When you’ve prepped carry-out cocktails and made the ultimate charcuterie board and fancy sandwiches, a styrofoam cooler is an insult to your cool-carrying needs. (Plus, you’ll look like a scrub.) We’ve put together a list of our favorite luxury coolers with all the bells, whistles, tech, and style to ensure you keep looking hot while your drinks stay ice cold. Pick the one that’s right for you, whether you need a festival do-it-all, urban pack, or want the Bugatti of coolers.
Icemule Boss Backpack – $300
When Icemule named its ultimate cooler backpack the “Boss” they weren’t messing around. Premium, multi-day ice retention from 3cm closed-cell PolarLayer XT insulation foam sits on a sturdy suspension system so you can go far and long knowing your cans and ice will stay frosty (and without wrecking your shoulders from the weight). Similar to a luxury backpacking pack, the Boss includes ventilation air mesh back pads, a cushioned hip belt, and sternum strap. The pack is rugged yet modern and we can easily imagine The Rock wearing one. Weighing 7.5 pounds empty, the Boss holds 30L or 24 cans plus ice. Pockets, bungee cords, and other outdoor additions make this pack highly technical and multi-functional.
Pelican Elite Soft Cooler – $260
Murdered-out with 100% leak-proof TZIP Zippers, the Made in the USA Pelican Soft Cooler is our urban day-pack cooler for rooftop parties in the summer. The cooler doubles as a sexy lunch box during the work week — no frills, bright colors, or froof. Pelican boasts their Soft Coolers are 55% lighter than hard-shell coolers, but keep construction tough with 840 durable double coated fabric. The food-grade liner is FDA approved and a stainless steel tie-down doubles as a bottle opener.
Sovaro 30-Quart Luxury Cooler – $430
Sovaro’s line of coolers have to be some of the most handsome on the market, but they’re much more than a pretty face. Each is insulated with cork, which repels mold and mildew and acts as a natural barrier between the structural walls and the interior. The streamlined design coupled with strong rubber gaskets mean an airtight seal and long temperature retention. This 30-quart model holds up to eight wine bottles upright and comes at an ideal size for nighttime concerts and dinner picnics. The cooler also comes in 45 and 70-quart sizes.
Grizzly 400 Outdoor Cooler – $900
Grizzly builds their coolers like their name: in grizzly fashion. Made in the USA and built to stand up to (literal) grizzly abuse, the biggest, baddest cooler this side of the Rockies is the 400 qt monster Outdoor Cooler. Ideal for extended trips in a truck and including a lifetime warranty, you’re looking at superior multi-day ice retention, even under hot and demanding conditions. If you were, per se, to need one cooler for a 12-month journey across America, this is it. The money you’ll save in ice alone is worth the investment.
RovR RollR 80 – $449
As festival season heats up, rely on an all-terrain, do-it-all cooler that is easy to transport and doesn’t make all the walking, lines, and hustle of a festival difficult. RovR’s 80-quart RollR is certified grizzly bear-resistant and has space for an attachable prep station, cup holders, dry bin, stash bag, wagon bin, and more (all sold separately but SO worth it). Ten days of ice retention and high-performance 9-inch rubber wheels make this cooler nearly invincible. Comes in colors Desert, Moss, and Powder — depending on where your festival takes place.
Fenik Yuma – $120
For a spacious 60L cooler, Fenik’s Yuma is super lightweight and 100% portable while requiring zero electricity to operate (unlike most luxury coolers.). Fenik is proud of the fact that the Yuma emits zero greenhouse gas emissions and is eco-friendly, using a technology called PhaseTec to power it. This technology, active in the cooler walls, is activated when the internal reservoir is filled with any clean water source such as that from a tap, well, or river. The walls then draw out heat from the interior, mimicking the way animals naturally cool themselves. Bonus: this material makes the Yuma collapsible so you’re not carrying a massive cooler home. And you know it’s luxe if you can’t order one right away … the Fenik Yuma is out of stock but nab a spot on the waiting list by filling out this form.
Furrion Rova Electric Cooler – $800
Yacht-maker Furrion has jumped ship for 2019 from luxury seafaring vessels to an electric cooler they’re calling the Rova. This techy beauty keeps your stash ice cold for seven to 10 days and can be powered by either the Furrion ePod battery, a wall outlet, or DC outlet. The Rova compressor pushes cold air into the main cooler space that is pressure-injected with Cyclopentane foam for a faster drop in temperature — which you can control on the smart console and dip as low as -8 degrees Fahrenheit. Solid tires and a retractable handle that works as an accessories rack round out a few of the luxury features. Consider the Rova your cooler Bugatti. This cooler has not been released yet but will be out soon in 2019. You can sign up to find out when it is available here.
Vintage Red Truck Cooler – $798
What better way to show your love of classic motoring than this truck-inspired cooler fashioned out of upcycled metal. With three compartments of icy space, lift the domed cabin or truck bed and stock your beers. Don’t feel bad about adding cheap beer to the mix, since it fits with the truck theme (here are the best cans we suggest). Perfect for a backyard summer party that transitions to fall tailgating (from home). When it’s not being used to display booze, the truck serves as an art piece.
Article originally published by Geoff Nudelman on September 27, 2017. Last updated by Jahla Seppanen.