We had a Styrofoam cooler when I was growing up. Once. Cheap, limp and ineffectual, the only thing you could count on from this cooler was that its broken pieces would never sink. Poor, sad cooler. It ended up as target practice.
We’ve certainly come a long way, baby, since those days, when the only marine cooler choices were heavy, red clunkers or the flimsy Styrofoam jobs. Now, coolers come on wheels, in stainless steel, aluminum and mahogany, and can double as cup holders. They hold more, weigh less, and stay colder than their predecessors. These days, you can even find portable electric coolers – and freezers – that offer continuous cooling and constant temperatures. Some coolers also double as seats. As in, sit-on-them seats.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best marine coolers on the market today, at the best online prices, with the best customer service standing behind them.
If you have access to either a 12-volt or 110-volt power supply, there are some real advantages to a portable electric cooler or freezer. An electric cooler can provide continuous cooling and constant temperatures for as long as it is connected to a power supply. Use it as a portable refrigerator, make ice to replenish your larger marine cooler, or freeze your catch for the transport home. Engel Electric Marine Coolers are designed to handle the stresses of travel while providing reliable, power efficient service. This makes them a great option for that extended cruise, cross country road trip or weekend at the cabin.
This efficient electric travel cooler is designed for use on the road or on your boat. It has a 14-quart capacity, new convenient lid hatch, and variable temperature thermostat that maintains a constant internal temperature and cools from 40° to 0° Fahrenheit. The 12-volt power cord plugs into your standard boat or auto socket with an optional 110v AC converter available. Engel also makes a similar marine cooler with a much larger carrying capacity at 40 quarts. See it here.
These portable freezers are designed to withstand the rigors of boating and travel. Sizes range from 16 to 43 quart capacities with durable steel bodies, low 2.5 amp power draw, and variable temperature control – from 40° to below 0° Fahrenheit. They auto adjust to 110V or 12/24V power and offer highly efficient compressor-based refrigeration.
Maximize space on your offshore boat with cooler-seat combinations from Wise. Keep your catch fresh while enjoying all-day seating comfort and style. Wise marine cooler seats come in capacities of 15.5 to 23.5 gallons. They have 3-year fabric warranties and 6-year frame warranties. Get double duty out of these double-walled insulated cooler and swingback seat combinations. Enjoy Wise quality with all of the functionality and comfort you need.
Any serious angler will flip over the large capacity marine cooler for either dry storage or Livewell cooler with seat rod holders. It has a 17.5-gallon (70 quart) cooler capacity, 4 integrated slots for fishing rods, dry storage or cooler option, marine grade vinyl, and a one-year warranty.
Todd also makes dry storage and swingback cooler seats, with capacities from 12.5 to 17.5 gallons, stainless steel or mahogany arms, and 1-year warranties. These popular cooler seats have everything you need, from rounded corners to prevent trapped bait, to drain fittings, rubberized gaskets, marine grade vinyl, and more.
Welcome to the New Age of Cool.