Engel USA Cooler/Dry Box, 19 Quart

The company Engel has been around for quite a long time, and they know how to make a quality product that appeals to a wide audience. First of all, the Engel 19 quart dry box is rotomolded, as Engel was one of the first companies to introduce this construction method. The walls are thick and […]

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Engel USA Cooler/Dry Box, 19 Quart

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The company Engel has been around for quite a long time, and they know how to make a quality product that appeals to a wide audience.

First of all, the Engel 19 quart dry box is rotomolded, as Engel was one of the first companies to introduce this construction method.

The walls are thick and the plastic parts are seamless, which ensures high-quality insulation.

What else?

The walls are filled with injected foam, for increased insulation and temperature retention. The temperature inside the Engel 19 quart dry box will remain virtually intact.

Furthermore…

The manufacturer really wanted to make this ice chest airtight, so they included an EVA technology gasket.

This way, they made sure there can be no air leakage from inside.

And, in addition to this…

The EVA technology gasket also makes sure no water gets inside the ice chest.

And this is really true.

You can actually put the whole ice chest below water, and it won’t leak. They’ve really done a good job with this feature.

What about the handling?

The handling part is also done pretty well.

The latches are made of stainless steel, but they have a special addition – a self-stopping hinge.

The self-stopping hinge is really a great feature, because it prevents any lid damage. Plus, there are no accidental openings.

Many of the users we contacted pointed out the self-stopping hinge is one of the best additions to the Engel 19 quart dry box.

Anything else?

As far as the benefits are concerned, we have to mention the Engel 19 quart dry box is odor resistant, which is a great thing to know when going camping.

Also, it has a well-designed carry-handle, and an integrated shoulder strap, to facilitate the carrying for you.

But…there are problems with it.

The hinges are made of plastic and that’s what bugs so many users.

Sure, they get the job done, but they’ve been known to break only after a month or two of use. This is really the biggest downside to the Engel 19 quart dry box.

In addition to this, the shoulder strap can put a lot of stress on the one who carries the ice chest. Several users have pointed out it could have used a padded shoulder protector.

And finally, there’s the problem with temperature retention. Although great for day use and shorter trips, the Engel 19 quart dry box is apparently not the best choice for longer periods of time.

Keep that in mind.

So many users find it hard to accept this ice chest simply won’t last through the night. It turns out it’s more of a lunch box simulating an ice chest than a genuine ice chest.

Therefore

If you want something reliable for a day trip or a shorter outing, the Engel 19 quart dry box is a good match. Just don’t expect it to have you covered for several days – it won’t do the trick.

On the plus side, there is a 5-year limited warranty.

Features

  • 16.6 x 11 x 13 inches; 7 pounds
  • rotomolded construction
  • foam-injected insulation
  • carry handle
  • shoulder strap
  • EVA-technology gasket
  • stainless steel latches
  • self-stopping hinge
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