Ice Chest Coolers

Patio Ice Chests


When it comes to buying a patio Ice chest you will find yourself in somewhat of a quandary as there are such a large selection of different makes and models to choose from. Not only are those that look like the more traditional ice chest of old but there are some really great funky designed ones as well.

But what all these have in common is that they are able to keep your drinks for your next barbecue nice and cool and within easy reach of all your guests on the patio. So there is no longer any need for you to keep diving back into the house to get refills for everyone.

So what sorts of patio ice chest units are available for you to purchase today? Below we take a look at the kinds of models that one can consider purchasing.

Coleman Ice Chest


When it comes to purchasing a good quality ice chest then you cannot go far wrong with considering buying one made by Coleman. This is a company who have now been constructing these units for more than 50 years now. In fact today more than 150 million of the various models of Coleman Ice Chest have been sold throughout the USA.

This company has built such a good reputation that as well as being the third major producer of domestic coolers in the USA it is the only one that is producing steel ice chests. They have certainly come along with from the first Coleman Ice Chest to appear on the market back in 1954.

Stainless Steel Ice Chest


If you are someone who is intending to have lots of parties at home and what somewhere that drinks can be stored for guests to get to easily. Then it is worth considering investing some money in purchasing a good quality stainless steel ice chest.

Although these do cost considerably more than those constructed from plastic the ice that you use inside to keep the drinks cool doesn’t last very long. So even after a couple of hours the drinks won’t taste as nice as when your guests first arrived. In fact with some of the stainless steel ice chests available the ice stored in them can last for as long as five days.

However although an ice chest may be made from stainless steel do not think that moving it around is going to be an issue. In many cases the designs are considerably sleeker than the plastic models and so carrying this is a lot easier. Also just as with some of the cheaper versions you will find the larger ones are now fitted with wheels so moving them from one location to another won’t be an issue at all.

When it comes to caring for your stainless steel ice chest you will be amazed at how easy this is to do. Actually washing these items is a lot easier because the sides tend to be a lot smoother. Plus if you are at all concerned about leaving yours outside then don’t be as they come with special coatings that will protect them from the elements. So the risk of them rusting is reduced.

If you are at all interested in purchasing a stainless steel ice chest there are certain things that you must take into consideration beforehand. So it is a good idea to actually sit down and think about what you will be using yours for. This way you can then determine just exactly what size you need along with what features you would like it to have.

If for example you intend to hold a lot of parties at home then purchasing one of these units that allows you to access it easily it is important. There are certain models that allow you to access the unit from the front rather than the top and these access panel’s fold down offering you a place where drinks can be stood whilst being opened. Then there are other models that are fitted with not just a bottle opener but a place below where the lids are caught and held until it is emptied.

As mentioned above the cost of a stainless steel ice chest is considerably more than you would expect to pay for the plastic models. But even so a basic model will not cost you more than $70 and the top of the market versions can go as high as $200. But with the last models these will come with some of the features we have mentioned along with wheels so manoeuvring them from one location to another won’t prove difficult.

Soft Sided Coolers


If you are going on a picnic or to the beach for the day it is worth considering taking too soft sided coolers with you. This way you will have plenty of space for keeping enough drinks and food cool for you whilst away from open. Plus placing the food in a separate cooler will ensure that it stays fresher for much longer. This is because you won’t need to be opening it regularly in order to get a drink out to quench your thirst.

Plus it is important that you learn how to pack your soft sided coolers correctly. If you follow the tips below not only will your food stay fresher for long but the ice you pack to keep the food or drinks cool will last a lot longer as well.

Igloo Ice Chest


There are now more than 15,000 outlets across the USA where it is possible to purchase an Igloo Ice Chest. In fact today around 75% of all households in the USA will have one model or another of Igloo’s coolers in their homes. So being able to keep food or drinks cool during the longer summer months for these homes will never be a problem.

However, not every one of the Igloo ice chests purchased are used in the home. Many are used when the family is away from home. Below we take a look at some of the kinds of ice chests that Igloo now make and where they can be used.

Choosing an Ice Chest Cooler


Anyone who likes to do a lot of camping, fishing or RVing then having a good quality ice chest cooler is essential. Along with this piece of equipment being suitable for keeping beers cool on a hot summer’s day it can also preserve other food items that will perish quickly in the heat.

However before you go out spending money on this piece of equipment to take camping or fishing there are certain factors that one needs to take into consideration first. In this article we take a look at what some of these are and which when kept in mind when shopping for an ice chest cooler will ensure that you purchase the one that meets your requirements perfectly.

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