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Floating Cooler For River or Pool

For many Summer time means fun in the sun! For us, this means spending as much time on the water as possible. Unfortunately, this also means hot, which is why summer and water are usually combined thoughts. Before you head out to the river this summer, be sure to consider getting a floating cooler for river fun. This will prevent climbing back up into the boat, swimming to shore, or at the very least, making you the hit of the party.

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Floating Cooler Comparison

CoolerMax Cans?RatingPrice
Big Bobber
Big Bobber Floating Cooler
12 Cans
Rating: 4.3
$$$
GoPong Rack
Go Pong Floating Cooler Raft
10 Cups
Rating: 4.0
$
Kelsyus Swimways
KelsysSwimWays
18 Cans
Rating: 4.2
$$$
Intex MegaChill
IntextMegaChill
72 Cans
Rating: 4.6
$$$
Airhead
Airhead Aqua Oasis Review

24 Cans

4.7

$$

Sevylor
Sebylor Ice Chest Float

28qt

4.3

$

Intex
Floating River Cooler Float

18 Cans

4.2

$

CreekKooler
Creek Cooler

30 Cans

4.4

$$$$

AhhQua Bar
AhhQua Bar Floating Cooler Bar

6 Cans

3.2

$$$

Beistle
Pirate Ship Cooler Float

72 Cans

4.1

$$

What Are Floating Coolers?

A floating cooler is simply a cooler that can float on the water along with you. This gives you easy access to snacks and drinks while you are tubing down the river, swimming at the sandbar, or doing any other kind of water activity. It is also a cooler that if you are on your boat and it falls overboard, you will not have to worry about losing all of your drinks.

Floating Cooler For River, Pool, Tubing etc

Big Bobber Floating Cooler

Most people use their floating coolers as a floating bar. They may put drinks for their children and adult beverages for the grown-ups. You can put anything into an inflatable cooler that you would put into a regular land cooler. It simply will not sink if it gets wet, even if you have a bag of ice and all of your snacks and sodas in it.

A floating ice chest is ideal for any situation that involves water and summer fun. They are very popular with tubing adventures because a floating cooler is easier to manage than securing a cooler inside of another float. There is virtually no chance of it tipping over and spilling out, whereas a tube that has the weight of a cooler on it, may do so.

Which Type of Floating Cooler Do You Need?

Some people also want a floating cooler for their swimming pool. It is a great way to keep your beverages close so that every time you want a beer or soda you do not have to leave your friends sitting in the pool waiting on you to return. However, when choosing a floating cooler, you do need to keep in mind that there are a couple different types of floating cooler.

How To Use A Floating CoolerOne is created for heavy duty uses, such as the river or the beach. These coolers are often made a little more solid. They are often made in the same way as a roto molded cooler, but they have a float or a large base on them to increase their ability to stay upright while floating on water.

The other type of cooler is typically going to be a blow up style float and a cooler that sits on top of it. These coolers are not designed to hold a lot of weight because it is assumed you will not be floating down stream, five miles from your car when you use them. They are not able to handle waves as well as other floating coolers.

Perhaps to gain a better understanding of what you need in a floating cooler, you should look at some of the more popular cooler choices. This will point you in the right direction so that you know what is available and what type of situation they are most able to handle.

Most Popular Floating Coolers

Big Bobber Floating Cooler

This big bobber cooler has an easy to carry handle built into it ensuring easy portability whether you are on the water or just getting to the river. It is also lightweight at only 4.9 pounds and created in the USA with high quality material. The coolest part about it is the fact that it looks like a very large bobber, but it holds up to 12 cans of your favorite beverage as well as enough ice to keep your drinks nice and cool. This is one of the most popular floating cooler options as well as one of the most affordable. Big Bobber Floating Cooler

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GoPong Pool Pong Rack Floating Beer Pong Set

Go Pong Floating Cooler RaftWith this set you can challenge all your pool buddies to an exciting game of beer pong. The set comes with two floating rafts that can hold six cups each and three balls. If you are unsure of how to play beer pong, instructions are also included within the set. You can use empty cups when playing the game or use it as a floating drink holder. No matter which way you choose to use it, it is certainly going to add a little more fun to your swimming pool.

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Kelsyus Floating Cooler

Kelsysus Inflatable CoolerThis floating cooler is insulated and also has six numbered cup holders around the cooler’s base. The labeled holes ensure that no matter which way the cooler gets turned, everyone will know which drink is theirs. The cooler is large enough to hold 18 cans of beer or soda without ice. If you want ice to keep them cold longer, you can still carry 12 cans. It also has a zippered lid to keep it closed when you are not getting a new drink out of the cooler. When it comes time for you to return home, cleaning out the cooler is a breeze. Simply pull out the liner and then fold it up. You can then put it into a convenient carrying case. See the Carrying Case Here⇒Kelsyus Floating Cooler

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GoPong Pool Party Barge

Go Pong Floating GameThis floating beer pong table has everything you could possibly want in your pool. It is a 6 feet long floating beer cooler that doubles as a beer pong float. This is a larger version with 10 cups, instead of the 6 cup setup above. There is a cooler for your drinks or ice in the middle of the barge and cup holders for your beverage of choice scattered down each of the sides. The cooler is large enough to hold 18 cans of beer or soda with ice to keep them cool while you party and play with your friends. Go Pong Floating Raft Cooler

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Intex Mega Chill II

This very large floating raft can hold a cooler that can carry up to 72 cans of beer or soda as well as enough ice to keep everything cold. You can use any cooler up to a 48 quart cooler, even your favorite yeti or grizzly cooler. It also has 6 cup holders on each end of the raft and 4 heavy duty handles to make enjoying the water easier on everyone. It comes with a repair patch in case you damage the inflatable raft. This is the perfect solution if you want to bring your cooler along with, but want a floating solution. IntextMegaChill

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Airhead Aqua Oasis

Airhead Aqua Oasis ReviewThis insulated nylon cooler is ideal for pool parties, sandbar raft-ups and river time fun. It is bright colored so that it can be seen even as the day turns to night. This is ideal considering the cooler can hold ice and its beverages for several hours. It holds up to 24 cans and there is room on the removable base for 6 cans as well as a cell phone or suntan lotion. There is a molded plastic rope connector on board to help you tether it to your floating lounge, a boat, or a dock. On the base, the cooler measures 14 x 10 x 5 inches and weighs only 2.4 pounds.

Aqua Oasis Floating Bar

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Sevylor Inflatable Cooler Float

Sevylor Cooler RaftThis cooler float allows you to use the cooler you already have when going to the river or in the pool. It works with Coleman coolers that are up to 28qt. It is durable thanks to its 10-gauge PVC and 12-gauge PVC construction. This float has four drink holders which will stay close to you if you use the Snap ‘N’ Stay cords to connect to other Sevylor floats. It inflates easily and deflates quickly when you are ready for the party to end.

Sebylor Ice Chest Float

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Intex River Run II

River Run Floating CoolerThis cooler is attached to two floats so that you can float along with a friend, as well as your favorite beverages. It can hold 18+ cans in its large cooler. Built in backrests ensure maximum comfort when floating. This will work well for all water fun and you do not have to worry about it busting since it has five air chambers. There are two cup holders and a center storage area. It measures in at right at 8ft x 62in. There are two heavy duty grab handles on each side, an all-around grab rope, and connectors that attach easily. The bottom is made of mesh to ensure you get to enjoy the cool water while floating.

Floating River Cooler Float

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CreekKooler

This cooler is ideal for towing behind a kayak or tube, ultimately saving space inside of the kayak as an added bonus. It is available in four colors including, beige, blue, white, and red. It is a large cooler that is able to hold up to 30 cans along with 20lbs of ice. It is very insulated and able to keep ice and drinks cold for a weekend. Thanks to two handles, you can tow it in the water or drag it on the shore. You can also use it as a dry storage area if you do not need to take along drinks. There are four drink holders on the deck of this American Made, dual walled, roto molded cooler float. It is a hard-shell cooler, so it will weigh in at about 20 pounds empty. It measures 39.5 x 11.5 x 21 inches.

Creek Cooler

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AhhQua Bar

Ahhqua Bar ReviewThe AhhQua Bar is made of PVC and can seat up to four people. Each seat will hold 200 pounds. There is a drink storage area in the middle of the “bar” so that you can sit with friends and relax in the pool. It comes with a repair kit that includes two 3” self-adhesive patches. It also comes with a 90-day warranty ensuring that there are no manufacturer defects. This bar measures 15 x 6 x 14 inches, but weighs only 2 pounds.

AhhQua Bar Floating Cooler Bar

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Beistle Pirate Ship

This cooler ship is ideal for pirate birthday parties and kids swimming pools, or those of us that think we are pirates. It is made of high quality material and measures 11 x 2.5 x 8 inches. It is large enough to hold small children or pets, but it is designed to hold 72 cans of soda along with ice. Parents use it for all types of things including ball pits and snack coolers at parties that are pirate themed.

Pirate Ship Cooler Float