Growing up, when my parents brought out the cooler it meant that a fun adventure was about to begin. Usually, this involved a long car ride to my Grandma’s house, made bearable thanks to my Mom’s tea sandwiches and the Wham album that she’d blast from the tape deck. Our cooler of choice: a compact “Little Playmate” by Igloo. In the 1980s, the two-toned white and turquoise cooler seemed like the epitome of style. However, it wasn’t long before the jaunty writing wore off and the white plastic faded to a gross yellow color. Functional, yes. Stylish? Not so much.
In recent years, coolers have received a major glow up. From retro-inspired hard-sided coolers to chic insulated bags, you can now go to your next outdoor gathering in style. Here are a few coolers that will have you looking and feeling cool all summer.
Ditch your go-to aged Coleman cooler or Rubbermaid bin full of ice for this chic retro-inspired rolling cooler by Hearth and Hand with Magnolia. Perfect for your next backyard shindig, the plastic lid and liner keep your beverages cool, making serving drinks to your guests a total breeze. Plus, with two compartments, you can easily keep adult and kids’ beverages separate.Buy Now
Sometimes being a little “extra” is a good thing. Such is the case with this Titan rolling cooler. Made for the picnic maximalist, the Titan Deep Freeze can hold up to 100 pounds. In other words, you can fit a lot of stuff in here. Featuring a leak-proof, easy-clean, antimicrobial lining, an insulated front compartment, a detachable bottle opener, and large sturdy wheels, this cooler is sure to fulfill all of your camping, tailgating, and picnic needs.Buy Now
The classic Igloo cooler gets a serious style upgrade in a refreshing mint green hue. Unlike coolers of yore, this one includes a built-in mobile device stand with tall “backstop” that allows you to park phones and tablets off the ground for easy access and viewing. With large wheels and tie down points to secure chairs and towels, this roomy cooler makes a trip to the beach, park, or pool a piece of cake.Buy Now
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You can’t help but love this adorably cheeky beach bag cooler made by Australian summer accessory company SunnyLife. Pay homage to the 1990s while keeping your food and beverages at an optimal temperature with this insulated beach bag. If space is an issue, the soft construction makes it easy to store.Buy Now
Step into your next picnic or beach day with this adorable striped backpack cooler. Fully insulated to ensure your beverages stay cool, it also features ample pockets so that your picnic essentials stay organized while you’re on the go. Even better: you can personalize it with the letter of your choice.Buy Now
Pay tribute to summers past with this Amerihome cooler. While the styling may be retro, this cooler is lined with a thick and durable plastic that helps to keep the contents cold. You can easily carry 18 cans (canned wine, anyone?), 12 bottles, or the food of your choice. No bottle opener? There’s one attached to the side of the cooler. All of this wrapped up in a durable bright red powder-coat finish designed to resist scratches and rust.Buy Now
Cheap and cheerful, you can’t go wrong with this cute and compact cooler. Fully insulated, it features a durable lid and base constructed of EVA material. Need to grab a drink? The lid has a quick-hatch panel for easy access and built-in cup holders. Because no one likes it when their favorite foods or drinks leak onto their daily essentials, the cooler also features a zippered front pocket for quick access to your keys, cell phone, and more.Buy Now
Like a juicy slice of freshly cut watermelon on a hot day, there’s something irrefutably irresistible about this soft sided cooler. However, if you’re concerned it’s all style and no substance, fear not. Along with having a 12 quart capacity, the collapsible design with sturdy internal panels allows the cooler to also be a seat that holds up to 250 pounds.Buy Now
Let’s face it—not every outdoor social gathering requires a picnic sized cooler. Sometimes you just want to bring a chilled bottle of rosé and some hummus to share with friends at the beach or park. This mini-cooler will keep your bottle cool and upright with room to spare for snacks.Buy Now
An update on a classic, this stylish cooler serves double duty as a dry box—keeping out moisture and/or dust from your valuable electronics, emergency kits, and cameras. Made for adventures of all kinds, the airtight gasket keeps hot air out and the cold air in. It’s also waterproof up to a depth of 3 feet—making it ideal for keeping your precious goods dry—whether that’s a killer potato salad or high-priced electronics.Buy Now
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