Best Cooler for Truckers Review

By big-rig-admin | Trucker Gear Review

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Keeping your stuff chilled... Our Cooler Reviews

Reviews and Top Picks for 2017

Want to know the best way to save money while you are on the road? Start off with avoiding the trap of only purchasing food and drinks at the truck stop. As it is difficult to park just anywhere with your shining (but oversized) big rig you can be limited on where you can go to pick up supplies. Our suggestion: take a look at our cooler reviews so that you can save time and money.

Quick Comparison of 2017's Best Ice-less Coolers




Our Rating

Coleman 40 Quart PowerChill Thermoelectric Cooler


Igloo 00040374 Iceless Thermoelectric Cooler


Koolatron 36 qt. Kool Kaddy Cooler


Wagan 2577 Personal Fridge/Warmer - 7L Capacity


Save your money and your health

As previously mentioned, you can wind up saving a whole heap of cash just by purchasing at your local Grocery store or Warehouse chain in advance. Stock up on your case of water, or snacks, lunch meats, salads etc. where the cost is acceptable and avoid the trap of grabbing things due to convenience while at the Truck stop.

You can also achieve a healthier diet by pre-planning your meals and snacks. The only catch is that some of these items will require some refrigeration. This is where your new iceless cooler will come in handy.

Save time and be prepared

Some additional advantages that come with owning an iceless cooler are that it can save you time as well. You will already have ready-made meal solutions and drinks on hand which can avoid the need for parking, shopping and waiting in line to make your (over-priced) truck stop purchases. In addition, you can take advantage while you are waiting at your shipper or receiver and not miss your meals or go thirsty.

What to look for

So what should we be looking for when purchasing our new iceless cooler? One thing is to look for known and reputable companies. Our reviews cover products made by Coleman, Igloo, Koolatron, and Wagan. All known and respected companies that have manufactured products for some time and have good reputations.

Another thing that you will want to use in determining the best product for your situation is the size of the cooler. You may have a certain space in your truck in mind that you want to place the cooler and so, size dimensions are important in this regard. Most of the coolers that follow can be stood up like a small refrigerator, or can be sat down like a traditional cooler. We even have a smaller model that sits between your seats or on the passenger seat if this is something you prefer.

In addition to size, we also need to check that the manufacturer has some sort of warranty. This will protect you in case some defect comes up. It is important to read the documents that come with your cooler so that you will know how to keep it running optimally and avoid problems that uninformed users have. For example, not blocking the motor and air vents of the cooler, not placing items too close to the inside cooling apparatus, keeping the vents clean of debris etc. will assist in getting a longer life span out of the cooler.

Maximize flexibility

Some companies will not have a refrigerator installed in the trucks and will not allow the driver to mount any. These coolers offer the perfect solution for these situations. Also, just because you do have a refrigerator installed, don’t miss out on the advantage of having a cooler within reach so that you can grab a cold drink or snack while still in the driver’s seat (Again, saving time and money and keeping those wheels turning!).

For what it's worth

Last thing we want to mention before getting to the individual reviews is proper expectations. These iceless coolers are not refrigerators. Most of them work on the basis of keeping items a certain degree cooler than the exterior temperature (40 degrees cooler than the surrounding temp. as an example). So keep these points in mind.

Consider this:

Carefully consider the benefits to using these iceless coolers:

  • · Much lower cost than a traditional refrigerator which does not need to be mounted
  • · Flexibility of moving the cooler to different areas of the truck for convenience
  • · Saves time and money while on the road
  • · Does not require the continuing purchase of ice

And with all that in mind you have a great solution in these iceless coolers.

Here is a video which explains how to care for and extend the life of your iceless cooler:

Now let’s take a look at our picks for the Best Iceless Coolers for 2017:

A review of the Coolers:

Coleman 40 Qt. Powerchill Thermoelectric cooler

Large 40 Quart Capacity

Size: 21.75 x 15 x 17.5 inches

Weighs: 15.3 pounds

  • Door converts to open from left or right
  • Convenient adjustable tray
  • 1 Year warranty
  • No way to control temperature
  • Can freeze up if not careful

Works great, no more buying bags of ice. Keep it in a little warmer place if you dont want food to freeze. Its designed to lower the temp 40 degrees less that outside temps keep that in mind. Follow the instructions/suggestions and you'll be happy with this. Im a trucker, and this is a great cooler for over the road.

Cooler user

Igloo Iceless Thermoelectric Cooler

Fan circulated convection cooling

Size: 21.9 x 15.2 x 16.8 inches

Weighs: 18.8 pounds

  • You can use it like a fridge or ice chest
  • Adjustable shelf
  • 1 Year warranty
  • Shorter plug than others (5 ft)
  • Takes some time to chill items at first

Igloo has always outperformed all other iceless coolers in longevity and not icing up. I am a long-haul truck driver and the cooler runs 24/7. Products are always cold.

Cooler user

Koolatron Kool Kaddy Cooler

Cools and Heats

Size: 21.2 x 16.2 x 16 inches

Weighs: 16 pounds

  • Can cool or warm
  • Easy to carry
  • Has 1 year warranty
  • Could use more insulation
  • Construction could be sturdier

This cooler was purchased two years ago and still working just fine. It's used daily in a tractor trailer and is perfect for over the road truckers

Marilyn Coppola
Cooler purchaser

Wagan Personal Fridge/Warmer

Most portable option

Size: 12.5 x 6.8 x 12 inches

Weight: 6.5 pounds

  • Can cool or warm
  • Doubles as a drink holder/arm rest
  • Smaller - More portable
  • Smaller capacity
  • Some reported plug issues

Great gadget. My husband works over the road and this item works well for keeping his food hot/cold

Cooler purchaser

My Recommendation

All the coolers reviewed have their positives and negatives. The main thing that you want to remember is to keep the cooler in the best shape possible and heed the usage warnings given in the video provided. My recommendation is the Koolatron for the following reasons:

It has the added capability of cooling and warming

Large capacity for holding contents

Uses very little power and has limited parts that can break.

9 foot cord which maximizes the ability to move it around to where you need it.

All of the coolers presented are fine models and would be of benefit for the road warrior looking to save money and time while out on the road.

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