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The coronavirus pandemic changed a lot of travel plans this year, with overseas vacations and international excursions quickly being replaced by day trips to the beach and weekend-long getaways. Since you’re much more likely to pack your own road trip snacks, food and drinks on these socially-distanced outings, it’s a good idea to have a great cooler on hand to keep them chilled and ready to be enjoyed.
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To help you keep your hard-earned dollars intact, we’ve compiled a list of the best-performing coolers that are currently on sale. Of course, finding the right one for you will also mean considering the size, shape and weight that will best suit your purposes, whether you plan to use it on a hike or simply as a convenient cooling space while hanging in your backyard. As a result, you’ll also see a healthy variety of options below. Keep scrolling to see our marked-down recommendations!
1. Save $13: Our favorite cooler of all time
If you’re looking fora great all-around cooler that strikes the perfect balance between quality and affordability, we suggest the OtterBox Venture 45. Throughout our testing, we were wowed by its feature-heavy design, which boasts a versatile mounting system, handy drain and leakproof interior. The temperature retention also impressed us, staying below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for almost five days—that’s 20% better than the average we found of other coolers in testing. The one downside was its slightly high price point, but thanks to Wayfair’s huge Labor Day Sale, you can nab the 45-quart OtterBox for $286.99, which is $13 off its usual $299.99 price tag.
2. $10 in savings: This top-of-the-line Yeti cooler bag
Yeti’s coolers are typically notoriously expensive but they’re also some of the best money can buy. The Yeti Hopper Two 30 (no longer available), was one model we loved in particular: We appreciated its closed-cell foam insulation, which kept ice cold for over three days, and we also enjoyed its flat bottom, shoulder strap and double-stitched handles. This highly similar Yeti Hopper M30 is a durable, soft ice cooler that can hold up to 20 cans and features a water- and leak-proof zipper, and right now, you can knock $30 off it at Acme Tools with promo code WEEKEND10, which will bring the price down from $299.99 to $269.99.
3. A 15% discount: This UV-resistant model for outdoor adventures
For those who are keen on fishing or other rugged outdoor adventures, an Everbilt may just be the cooler for you. Though the 52-quart capacity unit we tested is no longer available, a nearly-identical 36-ounce Everbilt 410-257 cooler is up for grabs for 15% off, falling from $129 to $109.98 at Home Depot. Like the one we tried, it has a UV-resistant exterior and a built-in pressure release button that made draining it a cinch. There’s also a lockable lid, a bottle holder and two cup holders. Truly, it’s got everything you need for multi-day camping excursions or trips at sea. Most importantly? The 52-quart we tried also kept ice cool longer than any other model in our roundup.
4. 20% off: This travel-friendly cooler from your favorite water bottle brand
Searching for a perfectly portable companion for your next hike? Look no further than the Hydro Flask Unbound Series soft cooler pack—a super lightweight (40 ounce) choice with padded shoulder straps to remain comfortably on your back for hours. We haven’t yet tested it this model, but it holds a 4.7-star rating at Moosejaw, where shoppers rave over its portability, sturdy build and waterproof lining. By entering promo code FALL2020 at checkout, you can shave 20% off the total cost, bringing this 22-liter pick down $40 from $200 to just $160.
5. More than $100 off: This mid-size, multipurpose cooler
For a dependable pick, the RTIC 45 is a cooler you can’t go wrong with. It ranked highly on our list of the best coolers because it was able to keep meat and drinks cold for up to four days. It has a decently-sized 45-quart capacity and comes fully equipped with tie-down slots, anti-slip rubber feet, rope handles with comfort grips and T-handle latches. It’s certainly a worthwhile pick for longer getaways, in our book, and while it regularly retails for upwards of $300 at Amazon, it’s down to just $199.99 on RTIC’s own site, saving you more than $100.
6. Save $15: A heavy-duty Igloo cooler for the back of your car
You’re going to want a rugged cooler for your next road trip or a day out on the water, and this Igloo 52-quart model is just the ticket. With its hard-side exterior, which is made from a high-density polyethylene, it’s designed to withstand a bit of roughhousing—just ask more than 400 Wayfair shoppers who gave it high marks. Wrote one happy buyer, “This cooler isn’t too heavy and the ice lasts for days, plus, the price point hits the mark.” That’s consistent with what we found of the brand’s smaller 48-quart Island Breeze cooler (also on sale for $32.98), which kept cold for just over two days, and the 48-quart Marine Ultra cooler ($39.99), which lasted more than three. Once $99.99, it’s fallen to only $84.99 thanks to Wayfair’s Labor Day sale.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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