I got a small hard cooler that holds enough for one person from opening a bank account a few years back. I purchased a larger (claims to hold 24 cans) soft sided wheelie cooler from BJ's Wholesale that I love. I have not had any problems with leakage. I have had soft sided in the past that have leaked however.
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Hello: Everyone has some great ideas. We use our cooler quite a bit and have used them for holidays, travel baseball etc. The main thing I have found from our experience is the soft sided without a hard shell inside, tend to leak if you have ice or something that sweats a lot. We have a large hard shell for camping, beach etc. We have several soft side with hard shells that come out so they can be washed and don't have the leakage problem. We have had many times where things have leaked in the softsided, especially when carrying them in the car for snacks on long trips.
I think a lot depends on how many people you are using it for. With a large family I like the sturdier ones with wheels. It sure is nice to wheel a heavy cooler rather than carry it. They do make the soft collapsable ones with wheels now too. We live in a small town and my dh commutes out of town to work so he does all of our Costco shopping for us on his way home from work. He carries a cooler in his car just for that. It definately needs to be a collapsable cooler for him because to keep a large hard cooler in his car all the time it would just take up too much space. Brand wise, I think they are all similar. We've bought our coolers at Walmart, Costco and Target and usually on sale.
Edited by: KING*GET*FIT at: 6/29/2008 (09:33)
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I have a largish soft side cooler (could probably hold a six pack and a half or maybe two that I use to transport my meals from home to work and back. I don't use it to hold my food all day or for hours (just one hour each way). I can fit most of my meals for a week in it (just the refrigeratable portion, the dry items I put in a bag). I got mine as a promotion from Sunkist so I can't help you there, but I do like the soft side because when it is not in use I can fold it up and stash it away easily.
I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.
I am glad you asked the question because I am looking into buying one and I haven't decided if I should get a hard one like and igloo or a soft more compact once. I will curious to see what everyone recommends.
You know.....oddly enough I purchased mine from Wal*mart four years ago and it still does the job...taken with me to beaches, events etc, etc. I just purchased the 'Igloo' brand but I hear anything 'Coleman' brand is supposed to be really, really sturdy.....but also quite expensive. Thanks.
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