Choosing Coolers That Are Right For You

| April 16, 2011

In the springtime, you’re taking picnics as much as you can. Throughout the summer, you’re camping, and then once fall rolls around, your Saturdays are spent in the parking lot at your favorite college football team’s stadium. Although purchasing a cooler isn’t exactly a life changing decision, it’s still something that you’re spending money on and it’s something that you’re going to use over and over again all year long.

When you’re shopping for coolers, there are a few things that you have to consider. First, you should think about the size. Do you carry food and beverages in your cooler? How many people will be putting their items inside of your cooler? Additionally, where will you be storing the cooler? Many people keep coolers inside of garages, sheds, attics, and basements. Do you have enough room for a big cooler? You also need to take into consideration how you are going to transport your cooler. If you drive a small car, it’s going to be difficult to transport a big cooler.

You should also look for features that make handling the cooler easier. For example, some coolers have holes on the side that make draining melted ice much easier. This is especially helpful if you have a larger cooler that can be harder to lift once the ice you’re using melts.

You also have to consider what you’re putting inside of the cooler. If you’re using the cooler for your food and beverages, what kind of food will you be packing? Perishables will require an insulated cooler so that they will stay cold and safe to eat. On another note, if you have children and they like to get their drinks out of the cooler, you can find models that have trays for them to place their drinks on.

Perhaps the most important thing to look for when shopping for coolers is their size. If you are carrying a smaller cooler, top handles will work much better. Bigger coolers will require bigger, sturdier handles. Don’t risk dropping your cooler just because the handles weren’t what you thought they were going to be. Practice lifting coolers as you’re shopping and see which ones work for you. If you find that it’s awkward to carry a cooler without anything in it, it’s probably going to be awkward to carry it when you actually have it packed with your food and drinks.

Category: Picnic Shopping Guide

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