Coleman 24-Hour 16-Can Cooler ($26)

From light and portable designs to burly options for days on the water, we break down the best soft-sided coolers
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16 cans

9, 30 cans

The cheapest cooler on our list.

Also the least performance-ready.

Soft coolers can be quite expensive, as shown by YETI’s Hopper M30 for $350 above. However, if you’re only planning using your cooler for a couple of times per summer and you’re looking for a budget-friendly model, one similar to Coleman’s soft cooler bag can quite possibly complete the job for just a fraction of the price. From the beginning we’ll point out that Coleman’s Coleman isn’t the most efficient selection that we have on our list. Also, don’t look forward to any miracles regarding ice retention or endurance. However, if you set realistic expectations, you’ll likely not be disappointed. Coleman is able to keep food and drinks adequately cold throughout the duration of the day, and will easily last longer than the $26 price tag.

What is the reason for the last-place finish of this model of the Coleman 24-Hour cooler? Although many customers have noted that the cold retention was higher than anticipated for the cost however, it falls below other alternatives for budget pricing such as those from AO Coolers 24 Pack and Arctic Zone Deep Freeze Titan over the rest in terms of overall quality of performance and build. It’s also not the most equipped of the bunch, having just one front pocket for storage , and no leak-proofing on the liner. In fairness, Coleman is the most affordable of them all. Coleman is the most affordable of the group (and in our top 10 list) in the range of $30 to $40, however we believe that those who enjoy outdoor activities more than once in a year would prefer spending a bit higher.

 

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