Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of coolers and fridges before — including wine fridges, a cooler for the beach, and mini-fridges — here, we’ve rounded up the best coolers with wheels, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated cooler with wheels
“We have used this cooler umpteen times: beach, woods, family gatherings, camping,” writes one reviewer who calls this cooler “unique” because, “The white heavy-duty plastic liner easily comes out to wash.” He also notes that “it’s very easy to tote around.” And lots of other five-star reviewers talk about the functionality of this Coleman. After trying it on a weeklong road trip, one customer reports, “Not only did it do a great job of keeping everything cold, but it’s small enough to carry around easily.” He notes that it took about “15 seconds” to clean. One mom of three says this cooler has “been a lifesaver,” and has put it to the ultimate test: “Going to the beach alone is no fun with so much stuff. I was able to pack lunch, drinks, snacks, and ice to keep everything cold and roll it around with ease. Well, except over sand. Because, well, it’s sand. But, it fits so much!”
Best-rated (less expensive) cooler with wheels
For such an inexpensive cooler, reviewers were shocked how long it kept ice frozen. “The big boy has kept ice for at least four days straight. This little guy is just as inspiring,” writes one content customer who “bought this for day trips to the lake (walking to and from).” He admits he only really needed to “keep ice for one day,” but was impressed to find it held ice for much longer. He further describes it as “sturdy, well built, compact and practical, and works great for keeping our stuff cold throughout the day.” Another thinks it’s “great for taking a medium amount of stuff on a trip.” While she “wouldn’t expect to feed a football team out of it,” she does think it’s perfect “for a picnic or two.” A third reviewer even calls this the “best cooler I have ever bought,” explaining, “It has kept food cold even on 16-hour drives. Also, it’s easy for me to get in and out of our van. Plus it’s easy to get it into your house or accommodations especially for those of us with knee and back problems, just grab the handle and get rolling.”
And now for some micro-picks for every type of cooler with wheels you might be looking for.
Best cooler with wheels and drain
While a drain is not unique to this cooler, reviewers say this drain works better than others they’ve used before. One reviewer calls this feature “excellent,” explaining, “We were lucky to have a slight slope everywhere we went but I don’t think it would have been an issue even if we had not. Out of habit I would lift it to get the last bit out and it was rarely more than a drop.” He even thinks it’s just as good as more expensive models, especially because this cooler won’t make you “strain your back” when lifting it up. Another reviewer calls this “a very simple and affordable solution to needing a bigger or extra fridge for entertaining.” He agrees, “There is no need to spend money on a crazy expensive cooler, unless you can’t buy ice except every several days while camping.” He adds, “Easy to move? Yup. Any worries when people sit on it (they will, they always do)? Nope. Drain to easily clear out the melted ice? Check.”
Best large cooler with wheels
Over 20 percent of five-star reviewers use the words “large,” “big,” or “huge,” in their reviews, and the general consensus is that it’s particularly roomy. One reviewer says, “It holds up to 64 bottles of water and four bags of ice,” making it “perfect for camping or large family outings.” A reviewer who has used Coleman coolers before says that this one “does a great job of holding ice and cold temperature even in Florida’s summer heat. The wheels make transporting it easy. So can this hold your food during a two to three day camping trip? Yes it can.” A third reviewer does warn that “when its FULL and packed with ice, it’s HEAVY,” but it’s still a great cooler. “Ice did not melt hardly at all on the drive and not fully until four days later, even with us in and out of it constantly getting drinks. This thing holds tons of stuff and is quite sturdy.”
Best cooler with wheels for road trips
Reviewers prefer this cooler for road trips because it’s relatively small, but it still holds enough stuff (and keeps it cool) for a long trip. “We bought it to travel for three weeks and it stood up to daily loading into and out of the car. The wheels are amazing. The size is fantastic,” writes one reviewer who also calls it “perfect.” And once you arrive at your destination, many reviewers say it’s easy to roll around. One reviewer took this cooler camping and reports it “travels well across all terrains.” He explains, “I have dragged this thing over rocks/sand/grass/dirt, full to the brim with no problems.” Another small feature that gets a lot of love is the built-in cup holder on the lid: “On occasion we use it as a mini camping table and the holders come in handy, not only for drinks but small items or phones as well.”
Best cooler with wheels for long trips
If you do just want a Yeti, reviewers report that this version can keep ice for eight days. “Everyone always jokes about how expensive and trendy these are, but they earned their bragging rights,” says one reviewer who says his ice stayed for an “entire week” in the summer. One calls this “a workhouse” because of how well it functions, writing, “After years of buying what I thought to be decent coolers and having to replace them within a year or two, I thought, why not?! Well, I’ve been using the cooler pretty much nonstop since Memorial Day weekend and it has exceeded my expectations.” He originally “bought two blocks of ice for the holiday weekend and the contents of the Yeti stayed cold for five plus days.” And one more agrees that this is worth the price, calling it the “absolutely best cooler on the market.” He adds, “From the cutouts on the lid so it stays strapped in the truck to the fact it keeps ice for eight days, what more could you want? It’s sturdy, doesn’t move around in a truck bed (without straps), and holds 220 pounds bags of ice.”
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