Yeti vs. RTIC: Is RTIC as good as Yeti?
Weekend outdoor activities planned? Sounds like fun! There are a lot of preparations to do before going out into the wilderness for a camping trip, tailgate, day at the beach or whatever it is that you have planned. Equipment, food, and of course, location are all super important considerations.
This article will come in handy if you are looking for the best coolers out there with a lifetime warranty. Yeti, the bear resistant coolers which have been there for the long run, or the newbie, coolers like Yeti but cheaper, RTIC are up for a one-on-one comparison. Read and find out which cooler is the best for your lifestyle and outdoor needs.
Coolers are a necessity on all outdoor activities to keep the freshness of our food and to chill the beverages. Many people know how amazing that icy cold sip of beer is at the end of a long excursion. While there are many brands competing out there, we have two that definitely stand out: Yeti vs. RTIC. And given that RTIC is a much newer brand than Yeti, we’ll find out if RTIC makes coolers comparable to Yeti.
This will be an in-depth comparison between the two top cooler brands in the industry, RTIC vs Yeti cooler. Continue reading to determine which of these top-of-the-line coolers can meet your outdoor or food transportation needs.
Let’s get into it!
Yeti Cooler standout features, origins, and how Yeti became what it is today.
As an established brand since 2006, originated in Austin, Texas. Their largest market is outdoor enthusiasts, like I have mentioned above, who are looking for the perfect cooler that is both tough enough for the environment and of course, provides the longest cooling duration and ice retention.
The company offers coolers in a variety of shapes and sizes and even has soft-sided and hard-sided options. In the growing business scene, Yeti has also products like ice buckets, drinkware, and other related equipment.
Yeti’s hard-sided coolers come in two models: the Roadie Series and Tundra Series. The Roadie Series, as the name implies, is perfect for road trips or smaller trips, as it is more compact and prioritizes storage size over ice life.
On the other hand, the Tundra Series is their larger cooler, which has ranging sizes from its Tundra 45, Tundra 65, Tundra 110, and its Tundra 210; perfect for whichever trip you are planning to do. Aside from these sizes, Yeti also has proven its variety in sizes with its series from Yeti 50, 75, 105, 110, 125, 160, 210, 250 and 350.
The soft-sided coolers are actually called Hopper, which has two categories: the Hopper Flip and the Hopper Two, and resemble duffel bags. Hopper Flip, as the name implies, is smaller compared to the Two which has a flip-open top like a typical lunch box.
The Hopper Two is their larger version, more resilient and even has a zip-open entry. Hoppers are more compact, light, and convenient than the usual hard-sided coolers due to its hard-plastic exterior. In addition to the soft-sided Yeti coolers is the Hopper Backflip 24, which is designed to carry more ice and drinks ranging from 25 pounds and 20 cans respectively.
As the brand expanded more on its products, Yeti has also created specialized drinkware that is like a portable thermos for your hot or cold drinks alike. They range from a 10 oz. Lowball, 18oz Bottle, 20oz Tumbler, and 30oz Tumbler, up to a one-gallon jug.
RTIC came out in 2014 and has always been considered one of the best Yeti alternatives due to its similar feature by feature basis. However, one thing that RTIC promotes is their cheaper price point. The reason is that they are able to reduce costs from covering traditional cooler distribution channels, which include lots of middlemen. This drives up the price of the product, causing it to be more expensive.
Also called as Roto-molded coolers, they have come in five sizes ranging from the portable 20, RTIC 45, RTIC 65, RTIC 110, and RTIC 145. There’s really nothing much to say as its features are similar or almost the same as with Yeti. All hard-sided coolers come with rope handles and a stainless steel bottle opener.
Also called as SoftPak coolers, it also comes in different sizes and directly competes with Yeti’s Hopper. They also have a compact lunch box meant for shorter trips. Another release is the SidePack and Small SidePack which are portable packs that are intended to hold small items and keep them waterproof.
Their drinkware options are on a wider range than of Yeti as they have portable tumblers up to insulated bottles. Compared to Yeti’s, RTIC has 100z Lowball, can, 17oz bottle, 18oz bottle, 20oz Tumbler, 25oz Bottle, 30oz Tumbler, 32oz Bottle, 36oz Bottle, 40oz Tumbler, and a 64oz Bottle.
We compared coolers from Yeti’s and RTIC’s with the same size to fairly compare its ice life.
As expected, both will have lower ice life than others due to their small size. However, in RTIC 20’s case, it allowed 5 more pounds than with Yeti’s. Hence, upon testing it, both coolers have lasted for 4 days. It’s a tie for RTIC 20 and Yeti Roadie 20.
Yeti Tundra has larger storage which allows for more ice, which makes it last for about 5 days, while RTIC 45 allows 5 pounds more ice life hence it allows more ice life than Yeti, so it lasted about 5 and a half to 6 days. This one goes for RTIC 45.
Tundra 65 can carry up to 56 pounds of ice and can last for 7 days. The RTIC 65, which is a bit larger than the Yeti Tundra, holds 13 pounds more of ice. It can last up to 8 and a half days. This goes to RTIC 65.
Keep in mind though that with the limited size range from RTIC, Yeti’s large sizes couldn’t be put into test.
However, the ice life comparison goes to RTIC.
Yeti Hopper 18 is the smallest for Yeti but it has thick insulation, but due to its size, it can only carry groups of ice. However, it can last for about 3 days. RTIC SoftPak can hold around the same number of ice and can last for the same number of days. For this, it is a tie for both companies.
The mid-range size can carry around an extra 10 pounds of ice compared to its Hopper 20 and RTIC’s counterpart, and has the same ice life which is about 3 and a half to 4 days.
The largest cooler for Yeti, Hopper 40 can hold 40 pounds of ice and can last up to 4 days. While RTIC SoftPak can hold more than Yeti’s by four more, but has the same number of days with Yeti’s ice life.
It is a tie for Yeti and RTIC in terms of the companies’ soft-sided coolers.
Yeti’s is made of 18/8 stainless steel with double-wall vacuum insulation, and has a unique no-sweat design. Because of this, your drink could last much longer, and it takes 30 minutes before temperature changes occur. The RTIC’s has just about the same features as Yeti, so the results were the same. One thing about RTIC is that it comes with a lid, which you might find more convenient.
RTIC Can vs. Yeti Colster
Yeti’s has a tight fit and thick stainless-steel construction, which could last for about an hour before temperature changes occur. Given the same features for RTIC Can, it can also last for an hour.
Again, with the same components and features like the other drinkware, both RTIC’s and Yeti’s can last for about 24 hours.
With the tests of the natural and demanding environment, both brands have been tested out. Challenged with occasional drops or bumps with other hard solid materials, the Yeti can resist the test of these impacts.
Yeti, being the more experienced company is, of course, offering high-quality coolers. It can handle just about anything that the environment throws at it. While RTIC, as they tend to be like Yeti’s, of course, has tough ones as well.
From its retro molded construction, heavy-duty latches, extra thick insulated walls, commercial grade foam, oversized freezer gasket, premium hardware, built-in tie down, non-slip feet, and contraction ability present both yeti and RTIC as the coolers with toughness and durability.
For the soft-sided cooler characteristics such as premium hardware, puncture-resistant outer shell, anti-microbial liner, high-quality stitching, and 2″ of closed-cell foam on the lead, RTIC and yeti both have it. And for the drinkware, both RTIC and Yeti have stainless steel construction, double wall vacuum insulation, single piece design, no sweat retention, and an easy secret base.
Upon having the same level and amount of toughness, it is clear how RTIC had a good grasp in copying Yeti’s features.
Yeti, as mentioned in the first parts of this article, has an extensive size range to choose from, especially in their hard-sided cooler line. What makes RTIC special here is that, despite copying the sizes from Yeti (all though not all), they’re still able to make it as more spacious, making it fit more products inside than Yeti’s.
Well, we couldn’t deny that outer appearance can affect our purchasing choice. Yeti’s core design is more than adequate, as it has a wide range of color choices and even some patterns for their other products. They also have special services wherein you can have customized logos. While RTIC’s color choices and customizations are quite limited. But then without being said is of course because the company is relatively new compared to Yeti’s.
This part comes along with the brand’s reputation, warranty and customer service. Some consumer tends to look at the longevity of the warranty or for the best customer service.
In terms of reputation or popularity, it would still go to Yeti. Not only because it has a long history than RTIC but also because RTIC only relies on word of mouth mostly for its advertising wherein Yeti has already made its mark on that industry.
As for warranty, Yeti has a 5-year warranty for its roto-molded products and a 3-year warranty for its soft-sided products. RTIC originally has 7-years warranty for their hard-sided and a 90-day warranty for the rest of their products which was changed to a much shorter time of 30-day warranty.
Of course, for a premium cooler that is built with perfect features and long-lasting ice life, the price can be quite a huge sigh. RTIC gets the advantage here as their prices are much cheaper than Yeti’s.
There are many copycat coolers out there such as: grizzly coolers, engel coolers, pelican coolers, elite cooler, orca cooler and canyon coolers. At the end of the day, it really does come down to RTIC vs Yeti cooler as your go-to cooler.
With all the factors compared and said, it is now up to you to decide which one to purchase: Yeti or RTIC? But based from the findings of the tests and comparisons made it seems like RTIC is as good as Yeti, only cheaper.