Campers know that their trip is as cool as their cooler is. With the numerous companies, style, and functionalities it can be tough deciding on which cooler would be suited for you on your trip. To assist you in your quest for the best cooler for your camping trip, we searched and found the 3 best coolers that will fulfill all your camping needs. Well, at least when it comes to storing and keeping your drinks and food cold.
In the process of our review, we took quite a few things in mind. We looked at the build, design, insulation, and size of the cooler. Price played a role but when you go out to buy a durable cooler, you already know you will shell out a couple hundred dollars for it. The 3 coolers we selected are in similar price range so the price didn’t have too much of a factor. So with that we begin our list.
ORCA 58 Quart
ORCA really outdid itself with the 58 Quart cooler. In doing so it replaced the Yeti Tundra a top of many people’s list of the best coolers. It’s performance as far as insulation goes and build have made it quite popular with campers. When it comes to retaining ice and keeping food and drinks cold, It can easily outlast its competition by a day. 24 hours is quite a lot of time and that extra juice in the cooler makes a huge difference on a camping trip.
Keeping ease of use in mind, the cooler comes with a drain so water can be easily drained from the cooler. It also has comfortable handles made out of nylon webbing with a rubber handle for you to easy grip and carry. We could only see one flaw in the ORCA 58 Quart and that was the lid. The lid shuts and locks well. However, you are required to hold it ajar for it to stay that way. Otherwise, it will automatically shut. . Overall, the ORCA 58 Quart is a big whale in a sea full of fish. It also comes in 20 and 140 quart variations. You can view a full review here.
- Roto-molded body, smooth
- Best insulation you will find in a cooler
- Lid doesn’t stay ajar
Yeti Tundra 65
Yeti is known to manufacture high-end coolers and have certainly lived up to that with the Tundra 65. The ORCA 58 Quart just barely edged it out and the only reason it did was the fact that it outlasted the Tundra 65 in the insulation test. Tundra 65 can retain ice and keep items cool for about 5 days whereas ORCA 58 Quart can for 6.
When it comes to camping, the first thing you think about is the possibility of a bear coming to your campsite. Bears are attracted by food and usually the first thing they go for is the cooler. The Yeti Tundra 65 has you covered, it comes equipped with bear proof technology with the T-Rex lid latch so a bear cannot open the lid once locked. The cooler is also designed to last a bear attack, so no matter how much it is tossed around, it will stay intact. Overall, for camping this cooler is definitely top of the line. For a camping trip that lasts 4-5 days this is the perfect fit for you.
- Bear proof technology and sturdy build
- Good insulation
- Plenty storage space
- Handles aren’t as comfortable as we would have liked
- Bullet Point 2
Pelican Elite Cooler 70
Just looking at the exterior design and quality of build of the Pelican Elite Cooler 70, you can tell that this cooler is durable and can take a beating. Not that you would toss it around, but you are never sure when a bear may approach your campsite looking for food.
Design wise the Pelican Elite Cooler 70 stands out compared to the ORCA 58 and Tundra 65. It is just more appealing to the eyes. It has a rugged durable molded plastic exterior, which provides it durability. For transport and carrying the cooler there are extended handles on each side.
The Pelican Elite Cooler 70’s insulation performance was exceptional but just behind the ORCA. It can however, retain ice for just as long as ORCA. The ORCA can maintain temperatures under 40 degrees F for a longer period of time. Overall, the cooler serves its purpose well and ensures you have enough storage for your food and drinks on your camping trip.
- Sturdy body and design
- Good insulation
- Comfortable handles
- Large exterior, weighs more than ORCA 58 and Yeti Tundra 65
You can select any one of the above coolers and we are confident your camping trip will be filled with fun. At Least, as far as food and drinks goes. There isn’t much of a price difference between the three, but if we were to suggest just one then the ORCA 58 Quart is your best bet. Insulation is essential when it comes to cooler and it outperformed the other two coolers. So with the cooler sorted out the question now is, where are you going camping?