Best Rotomolded Coolers Reviews

75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75 Review

75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75
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 third part of our “Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes Series,” we’ll review the 75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler Comparison.

Overview & Navigation
75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75 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:

75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75

True Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions
75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler

75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75 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 75 qt Orca and the Yeti Tundra 75 Series are actually close in capacity – the Orca holds 75 quarts and the Yeti holds 79 quarts.

First, we’ll take a look at the Yeti Tundra 75’s specs.

Actual Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions of the Yeti Tundra 75

75 Quart Orca vs Yeti 75 Cooler Sizes
True Capacity: 79 quarts
Exterior Dimensions: 18″ x 33.25″ x 18″
Interior Dimensions: 12″ x 26″ x 11.12″
Weight: 34 lbs

True Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions of the Orca 75 Qt

75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler Size
True Capacity: 75 quarts

Exterior Dimensions: 35″ x 18″ x 18″
Interior Dimensions: 27 1/2″ x 12 3/8″  x 12 5/8″ 
Weight: 40 lbs

As you can see, the 75 qt Orca Cooler is six pounds heavier, yet holds 4 quarts less than the Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler. This is probably a result of Orca’s thicker insulation.

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Construction
75  Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75

Both of these rugged molded coolers have fantastic construction. But in the 75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75 standoff, how do they compare? First, we’ll look at Yeti’s construction.

58 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Review
The Yeti 75 comes with a dry goods basket.

Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler Construction

1. Marine-grade rope handles (except the Yeti Roadie)
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 28 Quart Cooler Construction

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

1. Durable nylon cord handles with a rubber grip point (except the Orca 20 Quart)
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 75 Cooler will handle anything life throws at it! Now, to see how it compares to the Orca 75 Quart Cooler.

The 4 Ultra-Strong Characteristics of the 75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75

75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Cooler 75
While Orca’s out of stock of 75 qts in Seafoam now, they’ll soon return.

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

#2. Also, the 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 75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75
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. As noted above, the Orca 75 Quart Cooler weighs about 6 lbs heavier than the Yeti Tundra 75 Ice Chest.

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.
  • 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
75 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 75 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
75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75

Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler’s Accessories

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

Cooler Comparison
And of course, Yeti Ice.

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Orca 75 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
75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler Comparison

Using Dry Ice in 75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75

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?
75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75 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
75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75

Orca vs Yeti
The Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler is well worth the price. (Click to check Discounts)

Each cooler costs about the same.

Usually, you can find an Orca 75 Quart Cooler for a little less than a Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler. However, the differences in price are small.

So, in the “75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75 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
75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75

  • Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler Warranty: 5 Years
  • Orca 75 Quart Cooler Warranty: Lifetime

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

#1. 75 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler “Classic Colors” 

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

Yeti Tunda’s 3 Classic Colors

The Yeti Tundra 75 comes in 3 classic colors: Desert Tan, White, and Ice Blue.

Orca’s 8 Classic Colors

In contrast, the Orca 75 Quart has 8 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. 75 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler “Collegiate Coolers”

Orca 75 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 75’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 75 qt Orca is the best cooler for the money.

It has the same great features as the Yeti Tundra 75, 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 75 vs Yeti Tundra 75” also read:

>>Chuggie’s In-Depth Review of Orca Coolers for Sale<<
>>The Best Ice Chest 2017 – What You Need To Know<<


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Coolers Like Yeti But Cheaper

58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65, Cooler Comparison Review

58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65
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 second part of our “Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes Series,” we’ll tackle the 58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Comparison.

Overview & Navigation
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

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:

58 Quart Orca vs Yeti 65 Tundra Cooler

True Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65 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.”

Since the Orca 58 Quart and the Yeti Tundra 65 are closest in capacity, they’re a good fit for a side-by-side cooler comparison.

Actual Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions of the Yeti Tundra 65

Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Review
True Capacity: 57.2 quarts
Exterior Dimensions: 16″  X 30.5″ X 17.5″
Interior Dimensions: 10 1/8″ X 23 3/8″ X 10 3/4″
Weight: 29 lbs

True Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions of the Orca 58 Quart

58 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Review
True Capacity: 58 quarts

Exterior Dimensions: L: 27.2″ x 19.57″ x 18.75″
Interior Dimensions: L: 18.5″ x 12.3″ x 13.375″
Weight: 32 lbs

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Construction
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

Both of these rugged molded coolers have fantastic construction. But in the 58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65 standoff, how do they compare? First, we’ll look at Yeti’s construction.

58 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Review
(Click for More Pictures)

Yeti Cooler Construction

1. Marine-grade rope handles (except the Yeti Roadie)
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 Cooler Construction

58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65
Here, you can see the Orca’s mesh pocket. (Click for more Pictures)

1. Durable nylon cord handles with a rubber grip point (except the Orca 20 Quart)
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. Roto molded 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 65 Cooler will handle anything life throws at it! Now, to see how it compares to the Orca 58 Quart Cooler.

The 4 Ultra-Strong Characteristics of the 58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

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

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

#3. Finally, rotomolded pieces of equipment 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 58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65
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:

58 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Comparison
Take this pink Orca Cooler, and you’ll liven up the place. (Click for Pictures)
  • 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.
  • 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
58 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 65

On average, the Orca 58 Quart will hold ice for at least two days longer than a Yeti Tundra 65. No matter which cooler you choose to buy, it 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 Orca and Yeti 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
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler’s Accessories

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

Cooler Comparison
And of course, Yeti Ice.

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Orca 58 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
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Comparison

Using Dry Ice in 58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

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, 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?
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

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
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Comparison
The Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler is well worth the price. (Click to check Discounts)

Each cooler costs about the same.

Usually, you can find an Orca 58 Quart Cooler for a little less than a Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler. However, the differences in price are small.

So, in the “58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65 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
58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

  • Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler Warranty: 5 Years
  • Orca 58 Quart Cooler Warranty: Lifetime

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

#1. 58 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler “Classic Colors” 

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

Yeti Tunda’s 3 Classic Colors

The Yeti Tundra 35 comes in 3 classic colors: Desert Tan, White, and Ice Blue.

Orca’s 8 Classic Colors

In contrast, the Orca 58 Quart has 8 colors to choose from: Pink, Green, Navy, Black, Pink, Light Blue, Seafoam, and White.

Orca Cooler sizes vs Yeti cooler sizes
Orca Coolers 8 “Classic” colors.

#2. 58 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler “Collegiate Coolers”

Orca 58 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.

58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65
Yeti also has a Rambler Tumbler Cup Collegiate Series. (U of Texas shown here)

Yeti Tundra 65’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 58 qt Orca is the best cooler for the money.

It has the same great features as the Yeti Tundra 65, but also has better qualities:

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

However, 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 58 vs Yeti Tundra 65” also read:

>>Chuggie’s In-Depth Review of Orca Coolers for Sale<<
>>The Best Ice Chest 2017 – What You Need To Know<<


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40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler

40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50 Review

40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50
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 second part of our “Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes Series,” we’ll tackle the 40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler Comparison.

Overview & Navigation
40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50

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:

Orca Cooler Colors

True Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions
40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50

40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50 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.”
  • Since the Orca 40 Quart and the Yeti Tundra 50 are closest in capacity, they’re a good fit for a side-by-side cooler comparison.

Actual Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions of the Yeti Tundra 50

Cooler Comparison Yeti Cooler Review Dimensions

True Capacity: 47.2 quarts
Exterior Dimensions: L: 18 1/8″ X W: 24″ x H: 17 3/8″
Interior Dimensions: L: 12 1/8″ X W: 5/8 X H: 10 5/8″
Weight: 26 lbs

Actual Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions of the Orca 40 Quart

40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50

True Capacity: 40 quart
Exterior Dimensions: L: 26″ X W: 17.5″ X H: 17.5″
Interior Dimensions: L: 19″ X W: 11.75″ X H: 11″
Weight: 24 lbs

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Construction
40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50

Both of these rugged molded coolers have fantastic construction. But in the 40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50 standoff, how do they compare? First, we’ll look at Yeti’s construction.

Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler Construction

40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50
Your Yeti Tundra 50 will come with a dry goods basket, whereas an Orca will now. (Click for Pictures)

1. Marine-grade rope handles (except the Yeti Roadie)
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 40 Quart Cooler Construction

40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50
Here you can see the Orca 40 qt’s mesh pocket. (Amazon link)

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. Roto molded 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 Coolers 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

As the video demonstrates, the Yeti Tundra will handle anything life throws at it! Now, to see how it compares to the Orca 40 Quart.

The 4 Ultra-Strong Characteristics of the 40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50

  1. The plastic that makes up their body and lid, which is called “polyethylene,” is their secret weapon.
  2. Also, the riveted pin system keeps their hinges right where they belong.
  3. Finally, rotomolded pieces of equipment 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 40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50
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:

Orca 40 Quart vs Yeti Tundra 50
Here’s a good look at the Orca 40 Quart’s handles.
  • 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.
  • 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
40 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 50

On average, the Orca 40 Quart will hold ice for at least two days longer than a Yeti Tundra 50. No matter which cooler you choose to buy, it 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.

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

 

Accessories
40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50

Yeti Tundra 50’s Accessories: The Top 6

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

Cooler Comparison
And of course, Yeti Ice.

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Orca 40 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
40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler Comparison

Using Dry Ice in 40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50

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, which is great for 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?”

40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50
Find out how to use dry ice, how long it lasts, and everything in between.

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Where Are They Made?
40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50

Where are Yeti Coolers made?

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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
40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50

40 qt Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler Comparison
(Click for more Pictures/Discounts)

Each cooler costs about the same.

Usually, you can find an Orca 40 Quart Cooler for a little less than a Yeti Tundra 50. However, the differences in price are small.

So, in the “40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50 Review,” this is a tie. These are two of the best coolers on the market today.

They’re both worth the investment!

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Warranty
40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50

  • Yeti Tundra 50 Warranty: 5 Years
  • Orca 40 Quart Warranty: Lifetime

Colors, Patterns, & Collegiate Designs

40 Quart Orca vs Yeti 50
Follow the link for the 63 other Yeti Tundra Collegiate Coolers!

#1. 40 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler “Classic Colors” 

Since both brands offer different categories of colors and designs, we’ll break it down for an easier comparison. First, each brand offers a “classic” color selection.

Yeti Tundra 50’s Classic Colors

The Yeti Tundra 50 quart cooler comes in 3 classic colors: Desert Tan, White, and Ice Blue.

Orca 40 Quart’s 8 Classic Colors

In contrast, the Orca 40 qt cooler has 8 colors to choose from: Pink, Green, Navy, Black, Pink, Light Blue, Seafoam, and White.

Yeti Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes
The 8 classic Orca Cooler colors.

#2. 40 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler “Collegiate Coolers”

Orca 40 Quart’s Collegiate Coolers & Tumblers

40 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler
Orca’s tumbler cups are just as colorful as their coolers!

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

Yeti Tundra 50’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?
40 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler

If you’re willing to make an investment, we believe the Orca 40 Quart is the best cooler for the money.

It has the same great features as the Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler, but also has better qualities:

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

However, we also think you’d be happy purchasing a Yeti Tundra Cooler. 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!

Readers who enjoyed “Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes, Orca 40 vs Yeti Tundra 50” also read:

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Orca vs Yeti

26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35 Review

26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35
Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes

These two top rated coolers are like Burger King vs McDonalds or Coke vs Pepsi. If you’re on the market for an ultra-durable roto molded cooler, Orcas and Tundras are both great choices. In the second part of our “Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes Series,” we’ll tackle the 26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler Comparison.

Overview & Navigation
26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35

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:

26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra Cooler 35
Yeti Rambler Tumblers are perfect companions for Yeti Tundra 35 Coolers. (Click for more photos)

 

True Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions
26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35

Pink Orca 26 qt cooler
This colorful top rated cooler gives Yeti a run for it’s money, that’s for sure.

26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35 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.”

Since the Orca 26 Quart Cooler and the Yeti Tundra 35 are closest in capacity, they’re a good fit for a side-by-side cooler comparison.

 

Weight, True Capacity, and Dimensions of the Orca 26 Quart

26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra Cooler 35

 

True Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions of the Yeti Tundra 35


True Capacity: 26 Quarts

Exterior Dimensions: L: 23.75″ x W: 17.5″ x H: 14.75″
Interior Dimensions: L: 16.5″ x W: 12.25″ x H: 10″
Weight: 19 lbs

26 Quart Cooler

True Capacity, Weight, and Dimensions of the Yeti Tundra 35

Cooler Comparison
Orca’s Tumbler Cups make the best accessory, even if you buy a Yeti. (Follow link for Pictures/Discounts)

True Capacity: 28 Quarts
Exterior Dimensions: L: 15.25″ x W: 21″ x H: 16″
Interior Dimensions: L” 10″ x W: 14″ x H: 9.5″
Weight: 20 lbs

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26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35:
Construction

Both of these best rated rotomolded coolers have fantastic construction. But in the 26 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 35 standoff, how do they compare?

First, we’ll look at Yeti’s construction.

 

Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler Construction

Best Coolers, Yeti Cooler Comparison
Dry goods baskets are included in the price of a Yeti. (Follow the link now for Pictures/Discounts)

1. Marine-grade rope handles 
2. Rubber handle on rope handles
3. Detachable drain plug
halfway to control the flow

4. Removable dry goods basket included
5. Molded in handles

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

 

Orca Cooler Construction

26 qt cooler orca vs yeti coolers
Remember to add a dry goods basket to your shopping cart, if you buy an Orca!

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. Roto molded 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 differences. 

  1. Orca Ice Chests have thicker insulation. In fact, their foam insulation is 30% thicker than the Yeti Roadie’s!
  2. Also, Orca Coolers have an outer mesh pocket for storage.
  3. Yeti’s drain plugs have a hole in them, while the Orca’s do not.

2 Very Small Differences in Construction

Orca Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes
The Yeti Tundra 35 is UNBREAKABLE!

First, their handles are made from slightly different materials.

To be honest?

Basically, they’re the same.

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>>Read Owner Reviews

 

 

The 4 Ultra-Strong Characteristics of the 26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35

  1. The plastic that makes up their body and lid, which is called “polyethylene,” is their secret weapon.
  2. Also, the riveted pin system keeps their hinges right where they belong. 
  3. Finally, rotomolded pieces of equipment are among the strongest in the world. 
  4. Another similarity is that they’re both Certified Grizzly Bear proof.

Video #1: YETI Coolers vs Slingshot

Not to mention the two more videos like this one! 

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The 26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35
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:

26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Cooler
Click to see more pictures of this unbreakable Orca 26 Quart Cooler.
  • Their lids *may* snap shut unexpectedly.
  • Another shared feature is their long handles; these make two-person carrying easier.
  • Another similarity is that they’re both heavy compared to other high end ice coolers on the market.

Now for the differences:

  • Although both coolers have screw-on, detachable drain plugs, we prefer the Yeti’s plug.
  • Second, Yeti drain plug has a hole on the screw-on part, so you can partially unscrew it to slow down the water flow. 
  • Thirdly, it’s easier to store small items you want to keep dry in the Orca, since it has a side mesh pocket.
  • Lastly, Orca Cooler’s feet can be slippery on wet surfaces, like on a boat.

Overall, the pros and cons of each brand of ice chest weigh each other out. So we’re calling a tie in the 26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35 “usability” section.
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Ice Retention
26 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 35

On average, the Orca 26 Quart will hold ice for at least two days longer than a Yeti Tundra 35. 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.

Accessories
26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35

Yeti Tundra 35’s Accessories: The Top 6

26 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 35
And of course, the Yeti Rambler Colster. Top rated quality with great value. (Link for Cheap Yeti Discounts)

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

Cooler Comparison
And of course, Yeti Ice.

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Orca 26 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 Cooler Sizes vs Yeti Cooler Sizes
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
26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler Comparison

Using Dry Ice in 26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35

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, which is great for fishing and hunting weekends.

How Long Does Dry Ice Last in a Cooler Thumbnail
Find out how to use dry ice, how long it lasts, and everything in between.

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Where Are Yeti and Orca Cooler Made?
26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35

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.

Even so, 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.)

Orca Coolers “are proud to be Americans, where at least they know they’re free…”

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
26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35

26 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 35
(Follow the link for Pictures/Discounts)

Both of these top rated coolers cost about the same.

Usually, you can find an Orca 26 Quart Cooler for a little less than a Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler. However, the differences in price are small.

So, in the “26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler Sizes Review,” this is a tie. In short, these are two of the best high end rotomolded coolers.

They’re both worth an investment of a lifetime.

 

Warranty
26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35

  • Yeti Tundra 35 Warranty: 5 Years
  • Orca 26 Quart Warranty: Lifetime

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

#1. 26 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler “Classic Colors” 

26 Quart Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers
Yeti’s “Ice Blue” cooler.

Since both brands offer different categories of colors and designs, we’ll break it down for an easier comparison. First, each brand offers a “classic” color selection.

Yeti Tunda’s 3 Classic Colors

Now the Yeti Tundra 35 comes in 3 classic colors: Desert Tan, White, and Ice Blue.

Orca 26 Quart’s 8 Classic Colors

In contrast, the Orca 26 Quart has 8 colors to choose from: Pink, Green, Navy, Black, Pink, Light Blue, Seafoam, and White.

26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35
Orca Cooler Colors

#2. 26 Quart Orca Cooler vs Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler “Collegiate Coolers”

Orca 26 Quart’s Collegiate Coolers & Tumblers

26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35
The 26 quart Orca Cooler (Follow link for Pictures/Discounts)

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

Yeti Tundra 35’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, who wins the 26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler Standoff?

If you’re willing to make an investment, we believe the 26 qt Orca Cooler is the best cooler for the money.

It has the same great features as the Yeti Tundra 35, but also has better qualities:

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

However, 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.”

On the other hand, Yeti is the best cooler for the money if:

  1. If you know your new discount Yeti cooler will take lots of beatings over the years.
  2. Or, you really want one of the collegiate coolers offered by Yeti.

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

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Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers, Orca vs Yeti

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers Review – Why Orca Wins

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers:
Pictures, Videos, Reviews

One of the most important cooler comparisons is “Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers.” 

These two coolers are neck in neck. But why is it such a serious standoff? The following is an easy-to-read comparison that leaves no stone uncovered.

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Overview

You’re going to find it all here, with none of the good stuff left off. After all, you don’t have all day to waste time reading a cooler comparison that only answers some of your questions. You’ll find detailed info about the 12 most most important things to know before spending your hard earned cash.

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers Capacity: How Yeti Blows Orca Out of the Water

Yeti Coolers come out on top in this category of the Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers rivalry.

Yeti coolers range from the Yeti Roadie to the Yeti Tundra 350.  In contrast, Orca Coolers range from the Orca 20 quart to the Orca 140 quart. As you can see, Yeti offers a much wider range of capacities.

Notably, Yeti Coolers’ numbers don’t represent capacity. For example, a Yeti Tundra 105 is only capable of holding about 87.2 quarts.

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Cooler Size Comparisons

If you have a specific size you want to compare, each of these offers customized Orca vs Yeti Cooler Size Comparisons for a more specific comparison.

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers, Orca Chaser Tumbler Team Colors
(Follow the link for Pictures/Discounts)

20 Quart Orca vs Yeti Roadie

26 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 35

40 Quart Orca vs Yet Tundra 50

58 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 65

75 Quart Orca vs Yeti Tundra 75

140 Quart Orca vs Yeti 160

 

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Ice Retention

Ice retention is the name of the game. After all, you aren’t shelling out your hard-earned money to tote around boxes of miscellaneous objects. This is your sustenance we’re talking about. These are your weekends we’re talking about.

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers Review
Click for more pictures of this Orca beauty.

Yeti coolers almost always have worse ice retention than other top tier ice chests. Sure enough, Orca Coolers retain ice for an average of two days longer than Yeti Coolers – or more.

This may be due to Orca Coolers’ extra inch of insulation in their lid. Yeti offers a two-inch lid, while Orca is constructed with a three-inch lid.

According to many, Orca’s last an average of 3-5 days longer.

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Construction 

Both of these rugged molded coolers have fantastic construction. But how do they compare? First, we’ll look at Yeti’s construction.
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Yeti Cooler Construction

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers
Yeti drain plugs are truly amazing! (Amazon Link)

1. Marine-grade rope handles (except the Yeti Roadie)
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 Cooler Construction

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers
Don’t forget to add an Orca dry goods basket to your cart. You’ll be glad you did!

1. Durable nylon cord handles with a rubber grip point (except the Orca 20 Quart)
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. Roto molded with integrated insulation
7. Pin system for hinges
8. Built-in cargo pocket
9. Rubber gasket
10. Detachable drain
 plug
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Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: 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:

Yeti Size Comparisons
Yeti Roadie (Discounts/Pictures)
  • Orca Ice Chests have thicker insulation, which may lead 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.

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. 

 

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Is One More Durable than the Other?

Unsurprisingly, both of these beastly ice chests are durable and able to take a beating or ten.

The plastic that makes up their body and lid is the strongest kind. In fact, it’s so strong kayaks are crafted from the same material. The riveted pin system keeps their hinges right where they belong.

They’re both Certified Grizzly Bear proof. Just take a look at the video of a Grizzly Bear attempting to open an Orca 140 quart. Yeti Coolers hold up just as well under Grizzly Bear attempts.
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Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: 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:

Orca Coolers vs Yeti
The mesh pocket on the Orca Coolers is ultra convenient!
  • Both coolers’ lids *may* snap shut unexpectedly, according to some 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. (Pictured above)
  • It’s easier to store small items you want to keep dry in the Orca, since it has a side mesh pocket.
  • 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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Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Accessories

Yeti Cooler Accessories

Yeti’s accessory collection is as wide and varied as Orca Cooler accessories. Handy cutting-board dividers, fishing rod holders, and beverage holders come with many of their coolers.

And that’s just mentioning a few of the basics. There are plenty of others – just a couple of examples are the wall mounted bottle opener and drain plug hose connection

Orca Coolers vs Yeti, Orca vs Yeti
A boring “staff pick,” but what can we say? It’s one of the best long lasting ice packs. (Click for Amazon’s Low Prices)

Staff Pick for Best Yeti Accessory: Yeti Ice

Orca Cooler Accessories

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

The Orca Gear Molle System has more than fifteen products, all equipped with polyurethane* water repellent coating and durable 600 denier* nylon. This molle system will securely hold a cell phone and first aid kit. It also comes equipped with a flashlight holder, pistol holder, hybrid system solar panel, shot shell holder, quad mag holder, and miniature tac-vest koozie. >>Click Here for More Pictures and Owner Reviews

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Yeti Cooler Colors

 

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers, Yeti Cooler Colors, Orca vs Yeti Coolers
It was the talk of the town in 2013 when Yeti came out with their Ice Blue Coolers. Take a look at more beautiful photos!

3 Color Options for Keeping Your Yeti Simple Yet Classy

If you like basic, you’ll likely be pleased with Yeti’s 3 main colors for their roto molded ice chests. When Yeti first came onto the market, White and Desert Tan were the only options. In 2013, Yeti introduced their color called ‘Ice Blue,’ adding at least a little color to their drab selection.
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Love bright colors? Orca Coolers Are for You

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers
The Purple with Yellow Lid is one of the many dual-colored Orca coolers. (Amazon Link)

Similarly, Orca offers standard basics like White and Tan. However, these roto molded masterpieces also offer brighter colors like solid Pink and Green. If you want to branch out from the norm, you can find colors like Orange, and Pink right here.

In addition to all of the fabulous colors available, Orca makes camouflage ice chests.

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Customization

Yeti Coolers & Cups Customization

Yeti’s Collegiate Series offers customization for ice chests as well as their Rambler Drinkware Series. And it’s freaking awesome. To quote Yeti,

“YETI custom logos are durable, permanent graphics that do not peel or fade once bonded to the cooler. YETI’s proven logo application process ensures the logo will last the life of the cooler.” 

Yeti’s Collegiate Series Probably Has Your College’s Logo

Yeti’s Collegiate Series gives so many people the opportunity to represent their alma mater in style. Check to see if your university’s logo is available; there are 38 college logos to choose from. Of course many of the logos are colorful, sprucing up otherwise boring (in our opinion) colors.

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How You Can Make Your Yeti Rambler Cup Even Better

Visit Yeti’s Custom Cooler Shop to have your logo added to your Yeti Rambler. Show off your business’ logo or any type of sweet design you came up with.  

Yeti also offers a giant selection of pre-made logos. For example, in one subcategory alone, fishing, there are 17 logos available.

Why Orca’s Customization is Also Pretty Damn Cool

Orca also has a collegiate series of coolers and drinkware. Although it isn’t quite as big as Yeti’s collection, their colorful coolers and tumblers are the most cheerful accessories one could ask for.

 

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Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Are Orca Coolers as Expensive as Yeti Coolers?

Prices are also quite similar between the two brands, with Orca Coolers being an average of about ten to twenty bucks cheaper than Yeti Ice Chests. In our books, that isn’t enough to say Orca has any sort of advantage over the Yeti.

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Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Warranty

The warranties couldn’t be more different than the sizes and prices are similar. The Yeti Coolers’ five-year warranty gives us some degree of confidence in the Yeti brand’s workmanship. But five years seem pretty measly next to Orca Coolers’ lifetime warranty.

Orca Coolers vs Yeti Coolers: Where They’re Really Made May Surprise You

Where are Yeti Coolers made?

Additionally, their Yeti Hoppers and Ramblers are manufactured in China. Yeti doesn’t say how much they manufacture in the US, but we’re willing to place a huge bet that it isn’t here in America.

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.)

Are Orca Coolers really 100% American Made?

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Yes!

Another question we often hear is asking which ice chests are American-made. Unfortunately, there aren’t many coolers that are both manufactured and assembled in the US. *But* Orca brand ice chests are one of the few verified American ice chests. 

And the Verdict Is…

If we had to choose the best cooler, it would be the Orca brand cooler. The reasons for this are simple:

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  • 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 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.
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