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Last updated: 14 July 2021
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Whether you call them ice boxes, coolers or eskies, no one wants warm drinks, limp sandwiches or a bout of food poisoning to ruin a day out. We review the latest models to help you find the best coolers.

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We review and test hard-framed coolers sized from 40L to over 350L, to find which ones:

  • keep your food and drinks cool the longest
  • have the features that suit your needs.

Most of the coolers in this review are assessed by visual inspection. Our lab testers are experienced enough with testing coolers to know how they'll perform through careful examination of how they're constructed. These visually assessed models don't have photos, as we examine them in stores (or on manufacturer websites, if their information is detailed enough). Some models are put through our rigorous lab testing, to check the visual assessments and to test any models whose construction can't be determined by inspection alone.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands are best suited to you, whether you're going on a day trip, a fishing weekend or several days off-road in the bush. Our Recommended list will help you quickly see which models come out on top.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

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    Size

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    We group the coolers into four size categories: small (0–40L), medium (41–60L), large (61–80L) and extra large (81L and over). The bigger the cooler, the more ice it can fit and the longer it will keep its cool, but make sure your new cooler will fit in your vehicle before you super size.

      Claimed volume (L)

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      The weight of the cooler when empty. For lab-tested models this is the weight we measure. For the rest, it's the manufacturer's claimed weight. Some models do not state their weight.

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      Most models are assessed by visual inspection, as our testers can tell through experience how a cooler will perform by looking at how it has been constructed. However, some models undergo rigorous lab testing to verify the visual assessments or to evaluate models whose construction can't be determined by inspection alone.

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