Any discussion of high end, top quality coolers would be incomplete without the inclusion of the range of Pelican products available. Priced on the higher end of the cooler spectrum, Pelican promises big quality, and, for the most part, delivers on that promise unflinchingly. With 30 Quart, 50 Quart, and 70 Quart models, the Pelican Elite is one of the most comprehensively engineered coolers on the market. However, the question becomes– is it worth the money?
For the most part, I think it absolutely is.
Much like its competition, a level of ice retention that would have been considered unthinkable not too long ago is one of the primary features of the Pelican Elite. With 2 inches of thick, polyurethane insulation, and a 360 degree, freezer grade gasket, the Pelican Elite matches or tops every other high end cooler of the modern day, with up to 10 days of ice retention. There is also significant draining infrastructure implemented within the design of the cooler– this is highlighted especially with a leakproof plug and 4 self draining cup holders.
The warranty is pretty hard to beat. If you break this cooler, (somehow), Pelican will absolutely replace it. There is no time limit on that, as it is a lifetime guarantee. Still, I think it will be hard to break this sturdily constructed cooler– but you can test that theory if you feel like it. These coolers are made in the USA and are built to last. The design reflects this heavy duty mentality, and certainly appeals to a different type of cooler enthusiast than something slick and minimalistic like the Yeti. The Pelican Elite can be purchased in a variety of color combinations: Brown/Tan, Green/Tan, Tan/Orange, and White/Gray– which is best is entirely up to your preference. Without ice, the cooler weighs in at about 25 pounds, which is quite heavy when compared to a more basic cooler of equal capacity, such as a Coleman.
I am of the belief that there is an argument to be made that the Pelican Elite might just be the best cooler on the market. It might be true, and it’s definitely not to be written off. If you can afford to spend big money on a Pelican, and prefer its industrial-looking design to the simpler alternatives on the market, I don’t think that you will be disappointed with the experience of owning a Pelican Elite cooler… It’s a significant contender for the best cooler that money can buy.