Marine coolers are an indispensable part of your boating experience.
It’s the place where you store drinks so you can crack open a cold one right on the deck, a handy surface for resting, and the best way to keep your latest big catch fresh.
Whether you have a Yeti Tundra 45, an RTIC 65, or something else, your marine cooler is your steady companion out on the water.
A custom cooler top can make your marine cooler even more useful — not to mention that it’ll also make it look smarter.
In this article, we’re taking a close look at cooler pads for marine coolers, why you need them, ways you can use them, and where to find the best ones.
Cooler Tops for Marine Coolers: The Complete Guide
What Are Cooler Top Pads?
Cooler tops are pads that go on top of your cooler and create an additional surface for your deck.
Many boaters use their coolers to sit, stand, or as an extra place to put things on. A cooler top improves these experiences and makes your deck more functional and comfortable.
The perfect cooler top is the right mix of snug and sturdy. It should be pleasant to rest on and not too hard on your back or feet, yet still reliable enough to cruise.
3 Ways Cooler Toppers Upgrade Your Boating Experience
1. Smarter Look
A cooler top immediately improves the look of your cooler, hiding the damage it may have from repeated use and elevating its design with new colors and patterns.
Your cooler’s appearance has an impact on the quality of your time on your deck and a cooler top is a significantly cheaper alternative to getting a new high-end cooler.
2. Reliable Standing Surface
As a boat owner, you know that coolers always come in handy when you need to stand on something or reach for something.
Whether you have an RTIC or a Yeti cooler, getting a pad made with a high-performing material will make your cooler more comfortable and reliable to stand on, even when you’re barefoot.
3. A Place to Rest
Coolers are a great place to sit on when you need a break during an eventful day on the water. A cooler top gives you more padding, making your cooler much easier on your back and more comfortable to relax on.
Bonus: Sturdy Cutting Surface
Boat owners often use coolers to cut fruits, vegetables, fish, or other snacks to enjoy right on the deck. A cooler top gives you a reliable and easy-to-clean surface to do that.
What Is the Best Cooler Top Material?
Not all cooler tops were made equal. Whether you’re shopping for an RTIC or a Yeti cooler top, it’s important to choose the right material for your boat.
Cooler tops can be made from a variety of materials, from rubber to vinyl. Yet, marine-grade foam consistently demonstrates high performance and multiple advantages over other materials.
Foam Dissipates Heat
Even though your cooler can be also used for sitting or standing, its main purpose is to keep things cold. Whether it’s your favorite beverage or your latest catch, you want your cooler to perform and maximize its ice retention.
Foam has a closed cell structure that dissipates heat, which means that even if you leave your cooler out in the sun, your foam top will help keep everything inside cool.
Marine foam doesn’t absorb bacteria and oil like many other alternatives on the market. To keep your foam cooler top in prime condition you only need regular and simple clean up.
Most of the time, you’ll only need some water, soap, and a brittle brush to remove things like spills, footprints, or general dirt from your cooler top.
If your cooler is heavily soiled (for example, with lots of fish scales and blood), you can use readily available cleaning solutions like SoftScrub, regular bleach, or our cleaner.
Highly Durable Material
You want your cooler top to be able to withstand some action.
Marine foam is a durable material that you’ll love for years to come. With regular care, it can last for up to 7 years without any color fade or damage.
Why Choose DEKit Custom Cooler Pads for Your Boat
We believe that boat owners should never have to compromise on the quality of the products they use on their boat, which is why our RTIC and Yeti cooler top pads come with multiple unique features.
Make It Your Own
With DEKit, if you think about it, then we can do it.
Our RTIC and Yeti cooler pads come in five different colors:
Teak pinline with marlin
Anchor gray/black pinline with marlin
Ice gray/anchor gray pinline with marlin)
To make your cooler top truly your own, we can easily customize it with your logo or pattern to create a unique product for your boat.
DEKit formulates marine-grade foam with 3M PSA and UV Protectants to protect it from sun damage and resist color dade even if you often expose it to direct sunlight.
Your cooler top will stay looking smart for years to come for long-lasting enjoyment on an open deck.
It will only take you a few minutes to install your new custom cooler pad. DEKit cooler tops come with a pressure sensitive adhesive for an easy and precise installation. In just a few moments, your brand-new cooler pad will be all ready to use.
Available for RTIC and Yeti Coolers
DEKit creates a wide range of custom cooler pads, including RTIC 65 cooler pads, RTIC 52 cooler pads, Yeti Tundra 65 cooler pads, and more. Whatever model you have, we got you covered with a custom design and an industry-leading 3-year warranty.