Costco Yeti Coolers have really begun to make a name for themselves in the market of cold.
We all know the old school white and blue coolers that are made cheaply and only keep things cold for about a day.
Heck, everyone who has ever owned a cooler probably has one of these plastic contraptions hanging out in the back of their garage somewhere.
This is why we’ve decided to talk a little bit about Yeti and their pioneering into the new age of hi-tech coolers.
There is no doubt that you end up paying more than you might have ever though you would for a cooler when you purchase a Yeti Cooler, but the long term investment is what makes it worth it.
With an array of sizes, shapes, and features to fit your needs, Yeti Coolers makes all of their products special to cater to certain markets.
Now that we’ve broken the ice, let’s dive deeper into Yeti Coolers so you can stay cool all summer long!
The 5 Best Bets
#1 Pick - YETI Roadie 20 Cooler
The Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler is by far one of our favorite small coolers out on the market today, and is rated to hold up to 14 standard cans with its roto-molded construction and Tundra armor.
This model comes with 3 inches of Permafrost insulation and a “fatWall” design that has been certified bear-resistant, as well as BearFoot non-slip feet to keep it standing upright.
We’d love to see a bear try and figure out how to open this tough little contraption. The people over at Yeti say that the cooler can retain ice for up to 10 days and the reviews seem to point to the truth of that statement! Even if you live in the middle of the Sahara, the sun is no match for the almighty Yeti.
The T-Rex lid latches are made with a heavy-duty rubber so you never have to worry about any sort of breakage. So whether you’re taking this cooler out on a boat or securing it to your truck, this heavy-duty AnchorSlot included Yeti Cooler will do just what you need!
#2 YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler
The YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler is the smaller and softer version of the YETI Roadie 20 Cooler, though still offers similar ice retention with closed-cell foam insulation. It holds up to 6 standard cans with ice and can even hold up in extreme temperatures.
The DryHide shell that this unit comes with is resistant to mildew, punctures, and abrasions, making it an excellent cooler to bring on wild, outdoor adventures. The wide-mouth opening is an excellent feature, as it allows you to easily fill up your cooler and see what is inside at all times.
The 100% leak-proof HydroLok Zipper also makes it so you don’t have to worry about the cooler tipping over in the car. Taking a solo trip out into the mountains? We really can’t think of a better choice than the Yeti Hopper Flip.
#3 YETI Tundra 65 Cooler
Let’s take it up a notch. The YETI Tundra 65 cooler is great for a short family trip into the wilderness, a drive up the coast with a good group of friends, or a week long venture out into the unknown.
The Vortex Drain system makes this model unique, as it is rugged, leak-proof, and designed to make draining the cooler easy. Other than that, it comes with a lot of the same features as the YETI Roadie 20 Cooler, though just scaled up.
It is definitely big enough to hold the giant tuna you caught on your fishing trip, or even the food stock for your 4th of July backyard barbecue. The 3 inches of PermaFrost insulation and extra thick, bear-resistant FatWall, is rated to retain ice for up to 10 days at a time.
If you’re worried about it not being able to handle the weight you give it, just know that the DoubleHaul handles are made with military-grade polyester to handle just about everything you give them! If you want tough, Yeti has got tough.
#4 YETI Hopper 40 Portable Cooler
The YETI Hopper 40 Portable Cooler is a nice larger alternative to the hard shell YETI coolers on the list. With a capacity of 36 standard cans you are really getting tons of bang for your buck. This cooler can hold ice for days while out in the wilderness with the closed-cell rubber foam insulation that is far superior to other soft coolers on the market.
Oh yea, it also has a cool little hitchpoint grid installed on the side to easily fasten bottle openers, carabiners, keys, or whatever else you can think of!
While it is technically a soft cooler, the DryHide Shell is incredibly tough and is made from material that is almost identical to material you’d find on hardcore whitewater rafts.
This means that it resists UV Rays, punctures, and mildew, among other things. If you’re afraid of leakage, you’ll be happy to know it also comes equipped with a 100% leak-proof HydroLok zipper that keeps your belongings safe from the dread cooler tip.
#5 YETI Tundra 125 Cooler
We decided to save the biggest and toughest YETI Cooler for last. It has many of the same features as the YETI Roadie 20 and the YETI Tundra 65, though is an absolute monster in terms of size.
Many reviewers have noted that it has stood the test of time with their ice, even during the hottest days of summer. It is the most expensive cooler, though with the ability to hold up to two quartered deer or a load of large trout, it is a purchase that is worth it.
This cooler comes packed with the YETI-standard 3 inches of PermaFrost insulation and extra thick bear-resistant FatWall design. Though it can get heavy with everything inside, the DoubleHaul military-grade polyester rope LipGrip handles make it both durable and comfortable.
The durability goes a long way, and the fact that it comes equipped with a leak-proof Vortex drain makes it even more desirable. This cooler, more than any, is meant for the hardcore adventurer or road trip warrior who has tons of stuff to keep cold. With the interlock barrier lid, AnchorPoint tie-down slots, and roto-molded construction, as well as every other awesome feature that we could spend years listing, this cooler truly has it all.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes YETI unique from other coolers?
Though there are many things that separate it from other coolers, we want to gove over the most important. First, the thick, insulated walls are rated to keep food and drinks cold for up to 10 days while most consumer coolers will only keep things cold for a day or two. Secondly, he design is also made to last, with heavy-duty rubber T-latches that will last forever and rubber feet that will keep your YETI steady. Lastly, this thing is IGBC-certified bear-proof, so you won’t have to worry about feeding any wildlife on accident.
What size YETI should I get?
If you just want to take smaller day trips or weekend drives, a YETI cooler that is 20 quarts or less should do. Anything bigger than 100 quarts is something that you’ll typically see being used by hunters or fishermen that need to store their daily catches safely.
What is YETI’s warranty?
YETI offers a solid 60-day return or exchange policy. They also offer a 5-year warranty for any defects in workmanship or manufacturing. Do be cautious though, as improper use may void your warranty.
What makes YETI coolers more expensive than other coolers?
The fact that they are roto-molded makes them very expensive, as the process of roto-molding is pretty costly. That being said, the fact that they are stronger and more durable in all kinds of weather conditions make them a long term investment when compared to other consumer coolers.
Why buy a YETI cooler over a Pelican cooler?
For the most part, these coolers are similar in terms of construction and ice retention. There are smaller things like the handles that come down to personal preference. If anything, the YETI coolers are much less bulky than Pelican coolers. YETI is the most popular brand of hi-grade coolers out there, so they definitely have the advantage of recognition.