2018 Backpack Cooler Comparison Chart

Not sure which backpack cooler is best? Use this simple comparison chart to compare
insulated backpacks by capacity, price, rating, special features and more…

Backpack Coolers Price (approx) Rating 1-5 Storage Capacity Weight Dry Storage Special Features
OA Gear
OA Gear Backpack Cooler
$20-$25 4.3 20 cans + ice 1.4 lbs 2 side mesh pockets, 1 rear zipped pouch Comes in 6 different colors.
Ozark Trail
Ozark Trail Backpack Cooler
$20-$25 3.9 24 cans < 1 lb 2 side mesh pockets, 1 rear zipped pouch + outer pocket Reflective safety tabs on exterior.
Picnic Time Zuma
Picnic Time Zuma Cooler Backpack
$20-$30 4.2 13 cans in insulated section 1.5 lbs 2 side mesh pockets, 1 rear zipped pouch, cell phone pocket on strap Bottom 1/2 insulated, top 1/2 non-insulated. Handy cell phone pocket on strap. Comes in 3 colors.
Picnic Time
Picnic Time Insulated Backpack
$50-$55 4.2 17″T x 14″W x 7″D 2.5 drink carrier, side cell phone pockets, rear zipped pouch with 4 interior pockets + 2 more outer zipped pouches 7 exterior pockets and pouches, including removable insulated bottle holder.
Igloo MaxCold
Igloo MaxCold Backpack Cooler
$35-$49 4.0 12″T x 8.5″W x 16″D 1.5 lbs 2 side mesh pockets, 1 rear zipped pouch + outer pocket, separate top insulated compartment 25% more insulating foam. Separate top insulated compartment. Matching duffel & tote available.
Polar Bear
Polar Bear Backpack Cooler
$100-$110 4.4 18 cans 3 lbs 2 side pockets, back zipped pouch Rugged, heavy duty design with top-rated insulation. Can keep items cold or warm for 24 hours.
Burton Snake Mountain
Burton Snake Mountain Cooler Backpack
$50-$70 4.5 8 cans 1.5 lbs large rear zipped pouch Bottom 1/2 is insulated cooler, top is regular backpack. Comes in 7 unique patterns.
AO Cooler Backpack
AO Cooler Backpack
$70-$80 4.3 18 cans + ice 2.25 lbs 2 side zipped pouches, 1 rear zipped pouch Twice the insulation of other backpack coolers. Has backpack straps as well as detachable shoulder strap. Comes in 7 colors.
Igloo Camo Backpack
Igloo Camo Cooler Backpack
$30-$40 4.0 18 cans 1 lb 2 side pouches, 1 rear zipped pouch, 1 top zipped pouch Camouflage.

Backpack Cooler Notes:

1. Most packs include padded adjustable shoulder straps. The backside of the backpack also typically has a mesh padding, which provides additional comfort and insulation.

2. Insulated backpack coolers usually have a heat-sealed liner to prevent leaks. You can typically put ice in them. However, I suggest using re-usable blue ice because they stay cooler longer, are less messy and make it really easy to arrange and re-arrange contents in your pack.