How to Choose a Soft Cooler


Your picnic game is going to be on the next level when you finally get your hands on the backpack cooler bag for your needs. You might already know that a soft cooler goes a long way. It has all the benefits of hard sided ones but also an extra perk of being far more convenient. The best thing by far about a soft cooler is its portability. When you want to store it, soft cooler bags can be folded, taking over a fraction of the room of a hard cooler.

Go through these points to know which soft cooler is your best choice:

Be specific

What feature do you consider the most important? Obviously, you should determine why you need a cooler in the first place. Then again, you might be doing an upgrade from your previous cooler. What do you want to improve from your previous one?

Many coolers are specialized to meet requirements for certain types of activities. Start your search by learning what features correspond to your activity. That should eventually help you narrow down the list of potential coolers.

Estimate your budget

The number of coolers on the market is beyond your imagination. At first, it is overwhelming, but it is actually a blessing. That means whatever your budget, you are likely to find a cooler that accommodates that. You can go as low as $10 or as high as $500.

Try guessing how often you’ll use it

This point slightly ties back to the budget. Don’t to go overboard with all the cool features and fancy brands if you are going to give it a whirl once. If you actually use it on a regular basis, check higher quality and more durable coolers.

Remember that one size does not fit all

How much stuff does the cooler need to fit in? If you will use it primarily to store a single meal at a time, you might want to get a Coleman soft cooler or something along those lines. This works better rather than a big rolling one that fits drinks for an entire football team. If you plan on a long camping trip or need the cooler to serve multiple people at once, check out the Yeti Hopper.

Once you decide on the personal preferences above, you can venture into certain features of a cooler:

  • Function
  • Ease of use (portability)
  • Insulation
  • Drainage
  • Durability
  • Style (lunch box/backpack/shoulder bag)

These are mentioned so that you can make an informed decision about the technical side of a cooler. You should look for these features when reading product descriptions and don’t hesitate to google words or numbers you don’t understand. Remember to refer back to why you need it, the budget and so on.

As soon as you can reflect on all these points, armed with the info in this guide, you should have all the knowledge to choose the best soft-sided cooler for your individual needs.