Whether you’re going camping or spending the day at the beach with the kids, having the best esky Australia has is absolutely vital to keep all your food and drinks cold. You certainly don’t want to find that by day two of your camping trip, all the ice has melted, or that icey cold beer you were so looking forward to is now barely cold.
The good news is, in terms of the best esky 2021 has – there is a stack of different options on the market. The bad news though is that you really need to know your stuff in order to buy an Australian esky that is perfect for your needs. I mean, the best esky for camping Australia has, is not necessarily the best esky for sale for a day out with the family.
The thing is, it might even take a few camping trips to even know which is the best esky on the market for you. Plus, if you’re looking for something for camping trips as well as day trips, the reality is you’ll probably need different eskies – one large and one smaller esky.
Whether you’re looking for your very first esky or wanting to upgrade, then this guide is perfect for you. In the best esky Australia 2021 guide, I take you through all the things you need to think about to purchase the best esky cooler. Then in the best esky review section, I’ll talk you through some of the more popular options from the best esky brands currently on the Aussie market.
No matter what sort of esky you’re after, whether it be a small or large esky for sale, the best esky on wheels for day trips, the best size esky for camping or even just a good allrounder cheap esky for sale, hopefully after reading this guide you’ll be well on your way to buying one that’s right for you.
So let’s get into it and find you the best esky to buy Australia has!
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- 1 Our Pick for the Best Esky Australia 2021: Dometic Cool Ice Esky
- 2 Best Esky 2021 Australia Comparison Table
- 3 Choosing the Best Esky for Sale
- 4 The Best Australian Esky Reviews 2021
- 4.1 Frostbite BCF Esky Range Review
- 4.2 Techni Ice Box Classic Hybrid Range Review
- 4.3 Coleman Esky Range Review
- 4.4 Icekool Evakool Esky Range Review
- 4.5 Evakool Fibreglass Ice Boxes Review
- 4.6 Dune Esky by Anaconda Review
- 4.7 Tundra Yeti Esky Review
- 4.8 Engel IceBox Review
- 4.9 Dometic Cool Ice Box Review
- 4.10 Coleman Wheeled Cooler Review
- 4.11 Related posts:
Our Pick for the Best Esky Australia 2021: Dometic Cool Ice Esky
Don’t fancy reading our entire best esky reviews and just want to know our recommendation for the best camping esky? We recommend the Dometic range of eskies. We’ve owned our own Dometic esky for years and always thrilled with how long it kept our food and drinks cold.
The Dometic range of eskies is built tough and will undoubtedly last you a lifetime of camping trips. In the right conditions, they will keep your ice solid for up to 10 days, thanks to thick refrigeration grade foam insulation in the lid, sides and base. Plus, these are some of the lightest eskies on the market – so perfect for those already with heavy loads.
Keep reading below for our full review on the range of Dometic eskies or click here to check it out now.
Best Esky 2021 Australia Comparison Table
In the chart below, we’ve listed all the eskies and ice boxes Australia has, which are reviewed in this guide. This esky comparison is a quick way to compare each of the options and their features side by side so you can determine which is the best esky in Australia for you.
For further detail, keep reading the reviews below.
|Brand||Sizes Available||Weight||Check Price|
|Frostbite Esky Range||42L|
|From 16.5 kg||Check Price|
|Techni Ice Classic Hybrid Range ||25L|
|Coleman Cooler ||66L||3.22 kg||Check Price|
|Evakool IceKool Range||15L|
|Evakool Fibreglass Range||40L|
|Dune Esky by Anaconda ||40L or 60L||Not stated||Check Price|
|Yeti Tundra Range||25L|
|Engel IceBox Range ||20L|
|Dometic Cool Ice Box Range||13L|
|Coleman Wheeled Cooler ||57L||5 kg||Check Price|
Choosing the Best Esky for Sale
There really is no best esky in the world, as it really depends on what you want to use it for and a range of other factors that are unique to you. So that you buy the perfect esky for you, consider the following factors.
When it comes to purchasing an esky, or cooler box, or icebox (even chilli bin if your a kiwi like Andy is!), whatever you want to call it – the first thing you’ll want to consider is what you’re going to use it for.
The chances are you’re not going to find one esky that is suitable for, say a camping trip or a BBQ in the park. The best icebox for camping is likely to be relatively big to fit in food and drinks for multiple days, compared to a smaller esky that only needs to accommodate enough food for one meal. So unfortunately, if you’re looking for one esky to cater for both – you’re probably not going to find it.
However, let’s say you have a camping fridge and are looking for a little esky to take camping for drinks or some excess food – then this could perhaps also double as an esky you may wish to take down to the park.
Then again, if you’re just after the best small esky Australia has for one person to take to work or for some snacks while watching the kids play their weekend football games, then this is likely to be smaller again.
So before you buy anything – really think about what purpose you plan on using your esky for.
PS – I’m not going to lie, we have 3 eskies – in fact, we use to have 4 – but we recently upgraded to a fridge for camping, so sold our big camping esky. But we still have three other eskies that we use depending on how much we need to put inside. We also have a cooler bag too!
Size / Capacity
Once you know what you plan on using your esky for, its time to consider esky sizes. Eskies come in all sizes, from small enough for one person’s lunch to huge eskies, which can accommodate enough food and drinks for a week or more while camping.
What size esky is best for you will come down to how many people you need to cater for as well as what food you plan on bringing. It will also depend on how much you drink – both alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks.
If you’re going camping and just take the basics like some meat and salad and mostly drink water, then you may not need as much space as other campers who cook up a three course gourmet meal every day. Also, if you’re the sort of campers that like to purchase food as you go, as opposed to those who take everything they need for the entire trip, then again, you may be able to go for something slightly smaller.
You don’t want to buy the best esky camping wise, only to discover you can’t fit in everything you need to, likewise, you don’t want to buy the biggest esky you can find only to discover it’s far bigger then you need. So do spend some time considering what will make the perfect size for you.
So now you know what the perfect size esky is for you – you may want to consider how portable it is – this is particularly important if you’re after a big esky for sale.
For a super portable esky, look for an esky with wheels. A wheeled esky is perfect whether you’re buying a huge esky or even a smaller one for a BBQ in the park. Even small eskies can be pretty heavy, and when you’re carting a bunch of other gear, an esky on wheels is heaven!
If you don’t go for an esky with wheels, then at the very least, you’ll want an esky with good solid handles. Sturdy handles make it easy to carry your esky from the car to your campsite or spot down on the beach.
If you are carrying your esky from the car to your set up, you’ll also want to consider your esky weight—more on weight below.
Now I’ve listed weight as separately from portability because, yes while the weight of an esky impacts how portable it is – particularly if you have to carry it – weight is also a crucial factor to consider when camping and you’re almost at your weight limit.
Weight limits are important for all campers but even more so for those with camper trailers or caravans where the weight of everything is crucial! If you’re getting close to your weight limits, then you’ll really want to pay special attention to how much the esky you want to buy weighs. Eskies can be bloody heavy things and you definitely don’t want to get caught out with this one.
Ice Retention Time / Insulation
In terms of keeping your food and drinks nice and cool, one of the most important things to consider is the ice retention time – which tends to come back to the esky insulation. Basically, this just means how long will it take before the ice all melts.
How long your ice will remain frozen is particularly important for camping trips. All good eskies will keep ice frozen for the day, so if you’re after something for a day trip, you can probably opt for a cheaper esky. However, for camping trips, look for good quality eskies with high quality seals and thick walls.
Now just keep in mind when an esky says it will keep your ice solid for up to 15 days – it means in the absolute perfect conditions the ice will remain solid for this long. Given in Australia it’s pretty much hot outside all year round, it’s unlikely any esky will keep your ice solid for this period of time – so use this as a guide only.
Ease of Cleaning
One of my least favourite jobs after a camping trip is cleaning out the esky – which is why it really does pay to get an esky that is easy to clean. While most eskies have a smooth interior surface that is easy to wipe over – make sure your esky has a drainage plug, so you can remove it to let out all the melted ice. This means you can also fill it with hot soapy water for a good soak and drain it later.
A drainage plug isn’t necessary for smaller eskies because you can easily tip it over to let you the water.
Unfortunately, a top quality esky is not cheap and you really do get what you pay for. So if you’re after something that will keep the ice solid for days, is reasonably lightweight and durable enough to last you for years of camping trips, then you’re going to need to be prepared to pay for it.
While it may seem like you’re paying an arm and a leg for your esky – not having to buy more ice every day while you’re away camping will not only save you money in the long run – but it means you’re not wasting precious time on your camping trip in search of more ice. Not to mention no hot beer or food that’s gone off because water has seeped into it.
However, for those just after an esky to take down to the park on the odd occasion, there is really no need to spend a small fortune.
Above we’ve covered off the essential features to consider when purchasing the best esky, but eskies come with a range of other features you may like to consider, such as internal lights, tie down points for the car, locks and more.
The Best Australian Esky Reviews 2021
Hopefully, after reading the above, you have a better understanding of what would make the best esky ever for you. Below I’ve provided a detailed review of some of the best eskies currently available in Australia.
The Frostbite BCF esky range is a good entry level esky for those campers not wanting to spend a small fortune. These eskies come in a choice of three different sizes and are made from quality materials.
These inexpensive eskies are made with an ultra tough roto moulded construction and feature thick walls for good insulation. The eskies have rope handles for easy carrying and the fisherman will love the fish measure that’s on the top.
These are among some of the cheapest eskies in these reviews, so perfect for those starting out and not wanting to part with a load of cash.
With these eskies, you have a choice of three different sizes, including 42 l, 75 l or 100 l, so you’ll be able to find the perfect size for your camping trips. Although these aren’t the lightest of eskies, so if weight is important to you, you’re better off buying one of the other eskies in this guide.
Another good choice for those after an inexpensive esky is the Techni Ice Box Classic Hybrid range. These eskies have a high density polyethylene outer casing and inside feature a moulded polyethylene foam. They have a 50mm thick wall, which provides great insulation for keeping your food and drinks cold.
For carrying, they have oversized rope handles, which means there is no need to bend down. They also feature a handy divider and basket, which makes it easy to organise the contents of your esky.
The Techni Ice Box range comes with a choice of five different sizes, from a small 25 litre to a 75 litre. Again this isn’t the best esky ice box if you’re after something super light, however for those starting out wanting a quality esky at a cheap price, the Technic Ice Box is a good one to consider.
At a capacity of 66 litres, this Coleman esky is perfect if you’re a large family looking for an esky for day trips or a small to medium sized family after a good esky for your next camping trip. It is a top quality esky that is reasonably priced considering its features.
Coleman claims that this esky will keep your ice for up to 5 days in temperatures of around 30 degrees. That’s thanks to the thick insulated lid and extra thick insulated walls. It’s easy to clean too, with the leak resistant drain in the bottom of the esky.
The side comfort grip handles make it easy to carry, plus at just over 3kgs, it’s reasonably lightweight for an esky with this capacity. In fact, it’s one of the lightest eskies of this size in this esky / ice box reviews Australia guide.
This Coleman esky also doubles as a handy place to sit, with the esky able to withstand a weight of 115 kgs. The hinged lid also features 4 deep cup holders, so you’ll always have somewhere to put your drink.
If you’re after a top quality lightweight esky that will keep your food and drink cold for days, the Coleman esky range is well worth checking out.
When it comes to the best esky brand Australia has, Evakool is certainly one of the first that springs to mind, so it should be no surprise that two of their esky ranges feature in this guide. First up, we have the Evakool Icekool series of eskies, a heavy duty polyethylene icebox designed to keep your supplies cold for days.
These eskies have a tough polyethylene casing and come with superior insulation. Evakool claim these eskies will keep your ice solid for up to a huge 10 days! So perfect for those week long camping trips.
There is a huge range of sizes to choose from with this Evakool esky for sale. The smallest is a 40 litre esky, with the largest being a huge 132 litre. There are plenty of different sizes in between too, so you’ll easily be able to choose the perfect camping esky for your group.
These eskies are super lightweight too – they are one of the lightest eskies in this guide. So if you’re still wanting a huge esky but trying to minimise on weight – then this is the esky you want to be looking at.
Other great features of the Evakool Icekool eskies include a drainage bung (in larger sizes) and smooth walls for easy cleaning and heavy duty handles which can also be used as tie down points to keep it securely in place while in transit. The smaller eskies also have a carry strap.
This Evakool esky range is by no means cheap – but if you want this to be the final esky you ever purchase – then the investment is well worth it. This esky will last you for years and years of camping and will keep your supplies cold for days on end.
The Evakool Infinity range of ice boxes is one of the few fibreglass ranges of eskies in these reviews. These are Evakool’s original range of eskies which are super heavy duty designed to withstand Australia’s harsh conditions. They are, without a doubt, a perfect option for those after the best camping cool box.
This fibreglass icebox is made with a full white high gloss fibreglass cabinet and features superior quality insulation that will keep your supplies cool for up to a whopping 15 days – the longest out of any esky in these reviews. So if you’re planning to go off the grid for a week or two, then this is the esky you want to be considering.
This fibreglass esky Australia has is heavier than the previous Evakool eskies, but still all things considering they are fairly lightweight. And that’s not all! These eskies are packed full of great features, including easy to use latches, heavy duty handles that can also be used as tie down points, a removable food tray to help organise your supplies, protective corner feet and a drainage bung for easy cleaning.
No matter what size esky you’re after – the Evakool Infinity comes in the perfect sizes. With sizes from a small 40 litres right up to a massive 200 litres – the biggest in these reviews!
Honestly, with all the great features, it’s hard to beat these eskies – however, they do come with a hefty price tag, not for the faint hearted. But if you’re someone going off grid or off road touring and need a superior esky that will keep your food cold for days on end – then you can’t pass up the Evakool fibreglass esky for sale.
If you’re after a good sized, reasonably inexpensive esky, then the Dune esky by Anaconda is one worth considering. Coming in either a 40 litre or 60 litre capacity, these are a smaller esky coming with all the features to keep your supplies cold for a few days.
The Dune esky is made from durable polyethylene and features heavy duty stainless steel hinges. The handles are built into the side of the esky and there are also integrated tie down points to keep it securely in place while travelling.
For an inexpensive small to medium size esky, these Dune eskies from Anaconda will do the trick.
Yeti is the hot outdoor brand currently on everyone’s lips! These guys are quickly getting a reputation for making top quality gear designed to withstand everything the great outdoors throws at it. So of course, it’s no surprise they also make top quality eskies too. Yeti’s Tundra series of hard coolers are built to be pretty much indestructible!
This is a top quality premium cooler made with durable rotomolded construction and two inches of extra thick insulation. In fact, the esky walls have commercial grade polyurethane foam injected into them, so your ice will stay solid for longer.
It’s also UV resistant and comes with marine grade polyester rope handles with a textured grip – this means your sweaty hands won’t slip while carrying the cooler from the car to the campsite.
Other great features of the cooler are heavy duty rubber latches, freezer quality seals to block out the heat, as well as moulded tie down points and non slip feet – so this esky won’t be sliding around in the boot while in transit.
These coolers come in a bunch of sizes and great colours too. Sizes start at just 25 litres and go right up to 87 litres. So whether you’re a couple or a large family, there is the perfect sized Yeti cooler for you. They’re not particularly cheap eskies, nor are they super lightweight – but if you want to invest in an esky that will last you a lifetime, then the Yeti esky is one to consider.
Engel is another well known and trusted brand when it comes to quality ice coolers Australia has. Engel has a brand new range of tough and durable eskies, perfect for those campers wanting a premium product.
These rotomoulded eskies are tough as nails making them perfect for boating, 4WD driving or any outdoor activity. This Engel esky for sale comes with 5cm insulation in the sides, lid and base and combined with the airtight gasket around the lid; this esky can keep your ice solid for up to 10 days.
The esky is super tough and durable and won’t bow if you sit or stand on it, thanks to the reinforced lid. It also features recessed latches, which means they can’t be knocked while packing or in transit and you can even use them as a bottle opener. It also comes with a drainage plug for easy cleaning.
The Engel IceBox range of eskies come in a huge variety of sizes from 20 litres right up to 165 litres. While they aren’t super lightweight, they’re not too bad and priced pretty well too. Backed with a huge 10 year warranty, you can purchase these eskies with complete confidence.
Dometic is another top Aussie brand when it comes to eskies – we had one of these little beauties for years, we just recently sold it due to upgrading to a camping fridge (read our guide on the best camping fridges here). These are tough eskies and incredibly lightweight, so perfect for those wanting to knock a few KGs off their camping gear.
The Dometic Cool Ice range of eskies is made with a rotomolded polyethylene construction, making them tough and durable. These eskies can easily withstand a few knocks and bumps while in the outdoors. More importantly, they feature thick refrigeration grade foam insulation in the lid, sides and base and will keep your ice solid for up to 10 days.
To help keep your supplies cold, these eskies have a lip seal to trap in the cold air and easy to lock and seal ABS latches to keep your esky firmly closed. Other great features include strong drop down handles, tie down points to keep it secure while in transit, tough hinges on the lid, a large drain plug for easy cleaning and poly feet to keep the esky off the ground as well as to prevent sliding around in the back of the car.
An awesome feature of these eskies is just how light they are. These eskies are around half the weight of some of the other top quality eskies in these reviews. You will pay for the privilege though – these eskies are not cheap, however when every kilo counts, this esky could well make the difference.
Coming in a huge range of sizes from just 13 litres right up to 111 litres, you’re bound to find the perfect size for your camping trip. Plus, with a 5 year warranty, you can feel confident you’re purchasing a quality product.
As I mentioned earlier in this guide, generally the best esky for camping is not going to be the best esky for day trips and so you’re probably going to need two. So if you’re looking for a top quality esky for those BBQs in the park or days on the beach – consider this awesome wheeled Coleman cooler.
The best part of this esky is the telescopic handles and heavy duty all terrain wheels, so you can wheel this esky from the car to wherever you need to be. The strong moulded handles also make light work when lifting the esky in and out of the car.
The esky is lightweight, although keep in mind it doesn’t feature the same thickness of insulation as the previous eskies do that are designed to keep your ice solid for days on end. However, this Coleman esky will keep everything cold for the entire day and even up to two days, depending on conditions.
Other cool features of the Coleman cooler is the reinforced lid so you can sit on it, in built cup holders making for a great little table and leak resistant drain plug for easy cleaning.
This Coleman cooler has a 57 litre capacity which is perfect for day trips – if you’re a couple, you might even get away with this esky for overnight camping trips too.
And there you have it, our ultimate guide to the best camping tables. We have plenty of other guides to help you with camping, including how to choose a pop up tent, how to choose the best camping fridge and we even have the ultimate camping checklist here.
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