When you decided to buy a cooler for the camping trip, I’m sure you would be confused and wonder: “What is the best cooler for the money that I can get?”
By following this article, you’ll get the ANSWER to the questions above.
I myself have also asked those kinds of questions when looking for the new camping cooler last month.
In this article, I’ll cover the important points below:
Hopefully, with the effort I made, you will save time and buy a good cooler from my recommending 7 best cheap camping cooler reviews for the money.
Before buying the coolers, I took a little time dive into the discussions about “buying the new camping cooler” topic in some forums such as: reddit.com/r/camping/, campingforums.com, campingroadtrip.com and quora.com.
Finally, I concluded that the best coolers for the money must-have these points:
Just one more thing about buying cooler: asking yourself, what storage–size do you need?
For my 5-day family ( 2 adults and 3 teenagers) camping trips, I need two coolers, small one for beverage – 62 quart, and another bigger one for foods – 100 quart.
I checked these points above, reviewed and picked out 7 best rated cheap camping coolers for the money. Let’s take a look and pick one for your next camping trip.
There are many cooler brands in the market, but Coleman Xtreme and Igloo MaxCold are the outstanding ones. Not only do they have good quality but also are the best bang for the buck. Why? Just under $100, you have a decent cooler for camping trips.
I saw so many people chose and appreciated these brands. Personally, I bought Coleman 62 Quart Xtreme 5 Wheeled Cooler a year ago and it has served my family excellently until now.
Recently, I’ve just bought an extra cooler – Igloo Glide PRO Cooler (110-Quart, White). You will see my test and review. But, first
We will go through the best-rated camping coolers for the money:
As for Coleman Xtreme series, I have no complaints. They are really good and cheap. I bought Coleman 62 Quart Xtreme a year ago, and I’m very pleased. The Coleman 100 Quart Xtreme is similar to Coleman 62 but its storage-size is bigger.
I bought Igloo Glide PRO Cooler (110-Quart, White) a few weeks ago. At first glance, it is nice and solid in hands.
I tested it at 900F (320C) and:
In the day of 6th, there were still some small pieces of ice-blocks in there. So, if you plan camping in 5 days, the Igloo 110 Quart Glide PRO Cooler won’t let you down!
Igloo Glide PRO Cooler (110-Quart, White)
** I did test Coleman 62 Quart Xtreme at the same conditions like Igloo Glide PRO Cooler. The result is similar, it means, they both kept cold approximately up to 6 days. And I think, the result I got due to the ice blocks I used. You won’t get the result as I do if you use small pieces of ice..
** The price of Coleman 100 Quart Xtreme 5 Wheeled Cooler is lower than Igloo Glide PRO 110-Quart Cooler, in this case, Coleman 100 Quart Xtreme is the best choice for the money!
Coleman 100 Quart Xtreme 5 Wheeled Cooler
** I didn’t test these coolers with cubed ice, but it is obvious that if you use cubed ice, the coolers may keep cold under 5 days because cubed ice have large air-contacting surface.
You can see another article about How to Keep Your Cooler Extra Cold When Camping In 5 Days at here.
I haven’t bought or used rolling coolers before. However, I saw many reviews in youtube.com, and people all said the telescoping-handle of these coolers really helps reduce the load. With telescoping-handle, you can easy move a cooler forward or back by one hand.
If you need a small cooler with wheels and telescoping-handle for beverage, here are two good rolling coolers that many campers appreciated and recommended
The Iglo has wheels which are smaller than the Coleman. So, the Coleman Xtreme has a little bit smooth-rolling than Igloo.
Coleman 50 Quart Xtreme 5 Wheeled Cooler
Igloo Ice Cube Maxcold Roller, 70-Quart
They are coolers with traditional design. Although they haven’t built with wheels or telescoping-handle that cause a little bit difficult to move, the main role of cooler is keep ice cold.
If you like the simple design but still keeps cold well, and cheap price, below are two good coolers for you to consider.
Coleman 120 Quart Coastal Xtreme Series Marine Cooler
Coleman 52 qt. Xtreme Cooler
It is really hard to say which is better, it depends on personal choice.
Hopefully this article helps you save time when looking for the best cooler for the money for your family camping trips.
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