Best Beach Cooler

One of the most popular summer activities is spending the day at the beach and there is no single item that can be more important than a proper beach cooler.  But what is the best beach cooler?  There are a lot of options to choose from.  Enjoying time out in the sun and warm water can be a lot of fun but it can also leave you quite thirsty.  Whether your drink of choice is water or an adult beverage, having a proper cooler is very important.   Take a look at our list of the best beach coolers for your beach trip:

Igloo Ice Cube Roller Cooler, Best Beach Cooler, beach coolersIgloo Ice Cube Roller Cooler

A great portable beach-friendly cooler that is ergonomic and has good enough ice performance to last a long day on the beach.  The easy-access lid means that you can get to your items without opening the entire top.  The construction is also quite good and should handle what any beach can throw at it.

Get It For $24.44: Igloo Ice Cube Roller Cooler (60-Quart, Ocean Blue)

Rubbermaid DuraChill Wheeled, Best Beach Cooler, beach coolersRubbermaid DuraChill Wheeled

There are a lot of great beach-friendly features on this include the built-in lid cup holders and dual-access lid doors.  Carrying can be done via side swivel handles or adjustable back handle and the wheels are tough enough to handle marginal amounts of sand without issue.  The insulation is also quite good.

Get It For $89.37: Rubbermaid DuraChill 5-Day Wheeled Ice Chest

Coleman Xtreme, Best Beach Cooler, beach coolersColeman Xtreme

This is a great budget cooler for someone looking for a product that will last a solid day out in the sun.  The wheels are quite rugged and combined with the rotating front handle makes transporting this through the sand a breeze.  The overhead cupholders are also quite helpful while lounging on the beach.

Get It For $68.39: Coleman 100 Quart Xtreme 5 Wheeled Cooler

Grizzly Cooler, Best Beach Cooler, beach coolersGrizzly

While a bit overkill for many beach applications, if you are wanting a premium-level cooler that can handle everything you can throw it at then we recommend giving Grizzly a try.  The side rope handles are actually quite easy to use and provide adequate grip and the storage space is quite larger for its size and will keep your items cold all day even with constant opening of the lid.

Get It For $224.99: Grizzly 40 quart Sea Foam Green Cooler

Life is Better at the Beach Spiker Beach Beverage Holder

Set this handy Spiker Beverage Holder in the sand next to your beach towel or chair. Add a cold drink, music player, phone, suntan oil, sunglasses, anything you want to keep off the hot sand. Spiker keeps your items cooler, sand-free and spill-free! Just toss into your beach bag and go! Because life is better at the beach.

Get Set of 2 For $19.50: Life is Better at the Beach Spiker Beach Beverage Holder, Set of 2

Beer Bottle Party Drink Coolies (Set of 8)

High Quality Neoprene Keeps Your Drink at a Cool Temperature & Keeps Hands Dry. Convenient zipper opening for easy use. The rubber bottom will not leave water rings and the rubber grip is comfortable to hold. Perfect for the beach! Fits default 12 oz Long-neck Beer & Soft Drink Bottles.

Get Set of 8 For $14.99: Beer Bottle Party Drink Coolies with Extra Thick 4mm Neoprene insulator thermal cooler – Set of 8

Beer & Soda Can Sleeves (Set of 6)

Package Includes 6 piece set Can Cooling Sleeves. Durable, Sealed, Zig-Zag Stitched Seams – Top & Bottom – No Glue! Premium Extra Thick (3mm) Neoprene Keeps Your Drink at a Cool Temperature & Keeps Hands Dry.

Get Set of 6 For $12.80: Beer Can Sleeves – Set of 6 Can Sleeves – Extra Thick Neoprene with Stitched Fabric Edges (Classic 6 Pack – Can Sleeves)

28 Comments

  1. Howie

    Great info! I really like all the options you have for a good cooler. Now, I just need to decide on which “cool” cooler we want with lots of space. I like the cup holder options in some of them. So I am going to go with one that has the cup holders, yet lots of room for everything we want to put inside. These options sound great! Thanks for making my cooler hunting easy!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Howie, please let me know which cooler you pick and how you like it. I do believe I have the best options listed. Thanks for visiting the Best Beach Cooler!

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  2. Mohamed

    Hi Leahrae,

    Having a cooler is essential at the beach, and so I am glad I found this information. We have been looking for a few items for our beach trips, with the cooler being one of them. We really like the Grizzly cooler the best. Looks the sturdiest and the biggest. Thank you for all the great information!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Mohamed,

      The Grizzly is a great choice if you want something tough, yet roomy for all your beverages and food. And yes, we would not go to the beach without ours for sure. Thanks for commenting and also for reading BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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  3. Petra

    Hi Leahrae,

    Not going to go to the beach – too cold in Germany right now but still interested in coolers because we will go to the Europa Park around Christmas time (our version of Disney World:) we will have a Winter picknick French Style and will need a big cooler for that . So, thänks for the “Cooler-Mania” post.

    Cheers,

    Petra

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Petra, yes the coolers are perfect for Europa Park, which I have been to by the way 🙂 Most of my family is in Germany, so I have been many, many times. Europa park is much better than Disney World, in my opinion. Let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for visiting the Best Beach Cooler.

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  4. Douglas

    Hey, nice reviews. Which is the lightest? I often go to the beach and I don’t like to carry heavy coolers. Also, what advice do you have for waterproof bags??? Thanks again!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I honestly can’t say which one is the lightest. I would go with the one with wheels, as those will be the lightest as you won’t have to carry the cooler! I have not reviewed any water-proof bags yet, but they are coming. I will send you an email with the information. Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com.

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  5. Penelope

    What a great selection of beach coolers! This is something I have been wanting to carry my delicious beverages and food that will be consumed in the sunshine! I like that these ones have wheels and cupholders, really important when you’re dealing with sand. I didn’t even know they made them like this! I like the Grizzly, Rubbermaid beach cooler on wheels. Looks large enough for everything we take on the beach. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Penelope, that one will work great for you. Actually any of them work well. Just depends on the size, style, and $$ you want to spend 🙂 Thanks for visiting the best beach cooler 🙂

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  6. Charlie

    Great read, I really enjoyed reading about all the different coolers that I can purchase especially as Summer is fast approaching us here, will definitely look into the Grizzly as it seems sturdy and can take a beating, thanks

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Charlie. Yes, the Grizzly beach cooler is probably the most rugged of the group. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  7. Daniella

    I was just looking for a good cooler because next week we are going to camp on the beach for a week with friends. I need to store fragile food such as meat, milk, and eggs. So the insulation of the cooler must be reliable! I really like the Coolman, one of my friends has bought this brand, and he is pleased with his cooler. Also, the cooler features wheels, which will really help if the cooler is heavily loaded, especially on the sand:)
    Do you know how long the cooler can keep ice frozen?
    That’s one of the most critical details:)

    Thank you for this excellent post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Daniella,

      All of these coolers will keep your food cold all day long.  I have the Igloo Ice Cube Roller Cooler because it is just me and my son.  Of course the smaller the cooler, the less time it will keep things cool.  But, we have kept the cooler in the car and/or on the beach.  Our food and drinks always stay cold and we still have ice at the end of the day.  So any of these are going to work for you to keep your food and drinks cold.  Just depends on the size and brand you want.  Thank you for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com

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  8. cristina

    Great products. You know, in the summer with my work i am always on the road and I end u spending a lot of money buying juices, water, and other things from the airport shops because I am working at the airport. I live in Greece and I can tell you here this summer were even 50 degrees so …you need drinks. I think is a good idea to have a cooler in my car. Which one do you recommend me, to keep cool all day because I work many hours in the summer, even 15 so…. and to not be heavy:)
    Thanks for a very informative article and I will surely come back
    Cristina

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Cristina,  boy any of these would work.  I live close to the beach, and sometimes we leave the cooler in the car (if we are parked close to the beach), and sometimes we take it to the beach.  We have the Igloo Ice Cube Roller Cooler.  I just keep a couple of ice packs in there, and our drinks and sandwiches stay cold all day.  I guess, for you I would recommend that one.  It is not as big, yet it does hold a LOT.  You will like it 🙂

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  9. Jared

    I really like the concept of these beach coolers and I think one of them are definitely going on my Christmas list. At the beach most weekends and I am tired of having to carry a cooler box down every time, and yes I am always the designated carrier. With one of these beach coolers life will become a whole lot better.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Jared.  Please let me know which one you end up getting and how you like it 🙂  I know the feeling about being the designated carrier.  I have a beach cart wagon. They are great for holding everything!  Thanks for visiting!

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  10. Jerry Huang

    Nice, thanks for these beach cooler suggestions. May I know the capacity for each of them? It seems to me the ones with wheels are better as it’ll be a lot easier to move it around, right?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Jerry. They are all a great size. The Igloo Ice Cube Roller Cooler has a 60 qt. capacity, the Rubbermaid DuraChill has a 75 qt. capacity, the Coleman Xtreme has a 100 qt. capacity, and the Grizzly has a 60 qt. capacity. Hope this helps and thank you for reading about the best beach cooler.

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  11. Krystye Kearney

    I love spending my day at the beach. Well not the beaches around where I live in the Pacific Northwest but warm sunny beaches where the water is warm enough to swim in. I was just in Bucerias Mexico for a few weeks on a girls trip and I really wish I would have read your article before I went. We spend many days at the beach in the warm sun the average day was about 90 degrees. We picked up a cooler at the grocery store there and let me tell you after a couple hours our ice was melted and our blender full of icy blended adult beverages was no longer icy. Thank you for your great review, I will keep it in mind on my next beach vacation destination.

    Krystye

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Wow, how nice that you were just in Bucerias Mexico!  I agree, that a good cooler is necessary for the beverages 😀  The throw away kind you get in the store just don’t cut it.  I am glad you found the best beach cooler article useful, and when you do get your cooler, enjoy!

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  12. John

    Leahrae,
    Having a cooler that will be easy to pull through the sand when it has a load is very important to me. I have used the Coleman one before, just not at the beach. How well does it pull in the soft sand, it looks like the largest of your selections.
    Do any of these manufactures give details on the cooling times or how long they will keep things at a cool temp in the hot beach sun.
    John

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for reading John. Yes, I agree that being able to pull the cooler thru the sand is definitely a plus 🙂 I have a beach cart as well, and just pile it all in there. I am not sure how long they keep things cool, but I have ice bags in mine, and everything stays cool all day long while we are at the beach 🙂 So I would say, that they definitely do the job.

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  13. stunning Bell

    I will definitely opt for the Coleman Xtreme. It looks larger than the others and more affordable. It equally looks handier and beach friendly.

    Wow. The festive seasons are around the corner. You have made a pertinent reminder with regards to the necessary preparations. I need to start polishing my beachy mood, it has been rusty for the past one year now. Time has come for me to pop out of my shell.

    This post was very helpful and informative. I will favorite this page and return to it when I’m ready to rock the sands and salty water.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      All right! I like that rock the sands and salty water! Any way, the Coleman Xtreme seems to be a favorite beach cooler. You will love it 🙂 Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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  14. Ann

    My partner and I love taking beers to the beach, but our problem is often that they don’t stay cool for the entire day (and who likes warm drinks when your in the sun all day!) We have been in the market for a better cooler for a while. I personally like the looks of the Coleman Xtreme. Having built in cup holders would also make life much easier, and so much better than just sticking your drink in the sand, lol. Thanks for sharing these helpful reviews! Ann

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you found a good beach cooler. The Coleman Xtreme is a great choice! Please let me know how you like it and thanks for taking the time to comment on the best beach cooler!

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