$5.99; off the grocery-store shelf
Coolest Points: The big surprise of the test. This cheapie kept its cool on par with the competitors through the first day. We don’t have to tell you how light it is. If one should blow away (or, in the case our durability tests, get blown away ... twice), you buy another one for six bucks.
Lukewarm: Cold, yes. Sturdy, nope. We used two of these styrofoam boxes and at the end of the day had nothing left but foam confetti — they did not pass our sit-down or durability tests. There’s no drain, so you have to tip it carefully to get rid of excess water without causing a soda-can avalanche.
Tip: Write “not a seat!” on the lid.
To see the coolers go head-to-head check out our video.