Ice chests with speakers allow you to enjoy some good music along with your chilled drinks while catching fun outdoors. In the past, ice coolers didn’t come with built-in speakers, and you’d have to carry a speaker and music player separately. But things have changed, and the market now abounds with ice chests that have music players and speakers installed in them.
Best Ice Chests with Speakers: Our Top 5 Picks
Choosing the right ice cooler with built-in speakers from the tons of options available on the market can be quite challenging. So, we decided to scour the market and compare as many models as possible — with the aim of helping you make the right buying decision.
In this guide, we’ve put together detailed reviews of 5 of the best ice chests with speakers — carefully handpicked by our research team based on design, audio performance, durability, buyer reviews, and price.
Now, to the chase!
1. Recoil CA-3 Echo Pro Bluetooth Audio Cooler
There are so many things about the Recoil CA-3 Echo Pro Bluetooth Audio Cooler that we love. From the sound to the cooling unit itself, everything was designed to meet your beach hangout needs.
This cooler was designed for people that like to hang out with family and friends while enjoying loud music. You can use it at home as well, especially when spending time on the patio. It is not just for music and keeping your drinks cool, it does a lot more. You can use this cooler as a source of power to charge your mobile devices as well.
It comes with a 250-watt internal amplifier that powers a 6.5-inches speaker system. This should give you a clear picture of how much sound this system is capable of producing. The beauty is that it can connect to your mobile phone or some other device via Bluetooth. This means that you can stream your favorite playlists directly to the speaker.
Even if you don’t feel like using the Bluetooth feature, you can still play your music. You can connect to the speaker directly using the 3.5mm Aux port. This port allows you to connect a music player as input. But more than this, it gives you the opportunity to add more speakers of up to 100dB of sound. This way, you can link up between two and three speakers to play from the same playlist.
The built-in power bank ensures that you charge your mobile devices while playing your music. You are assured that they won’t run down and you won’t go out of music while hanging out. There are control buttons up the front to enable you to control your music from the cooler. You can change tracks, play or pause the songs, and increase or reduce music volume.
We cannot talk about this cooler without mentioning its cooling abilities. It is equipped with a highly insulated lid and walls. At 39 liters, there is enough space to store your drinks (at most 48 cans) and, of course, some ice. It has a leak-resistant drain that helps to rid of water without having to invert the cooler.
The lid of the Echo Pro is sturdy enough to carry up to 250lbs. This means that you can use it as a seat while hanging out. It also comes with phone holders and a molded-in cup. The cooler has two-way handles and heavy-duty wheels that make it easy to transport the ice chest around.
- Comes with a battery
- Built-in power bank
- Sturdy lid that can act as a seat
- Easy to move around
- Large storage space
- Very rich sound
- None that we could figure!
2. Coolbox the Entertainment Cooler
The Coolbox Entertainment Cooler prides itself as one of the best in the market. When you consider the features this cooler presents, it is almost impossible to argue with this claim. The first thing that strikes the eye when you see this unit is how sturdy it looks. Not only this, but it was also designed with premium materials to be durable.
The unit comes with three heavy-duty handles, two by the sides, and one on the lid. These ensure that you can carry the cooler around without a care in the world. Added to the lid is a holder for your smartphone or tablet. You can lodge any of them here while playing music. This holder keeps your device in place despite the vibrations coming from the sound of the speakers.
That’s not all. The Coolbox Entertainment Cooler also comes with a smartphone docking station. You can keep your device here while you enjoy your beach party. It is waterproof so it keeps your devices dry while they charge.
The box has a LED clock display to enable you to keep track of time while you party. There are two built-in USB ports for charging your phones, tablets, or other devices. You can recharge the cooler in two ways. Either with the wall socket or using USB. This makes it very convenient to recharge the cooler.
Connecting your music to the entertainment box is made easy because of the Bluetooth feature. It also has aux ports that can adapt to just about any device. It even allows you to connect other coolers as well. The battery can last up to 4 hours on a full charge.
In many ways, this cooler is a mix of fun and function. It provides you ample storage space to keep your food or drinks cold for long periods. The only challenge is that the storage space isn’t so large. It can only take about 22 cans of drinks. So you might need extra storage if you are expecting more people.
- Great design with the option of three colors (white, blue, and green)
- Sturdy and durable
- Easy to move around
- Long battery life
- Doesn’t have enough storage space
3. The No. 1 Cooler with Speakers
When the producers named this cooler the No. 1 Cooler, they were not far from the truth. This cooler presents you with so many amazing features, just like the other coolers on this list.
The standout feature of this cooler is the sound it produces. It is one of the loudest radio coolers you will ever hear. The 20-watt speakers are so loud you could almost deny that the sound isn’t from the unit. This is because the cooler itself has a very compact design.
The whole idea is to provide you with a portable radio cooler that you can take with you anywhere. Though it doesn’t feature so much storage space, it makes up for this with the other features. If you are expecting more than a few friends or family members, we advise that you get an extra cooler.
This cooler comes with a built-in power bank to keep your devices charged while you enjoy your music. The power bank can charge just about any device including smartphones, tablets, and anything you need a USB to charge. This means that you are assured of enjoying music on the go for several hours.
Another interesting feature of the No. 1 Cooler is the speakers. Asides being so loud, they are detachable. This means that you can take out the speakers and just move around with the cooler when you need too.
We cannot fail to mention the portability of this product. It comes with a single handle that you can sling across your chest or over your arm. You must be wondering how you will do this considering how heavy coolers are. The weight of this cooler beats the imagination – it weighs only 3 lbs. it even weighs less when you take out the speakers.
Don’t let the weight deceive you, the cooler is designed to be attractive and functional. It keeps food and drinks cold for very long periods. The battery life is also amazing. This cooler gives you steady music for up to 8 hours non-stop on a full charge.
There is just one color for this water-resistant cooler – black. However, what we cannot fail to mention is the 100% money-back guarantee and the customer service of the manufacturers. Most users applaud the customer service far more than the product. You even get a welcome guide when you buy the cooler for direction purposes.
- Very loud speakers
- Portable cooler
- USB charging
- Long battery life
- Detachable speakers
- Insufficient storage space
- Single handle
4. TUNES2GO CA-E065A KoolMAX Bluetooth Portable Speaker
For many people, the Tunes2Go Koolmax Bluetooth radio cooler is one of the best on the market. The manufacturers literally picked up the mistakes of other products and fixed everything in this cooler.
One of the first things you will notice with this unit is the size. It is large enough to accommodate up to 48 beer cans including ice. This is huge compared to other coolers on this list. The insulated walls on the hard-sided cooler ensure that you enjoy a better ice performance. Ice lasts for up to 48 hours in high temperatures when put in this cooler, making it great for weekend getaways.
Despite all these amazing features, it is the speakers that make this cooler stand out the most. Many brands feature between 10 and 15-watt speakers, this cooler turns up with speakers of 350 watts. That’s simply mind-blowing. It harnesses this sound through two high-performance tweeters and two 6.5 H-Fi water-resistant speakers. The only thing you don’t get in this package is a subwoofer, but it obviously makes up for this with other features.
There’s no doubt that this unit was built to give users maximum musical entertainment. It is one of the very few radio coolers that have a standard musical interface. This interface is similar to what you will see in a boat or car. It has a LED display that shows connection info, adjustments, and settings. You also have adjusters for FM radio, mode changer, equalizer, mic volume, fast-forward and rewind, master volume, and storage card port.
It gets better because the system allows you to connect other devices via Bluetooth to play music. You can also make use of the auxiliary connection to plug-in devices that aren’t Bluetooth-enabled. What’s more? USB ports and USB data ports indicate that you can charge and also play music via USB.
The performance of the speakers is nothing short of cool. With 350-watts, you are assured of hearing music sounds loud and clear. The batteries last up to 16 hours with an indicator that shows when you need to recharge.
Some of the other features of the Koolmax cooler include a built-in drain, remote control, detachable flashlight, and built-in LED bulb. This cooler brings you the whole package and comes in three colors – red, blue, and orange.
- Amazing sound
- Large storage
- LED indicator for the battery
- Long battery life
- No subwoofer
- Wires may disconnect from the batteries at times
5. Bud Light Soft Cooler Bluetooth Speaker
We all know Budweiser for producing great drinks. Who would have thought that they had produced a cooler bag as well? The Bud Light soft cooler bag isn’t just a cooler bag, it comes with speakers. This product prides itself on being very affordable – the most affordable on this list.
Do not mistake its affordability for lack of features. It comes with enough space to hold 24 beer cans and some ice. This is quite large for a mobile-cooler bag when you think about it. We should warn you at this point not to expect much insulation considering that the walls are not so thick. This means that your ice wouldn’t stay as ice for too long, so it is best to use ice packs instead.
The speakers aren’t so large with their 2.0 configuration. There is a rechargeable battery to power the speakers and this lasts for a few hours. Since the speakers are small, you can only use this cooler for small gatherings. Too much noise in the surrounding will drown the music.
It allows you to connect your music playing device via Bluetooth or an auxiliary cable. You shouldn’t expect too much from the Bluetooth considering how cheap this cooler is. Taking your device too far will cause interference or complete disconnection.
Some of the other features of the cooler include an overhead handle and a front zipper pocket. There are two color choices – blue (with the Bud Light logo), and red (with the Budweiser logo). The truth is that you wouldn’t get much from this cooler in terms of sound performance or durability. But if you need something affordable for a single person or couple, this cooler ticks that box.
- Very affordable cooler
- Portable design
- Allows Bluetooth and auxiliary connections
- Ample storage space
- Poor sound performance
- Not very durable
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