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Are Pelican Elite Coolers Really Worth It?

September 30, 2020

Are Pelican Elite Coolers Really Worth It?

Are Pelican Elite Coolers Really Worth It?

The answer is: Yes. Pelican Elite Coolers are worth it.

Of course, I can already hear you saying, That’s not an argument. Where’s the proof? What makes Pelican Elite Coolers so great? Well, let’s back up and review all the pertinent information.

Pelican Elite Coolers are hard-sided coolers that are 100% manufactured in America. They are engineered to be tough and to deliver extreme ice retention. In between the durable plastic walls of these coolers is a continuous layer of polyurethane foam with no thin sections or cut outs. These coolers have all kinds of built-in features: a stainless steel bottle opener that is incorporated into in the lock hasp, molded-in cup holders and tie-down slots, anti-slip rubber feet, and, most helpful of all, unique Press & Pull latches that are simple and easy to use with one hand but but won’t pop open on their own. The sloped drain plugs, which are present on all the Elite Coolers except the 20QT, were updated over the summer of 2020 to be more durable and easier to use than ever, with a steel wire tether attaching the drain cap to the cooler.

Ok, you’re saying. But these coolers still cost a lot of money. Why not get a generic one at the grocery store?

Well, a generic cooler may be cheap, but in the long run it is going to cost you. You’ll have to pay for ice every day or two when you’re using it. The insulating power inside a Pelican Elite Cooler means that, after pre-chilling your cooler before use, it will be able to hold the same ice for days on end. So you could use a generic cooler for a week and spend up to $16 on ice or you could use a Pelican Elite Cooler for a week and spend $4 on ice. Multiply that by all the trips you’ll use your cooler on, and over the course of a generic cooler’s lifetime you’ll spend way more on ice than you will for the initial cost of the Pelican Elite Cooler and the ice you’ll need for it.

And while we’re talking about the life of a cooler, how long do you think that generic cooler will last? 5 years? 10 years—if you take really great care of it and get super lucky? Not only is a Pelican Elite Cooler built tough enough to take on all the bumps and scrapes, the rough handling, and the dirt and grime of every adventure you’ll take it on, it also comes with a lifetime guarantee of excellence. Need to replace a latch or the drain plug? Not a problem on a Pelican Elite Cooler. The hardware on most generic coolers can’t even be replaced to begin with. Once a latch is broken, the whole cooler is broken. Experiencing a decrease in ice retention in your Pelican Elite Cooler? You’re covered, whether you bought the cooler five years ago or twenty-five years ago.

And now you’re saying, Well fine. If I’m going to pay for a high-end cooler, might as well get the prestige brand! Everyone else has one, so it’s got to be great.

You certainly could go with the prestige brand. But a Pelican Elite Cooler is still a better bet. After all, why would you go with the prestige brand when you have to purchase add-ons to get all the built-in features that are standard on a Pelican Elite Cooler? Why go with the prestige brand when you’re paying more for a smaller cooler? Pelican Elite Coolers are true to capacity, so you’re getting exactly what it sounds like you’re getting, and still at a lower price point. But surely the prestige brand has better performance right? Wrong. When it comes to ice retention, Pelican Elite Coolers can go toe-to-toe with every other high-end cooler brand on the market. And I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but remember when I said all hard-sided Pelican Elite Coolers are manufactured in America and come with that amazing lifetime warranty?



Size + Capacity Guide

Need help choosing the right Pelican Elite Cooler? This guide will help take out some of the guesswork and get you on your boating trip faster.
COOLER LITERS WEIGHT EXTERIOR INTERIOR BASE 
CANS 
ICE RETENTION
LBS
L x W x H
L x W x H
L x W 2:1 RATIO Days

Sling

8.5 7.90 18.30" x 7.50" x 7.50" 14.60" x 5.90" x 5.90" 7.50" x 7.50" 12 1
Backpack Cooler

13 Upper

5.4 Lower

9.30 12.10" x 7.10" x 21.70" 10.60" x 5.10" x 5.30" 12.10" x 7.10 6 1
12-Can Soft Cooler* 12.3 3 14.00" x 7.50" x 12.00" 12.00" x 6.00" x 7.00" 14.00" x 7.50" 12 1
24-Can Soft Cooler* 23.66 5
17.00" x 13.50" x 10.00"
15.00" x 8.50" x 8.00"
17.00" 13.50" 24 2
48-Can Soft Cooler* 47.32 8 20.00" x 13.00" x 16.00"
19.00" x 10.50" x 10.00"
20.00" x 13.00" 48 3
IM 20QT 20.35 12.52 18.80" x 12.60" x 17.70" 12 x 6.70" x 14.10" 13.75" x 8.30" 15 Up to 2

ROTO

20QT*

19 16
20.12" x 15.07" x 14.12" 
14.75" x 10.00" x 8.75"
17" x 12.25" 15 2
30QT 31 21.67
25.30" x 19.00" x 18.50"
14.60" x 10.20" x 11.00"
19.50" x 14" 22 6

35QT*

33 32.16
26.41" x 20.00" x 18.75"
15.75" x 12.00" x 11.50"
20" x 16.75" 25 6-7
45QT* 43 35.95
29.66" x 20.00" x 19.25"
19.00" x 12.00" x 12.00"
35 7
50QT 50 26.39
30.00" x 20.30" x 20.40"
17.50" x 11.00" x 13.70"
22.50" x 14.50" 34 7-8
65QT* 62 48
37.16" x 20.00" x 19.75"
26.50" x 12.00" x 12.50"
40 8-9
70QT 68 33.29
36.00" x 20.30" x 21.00"
24.75" x  12.00" x 14.30" 
28.50" x 15.50" 46 9
95QT 90 51
37.75" x 20.00" x 24.88"
27.34" x 12.00" x 17.62"
32" x 17" 72 10+
150QT 142 66
44.88" x 25.00" x 24.38"
34.00" x 17.00" x 15.75"
39" x 22" 138 10+
250QT 237 92
61.13" x 27.50" x 27.50"
50.25" x 17.00" x 17.50"
258 10+
45QT Wheeled 43 37.25
29.66" x 20.00" x 19.25"
19.00" x 12.00" x 12.00"

25" x 20" (wheel to wheel)

28 7
55QT Wheeled* 52 46.25
29.25" x 20.18" x 20.19"
20.00" x 12.00" x 14.25"
40 5
80QT Wheeled 76 49.50
42.88" x 20.75" x 20.25"
29.00" x 13.00" x 13.00"
35" x 20" (wheel to wheel) 58 9-10

*DISCONTINUED 

 

Ice Retention By Cooler Size

TUMBLER OUNCES BASE OF TUMBLER HEIGHT  LID MATERIAL
22 22 2.75" 8.25" 3.50" Stainless Steel
32 32
2.75"
10.50"
3.50"
Stainless Steel
BOTTLE OUNCES BASE OF BOTTLE HEIGHT

LID

W x H

MATERIAL OPENING
18 18 3.11" 9.63" 3.11" x 2.15" Stainless Steel 2.5"
32 32 3.62" 11"
3.11" x 2.15"
Stainless Steel
2.5"
64 64 4.57" 13.17"
3.11" x 2.15"
Stainless Steel
2.5"
x