We need a cooler for the travel trailer and after much deliberation decided to go with an expensive premium brand. Below are the result of our deliberations – we had a certain space to fit the cooler into, max dimensions were 29″ long X 17″ wide X no real height restriction. Weight was a considerations since these coolers tend to be very heavy, even empty SO without further ado listed below are the coolers we considered and also the first several days ice testing with our final choice.
Igloo Yukon 50: 33.6″ long X 17″ wide X 17.6″ high, 32 lbs — $290 on Amazon — size was too big for the 50 which is the smallest they make. We also didn’t like the molded in handles on the ends taking up more space. But it was a nice cooler.
Engel 65 & 35 3 year warranty, certified Grizzly Bear Proof: 65 dimensions were 29 1/4 X 16 3/4 X 16 3/4, weight 28 lbs — pretty good. $292 on Amazon. Engel 35 dimensions were 25.4″ X 14.8″ X 15.1″, weight 20 lbs $245 on Amazon. Note – the Engel 35 was almost exactly the same size as the Yeti 45, which was confusing.
We talked to a professional fisherman who had both an Engel (much larger than these) and a Yeti. He said the Yeti might have a slight edge, but he was happy with the Engel as well. Our problem was the 65 was a bit too big and the 35 a bit too small.
Yeti 35 5 year warranty, certified Grizzly Bear Proof: 21″ X 16″ X 15 1/2″ 20 lbs. $350 on Amazon
Yeti 45 5 year warranty, certified Grizzly Bear Proof: 25 1/2″ X 16″ X15 1/2″ 23 lbs $350 on Amazon
Why is everyone promoting GRIZZLY BEAR CERTIFIED? Who are they kidding? It appears to me that if a griz wanted into any of these coolers, it would be a matter of just a few minutes… maybe. But they are certified for camping outside in grizzly bear country – maybe it’s because there’s no smell that escapes so they don’t attract bears? Who knows…
Pelican: Too big, too heavy, we looked at them, but didn’t seriously consider one. Here are a few on Amazon, they are generally less expensive.
Which brings us to the star of our show: The Grizzly 40
Grizzly 40, lifetime warranty, made in the USA, certified Grizzly Bear Proof (as we’ve already noted, that’s important): 25 1/2″ X 16″ X 15 1/2″, 22 lbs $270 currently on Amazon, watch for sales, we got ours for $255 with free shipping on Amazon.
The Grizzly 40 is almost exactly the same size as the Yeti 45, but a bit less weight and $100-ish less on the price tag depending on where you find it.
We chose the Grizzly 40 as the best value and space for the money. So how does it perform? About like the Yeti. If we have a block of ice (hard to find sometimes, I might add), the ice block will last 8 days in the Florida Keys springtime. David loves the cooler because he claims it keeps his beer much colder than the boat refrigerator. And we all know that’s the bottom line.
Comments, experiences to share? Please leave a comment and let us know! Cheers! Jan