What’s The Best Cooler Bag?

Nowadays, the best cooler bag is one that combines the capabilities of the hard shell cooler with the constitution of an everyday bag. Hard shell coolers are great, but they can take up a lot of space and they're not really suitable to carry with your every day. A cooler bag can double as a lunch bag in the way a hard shell cooler can't. This isn't to say that cooler bags are better than hard shell coolers in every way. Hard shell coolers can still carry more things than a cooler bag and is probably better at maintaining a low temperature. However, a cooler bag is great if you want something more portable and if you don't really need the things that a hard shell cooler can offer.

Best Cooler Bag

There are now a lot of different cooler bags. They differ in size, shape, material, and lining. Some have thicker lining, while some are bigger, and some are tote bags while some are backpacks. Some can carry a lot of things, while some can fit fewer things. The one thing they have in common is that they are expected to keep food and drink cool for a particular period of time. Of course, some bags can be able to keep its contents cool for longer than other bags can. It's really a matter of what you'll be using the bag for and what you expect from it. There are some things you can do to keep the bag cooler for longer, but you may need a bag that can keep cool without interference from you.

To help you choose the right bag, here are the top five cooler bags on the market.

Extreme Pak &Trade Cooler Bag with Zip Out Liner

Extreme Pak &Trade Cooler Bag with Zip Out Liner

Not only can this bag be a lunch bag, it can also triple as a breakfast bag and a dinner bag. This is the best cooler bag for people who practically live at the office, because it has room enough for all your meals as well as snacks and other knickknacks you might want to stash into the bag's many pockets. The bag is also the best cooler bag for trips to the beach, or when you go camping, or for a picnic or any other outdoor event that requires quite a lot of food and drink.

However, this bag may be too big for you if you don't really pack too much food or drink.

Extreme Pak Black Cooler Bag with Zip-Out Liner

Extreme Pak Black Cooler Bag with Zip-Out Liner

This is a versatile bag that has a lot of room for any essentials (and even non-essentials) that you want to bring with you. There are two front pockets that can carry things like utensils, and there are two mesh side pockets that can carry anything somewhat flat. The liner can also be taken out of the bag for easy and thorough cleaning. This is a great bag for taking a packed lunch to school or work, for going on a picnic, or for going on a long car trip.

You just have to be careful with the zippers, because they have a tendency to snag if you pull on them too quickly.

OAGear Backpack Cooler

OAGear Backpack Cooler

Carry a party on your back while keeping your hands free. Many cooler bags are designed to be shoulder or tote bags, but this one is a backpack. It can carry about 20 cans as well as ice. Even if you fill the entire thing with water, soda, alcohol, ice, food, or the like, the bag is able to distribute the weight evenly and you won't have a hard time carrying all those things on your back. You can use this bag on a road trip, a trip to the beach, a picnic, or any outdoor party.

One issue you might have with the bag is that if you're a little on the bigger side, it might look like a child's backpack on you.

MOJECTO Cooler Bag

MOJECTO Cooler Bag

Durability is the name of the game with the MOJECTO Cooler Bag. With its lifetime warranty, you can be sure that the manufacturers are confident in their product. The bag is constructed with heavy duty materials and has an extra thick lining meant to keep the temperature in the bag constant for hours. The insulation is top notch, and it can keep food, drinks, and even medication at low temperatures for a long time.

The bag does have a design flaw, though. Its frame is not strong or supportive enough to keep the shape of the bag. It thus has a tendency to sag down in the middle if it's not full of stuff inside.

Coleman Cooler Satchel

Coleman Cooler Satchel

This is probably the best cooler bag in terms of spaciousness and capacity. You can put a lot of things into this bag with no trouble at all. Also, its design is stylish, elegant, and reminiscent of a purse or tote bag instead of a cooler bag. It also has heat-welded seams that will ensure that no leaks will occur. There are two outer pockets meant for storing utensils, electronics, and even a snack or two. The lining is flexible as well as anti-microbial to help prevent odors, mildew buildup.

One problem, however, is that the straps may be too short for some. It can impair the ease with which you can carry the bag.


Usually, cooler bags are used for trips to the outdoors, road trips, and even as lunch bags for school or work. There's a lot of versatility to a cooler bag, and you can take advantage of this versatility to make your days and trips better than they could be. You can buy a larger bag if you'll be using it for extended trips, a smaller bag if you'll be using it for packing lunch or for shorter trips, and a medium-sized bag so you can use it both for everyday packed meals and for extended trips. The choice is up to you and your own preferences and lifestyle. The best cooler bag should be able to deliver what you need as efficiently as possible.

Steven Conte

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