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Summer is hot. If you live somewhere like I do, spring is also pretty hot (we’re already hitting the upper 80s, and it’s only going to go up from here). This is a good and a bad thing. There’s a lot of fun stuff you can’t do in the chiller weather…but on the other hand, all of that stuff is hot.
When the sun is bearing down on you and the humidity is enough to make you feel like you’re breathing underwater, you start craving a cold drink about as much as a drowning man craves air. And that means when you go on all your camping, beaching, fishing, and hunting trips during the summer, you’ll want to bring a cooler, preferably one with wheels.
So let’s take a look at some of the different types of rolling coolers out there, and get you going!
Here are the best coolers with wheels you can buy:
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9+ Best Rolling Coolers Reviews
This is an excellent cooler, and by far my favorite on this list. While I don’t think it’s better in every way than a lot of these, it combines a lot of the best features you want in a cooler, without any of the potentially superfluous bits, and coming in at an excellent low price.
The construction of this cooler is great, with thick walls and excellent insulation. It can keep whatever you put in it cold for up to 5 days in ambient temperatures up to 90 degrees, which makes it excellent for camping, long fishing or hunting trips, and similar treks.
The capacity sits solidly on the middle lower end of what we expect, but that’s pretty good. You can hold 50 quarts or up to 84 cans in it, which should be plenty for up to 5 days of travel for a small group.
The construction itself is sturdy, and even usable as a seat (it can support up to 250 lbs.), with a comfortable handle and sturdy wheels.
The cooler is just something that’s great for pretty much anybody, with enough great features to make it versatile for a huge variety of purposes. It’s simply a reliable, well made cooler.
Easy rolling and heavy duty wheels.
Comfortably placed handle.
Supports up to 250 lbs.; usable as a seat.
Includes two cupholders for easy placement of drinks.
Great 50 quart or 84 can capacity.
Lightweight when unfilled.
Strong and sturdy construction.
Keeps interior cold for up to 5 days in temperatures up to 90 degrees.
A bit smaller than other options.
Sits low to the ground; poor as an at-home cooler.
Switching gears to a less travel oriented cooler, we have this excellent entertaining cooler.
It works perfectly for a wide variety of events, as something you can wheel around your patio, around the pool, in your home bar, and so on, that keeps things cold and easy to reach. It sits higher off the ground than a travel cooler, so it also doubles as a solid table and other storage rack (you could store snacks and the like down below, or your grill if you’re maybe tailgating or something) besides just a cooler.
The construction is sturdy steel, notably a powder coated NOT stainless steel, so you’ll need to store this inside so it isn’t ruined by the elements; hence why this isn’t; a reasonable travel cooler.
The wheels glide smoothly, and it’s easy to drag around by its handles (one on each end), and has a nice convenient storage pouch on the side (technically a cap catcher for the bottle opener above it, but frankly I’d rather just stick a small waste bin on the under cart and use it to store utensils like straws, spoon, and cups ).
The main issue is the price, which is a bit high. It’s fair enough for a home and patio based cooler, but I’d like it to be a bit cheaper.
Excellent 80 quart (roughly 70 cans, or 50 bottles) of storage space.
Height and flat top lid makes it usable as a rolling table.
Under cart storage is handy.
Sturdy steel construction.
Price is a bit high.
Steel isn’t stainless, so it’s susceptible to rust.
Soft coolers are often hit or miss, but this one is really good. The design is the most fascinating thing about this one; in terms of materials and performance, most soft coolers are as good as another. They have a sturdy exterior cloth, usually waterproof, and an internal waterproof layer that is insulated and keeps the cold in. This model is no exception.
But the way this is set up makes it a bit more unique than the usual. It has the ability to be wheeled around similar to a rolling suitcase, and you can fit quite a lot in this; 60 cans and up to 100 lbs. of weigh on the cart.
The cooler itself can be removed from the cart as well, giving you a handy option to use the cart for other things in a pinch. Versatile tools are excellent for camping trips, because you never know when you might need to carry a bit of extra weight, especially if you’re also going hunting or fishing, and the cooler comes with a nice shoulder strap for easy carry as well.
It folds up for easy storage as well, for when you empty it and just want to slide it into your vehicle as trim as possible. Plus it comes with a pair of cup holders and at a fairly reasonable price, so there’s a lot to love here.
Cools well for short trips.
Has an impressive 60 can and 100 lbs. cart capacity.
Rolls well on most terrains.
Folds up for easy storage.
Fairly reasonable price.
You often run into issues with longer term durability on soft coolers like this.
This is the larger answer to our winner, and everything good I had to say about that applies to this model in spades. It’s also pretty fairly priced; you get double the capacity for about double the price.
It holds up to 160 cans or a beer case worth of bottles, and has most of the same features you’d expect to find in this cooler, a staple classic of deep sea fishermen and hunters everywhere. This is basically the exact same cooler as what I grew up with, and there in lies why this one is so much lower on the list than the smaller and technically inferior 50 quart model: it’s too big, at least for my needs.
I don’t doubt there are some out there that need 100 quarts of storage capacity on their cooler, and if you do, this is the perfect option. But my general experience with a cooler of this size is that at the end of the day, I’ve got a whole lot of uneaten snacks, unopened drinks, and un-melted ice.
This model is hard to recommend for day trips, or even some multiday trips, unless you plan to load up and use the entire 5 day rated capacity.
Rugged, durable construction.
Excellent temperature control; rated for up to 5 days in up to 90 degree temperatures.
Easy to wheel around.
250 lbs. weight capacity on the lid so it can be used as a seat.
Likely too large for most peoples’ needs.
I like the aesthetics of this product from Permasteel a lot more. The image doesn’t do it much justice, but it has a nice textured pattern on it that makes it a bit more stylish than the plain grey of the Clevr one. It fits in well with most patio and room decorative aesthetics, especially anything in earthy or dark colors.
My main issue here is the price, with this unit coming in at about a third extra in price over the Clevr cart, and I don’t think the enhanced aesthetics are necessarily worth that price hike.
Looks great with most patio appointments and room decorative styles.
Sturdy steel exterior.
Rust and weather resistant.
Good under cart storage.
A bit too pricey.
Should have been made of stainless steel.
This is, as far as I can tell, a completely unique design among rolling coolers. It’s very interesting, and extremely good for rolling over rough terrain. The wheels are top notch; the bets among all the coolers I’ve looked at so far (or will look at below this) and can handle a lot of abuse with little protest.
The capacity is great, with an 80 quarts (20 gallon) and roughly 96 cans worth of storage space inside. The flat top is great for using as a makeshift table in a pinch. If it had cupholders, it would be pretty much perfect.
The rugged iron and steel design is sturdy and can stand up to a lot of conditions. While not rust proof, it is rust and weather resistant, so it’s good for shorter trips where you don’t have to worry about being directly caught in the elements.
The price is well worth it, but might make you look sideways at first as compared to our winner (this is triple the price), but for hauling over rugged terrain it’s difficult to do better than this.
Rolls well even on rough and uneven terrain.
Strong and rugged metal construction.
Good price for the quality.
Prone to rusting in wet enough conditions.
A bit heavy.
This is a really cool compact but extraordinarily heavy duty rolling cooler.
While fairly small, only able to hold roughly 37 quarts (51 cans of soda or 32 lbs. of ice cubes) it has an immense ability to withstand stress, able to maintain up to 440 lbs. on its shell. This makes it not only a great seat when you need one, but a great bottom item in your “packing tower” since it can sustain whatever you want to put on it.
It fits well in pretty much any vehicle, being pretty much perfectly square and very flat on top.
The wheels roll well enough, but they are a bit small, meaning they could get stuck in muddier terrain. But overall this is an extremely rugged and durable option to take camping or on holiday road trips and the like, with good ability to keep things cool for long periods.
Extremely sturdy plastic construction.
Locking for protection of whatever you put in it.
Rugged and able to withstand huge amount of weight on top (up to 440 lbs.).
Easy to roll around.
A bit pricey for a cooler of this size.
Small wheels can be a problem.
This is a pretty standard soft cooler. That’s not to say it’s bad, but it definitely ticks all the boxes I mentioned with the Arctic Zone Titan. It has a decent cloth exterior, a plastic inner liner, decent insulation, and it’s light.
But this is a definitively cheaper cooler than the Titan, in more ways than one. It’s about half the price, and definitely about half the quality as well.
The lack of 100 lbs. weight bearing cart is the main determining factor for this being worse. It’s good enough to haul around whatever you can fit in it, with good compartments (this would make an excellent lunchbox as well) and has a pretty solid 42 can capacity, with a removable inner liner for easy cleaning.
This cooler isn’t bad by any means, but definitely falls under the par I think the Arctic Zone Titan set very well for this kind of cooler.
Lightweight and portable.
Easy to clean.
Will not likely stand up to long term use.
That last bit is the real rub. While it says it’s rated for 5 days, numerous people report that it really doesn’t. It makes a great day trip cooler, but doesn’t quite stand up to long trips in the hot sun, unless you use some tricks to add an extra insulative layer to the cooler.
That’s a bit of an issue at the price, which is about as much as some of the better models on the list. Unfortunately, while I think this unit is good in many ways, that’s the real downfall of it.
If it’s on a sale, it’s worth picking up though. It’s a good size but lightweight, with pretty great wheels on any hard terrain (it struggles in mud and sand, though) and made of a durable plastic, with even more durable zinc hinges. Good enough for pretty much any purpose, just don’t pay full price for it.
Very durable plastic.
Great zinc hinges.
Built in ruler on the top, for handy measuring of certain things on job sites or while fishing.
A bit overpriced for what it provides.
Advertises as a 5 day cooler, but reportedly does not live up to that designation.
While I still think the 50 quart version of the Coleman Xtreme is the best all around option on the market (especially with how cheap it is), there are a lot of other strong contenders here for different niches. Be it the Permasteel and Clevr patio and home bar designed rolling models, the interesting wagon-like Vingli, or the compact and extremely durable Vivohome cooler, there are a lot of interesting options to choose from based on your own specific needs.
But I think price is the biggest determining factor for a cooler in many ways, which is why I still stand by the Coleman Xtreme 50 quart for most people. It’s just the cheapest genuinely good option I can find, with performance most others don’t match.
What Kind of Rolling Cooler Should I Buy?
There are three basic types of rolling coolers: the travel kind, the home kind, and the soft kind.
The travel kind are usually what you think of. They’re made of plastic, built to last, and usually are made to keep ice from heating up for days at a time; up to 5 for the best. Even the least of these coolers can keep your ice frozen and drinks and snacks chilled for up to 24 hours. These are typically my favorite kind, but there are merits to others as well.
For home use
The home or patio rolling cooler is a fun one if you have a backyard pool, home bar, or similar gathering place in your home. They double as a table, and ensure cool drinks are always available for your guests without them needing to tromp though your house to the fridge, often dripping wet, to rummage around in your stuff. If you have a pet peeve about people going through your things, and don’t want to shell out hundreds or even thousands for a second drinks only fridge in your garage or something, these are your best bet.
Soft coolers are, in my opinion, best used as glorified lunchboxes. They’re great for short trips, keeping your beverages and beers cold for about 8 hours, and are perfect for a relatively short trip out, keeping whatever you put in it nice and chill for a long drive and a bit of a sit; perfect for work or short beach trips with just yourself and a small number of others.
For any of these, you want to look primarily at its capacity and construction to determine whether it’s good, but the criteria vary a bit between the types.
For travel use
Travel coolers are typically (but not always) heavy duty plastic, and can hold anywhere between 40 and 100 quarts on average.
Patio coolers average about 80 quarts, and are made of steel primarily.
Travel coolers are similar to insulated lunch bags which are a combination of cloth and an interior insulation lining, and there’s no hard and fast rule on their capacity.
Finally, be prepared to pay a minimum of $40 to $50 on average for a good cooler, and even up to about $200 or a good patio cooler.