The 11 best coolers
We all know the importance of refrigerators. They are very useful for keeping food, drinks and even some medicines cold. However, when it comes to traveling, it is difficult to carry the refrigerator from home with you. That is why we have more or less sophisticated portable versions so choosing one is a whole world.
Is it big enough to carry the food I need for the trip? Is it tough enough to withstand the bumps of the road? Can you keep food and drinks cold until I reach my destination? And the most important of all: is an electric cooker or a traditional one better for me?
To clarify this, we have made a double comparison, separating on the one hand electric portable refrigerators and those of a lifetime.
Comparison: portable electric coolers
No one can deny that today modernity is present, even in the simplest products. You no longer need to carry frozen cold packs because you can plug your portable electric refrigerator into the car itself. Most include two connectors, both for the cigarette lighter or 12 V socket and for those in your house.
What portable electric fridge to buy?
Each one has their personal tastes and preferences, be they aesthetic or having a particular need. If you are looking for something cheap, light and that makes little noise, you are looking for the first model that we show you. If you are one of those who are looking for a large capacity model that keeps your food and beverages well chilled (or also hot) while you arrive at your destination, then the Woltu model that obtains second place is the most suitable for you.
However, if you want a product with a great quality/price ratio and a large capacity, the winning fridge is the most suitable for you.
- HOMCOM Thermoelectric Refrigerator
The Severin KB 2922 from the German brand measures 29.7 x 39.8 x 41.6 cm, weighs 4.6 kg, has a removable lid with a handle, and is made of heat-resistant plastic. Among its most outstanding features is that it has a dual operation that allows it to cool your drinks and food to 20 ºC below room temperature, but also heat them up to about 50 ºC in temperature.
Its compressor is silently producing only 35 dB of noise and its storage capacity is 20 liters. Its users consider it ideal for picnics outdoors.
Woltu has two models in the comparison with a very good price/capacity ratio. This one, in particular, can store up to 26 liters. In addition, it has very effective polyurethane insulation, measures 42 x 32 x 41 cm, and weighs 6 kg that does not prevent it from being carried by hand or hanging from the shoulder (with the gift straps that come with the model).
It can also heat food to around 65 ° C like the previous model, a very useful feature to have two utilities in one. When it cools it can do so up to 18 ° C below room temperature. It has two power cables for both car and home and consumes 48 W of power.
- Volt KUE003sz
This is the other Woltu model that we mentioned, characterized by being one of the models with the most storage capacity on the market ( 50 liters ). It measures about 42 x 41 x 60 cm and its operation is very simple as in the previous one: a button to cool to about 18 ° C under room temperature and another to heat the food to about 65 ° C.
Like the previous model, it also has two cables and consumes 48 W of power. Users often use it to go to campsites or to the beach with friends where the number of people requires a large capacity refrigerator.
- Mobicool Thermoelectric Refrigerator
Our winning model has a storage capacity of 29 liters, (which makes it the second model with the most capacity on the top), a compartment in the lid to collect the cable, and a comfortable handle to carry it. Its power regulator has an ecological mode that reduces energy consumption significantly, reducing the speed of the fan, among other things. When activated, it goes from 47 to 7.5 W.
It measures 44.5 x 29.6 x 39.6 cm, is made of plastic, and can refrigerate beverages up to 18 ° C under room temperature.
Comparison: traditional coolers
Simple things also have their appeal and are sometimes the option for those who are not looking for headaches or who directly have nowhere to plug an electric refrigerator in the car or who are looking for comfort and lightweight. That is why we have made a comparison of the best traditional portable refrigerators that the market can offer you. You can even keep one of the above in the car and take what you need at that time in one of these.
What traditional cooler to buy?
Traditional refrigerators are much more varied than you might think. If you are looking for a rigid, economical, and easy-to-transport model, you are looking for the first model that we show you. If you are attracted to a large capacity refrigerator, equally rigid and you do not mind spending a little more, the option that is in second place is yours.
If you are looking for a flexible, high-quality product at a low price, the best option is our winner by far. On the other hand, if you want something different, you can ignore all the other options and choose the Intex inflatable cooler and have a nice time in the pool drinking your favorite soft drinks.
- Fields 75223
This magnificent Spanish-made portable fridge weighs 499 grams and measures 36.5 x 28 x 22 cm. It has a lid, a long handle to carry it by hand, and is made of polypropylene. The insulation is made of expanded polystyrene guaranteeing thermal breakage and that beverages and food stay fresh for as long as possible.
According to users, it is perfect for excursions and fishing trips or to the beach.
- B. Prime Classic Bag Fridge
This German-made folding refrigerator model has two adjustable straps to carry by hand or over the shoulder, has three pockets, is made of polyester, and has a PEVA insulation (which protects against moisture, bacterial action, and UV rays ) about 6 mm thick. It is 24 cm high, weighs 400 grams, and has a storage capacity of 20 liters.
- Lifewit Cooling Bag
This bag measures 21 x 31.5 x 35 cm, weighs 540 g, can hold 23 liters, and is made of high-density, water-resistant Oxford fabric. It also has two handles and a velcro strap for a good grip, two pockets (one front and one inside mesh), and two interior compartments that keep hot and cold drinks at the right temperature without leaks.
- Coleman Refrigerator 3000004944
This American Cooler from Coleman with that ugly name features a slide-out lid with 4 drink holders, has an adjustable handle, a long handle, and a pair of wheels for easy portability. It measures 44 x 45 x 57 cm, can store bottles of up to 1.5 liters in capacity, and is made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which guarantees its resistance and durability.
- Nevera Flexible Campingaz Fold`N Cool
This flexible Campingaz fridge wins first place for its versatility and good quality/price ratio. It is made of 6 mm expanded polyethylene, has zippered pockets on the front, weighs 760 g, and measures 39.2 x 24.9 x 38.2 cm. It also has adjustable shoulder straps and can keep food refrigerated for up to 13 hours with Freez’Pack batteries.
And finally, we have a portable model special, it is the fridge inflatable Intex designed for swimming pools. This model is 25.5 high; 89 cm in diameter, weighs 1.4 kg, and is made of vinyl. It also has three air chambers to inflate, two handles, five bottle holders, two storage spaces, and includes plastic connectors to be able to join it to an inflatable water chair of the same brand.
What type of portable fridge is better: an electric or a traditional one?
At the beginning of this article, an interesting question was asked, what type of refrigerator has more advantages or disadvantages when traveling, electric or traditional? Let’s take a rough look at what the two types of refrigerators offer us.
For those who like to control the temperature of their favorite foods and beverages when they travel and who like to have durable models, electric refrigerators undoubtedly offer you more control. However, if you want a more economical, foldable product that you don’t have to recharge every so often to keep your food in the ideal conditions, then traditional models are your best option.