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Best Yeti Cooler Reviews

Are you looking for a cooler that is as tough and rugged as you?

Hunters, fishermen, campers and nature lovers all have one thing in common: they all need a reliable cooler that can keep food/beverages chilled in the most rugged and challenging of conditions.

Humid environments, high daytime temperatures and off-road driving conditions are just some of the things that a cooler has to withstand. Sadly, many of the common cooler brands in the market offer only a small fraction of protection against the exceedingly common conditions that a cooler has to be protected against.

The result? Poor performance and a heaping dose of disappointment when it’s time to check your goods after a long trip. It’s no fun to reach in to your cooler, expecting cold drinks, and all you find is a pool of water and a “barely there” can of beer or soda.

If you have your friends or family with you, it’s even more embarrassing and frustrating because they all expected the large cooler to “work as designed.” Like they say in Internet memes nowadays: you had one job!

A cooler has one job: to withstand environmental factors and be as tough as possible to insulate what’s inside, using its own low-temperature condition to keep food and beverages chilled and fresh. With so many cheap and unreliable cooler brands coming out in the market today, the modern camper/hiker/hunter/fisherman has to invest his money in a brand that’s truly worth his cash.

We’re talking about the top gun of coolers in North America: Yeti coolers.

If there is one word that can honestly describe a Yeti cooler, it would be tough. If you want another word, we would have to say “ultra-reliable.” We’ve combed dozens of individual reviews from around the Web from actual buyers of Yeti coolers and we’ve crystallized the feedback just for you.

Question: How does the Yeti cooler honestly perform?


“Turn your Yeti cooler upside down and not a drop of water will be wasted.”

“My Yeti cooler works as designed. I also stand on it when hauling stuff onto my pickup.”

“The Yeti Hopper’s design just works, especially the zipper.”

“We’re not careful with our coolers. Our Yeti cooler can withstand being thrown around pretty much every time we use it.”

“We drove for a total of thirteen hours after buying our first Yeti cooler. Yes, everything was perfect after all that time.”

“Whether your Yeti cooler is soft-side or hard-side, it will work better than you expected.”


These are just some of the reviews on the Web about Yeti coolers and trust us, it’s very, very rare to find negative reviews of the Yeti brand.

Why? Because when it’s used properly, there’s absolutely nothing you will ask more from it in terms of performance. We’re all tired of having to slough through bad promotions and empty promises, right? We don’t like that and we’re sure that you don’t, too.

Meet the Yeti cooler family

The Yeti line of coolers is scientifically engineered to suit specific needs. Whether you’re a hunter, fisherman or an outdoorsman in the blazing heat 18 hours a day, there’s a Yeti cooler that can match the tough demands of every personal adventure.

Sizes of Yeti coolers vary, depending on the kind of storage space that you need. Here’s a rundown of the most popular variants under the Yeti flag:


  1. Yeti Hopper – The Yeti Hopper is the small, mean, fighting machine of its class. Built with reinforced and engineered fabrics, this portable cooler comes in blue and gray. Use this Yeti cooler if you need a soft-sided insulator that you can carry around easily around your shoulders.

Put up to eighteen cans of beer inside and zip the Hopper up – you’re ready to go.

What makes the Hopper ideal for hunters and other adventurers is that you can’t puncture it easily and water won’t be seeping out of it anytime soon. Flip it upside down and is there a mess? No. For the first time in history, one central zipper can finally withstand the force of gravity and the flow of liquid. Forget about water seeping out of your portable, soft-side cooler.


  1. Yeti Tundra – The Tundra Cooler is the quintessential cooler for hunters and outdoorsmen because of its higher storage space and rugged build. Rocky trips and being thrown around doesn’t matter to the Yeti Tundra, because it was engineered to withstand abuse.

Yeti’s claim to fame is that its ultra-tough durability means grizzly bears would be frustrated with your cooler. Grizzly bears easily weigh hundreds of pounds and their strike and bite forces are nearly unmatched by other wild animals on land. These ancient beasts have become the inspiration for the technology behind one of the world’s best brands of “tough coolers.”

The smallest of this line is the Tundra 35, which can easily carry 20+ cans of beer and several pounds of ice. If you’re a fisherman and you need a rugged carrier for fresh catch, the Tundra 35 fits the bill nicely. It’s big enough for the fresh haul and yet small enough for small and medium-sized fishing boats.


  1. Yeti Roadie – Definitely built for the road, the Yeti Roadie is classified as a “personal cooler” because it’s smaller than a Tundra yet has a bit more storage capacity than the Hopper.

The Roadie 20, which currently retails for $249.99, can also be called the “all around” solution when you need a general use cooler to transport ice, beverages, food and fresh meat.

With a length of 19 inches and a depth of almost 15 inches, the Roadie 20 can easily handle up to fourteen cans of beverages and ice at the same time.

Transporting pure ice? No problem! With the Roadie 20, the reinforced walls of this hard-shelled insulator can keep up 20 pounds of crushed or solid ice easily, with minimal losses for up to four days, according to actual user reviews.

Scientific durability, powerful design

The truly great thing about Yeti coolers is you’re never missing out on the key technologies that have kept this brand competitive for many years now, regardless of what Yeti cooler you purchase.

So if you buy a Yeti Hopper, you’re getting the same cooling and insulation technologies in the gigantic Tundra series of coolers. Every Yeti cooler was built to outlast every other cooler in the market. Sure, Yeti coolers might be called “luxury coolers” because of their price. But unlike other luxury items, you’re not paying for the name when you buy a Yeti cooler. You’re paying for the unrivalled rugged durability and decades of science that went into the design and development of each line.

We can’t say that a Yeti cooler is equivalent to multiple coolers from other brands, because we can’t vouch for the technology used in other brands. What we can promise you is that inch by inch, the Yeti cooler provides the best insulation and protection for its contents for the simple reason that it was built very well.

Here’s a peek at the various technologies employed to make a Yeti cooler as tough and reliable as it is:

  1. Mega Durable Design – When we say durable, we mean durable. Drops, slips and slides are nothing to a Yeti cooler because of the patented molding technology that goes into every Yeti-brand soft-sided and hard-shelled unit.

This is the root of the claim that even grizzly bears will be frustrated with a sealed Yeti cooler. Virtually impregnable and armored to the teeth, your new cooler will keep everything inside as safe as possible, longer.

  1. Stability – A well-armored cooler unit would be doubly useful to an outdoorsman if it has a built-in feature that will keep it stable. Enter the Bear-Foot Nonslip feature of Yeti coolers.

The special reinforced bottom of every Yeti cooler ensures that it will resist slipping and sliding even in wet conditions.

This is mega useful for boating trips and rough-and-tumble trips to the outback where the only thing that keeps still is the hunter/fisherman/camper’s single-minded determination to reach his destination.  Tough is useless without stability. Yeti has you covered on both ends.

Hauling your cooler around is also easy and safe because of the DoubleHaul feature that makes use of all military-grade materials for the handle of each Yeti cooler.

Again, it doesn’t matter if you’re using a soft-sided or hard-shelled cooler from this brand. The DoubleHaul feature is present in all lines and variants. Try one or try them all – you’ll get the same satisfaction, ease of use and stability each and every time.

No more worrying about whether the handles will suddenly break or you’ll cut your hand because of chipped plastic or torn fabric handles. Simply load your stuff in the cooler and let your Yeti do all the work from thereon. Don’t you just wish everyone you worked with was like a Yeti cooler?

  1. Killer Insulation – The user reviews say it all: Yeti coolers can easily keep meat, cooked food and beverages cold/chilled for days on end and with little effort.

Nothing can stand in the way of you having that fun camping trip with your family.

All freshly-angled fish can be brought home without a hint of spoilage. Planning to go tailgating with your football buddies? Bring every can of beer that you own, because Yeti’s Permafrost Insulation technology will keep everything at a pristine temperature no matter what.

Other coolers will keep your food and beverages chilled for a day or two, but Yeti coolers will seal in the temperature for as long as they can, keeping crushed ice as solid as possible from the beginning of your trip and all the way to its final day.

Why does a Yeti insulate better?

The “armored design” cleverly conceals the PermaFrost Insulation Technology. Because Yeti coolers are built to outlast and outlive other coolers, the outer and inner walls of each cooler are heavier and thicker than other coolers.

For examples, a Yeti Tundra 50 can weigh as much as 20 pounds before something is loaded unto it. Polyurethane, which is the key ingredient in countless containers and packages, is a very light material that has to be layered in order to gain weight and strength.

By rotomodeling the core plastic material and by adding up to three inches more polyurethane all around the interior, you will actually get more insulation for every square inch of Yeti cooler that you own. More polyurethane means more insulation and more convenience on the side of the buyer. The deal is as simple and beautiful as that. No tricks, no false promises – just the Yeti guarantee.

Why choose a Yeti cooler?

The answer to this question is simple: a Yeti cooler responds to all your needs in the great outdoors.

The outer and inner walls are powerfully built and holds ice splendidly especially in hot weather. If you’re going to expose your cooler to the sun, you need double insulation to keep that crushed ice intact. Packing your Yeti cooler properly can double the effectiveness, especially if the inner walls have been cooled beforehand.

Hate repairing coolers? We do too! It’s no fun trying to fix a broken hinge. Luckily, Yeti coolers like the Roadie 20 have self-stopping hinges that prevent damage to the joint.

Open your cooler and forget about it – your cooler will stop its own top cover no matter how heavy it is. Whether you’re rocking a Roadie 20 or a Tundra 175, the same hinge design is employed and you won’t have to worry about premature repairs no matter how rough you handle your cooler.

Yeti coolers are also great time savers in the long term. Why? Because you won’t be spending a lot of time buying/making and restocking ice every now and then. We know that you have a lot on your mind and restocking ice should be last on your list of priorities! It’s time to focus on your trip instead of fretting about something as plain as crushed ice.


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