Best Traditional Cooler

Right now the market is flooded with dozens of traditional coolers from many different manufacturers, it’s hard to know which one should buy. Well we are here to help, we’ve done the legwork for you and compiled a list of ten of the best traditional coolers of 2017. If you are the type of person who likes to shop around, if you like to compare and contrast before making any decisions then this is an article to read. Here you’ll be introduced to 10 different coolers from four manufacturers so you will be able to make the right decision for you.


What is a Traditional Cooler?

So the first question you may be asking yourself is, what exactly defines a traditional cooler? Let me clarify, a traditional cooler typically has a plastic exterior and interior and while it is insulated you will need to add ice to keep items cold. Traditional coolers come in various colors and sizes and they vary in the amount of insulation they contain. Traditional coolers are generally used for outdoor events such as games, camping, and picnics and the large ones resemble chests or steamer trunks. You’ll find below that some coolers are made for large parties while others are more like an insulated lunch box.

Product Niche Comparison Table – 2017

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What to Look out for in a Product Niche?

This is the perfect second question, what should you look for? Like anything else it depends on your needs, do you need something simple or do you need something more rugged? So what should you look for specifically:

Size/Capacity: are you looking for something small enough to act as a lunch pail for work or big enough for a large group of people at a party?

Durability: can it stand up to a five-day trek through the wilderness or does it only to make it to the office?

Portability: will the cooler remain in one place or will you be moving around a lot? If so, weight will be an issue.

Functionality: does it fulfill your needs?

You will also need to decide if you care about the appearance of the cooler, if so then you will need to decide on color, shape, etc. So now that we’ve established what you should be looking for we’ll move on to the individual product reviews. Each review will give details about the important features you’ll need to know to choose the right traditional cooler for you.

Best Product Niche Reviews – 2017

Now we will drive right into our reviews of the top 10 traditional coolers of 2017!


Coleman 52 qt. Xtreme Cooler

The perfect traditional cooler if you’re planning an outdoor BBQ and you’ve invited everyone in the neighborhood over.

The Coleman 52 quart Xtreme Cooler will hold 82 cans of soda or beer as well as ice. So you can relax and have fun armed with the knowledge that there will be more than enough food and drinks for everyone, especially if you buy more than one of these bad boys. You can also create spots for socializing since this traditional cooler also comes with built in cup holders. So whether you’re planning on a summer BBQ or a trip to the football arena in the fall, this is a can’t miss choice.

Key Features

  • Keeps ice frozen for 5 days in up to 90-degree weather
  • Weighs 13 pounds empty
  • Dimensions 14.96x 17.24x 27.76
  • Lid has four built in cup holders


  • Easy no tilt draining
  • Added insulation in lid


  • Hinges are made of non-durable plastic


A traditional cooler that is good for both you and the environment.

If that appeals to you then you may be looking for the Coleman 48 quart in blue. This cooler and its insulation are made with no CFC’s, HFC’s, or HCFC’s all of which can be harmful to the environment. The Coleman 48 quart is taller than most coolers which allows for the upright storage of 2L bottles. Storing liter bottles upright will help prevent shaking which means you won’t need to worry about a soda explosion when you open the bottle.

Key Features

  • Can hold up to 68 cans
  • Has a hinged lid
  • It is both leak proof and rust resistant
  • Dimensions: 14.5x 14 x 26
  • Weighs 9.48 pounds
  • Score of 3.5/5


  • Uses new thermozone insulation


  • Lid doesn’t stay open on its own
  • Should be used for beverages only


The perfect size cooler to pack up a hearty lunch for a long day at work.

If you work outside or any place where you don’t have access to a refrigerator, then this is the perfect traditional cooler for you. The Igloo Playmate Boss Cooler is actually the number one seller in its category of lunch box style coolers. So you can pack up a couple of sandwiches and some bottled water and you’ll be set even on a hot day.

Key Features

  • Patented tent-shaped locking lid
  • Dimensions 13.78x 10.68x 14.57
  • Weighs 4 pounds
  • Diamond plate exterior is impact resistant


  • Lid swings open to either side
  • Sure grip handle creates easy portability


  • It’s more of a lunch pail then a cooler
  • The button that opens the lid has a tendency to jam


A nice little cooler which will provide decent insulation and durability for a great price.

I think there are times when every one of us feels like getting off the grid for a couple days, no phones or laptops and no having to drive two hours from your campsite because you’ve run out of ice. This is where the Rubbermaid cooler/ice chest comes in.

If you need a traditional cooler that can go with you on your next trip into the land of quiet and solitude, while keeping your beverages and food cold then look no further than this long lasting traditional cooler. The Rubbermaid’s’ superior thermal protection keeps food cold for up to 4 days. The temperature protection means you won’t need to constantly find places to buy ice.

Key Features

  • Dimensions: 12.4×13.2 x 17.4
  • Top swing handle makes carrying easier
  • Comes in red and blue
  • Holds 30 cans


  • Stain and odor resistant
  • Affordable


  • Hinges are breakable
  • Lid closes very tight


A traditional cooler that is not only useful but also offers some fun aspects to keeping your food cold is the Coleman Party Stacker.

The Coleman Party Stacker Coolers come in three different sizes which can be stacked on top of each other with their interlocking bottoms and lids. The Party stacker also comes in four colors so that the coolers can also be used to sort and divide certain items, for example one cooler can hold alcoholic drinks for adults while another holds beverages for kids and non-drinkers. You can also use these coolers to divide beverages and food to prevent food from getting wet. All three sizes of the Coleman Party Stacker are available in each color so you can mix and match.

Other sizes:

Key Features

  • Various sizes which stack on-top of each other
  • Molded handles
  • Sleek/low profile


  • Coolers stack easily on top of each other
  • Made in the USA
  • Easy to organize / color coordinate


  • Lids should not be sat on


If you’re looking for a traditional cooler that can take a real beating and still come out alive, then you are looking for the Stanley adventure cooler.

 With its double wall foam insulation and its leak resistant lid the Stanley Adventure cooler is ready for anything you throw at it. Planning a fishing expedition with friends? Or will you be spending a long hard day working on a construction site? The Stanley Adventure cooler is made to get you through it well hydrated and well fed. One thing I will say is that if you want to have more than one bottle of water then you should get the 16 quart since the 7 quart is rather tiny.

Key Features

  • The 16 quart holds 21 cans
  • Will keep items cold for 36 hours
  • Dimensions: 17x11x10
  • Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • The 7 quart is better suited as a lunch box
  • Rugged and durable


  • Leak resistant and well insulated


  • Thermos straps can become too loose


The perfect traditional cooler if you like spending a few days in the great outdoors with friends/family.

The Igloo Quick and Cool Cooler has an ultratherm insulated body, which promises to keep ice frozen for 7 days. Even if it is a little less that will still give you enough time to have a long weekend in the woods or on an established camping ground. One drawback is that you will not be able to drain the cooler until you get home since you’ll need to hook it up to your hose to remove the melted water and clean the cooler. This traditional cooler receives a 4.4 out of 5.

Key Features

  • Made from polyethylene
  • Dual snap fit latches
  • Dimensions: 21x20x43
  • Weight: 24.08 pounds when full


  • Quick access hatch allows cooler to be opened without cold air escaping
  • Keeps ice frozen for 7 days


  • Only comes in white so can get dirty
  • Draining is involved


A new way of preparing a picnic for two, keep things cold and protected from bugs all day with this traditional cooler.

The Coleman Xtreme cooler is just the perfect size to hold food and drinks for two, and with two cup holders built into the lid it makes outdoor dining even easier. So grab your best friend or a significant other and head outside, go on a picnic, a movie in the park, a day at the beach the sky’s the limit.

Key Features

  • 28 quarts
  • Dimensions: 28x18x16
  • Weight: 14 pounds when full
  • Comes in four colors
  • 2 built in cup holders in lid


  • Great insulation that keep things cold for days


  • Handles have been known to break after extended use


A great personal cooler to take to work.

Ok hang in there, I promise we are almost done. Number 9 on our best traditional coolers list is the Coleman FlipLid Personal Cooler, like the name suggests this cooler is really only big enough for one. This traditional cooler only holds six cans and that’s without loose ice or ice packs so really it’s more like four. If you’re looking for a cooler just for yourself then the Coleman Fliplid is for you. The Coleman Fliplid can easily be used as a lunch box or just to hold your own snacks if you have different dietary restrictions then the rest of your group.

Key Features

  • Lid flips over to become a serving tray
  • Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.25 x 8.1
  • Weight: 2 pounds when empty
  • Available in red and blue
  • Perfect for individual use


  • Very affordable
  • Sturdy construction


  • Lid has no hinge so it can come loose


Perfect for your next party or small gathering.

Here it is number 10, the Igloo Island Breeze. Since this traditional cooler is designed  to be easily stacked consider purchasing more than one, and since this cooler is only 9 quarts buying more than one may be useful. So buy a couple or recommend them to your friends, so that when you get together you can store everything together.

Key Features

  • Comes in red or blue
  • Dimensions: 14 x 10 x 9
  • Capacity: 9 quarts
  • Lid reverses into a serving tray


  • Good for a small group
  • Stacking is easy


  • Lid may break if sat on



So there you have the 10 Best Traditional Coolers of 2017. You’ll notice that only four manufacturers are mentioned here when we all know that there are many others. So now that you have patiently read through these reviews I hope you have a better idea as to which traditional cooler might be right for you. You may find that you are torn between more than one cooler, in this case you should read over the customer reviews. Reading about the experiences of other customers is always helpful. So now I’ll say good luck with your future purchases, and if you are curious about any other products please feel free to explore some of our other articles.