Grizzly Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Overview
Maybe you haven’t found what you’re looking for in the Orca or Pelican Coolers. The time has come to delve into the Grizzly Coolers vs Yeti Coolers duel! Read on for an informed evaluation of Grizzly Coolers vs Yeti Coolers.
Grizzly Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Ice Retention
In Orca Coolers vs Pelican Coolers usually outperform Yeti Coolers in ice challenges. But Yeti holds ice long than a Grizzly Cooler.
Both coolers pressure inject foam insulation into their sturdy cores to maintain cold temperatures. Grizzly Coolers feature a thick rubber gasket, insulated rigid lid, and eco-mate foam. This allows the cooler to keep ice cold for long periods of time. Yeti Coolers can hold ice for an extended period of time, thanks to their signature proprietary foam.
Experiments have shown that ice tends to last longer in Yeti Coolers. Some users find that Yeti Coolers hold ice for an average of seven days, while the Grizzly Coolers holds ice for as low as three days.
This small difference may not seem like an important factor if your primary focus is a two- or three-day weekend soiree. However, should you want a single cooler suitable for weekends as well as extended outings, Yeti Coolers are the best choice.
Grizzly Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Construction
Grizzly Coolers are crafted from high-quality material, including roto-tough plastic, a thick exterior wall, bear claw latches, and molded-in hinges with stainless steel pins.
Yeti Coolers are also constructed from the finest materials. Like Grizzly Coolers, these roto-molded coolers feature strong bases, hinges, and lids.
A notable flaw in the construction of Grizzly Coolers is the latch hardware’s screws that just don’t last as long as the screws of the Yeti Coolers.
Grizzly Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Durability
No matter how long a cooler can keep ice, it isn’t going to do much good if it can’t weather years of use. Grizzly Coolers and Yeti Coolers are both tough as nails. But one is tougher than the other.
Grizzly prides itself on the countless tests they perform on their coolers to make sure they can withstand the test of time and heavy usage.
One such test consists of a grizzly bear attacking the cooler for an entire hour. (Wouldn’t you like to watch this one?) The cooler functions and looks just fine after the beating, enabling it to carry its hard-earned “Grizzly” name with honor and integrity.
But in the long run, Grizzly Coolers lag behind Yeti Coolers in terms of their durability. Over time, their screws can cause latches and other parts more likely to become unscrewed and fall apart.
Yeti Coolers feature innovative latch hardware protected by riveted pins that run through the whole frame of the cooler. This locking pin system holds the latches and other hardware firmly connected to the body of the cooler.
Clearly, Yeti Coolers take the cake in the durability category.
Grizzly Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Ease of Use
Which of these beasts is easiest to use? They both have their pros and cons.
The Yeti’s handles consist of rigid plastic tubes featuring grooves with ropes strung between them, which can cause some discomfort when transporting. Additionally, these handles dangle at the same level as the drain plug, which can get in the way of draining the cooler.
You should also be prepared to get wet when draining the Yeti, as the drain plug frequently spurts out water when first opened.Nevertheless, some reviewers have complained of blisters from hauling around Grizzly Coolers, as well as difficulty draining them. Sometimes these minor problems are just part of the game.
At Chuggie, we think the ease of use of Yeti Coolers compared to that of the Grizzly Coolers make the quirky handles worth it because:
- As opposed to the multiple curves and edges of the Grizzly Coolers, the Yeti Coolers feature a much simpler shape. This makes them easier to clean. Who wants to spend any more time than necessary cleaning up when the aim of a fun getaway is to relax?
- While the Grizzly Coolers’ handles protrude, Yeti Coolers have compact molded handles, enabling you to easily slide these coolers into the back of a jam-packed vehicle.
Grizzly Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Capacity
You can buy a Grizzly capable of holding anywhere from 15 to 60 quarts. The capacity is represented accurately in the name.
Yeti Coolers have names ranging from the Roadie 20 to the Tundra 350. We say “names” because Yeti doesn’t explicitly state that the numbers attached to the names indicate their actual capacity. This is slightly sneaky on their part, because most shoppers assume that their capacity is reflected in the name.
As an example, the Yeti Roadie 20 can hold twenty-two quarts. The Yeti Tundra 50 only has the capacity to hold forty-six quarts, and the Yeti Tundra 350 can hold up to three hundred and thirty quarts. This means that this ginormous cooler can comfortably store two hundred and twenty cans of beer!
We like the straightforward listings of Grizzly Coolers’ capacities. But Yeti offers such a wide range of sizes, allowing you to carry plenty of provisions when you’re going on a trip with a lot of people. The more the merrier, right?
Grizzly Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Price & Warranty
Grizzly Coolers cost roughly $50-$100 less than their Yeti counterparts. They also come with a lifetime warranty, including parts known to need repair, like the gasket and seal.
Yeti offers a five-year warranty, which is just one of those things about Yeti that makes us shake our head. Despite this limited warranty, their coolers are the coolers that seem to last forever.
As an added bonus, they have a better resale value than Grizzly Coolers, so should you decide it’s time to move on, you can get more money when you sell your pre-loved equipment.
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.