Types Of Ice Coolers And Their Usage: Things To Know

Types Of Ice Coolers And Their Usage: Things To Know

Are you thinking of buying a cooler?


But take care you don’t buy the wrong kind. Yes, there are several types of coolers in the market. It all depends on your particular need and taste. We have got a dedicated article for the best personal coolers, in case you are interested.

Okay, let’s learn a bit more on this.

1. Styrofoam cooler

If you are on a budget, consider buying a Styrofoam cooler. It’s also a good choice for someone who needs a cooler for a temporary purpose.

Styrofoam coolers are Styrofoam boxes which come with a lid. Styrofoam is a type of polystyrene foam. Thanks to the packets of air contained in the material, Styrofoam is a terrible conductor of heat. And that’s why so many coolers use Styrofoam as an insulator.

But using Styrofoam to make the body of the cooler is vastly different from using it as insulation material. The air spaces make the material extremely light. Styrofoam coolers are lightweight and less sturdy than other coolers. Pack only lightweight items in your Styrofoam cooler.

They are also not durable. As a result, Styrofoam coolers are cheaper than plastic coolers.

2.  Plastic cooler

Plastic coolers are built using tough molded plastic. If you are looking for a strong, durable cooler, get yourself a plastic cooler. These ice chests are usually large and are perfect for storing large quantities of food.

Their lids are tough and insulated. They come with plastic handles on either end to enable easy lifting. Some of the larger ones have retractable handles and wheels so you can roll them with ease from place to place.

3. Metal cooler

If you are looking for the sturdiest, most durable cooler on the market, make sure it’s a metal cooler. In fact, these coolers are the number one choice for hunters and fishers. So if you like spending your weekends shooting pheasants or angling for fish, you will need a durable cooler to service your hobby.

But the interior part which comes into contact with the ice is not metallic, mind you. Metal is an excellent conductor of heat. An insulation layer made from low-conductivity material separates the metal exterior from the ice and food within.

If you are set on purchasing a metal cooler, make sure you are prepared to pay more than you would with other coolers. Plus, metal coolers are also rather heavy, so cross them out if you want something lightweight.

4. Electric cooler

A good example of the electric cooler is your portable car fridge. You plug it directly into the car’s cigarette lighter (the DC outlet). This is the best method to store your food and drink while driving.

The electric cooler is just like a refrigerator in using electricity to maintain coolness. Accordingly, it’s the most expensive type of cooler in the market. But the great thing about electric coolers is that you don’t need to pack them with ice – so they have more room for your food and drinks.

5. Fabric cooler

If you want something light to take with you on a picnic, the fabric cooler is a good choice. It’s also called a collapsible cooler or an insulated cooler bag.

It’s a bag made from canvas-type synthetic materials, with an insulating foam layer lining the interior.

You can fold them up when you are not using them, making for easy storage. However, they are less durable than plastic coolers. Also, they can’t keep food fresh as long as plastic coolers.


With this information, you will have an easier time shopping for a new cooler.

  • March 19, 2017
  • Ice
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