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Old May 2nd, 2012, 11:21 AM
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Ice Chest / Cooler Reviews?

I have an Engel MT45 and couldn't be happier but need additional cold storage on longer trips for ice and overflow items that won't fit in the Engel. I'm realizing that the coolers I have either leak, are missing hinges, lids, etc. and are pretty well beat up so it's time to invest in a new one.

After looking for a cooler I'm realizing that, like most things, there are almost too many options. Prices range between $40 and $400 and the reviews I've read are all over the map for each. The main brands I'm seeing are:
Any experience or opinions on these coolers would be appreciated; especially from those using the higher end brands as I'm certain we all have used Igloos & Colemans. Thanks fellas.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 11:35 AM
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Engel #1 (Engel MT-45 liter Fridge/Freezer) in my opinion. Cools/Freezes fast. Low to medium to power drain.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 01:41 PM
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coleman stainless steel or retro green or red metal cooler. or Engel makes some really great coolers similar to the Yeti brand. keeps ice for 5 to 7 days. I also use the Engel Drybox as a cooler. 4 different sizes I think and they will keep ice for a day or two.
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Best ice chest/cooler is going to be Yeti. They are freaking indestructible and hold temps down longer defying all material physics and the space-time-continuum. I agree though I have an ARB fridge in the truck but always take an additional cooler with some ice. That has been and always will be a Yeti.
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Ive got a coleman max cold, has served me very well.
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Just buy a used ARB, Engel or Norcold off Expo portal and sell the coolers at a garage sale. I have a large 60 qt and 15 qt Engels.
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yeti is supposed to be the bissichzul.
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I have 2 yeti coolers. They are the way to go
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I have an SSI 80 (320 quart) gallon marine cooler that keeps ice for about a week. All hard ware is stainless and its huge. Just the thing for the 130 driver.
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Yeti... keeps everything cold.
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Not to highjack thread, but I too have been looking for a cooler that will hold ice for more then 5 days in summer heat. I have heard from others that engle or yeti is the way to go, but cant get a answer on the most important part, HOW LONG WILL THEY KEEP ICE? i use a 160 qt. igloo and coleman and both hold 2 large blocks of ice for 4-5 days. Is there such a thing out there that would hold ice longer?
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I've used Engel, Icey-Tek, Coleman, and Yeti, and Yeti is by far my favorite. How long ice will last is dependent on many factors. Some manufacturers will give an estimate, but that usually involves an ice chest that is not opened and stays in the shade. That said, if you can keep two large blocks of ice for four or five days in an Igloo or Coleman, you will absolutely see better results from a Yeti.
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This is good information and will serve others well who search these forums looking for advice on coolers so thanks to all of you who have responded. I continued my search and found that Engel redesigned their DeepBlue series of coolers in 2011 to compete with Yeti. In fact, their website shows a cross section of each cooler comparing the dimensions, etc... Engels are about $100 less for the same size as well. However, based on the above reviews Yeti gets the nod.

I just found this link as well:
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Can't believe I just watched a 7 minute review on coolers. That was a nice and thorough run down. The Engel and Coleman both seemed to out perform the Yeti. That other one blew them all away though.
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The Engel is also pretty indestructible. Check out the video on the Engel website with the Grizzly jumping up and down on the cooler etc. fun to watch. The redisigned Engel would be my choice because it's a newer design and less expensive.

Ok I watched the video and it looks like the Coleman extreme Did as well as the Yeti for way less money. Overall pick was Engel. Blocks of ice should last even longer, maybe 10 to 12 days as long as the lid is not opened too often.
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