The BIG Cooler Specification Showdown

You'll see lots of buzz around the 20 to 50 quart cooler segment, but there isn't much discussion around the largest models like the Pelican 150QT Elite Cooler or the Pelican 250QT Elite Cooler.  We're going to help change that here.

First up, let's talk value.  Larger coolers, especially those from Pelican with their awesome insulating capabilities, can be stored on your vehicle*, behind your vehicle on a hitch mount rack or in a pick up bed.  By getting one large cooler, you essentially eliminate two side walls and have "merged" two smaller coolers together.  This leads to a lower price per quart of usable space.
*Check your vehicle roof rack specification to verify

For example:

2 x 70QT Cooler at $468.95ea = $937.90 where a 150QT Cooler is $843.95

Not only does this come in a lesser price point, but you're also getting an additional 10 quarts of space and the overall exterior dimensions when comparing the 2 x 70QT versus 1  x 150QT takes up less overall space per quart.  We'd call that a win-win-win scenario

Proof is in the numbers, so here's the calculations for those that like to see them!

Exterior Cubic Feet Per Usable Quart:

2 x 70QT = 17.76 cu/ft (2 x 36" x 20.3" x 21") = Takes up 0.127 cu/ft per usable quart

1 x 150QT = 15.85 cu/ft (44.9" x 25" x 24.4") = Takes up 0.106 cu/ft per usable quart

That may seem like a small difference, but it equates to about a 16.5% saving in precious cargo space while still increasing total cooler capacity by 7%

The value becomes even more apparent when you start to consider the Pelican 250QT cooler at $1,089.99

Larger coolers give you more useable space in one cavity - allowing you to better configure your items and only having to focus on ice retention in one cooler instead of two.  These large roto molded coolers are ideal for anyone hunting, fishing or enjoying life outdoors and away from "the grid".  They allow you to bring more and stay out with nature longer between supply runs.

Why a Pelican cooler over other brands like Yeti?  There are several factors:

  • Listed maximum ice retention of up to 10 days on the 150QT and 250QT models
  • Guaranteed For Life!
  • Dual Handle System (Molded-in & Hinged Handles)
  • Press & Pull Latches (Wide for Gloved use) (Three Strong Latches Versus Two Rubber on the Yeti)
  • Tethered Threaded Drain Plug (Garden Hose Attachable)
  • Space for Forklift Forks and/or Secure Hoisting


Yeti versus Pelican Coolers is a hot topic.  We always like to provide our customer with value so we're doing the calculations for your between the Yeti Models that compete with the Pelican 150QT Elite Cooler and the Pelican 250QT Elite Cooler.  The Lifetime warranty and features aside, here's how Pelican beats the competition when it comes to dollar per quart of usable space!

First up we have the Yeti Tundra 160 - that actually only gives you around 132 quarts of interior space.  At $899.99 this means it's costing you about $6.82 per quart. Where as the Pelican 150QT (actually 150 quarts) is costing you about $5.63 per quart.

Next is the Yeti Tundra 250, that gives you about 211 quarts of interior space, at $1,199.99 means it's costing you about  $5.68 per quart.  The Pelican 250QT is costing you about $4.36 per quart.

The choice is clear to us.  What do you think?



Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published