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Coolers for truck drivers: 5 options for different budgets

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For truck drivers, having a reliable way to keep food and beverages cold is important for both comfort and well-being. But how do truckers keep food cold if they don't have a built-in refrigerator in their trucks? For them, the solution lies in finding a portable cooler that suits their budget and needs. 

Keep reading to see five of the best coolers for truck drivers, ranked from least to most expensive. 

5 coolers for truck drivers  

A RoadPro RP5370 cooler.

This RoadPro cooler is one of the best 12-volt coolers for truckers on a budget who want to keep snacks and beverages cold during shorter trips. 

Features include: 

  • A soft-sided design that makes it easy to store when not in use.
  • Cooling technology that ensures consistent temperature without the need for ice.
  • Heavy-duty insulation that is powered via a 12-volt port.
  • An adjustable shoulder strap that allows for easy carrying.
  • 15-liter capacity that holds a half-case of 12-ounce cans.

An Igloo iceless cooler.

This Igloo cooler is a stylish and efficient option for truck drivers looking for an ice-free cooler.  

Features include: 

  • An iceless design that leaves more room for food and drinks.
  • A awing-up bale handle and molded-in side handles for lifting.
  • A curved back that hugs your side while carrying.
  • A quiet, brushless motor.
  • Convection cooling that cools food and drinks down to 36 degrees below surrounding temperature.
  • An 8-foot power cord.
  • 28-quart capacity that holds up to 32 12-ounce cans.

Coleman 40-Quart Thermoelectric Cooler

A Coleman thermoelectric cooler.

This Coleman cooler is a versatile option for truck drivers who need both hot and cold storage. 

Features include: 

  • The ability to cool items down to 40 degrees below room temperature or heat them to 140 degrees.
  • 40-quart capacity that holds up to 44 cans.
  • A versatile design that allows it to be set up like a traditional chest cooler or a refrigerator.
  • Doors that open from both sides, for added flexibility.
  • An 8-foot power cord.
  • Tray shelves to keep items organized.

Koolatron P75 36-Quart Electric Cooler

A Koolatron P75 cooler.

The Koolatron P75 is another great option for drivers who need a lightweight cooler with both heating and cooling options. 

Features include: 

  • The ability to cool down to 40 degrees below surrounding temperature, or warm to 135 degrees.
  • 36-quart capacity that holds up to 57 cans.
  • Removable basket-style shelves that allow for easy organization.
  • A versatile design that allows it to be set up like a traditional chest cooler or a refrigerator.
  • A 12-volt DC adapter.
  • A Magnetic seal and advanced insulation that ensures efficient cooling.

A Dometic CFX3 cooler.

The Dometic CFX3 is a great option for truckers who are willing to spend more, as its temperature control allows them freeze items and store perishable food with ease. 

Features include: 

  • The ability to refrigerate or freeze, down to –7 degrees.
  • Compatibility with the CFX3 app, which allows you to track the cooler’s performance.
  • A high-resolution display and soft-touch buttons that allow for easy temperature control.
  • A powerful compressor that isolates noise and reduces vibration.
  • Removable wire dividers to help with organization.

Wondering what to pack in your new cooler?

Check out our simple grocery list for truck drivers to discover all the produce, snacks, dairy products and more you can store in your cooler and enjoy while on the road.
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