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Top 10 Best Patio Coolers Reviews & Buying Guide in 2020

Last updated: June 16, 2020

This 2020 may have introduced us to the concept of staying indoors and social distancing, but deep down, we like to believe that these uncertain times will be over soon and we will be back entertaining our friends and family in no time.

When great days decide to come back into our lives, chances are there will be a boom in the number of outdoor parties to make up for the lost time. But are you prepared for hosting one?

One challenge of outdoor gatherings is keeping the bottles and cans of your favorite drinks chilled.

While you surely can make frequent visits to your kitchen refrigerator, it goes without saying that this either will keep you distracted or your guests will end up queuing in your kitchen more than on your deck.

Keep the chill of your outdoor parties outdoors.

Upgrade your entertainment space with a trendy and handy patio cooler. A great one is guaranteed to make your parties as cool as it can get, both literally and figuratively.

We ventured into the world of patio coolers, did a lot of testing and research, and jotted down everything there is to know about the top 10 best models of 2020.

Why did we go through such lengths?

To land you with the best patio cooler there is.

What is a Patio Cooler?

A patio cooler is a storage system that keeps your drinks chilled for a long time in an outdoor setting. It is meant to sit on your patio/ deck/ backyard/ poolside or wherever you prefer to hold a gathering of friends.

All you need to do is fill the cooler with ice, keep your favorite bottles and cans inside and enjoy the sunshine!

They are more than your standard ice chests and different models come with different interesting features.

Patio coolers come in a variety of shapes and capacities. Three major categories are:

  • Rolling Chest Coolers
  • Standing Chest Coolers and
  • Standing Bucket Coolers.

Chest coolers are generally medium height rectangular storage boxes with lids, and stand on four legs. They have a drainage system coupled with additional features that vary across manufacturers and models.

The rolling variety stands on wheels. Therefore these are portable.

The standing variety, on the other hand, acts more like a fixed adornment of your deck or patio.

Standing bucket coolers are usually smaller. Even though they are ‘standing’, they are fairly portable because of their smaller size and lightweight demeanor.

They are more suited to shaded locations. Some sport a lid while others do not. We prefer the ones with lids as they keep drinks chilled for a longer period of time.

Top 10 Best Patio Cooler Reviews

Now that we have gone through the elementals together, let’s not keep you from the top 10 charts of the best patio coolers any further.

Here goes everything.

01. Best Overall: BELLEZE 80-Quart Portable Rolling Ice Chest Cooler Cart

BELLEZE 014-HG-14144 FBA_014-HG-14144 80-Quart Portable Rolling Chest Cooler Cart...
  • Perfect for any outdoor occasion Whether it be for a dinner party, sports party, or even a simple family relaxation day
  • Attached bottle opener and cap catcher and drainage plug for easy care
  • Bottom shelf for additional storage & two-sided easy access lid
  • 80 Quart capacity that holds up to 100 12oz Cans and comes with a convenient drain plug for easy cleaning
  • Overall dimensions: 36-1/4"(W) x 20"(L) x 34-1/2"(H)

Type: Rolling Chest Cooler

With an ergonomic design, a stylish look, a huge capacity, and supreme cooling performance, Belleze 80-Quart Portable Rolling Chest is the king of this listicle.

It is sleek and carries a modern air. This beauty comes in four profiles- black, red, stainless, and rattan. One of them is bound to suit your decor and make your patio look gorgeous.

The sturdy body of this rolling patio cooler is built with high-grade materials. This cooler is completely insulated. Therefore it keeps drinks cool for long hours, no matter how much the sun shines or how often your guests open the lids.

An 80 quart or 20-gallon capacity means that you can keep 100 quantities of 12-ounce aluminum cans at the same time. We are confident you won’t need a storage capacity larger than this.

The casters allow you to move your Belleze cooler cart with ease. Two of these wheels are lockable so that it remains firmly fixed wherever you choose to station it.  

A low shelf acts as additional storage for cups, food, and other party supplies.

This patio cooler has been designed keeping functionality as the topmost priority.

There is a built-in bottle opener and a cap collector. This takes a lot of post-party cleanup from your plate as you won’t need to pick up after littered bottle caps.

The drain is located at the back of the cooler, conveniently out of sight.

This stainless steel patio cooler is strong and durable.

The only con is a tricky initial setup process, but that is only a one time hurdle and not a good enough reason to miss out on this amazing cooler.

Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 34 x 19 x 17 inches
  • Weight: 44.6 pounds
  • Material: Metal
  • Capacity: 80-QT


  • Huge capacity
  • Solid construction
  • Ergonomic design
  • Looks great
  • Has a low shelf for additional storage
  • Built-in drain for easy cleaning
  • Built-in bottle opener
  • Cap collector that keeps your patio from being littered with bottle caps


  • Setting up the unit is tricky


If you are looking for a patio cooler for a medium to large entertainment space, this one is the one for you.

With its great look, ergonomic design, insulated body, and spacious capacity the Belleze 80-Quart Rolling Chest Patio Cooler is our pick of the day.

2. Keter Pacific Cool Bar Outdoor Patio Furniture and Hot Tub Side Table

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Type: Bucket Cooler/ Patio Furniture

Next in line is a bucket cooler, although it is far more than the term ‘bucket cooler’ can describe.

Keter Pacific Cool Bar Outdoor Patio Furniture is a versatile standing patio cooler. It acts as a patio cooler, an outdoor coffee table, and a bar table simultaneously.

The polypropylene resin body with a rattan contour will give your poolside or your deck a classy look.

The resin material comes from eco-friendly recycled plastic, so feel free to feel good about your patio table. Furthermore, it is weather-resistant, so you can leave it outside all summer.

It has a smaller capacity than its rolling chest and standing chest contenders. It has a capacity of around 7.5 gallons and is ideal for small decks and patios.

It cools pretty efficiently and keeps your beverage bottles and cans chilled for as long as 12.5 hours. Your party will be well over by then.

What’s more interesting about this cooler is the extending top. Simply adjust the locking ring, and this will turn your patio cooler into a cocktail table.

Cleaning the Keter Pacific Cool Bar Outdoor Patio Furniture is fairly easy. The handy drain makes the job easier, although there is an opinion out there that the drain plug could be more convenient.

This unit is lightweight, so you can relocate it anytime, anywhere.

Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 19.5 x 19.5 x 22.5 inches
  • Weight: 13.5 pounds
  • Material: Polypropylene
  • Capacity: 7.5 gallons


  • Versatile
  • Classy looking with a weather-resistant body
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Ideal for small patios


  • Inconvenient drain plug


If you have a limited entertainment space or are just not looking for a huge unit in the name of a patio cooler, then look no further.

03. Giantex 80-Quart Cooler Beer Cart Outdoor Entertaining Rolling Party Steel Bar Bistro Beverage Cooler Cart

Giantex 80-Quart Cooler Beer Cart Outdoor Entertaining Rolling Party Steel Bar Bistro...
  • Giantex 80-quart Cooler: This patio cooler cart help keep your guests happy by adding a level of service to your next gathering.
  • Last Long Using: Its steel body makes this cooler to handle the harshest environment and the powder-coated finish keeps it looking like new.
  • Safety Use: Features a hardened powder coat finish for years of splendor Has two locking casters for safety. Four easy roll wheels make it convenient for outdoor use.
  • Easy To Clean: Has a rear drain for easily clean up, Featuring refrigeration insulation, help keep your drinks cool for a longer duration.
  • Suitable For Daily Use: Includes a easy-fill lift off top and storage shelf at the bottom,convenient. With a bottle opener and cap catcher included you’ll have no trouble maintaining a steady supply of beverages for your guests.

Type: Rolling Chest Cooler

A zesty ice cart that will steal the center stage in your parties is Giantex 80 Quart Beverage Cooler Cart.

This one is classic red, attractive, as well as highly functional. Giantex maintains its reputation of making quality home appliances with this metal rolling chest patio cooler.

What does it offer?

A refrigeration insulation system that guarantees chilled beverages for a long time.

The durable stainless steel body with a powder coating is corrosion resistant. The rubber wheels glide easily even over rugged surfaces. Moreover, the two side handles make it more conveniently portable.

The top is easy lift-off. The front houses a bottle opener and a cap collector. There is a bottom shelf that acts as extra storage.

This cart is easy to put together. Cleaning and maintenance is also a piece of cake. The drain is located at the rear of the unit and its port is user friendly.

In terms of reliability, this rolling chest cooler by Giantex is a winner. This will serve you for many years without any rusting or denting issues.

Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 33.5”x30.7”x15.2 inches
  • Weight: 43lbs
  • Material: Stainless steel, polyurethane
  • Capacity: 80-QT


  • Refrigerator insulation system
  • Sturdy built
  • Durable
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Ergonomic design
  • Attractive guise
  • Great workability
  • Low shelf for extra storage
  • Built-in bottle opener and cap collector
  • Easy to assemble


  • An odd-sized tool is needed during setup. This does not come with the unit.


Red, fun, and functional, this metal patio cooler will adorn your entertainment space and serve you with finesse.

If you are looking for an eye-catching, large capacity ice chest that offers supreme performance and great reliability, bring this one home.

4. Permasteel PS-203F1-PEPSI-AM 80 Quart Portable Rolling Patio Cooler

Permasteel PS-203F1-PEPSI-AM 80 Quart Portable Rolling Patio Cooler, Pepsi
  • EASY ACCESS: Easy to open lids allows for quick drink access; Includes bottle opener and cap catcher on the side; Drain plug makes cleanup quick and easy.
  • STAY COLDER LONGER: Keeps drinks cool for up to 36 hours.
  • EASY MOVEMENT: Two side handles make for an easy move anywhere on the patio; Four casters and two of which are locking make it easy to position and lock in place.
  • STYLISH: Quality classic antique finish that will match your patio furniture; This addition to your patio will fit right in with existing pieces.
  • VERSITILE CAPACITY: Hold up to 110 - 12 ounce cans

Type: Rolling Chest Cooler

Permasteel PS-203F1 is a large patio cooler and carries antique air. This metal patio cooler comes in four colors- cream, red, white, and dark wicker. Each has its own appeal but the Pepsi-cola inscribed cream variety is our favorite.

This one is also an 80-quart storehouse. You can store up to 110 12-ounce cans easily. They will remain chilled for an extended period of 36 hours.

There are four swivel wheels made of rubber. Moreover, the presence of 2 slide handles adds to the maneuverability of this cooler.

The body is made of the highest quality, powder-coated steel. On top of that, the color is corrosion resistant. Even then some users have found that it has a tendency to rust.

The unit contains a built-in bottle opener and a cap catcher. So, this patio cooler will save you from unwanted littering of bottle caps.

There is a bottom shelf that acts as additional storage.

Assembling the unit is easy. So is cleaning and maintenance.

Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 37.5 x 18.5 x 33.7 inches
  • Weight: 43 pounds
  • Material: Powder-coated Steel
  • Capacity: 80-QT


  • Large capacity
  • Easy maneuverability
  • Built-in Bottle Opener and Cap Catcher
  • Keeps drinks chilled for 36 hours
  • 2 convenient side handles
  • Corrosion-resistant color


  • Tends to rust


Bring this retro style patio cooler home if you love entertaining large crowds and your backyard needs a vintage look. It is efficient and ergonomic and absolute value for money.

5. Keter Modern Cool Bar Outdoor Patio Furniture and Hot Tub Side Table

Keter Modern Cool Bar Outdoor Patio Furniture and Hot Tub Side Table with 7.5 Gallon...
  • DIMENSIONS: 19. 5D x 33. 2H in.
  • POP UP TOP: Lid elevates upwards 10 inches above the rim for use as a cocktail table
  • HIDDEN COOLER: 7. 5 gallon drink storage capacity to handle up to forty 12 oz. cans with ice
  • SLEEK CONTEMPORARY DESIGN blends with a wide variety of indoor or outdoor patio décor
  • EASY CLEANUP: Drainage plug for easy cleanup in a pinch

Type: Standing Tub/ Bucket Cooler

We are back with another bucket cooler and yet again this is a Keter.

One huge difference between this one and the Pacific Cool Bar is the appearance. If you don’t want a rattan or wicker signature in your patio and are looking for a more sleek look, Modern Cool Bar by Keter is an attractive option for you.

This is a low set bucket patio cooler with an adjustable lid that acts as a tabletop. The belly of the unit acts as the storage for your cans and bottles.

This is extremely lightweight compared to its other contenders. So it can be moved around with ease. This feature makes it ideal for on the go outdoor gatherings like picnics and fishing trips.

A small demeanor makes it more suited to patios with limited space. You can use it indoors as well.

With a 7.5 gallon capacity, it is just the right cooler for a union of close ones.

It comes in three colors- black, coral, and teal. While the black model is designed to give your entertainment space a sophisticated look, the eye-catching coral and teal versions are set to add a funky dimension to your parties.

The only trouble with Keter Modern Cool Bar is that it is not insulated. So, your drinks will be kept cool only until the party lasts.

Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 19.5 x 19.5 x 33.2 inches
  • Weight: 14 pounds
  • Material: Polypropylene resin
  • Capacity: 7.5 gallons


  • Lightweight and Portable
  • Modern cutting edge design
  • Easy to assemble
  • Multifunctioning patio cooler
  • Suitable for both outdoors and indoors
  • Flexible height
  • Easy cleaning and maintenance


  • Not insulated
  • The surface is prone to scratches


This small patio cooler is great for small decks and is best for on the go social gatherings.

06. Giantex 80 Quart Rattan Rolling Cooler Cart

Giantex 80 Quart Rattan Rolling Cooler Cart Outdoor Patio Portable Party Drink...
  • Competitive cooling performance: This rattan cooler cart features refrigeration insulation and enables to keep a variety of drinks, such as water, wine, beer, vintage, juicy and others cool for 36 hours.
  • Easy mobility and good stability: This rolling Cooler cart comes with 4 Multi-Directional wheels (2 locking, 2 non-locking) for easy mobility and good stability, and is perfect for outdoor using.
  • Large Holding Capacity: This rolling cooler can easily hold up to 80 quarts (20 gallons) of drinks and store up to 70 cans/50+bottles, so as to capably provide the steady drinks supply for your guests.
  • Humanized design: This ergonomically designed refrigerated truck is equipped with a bottle opener, a hat catcher and a drain plug. It also comes with two side handles for easy carrying or pulling, and the double top cover makes it easy to open and close
  • Ideal for banquet and party: a lift-off top is made for convenient adding and taking out drinks bottles. This cooler cart is ideal for patio, back yard or outdoor entertainment area, and perfect for any leisure occasion.

Type: Rolling Chest Cooler

This wicker patio cooler is built with quality PP material with a polyurethane inner side that is durable and weather resistant. There is no question of rusting and denting here. This unit will look pristine for ages.

This wickerwork will add an elegant air to your patio or deck.

It boasts an 80 Quart storage capacity accommodating more than 70 cans and more than 50 bottles plus ice.

The refrigeration insulation keeps your beverages cool for 36 hours. The lid is dual hinged and removable. There is a bottle opener, a cap catcher, and a bottom shelf.

Two of the wheels have brakes in them so that it won’t start rolling once you keep it where you want to.

The patio cooler by Giantex is neither extravagant nor insufficient. It is simple and effective.

Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 32.7″X18.9″X33.1″
  • Weight: 28lbs
  • Material: Rattan, Steel, and Plastic
  • Capacity: 80-QT


  • Durable, weather-resistant body
  • Looks elegant
  • Refrigeration insulation keeps beverages cool for 36 hours
  • Amazingly lightweight
  • Built-in bottle opener and cap catcher


  • Not that sturdy


What we loved about the 80-QT patio cooler on wheels is that it does not involve the possibility of denting, rusting, or getting scratched. And that doesn’t mean that it is not as sturdy as the metal ones.

It is strong, durable, efficient, spacious, and good looking. This is the best rugged patio beer cooler and you can totally go for this one.

07. Outsunny 80 QT Rolling Cooler Ice Chest on Wheels

Outsunny 80 QT Rolling Cooler Ice Chest on Wheels Outdoor Stand Up Drink Cooler Cart...
  • ✅PLENTY OF SPACE INSIDE: The perfect spacious cooler with a large 80 quart/20 gallon capacity to hold a ton of ice and beverages in your backyard, poolside, and more.
  • ✅4 WHEELS FOR EASY TRANSPORT: Comes with four rolling wheels making it easy to move, with wheel locks so that it stays in place on your patio.
  • ✅HANDY BOTTLE OPENER/CAP CATCHER: Located on the front right side is a built-in bottle opener and cap catcher for a quick and convenient cool-down.
  • ✅DRAIN PLUG FOR EASY REMOVAL: It features a handy drain plug that allows you to quickly and easily remove water from the cooler.
  • ✅MATCHES YOUR EXISTING DECOR: Our coolers come in a variety of stylish colors to match your existing outdoor furniture including our own.

Type: Rolling Chest Cooler

Outsunny Ice Chest on Wheels is red, zestful, and fun.

This one is not made to blend with the background. It stands out instead. There is a milder stainless steel version and a handsome black version also.

However, it is not only made to please the eyes. It is 80 quart, so you won’t ever need to worry about the size of the crowd you entertain.

There are two access doors on the top. The casters are lockable. Also, there are carrying handles so that you can move this unit where wheeling is not possible.

The steel body is smooth and attractive. Just make sure it doesn’t bump on walls and corners as it is prone to denting.

Another thing is, Outsunny 80 Quart Ice Chest tends to get too heavy once you load it up. A word of advice; station the empty chest where you want to before putting ice and beer bottles inside.

There is a built-in cap collector and a bottle opener on this one as well.

Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 33 x 18 x 16 inches
  • Weight: 42.5 pounds
  • Material: Steel
  • Capacity: 80-QT


  • Zestful and fun
  • Dual top doors
  • Huge capacity
  • Lockable casters
  • Built-in bottle opener and cap collector


  • Can get dented


If you are whimsical and want your patio or poolside to match your persona, this metal patio cooler is for you, and you only.

08. BACKYARD EXPRESSIONS PATIO · HOME · GARDEN 905469 Outdoor Beverage Cooler

BACKYARD EXPRESSIONS PATIO · HOME · GARDEN 905469 Outdoor Beverage Cooler for...
  • Fully insulated to keep drinks cold longer!
  • "NEWSPAPERS & MEDIA LOVE OUR PATIO COOLER! Our product have been seen on NBC, ABC, CBS and hundreds of other media sources. Our Customers Say: "Definitely recommend"
  • Side handles make this very easy to transport, even when full!
  • 45 Quart capacity holds approximately 45 cans and Ice
  • Proper the lid open easily with our signature lid support system

Type: Standing Chest Cooler

Looking for a standing chest patio cooler? Look here.

Backyard Expressions Outdoor Beverage Cooler is a rustic piece of art that will give your patio or backyard a beautiful expression.

Made of wood and galvanized steel this mid-sized cooler is jewelled with cast iron details including an emblem.

This wooden patio cooler reminds us of ship decks, sailors, and seashores. We don’t know why though.

It has a capacity of 45 Quartz, which means it will house around 45 cans and sufficient ice.

The system is fully insulated with foam insulation and galvanized steel liner. Therefore, rest assured that your beverages will stay cold for a long time.

There are side handles so that you can move it around with ease. You can even move it and use it indoors.

It has a bottle opener but not a cap collector.

This beauty in the name of a patio cooler is efficient, lightweight, easy to assemble, and value-priced. The only catch; it is not as sturdy as one of its metallic contenders.

Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 27.6 x 31 x 14.75 inches
  • Weight: 35.2 pounds
  • Material: Wood, Galvanized steel
  • Capacity: 45-Q


  • Lightweight
  • Medium-sized that won’t occupy a large space
  • A generous capacity
  • Rustic appearance
  • Easy to assemble
  • Insulated
  • Value for money


  • Not the sturdiest


Backyard Expressions Outdoor Beverage Cooler is the best standing patio chest on our listicle.

It is medium-sized yet has a generous room. It doesn’t have wheels, yet it is quite portable. Furthermore, it ensures good cooling performance and looks good.

If a cart on wheels isn’t an absolute necessity, also if you don’t really need a behemoth in the name of a patio cooler, this one should be a perfect match for you.

09. UPHA 80 Quart Rolling Outdoor Patio Cooler Cart on Wheels

UPHA 80 Quart Rolling Outdoor Patio Cooler Cart on Wheels, Portable Drink Beverage...
  • ROOMLY SPACE - Oversized 80 Quart Rolling Patio Cooler Cart, holds up to 100 cans / 50+ bottles. Bottom shelf provides additional storage space. Simple assembly required but all necessary hardware is included.
  • SOLID MATERIALS - UPHA Cooler Cart equiped with High quality durable steel construction and rust-proof surface. The exterior is powder-coated steel, the interior is PP (Polypropylene) lined injection-foam-unitized, the bottle opener is stainless steel.
  • ROLLING WHELLS - UPHA Rolling Ice Chest comes with 4 multi directional rolling wheels. 2 wheels with lock secure cooler in place, easy to move. Wheels can turn 360 degrees. Solid metal side handles for carry or pull. Cooler box separates from the base for a completely portable unit.
  • UNIQUE DESING - Uniquely designed dual top is made for easy opening and closing. Convenient bottle opener and bottle cap catch bin attached to the side. Drain plug on back for easily draining and cleaning.
  • LONG-TERM STORAGE - UPHA Patio Cooler Cart can keeps cold for days. Ideal for patio, backyard or any outdoor leisure occasion, such as dinner party, sports party or BBQ. Have a nice weekend with your family and your friends!

Type: Rolling Chest Cooler

As the name suggests the UPHA 80 Quart Rolling Outdoor Patio Cooler is a large capacity portable patio cooler.  

This outdoor patio cooler has an elevated wheel stand, a stainless steel lid that is easy to lift, and a bottle shelf to hold extra beverages, cups, and other party supplies.

Like other supreme chest coolers, this one sports a bottle opener and a cap catcher.

The design is stylish and will surely bring a classy air to your deck/ patio or backyard. The wheels can turn 360 degrees ensuring great navigation.

The building material is durable but not completely rust-proof. The handles tend to rust. Another ‘nay’ point of this unit is it is not watertight.

Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 31x34x15 inches
  • Weight: 35.27lbs
  • Material: Iron
  • Capacity: 80-Q


  • High quality steel body
  • Ergonomic design
  • Can store 100 cans at a time
  • Has a built-in bottle opener and a cap catcher
  • The drain is at the back of the cooler
  • Bottom shelf to hold extra party supplies


  • Not watertight


In short, the UPHA Rolling Outdoor Patio Cooler on wheels is strong, sturdy, durable, and looks impressive.

This metal patio cooler is a great option currently available in the market. If you are looking for a large capacity cooling system that will serve you for a long duration, go for this one.

10. Permasteel PS-203-TURQ PS-203 Patio Cooler, Turquoise

Permasteel PS-203-TURQ PS-203 Patio Cooler, Turquoise
  • EASY ACCESS - Easy to open lids allows for quick drink access; Includes bottle opener and cap catcher on the side; Drain plug makes cleanup quick and easy.
  • STAY COLDER LONGER - Keeps drinks cool for up to 36 hours.
  • DURABILITY - Powder coated Steel construction; Rust resistant; Fade Resistant.
  • EASY MOVEMENT - Two side handles make for an easy move anywhere on the patio; Four casters and two of which are locking make it easy to position and lock in place.
  • COLOR - Turquoise

Type: Rolling Chest Cooler

This blue patio cooler is another attention grabber. This cooler cart sports a retro look and comes in several other color profiles, all of which are loud and fun.

It is a powder-coated steel construction that comes with all the features a patio cooler chest should have.

It keeps your beer bottles cool for a stretch of 36 hours, which is quite commendable.

It is on wheels, two of which are lockable. Also, it has two side handles for easy maneuverability. It contains a built-in bottle opener as well as a cap catcher.

However, this unit does not have a bottom shelf, contrary to other popular rolling chest patio coolers.

One thing we didn’t like is that the nuts and bolts are not coated. They have a tendency to rust. Some users have also mentioned that the inner surface is not rust-proof.

Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 31.3 x 15 x 16 inches
  • Weight: 33.9 pounds
  • Material: Powder-coated Steel
  • Capacity: 80-Q


  • Beautiful turquoise color
  • A handsome, retro guise
  • Large 80 Quartz capacity
  • Lockable casters
  • Keeps beverages cold for 36 hours
  • Built-in bottle opener and cap collector


  • Not rust-proof


A large capacity efficient cooling cart is what Permasteel PS-203-TURQ PS-203 is. It is soothing to the eyes as well.

It may be our 10th but definitely not the least among our favorites. This beauty, in fact, is pretty good at being a patio cooler.

What to Look for in the Best Patio Cooler  

When you set out to look for a patio cooler that is perfect for your parties, a checklist of what it should look like is a must.

Defining the type of patio cooler that you think will serve you the best should be the first thing on your to-do list.

Type of Your Patio Cooler:

How do you decide which to bring home- a rolling, standing, or a bucket?

Let your guest list answer this.

If you mostly entertain large crowds, then a chest is better for you. Chest patio coolers are usually spacious enough to be able to satisfy a large group of guests.

Now, if you have a dedicated area for hosting parties, you can always go for a standing chest patio cooler to permanently adorn your patio.

However, purchasing the rolling variety is safer since it allows portability. You never know when you hit the roads, go camping, or take your friends on a fishing trip.

Even if you feel you strictly need it for your home, you may feel like hosting parties in different locations from time to time.

A rolling patio cooler like the BELLEZE Portable Rolling Ice Chest Cooler Cart will come handy in such a case.

For trips involving small groups though, a bucket is ideal. It is compact, lightweight, and portable.

Bucket patio coolers are also great for entertaining a select few in small patios and decks. 

You wouldn’t want a large chest to engulf most of your limited space. Would you?

Versatile bucket patios such as Keter Pacific Cool Bar Outdoor Patio Furniture can also work wonders in a large entertainment area or a poolside.

If you host a versatile group of guests who belong to a mixed age group, you can place several Keter bucket tables over your party area, each with different kinds of beverages.


This again is best answered by your guest size and the size of your patio.

Where do you want to place your patio cooler? Is it a large area or a small one?

How large is your party usually?

For a small patio or backyard choose a small bucket patio cooler or a small to medium-sized chest patio cooler.

For a small gathering of friends, a bucket such as Keter Modern Cool Bar Outdoor Patio Furniture is good enough.

However if your guest list is larger than that but your patio is compact anyway, then go for a medium-capacity chest such as the Backyard Expressions Outdoor Beverage Cooler.

This one is spacious enough to entertain a generous crowd and, at the same time, will not engulf your entire space.

If you are used to hosting grand parties and space isn’t a problem, don’t hesitate to bring an 80 Quart capacity cooler such as the UPHA 80 Quart Rolling Outdoor Patio Cooler home.


Purchasing a patio cooler with good insulation is probably the best. This way, you won’t have to worry about your ice melting into ice and cold beverages turning into hot ones before your party ends.

Many patio coolers offer extended ice retention time like 12.5 hours, 36 hours, and so on. The insulated varieties are insulated in different ways.

We like the refrigeration insulation system. Giantex 80-Quart Cooler Beer Cart Outdoor Entertaining Rolling Party Steel Bar Bistro Beverage Cooler Cart provides just that.


Hunting down the details is the fun part of shopping for a patio cooler. Here is the checklist that we follow:

Does that patio cooler we are eyeing have

  • A lid?
  • Lockable wheels?
  • A drain spout?
  • A bottle opener?
  • A cap collector?
  • A low shelf as additional storage ( in case of a chest cooler)?
  • A lid that acts as a tabletop ( in case of a bucket cooler)?


The appearance of your patio cooler is really vital. It is here in the first place to entertain, remember?

Your patio cooler should complement your entertainment space and the mood of your parties.

Classic wicker such as Giantex 80 Quart Rattan Rolling Cooler Cart can add elegance to your patio or deck, whereas a zesty Outsunny 80 QT Rolling Cooler Ice Chest on Wheels will make your poolside look fun and whimsical.

A vintage look such as one that  Permasteel PS-203F1-PEPSI-AM 80 Quart Portable Rolling Patio Cooler is pretty attractive too.

FAQs about Patio Coolers and their Solutions

How can I protect my patio cooler from weathering?

Most great patio coolers are made of weather-resistant materials. Even then it is a good idea to keep them covered when not in use.

Patio cooler covers are available for sale and come in all sizes. Another great idea is to move your patio cooler indoors during harsh weather conditions.

Does the BACKYARD EXPRESSIONS Outdoor Beverage Cooler need to be assembled?

Yes, the Backyard Expressions wooden patio cooler comes in pieces and requires the user to assemble it.

Could a chest patio cooler be used to serve ice creams outdoors?

If the temperature outdoors is not too hot, you can use a chest patio cooler to serve ice creams without any issue.

Is Giantex Outdoor Rolling Cooler magnetic?

Yes, the external surface of the Giantex Rolling Cooler is magnetic.

What is the height of a Keter Pacific Cool Bar Outdoor Patio Furniture?

When fully extended, a Keter Pacific Cool Bar is 33’’ in height and when the table is down, it is 22” in height.


Be it with pool parties, house warmings, birthday blasts, or simply a hearty conversation on the patio, we love to entertain our favorite people outdoors. This craving magnified during our homebound days of 2020.

The best patio cooler could be just the icebreaker you need once friends start knocking at your door once again.

Better be prepared with some chilled beer bottles!

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