From time to time, TTAC will highlight automotive products we think may be of interest to

From time to time, TTAC will highlight automotive products we think may be of interest to our community. Plus, posts like this help to keep the lights on around here. Learn more about how this works. The ability to serve up a cold drink has vexed automakers for years. There have been a few attempts – the icemaker in an early-90s Previa and cooled gloveboxes powered by ducted air conditioning being good examples – but, by and large, most OEMs haven’t put serious thought into providing an in-car fridge. Vacuum cleaners? Sure! But no refrigerators. And, yes, I am intentionally ignoring the bucks-deluxe solutions from the likes of Rolls and Bentley. We’re a website for commoners, just like all the writers here. Fortunately, the aftermarket has stepped in to offer some solutions to this problem. There are a myriad of companies building portable mini fridges designed to run off 110V and 12V power, allowing the things to work away in a car’s cargo area while the family circus travels down the road to Disneyland. We’ve chosen eight options and presented them here. Some of them made the cut on price, a few on innovation, and one because it simply looked cool – pun intende...

Best coolers of 2019: We tested Yeti, Igloo, RTIC, Coleman, Cabela’s and more

If you enjoy a frosty beverage outdoors on a hot, sunny day, then you’ll need a dependable cooler this summer. Here are the winners out of the 18 that we’ve tested. From tailgating to summer barbecues, a dependable, portable cooler that isn’t a pain to lug around is an awfully nice thing to have on hand — and these days, you’ve got more options than ever. That’s largely thanks to the rise of “rotomolded” heavy-duty coolers that promise significantly better insulation than traditional coolers, albeit at a much higher price than you’re probably used to paying — typically, hundreds of dollars. So are they worth their asking prices? And can any of the cheaper ones keep up? That’s what I wanted to know, so I turned to the usual suspects — Igloo, Coleman, Rubbermaid — and lugged their most popular models into the CNET Appliances test lab, where we pitted them against the rotomolded likes of coolers from Yeti, Orca, Rovr, Pelican, RTIC, Cabela’s and more. Our mission? Find the best coolers of the bunch, and figure out if the rotomolded, hard-sided coolers are worth the cold, hard cash.  After several we...