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6 Best Ice Coolers for Essential Kitchen Needs

6 Best Ice Coolers for Essential Kitchen Needs

Searching for the best ice coolers is not an easy task. The main hurdle is a vast amount of the ice coolers available. The major factors that need to be considered while buying the ice cooler are size, durability, and rate of ice retention. The coolers and ice chests are different things so be aware of the difference while buying refrigerators.

Here are some of the best ice coolers available in the market.

OAGear- Cooler Sports Pack

This ice cooler is an excellent choice for taking on a picnic, party or to the beach. This cooler can store about 20 cans without ice and almost 12 can with ice. It is easy to carry as it is built like a backpack. It is not very heavy. It has side pockets which can be used for storing extra items such as keys etc. The material utilized in the manufacturing of the cooler is also good.

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This cooler does not have the best ice retention rate. It is enough to get you through a day. It cannot keep the drinks chilled overnight. If the cooler is kept in the sun, then drinks will be held cold for about 6 to 7 hours.

Coleman Soft Cooler With Hard Line

It is the best cooler for outdoor trips. It can hold 20 cans with ice. It is shaped like a backpack and can easily be carried around. Apart from cans, it can also carry wine bottles. The ice retention rate of the cooler is also good. It can keep the drinks chilled for at least a day. It can hold the ice for overnight sometimes as well. It has big front pockets and can be used for storing personal things.

It is a soft cooler so it cannot provide the level of protection that is provided by the hard cooler.

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AO Coolers Soft Cooler

It is a durable and stylish soft cooler. It is suitable for long trips. It is very spacious and can hold 36 can with ice. The build of the cooler is very stable. The compartments of the refrigerator are airtight. The firm lining of the cooler is durable. It has excellent insulation which is made up of high-density foam. Because of high-performance insulation it has very high ice retention rate. It can hold ice for a whole day even in extreme heat.

One of the disadvantages of this cooler is that its high insulation makes it a little bulky.

Rubbermaid Cooler

It is a straightforward and small ice cooler. It has good capacity and can hold 26 cans with ice. It is cheap and efficient cooler. It is good at keeping drinks chilled for a day. It is durable. It has a sturdy handle. It does not have any special functions.

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The ice retention rate is not very good because it is pretty simple. There are no unique features of this cooler.

Engel Ultimate Ice and Dry Box Cooler

This cooler has exceptional insulation. The insulation is made up of polystyrene and polypropylene. It can hold the ice for 2 to 3 days. It is lightweight and also waterproof up to 3 feet. It keeps the drinks and food airtight. It has good storage capacity and can hold 40 cans with ice. It is durable and perfect for outdoors.

Yeti Roadie

It is one of the best ice coolers in the market. This cooler is very lightweight but also adamant. It features foam rubber gasket which makes it unyielding. This cooler is waterproof as well. It can float if it falls into the water. The ice retention rate of this cooler is very impressive. It can hold ice for about five days. It has dense layers of insulation. It also has a design that is ergonomically perfect. It is a little expensive, but it is worth the money.

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Last Updated on October 23, 2018

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

The Neural Knitwork Project

In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

The knitting and neural connection

The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

More mental health benefits from knitting

Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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“You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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“People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

The dopamine effect on our happiness

Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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“Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

Featured photo credit: DSC_0012/Mary-Frances Main via flickr.com

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