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Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers:

If you’re on the market for a new cooler, you likely have a mental battle of  Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers. What to choose? Icey-Tek Coolers don’t always receive the credit they deserve. For some reason, cooler “experts” tend to pass them over. From what we’ve heard, Icey-Tek has some pretty sweet coolers for sale.

If you’re a nine-to-fiver, you deserve an amazing weekend. You deserve it even more if you’re a shift-worker or stay at home parent. Both jobs rarely allow weekend freedom! (Er, parents – hope we didn’t overstep there. We’re sure your kids are lovely. You just need your “me” time!)

We included Icey-Tek Coolers in our Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers Comparison Series because we want to see just what this brand is all about. We did our research and will fill you in on components like ice retention, durability, features, price, warranty, ease of use, and color selection.  This comparison just might be the only one you’ll need for making a decision, if you’re vascilating between the two!

Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Ice Retention

Yeti doesn’t tell us how long their coolers can hold ice. Tests show six to nine days, although emphatic Yeti-owners swear they retain ice for well past nine days. Their thick walls and lid keeps ice cold for a long time. You’ll probably be surprised the first time you use a Yeti!

Icey-Tek says their coolers hold ice for seven to ten days. As we know by now, those are just estimates.  To achieve quality insulation, manufacturers inject polyurethane insulation into the coolers’ walls and lid. These estimates don’t sway us in one direction or the other in our Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers comparison.

It’s always best to read what real customers say about their product, as they have actually used them.  Scouring the web for reviews doesn’t necessary lead to an equal representation of all customers, but it does allow us to hear what people are saying outside the simulated cooler comparison tests.

One forum we looked at compared Icey Tek, Yeti, and Engel Coolers. An Icey-Tek Cooler’s owner complains of a 175 Quart barely lasting for ten hours. He admits the cooler was under a hot Florida sun, but heavy duty coolers are supposed to hold their ice no matter what. In this same thread, most users recommend Yeti Coolers as compared to Icey Tek and Engel Coolers.

Remember to pre-cool your cooler before filling it up with beer, beer, beer and more beer. Pre-cooling makes a huge difference. We know lots of other high-end coolers hold ice longer than Yeti Coolers; they aren’t the kings of keeping ice cold. It sounds like Icey-Tek Coolers are just as good as Yeti Coolers.

According to most of the reviews we read, most reviews say Yeti Coolers are the best. But this was from a small sample of customers; we don’t consider our findings to be authoritative.

The Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers competition shows that both coolers have, roughly, the same capabilities of ice retention. We’ll give Yeti Coolers a quarter of a point against Icey-Tek Coolers based on our sample.

Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Features

Yeti Coolers have heavy-duty features, making this beast of an ice chest as durable as possible. Their features include resilient latches, a gasket, handles, hinges, extending and inset handles, and pin hinges.

Some of our favorite Icey-Tek features include their rubber gasket, commercial grade skids, and lockable lid. Icey-Tek crafted their latches with a rubbery material – just other high-end coolers.

The Yeti’s advantage is their inclusion dividers to separate beer, meats, cheeses, and anything else you want to keep cold. You can easily organize your different items, which will prevent the inevitable disarray from outings with multiple people. Most large ice coolers don’t have tray dividers like these.

One point for Yeti Coolers in our Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers analysis.

Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Extra Features

Most notable in Yeti Coolers are the dividers to separate important food items, which isn’t common in large coolers. You can easily organize your meat, cheese, drinks, and whatever else you want to keep cold. These dividers will prevent the inevitable disarray on outings with multiple people.

One point for Yeti Coolers in our Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers analysis.

Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Durability

Icey-Tek Coolers’ method of constructing their coolers empowers them to be durable as hell. They’re grizzly bear resistant, and their latches are strong. Thermoplastic elastomer handles that are non-corrosive and non-conductive, contribute to this strength. Icey-Tek welds their hinges to the coolers with plastic and finishes them off with stainless steel screws.

Like Icey-Tek Coolers, Yeti Coolers are extremely tough and will last for a number of years – you won’t have to worry about being gentle with them. Yeti Coolers are grizzly bear resistant, roto-molded, and have protective stainless steel. Their latches, handles, and hinges are strong.

Yeti Coolers protect their state-of-the-art latches and other hardware by using pins to connect them all throughout the inner walls of the cooler. Because the protection comes from within, Yeti coolers do an extra good job of preventing pieces from becoming disconnected.

In comparison, both coolers are sturdy and resilient. They’re grizzly bear resistant, roto-molded, and have strong external hardware. They’ll be there for you for many, many years. Fans of both will tell you different things.

In the Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers comparison, both receive a point.

Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Ease of Use

While they’re resilient and consistently perform well, Yeti Coolers can be pesky to deal with. Some users complain of discomfort when using the rubber tube exterior handles. Users of Icey-Teks also complain about uncomfortable handles. As we’ve said before, everyone complains about cooler handles.

The Yeti’s handles also dangle at the same level as the drain plug, making draining extra annoying. There’s even more to the drain issues. When you first open the drain plug, cold water often gushes out. It isn’t uncommon for a pool of liquid to collect at the bottom of the cooler, either.

A huge advantage of Icey-Tek Coolers is their draining system. Their coolers feature two drain plugs on opposite ends of the cooler, so you won’t have to flip it over. Their strainers prevent small pieces of ice from draining along with the water, really helping drain all excess water. Unlike the Yeti, the flow of water from opening the drain plug won’t spray you with cold water.

Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Okay, which is easier?

In both Yetis and Icey-Teks, you will find the latches easy to open. Watch out – on occasion, they can pinch your fingers during re-latching.

Icey-Tek Coolers are lighter than Yeti Coolers. They’re much easier to transport. They do range all the way up to 700 Quarts, so of course the larger sizes will be more difficult to transport than the Yeti Coolers in this case.

Finalizing our comparison in our Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers quest, we see two duplicate issues. Their handles and latches are both uncomfortable. But Icey-Tek manufactures their coolers, so they’re very easy to drain. Draining is a huuuuge deal. Major fail, Yeti.

The second advantage of Icey-Tek coolers is their weight. Everyone wants lighter coolers, even when they’re large!

Icey-Tek makes a comeback and earns two points for its incredible advantages.

Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Price

For some, price is an important factor. We decided to compare a cooler from each brand of about the same size to illustrate the differences.

The Yeti Roadie 20 Series is $249.99 on Ace Hardware’s website. In comparison, Icey-Tek sells their 25 Quart Cooler for $179.99. (This is the same price you’ll find on Amazon.)

Don’t be fooled – Yeti doesn’t use numbers to indicate the cooler’s capacity. The Yeti Roadie 20 holds 22 quarts, a mere three quarts less than the Icey-Tek 25 Quart Cooler. That’s a cost difference of $70 dollars.

The clear winner here is the Icey-Tek 25 Quart Cooler. The Yeti Roadie 20 costs more and its capacity falls short. One point for Icey-Tek in this portion of Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers!

Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Warranty

Warranty is as important as price. If a cooler is cheap but its parts fall apart constantly, that’s just annoying and will cramp your weekend style. When considering a warranty, you should keep three things in mind: how long it lasts and what it covers.

Icey-Tek offers a two-year warranty, covering manufacturer defects. Their website provides little information about the warranty.

Yeti Coolers’ warranty covers defects in manufacture and workmanship. Its website makes one point crystal clear: “Normal wear and tear is not warranted.” Who decides what’s normal?

Both Yeti Coolers and Icey-Tek Coolers have some sketchy fine print. Icey-Tek says so little, we think there’s something shady lurking under the surface. Yeti’s bolded sentence regarding “normal wear and tear” is just as disconcerting. Both coolers received a “tsk tsk” from us during our Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers

Our conclusion in our Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers comparison is that Yeti Coolers win, simply because of the longer warranty.

Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Colors

Weekends are meant to be a hell of a good time. Colors are fun!

Yeti Coolers are available in three colors: White, Desert Tan, and Ice Blue. If basic is your shtick, you don’t care about colors, or you happen to love one of these three colors, kudos. Icey-Tek Coolers won’t be an issue in our Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers discussion.

Icey Tek Coolers offer 25 colors from which to choose, including dual-colored coolers. These include White, Tan, and Light Blue, just like the Yeti.

Icey-Tek wins a point this round of Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers due to their variety of colors.

At Chuggie, we like lots of colors to choose from. We are The Fun Company. But we know deep down (way down) that your weekend can rock no matter what your cooler’s color is – we just want you to be happy.

Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: And the winner is…

We used a point system for the first time. Talk about an easy way to decide!

There was nearly a tie for total points scored in our Icey-Tek Coolers vs Yeti Coolers comparison. Icey-Tek Coolers won with a score of 5. Yeti Coolers lost by a slim margin, at 4.25 points. So basically, they’re both winners. Pick one or the other – they’ll both help you have the best weekends!

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