CleverMade Collapsible Cooler Bag, 50-Can

Last updated date: November 20, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 177 expert reviews, the CleverMade CleverMade Collapsible Cooler Bag, 50-Can placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note December 4, 2019:
Checkout The Best Large Soft-Sided Cooler for a detailed review of all the top large soft-sided coolers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
35 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
1,179 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Leak proof so you can add ice without worries.
- BestReviews
This cooler bag has a maximum carry capacity of 50 cans, so it’s large enough to accommodate several meals and drinks along with the ice needed to cool them. The bag’s outer shell is made out of a rip-stop fabric that not only makes the bag durable but also makes it water-resistant.
- Cooler List
October 13, 2019 | Full review
We like that is made with rip-stop fabric which makes these cooler bags extremely durable and water resistant. These cooler bags are very spacious and can hold up to 50 cans plus ice.
- Top Ten Review Pro
January 25, 2019 | Full review
Although it has a 50-can capacity when fully loaded, it can pack down small enough to tuck away in any closet or even in a drawer. If that were all there was to say about this affordable, durable tote cooler.
- Business Insider
October 29, 2019 | Full review
The storage compartment of the SnapBasket features an insulated liner complete with leak-proofing.
- Kitchenistic
When loaded to full capacity, it can weigh as much as 50 pounds, but it’s easy to carry with its two types of handles.
- Globo Turf
The interior is certified leak proof, stuff in all your drinks plus ice and you won’t find signs of sweat on it. When you aren’t using the bag, you can collapse into a smaller size and store it away.
- Coolers Junkie
August 25, 2019 | Full review
The capacity of this best cooler bag is amazing that you could pack things, 50 cans plus ice. You can easily store your food and drink to carry along when you have to go out. When holding it, you will feel very comfortable with side grip and duffle bag handles.
The other feature we liked was the bottle opener built into the carrying straps, which means you never have to resort to cheesy bar tricks to open your beer again.
- Men's Journal
While collapsed, the cooler is easy to store while loaded down for a beach trip or in the house awaiting the next trip. When snapped open, the cooler is quite sturdy and does hold a lot of drinks.
- Gear Diary
August 5, 2019 | Full review
The cooler is collapsible and can easily snap open. This makes packing it away and saving space a big bonus. Its insulated interior is leak proof, while the tough exterior is designed with rip-stop fabric. This makes it very durable while being resistant to water.
- Guy Stop Travel
This cooler is made from a combination of polyester, polyethylene vinyl acetate, polypropylene and ABS. It’s a cooler that can be lifted by its top handles for lighter loads or by its side handles for loads that are a bit heavier.
- The Lake And Stars
It has space-saving alternative which combines storage, transport and packing into one collapsible and reusable cooler which snaps open.
- HikerTrack
It’s designed with rip-stop fabric for extreme durability and water resistance. This versatile cooler snaps open with ease and holds 50 cans plus ice. It features a zippered front pocket for valuables. Located on the strap is a built-in bottle opener, eliminating the need to worry about packing additional accessories.
- ReasonBuy
The SnapBasket by CleverMade, which can be folded down to a mere 3 inches. Made of super durable and water-resistant nylon ripstop fabric, this sturdy cooler has a zippered front pocket, a back mesh pocket, and a completely leak-proof interior capable of storing more than 50 pounds of stuff.
- Bustle
May 18, 2018 | Full review
The CleverMade SnapBasket is an inexpensive soft side beach cooler made from an extremely durable and water-resistant rip-stop fabric which protects the cooler from tears and scratches.
- Land Of The Traveler
Collapsible for easy storage when not in use.
- Beckworth & Co
February 16, 2019 | Full review
Made of rip-stop fabric, both the exterior and interior are extremely durable and spill proof. The top grips are soft and secure when bound together. When carrying food, the bag has enough rigidity to keep contents from spilling inside or over the top.
- The Spruce Eats
To make it more likable, the cooler is leak-proof. The insulated body, lid, base, and interior which is ideal for keeping food and drinks cold and fresh everywhere you go. The comfortable side grip and the impressive duffle bag handles ensure a seamless heavy lifting of the breeze.
- Cookware Ideas
Flop-free structured design means no more spilled groceries.
- Supsekens.com
The interior is leakproof. Rip-stop fabric offers excellent water resistance and durability. This bag cooler is designed not to flop so you’ll never spill your groceries when you put down the bag.
- Idea Hacks
The cooler is made of strong and water-resistant fabric. You could also fold the cooler into compact size that takes up small space for storage, namely only 3 inches size.
- A Top Daily
We like the rip-stop design for the fabric, making it very durable. The side grip is another cool feature we appreciate about this bag, and this adds to your ease when lifting and carrying this bag.
- 10 Best Product
For as long as it’s better jam-packed, this type of cooler can definitely be sure that you’re able to perform better in your outdoor camping excursion.
- AppBodia
March 6, 2019 | Full review
When in use the tote has a firm structure and won’t flop over, meaning that you won’t be spilling ice and food out of the top. And once it’s empty, you can simply collapse the cooler down flat and store it easily in your car or even in a suitcase to travel with it.
- Women Today
Collpasible cooler that is easy to pack.
- Hombre Golf Club
The inside is completely waterproof and insulated.
- Fishing Picks
The bag itself is made from a durable/sturdy polyester that will ensure that you can use it plenty often.
- Travel Gear Zone
The material combination include a 50% polyester with 10% polypropylene, 35% polyethylene vinyl and other materials which will not leak even when subjected to extreme conditions.
- Outdoor Finders
This bag collapses down flat for your trip, and quickly expands with enough cold space for a family. CleverMade interiors are leak resistant, and designed to keep ice cold for up to 36 hours.
- Outer Banks
Multiple pockets. With its multiple pockets, you can stash dry goods and gear in the outside pockets, saving room inside for items that require controlled temperatures.
- Active Weekender
There are a number of little details that make this worth picking up. Padded grips on the straps—two on the side, one on top—make it easy to handle and carry. A zippered pocket on the front and a mesh pouch on the back let you store other small oddments in it.
- Pick A Kayak
October 11, 2018 | Full review
The cooler can be wiped down for easy clean-up, and the whole thing collapses to less than three inches high, with a built-in elasticized strap ensuring it stays flat and compact when stored.
- Modern Farmer
September 3, 2018 | Full review
This cooler is an absolute space-saver and combines packing, storage and transport into one single collapsible cooler, capable of holding 50 cans in addition to ice.
- Med Cruise Guide
The Clevermade also offers a storage area outside for those items that do not need to be chilled. It is leak-proof so that you do not have to worry about spilling water and it is made with rip-stop fabric.
- Coolers On Sale
What experts didn't like
The zipper is just OK quality.
- BestReviews
The zipper quality could have been better.
- Top Ten Review Pro
January 25, 2019 | Full review
Single day ice retention
- Business Insider
October 29, 2019 | Full review
The cooling capacity lasts only for 8 hours, so it’s not suitable for longer camping trips.
- Globo Turf
Not too strong zippers.
- Coolers Junkie
August 25, 2019 | Full review
The shape and sturdy feet on the Snapbasket make it hard — but not impossible — to tip over. If that happens, you’re going to get some leakage through the zipper.
- Men's Journal
Does not keep ice as long as some other coolers
- Guy Stop Travel
No shoulder straps.
- Land Of The Traveler
Main top zipper is difficult to open/close; gets snagged on the inner lining of the cooler.
- Beckworth & Co
February 16, 2019 | Full review
Lack of shoulder strap makes it difficult to carry for long periods.
- Idea Hacks
But if there is one thing that is a bit frustrating about this bag, it is how it fails to remain upright unless it is full. The sides do not stay upright when you only put a few cans.
- 10 Best Product
The only complaint about this cooler is the lid zipper, which can break after several months of use if not treated gently.
- Women Today
The exterior will sweat due to ice.
- Hombre Golf Club
it doesn’t keep ice cold for as long as some of the other models I’ve seen.
- Fishing Picks
Very large. Unless you plan to camp for several days or with a very large group of people, this cooler may be larger than you need.
- Active Weekender
As you’d expect, the lightweight material doesn’t provide insulation equal to other alternatives. It will keep contents cold for a full day, but don’t expect much beyond that.
- Pick A Kayak
October 11, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Clever Made snap basket 50 can tahoe collapsible soft-sided cooler is a smart, space-saving solution to simplify all of your shopping trips and day-to-day tasks. Its heavy duty design with durable polyester fabric has extreme durability and water resistance. This versatile cooler snaps open with ease and holds 50 cans of your favorite beverages plus ice. It features a zippered front pocket for valuables like your keys or your wallet and there is also a back pocket for additional storage. Located on the strap is a built-in bottle opener eliminating the need to worry about packing additional accessories for your next summer BBQ or golf outing. Use the bottle opener to quickly open a bottle of beer to get the party started quickly. The clever Made snap basket cooler is also a favorite of Nursing women who need to keep breast milk cold for short period of time. With a leak-proof insulated interior (body, base and lid), The cooler is ideal for keeping drinks and food cold everywhere you go. Measuring 18. 25" L x 12. 25" W x 12" H, it holds 30 liters (8 gallons) by volume, with a load capacity over 50 pounds. Comfortable, side grip and duffel bag handles make heavy lifting a breeze. This sturdy, soft-sided cooler not only wipes clean, but collapses flat to 3" For compact storage.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Coleman Soft Cooler with Removable Liner, 16-Can
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 32
2. AO Coolers Original Soft Cooler, 36-Can
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 20
3. Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze, 30-Can
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 26
4. Coleman Soft Cooler, 30-Can
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 16
5. CANWAY Large Cooler Bag, 40-Can
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 3
6. OlarHike 30 Liter Large Cooler, 40-Can
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 3
7. CleverMade SnapBasket, 30-Can
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 2
8. CleverMade Collapsible Cooler Bag, 50-Can
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 35
9. Thermos Under Armour, 24-Can
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 2
10. HANIC 30 Liter Large Cooler Bag, 40-Can
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Large Soft-Sided Coolers

Is it your turn to bring the drinks for your child’s sports team? Are you having a picnic in the park with a group of friends? Perhaps you’re taking your family on a camping trip for the weekend. If any of these ring true, you’ll need a large soft-sided cooler instead of a smaller model. As you browse through the available options, keep the following features in mind:

Start by examining the materials used to make the cooler. Soft canvas materials are great for day-to-day activities, like sporting events and home barbecues, but you’ll need a tougher exterior for hiking and camping trips. The Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze, 30-Can has an exterior that is abrasion and puncture resistant. It’s not going to rip if it brushes up against a tree branch.

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Take a look at the insulation next. In addition to heat-welded seams that prevent leaks, you’ll want to check that the insulation has been treated with anti-microbials, like the Coleman Soft Cooler with Removable Liner, 16-Can. This treatment prevents fungus and mildew from forming on the liner. That, in turn, also prevents unpleasant odors from developing.

Consider the large soft-sided cooler’s capacity. Let’s say your child has 15 teammates and they each drink one water bottle per game. A 16-can cooler would be fine. However, if your family of four drinks three cans per day and you’re going to be camping for a total of three days, you’ll need a cooler that can handle 36 beverages.

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Review the cooler’s design to see how you’re expected to carry it. The AO Coolers Original Soft Cooler, 36-Can offers two different methods for carrying your drinks. There is a set of handles that meet on top of the bag for carrying the cooler with your hands. There’s also a removable should strap, should you wish to attach it and sling the cooler across your shoulder.

Check for any extras that make one large soft-sided cooler stand out over another. The Coleman Soft Cooler, 30-Can has a front pocket for storing dry snacks or plastic utensils. Other models also have mesh pockets on the side, as well as bungees and clips for attaching everything from keys to bottle openers to reusable water bottles.

DYWM Fun Fact

While you may be tempted to simply toss items in your large soft-sided cooler, throw some ice on top and be on your way, this isn’t actually the most effective way to pack your cooler. Follow these tips to keep your food and drinks nice and cold (and safe to consume):

  • The day before your planned outing, grab your cooler from storage and place it in the coolest room of your house. Just before you go to bed for the evening, toss a bag of ice in the cooler. This will cool the unit down so that’s ready for packing the next day.
  • If you need to bring both food and drinks, it’s best to have one cooler dedicated to each instead of mixing the two together. Repeat the tip above for any additional coolers you intend on bringing.
  • Don’t pack warm foods and drinks in the cooler and expect ice to cool them down. You want to place meats in the freezer and drinks in the refrigerator the night before you plan on packing them. That way the meats will safely thaw by the time you want to cook them and drinks won’t be warm and unpleasant to drink.
  • Pack the coldest items on the bottom of the cooler and keep any fragile foods on top. Don’t leave any open spaces. Fill those with extra ice. It’s also a good idea to place meats and deli items in their own plastic bags with a clear label on top to identify what is in the bag.
  • When you get to your destination, locate a cool shady spot to store the cooler. Putting it directly in the path of the sun will cause the contents to thaw much faster and possibly even spoil.

The Large Soft-Sided Cooler Buying Guide

  • If you’ve narrowed your search down to two or three models, take a look to see if any of them offer a product warranty or a customer satisfaction guarantee. This is often a good indication that the company stands behind its products.
  • Even though many of the large soft-sided coolers are treated to keep mold, mildew and fungus at bay, they still need to be cleaned after each use. Dump out any melted ice outside or in your kitchen sink. Use warm water and dish soap to wipe down the inside of the cooler. Rinse clean and either air dry or use a lint-free cloth to remove the water. Don’t zip the cooler shut and place on a storage shelf if any water remains inside.
  • Look at the type of material your soft-sided cooler is made out of if it gets dirty. You may be able to wipe it down the same way you did with the inside. Other fabrics, however, may require the use of a spot cleaner made for clothing.
  • Depending on what you carry inside your cooler, it may begin to smell slightly over time. The good news is there are several all-natural ways to combat this and restore your cooler so that you can continue to use it for many more years to come. Sprinkle baking soda all over the inside of the cooler and let it sit overnight. Rinse it clean the next morning and the odors should be gone. If you have white distilled vinegar on your shelf and no baking soda, you can spray the vinegar on the inside of the cooler and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it clean. Vinegar is also a powerful deodorizer and it even has the ability to kill germs.
  • Be conscious of how much weight you put in the large soft-sided cooler if you plan on carrying it using the shoulder strap. You don’t want to risk injuring your back.
  • When it comes to large soft-sided cooler prices, you’ll see that capacity and materials used make a difference in how much you’ll pay. The Coleman Soft Cooler with Removable Liner, 16-Can and the Coleman Soft Cooler, 30-Can cost half the price of the Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze, 30-Can, as the Arctic Zone model features a hard outer shell. The AO Coolers Original Soft Cooler, 36-Can is at the top of the price range because it holds the most cans.