2019 Backpack Cooler Comparison Chart – What’s Best?

Not sure which backpack cooler is best? Then, 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 Additionally, pack comes in 5 more colors.

Ozark Trail>

Ozark Trail Backpack Cooler

$20-$25 3.9 24 cans almost 1 lb 2 side mesh pockets, 1 rear zipped pouch, plus outer pocket

The Ozark Trail features reflective safety tabs on exterior. Plus, it conveniently weighs less than 1 lb!

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 and top 1/2 non-insulated. It also has handy cell phone pocket on strap. Plus, it 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, plus 2 more outer zipped pouches Pack has 7 exterior pockets and pouches, including removable insulated bottle holder. In other words, it helps you stay organized.

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, plus outer pocket, separate top insulated compartment Pack has 25% more insulating foam plus a separate top insulated compartment. As a result, it keeps contents cooler. In addition, you can get a matching duffel and tote.

Polar Bear

Polar Bear Backpack Cooler

$100-$110 4.4 18 cans 3 lbs 2 side pockets, back zipped pouch Backpack has rugged, heavy duty design in addition to top-rated insulation. Consequently, it 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 The bottom 1/2 is an insulated cooler, while the top is regular backpack. Thus, it gives you more versatility. Plus, it 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 It has twice the insulation of other backpack coolers. Plus, backpack features straps as well as detachable shoulder strap. In addition, it 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 Unlike other packs, this one comes in camouflage. Therefore, you can sneak around without people seeing you.

Tips on Buying and Using a Backpack Cooler:

1. First of all, most packs include padded adjustable shoulder straps. In addition, the backside of the backpack also usually features a mesh padding. As a result, it provides additional comfort and insulation.

Consequently, these features play a key role in how much you will enjoy (and use) your pack. For example, if you suffer from a sore back at the end of your hike, you probably won’t want to use your insulated backpack again anytime soon. Thus, get a comfortable pack.

2. Second, insulated backpack coolers usually have a heat-sealed liner to prevent leaks. Therefore, you can typically put ice in them.

However, I suggest using re-usable blue ice because they stay cooler longer and are less messy. Not to mention, they can save you money. Furthermore, ice packs make it really easy to arrange and re-arrange contents in your pack (vs melting ice).

3. Third, you can maximize the lifespan of your insulated backpack simply by cleaning it and letting it dry between each use. In addition, this prevents staining and bad smells from excessive moisture buildup.

For instance, I open and hang my pack upside down in my garage. Hence, the air can easily flow through it until the next time I use it. Plus, I always know where to find it.

Consequently, you may be able to enjoy a $35 backpack longer than a $50 pack. In other words, the best backpack value can often come down to how well you care for your bag.