Whether you are camping, tailgating, or spending a day at the beach the best small cooler will keep your beverages and snacks cold, even on the hottest of days. This article includes the best small cooler reviews currently available. The small coolers we reviewed range in price from $15-$40. When choosing small coolers to review, we considered the following criteria: price, star rating, capacity, usability, and users’ reviews.
10. MIER Insulated Lunch Box Bag
The Mier Insulated Lunch box is a soft-sided cooler that is 12 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 9 inches high. It is large enough to hold sixteen cans of soda, but its soft sides allow it to collapse for easier storage. The zipper operates smoothly, and the zippers can be secured with a luggage lock. According to customers, the seams are heat welded, this is a well-insulated cooler that is also leak-proof. The shoulder strap is adjustable from 9 inches to 19 inches, which enables both hand- and shoulder-carrying.
9. Igloo Products Corporation Quantum Cooler
The Igloo Quantum Cooler is a hard, durable cooler that is 12.5 inches long, 11.5 inches wide, and 12.5 inches high. It can hold eighteen cans of soda, or nine long-neck bottles standing up. It also features a lid with cup holders and a secret compartment that is the right size for a wallet, or can cozies. The lid also has holes that allow for locking the lid. The back of the cooler is curved to make carrying it a little more ergonomic. Some users had difficulty with ice melting too quickly, while others remedied this issue by using frozen water bottles to keep the contents cold.
8. Coleman Excursion Cooler
The Coleman 9-Quart Excursion cooler is a hard-body cooler that can hold nine cans or six bottles of water with room for ice or a couple of sandwiches. It is 12.9 inches long, 11.3 inches wide, and 9.3 inches high. This is a great option for a lunch box, or to take a six pack and some snacks for a day trip. The insulation holds in cold or heat well for about 8 hours.
7. Rubbermaid Cooler / Ice Chest
The 5-quart Rubbermaid cooler is a great size for a lunch or to carry a six-pack with ice. It is a hard-sided cooler that is 10.5 inches long, 7.4 inches wide, and 8 inches high. This cooler features a swinging handle that is easier to carry than other handles. It also features superior thermal retention, keeping contents cold for hours.
6. Coleman Personal Wheeled Cooler
The Coleman 16-quart Personal Wheeled Cooler is the only wheeled cooler on our list. At sixteen quarts it qualifies as a small cooler, but with the extra maneuverability of a long handle and wheels. It is 10.75 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 15 inches tall, which means it can hold up to 22 cans. It has very efficient insulation, which allows it to keep the contents cold for up to two days. This is a great option for weekend trips or anywhere you will walk to your destination. In our best small cooler reviews, this wins best wheeled cooler.
5. Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless Cooler
The Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze 9 can Zipperless cooler is a soft body cooler with a lid that closes with a tight Velcro seal rather than a zipper. It is 12 inches long, 8 inches wide, and 12 inches tall. Included is a hard liner that allow the cooler to keep a solid shape. This liner has a removable shelf, as well, which enables you to keep soft items, like sandwiches, above and separate from hard cans. The shoulder strap is adjustable and includes a shoulder pad to reduce back fatigue. This is a great cooler for lunches. The insulation will keep ice frozen for about twelve hours.
4. eBags Crew Cooler II
The eBags Crew Cooler was originally created for flight attendants and pilots. Its greatest features include the many different compartments, pouches, and different-sized pockets. It also has a pass-through sleeve on the back so that it can slide over the handle on rolling luggage. It is 10 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 10.5 inches high. Only the bottom compartment is a cooler, as the upper compartment, side pockets, and front compartment are not lined with insulation. It is soft-sided, and can collapse for storage. The liner of the cooler compartment is removable and can be replaced if damaged. This a great cooler for air travel. In our best small cooler reviews, this wins best cooler for travel.
3. Coleman FlipLid Personal Cooler
The Coleman FlipLid Personal Cooler is a great small cooler for a trip to the beach. It is a hard-body cooler that measures 8.25 inches long, 7 inches wide, and 10.5 inches high. It is just the right size to hold a six pack and some ice. When you open the lid fully it stays solidly open, revealing cup holders and a space that can be used as a table. The insulation of this cooler keeps ice frozen solid for six to seven hours.
2. Rubbermaid Cooler
The 10-quart Rubbermaid Cooler is 10.5 inches long, 13.4 inches wide, and 9 inches high. It is a hard-body cooler that can hold twelve cans plus ice. It has a swing handle that is okay to carry for short distances, and the insulation is efficient and will keep contents cold for up to two days. This is a great cooler for road trips or camping. It is tough and durable and will take some abuse. In our best small cooler reviews, this wins best hard-body cooler.
1. Coleman 9-Can Soft Cooler with Hard Liner
The Coleman 9-Can Soft Cooler is a soft-body cooler with a hard, removable liner. It is 9.5 inches long, 6.5 inches wide, and 10.25 inches tall, and features front and side pockets in addition to the main cooler. It also has bungee straps on top that can even hold a 2-liter bottle. The shoulder strap is adjustable so it can also work as a handle. It can keep contents cold for 8 – 10 hours. The hard liner is removable and dishwasher-safe. This is a great cooler for daily use. In our best small cooler reviews, this wins best soft cooler.
Our verdict for best small cooler overall goes to the eBags one if we consider ratings and reviews from verified customers. However, the MIER also seems like a reliable choice, and so does the Coleman 9-Can Soft Cooler with hard liner thanks to the versatility the multiple compartments allowed us. What do you think? Please share your thoughts, experience, and/or questions with us!