Gear Junkie Review of Taiga Coolers

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The Best Coolers of 2022

Summer is here, and it’s high time we all got outside. But before you do, check out our picks for the best hard coolers of the year.

Whether you’re packing for a midday family picnic or a multiday camping trip, finding the best cooler for your needs will make your trip that much more enjoyable. Lucky for you, we tested dozens of coolers to help you find the right pick.

This article focuses specifically on hard coolers, but if you’re looking for something else, check out our reviews of the best soft coolers and the best backpack coolers.

Scroll through to see all of our recommended buys or jump to the category you’re looking for. At the end of our list, be sure to check out our buyer’s guide, along with our comparison chart for a quick look at prices and features.

The Best Coolers of 2022


Best Sustainable Material Cooler: Taiga Terra 27


It’s hard not to like everything about the Taiga Terra ($199). It’s packable, it’s comparable to the big boys of brand-name coolers, and it’s sustainable. How? Taiga’s coolers are unique in that all the insulation is made from hemp.

Specifically made with hemp-filled polypropylene, the construction of the Taiga cuts back on petroleum plastic without compromising on performance. This has become a go-to cooler for weekend trips, hunt camps, fishing trips, and more. It’s rated to keep ice-cold for up to 7 days. And at just under $200, it’s pretty dang affordable.

Like Orcas, Taigas are also American-made. And each cooler travels less than 200 miles while being made, cutting way down on the carbon consumption usually needed to make an injection-molded cooler. Sustainability aside, our staff tester would still rate the Taiga as a nice competitor to the YETI.

All around, the Taiga Cooler encompasses a lot of our favorite features in a cooler. And while sustainable outdoor gear can sometimes disappoint when it comes to utility, this cooler performed alongside the best.

  • Tested in temps up to 80 degrees
  • Capacity: 27 qt. (up to 24 cans)
  • Weight: N/A
  • Ice retention grade: 5/5
  • Usability grade: 4.5/5
  • Overall grade: 9.5/10
  • Letter grade: Our staff gave the Taiga an A

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