Finally we have some hot summer weather! We Brits love to get out and about when it warms up, and you’ll often see us lugging a picnic hamper or a cool box onto the beach or into the park.
Cool boxes make all the difference between a lukewarm drink or an ice cool refreshing and thirst-quenching beverage.
Cool boxes tend to work by two different methods, either you fill them with ice blocks or plug them into a car lighter socket.
For best results always filled with pre-cooled food or drinks.
Check out our suggestions for the ten best cool boxes.
Tesco’s Electric 24 Litre Cool Box – £43.70
Size: H41, W39, D25cm and weighs 3.4kg.
This cool box is tall enough to carry 2ltr bottles and cools to 16 degrees Celsius below the surrounding air. Comes with a 12V car socket. Capacity is 24 litres.
Size: H42.5, W30.5, D42.5cm
Very popular cool box here as it is incredibly robust and has a novel feature where you can store 2 x 2lt bottles in the lid. Some reviewers commented that it keep frozen food frozen as well.
From: Halfords.com30L Litre Capacity Electrical Cool box 240V AC & 12V DC Electric Cool Box Cooler – £54.99
Size: H44cm, W40cm, D31cm
This cool box is powered by both a car lighter and an indoor plug socket. According to customer reviewers it has a quiet fan once plugged in and cools well. Also has red and green lights to show whether hot or cold.
From: amazon.co.ukKampa 25 Litre Thermo Electric Cooler – £49.99
Size: H39 x W26.5 x D43cm
This electric cool box uses highly insulating foam to provide exceptional cooling. Cools to up to 20 degrees below the ambient external temperature. Can hold an upright 2lt soft drinks bottle. Connects to a car cigarette lighter.
Size: L56.0 x W37.3 x H45.8 cm and weighs 8.7 kg
This is so big that you could even use it as a mini freezer or fridge. We like the fact that you can roll it due to the back wheels. Long 1 meter cable, pull or carry and it’s also easy to take out the bottles thanks to the round flaps on the lid.
ICE BLOCKSCAMPINGAZ Icetime Plus 26L Cooler – was £35.00 now £28.00
Size: L 40.8, H 32.2, D46.1cm and weighs 3.4kg
Campingaz are a well-known brand within the camping industry with a great reputation. This cool box has a sturdy outer shell and a durable handle. Has a 26 litre capacity, just add ice blocks.
Size: H43.4, W29.5, D39.5cm and weighs 2.3kg.
Great opportunity to grab this 29 litre capacity cool box here. Works with ice blocks that are not included unfortunately but it still get good reviews. Blocks cost around £9.
Size: H57, W37, D37cm 2and weighs 5.2kg
We love this cooler because it is a slightly different shape to all the others we have featured and it is sturdy enough to allow you to sit on it. Huge capacity of 34lt which in real terms means 46 cans or 6 x 1.5lt bottles.
From: blacks.co.ukIgloo Maxcold Island Breeze 62 Quart Rolling Cool Box – £69.95
Size; H48.4, W69.8, D44.1cm and weighs 6.5kg
This cool box has a few extra features, there’s the Antimicrobial treated liner which prevents bacteria and odours, and the wheeled design keeps the box off the ground and keeps the contents cool for up to 6 days. Can hold up to 95 cans too.
From: amazon.co.ukAllibert Outdoor Ice Cooler Bucket Box Garden Furniture with Cushion – £39.99
Size: H42, W42, D41
If you’ve got some nice outside rattan furniture and you want a cool box that is not blue, but goes with the furniture, this is pretty perfect. Self-assembly once fitted just fill with ice cubes.