A marine cooler is an essential piece of equipment for any boat trip for a number of reasons. They can store food, bait or drink depending on whatever the purpose of your trip is.

To keep your things cool though requires a lot of clever design so choosing the best marine cooler isn’t a simple task. Thankfully we’ve looked at the marine cooler reviews in order to find the top rate boat cooler on the market.

We have included a buying guide so you can be confident in knowing exactly what you’re getting in order to find the best boat cooler for you.

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How To Choose The Best Marine Cooler  – Buying Guide

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Type

When it comes to coolers you can either get a soft walled cooler or the type of boxes that we have shown here today. The advantages of a soft cooler are clear as they are more portable an easier to use. Their big disadvantages though are in their small size and the fact that they won’t be able to keep the contents cold for as long.

Size

Coolers mainly come in a very standard shape of the rectangular box that you often see, which is the most convenient for storage as well as carrying them too. The size of the space inside the box is usually measured in quarts.

As a measurement a quart is quarter of a gallon and is just more than 1 liter. So the more quarts a cooler can hold then the more contents it will be able to hold. When it comes to the overall size of the cooler then this is important to check as different coolers have different size walls so you need to ensure it will fit wherever you want to put it.

Durability

Durability is a key aspect of a cooler as over time it will undergo a lot of punishment as it is used, closed, filled up, placed down and stored on a boat. You want to make sure that it is built to last and most of the coolers that we have reviewed here are able to stand up to a lot of punishment.

When a cooler is rotationally molded (rotomolded) it adds a great deal of strength but that isn’t the only place that a cooler needs to be strong. You also want to ensure that it has a strong seal and its latches are able to hold tight.

Material

Plastic is the material of choice if you want an effective and long-lasting cooler. It will keep your contents colder for longer while also being more durable in the process. Metal is another option, however, these can be heavier and also prone to dents which can affect the look of the cooler. Fabric options are also available but lack the insulation of the sturdier materials.

Insulation

Of course insulation is the be all and end all of coolers as that’s the thing that is going to keep your contents cold. 2-3 inches of insulation is ideal for long-term ice retention as this will be able to keep your contents ice cold for days rather than hours. Anything less than that and the time the contents will remain cold vastly reduces.

Ice Retention

Ice retention is one of the key tests that many companies have in order to prove the amount of insulation that they provide. Ice retention is the amount of time that a cooler will be able to keep ice in its form without fully melting under normal temperatures.

The problem with this is that there is no official test so each one can have different conditions surrounding them. It’s important therefore to look at the claim of each one to see the conditions that they did it in. Grizzly Coolers for example open their coolers twice a day during their experiments while others don’t.

Drainage

In order to properly clean and maintain your cooler you will want to have the ability to drain the water that is inside it. Most coolers will come with at least one drain while a lot of models have two options to make it as easy as possible to control the amount of water that you have in your cooler and also reduce the odors that are coming from it.

Latches And Hinges

When it comes to points of weakness on an insulation product then it’s anywhere that it can be opened. Therefore the latches and hinges need to be made out of high-quality materials in order to keep the contents inside as cool as possible. Plastic hinges can be effective but metal ones are preferred but you need to ensure that they will be resilient to the seawater and therefore rust resistant.

Measuring Area

If you’re going to be using your cooler for storing fish then you will want to know how big your catch is. Some coolers come with a scale on them so you can measure your catch before storing it in the cooler which is a useful feature.

Portability

When it comes to coolers sometimes portability can be difficult. They are often big and bulky and when they are fully loaded they can be very heavy and require at least two people to be able to carry them to wherever you want it to go.

Due to those difficulties it’s important that the handles on them are as easy to use as possible so you can carry the heavy weight without hurting your hands. Some coolers also have a lip around the lid which will allow numerous people to carry it. There is also the option of getting a smaller cooler with wheels that can be pulled with a handle.

Slip Resistant Feet

If you’re going to be on a beach then having a cooler with slip-resistant feet isn’t going to be an issue but there are plenty of other situations where you will need that grip and none more so that when you’re on a boat.

When the boat is rolling you will want to make sure that everything stays in one place and doesn’t slide about. When it comes to the feet of your cooler though you also want to make sure that they are non-marking so that you don’t have to end up cleaning numerous black marks from the surface.

Ability To Withstand Harsh Conditions

Being out there on a boat is a harsh environment for all equipment and a marine cooler is no different. It needs to have the ability to be unaffected to the sun’s rays and be resistant to UV light as well as being resistant to bangs and scraps and the corrosive sea water.

Sturdiness

All the coolers that we have reviewed here have a high level of sturdiness and will be able to withstand the difficult marine environments that it could be faced with which include the tides and rough seas. Most coolers can even be sat on and used as a bench such is their level of build quality. One of the big advantages of having one of these coolers is that you know it’s not going to break or bend and it’ll leave the contents inside protected.

FAQs

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Q: Why Do I Need Marine Cooler?

A: If you want to keep contents cold then there is no better solution out there than having a marine cooler. It can be used for a few different reasons including keeping drinks cold for a party or you may want to keep your catch fresh.

Whatever the reason for wanting to keep something cold, there is no better and easier solution than a cooler unless you have a freezer which are generally only found on much larger boats with big power supplies. Modern day coolers can keep food cold for days on end so can be used for a long period of time.

Q: What Size Would Work Best For Me?

A: The size of cooler you need depends on what you’re aiming to use it for and how long you need it as well. If it is just for personal use in order to keep food and drink cold then it’s unlikely that you will need a large cooler as a smaller one would be much easier to carry.

There is also the consideration of storage too as there will only be a certain amount of space on your boat. You need to work out where you are going to be putting the cooler and then work from the space available. Even if you have lots of space then it might not be the best to get a large cooler if you’re going to have to carry it yourself or not use all the space inside.

Q: How To Clean Marine Cooler?

A: A marine cooler cannot just stain after a while but it can also smell too. Thankfully cleaning their surfaces is very easy as they are smooth and clearing out the liquid is simple due to the drainage. Still though, it’s important to not clean them with any product which is not food safe.

Using dish soap, a little bit of baking soda and finishing with sanitizing spray will be more than enough to clean your cooler while leaving any unpleasant smells behind and leaving it safe to be refilled again ready for your next trip. To avoid unpleasant smells building up it’s a good idea to rinse out your cooler as soon as you can after your trip.

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Marine coolers are a great way to add comfort to your boating trip or to be that storage unit you need for the fish that you catch. They can also be perfect to keep your drinks cool while you play at the beach or you might want to simply just relax by the pool.

However you want to use your marine cooler you want to make sure that it can perform when you want it to. In order to do this you want it to keep your contents cold for as long as possible and you also want it to be able to withstand the harsh conditions that it may find itself in.

When it comes to size this is a personal choice based on how much space you need for the contents and have much space you have in your boat. It might be best to get the measuring tape out to ensure that you’re not stuck with a cooler that is too big for your boat or a cooler that is smaller than you wanted.

You’ll also want to make sure that your cooler is well-made and a lot of them measure their performance by the number of days that they can retain ice for. Generally coolers with thicker walls of insulation can perform better but this naturally increases their overall size. After that you want to make sure that it is made of tough material and that it has hinges and latches that aren’t going to break.

There are other considerations too such as how portable it is going to be. A fully-loaded cooler can be very heavy so you want to make sure that you’re able to carry it to wherever it needs to be. There are also other features such as non-marking feet and slip-resistant feet which are important if you’re going to be on a boat.

Once you’ve taken everything into consideration that you will be able to pick the cooler which is going to be the perfect fit for your needs whether that is throwing a boat party while listening to your favorite music or relaxing on your own casting out a line and hoping to catch some fish.

Whatever your use, hopefully this buying guide has given you the knowledge that you need in order to make the best choice and find the best marine cooler for you. Once you have then you can be safe in the knowledge that your contents are going to stay cold for days on end and the cooler is going to last for a very long time.

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My name is David Hamburg. I am an avid water sports fan who enjoys paddle boarding, surfing, scuba diving, and kite surfing. Anything with a board or chance I can get in the water I love! I am such a big fan I decided to start this website to review all my favorite products and some others. Hope you enjoy!