Coleman Removable Liner 16-Can Soft Cooler

Last updated date: May 8, 2020

DWYM Score
9.8


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 196 expert reviews, the Coleman Coleman Removable Liner 16-Can Soft Cooler placed 1st when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 28, 2020:
Checkout The Best Small Soft-Sided Cooler for a detailed review of all the top small soft-sided coolers.

Expert Summarized Score
6.5
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
3,579 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Durable and well-made. Ideal for travel; keeps food cold. A great value.
- BestReviews
It's simple, easy to use, and doesn't hold any surprises. It's a solid choice for an indoor lunchbox.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
Another great thing is the heat-welded seams, not only are the seams appropriately stitched but resist leaks too.
- Coolers Junkie
For carrying, you will find an adjustable shoulder strap that should be able to meet everybody’s needs no matter what their size is.
- The Cooler Zone
What’s unique about this product is its removable hard plastic lining, which can hold up to 16 cans!
- WFMY News 2
For ease of cleaning and extra hygiene, the removable antimicrobial lining makes this cooler simple to maintain.
- Smoked BBQ Source
One of its amazing attributes is its ability to resist odors. The interior liner is antimicrobial, therefore no more fungus or mold.
- Dotbeasts
Its interior hard shell is removable, so you can use either ice or ice packs to keep drinks cold.
- Wilderness Today
Lots of reviewers talk about how it’s great for kids and journeys. “We got this for a trip to Disney World, to stick in our stroller for the babies milk, drinks, and snacks for the rest of the family and it was perfect,” says a vacationer.
- New York Mag
The FDA-approved lining material is safe for food contact. This liner can be removed for easy cleaning in between uses and provides antimicrobial protection to resist odors, mold, and mildew
- Upgraded Points
Like it’s smaller model, the liner is removable, and the antimicrobial treatment ensures the safety and a complete lack of mold and mildew, odor, or anything else that can grind a picnic to a halt.
- In Stash
What experts didn't like
Occasional issues with the interior hard liner cracking.
- BestReviews
There are several mesh pockets, one on each side and one under the lid, which aren't big enough for much more than wrappers.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
While we love the shoulder strap, we think this model could be improved with the additional option of a grab handle for those who may find bearing weight on the shoulders uncomfortable.
- Smoked BBQ Source

From The Manufacturer

The Coleman 16-Can Soft Cooler goes with you to picnics, BBQs, camping, sporting events, tailgates and beyond. It holds 16 cans inside, and features plenty of extra storage space in its front zippered pocket, side mesh pockets, and mesh pocket in the lid. There are even bungees on the lid for stowing more extras! Sporting an adjustable shoulder strap, the cooler is soft on the outside for comfortable carrying, and has a hard plastic liner inside to protect your food from being crushed. The liner material is FDA approved for food contact, and is removable for easy cleaning. The Soft Cooler provides antimicrobial protection, to resist odors, mold, and mildew.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Coleman Removable Liner 16-Can Soft Cooler
Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 11
2. CleverMade Collapsible Cooler Bag
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 38
4. AO Coolers High-Density Insulation Original Soft Cooler
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 14
5. LUNCIA Waterproof Insulated Soft Cooler
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. YETI Portable Cooler
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 9
Coleman Soft Cooler, 30 can
7. Coleman Soft Cooler, 30 can
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 16
8. Coleman 9-Can Soft Cooler with Removable Liner
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 18
9. AO Coolers Soft Cooler
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 13
10. Lifewit Large Lunch Bag Soft Cooler
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
11. MIER Large Soft Cooler
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
12. Coleman 16-Can Soft Cooler with Removable Liner
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 32
13. Thermos Under Armour 24-Can Soft Cooler
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 2
14. MIER 24-Can Soft Cooler
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Small Soft-Sided Coolers

Soft coolers need to keep cold things cold, they need to be easy to use and durable as well. Some small soft coolers might be able to collapse for storage or traveling and it always helps if they have an aesthetically pleasing design since you might have one sitting next to you as you peer out over some otherwise beautiful views. Soft coolers offer plenty of advantages over hard coolers and if you’re in the market for a cooler to hold your cold drinks and food while you’re on the go, a soft cooler might be exactly what you’re looking for.

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A soft cooler is usually made from a durable fabric material with flexible insulation on all the sides that give the entire cooler enough flexibility to fit into weird shapes that aren’t exactly square. This flexibility allows them to be packed in with other gear more easily than similarly-sized hard coolers. This construction style means there are seams at the edges though and those seams can be prone to leaking if the cooler isn’t designed to account for that. A cooler that is soft and still leak-proof needs to have some kind of inner lining that is waterproof like on the Coleman 16-Can Soft Cooler with Removable Liner. An added benefit of having a liner that’s removable is the ability to take it out and thoroughly wash it after you inevitably spill something inside of it.

Soft coolers range in size quite drastically and they are often categorized by how many standard 12-oz cans they can hold. A small soft cooler can sometimes hold 6 or 9 cans and will have an incorporated handle to grab with one hand while walking out the door. These smaller coolers are great for times when you might want a few drinks while you’re out doing something like bird-watching or sitting on the beach, or they can be used as insulated lunch boxes for the frugal and health-minded meal prepper.

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While the internal liner on soft coolers will keep the ice from soaking into the fabric of the cooler, we might sometimes find ourselves in a situation where the outside of the cooler is getting wet the outer material is absorbing all that unwanted water. If you see yourself using this soft cooler while you’re fishing or kayaking, or even if you know you’ll have it out in the rain or snow every once in a while, you might want to look into waterproof coolers. These waterproof coolers will be coated in some kind of vinyl material that is entirely waterproof and the hardware and zipper will be waterproof as well.

A shoulder strap is one accessory that can be a game-changer if you’re concerned with the weight of a completely full cooler. Once you add ice and fill the cooler with drinks or food, it can become pretty heavy. A padded shoulder strap distributes that weight in a place that allows you to carry it more comfortably and it also frees up your hand so you can have more dexterity while carrying the cooler. A common size for a soft cooler is one that can hold a case of 24 cans, like the AO Coolers Soft Cooler, and having the added shoulder strap means that this cooler won’t be such a burden when you are carrying it from your car to your campsite.

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A soft cooler has a lot of useful functions on its own merit, but sometimes a cooler can be the only thing you take with you when you go somewhere like the beach. To add more utility to the outside of their soft coolers, some companies add bungee straps to the outside so you can conveniently stuff a wind-breaker or a towel in to take with you to your destination. Some designs like on the Coleman 9-Can Soft Cooler with Removable Liner even have exterior zippered pockets that you can toss your keys or wallet into and know that they will stay securely in place. These small coolers are a great carry-all for those who think they want that benefit, so it’s good to keep in mind when you’re searching for one.

The last major spec to look for in a soft cooler is how much insulation it offers. A thinner cooler will be a little bit easier to break down for flat storage, but it might only keep your ice solid for half a day or so. Generally, the thicker the insulation on a soft cooler is, the longer it will keep your cold items cold. If you are using one for an activity that lasts for just a portion of one day, you can get away with the thinner coolers on the market. If you’re hoping to go camping for the weekend and want to keep your food and drinks cold for a couple of days, you will really want to lean towards finding a thicker cooler that is rated for keeping things cold that long. These thicker coolers are a bit bulkier than the thinner soft coolers, but they still pack into your trunk with a lot more flexibility than a hard cooler while often keeping ice for just as long.

DWYM Fun Fact

On a hot summer day, the temperature in the direct sunlight can feel like it’s hotter than the temperature in a shaded area. The fact is that the temperature is the same in both places, but the fact that it feels hotter in the direct sunlight is due to a phenomenon called solar radiation. The direct sunlight heats your clothes and skin which makes you feel hotter. The solar radiation heats your cooler as well, if it’s in direct sunlight, effectively increasing the temperature of the outer material of the cooler which will then try to work its way into the cold contents inside.

The Small Soft-Sided Cooler Buying Guide

  • Keep your cooler out of direct sunlight if at all possible. This not only helps the contents of the cooler stay colder for a longer time, but it also helps the fabric or material on the outside of the cooler retain its original color and strength since direct sunlight will slowly erode the finish over time.
  • Put your cans in the cooler before your ice. Heat rises, so placing warm beverages on the bottom of the cooler with ice on top of them is the most efficient way to chill the drinks