We Found the Best Coolers for Every Kind of Tailgate

And they're all available on Amazon!

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August 16, 2019

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The formula for a stellar tailgate is pretty simple: delicious food and ice-cold beer equals a good time. And in order to ensure a good time is had by all, we suggest investing in a functional cooler right after you order those football tickets. For one thing, you want to make sure you’ve got something to properly transport your coveted buffalo chicken dip. Not to mention a cooler that will keep your ice from leaking and can easily make the trip to and from the game (if you’re tailgating at the stadium). We’ve rounded up some top-notch options (all with at least a four-star rating on Amazon) that fit any scenario. We hope your home team is as prepared this season as you are!


BUY IT: Amazon, $50.40

If you’re bringing the kids to a big game this year, over 1,000 five-star reviewers agree that this is the cooler for you. Equipped with a removable shelf, the Titan Deep Freeze is ideal for stocking up on drinks, snacks and sandwiches in what might be the most organized manner we've ever seen. Sandwiches can be stored in their own compartment to avoid getting squished during transport and there are pockets perfect for storing napkins, cutlery and your keys. Plus, the shoulder strap means it’s easy to move from trunk to tailgate. Basically, everything is taken care of, so you can focus on your team.

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BUY IT: Amazon, $199

YETI coolers are made to withstand just about any adventure, including your pre-game tailgate! Buy this cooler if you see yourself tackling tailgates all season long in any kind of weather. And while we don't recommend days-long storage, one five-star reviewer claims, "Best cooler ever. Keeps everything cold for up to 3 days."

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BUY IT: Amazon, $89.51

So, you’re in charge of providing beverages at the tailgate? We think that means you should snag this Coleman cooler. The wheels make it easy to transport heavy cans and soda bottles, and the cupholders come in handy when you need to sacrifice your beverage to use both hands to bite into a burger.

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BUY IT: Amazon, $18.13

Just because you’re not hosting the tailgate this year doesn’t mean you shouldn’t contribute — which is also why you need a perfect cooler to tote around that buffalo chicken dip, pigs in a blanket or guacamole. Bonus: You can customize this cooler bag with any NFL team’s logo on the side, so you’re always representing.

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BUY IT: Amazon, $34.95

Once the game is on, you’re probably not going to want to get up 'til halftime. Thanks to the handy, insulated cooler attached to this chair, you never have to worry about that. We also love that it comes with a cup holder and travel bag, for even more convenience. Reviewers on Amazon say it's, "the ultimate tailgate chair" and we'd have to agree.

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BUY IT: Amazon, $34.95

If you have a bunch of tailgates to hit before the game starts, we suggest this three-in-one cooler. It functions as a chair, backpack and cooler, meaning you never have to worry about going anywhere without your favorite drink or pre-game snack.

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