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Tips for Choosing Floating Coolers for Your Pool

Updated on September 28, 2011

Don't Go in the Water Without a Floating Cooler

A floating cooler can be great in the pool or when drifting down a lazy river. Just stick some ice and your drinks in it, and you'll be able to grab your refreshment without having to tumble off your float or crawl out of your tube. The best part is your drinks will be cool and refreshing.

On this page will give you just a few tips for choosing the right one and show you some of the models that consumers seem to love.

Buying Tips

Choosing a floating cooler is a pretty easy task.

First of course, you want to be sure the one you buy will have the capacity you need. Some will accommodate 6 drinks, some 12, some 24, and still others can hold as many as 48 drinks. Clearly some are great for a family, and others are better suited for a party.

While there are some coolers made of hard plastic which don't require the time to inflate, the inflatable variety allows for easier storage as they are collapsible and generally more affordable.

These coolers will have a base and usually some drink holders. Again, you just want to be sure there are enough holders to suit the number of people who will be using it.

Other features to think about include easy drink retrieval, an eyelet or grommet to allow you to tether and keep track of your cooler, and storage for other items.

**Like any item used in your pool or in salt water, these coolers should be cleaned/rinsed after each use, dried before storing, and sheltered from the sun to prolong their life and avoid mildew.

Kwik Tech

This floating cooler will keep up to 24 canned drinks ice cold for hours. The insulated nylon cooler is leak proof and can be lifted up from the base and used separately if desired. It's easy to access drinks and the base has 6 drink holders which are numbered to allow you to keep track of which one is yours. The base also includes a holder for miscellaneous items such as sunblock or suntan lotion. It also has an eyelet, making it easy to tether your cooler if you like.


This cooler float can store up to 12 drink cans with ice or 18 without ice. It features six numbered drink holders around the base and a zippered pouch for storing other belongings such as keys, wallets, cell phones, and so forth. It can easily be tethered to you and will quickly fold up into it's own carrying bag.


This item is perfect if you're going to be out on the water most of the day. It will hold up to 48 drink cans. It features a lid that zips around the entire circumference and allows easy access. It also has 4 molded cup holders, a molded PVC comfort grip handle, and a reinforced grommet.

This durable cooler float has heat sealed seams and provides fast inflation and deflation.

Intex Cooler Float Tube

This very durable float is a 104" x 56' raft that comfortably seats two adults and features a cooler large enough to hold a case of drinks and ice. It has 2 cup holders, handles, and several air chambers. This cooler float has a mesh bottom that allows the water to keep you cool and a backrest to allow you to recline and stay comfortable for hours. The raft has an all around grab rope and comes with a repair kit.


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    • theherbivorehippi profile image

      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Now here is something everyone that goes in the water can use for sure!! I mean really....who wants to get out of the water to go get a beverage. lol Kind of makes me want a pool! :)

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Now Christine this I can really use around the pool. How about the airhead oasis that is precious!

    • mulberry1 profile image

      mulberry1 7 years ago

      Ah well, if they are a bit obscure that means I have less competition. See, there is some method to my madness.

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Christine - you do come up with the most unusual products! If I had a pool or was wont to go rafting down the lazy river I know where to come for advice!

      Love and peace