Yeti Comparison Review
Yeti vs 10 Top Rated Coolers
In the several months preceding this post, we’ve poured hours of research and testing into comparing Yeti with various other top notch competitors. After all these “Yeti vs…” posts, it’s time for a full-force Yeti Comparison. Yeti Coolers, the “holy grail of high end ice chests,” have been a focal point of our blog for nearly a year.
- Canyon Outfitter Coolers vs Yeti
- Orca Coolers vs Yeti
- Pelican Coolers vs Yeti
- Icehole Coolers vs Yeti
- Bison Coolers vs Yeti
- Igloo Coolers vs Yeti
- Coleman Xtreme Coolers vs Yeti
- K2 Coolers vs Yeti
- Engel Coolers vs Yeti
- Grizzly Coolers vs Yeti
- Why not RTIC or Ozark Trail?
In the end, we ruled that there are two winners (and losers) in the Canyon Coolers vs Yeti Coolers showdown. To help you decide which is the best for you, here are the highlights of each ice chest cooler:
Canyon Cooler vs Yeti Comparison Highlights
- Lifetime Warranty
- Much cheaper
- Easier to pack
- Made in the USA
- Offers the wheeled “Mule” ice chest
- Doesn’t have the “status symbol” of Yetis
- Isn’t available in as many sizes
- Less attractive
Yeti Cooler Highlights
- Five year limited warranty
- Much more attractive
- Yetis are “status symbols”
- Offers collegiate coolers
- Mostly outsourced
- Very Expensive
If we HAD to decide on a winner, Canyon Coolers win our Canyon Coolers vs Yeti Coolers research. And that’s only because they’re such good cheap rotomolded coolers.
However, both ice chests are A+ coolers. If you were looking for any big differences between ice retention or durability, there just isn’t much of a difference.
If you’re looking to save money, buy a Canyon. And also, lifetime warranty, anyone?
Unless, of course, you want the sexiest, sleekest cooler on the market and don’t mind paying extra for the status symbol and appearance. In this case, enjoy your new Yeti!
Back to Overview
If we had to choose the best cooler, it would be the Orca brand cooler. The reasons for this are simple:
- Orca Coolers have much better ice retention.
- Plus they come with a lifetime warranty.
- The Orca Gear Molle Wrap…need we say more?
- Orcas are 100% American-made.
- Orcas have a bigger variety of colors and patterns.
All this being said, Orca Coolers for sale are only available in sizes up to 140 quarts. Yeti extends all the way to 350. In that area, Yeti Coolers are winning by a landslide.
Both ice chests are pretty damn dependable. They’re built well, are similar in most categories, and even look alike. Of course, different people will be happier with different brands. It all depends on your preferences for factors like ice retention, customization, etc.
Similarities in Construction
- Rotationally molded from polyethylene plastic
- Molded-in, recessed handles and tie-down points
- Polyurethane foam insulation
- Freezer-grade gaskets
- Dry ice compatible
- Slip-resistant feet
- Certified Grizzly Bear Resistant
These similarities in construction are most important because they show how both coolers are built exceptionally well.
However, Pelican Coolers have better ice retention and more extras. Pelican has a line of wheeled coolers available, and their rotomolded coolers have rotomolded fish rulers on the lid. Yeti Ice Chests lack both of these. (However, it is possible to construct your own Yeti cooler wheels.)
Consider buying a Yeti Cooler if:
- You want a cooler in a size not available in Icehole’s small selection.
- You don’t live in Texas and want to see the cooler in a store before you buy it.
- You’re a Prime Member (Check out Prime Discounted Monthly Offering.) Free shipping and lower prices add up.
- You blush easily. Just go to Icehole’s website or join a forum and you’ll see what we mean. There’s going to be an endless cloud of dirty (but hilarious) jokes following you and your Icehole Cooler.
- The feel more comfortable buying a cooler supported by a multitude of reviews.
- You like the Yeti’s status symbol. (Hey, we all have our things.)
Consider buying an Icehole Cooler if:
- You’re an American with a heart for your soldiers. Icehole donates a portion of all proceeds to the troops and their families.
- You want gear made with 100% American parts and manufactured in the U.S.
- You live in Texas. State pride, right?
- You prefer the wider array of color options
- A life time warranty compared to a measly five years is a deal-maker.
- You’re willing to take the risk – they aren’t as widely reviewed.
This was a tough call to make.
Bison Coolers are easier to use. They’re extra marine-friendly, with their no-metal construction and built-in ruler. If you have a lower budget, you won’t be disappointed with your Bison. It falls only a fraction behind the Yeti.
Yeti Coolers are more durable and better at holding ice, which are the most important factors when considering which cooler to purchase.
You can use them for both short trips and week-long expeditions. (Tip: for maximum ice retention, pre-cool 24 hours before packing.)
Yeti’s are the highest quality cooler of the two. If your budget calls for a Bison, we promise it’ll still be an excellent cooler. Relax, and get out there doing what you love!
And now, we’ll make our official declaration: Yeti’s are the winners of our Bison vs Yeti Coolers comparison.
Unsurprisingly, the Yeti model is the finest cooler in terms of ice retention and durability.
Igloo Coolers are fine if you’re not going to be ultra-tough on your equipment. But if you know you’ll be using your cooler every weekend for things like hunting and fishing, go for a Yeti.
However, there’s one thing we must be very clear about: Igloo Coolers are excellent ice chests for many purposes. If you’re not a hardcore, camp-in-the-wilderness type outdoors person, don’t blow off Igloos. They’re respectable ice chests, which is why they’ve maintained popularity across American for over a decade.
Both Yeti and Coleman Xtreme Ice Chests are winners – depending on what you need in a cooler. In fact, the “vs” in Coleman Xtreme Coolers vs Yeti Coolers comparison might as well be switched to an “and/or.”
Go for the Coleman Xtreme Cooler, if you’re not interested in long, heavy-duty camping, hunting, or fishing trips. A Coleman Xtreme Cooler may be your best bet, if you’re not going to be away from an ice source for long. Coleman Xtreme Coolers are ideal for your brief, but oh-so-relaxing weekend ventures.
Buy an ultra-tough Yeti Cooler for more intense ventures. You won’t be disappointed – nearly all customers give it a five star rating.
We stand by our title, Coleman Xtreme Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Apples and Oranges? It’s not a battle but rather a comparison of ice chests intended for such different purposes that it’s like comparing apples to oranges.
Choose which one fits your budget and vacation style, and the best cooler for you will become crystal clear.
After considering all of this data, we’ve concluded that there are multiple similarities. Both brands are sketchy about where their coolers are produced.
Additionally, K2 Coolers hold ice about the same as Yeti Coolers. K2 offers more color options, so bonus points in that department. All things considered, K2 Coolers are about the same as Yeti Coolers – only much cheaper.
Shared Benefits of Engels & Yetis:
- Excellent ice retention.
- Built-in features for fishermen.
- Durable and built to last for a long time.
- Crafted from high quality material.
- Handy tools built into the cooler itself.
In our opinion, these coolers are tied. We can’t tell you that we think one choice is better than the other. It’s all about your personal needs.
If a lower price is a priority for you or you’re smitten with the idea of a cooler-turned-boom-box, Engel is the obvious choice.
The Yeti is the best choice if you want something that looks classy (hey, if you’re splurging already, treat yourself!). Additionally, if you want the cooler most likely to last for a lifetime, go with the Yeti. Just trust us on this one.
These are arguably the two best coolers on the market today. Reread this article, trust your instinct, and rest assured that either cooler will serve you well.
Grizzly Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: And the winner is…
Yeti Coolers are more durable, available in a wider range of sizes, constructed in a more reliable fashion, able to keep ice cold for longer periods of time, and likely to last longer than a Grizzly Cooler.
We’ve been rather harsh to Yeti Coolers in our other posts, but the evidence for their superiority over Grizzly Coolers is just too solid to ignore.
It’s simple, really. As we wrote in “Yeti vs Ozark Trail Tumblers & Coolers Review,” Yeti’s going to squash Ozark Trail. (AKA Walmart.) And we’re still waiting to see RTIC’s new product line! In the meantime, catch up at “RTIC vs Yeti Tumbler Cups: What Really Happened?”
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