How to Choose the Right Cooler

Summer is just around the corner, and it is the time when people want to go to different places, and have fun. It is the season for barbecues, picnics, or going to the beach. And having fun outside means bringing cold drinks with you. You need to have the right cooler to keep your drinks cool, or else you’ll end up with warm drinks that can’t quench your thirst. However, with lots of coolers on the market today, how can you choose the right one? There are several factors that will help you make the right decision when it comes to buying a cooler.

In recent years, cooling technology has advanced that resulted to better-insulating properties. This is good news for consumers because that means your food and beverages will stay cool longer.

For shorter trips, a cool bag might do the trick. It offers plenty of capacity for a picnic or a day at the beach. A cool box is ideal when you are part of a large group where you need more capacity or for multiple day trips where you need to store beverages and food for a longer period of time.

Types of Coolers

Coolers can be categorised into two types. These are cool bag and cool box. It is important that you choose the right type for your needs. A hard-sided cooler box can be the best option for many situations. However, there are some situations in which a cool bag is the better option.

Cool Box

You should keep in mind that there are cool boxes that are heavy and big. You might have a hard time lifting the box when it is full. When you are carrying a lot of beverages and food, it is recommended to divide the load into two smaller cool boxes.

The most practical of cool boxes are probably the Thermos Sky Blue 28L or the 32L model. The 32L model can take 2L soft drink bottles upright. These straightforward cool boxes are built for robustness. Not the most refined design but these cool boxes can definitely take a beat. 

Thermos Cool Box

If build quality is your prime concern, then you should probably consider getting the best cool box on the market today. The Stanley Adventure Cooler is a high-end cooler that has the best build quality. It comes in 7QT and 16QT sizes. The Adventure Cooler has twice the foam insulation of the average cooler on the market today. The 7QT model can keep your drinks cold for up to 27 hours, while the 16QT model can keep them cold for up to 36 hours. This cool box also doubles as a seat – that’s how strong it is!

Stanley Adventure Cool Box

Lids of ice boxes often lift on and off, such as the ones on the Thermos Sky Blue cool boxes. Its handle keeps the lid in place. However, there are models, such as the Stanley Adventure Coolers, that have hinged lids. Stanley designed their hinges to be strong and durable. 

Another thing to check is whether the handle is firmly attached to the cooler box. The handle should be strong enough to carry the weight. The handle must also be balanced so that the cool box doesn’t tip when carried. 

Cool Bag

A cool bag or soft picnic coolers are much lighter than cool boxes. It can be squashed down when not in use for easy storage. They can also fit in spaces where cooler box can’t fit. When buying a cool bag, it is important that you check the stitching. Another thing you need to consider with cool bags is the carry strap. It should be attached firmly to the bag and adjustable so that you can carry the bag in your hand or the shoulder. 

When it comes to cool bags, Thermos has three lines. These are the Thermos Radiance, Thermos Essentials, and the Thermos Thermocafe. Thermos Radiance comes in 6, 12, 24, and 36 can capacity. The Essentials line comes in Individual, Medium, and Family sizes. The Thermocafe line comes in 6, 12 and 24 can capacities.

Thermos Cool Bag

Thermos also has a line that is somewhat in between soft, cool bags and hard cool boxes. The Freeport line has moulded liner to make it more durable than the typical cool bag. It also has improved protection to prevent the squashing of food. And plus factor is that it is lighter than most hard cased cool boxes. It also comes in Individual, Medium, and Family sizes.

Thermos Freeport Cool Bag

Cooler Accessories

When buying a cooler, you should also consider getting accessories that can enhance its performance. One of the things that make coolers messy is melting ice. To solve the problem, Thermos offers ice packs and freeze boards.

When you use an ice pack or freeze board, you will maintain a chilled environment inside the cooler. Keep in mind that the items you place inside the cooler must already be cold when you are using an ice pack. The freeze board and ice pack can only maintain the cold temperature but will have a hard time to cold down the beverage, or freeze meat or any other food item. 

Another advantage of using a freeze board is that you can use it time and again. Just keep the board in the freezer all the time. That way it is ready to use when you need it. 

These are the things you need to keep in mind when choosing a cooler. Whether you choose a cool box or a cool bag, you can use the tips above to ensure that you get the right one for your needs and preferences.