Brenna Miles | Apr 27, 2023

What Is a Can Cooler? Types, Usage & More

Is there anything better than sipping your favorite drink from an ice-cold can? We don’t think so. Unfortunately, since cans are far from insulated, beverages lose their cool quickly. But with a can cooler, you don’t have to lose yours.

What is a can cooler, though? And how does it work? In this guide, we answer all of your burning questions. Plus, we guide you through what to look for when shopping for your own can cooler.

Table of Contents

  • What Is a Can Cooler?

  • The Different Types of Can Coolers

  • How Does a Can Cooler Work?

  • What Should You Look For When Buying a Can Cooler?

  • The Can Cooler: Choose Your Own Adventure

What Is a Can Cooler?

When you think of a can cooler, you may immediately see an image of a foam sleeve you slip over your drink of choice. And while this is a type of can cooler, it’s far from the best option out there (in our humble opinion).

Around here, we like to consider can coolers to be insulated tumblers you can slip your favorite beverage right into. Can coolers work to keep your drink cold by preventing heat transfer (we’ll talk more about this later).

The Different Types of Can Coolers

There are many different types of can coolers out there. For example, there are foam or neoprene sleeves (also known as the “koozie”). There are also more robust can coolers made from materials such as stainless steel or plastic.

Can coolers are also available for various sizes of cans. For example, the BrüMate Hopsulator Slim is the perfect size for 12oz slim cans, while the Hopsulator Duo is great for 12oz standard cans. Need more room? The Juggernaut is a can cooler that fits 24/25oz cans perfectly.

How Does a Can Cooler Work?

The more traditional foam can coolers work by preventing condensation from forming on the outside of your can. This is especially helpful when you’re spending time outside in the heat and humidity.

When the condensation process happens, it creates heat, which causes your drink to warm up. Not fun. Can coolers prevent this process from happening in the first place!

Stainless steel can coolers prevent condensation too. However, they take it one step further. These can coolers provide insulation for your beverage, keeping heat from transferring to the can.

What Should You Look For When Buying a Can Cooler?

There are so many options out there that it can be a challenge to decide which can cooler is right for you. Luckily, we’re sort of can cooler experts. Let’s dive into a few key things to consider as you shop.


The material of your can cooler matters. If you want a cooler that’s going to stand the test of time, you’ll want to choose a stainless steel cooler. Steel is super durable and resists the typical wear and tear coolers experience over time.


If you want your drink to stay cool no matter how hot the weather gets, you’ll want an insulated cooler. Insulated options keep drinks colder for much longer than non-insulated coolers.

For the best results, opt for a can cooler that’s triple-insulated (hint: all BrüMate can coolers are triple-insulated).


You’ll also want a can cooler that’s easily adaptable depending on the drink you choose to enjoy.

For example, the Hopsulator Trio includes three different features: it fits 16oz cans, includes a freezable adapter to insert at the bottom of the cooler to fit 12oz cans (plus keep them ice cold!), and comes with a 100% leakproof lid that turns your can cooler into a 16oz tumbler for any beverage. Cool, right?

BrüMate can coolers also feature Push-Lock™ technology, which means you can insert and remove cans without removing the gasket. This makes switching your drink super simple and quick.

Feature-Packed Design

In addition to holding your beverage, the best can coolers have extra features to enhance your drinking experience.

For example, you’ll want to look for a cooler with a non-slip base so your drink stays put and an easy-to-grip outer layer for grippin’ and sippin’.

Some BrüMate can coolers (like the Duo and Trio) come with a 100% leakproof lid that changes your cooler into a tumbler. This gives you even more ways to enjoy your drink of choice!


For added fun, look for a tumbler that can be personalized to fit you. For example, personalizable BrüMate can coolers can be customized using icons, initials, text, and more. Plus, personalized coolers make great gifts for family and pals.

The Can Cooler: Choose Your Own Adventure

The best part about can coolers is that they can go anywhere you go. So no matter where your day takes you, you’ll always have your favorite beverage ice cold and by your side.

When Camping or Spending Time Outdoors

Camping in the summer heat? Beaching on one of the most humid days of the year? A triple-insulated can cooler will ensure your favorite drinks stay cold, regardless of the outside temp.

When Tailgating or Celebrating

When hanging out at the tailgate or celebrating with friends, it’s easy to lose your drink. One benefit of using a can cooler is that you can easily identify which can is yours! Plus, you’ll have a cool beverage for hours.

Keep Your Drinks Ice Cold Anywhere With BrüMate

A hot drink doesn’t have to ruin your fun. With a BrüMate can cooler, you can take your favorite ice-cold beverages with you, wherever you go.

Plus, we have a wide variety of options to choose from so you can opt for a color or pattern that’s true to your style. Find the perfect Brü for you by shopping our best sellers today!

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