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Large Insulated Shopping Totes
Get this tote if you’re looking for a well-insulated bag that can haul all your groceries in one go.
Looking for a slightly smaller grocery bag? Check out our review of insulated shopping totes.
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What You Need To Know
Our favorite insulated shopping bag, the Rachael Ray ChillOut Thermal Tote, is available in a larger version that can hold twice as many grocery items as the original. Intrigued to see how it actually works, we put the Rachael Ray Jumbo ChillOut Thermal Tote to the test.
We stuffed the bag with 25 pounds of heavy and bulky grocery items. Then we took the bag for a 10-minute walk to find out if it was comfortable to carry around. We also measured how long the tote could keep milk at a food-safe temperature (40 degrees Fahrenheit) in a room-temperature environment. We weighed down the bag with 25 pounds of nonperishable items for 24 hours to see if it retained its shape. And we checked to see how easy the bag was to clean after smearing the interior with yellow mustard, milk, food coloring, and olive oil and waiting 48 hours.
The Jumbo successfully kept the milk cold for more than 2 hours and was spacious enough for bulky grocery items, such as two 12-inch frozen pizzas. It also maintained its shape after being weighed down for 24 hours.
However, the Jumbo has one small issue: Even after we cleaned it, the bag retained some odors after we smeared it with food. But we think it’s a minor flaw, and not one that detracts from the ability of the bag to keep food cold and safe for long periods of time.
If you’re looking for a larger tote to accompany your grocery runs, we think this is a great option. Its two-sheet foam insulation can keep your groceries cold for an extended period of time, and it’s spacious for large hauls. Plus, it can be easily folded up for storage.
Everything We Tested
- Design: 3 stars out of 3.
- Durability: 3 stars out of 3.
- Cold Retention: 3 stars out of 3.
The Rachael Ray Jumbo ChillOut Thermal Tote is larger and taller than its sibling, our favorite insulated shopping tote. As its name suggests, the Jumbo tote offers more room for bulky groceries—it let us pack two 12-inch frozen pizzas with plenty of room to spare. It kept a gallon of milk cold for more than 2 hours in a room-temperature environment, indicating the effectiveness of the bag’s insulation, which is identical to the smaller version’s. When we packed the bag with 25 pounds of groceries and took it for a walk, we didn’t experience much discomfort, as it featured the same straps that we liked on the smaller version. It also retained its shape after being weighed down by 25 pounds of nonperishable groceries for 24 hours, which speaks to the quality of its construction. One minor complaint is that the bag retained odors after we smeared it with food and then cleaned it.
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Valerie Sizhe Li
Valerie is an assistant editor for ATK Reviews. In addition to cooking, she loves skiing, traveling, and spending time outdoors.