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Coleman Steel Cooler, 54-Quart

Pros: Solid steel maintains temperature consistently and will not drain or rust. Features a drain plug, which is useful while camping or on longer trips. Handles make it easy to transport, despite its size.

Cons: Opening the lid more than 90 degrees may stress the hinges and cause them to eventually break.

Summary: This is a bigger cooler, designed for camping, larger families or big tailgating parties. If you want the best cooler on the market right now, this is the one to get.
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Igloo 3-Piece Camping Combo

Pros: This 38-quart cooler is a good size for families. The mini Playmate cooler and the 1-quart beverage cooler add value. The handle and wheels make transport easier and faster.

Cons: The large cooler does not have a drain plug, the lid sometimes does not close as tightly as it should.

Summary: With the addition of the mini cooler and thermos, this is good value for the money. The handle greatly helps with transport.
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Rubbermaid Cooler / Ice Chest, 24-quart, Red

Pros: Fits easily into most vehicles, keeps food and beverages cold and will hold 30 cans, plus ice. The lid is secure, which helps hold the cold temperature.

Cons: The lid will come open sometimes and may not keep items as cold for as long as other coolers.

Summary: A good size for a family picnic or to transport cold beverages and/or ice. It will fit into most vehicles and is of sturdy construction.
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Igloo Island Breeze 28 Qt. Roller Cooler

Pros: The cooler has a telescoping handle and wheels which makes it easy to transport. The 28-quart size is large enough for food and drinks but small enough to fit into nearly any vehicle.

Cons: Lacks separate pull-away handles; handles are molded into the body of the cooler. Does not always hold temperature as expected.

Summary: A smaller cooler that is able to handle the picnic or tailgating needs for an average family. It will fit into most vehicles, and the lid closes securely, reducing spills.
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YETI Tundra 35 Cooler

Pros: The molded polyethylene construction makes it incredibly sturdy. Will hold extremely cold temperatures for an extended period of time. The lid and handles are also very reliable.

Cons: The price may be a deterrent for some buyers.

Summary: A tough, rugged cooler; perfect for camping, tailgating, or picnicking. Our only concern is the price - does it make sense to spend more than $300 for a cooler?