The Engel Story

For the past 50 years, people who’ve needed to keep things cold – whether they’re on the water, on the road, or even off road – have turned to Engel, the pioneer in portable refrigeration and cooling. Engel began life in the portable AC/DC fridge freezer business, way back in 1962 with their game changing and revolutionary swing arm compressor. They haven't stopped innovating since. Engel Coolers was the first and the original high performance rotationally molded cooler manufacturer, inventing the process back in 2005 and perfecting it by 2007. Engel continues to innovate to this day.

Engel Timeline
  • 1962

    ENGEL STARTED IN JAPAN WITH FRIDGE FREEZERS

    Over fifty years ago Sawafuji Electric Co. Ltd Japan, purchased the drawing of a unique product, a swing motor. They proceeded to develop this into the motor and pump used to power the Engel Portable fridge-freezer we know today. From its early beginnings in the 1960's this unit has evolved into a powerful and efficient cooling unit. This is the only compressor of its type in the world.

  • 1999

    INTRODUCING THE ENGEL BRAND TO THE USA

    Founder and CEO, Paul Kabalin launched the Engel brand in the US, initially selling their legendarily reliable Fridge/Freezers in the U.S.

  • 2004

    ENGEL LAUNCHES THE ULTRA COOL FIBREGLASS COOLER IN THE US

    We launched the UltraCool fibreglass coolers which were made with gel coat and polyurethane foam and could retain ice for up to a week.

  • 2005

    ENGEL LAUNCHES FIRST GENERATION ROTO MOLDED COOLERS

    We launched first generation hand assembled roto molded coolers under the UltraCool logo in the U.S.

  • 2005

    ENGEL INTRODUCES COOLER /DRYBOXES

    Engel’s groundbreaking cooler/dry boxes are perfect for keeping food fresh, for storing sensitive electrical equipment, cameras, medical supplies or safety equipment. They float and can be used as a ditch bag.

  • 2007

    ENGEL INTRODUCES THE ORIGINAL ROTO MOLDED HIGH PERFORMANCE COOLER

    Engel Original High Performance CoolerPaul Kabalin designed and patented a new one piece Roto high performance cooler, the first of its type in the U.S. Featuring ice retention of up to 10 days and a rugged, adventure ready build, it became an instant classic.

  • 2008

    THE IMITATIONS ARRIVE

    Shortly after meeting with Engel at a boating show in Florida, YETI® launches their version of the roto-molded cooler. The long list Engel copies rolled out after that.
  • 2015

    Engel INTRODUCES BACKPACK /SOFT SIDED COOLERS

    ENGEL Cooler BackPacks are engineered to withstand harsh use on land or sea. Rugged, tear-resistant and waterproof, these backpack coolers go anywhere.

  • 2015

    ENGEL TUMBLERS ARE LAUNCHED

    Taking advantage of the latest vacuum technology, these stainless steel, vacuum- insulated mugs perform up to 6% better than any competitor on the market.

  • 2017

    MORE AMAZING INNOVATION TO COME