Best Car Cooler Bags

Last update December 30, 2016
If you are looking for a portable car fridge, but you hesitate which one to buy, this review can do you a great service. We have chosen the best car cooler bags to simplify your choice. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
TYPE
FUNCTIONS
TEMPERATURE RANGE
CAPACITY
CONSTRUCTION
POWER
 
PROS
This true mini-refrigerator is equipped with Danfoss Compressor that does not depend on ambient temperature. It is impact-resistant and can withstand any weather. It has 3-stage battery protection.
CONS
The price is quite high, but you get what you pay for.
OUR VERDICT
This nice looking cooler will do you a great service for a small company during short trips. You will never worry about the food condition as it freezes deeply and can hold even delicate dairy products.
detailed parameters
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
21.3 x 14.1 x 9.2 inches, 19.8 pounds
TYPE
Compression
FUNCTIONS
Freezer/refrigerator
TEMPERATURE RANGE
From 0 to +50 ° F
CAPACITY
10.5 L/18 cans
CONSTRUCTION
Freezing and refrigerating compartments, Two cup holders, Shoulder strap, Soft-touch control panel and LED indicators, Impact resistant body, Available in 18L, 23L, 31L, 37L, 49L, 80L, 106 L
POWER
12 / 24V DC, can be powered by solar panels, built-in battery protection
PROS
Being very lightweight, this car cooler is very roomy. Additionally, it is equipped with a thermoelectric module (solid state heat pump) that is not affected by tilting, vibration or jarring.
CONS
It can't be powered by electric mains.
OUR VERDICT
Owing to its light weight, this model is ideal for constant transportation even when full. It copes easily with all basic tasks. For instance, it is able to cool beverages as well as to warm chickens.
detailed parameters
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
16.25 x 17.5 x 8.5 inches, 9 pounds
TYPE
Thermoelectric
FUNCTIONS
Cooler/warmer
TEMPERATURE RANGE
Cools down to 40 ° F below ambient temperature, heats up to 130 ° F
CAPACITY
17 L/23 cans
CONSTRUCTION
1 cooling/heating chamber, Handle, Drop lid, A storage compartment for the cord
POWER
12V DC
PROS
This device does not cost the Earth and shows great cooling and heating results. Has an attractive design that can add charm to your car interior. This is the smallest but, probably, the handiest one.
CONS
Compared with the other cooler bags, this one has the smallest heating chamber.
OUR VERDICT
The best choice for a short trips or everyday use. Has convenient shoulder strap, and, hence, you may take this mini-cooler even for work. Is great for lunches since it can serve as a small fridge or thermos.
detailed parameters
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
15 x 7.5 x 10.2 inches, 6.2 pounds
TYPE
Thermoelectric
FUNCTIONS
Cooler/warmer
TEMPERATURE RANGE
Cools down to ~ 40 ° F below ambient temperature, heats up to ~ 120 ° F
CAPACITY
4 L/8 cans
CONSTRUCTION
1 cooling/heating chamber, 1 cup holder, Removable shoulder strap
POWER
12 / 24V DC, built-in battery protection
PROS
It is a very lightweight car cooler. Thus, it is ideal for constant transportation even when it is full. Additionally, it is equipped with indicator lights so that you can always control the operation.
CONS
Does not have built-in battery protection. So, can't be used when engine is off.
OUR VERDICT
It is a great option for short trips, campings and picnics. Copes easily with all basic tasks. For instance, it is able to cool beverages as well as to warm chickens.
detailed parameters
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
16.7х16.7х12.3 inches, 9.75 pounds
TYPE
Thermoelectric
FUNCTIONS
Cooler/warmer
TEMPERATURE RANGE
Cools down to ~ 36 ° F below ambient temperature, heats up to ~ 140 ° F
CAPACITY
24 L/27 cans
CONSTRUCTION
1cooling/heating chamber, Handle, A storage compartment for the cord
POWER
12V DC
PROS
This is a really quality and convenient car fridge with the biggest capacity. It is already equipped with many additional accessories like security case, adaptor, etc. Continues to cool contents even when the vehicle is off.
CONS
It is rather heavy, even when it is empty.
OUR VERDICT
This huge car cooler is ideal for long trips. Owing to operating temperature, holds greatly even chilled or frozen food. The only one that can be plugged in hotel outputs without any additional adaptors.
detailed parameters
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
16.8х15х27.7 inches, 46 pounds
TYPE
Compression
FUNCTIONS
Freezer/refrigerator
TEMPERATURE RANGE
From 0 to +50 ° F
CAPACITY
35 L/50 cans
CONSTRUCTION
Freezing and refrigerating compartments, Removable inner basket with separator, Control panel, Steel side handles, Removable cover, LED indicators, Transport case, Available in 47L, 60L, 78L, Slide and extended slide for 35 L model
POWER
Built-in adapter 12 / 24V DC, 120V AC, can be powered by solar panels and generator, built-in battery protection

What Is It

What could be better than a glass of cold beverage on a hot summer day? We often go on a picnic to a nearby camping or go sunbathing and swimming to the beach. And thanks to such useful device as car cooler bag, you can always have cold drinks and fresh food at your fingertips during. Car refrigerators will also greatly save you budget because you will not have to buy expensive products in the roadside shops. Moreover, car coolers can also serve as heaters. Note that this is a very useful feature for those who love traveling during the cold season. They are also great for small picnics because they provide "from the stove to the table" food. There is a wide range of car coolers of different shapes and sizes. We present you this review in order to help you choose the best one.

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What To Look For

The first criterion to pay attention to is the Type of car refrigerator. Compression refrigerators cool the contents thanks to the integrated compressor and refrigerant. Consequently, they can reduce the inner temperature down to 0 F. This makes them perfect for long-term storage of chilled and frozen products. Their indisputable advantage is the ability to precisely set the temperature in a freezing chamber. Furthermore, even without the power, such type of coolers can maintain the internal temperature up to 6 hours. Alternatively, thermoelectric refrigerators cool products due to the internal fan and the thermoelectric element. Hence, their operating temperature depends on the ambient temperature and, as a rule, such fridges can not cool below 18 F. However, they are more suitable for maintaining the temperature. To specify, the food may stay cool without any power supply up to 8-10 hours. But, still, it is advisable to pre-cool the edibles before loading them into the thermoelectric fridge. Another advantage of this type is the ability to preserve food not only cooled but also heated. All you have to do is just to press the necessary button. Furthermore, the cost of these devices makes them more accessible. 

The next point to consider is the Design and Capacity. If you plan frequent and long journeys with a big company, you should buy a refrigerator with a large capacity of the working chamber. Note that the capacity influences the shape and the whole cooler structure. The bigger capacity the bulkier fridge. The small car coolers are convenient for placement directly inside the car, and it is easy to fix them using seatbelts. The larger coolers can be transported in the trunk. Do not overlook the presence of convenient handles or carrying straps, as well as additional compartments outside the refrigerating chamber. A variety of additional fines such as cup holders, internal dividers, lights and other extras will make use more comfortable and enjoyable. 

Finally, the last but not least important feature is the Power. Most refrigerators are powered by a standard car DC socket with the voltage of 12 volts. Some additional options like built-in battery protection will prevent the possibility of sudden discharge. Moreover, alternative power supplies or solar panels will extend the operation time.

 

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Review of Dometic Smallest Portable Freezer/Refrigerator

Dometic Smallest Portable Freezer/Refrigerator

Dometic Smallest Portable Freezer/Refrigerator

Type

If you want your drinks cold…and, probably, who doesn’t, Dometic Smallest Portable Freezer/Refrigerator will keep them cold as long as you like. This portable cooler for car is a perfect device for traveling to save your time and money on the road by keeping snacks and drinks accessible to you at any time. The Compressor refrigerator Dometic CDF-11 will help you not only keep your food fresh but also transport frozen food . The great benefit is that it can automatically maintain the desired temperature in the range of 0 ° F to +50 ° F. As in most compression refrigerators, the temperature is kept up to 6 hours after the power outage.

Design and Capacity

Dometic CDF-11 is one of the smallest compression-type refrigerators on the market. However, its 10.5 capacity is quite enough if you plan to have a small picnic. This auto cooler is quite roomy inside and can hold multiple cans (6-12 oz.). Its compact size is also a benefit if you want to place it right in the car. You will be able to put it instead of a console box or just on the seat. What is more, it is possible to fix it with the help of the included seatbelt. The refrigerator inner compartment is suitable for storing not only beverages but also fruit or dairy products. And the control electronic panel with soft-touch buttons and LED indicators makes it easier to set the proper temperature for any type of food. Additionally, two cup holders perfectly serve you on the road as you can fix several bottles if you want to have a drink just on the way. Finally, this little cooler is equipped with a shoulder strap for the extra convenient out-of-car transportation.

Power

This car mini fridge is powered by a standard car power outlet 12 / 24V DC, which is a definite plus when traveling. But, still, it is advisable to purchase an adapter to allow connection to the 110V AC. Thus, you will be able to charge the cooler at the stops and save the vehicle's battery. And for the ultimate protection, Dometic freezer has a built-in battery fuse which prevents the battery from running down. And to go a step further, it has solar panels and, hence, can be charged while sunny days. For all this, this car cooler is definitely well worth its price.


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Review of Koolatron P-20 ThermoElectric Compact Cooler/Warmer

Koolatron P-20 ThermoElectric Compact Cooler/Warmer

Koolatron P-20 ThermoElectric Compact Cooler/Warmer

Type

Koolatron P-20 cooler/warmer is a representative of thermoelectric devices, which will surely satisfy all your requests to this type of car coolers. With its help you can cool down the food and drinks by about 40 ° F below ambient temperature and heat up to about 130 ° F. Due to such operating temperatures, you can easily deliver any eatables fresh and fit-to-eat. If you are not able to connect the fridge to the car power outlet, the inner temperature will be preserved up to 8-10 hours.

Design and Capacity

Koolatron P-20 Thermo - Electric Cooler/Warmer is a very compact cooler with the dimensions of just 16.25x 17.5 x 8.5 inches and the weight of 9 pounds. A very spacious interior chamber of this 12V car cooler will come in handy for food transportation on a family trip, especially if you are used to a lot of eating and drinking on the go. For the extra convenience, this Koolatron cooler is equipped with a drop lid. Consequently, all the users can pick desirable drinks or snacks effortlessly. Owing to the cord storage compartment, the power cord will always be nearby and you will not forget it in a hurry. In the end, you can easily carry this cooler/warmer to the picnic site with a heavy duty handle if you decide to stop and snack on a picturesque glade.

Power

This cooler is perfect for a road trip because of the 12V DC socket power supply, a special cord wrap, and a unique storage spot for the unplugged cigarette lighter. It's self-evident that this device plugs into a car's cigarette lighter, what is very convenient. Just imagine, you will be able to heat the baby food just on the go, for example. But, if you want to keep this mini fridge cold out of your vehicle, for instance, in a hotel room, you will have to purchase an adapter additionally.


Koolatron P-20 ThermoElectric Compact Cooler/Warmer
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Review of BLACK&DECKER Travel Cooler & Warmer Bag

BLACK&DECKER Travel Cooler & Warmer Bag

BLACK&DECKER Travel Cooler & Warmer Bag

Type

If you are tired of constant feasting on gas stations and driving through fast food restaurants, this model will be a great solution during road trips. Thermoelectric car cooler BLACK & DECKER TC204B can operate both for cooling and for heating of food and beverages. It is very handy because you can always have not only a cold beverage but also a tasty grilled chicken. The fridge for car is able to cool the contents about 40 ° F below the ambient temperature. In most cases, this is enough to keep the food fresh and drinks cold. Nevertheless, it is recommended to reduce the temperature of the foods in a stationary refrigerator before you fold them in. The maximum heating temperature of this car warmer is about 120 ° F. If the power supply is unavailable, the temperature of this car cooler/ car warmer will be kept up to 8-10 hours.

Design and Capacity

One of the amazing features of this 12v car cooler is its unique design. It has a convenient shoulder strap and a zippered side storage pouch for additional accessories. According to customers' reviews, the refrigerator is easy to carry even when it is full. It has a compact size due to its 4 L capacity and will be very useful during short trips. This car mini fridge is ideal for small cars where it can easily slide into the odd space. Furthermore, it does not take up much space and can be used as an armrest and a cup holder. All in all, if you are looking for a compact car fridge to use on the go, you should definitely check this model out.

Power

The operating voltage of this car cooler is 12V DC. But as for other models, you can use different adapters to empower BLACK + DECKER TC204B. Moreover, the built-in battery protection will simplify the operation because after you stop the engine, low voltage cutoff will reduce consumption to the lowest level. Moreover, when the engine reaches a critical charge reduction, the battery protection will unplug the power until you start the car again. To sum up, this inexpensive car cooler delivers the ultimate protection for your battery.


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Review of Wagan Car Cooler/Warmer

Wagan Car Cooler/Warmer

Wagan Car Cooler/Warmer

Type

Thermoelectric Wagan EL6224 will surely satisfy all your requests to this type of car coolers. With its help you can cool down the food and drinks by about 36 ° F below ambient temperature and heat up to about 140 ° F. Due to such operating temperatures, you can easily deliver the products fresh and fit-to-eat. If you are not able to connect the fridge to the power supply, the inner temperature will be preserved up to 8-10 hours.

Design and Capacity

A very spacious interior chamber of this 12v car cooler will come in handy for food transportation on a family trip, especially if you are used to a lot of eating and drinking on the go. For the extra convenience, this Wagan cooler is equipped with hot/cold/off indicator lights. Consequently, all the users can see which mode is running. Owing to the cord storage compartment, the power cord will always be nearby and you will not forget it in a hurry. In the end, you can easily carry the Wagan EL6224 to the picnic site with a heavy duty handle if you decide to stop and snack on a picturesque glade.

Power

The device is perfect for a road trip because of the 12V DC socket power supply and the 7 feet DC power cord. Just imagine, owing to the long power cord, you can place the connected fridge even in the backseat. It is especially convenient if you have a small child and want to heat the baby food on the go. But, if you want to keep this mini fridge cold out of your vehicle, for instance, in a hotel room, you will have to purchase an adapter additionally. In conclusion, since Wagan EL6224 is not equipped with a battery protection, we advise to connect it to car outlet only when the engine is running.


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Review of ARB Transit Bag Canvas 37Q Car Fridge

ARB Transit Bag Canvas 37Q Car Fridge

ARB Transit Bag Canvas 37Q Car Fridge

Type

If you are looking for a portable cooler for car that will be more than just esky for drinks, here you are. ARB Transit Bag Canvas 37Q Fridge for car is truly one of the best representatives of the compression car refrigerators as it contains all the advantages of this cooler type. To specify, the permissible temperature range (from 0 °F to +50 °F) will allow you to store food and drinks frozen or chilled while travelling, camping, off-roading, boating or during other outdoor activities. Additionally, it can keep the internal temperature without electrical supply up to 6 hours.

Design and Capacity

The price of this car fridge is not the only thing that is a little heavy. ARB transit cooler for car has the largest capacity (35 L), which naturally affects its external dimensions and weight. Thus, it is advisable to place it in the trunk. But, still, a special cloth case makes it comfortable to use even inside the car (of course, if its size allows). Furthermore, this auto cooler is equipped with sturdy steel handles for convenient transportation. And, of course, the biggest advantage of this fridge is the large inner chamber. A very roomy separate dairy/fruit compartment allows to load a huge number of foods and drinks. For the extra convenience, this compartment is equipped with a divider that helps to separate different foods. Moreover, the built-in LED lights and removable cover greatly simplify the access to the contents and the cleaning process. Finally, many customers really love the fact that ARB cooler has an electronic control panel that makes it easy to customize the device according to their needs. Great!

Power

One more feature that sets this ARD cooler apart from the contenders is that it already comes with its own adapter. Hence, there is no need to purchase it additionally. This device can operate on 12/24V DC or 120V AC power. In addition, the ability to supply from the solar battery and the generator greatly extends the potential of ARB Transit Bag Canvas 37Q Fridge. Besides, a built-in battery protection will not let it discharge at the most inopportune moment.


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