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Soft Coolers

Soft coolers are lighter and more portable but can they compete in cold-retention with hard coolers? And which brand is best?

By and Updated Jan. 30, 2023

What You Need To Know

Soft coolers are ideal for shorter trips or when you don’t want to lug a heavy hard-sided cooler. Often much lighter, soft-sided coolers still promise to keep food and drinks cool for days, if needed. Our winner, the Engel HD20 22qt Heavy-Duty Soft Sided Cooler Tote Bag, kept ice frozen for three full days. Our Best Buy, the Coleman 30-Can Portable Soft Cooler, Space Blue, kept ice ...