Best Cooler With Wheels

Our Top Pick

No doubt, wheeled coolers make it easy to transport food and drinks when outdoors. However, that’s not the only thing to look at before buying a cooler. Besides the fact that they have wheels, it is essential that drinks and food stored in the cooler remains cool for longer periods of time as well.

After over 20 hours of research, and more than a couple of outdoor picnics in the park, we found that the Coleman 70Quart Extreme 5 wheeled cooler (more on this cooler below) is the most reliable – it has fantastic insulation and is extremely affordable.

The longest we managed to keep the ice solid in one of these coolers was nearly seven days. This cooler also scored over 20% better than its closest counterpart manufactured by Igloo.

Product DescriptionUsers ScoreOverall Score
Igloo Maxcold Ultra Roller Cooler

Igloo Maxcold Ultra Roller Cooler

Manufactured by Igloo, this cooler is well known for its unique features which make it a strong choice to consider. ...

User Rating: 3.4 (1 votes)
2 Rubbermaid Ice Chest/Cooler

Rubbermaid Ice Chest/Cooler

This tailgate cooler is a 60 quart capacity ice chest cooler that sports built-in cup holders which can be flipped ...

User Rating: 4.3 (1 votes)
3 Coleman 50 Quart Xtreme 5 Wheeled Cooler

Coleman 50 Quart Xtreme 5 Wheeled Cooler

The Coleman 50 Quart Xtreme is incredibly large — it has up to 48 litres of storage capacity—no mean feat for a wheeled ...

User Rating: 2.85 (1 votes)
4 Picnic Time Insulated Cart Cooler with Wheeled Trolley

Picnic Time Insulated Cart Cooler with Wheeled Trolley

The Picnic Time Cart Cooler has a polyester microfiber on the exterior and is insulated with a 25-quart foil that ...

User Rating: 3.5 (1 votes)
5 K2 Coolers Summit 60 Cooler with Wheels

K2 Coolers Summit 60 Cooler with Wheels

Unlike other coolers in its class, the K2 Coolers Summit 60 has a strong framed 1/8 inch thick wall which makes it ...

User Rating: 2.8 (1 votes)
6 Columbia Crater Peak Rolling Ice Chest

Columbia Crater Peak Rolling Ice Chest

Structured like a rolling cart, the Columbia Crater Peak Rolling Ice Chest features wheels that the manufacturer ...

User Rating: 2.65 (1 votes)
7 Coleman 42-Can Wheeled Cooler

Coleman 42-Can Wheeled Cooler

The Coleman 42-Can Wheeled Cooler is by far our favourite. As the name suggests, this wheeled cooler can hold about 42 ...

User Rating: 4.75 (1 votes)

 

How we went about picking the coolers

Coolers are meant to keep things cold and what keeps the cold intact, in these cases, is the insulation. The better the insulation in the cooler, the longer it can maintain lower temperatures thus consuming less ice.

This is important as when you are outdoors the chances of getting your hands on ice may not always be easy.  Therefore the less you have to reload ice into the cooler the better it will be. In addition, you will be saved the hassle of regularly having to drain the melted ice water every now and then.

To test the coolers recommended by experts, we filled each of them with 60 pounds of ice and left them outdoors in plenty of sunshine for a week. At the end of each day, we also measured the remaining ice and compared them to each cooler.

Putting the coolers to the test

Most popular manufacturers market their coolers based on the length of time it can retain ice in it. Ice retention is thus a popular metric.  However, there isn’t any formal methodology to measure this. So we improvised on one that involved filling each of the coolers with a fixed quantity of ice and weighing the remaining ice at regular intervals of the day after draining away the melted ice water.

Other features that you should consider while making a buying decision

Handle Height: Although this may not sound important, a cooler that does not have a telescopic handle will need you to crouch causing discomfort when you have to wheel it over longer distances.

Wheel Size: Smaller the size of the wheels, the more difficult it is to steer on rough terrains. Therefore, wheel size is another important factor to consider to ensure smooth strolling. For those who plan to use coolers on hikes or trails, we would suggest a cooler with larger sized wheels

Size of cooler: When it comes to transporting your cooler outdoors, the dimensions of the cooler are essential as a bulky cooler may be difficult to transport and fold-up into a compact size when outdoors.  Many find the task of lugging the cooler back once done to be a cumbersome one and prefer to fold it instead. On the other hand, coolers with hard body structures keep the food and drinks cooler than those with soft body structures.  


Igloo Maxcold Ultra Roller Cooler

Igloo Maxcold Ultra Roller Cooler
Manufactured by Igloo, this cooler is well known for its unique features which make it a strong choice to consider.

One of the most standout features that makes this cooler a popular seller is the fact that it can hold large bottles (two litre drinks) in an upright position. It also features an insulated technology from Igloo called MaxCol Ultratherm.

The cooler can be used to keep drinks and food fresh for up to 5 days, provided you don’t open the lid regularly. This is mainly due to Igloo’s MaxCold Ultratherm® that ensures strong insulation that can chill food and drinks for nearly a week.

A common problem we came across with most coolers is the weakness of the hinges which tend to break. The Igloo addresses this problem with fitted hinges made out of sturdy polyester plastic block commonly known as PEBAX. In most other coolers, the hinges are made out of regular polyethylene plastic.

We found the grip of the trolley handle, which operates as a push release handle, to be comfortable and allow for easy rolling. The wheels are ultra durable as well making it easy to easy to glide through. These wheels are made of plastic therefore some caution must be exercised. Do not apply excessive pressure as this may cause the wheels to snap. We also found the casing to be thicker and tougher that other wheeled coolers, which is extremely necessary to keep the stored food chilled.

The cooler is available in three sizes — 40, 50, 60 quarts. With the attached wheel and the handle, the cooler can easily carry heavy loads. The product also has a whole year’s warranty that comes at the time of purchase.

We recommend using this cooler for trips that are for a short to medium duration mainly due to its insulation technology which makes it great to lug around to camping adventures and tailgate parties. Overall we found the cooler to be reasonably priced and well built to keep cold food and drinks fresh.

One drawback we noticed was that the cooler does not have a drain to let melted ice water trickle out. Also, although the cooler is portable, we wouldn’t recommend it for long hikes. There are other alternatives that aren’t bulky that you could purchase especially if you plan to walk long distances with cold food and drinks stored in it.  


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Rubbermaid Ice Chest/Cooler

Rubbermaid Ice Chest/Cooler ReveiwThis tailgate cooler is a 60 quart capacity ice chest cooler that sports built-in cup holders which can be flipped over for serving drinks when outdoors.

The stand out feature in its design is the special split lid that allows access to drinks and food without completely releasing all the cool air from the cooler as compared to the single large lid seen in other designs.  

Another feature that we liked was the retractable handle which, on this cooler, is quite long — perfect for tall users who can wheel it around without having to bend much. The handle of the cooler is also collapsible making it easy to store.

The Rubbermaid Ice Chest has two side handles which make it easy to pick up by a two-man team when the cooler is filled with drinks and gets heavy.  It is equipped with an ice water drain that can be plugged when not needed and opened to let the melted ice water out. The drain is located on the front side of the cooler which means that the cooler need not be titled when it needs to be drained.

The bottle cup holders make it easy to set up a drink instantly. These cup holders fit 12-ounce cans as well as 20 ounce bottles comfortably. We did notice that the lid lift does get a bit tight at times, which makes opening it a bit troublesome. The shell of the cooler is also stain and odour resistant.


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Coleman 50 Quart Xtreme 5 Wheeled Cooler

Coleman 50 Quart Xtreme 5 Wheeled Cooler
The Coleman 50 Quart Xtreme is incredibly large — it has up to 48 litres of storage capacity—no mean feat for a wheeled cooler, but perfect for large family outings and small company picnics.

In the test we ran, the Coleman 50 Quart Xtreme managed to keep the ice in its solid state for a full seven days — approximately 170 hours.

Because of its large size, the cooler weighs around 12 pounds when completely empty. After we leaded it with close to 60 pounds of ice, though, it was still pretty comfortable to wheel around.

In terms of its size, the cooler measures 31.5 inches long, 16 inches wide and 18.25 inches in length.

The drain is easy to use (much easier to operate than coolers of most other brands) and has a channelled drain that requires very little tilting. The lid of the Coleman Xtreme also has a strong resistance that allows for a seating capacity of up to 250 pounds equipped with the Coleman Xtreme’s Have-a-Seat feature.


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Picnic Time Insulated Cart Cooler with Wheeled Trolley

Picnic Time Insulated Cart Cooler with Wheeled TrolleyThe Picnic Time Cart Cooler has a polyester microfiber on the exterior and is insulated with a 25-quart foil that can handle a weight of up to 77 pounds.

In addition to this, the cooler also has a PVC liner that is heat sealed and water resistant. This can hold as many as 37 cans of beverage.

The cooler also features a stability bar to help with better control. The support is a nice feature to have in the front as it keeps the cooler upright without any support. There are two handle heights offered to allow for better versatility and the wheels are fairly large (but not really the best as far as quality is concerned). There are also zippered pockets on the side to store small items.

The carrier weighs just 4.8 pounds in weight and is 37 inches in height.


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K2 Coolers Summit 60 Cooler with Wheels

K2 Coolers Summit 60 Cooler with Wheels ReviewUnlike other coolers in its class, the K2 Coolers Summit 60 has a strong framed 1/8 inch thick wall which makes it a strong and durable single mould designed cooler. In addition, it also features high density foam (almost 3 inches thick) called SNOWblown that is placed in between the two layers of plastic. This design makes for a strong indestructible solid wall adding up to R-21 insulation value to the cooler.  

The cooler can comfortable store dry ice without having to worry about it for days. The cooler also features an IceVault, which is essentially a flexible rubber gasket to help effectively seal it thus fully trapping the cold inside.

The hinge system present is one that is moulded into the cooler’s body as well as the lid; both these parts are held together with a metal rod. Posi trac latches are mounted to the base of the cooler making it easier to unlatch from above.

The SUREgrip rubber feet ensure that the cooler will not slide around. The wheel attachments can be screwed into the rubber feet and the cooler is ready to be mobile.  

Another great feature is the anchor point system that allows you to strap the cooler with an anchor chain to keep it in place when in the back of a car or truck bed.


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Columbia Crater Peak Rolling Ice Chest

Columbia Crater Peak Rolling Ice ChestStructured like a rolling cart, the Columbia Crater Peak Rolling Ice Chest features wheels that the manufacturer claims to be all terrain which means that the trolley can be dragged across rough and rugged landscapes easily.

Measuring 16 X 10 X 3.5 inches, the cooler has plenty of storage space to store food and drinks.

Some of its more prominent features are the collapsible handles that can be adjusted at various heights, its stylish appearance, a liner that is removable and washable, the fact that it is leak proof and its flip top that allows users to easily access items from within.

Upon usage, we found that the cooler was easy to fold into a compact size after we were done using it which we found super convenient, especially since we didn’t have to lug the cooler back from our camping trip. That being said, the cooler’s structure isn’t as sturdy as some of the other coolers we reviewed. However, if you are aren’t going to be regularly using this cooler it is definitely value for money.


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Coleman 42-Can Wheeled Cooler

Coleman 42-Can Wheeled Cooler
The Coleman 42-Can Wheeled Cooler is by far our favourite. As the name suggests, this wheeled cooler can hold about 42 standard sized cans.

It also features a telescopic handle and a set of wheels that we found made the cooler pretty easy to wheel around. Measuring 11.42 x 12.6 x 21.26 inches, the cooler weighs just over five pounds. The light weight is attributed to its soft-side body and exterior.

The removable plastic lining in the Coleman 42 Can Wheeled Cooler makes it easy to clean as and when needed and the extra pockets on the side come in handy to store small items.

We hope our reviews help you choose the best beer cooler for your needs.