OUR TOP PICK

YETI Tundra Haul Portable Wheeled Cooler, Tan

Overall Rating

4.9 /5

Build Quality

4.9

Capacity

4.9

Cold Retention

4.9

Durability

4.9

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General Impression

The Yeti Tundra Haul Portable Wheeled Cooler is our top pick for the best beach cooler with wheels. The Yeti Tundra Haul is one of the best rolling coolers for the beach because of its rotomolded durable construction. This beach cooler with large wheels, using NeverFlat technology, comes in six color options and features a durable welded aluminum handle to make it easy to pull in any terrain. Yeti is also known for its durable materials and unmatched ice retention.

Specifications

BRAND: YETI
INNER SIZE: 28.2 x 18.6 x 19.5 inches
CAPACITY: 45 quart
MATERIALS: Roto-molded, polyurethane foam
WHEELS: NeverFlat wheels
DRAINAGE: screw-in drainage plug
SPECIAL FEATURES: T-Bar strong arm handle, thick PermaFrost insulation

PROS

  • Six color options
  • NeverFlat wheels
  • Durable welded aluminum handle
  • Rotomolded durable construction
  • Unmatched insulation for ice retention

CONS

  • Heavy
  • Expensive
BEST VALUE

Igloo Ice Cube Roller Cooler (60-Quart, Ocean Blue)

Overall Rating

4.9 /5

Build Quality

4.9

Capacity

4.9

Cold Retention

4.8

Durability

4.8

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General Impression

The Igloo Ice Cube Roller Cooler is our choice for the best value. Highly reviewed and rated as the best beach cooler at a reasonable price, the Igloo Ice Cube Roller Cooler features durable wheels, a push-button telescoping handle, and molded side scoop handles which make it a breeze to pull or carry. The built-in cup holders in the lid are perfect for a BBQ or beach party when you need to put down your drink in a safe place.

Specifications

BRAND: IGLOO
INNER SIZE: 18.5 x 20.3 x 20.5 inches
CAPACITY: 60 quart
MATERIALS: Polypropylene
WHEELS: durable wheels
DRAINAGE: recessed drainage plug
SPECIAL FEATURES: telescoping handle, 4 cup holders in lid

PROS

  • Push-button telescoping handle
  • Durable wheels
  • Molded side scoop handles
  • Cup holders in the lid

CONS

  • Handle breaks or sticks easily
  • Side handles slip from hands easily

Igloo Products Corporation 00045929 Marine Ultra Quantum Roller Cooler, 28 Quart

Overall Rating

4.9 /5

Build Quality

4.9

Capacity

4.8

Cold Retention

4.9

Durability

4.9

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General Impression

The Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler is one of the best rolling coolers. This cooler is designed with ultraviolet inhibitors to protect against sun damage, and it features four self-draining cup holders in the lid. The non-marking rally wheels are great for pulling the cooler on any surface, and the top has built-in loops that can be used to tie down the cooler or lock the lid to protect what’s inside. The Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler is compact, but an excellent cooler for anyone on the go that needs to keep their drinks cold.

Specifications

BRAND: IGLOO
INNER SIZE: 18.4 x 16.5 x 13.4 inches
CAPACITY: 28 quart
MATERIALS: Polypropylene
WHEELS: non-marking soft-ride rally wheels
DRAINAGE: interior pouring channels
SPECIAL FEATURES: UV protection shield, dual lid holes for tie straps or locks

PROS

  • Ultraviolet inhibitors
  • Self-draining cup holders
  • Lockable lid
  • Non-marking rally wheels

CONS

  • Uninsulated lid
  • Handle sticks in the up position

Coleman 42-Can Soft Cooler with Removable Liner & Wheels, Blue

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Build Quality

4.7

Capacity

4.8

Cold Retention

4.7

Durability

4.8

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General Impression

The Coleman 42-Can Soft Cooler with Removable Liner & Wheels is easy to transport to an event including tailgates, BBQs, or beach parties. This beach cooler with wheels has a soft outer case treated with antimicrobials to prevent odor, mold, and mildew. The inside liner is FDA approved and can be removed for cleaning or when using ice substitutes. The heat-welded seams help prevent leaking, and the zippered and mesh pouches provide extra storage options.

Specifications

BRAND: COLEMAN
INNER SIZE: 21.3 x 12.6 x 11.4 inches
CAPACITY: 16 quart
MATERIALS: Anti-microbial plastic
WHEELS: durable wheels
DRAINAGE: removeable polyethylene vinyl acetate liner
SPECIAL FEATURES: Heat welded seams, storage pockets, bungees

PROS

  • Removable liner
  • Heat-welded seams
  • Dry storage pouch
  • Zippered and mesh storage pockets

CONS

  • Tips over easily
  • The handle doesn’t lock

Coleman Performance Wheeled Cooler, 40 Quart

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Build Quality

4.7

Capacity

4.7

Cold Retention

4.6

Durability

4.7

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General Impression

The Coleman 4-Quart Wheeled Cooler is an excellent choice for large outings or events. This beach cooler with sand wheels comes in two color options and has side molded handles that make it easy to lift. This Coleman beach cooler with large wheels also features a built-in handle making it easy to tow on various surfaces. The large plug allows water to drain out easily and quickly.

Specifications

BRAND: COLEMAN
INNER SIZE: 22.50 x 14.10 x 16.80 Inches
CAPACITY: 40 quart
MATERIALS: Plastic, thermozone foam
WHEELS: durable wheels
DRAINAGE: no-tilt, bult-in drain valve
SPECIAL FEATURES: Large tow handle, hinged lid, leak resistant drain

PROS

  • Built-in cupholders in the lid
  • Side molded handles
  • Heady duty wheels
  • Two-color options

CONS

  • Tow handle is short
  • Wheels break easily

Coleman 62-Quart Xtreme 5-Day Heavy-Duty Cooler with Wheels, Blue/White

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Build Quality

4.7

Capacity

4.7

Cold Retention

4.6

Durability

4.7

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General Impression

The Coleman 62-Quart Xtreme 5-Day Heavy-Duty Cooler with Wheels is a top choice for storing large quantities of food or beverages. This beach cooler can store up to 95 cans at one time and is known for retaining ice up to five days. The leak-resistant drain and insulated lid make this cooler a popular choice for the beach or a summer family BBQ. The Coleman 62-Quart Extreme Heavy-Duty Coller with Wheels has a built-in town handle and additional two-way handles for ease of lifting in and out of a car.

Specifications

BRAND: COLEMAN
INNER SIZE: 29.4 x 15.5 x 19.9 inches
CAPACITY: 62 quart
MATERIALS: Plastic, thermozone foam
WHEELS: heavy duty wheels
DRAINAGE: no-tilt, bult-in drain valve
SPECIAL FEATURES: Have a seat lid, leak-resistant drain, 5 days of ice storage

PROS

  • Five-day ice retention
  • Leak-resistant drain
  • Insulated lid
  • Large storage capacity

CONS

  • Sand sticks in wheels
  • The lid closes when loading

Coleman Portable Cooler with Wheels | Xtreme Wheeled Cooler, 50-Quart

Overall Rating

4.6 /5

Build Quality

4.6

Capacity

4.6

Cold Retention

4.5

Durability

4.5

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General Impression

The Coleman Portable Cooler with Wheels, Xtreme Cooler, 50-Quart has the capacity to hold up to 84 cans. This is one of Coleman’s newer stylish outer casing designs, which features an insulated lid that can support up to 250 lbs, making it perfect to also use as a seat at outdoor events. The Thermozone insulation improves ice retention time for this cooler on wheels for the beach, and the built-in cup holders make a perfect place to store you drink when you go for a swim.

Specifications

BRAND: COLEMAN
INNER SIZE: 22.4 x 17.3 x 17.3 inches
CAPACITY: 50 quart
MATERIALS: Plastic, thermozone foam
WHEELS: heavy duty wheels
DRAINAGE: leak-proof built-in drain plug
SPECIAL FEATURES: Have a seat lid, built-in cup holders, telescoping handle

PROS

  • Five-day ice retention
  • Insulated lid
  • Lid supports up to 250lbs.
  • ThermOZONE Insulation
  • Cup holders in the lid

CONS

  • Wheels stick in the sand
  • Not well balanced

Igloo Glide PRO Cooler (110-Quart, White) - 45184

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Build Quality

4.7

Capacity

4.8

Cold Retention

4.8

Durability

4.8

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General Impression

One of the best rolling coolers with wheels is the Igloo Glide Pro 110 Roller. The unique horizontal slide-and-lock telescoping handle is durable and easy to use for towing this cooler on any terrain. The handle design provides maximum leverage and lightens the user’s load. The oversized sport wheels and Ultratherm insulation make it perfect for a day at the beach or a long fishing or camping trip. A fish scale is also molded into the lid, and the heavy-duty zinc-plated hinges will stand up to the salty air after many saltwater fishing trips.

Specifications

BRAND: IGLOO
INNER SIZE: 39.8 x 18.5 x 19.7 inches
CAPACITY: 110 quart
MATERIALS: Polyethylene
WHEELS: sport rally wheels
DRAINAGE: threaded drain plug
SPECIAL FEATURES: extendable telescopic handle with built-in hanging hooks, stainless steel latches

PROS

  • Horizontal slide-and-lock telescoping handle
  • Ultratherm insulated body and lid
  • Oversized sport wheels
  • Heavy-duty zinc-plated hinges

CONS

  • Doesn’t seal tight
  • Heavy

Igloo Trailmate Journey - Teal/Blue Chrome, Blue, N/A

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Build Quality

4.7

Capacity

4.7

Cold Retention

4.7

Durability

4.6

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General Impression

The Igloo Trailmate Journey Cooler is a unique cooler that rolls on the sand. This beach cooler with sand wheels features a telescoping handle with a built-in butler tray, making it a perfect choice for parties and BBQs. The Igloo Trailmate Journey also features built-in bottle openers, oversized rugged wheels, and dry storage. This cooler includes a suspended interior food basket and can store up to 112 twelve ounce cans. The tie-down loops and rough exterior make this a top choice for a trip to the beach.

Specifications

BRAND: IGLOO
INNER SIZE: 34.6 x 19.7 x 23.6 inches
CAPACITY: 70 quart
MATERIALS: utlratherm plastic
WHEELS: rugged anti-skid wheels
DRAINAGE: hose-compatible threaded drain plug
SPECIAL FEATURES: Dry storage, butler tray, mobile device stand

PROS

  • Oversized wheels
  • Threaded drain plug
  • Tie-down loops
  • Built-in bottle openers
  • Butler tray

CONS

  • Lid cover has no latch
  • Lid latch breaks easily

Pelican Elite 45 Quart Cooler (White)

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Build Quality

4.8

Capacity

4.8

Cold Retention

4.8

Durability

4.8

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General Impression

The Pelican ProGear Elite Wheeled Cooler is a popular choice among outdoor lovers. This heavy-duty wheeled cooler features an integrated fish scale on the lid and a freezer-grade gasket, making it perfect for fishing trips. The Pelican ProGear Elite Wheeled Cooler has a garden hose attachment that can be used for rinsing the cooler after use. This cooler has press and pull latches that are easy to use can keep the seal tight, so the contents remain cold for as long as possible.

Specifications

BRAND: PELICAN
INNER SIZE: 29.7 x 19.2 x 20 inches
CAPACITY: 45 quart
MATERIALS: Polyeurthane
WHEELS: heavy duty wheels
DRAINAGE: hose-compatible, sloped drain with tethered plug
SPECIAL FEATURES: built-in trolley handle, non-skid raised feet, integrated fish scale

PROS

  • Press and pull latches
  • Freezer grade gasket
  • The integrated fish scale on lid
  • Garden hose attachable

CONS

  • Latch breaks easily
  • Spout leaks

When purchasing the best beach cooler with wheels, there are a handful of things to look out for. Depending on your specific needs and what types of events you will be using your cooler for, you will want to consider the following factors before deciding which beach cooler is best for you.

Design & Construction

Depending on the activities you plan to use your beach cooler with wheels for, you will want to consider the design of the cooler and the materials used to construct it. You will also want to choose if you want a soft cooler or a hard cooler.

If you choose a soft cooler, be sure to look for one that has heat-welded seams. This will help prevent leakage. The best soft coolers with wheels are usually treated with antimicrobials to prevent mold, mildew, and odor when the material gets wet. Soft coolers like the Coleman 42-can Soft Cooler with Wheels, also come with a removable interior liner made of FDA approved materials for food contact.

Hard coolers with wheels are more common and usually more durable, making them a better choice for extended beach and camping trips or tailgates and BBQs. When choosing the best rolling cooler for the beach, you will want to look for a cooler with durable and strong material. The highest-rated beach coolers with wheels have rotomolded construction, like YETI. Others have traditional construction but are built from sturdy materials that can last in any terrain.

Many coolers are also built strongly enough to be used as a seat, up to 250 lbs., which comes in handy when you do not have access to a chair.

Cooler Size & Capacity

Again, depending on what type of event or trip you are going to be using the cooler for, your needs will vary. Cooler size and capacity are very important when it comes to choosing a beach cooler with wheels. There is a wide range of sizes and capacities when it comes to coolers. For a small beach picnic, you may only need a 16 to 28-quart cooler.

But for larger events like tailgates or beach trips with a big group, you will want to choose a larger sized cooler. For fishing trips to the beach or on a boat, Igloo and Coleman have extra-large capacity coolers up to 110 quarts. The Igloo Trailmate Journey is the ultimate party cooler, with a 70-quart capacity that can hold up to 112 twelve-ounce beverage cans. Keep in mind: larger coolers are better off having wheels for ease of transport. Otherwise, a great alternative would be the use of a beach wagon to move your cooler from point A to B.

1. What is the best beach cooler with four wheels?

The best beach coolers have rugged, heavy-duty wheels to help when towing through the sand. The best beach coolers currently on the market have two wheels instead of four. This design helps with leverage and weight when being dragged. Wheeled beach coolers usually come with a telescoping or molded handle that is attached to one side of the cooler so it can be pulled with ease. These beach coolers also come with side handles that can be used to lift the cooler into a vehicle. The best rolling cooler with wheels will have a fully insulated body and lid to keep the contents inside cold for many hours. These coolers come in different shapes and sizes so the user can choose based on their needs.

2. What is the best cooler for the beach?

The best cooler for the beach will depend on the needs of the person choosing it. If you are planning an extended camping trip on the beach for a large group, you will want to select a beach cooler with a large capacity and good insulation to keep your food and beverage items cold for the duration of your trip. If you are making a day trip to the beach solo, you may only need a smaller size beach cooler with wheels. When choosing a beach cooler with wheels, look for a cooler with a telescoping or molded handle that will make towing it across the sand easier. Some beach coolers with wheels also come with additional storage pouches for other items and even dry storage pockets for electronics. If you are going to the beach for fishing, Igloo and Pelican brands offer integrated fish scales on the lids of their wheeled beach coolers so you can keep track of your catch. When choosing the best beach cooler with wheels, be sure to choose a cooler that has a tight seal and insulation so the contents of the cooler will stay cold longer.

3. How to clean beach coolers?

If you plan to take your cooler to the beach, you will want to clean it thoroughly after your trip to extend the life of the cooler. Sand and salt left on the cooler will cause damage to the interior and exterior of the cooler. Be sure to rinse the cooler with fresh water to remove the salt and sand, especially from the handles, seals, and wheels. Some beach coolers, like the Pelican ProGear Elite Wheeled Cooler, are garden hose attachable making them easier to clean inside and out. After rinsing, be sure to drain all the water out of the cooler and dry it, so there is no water left inside when storing. Any moisture inside the cooler could cause mildew or mold on the body of the cooler.

4. Are Yeti coolers worth it?

Yeti coolers are some of the most expensive coolers on the market. The construction and quality of the materials used to make Yeti coolers are hard to compete with. Yeti products are built to outlast and outperform their competitors, and for that reason, Yeti offers either a three or five-year warranty on their products. The Yeti Tundra Haul Portable Wheeled Cooler, if bought from an authorized Yeti dealer, includes a five-year warranty. Yeti coolers have thick walls that provide superior insulation and pressure-injected commercial-grade polyurethane foam int he walls, making sure the ice inside does not melt. The rotomolded construction makes Yeti coolers durable and virtually indestructible. Yeti coolers also come in a variety of colors and have different accessories that can be attached, like different types of handles, waterproof backpacks, or matching waterproof pouches.

REACH OUT

As always, we create our content with you, fellow adventurers, in mind. So, how’d we do? Did you find this informative? Did it help you make a decision? Did we miss anything? We’d love to hear from you below. Thanks for reading and we hope your next adventure is a great one!

Heather Barbour

Heather is a product expert, a degreed communications and business professional, and an adventurous, entrepreneurial travel writing enthusiast originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Heather is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) and holds a Silver Advanced Open Water Instructor certification from SSI, having logged more than 300 training classes over the last four years. Heather is a certified Travel Specialist and also holds a Day Captain's license qualifying her to skipper a boat up to 72 feet. She has extensive experience in specialty dive training, navigation, and booking travel accommodations. Her interests include writing, social media marketing, and serving her Virtual Assistant and Travel Clients from around the globe.

3 Comments

  • Andrew Pollard says:

    The 1st product is good, insulation system allows retaining the freshness of food and chilled drinks for approximately 10 days. Now I want to find another product, I have been thinking about Igloo but don’t know what product is best. Thanks for writing this post, it is useful for me.

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