Updated: December 2019
All work and no play, they say, makes Jack a dull boy.
What do all work and no food then do?
Surely not something you want to find out while at work. That is why it’s deemed necessary that you make provisions for not only what you eat before going to work but what you eat while there too.
What better way to do that than getting the proper lunch cooler for your specific needs?
Of the barrage of lunch coolers out there, you should understand that not all of them are well suited to your individual needs. You will even be amazed to know that the very best cooler on the market might not be the ideal option for you.
That is not because it is not good enough but just for the fact that it won’t meet your specific needs. To make sure you get something that aligns with your interests, we have curated the list of diverse lunch coolers for different categories that you can choose from.
Without further do, let’s get into the work of the day. Before that though, how about you look at some of the things you should keep in mind before putting your money down on an option.
- 1 Best Lunch Coolers For Professionals 2019
- 1.1 Stanley 7QT – Best Lunch Cooler For Construction Workers
- 1.2 Attican Hango Insulated Lunch Cooler Bag
- 1.3 Arctic Zone Titan Zipperless Cooler
- 1.4 Lifewit Large Cooler Insulated Lunch Bag
- 1.5 Apollowalker Waterproof Cooler Tote Bag
- 1.6 OPUX Premium Medium Capacity Lunch Cooler
- 1.7 Klein Tools Cooler – Best Lunch Box For Construction Workers
- 1.8 BALORAY Leakproof Tote Bag Cooler
- 1.9 Coleman Soft Cooler with Hard Liner
- 1.10 Zuzuro Insulated Lunch Cooler Box
- 1.11 Pros
- 1.12 Cons
- 2 Things to Consider Before Buying Lunch Coolers
Best Lunch Coolers For Professionals 2019
Combining all of the above buying considerations and more salient ones too, here are the top lunch coolers that you should consider buying.
Stanley 7QT – Best Lunch Cooler For Construction Workers
The Stanley 7QT is built with robust quality materials. This unit combines a 7QT cooler and 1.5 quart Classic Legendary Vacuum Bottle. It makes it easy to have your food in the box and beverage in the bottle.
Design wise, this is one of the most durable we’ve seen on the market. Compared other lunch coolers made of fabrics, the walls are made with unique stainless steel materials, meaning it keeps your lunch hot for long. The design is BPA friendly, it’s safe to eat from the cooler and it’s resistant to rust. The Vacuum bottle performs decently, it keeps hot liquid hot for half a day and retains cold liquid for a day.
Interior walls are easy to clean, and does not hold onto odor. If there’s any unpleasant smell or drink spill, a simple wash with detergent will render it smelling nice again for the next use.
The handles provide a convenient use for easy transport, and latches the atop the cooler. 7QT size insures you can fit sandwiches and some snacks with absolute ease.
Most lunch boxes are feeble but not this one – it is made specially for outdoor caprices. If you are working on a construction site, you will need a strong cooler that will take a beating and still work fine. Well, the stanley 7QT is what you need.
- Stainless steel construction
- Combines a cooler and bottle
- Lifetime warranty
- Tough built makes it suitable for construction workers
- Retains temperature of your lunch and beverage for long periods
- A bit steep compared to other lunch boxes – but worth it
Attican Hango Insulated Lunch Cooler Bag
What is better than getting one lunch bag? Getting two in one package should be the answer, and that is what the Attican Hango Insulated Lunch Cooler Bag offers its prospective buyers. That way, you can always choose the ideal bag to fit different occasions as you see fit.
If you thought that was the only unique thing about this unit, you are in for a treat. Made from high polyester 300D on the outside and 100% cotton padding for the midriffs, poor design is one thing you don’t have to worry about.
Did we mention the refund policy? The manufacturer of this unit believes so much in their product, they won’t only give you a refund when you make a complain but add a free bag to the deal for you.
- Made from quality material
- Cotton insides help keep the temperature right
- Bigger size can hold 6 cans
- Comes in two sizes
- Trust policy in place
- Handles can be too short for some
Arctic Zone Titan Zipperless Cooler
One look at the Arctic Zone Titan Zipperless Cooler is enough to make you fall in love with it. There are three different color options to choose from and a variety of styles too.
More than that though, buyers will come to appreciate the fact that this lunch cooler can hold ice in its solid form for as much as two days with some options taking it to the max and keeping the ice for 3 days instead.
The zipperless system is a new technology that the company has patented. Even at that, you still get easy access to the contents of your cooler.
The body design is compliant with the FDA requirements. If you are conscious of carrying a massive cooler due to the strains it might have on your body; this unit combats that with the adoption of a ‘BackSaver; technology. Lest we forget, the compact unit still manages to pack a shelf in there.
- Comes with a SmartShelf for better food arrangement
- Different sizes available
- Zipperless lid provides for better ergonomics
- BackSaver tech makes the bag easier on your bag
- Aesthetically-pleasing, FDA-approved design
- Cooler is more optimized for cans than other containers
Lifewit Large Cooler Insulated Lunch Bag
There are five different color combinations that you can choose from to suit your aesthetic needs.
Looking beyond that, you will also be treated to portability as a function of the detachable shoulder straps and lid handles. A two-way zipper which was built with premium metal is not only there for closing the bag but making sure the zippers last.
On the side are meshed pockets that can be used to store extra items such as forks, spoons, bottles and even an umbrella.
Padded up to 6mm with EPE foam, the bag promises to give you a high rate of thermal resistance. Now that we have a big size, added functionality, proper carrying mechanisms and exquisite material design to match, what more do we need to ask of this bag? Sure, it’s one of the best lunch bag for professionals.
- 6mm padding helps thermal insulation
- Different carrying mechanisms for convenience
- Two-way metal zipper
- Meshed pockets on the side for extra carriages
- 5 different color combinations
- Doesn’t keep the ice for very long
Apollowalker Waterproof Cooler Tote Bag
While the Apollowalker Waterproof Cooler Tote Bag can also be used by women, it was designed primarily for men.
With that out of the way, it is time to mention such impressive specs as shown in the name – the fact that this unit is waterproof. That means you can keep your ice in there with the drinks and not have to worry about getting a leak everywhere you go.
The surface of the bag was developed from 100% 300D polyester material. The waterproof property was enabled via the PVC property that was added to the design mix.
The cooler lives up to its name of being a tote bag by carrying compartments for other daily needs. For example, a zippered pocket on the front can be used to hold knives, spoons, and forks. On the sides of the bag are two pockets which you can use to organize your snacks and napkins.
For those that want an extra side for holding their phones, keys, cards and all such effects, there is a large, Anti-theft zippered region for those in the same cooler bag.
Ideal for work, you can always use this tote bag to double for a suitable personal cooler on a camping trip, outdoor picnic and such other events.
- PVC material ensures a waterproof bag
- 100% polyester material for better design
- Anti-theft compartment for holding valuables
- Compartments for holding small items
- The tote bag is stylish and functional
- Mesh pocket might not hold for long
OPUX Premium Medium Capacity Lunch Cooler
Transparency is , and you already know that you are getting something with a medium size when you buy this OPUX Premium Medium Capacity Lunch Cooler. Afterall, you are not packing for the whole office so this size should fit just right at home.
The bag comes in a medium size and would fit into more than one person’s lunch at a time. That would be a feature you can exploit when you get yours.
Before that happens though, know that the unit comes with a shoulder strap to aid easy movement. All sides are made with eco-friendly PEVA lining to make sure the bag is not only leakproof but is also thermally insulated. That will ensure the right temperature management that not only keeps your food warm but drinks colder too.
In the case you need more space after the cooler has been filled up, there are side pouches for your use.
With dual reinforced zippers to aid easy opening and closure, the unit is straightforward to clean and maintain in its entirety.
- Medium sized lunch cooler can hold meals for two
- Shoulder strap for portability
- PEVA lining for thermal insulation
- Dual reinforced zippers for durability and security
- Available in 11 color options
- Side pockets are shallow
Klein Tools Cooler – Best Lunch Box For Construction Workers
We have been looking at all of these coolers from the point of a one-person accessory, but what if you were packing for the whole crew?
Surely, you’d need something bigger than the average lunch cooler. In short, you will need something like the Klein Tools 17 Quart Work Cooler.
You already know that the volume it will contain is some 17 quarts of food and drinks. What don’t we know?
To start with, the capacity is such that it can hold 18 cans which should be more than enough to go round a small crew. Don’t worry about your drinks losing their coolness since this cooler will stay cool for nothing less than 30 hours at a stretch.
The lid can be angled to stay at 90 degrees for interrupted access. The best part is, the cooler still has a storage compartment on the inside for your personal items.
Even if it couldn’t, you will find out that the lid has been hinged in such a way that allows it accommodate 1-litre bottles. Weighing up to 300 pounds at full capacity, you can always take advantage of the shoulder strap for convenience in moving the cooler around.
- Large enough for multiple people
- Keeps ice for 30 hours
- Holds 17 quarts
- Has inner compartment for storing valuables
- Shoulder strap to aid convenience
- Not built for rugged use
- Strap points are problematic
BALORAY Leakproof Tote Bag Cooler
We did talk about a cooler made especially for the men but have yet to mention one for the ladies. Well, that was until we introduced the BALORAY Leakproof Tote Bag Cooler to this list. The first thing that you will fancy about your possible new lunch cooler unit are the twelve color options.
Each one of the lunch coolers was developed with BPA-free material to give it a stable and durable structure at the same time.
Looking further into the material, you will observe that it assures a longer cool time than most other options in the market. Taking to the figures, you are to get a 50% longer cooling time on the average.
The hot-pressing inner was so designed to prevent the bag’s content from leaking to the outside. When the leaks occur, they are not only kept on the inside but easy to clean out too.
A durable double-way zipper provides all the access you need to your contents. Lest we forget, you are treated to two different modes of carriage – a padded handle or detachable shoulder strap.
Should you not be comfortable with your purchase, the manufacturer promises you a 30-day refund or replacement plan.
- Inners are leakproof and easy-cleaning
- Durable double-zipper for security and access
- Longer cooling time than average cooler
- Twelve colour options
- Designed for the ladies
- Not designed for men
- Falls apart under relatively lesser stress
Coleman Soft Cooler with Hard Liner
A unisex cooler unit in all its ramifications, the Coleman Soft Cooler with Hard Liner is made with heat-welded seams that help to prevent leakages. There are multiple pockets on the exterior of the cooler to allow you to stash dry goods without them interfering with your food on the inside.
Talking of the inside, the hardliner is made so that it is thermally insulating and maintains the right temperature within the cooler for you.
As an advantage, the liner has been specially treated to repel germs thus giving you less contamination issues to worry about.
You can get more flexible with your packing with the option of removing the hardliner. When packing too, you will realize that this cooler can take as much as 16 cans of drinks.
Rounded up with shoulder straps, you will absolutely find the easy-to-clean nature of this unit entirely in place.
- Heat-welded seams to prevent leaks
- Multiple pockets on the outside
- Hardliner and PEVA material are FDA-approved
- Antimicrobial properties on the liner to resist odor, , and mildew
- Two-pocket meshes for additional storage
- Adjustable shoulder strap for carrying
- Holding capacity is as much as 16 cans
- Full capacity makes cooler tight for ice
Zuzuro Insulated Lunch Cooler Box
We have come to the last option on the list but our final pick – the Zuzuro Insulated Lunch Cooler Box – is in no way the least of the pack. The manufacturers dedicated a total of three materials to the inside of this unit – extra-thick PEVA lining, EPA foam and high-quality metal hardware to match.
All these were then complimented on the outside where we have the ultra-thick polyester material.
To reduce the bulk of the bag while not sacrificing on the space, it was built upwards rather than outwards.
The inside will then accommodate several small containers at once while the outside still has some small pockets for additional storage.
Talking about accommodation, the main compartment is designed to take on about three meals at once.
The top still has a chamber which can allow an additional one meal or any other food item of your choice.
In the back of the cooler are two insulated bottle areas matched with a mesh for small personal items such as your keys and even cell phones. When we mentioned the containers that the bag can hold, we probably forgot to remind you that it ships with three reusable containers and two ice packs to keep your food items fresh.
If you were wondering, the containers are made to be BPA-free and very much compliant with freezers, microwaves, and your dishwashers.
- Built to last
- Inner compartment for personal effects
- Packs up to four meals at once
- Three-material interior build for quality
- Ships with plates for packing lunches
- Shoulder straps for easy carriage
- Shoulder strap might be too short for some
- The bag is not entirely leak-proof
Things to Consider Before Buying Lunch Coolers
Want to get yourself a nice lunch cooler for the workdays? Don’t buy one without looking at these requirements.
Of course, you already know that your lunch cooler is not meant to feed the whole office so you will want to go for something small. Speaking of small, just how small is then going to be too small for you?
While we don’t expect you to pack a big chunk of extra baggage, we sure expect you to go for something that is at least functional enough for your needs.
When picking a cooler, ensure it is one that is not too small for your needs. And no – getting two won’t be an option.
Your cooler will keep looking cute until you have packed it full and there is no carrying method in sight. You will agree that it can be quite a challenge to carry the cooler in this state. That is why you should have taken the time to look around for the convenient moving mechanism.
Since this cooler will be a relatively small one, you can’t be looking for wheels or hand rails. You should consider getting one with shoulder straps, lid handles or side handles (or all!).
Yes, this does not exactly go on the list of the hot specs to look out for but trust us when we say that it does count too.
How would you like to carry something that is not so aesthetically-pleasing around when you could have picked an option that looks good, makes you feel good and works good?
How do you keep food warm in a lunch bag?
First off, make sure you warm your food before packing it into a lunch bag/box. Buy product that can retain ice for long periods. In this article, we’ve mentioned some of the best options on the market. Finding a perfect cooler for your needs should not be hard. Again, ensure you close the lid when the cooler is not in use to prevent the heat from getting out.
Does aluminum foil keep food hot?
Well, it depends on how you use it. Covering your food in aluminum foil doesn’t make much of a difference and there have been rumors swirling that it has dire effect on health.
But placing it over the food might help retain the heat as it prevent air from direct contact with the food. Likewise, foils can hold cold for considerable periods too.
We promised you the best lunch coolers in today’s market and delivered on the promise. We brought you options for the male folks, graceful ladies, unisex picks and even one that can be used for an entire crew.
Let us know which one of these you will be going for next and why.
If you’ve got a nice lunch cooler that didn’t make this list, let us know about it in the comments alongside what makes it unique for you. You might see your pick make an updated version of this list. Till then…
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