers are long gone. Now, the best camping coolers are lightweight, very, very efficient, and available in a wide variety of sizes and styles. It’s not enough just to keep food cool, a camping cooler also needs to be durable enough to survive trip after trip, and the ergonomics have to be good when you’re loading, unloading, and moving it around.

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All of the camping coolers on this list meet those parameters and exceed them. Sure, any of these coolers will keep your food cool all day long. But on top of that, they’ve also got unique features that set them apart. So there’s no best cooler for everyone, instead, your specific needs are probably best met by one specific cooler on this list. That’s why we’ve broken down these top options with useful stats and pertinent info so that you can easily choose the cooler that makes the most sense for you. From there, you just need to make that purchase, load up the snacks and beverages, and head to the hills.

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Coleman Convoy 55QT

Load up the party train and roll out! The Coleman Convoy 55QT Cooler is a highly insulated performance cooler built to maintain the hot/cold separation that's necessary in today's cruel world. Heavy-duty latches keep the insulated lid tight to the body, ensuring cold beverage delivery when you're done with your adventure. The Convoy 55 is a great do-it-all cooler, big enough for a long weekend away, but compact enough that it’s not a pain to move.

SizeStandout FeatureOriginal Price
52 Liters2X lighter than similar options$179.99

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RovR RollR 60

Can a cooler get any better? You bet your bottom it can and the RovR RollR 60 Cooler is what the superior cooler looks like. Super durable, this cooler has a rugged build made to resist grizzlies, along with offroad tires and a sturdy tow handle to help you get where you're going. With space for 40 cans and 10lbs of ice with the added Dry Bin installed, you can keep the weekend supplies cold for up to 10 days if need be. When it comes time to take the party somewhere new, get a bike hook kit and get to hauling. Don't let the party be ruined by warm drinks and bad cheese, just gear up with the RovR RollR 60 Cooler and enjoy the great outdoors with a full quiver of refreshments. The Rollr 60 is a fully-featured cooler with everything you could need for any adventure.

SizeStandout FeatureOriginal Price
57 LitersUp to 10 days of ice retention$449.99

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RovR RollR 80

The RovR RollR 80 Cooler is ready to roll wherever you decide to take it. This grizzly-proof cooler can keep up to 120 cans cold for nearly ten days, so the party never has to stop. The aluminum pull handle with dual motocross-style grips and nine-inch all-terrain rubber tires are designed for easy towing over sand, rocks, or your front lawn. Wherever you take your RovR RollR 80, trust that fruits, veggies, or meat will stay dry and cold in the two Deep Freeze Dry Bin compartments. The Rollr 80 is perfect for big trips, big groups, and big meals. It will keep everything you need cool in style.

SizeStandout FeatureOriginal Price
75.7 LitersHigh-performance wheels$499.99

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Hydro Flask 26L Day Escape Soft Tote

Let the good times roll with the Hydro Flask 26L Day Escape Soft Tote Cooler. As the heart and soul of your adventure squad, you'll be stoked to hear it's designed with leakproof, durable construction to stand up to years of abuse in unforgiving environments. Whether the crew is headed to the beach or out in the bush, basecamp isn't complete without some cold refreshments and the Hydro Flask 26L Day Escape Soft Tote Cooler. The Day Escape is perfect for keeping some bevies and sandwiches chilled during a long day in the woods. It’s portable, practical, and durable.

SizeStandout FeatureOriginal Price
26 LitersFood-grade liner$179.95

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RovR TravelR 30 Soft Cooler

The RovR TravlR 30 Cooler is the lunch box of your dreams. Made with waterproof nylon, an anti-microbial lining, and insulating high-density foam to keep things cool, this day trip companion has everything you need for a picnic. It even folds flat when not in use and comes with shoulder straps! The TravlR 30 is a very versatile cooler that’s perfect for shorter trips, or as a supplement to bigger options on multi-day trips.

SizeStandout FeatureOriginal Price
30 LitersFolds flat for storage$249.99

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Marmot x Pendleton Soft Cooler

What do you get when your combine Marmot performance with Pendleton style? The Marmot x Pendleton Soft Cooler that's ready for all of your summertime hangs. The PEVA waterproof lining will keep your IPAs and bubbly waters cold, whether they're waiting for you at the trailhead or slung around your shoulder on the way to a backyard BBQ.

SizeStandout FeatureOriginal Price
18 Liters24-can capacity$60

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Coleman 1900 Collection 20QT Steel Belted

The Coleman 1900 Collection 20QT Steel Belted Cooler is a nod to the classic coolers of your parents' generation. A timeless look meets modern technology, with TempLock™ FX insulation for ice retention and a built-in bottle opener. Durable stainless steel is built to last and the textured handles make for easy travel to and from the car. Pull out some cold Yuenglings and raise a toast to the leather boots, station wagons, and woolen blankets of a bygone era. This classic, compact cooler is perfect for shorter trips where you don’t need as much capacity.

SizeStandout FeatureOriginal Price
18.9 LitersBuilt-in bottle opener$289.99

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The Selection Process:

Our camp buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things camping stemming from years of experience in the outdoor industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the trail and hanging at the campsite. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jen Streby

Hi! My name is Jen, and I grew up loving the outdoors, traveling to our family cabin every summer in Michigan where I got to spend time in lakes, rivers, and the woods. I grew apart from that as I traveled throughout the U.S. searching for what I call home until I moved to Utah in 2008 and became an avid backpacker and river rafter. From then on, it’s been a passion I seek out when the weather is a bit warmer here in the PNW.

I now call Washington home and have been here for 6 years. I started working for evo 2 days after my move up from Portland and have loved every minute of it. I’ve been a buyer for a couple of categories and then was tasked with bringing on our camp category several years ago. It’s been a wild ride and I’m stoked to be able to share my love for the outdoors with all our evo family.