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Prepare for a Perfect Spring Day With This Cooler, Now at a Chilled-Out Price

Coleman's small, red, hand-held cooler
Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Coleman via Amazon.

Why you want this: Though indoor entertaining is now finally on the pandemic horizon, we still face a period of time where gathering outside will be safer, or simply more pleasant! Whether you’re having folks over to your backyard or just taking your lunch to the park, this 5-quart Coleman cooler is small enough to be easily portable but large enough to pack a personal picnic or store drinks for a small get-together.

What the experts say: Good Housekeeping writes: “Coleman is a ubiquitous brand that has been making coolers since the 1950s. The Coleman 5 Quart FlipLid weighs in less than two pounds and it can keep six cans with ice cold for over one day. It features a sliding lid that doubles as a serving tray with two cupholders when flipped over and a pail-style plastic handle that makes it easy to carry.”

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What the people say: Everyman-size. “This is a great little cooler that bucks the current trend towards massively over-insulated coolers. I’m not a complete indoorsman, but at the same time, I don’t need something that’ll keep ice from melting over a three day fishing trip. This cooler fits my needs perfectly, whether they be keeping a couple of beers cold when ‘porch drinkin[g]’ with my neighbors, or a couple of sodas to keep handy on a road trip. This is a cooler that is well tailored to real-world food and drink storage needs.”

The Coleman FlipLid Personal Cooler is now $13, or 33 percent off the regular price. [Note: The Amazon pricing for this cooler fluctuates often, but we believe $13 is overall a good value for this item.]