RTIC vs Yeti Coolers – A Comparability & Evaluation [Updated 2019]


Selecting between RTIC vs Yeti isn’t straightforward, we get plenty of questions on each manufacturers, their merchandise and which is the higher possibility.

For the aim of this text, we’ll primarily give attention to the hard-sided roto-molded coolers that are probably the most generally requested and talked about. There are after all soft-sided coolers provided by each corporations.

Our purpose is to seek out out which supply the perfect coolers for the cash, which retain ice higher and in the end which one is best?

A Nearer Look At The Corporations

About RTIC

RTIC Coolers LLC (now RTIC Outside) relies out of Cypress and was established in 2014 by twin brothers John and Jim Jacobsen. Their unique slogan was “Like a YETI however half the value”. Which was modified to:

Over Constructed – Not Over Priced

Which some might say remains to be a direct poke at Yeti, since they’re recognized for his or her increased pricing. Which is fascinating, particularly since Yeti filed a lawsuit in opposition to RTIC which was lastly settled and noticed RTIC have to revamp a few of its product strains.

About Yeti

Yeti Coolers LLC is an Austin, TX-based firm that has been round since 2006. Attention-grabbing Yeti was additionally based by two brothers Ryan and Roy Seiders, 2 avid outdoorsmen who have been unhappy with the present providing of coolers in the marketplace and determined to make their very own.

Wildly Stronger, Retains Ice Longer

We are going to overview this a bit of later within the RTIC vs YETI Ice Retention part.

RTIC vs YETI – The Good & The Dangerous

In the case of roto-molded coolers each manufacturers have some good and a few unhealthy factors, lots of which while not a whole dealbreaker, may swing your choice both means.

Which is why I assumed it necessary to incorporate them right here side-by-side so as to choose for your self based mostly on what’s necessary to you.

RTIC – The Good

  • Ice Retention – Many homeowners state that the RTIC’s means to retain ice extends even past the claims made by RTIC, some by a couple of days.
  • Construct High quality – These hard-sided coolers are strong and very nicely made, providing superior cooling capabilities and worth for cash.
  • Value – You’d be onerous pressed to discover a comparable cooler for a similar value as an RTIC cooler/case.

RTIC – The Dangerous

  • Authorized Issues – As I discussed earlier, RTIC was concerned in some authorized battles with Yeti however has since develop into its major competitor. Many, together with myself, see this as a superb factor and a ‘shake-up’ to the trade that was overdue.
  • Brief Guarantee Interval – Only a 1-year guarantee interval coated by RTIC, which falls in need of the 5-years provided by Yeti

Yeti – The Good

  • Buyer Service – Having been round since 2006, YETI have perfected their buyer companies and have a fantastic repute with their stockists.
  • Guarantee Interval – Yeti has a 5-year guarantee interval which covers all manufacturing defects so long as you’re the unique proprietor of the product.

Yeti – The Dangerous

  • Costs – You’ll pay round extra for a Yeti cooler than with an RTIC, which might be the deciding issue for a lot of.
  • Ice Retention – It was onerous to put this as a unfavorable, as Yeti have extraordinarily good ice retention…simply not so good as the RTIC coolers.

RTIC Cooler vs Yeti Cooler Product Line

Each manufacturers product strains intently mimic each other, which makes our comparisons simpler since we’ll (normally) be evaluating like for like.

The fascinating factor is, it may be onerous to grasp precisely what you’re getting because the sizes offered on the mannequin numbers (E.g Tundra 65) don’t imply that’s the quart measurement you’ll be getting.

For instance, the Yeti 65 is the truth is round 61 quarts, which suggests the ‘sizing’ the title signifies isn’t really what you’re getting. We are going to contact extra on this additional on within the article.


Very similar to Yeti, RTIC has a variety of sizes and extra just lately have expanded their line of merchandise to incorporate extra larger-sized coolers. This makes them just about comparable on a like-for-like foundation.


There are a number of Yeti cooler sizes on provide, every offering a special capability for ice and cans, and so on. What’s necessary is to not mistake their names for the quart measurement, since all Yeti Tundra fashions are barely lower than you’d assume…which doesn’t make issues simpler however the chart under ought to assist.

Let’s have a look at three of the preferred sizes side-by-side to see how they evaluate.


Beginning with the RTIC 20 vs the Yeti Roadie 20, as you may see they quart measurement is simply 1.2 quarts distinction, however that equals round an Eight can capability extra on the RTIC.

The RTIC may on account of the marginally bigger measurement hold5-lbs extra ice however does are available at 2.5 lbs heavier, which for a cooler design for shorter day journeys may make a distinction relying on how far you propose on carrying it.


Subsequent up we now have the midsized RTIC 45 and YETI Tundra 45, once more we are able to see that the “45” on the Yeti mannequin doesn’t equal 45-quarts however really 37.6, making it 7-quarts smaller than the RTIC.

There isn’t a lot distinction within the weigh of those two however in opposition to with an 8-can capability distinction that’s a couple of cool chilly ones you possibly can be lacking out on with the YETI.


Lastly, we now have what’s arguably the preferred measurement within the Roto Molded cooler vary, the RTIC 65 vs Yeti Tundra 65, and that is the place the scale variations actually begin to present.

With the RTIC you may carry 22-cans MORE than with the Yeti due to it’s bigger dimensions and precise 65-quart measurement when in comparison with the 57-quarts of the Yeti.

Nevertheless, the RTIC 65 does weigh in at round 7.5-lbs heavier than it’s competitor which isn’t to be taken flippantly.

For me, the icing on the cake is the ic capability of each of those beasts. With the RTIC 65 profitable by a landslide, holding nearly 35% extra ice than the Tundra 65.

Yeti vs RTIC Cooler Ice Retention

There have been many assessments on ice retention throughout the huge array of cooler manufacturers, and with regards to these two in query we now have some fascinating findings.

In nearly all check we reviewed the place testing was as even and correct as doable, the RTIC outlasted the Yeti in ice retention.

Now I’ll level out right here that the distinction is minimal at finest, they each monitor fairly evenly and by the top of the testing intervals, there was a cupful or two of ice left within the YETI and maybe double that within the RTIC.

Is that sufficient to make a distinction in your outside adventures? Most likely not, but it surely does imply you get extra quarts for much less cash with the RTIC and barely higher ice retention.

Nonetheless, we already know that the RTIC is barely bigger in dimension to the Yeti, which after all permits for extra ice.  (For instance, the RTIC 65 can maintain 13-pounds of ice MORE than the Yeti Tundra 65)

So it might be that these two juggernauts of the cool field trade are precisely the identical with regards to their cooling capabilities.

Yeti vs RTIC Cooler Construct High quality

The very first thing I’ll say on the construct high quality from these two manufacturers is that they’re VERY comparable, with only a few areas through which we are able to evaluate.

That stated, there are a few small areas, that while possibly not being a deal-maker/breaker for you, may sway your choice both means.

Lid Catches/T Handles

We discovered on the RTIC, the black T handles/locking catches on the lid are very unfastened, which signifies that when the lid is raised, they tend to comply with gravity and drop down.

This turns into an issue while you then attempt to shut the cooler lid and the handles are stopping you from doing so. So that you then have to make use of two palms to maneuver the handles barely to permit the lid to completely shut.

I do know, it’s a small factor, however when you have got your palms full, maybe you’ve grabbed a beer or two from the cooler, you don’t wish to need to put them down to regulate the handles and decide them again up once more.

For me, that is extra of a ache level, and it’s important to resolve if the value distinction negates this concern.

Bear Certification

If you happen to’re going to make use of your cooler when tenting or searching in bear nation, then the Yeti has the sting right here as they’ve the bear certification.

Which means that their merchandise have gone via the required assessments and have been licensed as Bear protected. In contrast to RTIC which doesn’t have this certification.

For fishermen and people trying to make use of their cooler on a ship, then this received’t pose a difficulty, however for hunters and for wilderness tenting it may make a distinction.

That’s to not say the RTIC wouldn’t go this certification, I assume they don’t have it merely to maintain prices down for us, the top customers.

Carry/Seize Handles

The carry handles on coolers make it that a lot simpler to maneuver and carry on to your truck, into the trunk or onboard your boat, nonetheless, relying on how a lot you progress/use your cooler, it might be good to know the variations these two manufacturers have with their handles.

First up RTIC has foam handles, which personally I discover extra snug. The fear I’ve is the longevity and sturdiness over time, particularly if utilized in unhealthy climate or close to salt water and so on, as the froth may erode rather more rapidly than the Yeti handles.

Yeti had onerous plastic handles, which aren’t as snug to make use of however are constructed to final. So it’s actually down to non-public desire on this one.

Yeti vs RTIC Cooler Value Comparability

That is the place we discover the largest distinction between these two manufacturers, throughout their total cooler vary. Nevertheless, the distinction will not be as huge because it as soon as was.

With the success RTIC and different cooler manufacturers have seen upon getting into the market and rising at a quick tempo, it appears Yeti have diminished their pricing considerably with a purpose to be extra aggressive.

Together, with RTIC coolers getting higher, they’ve elevated their costs too, and because you’ll discover the entire RTIC and Yeti fashions on-line today, the value comparability facet of this tug-o-war has gotten a lot nearer certainly.

For instance, the Yeti Tundra 65 would have value you $400+ again in 2015-16, nonetheless, skip ahead to right this moment and also you’re circa $350 for a similar product.

Compared, the RTIC 65 is available in across the $300-$320 vary, so not a lot of a distinction today. The identical holds true just about all the best way down the product strains when evaluating like for like.

RTIC Coolers vs Yeti – The Remaining Verdict

So all of it comes all the way down to this, who wins within the YETI vs RTIC faceoff and is RTIC a superb Yeti different?

For my part, the RTIC takes the gold medal on this one.

Not solely will you save a bit money by choosing an RTIC over a YETI, however you additionally get barely higher efficiency, equal sturdiness and correct quart sizing besides.

After all, it’s not with out its flaws as I’ve identified on this article, nonetheless, when the mud has settled I merely can not look previous the value distinction and the evident similarities between these two manufacturers.

By paying extra for the Yeti, are you actually getting the identical quantity again in construct high quality and options? I’d need to say no, and counsel you retain the additional money in your pocket or higher but purchase the cans to retailer in your new RTIC cooler 🙂


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