You can think of Pelican Coolers as the heavy-weight favorite amongst outdoor enthusiasts, an absolute beast designed to beat the very best contestants in the ring; with a jaw-dropping ice retention of 10 Days and with a new release line of Coolers, this is worth a Pelican cooler review.

Pelican Cooler products have always been designed for extreme conditions especially in defense, emergency services and expeditions in extremely remote areas.
Whether you are out in the wild or fishing the Pelican cooler is for you. They are designed to keep ice for up to 10 days, even in the most extreme conditions

Pelican Cooler Review Comparison

Product Model
Pelican ProGear Cooler 35Qt

Pelican Elite Cooler 30QT

Weight32.16 lbs

25.5 lbs
Dual handle system hinged and molded in
Molded in handles w/ tie-down slots

4.8/ 5.0

4.9 /5.0


Pelican Cooler Review

New Pelican Cooler

Pelican Cooler Review - New Pelican Elite Cooler

The new improved range of Pelican coolers are made with the same durability but with an improved design featuring the same ice keeping capabilities but 30% lighter than the older models.

The Pelican Elite Cooler comes with 4 Self-draining cup holders, an integrated measuring board in cm and inch and stainless steel bottle opener.

Ice retention: 10 days
Handles: Moulded on
Material: 2″ Polyurethane
Seal 360 deg: freezer grade gasket
Latches: 3″ push and pull locking
Leak proof drain plug and anti-shear hinge system
Non-Slip rubber feet

Although the Pelican Elite Cooler is not insanely cheap, they are cheaper than Yeti.
The handles are robust and sturdy that allows you to maneuver the cooler around with ease. The non-skid rubber feet with the molded in tie downs are perfect to take on any trip on the back of a pickup or SUV knowing it will not fall over.
It is the perfect cooler for long camping trips with an ice retention of up to 10 days even in hot conditions.

The built-in Self-draining cup holders are convenient when you are standing around enjoying the view, at a sports event or even a barbecue. It is the perfect size for a day out on the boat, and the non-skid feet ensure that it does not slide around the deck. It is much lighter than the older models but with the same lifetime warranty, it is a great choice.


• 1/3 Lighter than older models
• Built in cup holders
• 3-inch locking handles
• Non-Skid rubber feet
• Handles and tie downs robust

Pelican 45 Qt Elite Cooler Review

Pelican Cooler - heavy duty cooler

As part of the Pelican cooler review, we have to mention the older version.
This would always be seen as the classic, this extremely strong cooler with its non-slip lid which can safely be used for standing on or sitting. With molded in tie downs and hinged handles are designed for any occasion.

With its rubberised feet, once secured it will not move while you are on your boat or the truck bed. For added convenience, it has a built in fish scale in the lid

• Push and pull latches
• Extreme ice retention 7day
• 2” Walls
• Stainless steel screws
• Bear proof
• 29.66” x 20.00” x 19.25”

When coolers are considered the main factors are the durability, ice retention, and practical use. The Pelican 45Qt have all these features. Made from polyurethane with 2″ thick walls ensure that insulates the ice from the outside heat.
The Pelican 45Qt (a smaller model) will keep ice cold for up to 7 days making it the perfect cooler for a weekend away or a lovely summer camping trip. With the molded in tie-downs, handles, and press lock clips coupled with the lifetime guarantee, it makes it one of the best coolers to buy.


• Robust build
• Built in fish scale
• Non-skid rubber feet
• Fridge quality seals
• Bear proof

• Heavier than most models

Pelican Pro Gear Elite Wheeled Cooler

Pelican Cooler Review - Pelican Elite Wheeled Cooler

The best mobile cooler with reinforced corners and a thick wall to insulate better with a maximum ice retention. With built-in UV protection to ensure the cooler will last a lifetime.
The Pelican Wheeled Cooler feautres a non-skid / non-marking raised feet so that there is no weight on the wheels when it is at rest, and a sloped drain plug that the garden hose can be attached to?

• Push and pull latches
• Extreme ice retention 9-10 days
• 2” Wheels
• Bear proof
• Stainless steel hardware
• 42.88” x 20.75” x 20.25”

This is a robust big cooler that you do not simply fill up and then load it into the back of the truck. But the wheels are sturdily built, and the great aspect is when you place it down there is absolutely no weight on the wheels. You can sit on it whether you are on a boat or truck without having to worry about it rolling away.
It keeps the ice and drinks cold for days and there is enough space for 70 cans with a 2:1 ratio with ice. With the robust build and sturdy wheels, this is one of the best-wheeled coolers one can buy.


• Robust build
Heavy duty wheels
• Keeps ice and drinks cold for days
• Thick insulating walls
• Bear proof

• Heavier than most models


Pelican vs. Yeti – Which is better

Image of a baby Yeti

This question is a controversial debate amongst outdoor enthusiasts. Pelican Vs. Yeti – Which is better.

The Bottom Line:

These coolers are both robustly designed and can withstand tough conditions, but Pelican offers a lifetime warranty and the push and pull latches are of a better design than that of the Yeti.
Despite both being relatively expensive coolers, the Pelican is a better value for money with the lifetime warranty, and now with a new design which is also lighter.

Pelican Cooler Review – Conclusion

Pelican coolers have gone one step further with the same durable design of the new coolers which are lighter and have added features such as the cup holders molded in the lid, the integrated measuring board and stainless steel bottle opener.
The molded-in handles and 3″ locking latches are all features that have been improved but with same ice retention power and robust design that is required for any cooler.