You’ve spent hours prepping an amazing drink menu and stocking your bar with fine spirits and bubbly, so why let the holder of it all be anything less than perfection?
We’ve put together five of our favorite luxury coolers with all the bells and whistles to ensure that even when the action is at its hottest, your drinks will stay ice cold.
The Garden Party
Grand Concours Cooler ($798)
What better way to show your love of motoring than this racer-inspired cooler fashioned out of upcycled metal drums. This 44-lb. beast has a huge interior compartment that’s revealed by a lifelike engine cover that folds back for easy access to the entire opening. It’s wheels are fully operational, meaning you can haul this racer to every corner of the party and ensure every guest never has to go a second without a beverage. It’s the perfect addition to your next patio get-together.
The Slick Cooler
Sovaro 45 qt ($595)
Sovaro’s line of coolers has to be some of the most handsome on the market, but they’re much more than a pretty face. Each are insulated with cork, which detracts mold and mildew and acts as a natural barrier between the structural walls and the interior. The streamlined design coupled with strong rubber gaskets means an airtight seal and long temperature retention. This 45 qt. model will hold up to 10 wine bottles upright and comes in at the ideal size for nighttime concerts and dinner picnics.
The Mobile Option
Igloo Sportsman Backpack Waterproof ($180)
If your adventures take you a bit off the beaten path, you could do much worse than this model from Igloo. They’re a golden standard in the cooler business and they’ve crammed their decades of experience into a compact package. The roll-top opening makes this cooler easy to grab and go, while everything stays dry in a waterproof nylon outer shell. The shell is completed with a rugged base and waterproof zippers to park this right next to the shore with nary a care. You’ll be everyone’s favorite trekker with this on your back.
The Long-Term Master
Grizzly 400 Outdoor Cooler ($725)
Grizzly builds their cooler right here in America and manufactures them to stand up to all of kinds of abuse (they even test them for bear resistance and protection). This 400-qt. monster is ideal for extended trips in a truck and includes their standard lifetime warranty to boot. It has superior multi-day ice retention, even under hot and demanding conditions. If you needed one cooler for your 12-month journey across America, this is it. The money you’ll save in ice alone is worth the investment.
The Music Festival Carry-All
Pelican ProGear Elite Wheeled Cooler ($342)
Pelican is known for making dynamite equipment cases (think cameras and music gear), but they happen to make a damn good cooler too. This 45-qt. model is rated for 10 days of ice retention thanks to a freezer-grade gasket and 2” of polyurethane insulation. The entire structure is fitted on two strong wheels with wide handles for easy hauling around the festival grounds. Pelican products also benefit from American manufacturing and a lifetime warranty. When the temps heat up, you’ll have the coldest water (or beer) anywhere on-site.
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