Engel Coolers vs Yeti

Everyone wants a cooler that is dependable. Solid; built of quality materials, in other words perfection in an insulated box. This has led to many people buying high end coolers. Engel coolers and Yeti coolers are two of the most popular brands available, but which one is truly the best? Here is the scoop you have been waiting for regarding Engel coolers vs Yeti coolers.

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Most Recognized

More Economical

Manufacture Location, USA & Philippines Manufacture Location, Thailand
Cost More Than EngelCost Less Than Yeti
Build: Roto-Molded Build: Roto-Molded
Certified Bear ProofCertified Bear Proof
Yeti Tundra Models 20-125 Engel Deep Blue Series 25-123Q
Warranty: 5 YearWarranty: 3 Year
Holds Ice: 5-7 DaysHolds Ice: 5-7 Days

Note: Yeti Tundra is quoted in model numbers no size

Note: Engel Deep Blue Series coolers model and size are the same

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Engel Vs Yeti Performance- Five Day Ice Challenge Results

Yeti Tundra 45 Vs Engel Deep Blue 50 Q, Drained

Yeti Tundra 45 Vs Engel Deep Blue 50 Q, After Five Days, Drained

We tested all of the top rated, high end roto molded cooler brands over five days to see just how long these coolers can maintain ice. One of the most interesting results was Yeti Vs Engel. The Engel Deep Blue Series 50 Q cooler held ice significantly better than the Yeti Tundra 45 (actually 37 quarts). Many might be inclined to immediately jump to the defense of the Yeti Tundra 45 as it is a smaller cooler than the Engel 50 Q. However, it’s worth noting that during this test, coolers smaller than the Yeti Tundra, specifically the Canyon Outfitter 35, held ice longer than the Yeti Tundra and Engel 50 Q. This should not be true if a larger cooler were to hold ice longer merely because it’s a larger cooler…

Yeti Tundra 45 Vs Engel Deep Blue Series 50 Q After Five Days

Yeti Tundra 45 Vs Engel Deep Blue Series 50 Q After Five Days

Furthermore, we ran a test within a test between two Igloo coolers. Present in the Five Day Ice Challenge was an Igloo Sportsman Series 40 Q and a Sportsman Series 50 Q. Same manufacturer, same model cooler. If the theory that a larger cooler should maintain ice longer simply because it is lager were to hold, then surely the Igloo 55 Q should hold ice longer than the Igloo 40 Q. However, this was not the case at all. They maintained ice at roughly the same rate. Again, the Canyon 35 Q held ice better than the Yeti Tundra 45, Igloo 40 and Igloo 55Q. Therefore, we cannot say that it was a fluke that the Engel Deep Blue cooler held ice significantly better than the Yeti Tundra. See the picture below to see the evidence of a smaller cooler holding ice on par with a larger cooler and how the Engel Deep Blue compared to Yeti Tundra. See the video comparison further below in post.

Canyon 35Q Vs Yeti Tundra 45 Vs Engel Deep Blue 50 Q After Five Days

Yeti Tundra 45 Vs Engel Deep Blue 50 Q Vs Canyon 35 Q After Five Days

When Quality Counts: Engel Vs Yeti

Engel is a company that has been committed to keeping your stuff cold for nearly 50 years. They offer a variety of coolers. Engel specializes in  coolers that have 2inches of insulation to keep foods, bait, fish, and more cold for days, even during the most extreme temperatures. Their coolers have a warranty of up to 3 years which will protect your investment.

Bear Resistant Cooler

Yeti Coolers have become a very popular choice for everyone since they first went into production in 2006. They are built with the serious hunter’s, campers, tailgaters, and backyard barbecue enthusiasts in mind. These coolers offer a variety of sizes. They are all made of top quality materials, which is backed up by its 5 year warranty.


Engel Vs Yeti Coolers Video Review & Ice Challenge Results

The Ultimate Yeti

Yeti Tundra 45 Vs Engel Deep BlueWith Yeti you have a variety of choices. There are coolers that offer protection from wild animals who may break into your coolers, there are different sizes and capacities, and of course there are coolers that claim to provide the maximum ice retention. To provide maximum life for your cooler’s contents, Yeti gives you coolers with 2” or more polyurethane insulation as well as freezer quality sealing gaskets and one piece roto molded construction.


Yeti Variety

Engel Deep Blue Vs Yeti

Engel DeepBlue

The DeepBlue is Engel’s most heavy duty cooler. It provides 2 inches of polyurethane insulation all around, a silicone freezer gasket to keep the lid tightly closed, nonskid lids and optional nonskid pads. The cooler floor is slightly pitched to aid you in draining the cooler without dumping out what is inside. They have a variety of ways for you to tie it down so that you do not have to worry about your cooler tipping over, sliding around, or coming open when moving about.

Yeti Vs Engel Debate

Both the Yeti and the Engel have true die-hard fans and true blue people who say do not waste your money on a Yeti. Some people have experienced faulty quality with both types of coolers. However, many claim that your ice will retain for up to 5 days longer in an Engel cooler and we experienced this to be true in our Five Day Ice Challenge

However, if you look for Engel coolers for sale on Amazon, you will see that most of them do not have as many buyers as the Yeti, but the overall satisfaction of the people who have bought them are high. A glance through our Engel Deep Blue cooler review will also show that these coolers work great no matter what you hope to keep cool.

With the Yeti coolers, you will find slightly higher numbers when it comes to people who have bought one and you will still find an overall average satisfaction rating of 4-5 stars. In the reviews, there are people who comment that it is more expensive, but that it will be the last cooler you will ever need to buy. Read our most popular Yeti Tundra Review Here⇒

This means their reputation and the popularity are as mixed as the hunters, fishermen, and campers who love them. It all depends on who you ask.

Final Thoughts

The battle between Engel Coolers vs Yeti is a battle that will continue forever. Even Engel coolers claim that Yeti used their design idea and failed. It is all about what you, the user, want from your cooler. The Engel coolers are slightly cheaper than the Yeti, so if cost counts most to you, Engel could be your best bet. However, if you want something that will last forever, that prestigious name, Yeti may be best. If you want your ice and the contents to last for days, both will be able to handle the job, but some say that Engel is best. In our test, Engel definitely held ice better than Yeti.

Only you know what it is that you need from your cooler and Yeti does offer more style options, but the battle will continue on until you know which one you personally like the best. Which one will you choose???