What you’ll find here – The overall best camping cooler, the best essentials cooler, and the best budget cooler. We review camping chairs from the top chair brands like Siberian, ENGEL, and YETI, as well as provide expert advice on how to figure out which camping cooler is best for you.
New to coolers and ice chests? We have you covered. Start with what is most important to you: ice retention, price, or bear resistance.
Capacity: 65 Quarts (39 cans)
Ice retention: 8.5 days
Pros: Top quality and performance, comes with wire basket, divider/cutting board, cup holders, and is IGBC Certified Bear Resistant (when you use a lock).
Cons: The top inner foam is known to break inside if someone stands on the top of the cooler. If it breaks, the cooling capability goes down.
Bottom line: Superior performance at a more affordable price. The Siberian Alpha Pro 65 is our favorite cooler / ice chest. It looks awesome, has the best ice retention for the price, and comes will all the essentials inside. We opted to also buy Cooler Shock Freeze Packs to save money on ice over the long run.
Top pick: We’ve had a few coolers over the years and find that while paying almost $400 for a cooler is a bit shocking, the durability and increased functionality of the nicer coolers is worth it in the long run. This is a buy it once purchase and use it for a long time. This cooler is the one we use out on our adventures and has become one of our favorite items in our top gear picks.