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Best Ice Chests and Coolers

Best Ice Chests and Coolers


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My favorite ice chests and coolers for sports parents

There’s nothing better than a stocked ice chest with drinks and fresh ice for games and tournaments. Below I have chosen a few that I really like and have listed the features, and also checked out the reviews for them. As sports parents, we have different needs for coolers…sometimes we want a big one for those all-day events in which we need a lot of drinks and snacks. Other days, we may have just one game or are sending our child with a cooler for his game or practice, and a small one will do the trick. These are the ice chests I like.


coleman 75 quart extreme coolerColeman 75-Quart Xtreme 5-Day Wheeled Cooler

I have this ice chest and it has lasted me for about eight years. My favorite feature on this cooler is the long handle. I’m tall, so being able to roll it behind me without bending down is a must. The handle retracts for easy storage. The side handles make it very easy to lift into my van, and the wheels are super rugged allowing it to be rolled over multiple surfaces. I’ve rolled this thing out onto beach sand many times. It’s also not so huge that I can’t lift it by myself, which is a huge plus. It holds 130 cans plus ice. You may not need an ice chest with cup holders, but it’s an extra nice feature and we do use them. Overall a great ice chest.

  • Tip: spray some WD40 into the telescoping handle occasionally to keep it operating smoothly. As far as large wheeled coolers go, this one is very rugged, and mine still works great.



yeti 45 quart blue coolerYETI Tundra Series Coolers

If you are looking for a high end ice chest to last you a lifetime and you can afford it, consider getting one of these Yeti Tundra coolers. They get fantastic, mostly five-star reviews and are built to withstand a beating. People describe it as “indestructible” (like a tank and bear-proof) and say they are “heavy duty ice chests”. You may have had coolers on which the latches or handles get broken after a while, and with this cooler you don’t have to worry about that. It also keeps ice for three to four days. It’s perfect not only for baseball games, but for camping, boating, tailgaiting, etc. A yeti 75 quart cooler is also available.



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yeti hopper two 30


We just got one of these and man is it cool. And cold! The drinks stay ice cold for hours and it’s great if you have to carry it for a distance. We love it!

  • The Hopper® Two 30 will withstand the hazards of the wild and keep your contents nice and frosty, thanks to its durable DryHide™ exterior and ColdCell™ Insulation. We also designed its body for easier loading (and unloading) as well as extreme visibility. And all those features make for better days outdoors and off the grid, which is what we’re all about.



pelican coolerPelican ProGear 65 Quart Elite Ice Chest Cooler, Tan

For another super-rugged ice chest, check out this Pelican ProGear. Pelican boasts that this cooler can keep ice for up to 10 days. It has wide handles and the latches are easy to open, even with gloves. This is a very manly cooler, but I love it! It gets fantastic reviews and is another cooler that will last forever. Like the Yeti, the Pelican coolers are available in several sizes and are rated as two of the best cooler brands you can buy. The Pelican 45 quart ice chest is another great option from this company.





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rtic 20 tan coolerRTIC Cooler (RTIC 20 Tan)

This ice chest is very similar to the Yeti, but a smaller version. And, like the Pelican, it keeps ice for up to 10 days. This cooler is a compact size making it very easy to transport in your trunk or back seat.

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rtic soft pack coolerRTIC Soft Pack Cooler

RTIC has a variety of super nice soft coolers in different sizes to fit your needs. They are 100% leakproof, puncture-resistant, and have an antimicrobial liner that resists mildew. They’re tough as nails and keep ice for up to 5 days.




Igloo Maxcold Ultra Roller CoolerIgloo Maxcold Ultra Roller Cooler

This is a really nice medium size ice chest that is very well-built and gets overall good reviews. The size is nice for those who hate lifting super-heavy coolers into your car. The handle is well-constructed and having wheels is a must for a lot of sporting events. This one is a 40-quart, but it’s also available in two larger sizes. It has an easy-to-clean, stain and odor resistant liner. Igloo wheeled coolers are very popular and this one is a nice little cooler for the price.




igloo quick and cool coolerIgloo Quick and Cool Cooler

And now for the giant, 150-quart cooler that will hold everything you could ever need. This cooler boasts a 7-day cold time at 90 degrees. The handles are reinforced to last and have a tie down loop feature. The top has a quick-access hatch for accessing items so you don’t let the cold air out, and the drain plug is threaded so you can add a hose. For a heavy cooler, this is a must so you don’t have to lift it to drain it. This is a great cooler because bigger is better, right?



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igloo ice cube coolerIgloo Ice Cube Cooler (14-Can Capacity, Ocean Blue)

Just when I said, “Bigger is better”, I’m putting a small cooler here. Well, sometimes you need something just to hold stuff for one or two people and why carry a giant ice chest if you don’t have to? This cooler gets great reviews. It’s nice and compact, has a compartment in the top for storing small items, and the curved back rests comfortably against your body or leg when you’re carrying it. One reviewer mentioned that a decent sized salad bowl will fit into it because of it’s square size, so it would be great for carrying tupperware with fruit or other snacks. I think this is a great cooler to send your kid with to practices because of the variety of sizes of items you can put in it.




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coleman 16 quart personal wheeled coolerColeman 16-Quart Personal Wheeled Cooler

I love not having to carry a cooler and what’s best about this style of small wheeled coolers is that you can also use it as a dolly. I bring a bungee cord and strap additional items onto mine and it makes it much easier when you have to walk a long way to the field. This one is a great size for just bringing a few drinks. I love it!





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  1. bioelectrobot

    These are really useful items to have. Until portable refrigerators become lightweight and can endure for extended periods of time on a single battery charge, these insulating ice chests and coolers are definitely the best choice. Baseball is my favorite sport and when I watch, I really hate to miss anything. I particularly enjoy baseball statistics. Having said that, the longer these coolers can preserve my food and drink, the less I have to worry about getting up and missing any part of the action.
    Great reviews. Thanks.

    1. admin

      Thanks so much for your comment. Baseball is my favorite sport as well and as you know, the games can be pretty long so it makes sense to have a nice selection of beverages and snacks, and a good quality cooler to keep them in. 🙂

  2. Tar

    I watch soccer and I didn’t see anyone bringing coolers or ice chest into stadiums. But then again, I guess it’s because of the climate season which is winter.

    The Coleman Cooler is quite impressive, quite convenient and durable I suppose after so many years used.

    Talk about how long it last, I guess most coolers are durable because of the strong, rigid material they use. They’re like an off road vehicle.

    1. admin

      Thanks for visiting my site. Stadiums probably wouldn’t be the ideal place for coolers, but most kids’ baseball, softball, and soccer games out here in California are at outdoor fields where ice chests are the perfect compliment to your sporting even, and you want to get on that lasts and won’t break. 🙂

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