Yeti Alternative, Orca 140 vs Yeti Tundra 160

140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160, Cooler Comparison

140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160
Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes

If you’re on the market for an ultra-durable roto molded cooler, Orcas and Tundras are both great choices. In the final part of our “Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes Series,” we’ll review the 140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler Comparison.

The largest Orca Cooler Size is 140 qts, but as for the Yeti…that’s just the beginning! Yeti Tundra Coolers Span all the way up to the Yeti Tundra 350 Series

Overview & Navigation
140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler

At Chuggie, our mission is to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. Because of that, our cooler reviews include important aspects such as:

 

True Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions
140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler

140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler Comparison
Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes

Of course, true capacity varies among different brands of high end ice chests. Another key point is that Yeti doesn’t use numbers to claim capacity. Instead, the numbers represent the “Series Number.”

But the 140 qt Orca and the Yeti Tundra 160 Series are actually close in capacity – the Orca holds 140 qts, of course, and the Yeti 160 holds about 150 qts.

First, here are the Yeti Tundra 160’s specs:

Actual Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions of the Yeti Tundra 160

Yeti Sizes
True Capacity: 150 lbs
Exterior Dimensions: 21.5″ x 45″ x 19.5″
Interior Dimensions: 15.5″ x 37 3/8″ x 12 3/8″
Weight: 54 lbs

True Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions of the Orca 140 Qt

140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler
True Capacity: 140 quarts

Exterior Dimensions: 40″ x 23.5″ x 20.875″
Interior Dimensions: 31″ x 15.5″ x 15.6″
Weight: 64 lbs

Again, the Orca 140 qt weighs more than its Yeti Tundra counterpart yet has a lower capacity. This is likely due to the extra insulation, of course, which makes the extra pounds worth it!

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Construction
140  Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160

Both of these rugged molded coolers have fantastic construction. But in the 140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160 standoff, how do they compare? First, we’ll look at Yeti’s construction.

Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler Construction

140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler Comparison
All Yeti Tundra Coolers (except the Yeti Roadie) come with a standard dry goods basket.

1. Marine-grade rope handles 
2. Rubber handle
3. Detachable drain plug; you can remove it completely to drain quickly or partially open it
halfway to control the flow

4. Removable dry goods basket included in the price of the cooler (except the Yeti Roadie)
5. Rail handles

6. “T-Rex” Rubber Latches
7. Slip-Resistant Feet
8. Rotomolded with integrated insulation
9. Riveted pin system
10. Rubber gasket

Orca 140  Quart Cooler Construction

Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes
The huge mesh pocket on back of the orca 75 qt.

1. Durable nylon cord handles with a rubber grip point 
2. “Whale Tail” rubber latches
3. Dry goods baskets are not included in the price
4. Molded in handles
5. Somewhat slippery feet (solve this with a slip resistant pad)
6. Rotomolded with integrated insulation
7. Pin system for hinges
8. Built-in cargo pocket
9. Rubber gasket
10. Detachable drain plug
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3 Differences in Construction to Be Aware Of

As you can see, both of these mighty beasts are constructed in similar ways, with just a few slight differences. The differences include:

  • Orca Ice Chests have thicker insulation, which translates to better ice retention.
  • They also have more dry storage space with their cargo net pockets.
  • Yeti’s drain plugs have a hole in them, while the Orca’s do not.

2 Very Small Differences in Construction

    • Yeti’s “T-Rex” latches are almost exactly the same as the Orca’s “Whale Tail” latches. They’re both high quality and function the same way.
    • Lastly, their handles are made from different materials. However, they’re both tough cords with rubber grips. They work the same way to help two people distribute the weight evenly as they carry the ice chest.

Video #1: YETI Coolers vs Slingshot

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Durability
Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes

As the video demonstrates, the Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler will handle anything life throws at it! Now, to see how it compares to the Orca 140 Quart Cooler.

The 4 Ultra-Strong Characteristics of the 140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler

Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes
The Orca 140 Quart isn’t currently available in Seafoam – but will be soon.

#1. The plastic that makes up their body and lid, which is called “polyethylene,” is these coolers’ secret weapon.

#2. Also, their riveted pin system keeps their hinges right where they belong.

#3. Finally, rotomolded coolers are among the strongest in the world. For detailed information about the various types of plastic, go here

#4. Another similarity is that they’re both Certified Grizzly Bear proof.

Just take a look at the videos of Grizzly Bears attempting to open both Orca and Yeti Coolers. Spoiler alert: the bears fail miserably.

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The 140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler Comparison
Why They Both Have the Same Level of Usability

There are several similarities in how these coolers are user-friendly…and how they aren’t. First, here are the similarities:

  • Both coolers’ lids *may* snap shut unexpectedly, according to some owner reviews.
  • Another shared feature is their nylon rope handles; these make two-person carrying easier.
  • They both tend to be quite heavy compared to other high end ice chests. 

Now for the differences:

  • Although both coolers have screw-on, detachable drain plugs, we prefer the Yeti’s plug.
  • A Yeti drain plug has a hole on the screw-on part, so you can partially unscrew it to slow down the water flow. 
  • It’s easier to store small items you want to keep dry in the Orca, since it has a side mesh pocket.
  • As noted above, the Orca 140 Qt Cooler weighs about 10lbs more than the Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler.
  • Lastly, Orca Cooler’s feet can be slippery on wet surfaces, like on a boat.

The pros and cons of each brand of ice chest weigh each other out. Therefore, it makes the most sense to call it a tie.
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Ice Retention
140 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler

On average, Orca Coolers hold ice 2-3 days longer than Yeti Coolers. No matter which cooler you choose to buy, ice retention ultimately depends on many factors. (Such as pre-cooling, ice packs vs ice, ambient temperature, etc.) 

Although the “20 Quart Orca vs Yeti Roadie Cooler Comparison Video” below is between different cooler sizes, it does a great job of showing how well Orca Coolers hold ice. 

*A key point in this ice test challenge is that the Yeti Roadie had an advantage of being pre-cooled longer. But it still lost the ice chest challenge.

 

>>Read the Utimate Review of the Best, Long Lasting Ice Packs<<

Accessories
140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler

Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler’s Accessories

Yeti Coolers accessory collection is as wide and varied as Orca Cooler accessories:

Cooler Comparison, Yeti Cooler Review
And of course, Yeti Ice.

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Orca 140 Quart’s Accessories

Although each of these high end cooler brands offer fantastic accessories, Orca blows Yeti out of the water with their molle wrap system.

Overall, it’s the Orca Gear Molle System that reigns supreme. This molle system will securely hold:

Orca Molle Attachment
This is a MUST for outdoors people.
  • Cell phone
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight Holder
  • Pistol Holder
  • Hybrid System Solar Panel
  • Shot Shell Holder
  • Quad Mag Holder
  • Mini tac-vest koozie

Dry Ice Compatibility
140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160
Cooler Comparison

Using Dry Ice in 140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160

Both of these high end rotomolded coolers are 100% dry ice compatible! In fact, they’re two of the best ice chests for using with dry ice.

Using dry ice will keep your contents frozen solid, which is great fishing and hunting weekends. For tips and more info about using dry ice in your cooler, check out “How Long Does Dry Ice Last in a Cooler?”

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Plus using dry ice for camping, tips, and when to use.

Where Are They Made?
140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler Comparison

Where are Yeti Coolers made?

where are yeti coolers made

It’s a myth that Yeti Coolers are 100% American-made. Sure, their head quarters are in Texas. And Yeti manufactures some of their coolers in Wisconsin and Iowa. But they also have large factories in the Philippines where most of the manufacturing occurs.

You can give Yeti a call and request a 100% American-made product. (Contact Yeti Customer Service at 512.394.9384 to request a Yeti made only on USA soil.)

Where are Orca Coolers made?

In contrast, Orca Ice Chests are made, produced, and manufactured in the good ol’ USA. (Orca Podsters and Orca Chasers are not.)

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Price
140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160

Each cooler costs about the same.

Usually, you can find an Orca 140 Quart Cooler for a little less than a Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler. However, the differences in price are small.

So, in the “140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160 Review,” this is a tie. These are two of the best high end rotomolded coolers.

They’re both worth the investment!

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Warranty
140 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 160

  • Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler Warranty: 5 Years
  • Orca 140 Quart Cooler Warranty: Lifetime

Colors, Patterns, & Collegiate Designs
Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes

#1. 140 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler “Classic Colors” 

First, each brand offers a “classic” color selection.

Yeti Tunda’s 3 Classic Colors

The Yeti Tundra 160 comes in 3 classic colors: Desert Tan, White, and Ice Blue.

Orca’s 8 Classic Colors

In contrast, the Orca 140 Quart has 8 classic colors to choose from: Pink, Green, Navy, Black, Pink, Light Blue, Seafoam, and White.

Yeti Cooler Sizes vs Orca Cooler Sizes
And these are only the “classic” Orca Cooler colors!

#2. 140 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 160 Cooler “Collegiate Coolers”

Orca 140 Quart’s Collegiate Coolers & Tumblers

In Orca’s collection of high end rotomolded coolers, there are 17 Collegiate Coolers. If you visit Orca’s website, you’ll find them.

Customized Stainless Steel Tumblers
Yeti also has a Rambler Tumbler Cup Collegiate Series. (U of Texas shown here)

Yeti Tundra 160’s Collegiate Coolers & Tumblers

Now it’s Yeti’s time to shine, since they offer a whopping 64 different Collegiate Coolers!

Additionally, they offer their Rambler Tumbler Cups with a selection of 64 college’s symbols on the front side.

Unlike the Collegiate Coolers, you’ll need to buy these direction from Yeti’s website.

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So, which cooler is right for you?

If you’re willing to make an investment, we believe the 140 qt Orca is the best cooler for the money.

It has the same great features as the Yeti Tundra 160, but also has better qualities:

  1. Lifetime Warranty
  2. Better Ice Retention
  3. Color Availability
  4. Made 100% in the U.S.

That being said, we also think you’d be happy purchasing a Yeti Tundra. It isn’t as though you’d buy a Yeti Cooler and find yourself shaking your head thinking, “I sure am disappointed in my Yeti.”

We just think the Orca is better. Happy Trails!

>>Watch Grizzly Bear Fails against the Orca and Yeti!<<

Readers who enjoyed “Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes, Orca 140 vs Yeti Tundra 160” also read:

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