Discover the Pinnacle of Performance: Highest Rated Yeti Coolers Unveiled
When it comes to keeping things cool while you're out exploring the great outdoors, it's hard to beat the reliability and durability of a Yeti cooler. Whether you're camping, fishing, hunting, or just enjoying a good ol' backyard BBQ, a Yeti cooler is an essential companion. In this article, we will delve into the world of Yeti coolers and explore the highest rated options available. From the YETI Tundra 45 Hard Cooler to the YETI V Series Hard Cooler, we will review and recommend the best Yeti coolers for every occasion. So, if you're in the market for a cooler that can withstand any adventure and keep your drinks and food ice-cold, stick around for our top picks and find out why Yeti coolers are so good.
Choosing the Perfect Hard Cooler for Your Adventure
When planning your next adventure, it's crucial to choose the right hard cooler. At our store, we offer a variety of sizes to meet all your needs. To help you make a decision, we'll provide an overview of our most popular and expert-recommended sizes in this comprehensive hard cooler guide.
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The Best Coolers for Camping
Camping coolers play a vital role in keeping your drinks, food, and other perishables fresh while you're away from home. Our hard coolers are built specifically for the demands of the wilderness, offering durability, thermal performance, and versatility. They can serve as camp kitchens, watering holes, extra seating, footrests, and even cocktail bars if you set them up right.
It's important to note that our Tundra® Hard Coolers are certified as Grizzly Resistant when properly secured with our bear-resistant locks.
For a road trip:
If you're going on a road trip with an overnight camp and have 2-3 people, the Roadie® 24 Hard Cooler is the perfect choice. It's compact enough to fit behind the front seat, can accommodate a bottle of wine standing up, and keeps your meals fresh.
- Holds 30 cans
- Fits a bottle of wine upright
For a weekend getaway:
If you're taking your family on a camping weekend, the Roadie® 48 Hard Cooler is the perfect size. It fits easily into the trunk, serves as an extra seat around the fire, and is tall enough to accommodate a wine bottle. Plus, it provides fresh food and ice for the second night's dinner and drinks.
- Holds 76 cans of beer or soda
For a multi-day camp out:
If you're going off the grid with a group of 4-6 people for a few nights, you'll need a larger cooler. Both our Tundra® 65 and Tundra® Haul coolers are bear-proof with locks and are perfect for your needs. If the terrain is rugged, consider using the Tundra® Haul, which can be easily transported while loaded with food, drinks, and ice.
- Tundra® 65 holds 70 cans
- Tundra® Haul holds 80 cans
The Best Coolers for Fishing
Our hard coolers were initially designed to meet the demands of anglers in the Texas heat on the Gulf coast. They're built to keep ice, withstand the weight of casting anglers, and endure harsh seasons in the sun. A good cooler can make all the difference in keeping your drinks cold, sandwiches fresh, and allowing you to spend more time on the water. Here are our top recommendations for fishing coolers.
For flats anglers:
If you're an angler who frequents flats, the Tundra® 35 Hard Cooler is ideal. It's compact enough to fit on a skiff and keeps drinks and food chilled during hot days on the water. Its non-slip feet also make it an excellent casting platform for smaller boats.
- Holds 35 cans of beer or soda
For weekend river anglers:
The Tundra® 45 Hard Cooler is perfect for weekend river anglers. It's compact, keeping your gear organized with minimal bulk, and ensures your drinks and food stay cold during hot days on the water. Its non-slip feet make it an excellent casting platform for smaller boats.
- Holds 50 cans of beer or soda
For offshore anglers:
If you're headed offshore or need a cooler for the dock, the Tundra® 250 is perfect. It can hold up to 360 cans of beer or soda or accommodate larger fish such as tuna, amberjack, or wahoo.
- Holds 360 cans of beer or soda
The Best Coolers for Hunting
From whitetail to waterfowl, hunters have unique and demanding expectations for their coolers. Our Tundra® Hard Coolers are designed to meet these expectations, offering exceptional durability and performance. Here are our top recommendations for hunting coolers.
For whitetail hunters:
Our Tundra® 75 Hard Cooler is the perfect size for fully-quartered whitetail. Its unique geometry saves space in the back of your truck or SUV while traveling to and from camp.
- Holds 130 cans of beer or soda
- Holds 78 lbs of ice
- Fits 1 whitetail deer
For base camp:
The Tundra® 125 Hard Cooler is the ultimate companion for food and supplies during multi-day hunts. It provides ample space for your favorite beverages and breakfast foods without compromising durability or performance.
- Holds 190 cans of beer or soda
- Holds 129 lbs of ice
For western big game hunters:
The Tundra® 210 Hard Cooler offers ample space with a compact footprint. As one of our largest hard coolers, it can accommodate a quartered elk and is perfect for hunters with multiple tags in their group.
- Holds 360 cans of beer or soda
- Fits 1 quartered elk
The Best Coolers for BBQ
Pitmasters have relied on YETI hard coolers for years. In addition to keeping your meat properly chilled before cooking, they're also great for heat retention. The Tundra® hard cooler is an essential tool for resting meat. Here are our top recommendations for BBQ coolers.
For backyard barbecues:
Consistency in temperature during the resting process is crucial for the perfect brisket. By putting a few towels in the dryer and placing them in our Tundra® 65 Hard Cooler, you can create the perfect environment for sweating the brisket. This cooler is also a great size for keeping drinks ice cold at a backyard BBQ gathering.
- Holds 70 cans of beer or soda
- Holds 18 lb of brisket
For competition cooks:
The Roadie® 60 Hard Cooler is tough, convenient, and highly mobile. It features a retractable periscope handle and heavy-duty, single-piece wheels, making it perfect for long competition days and celebrating your awards with cold beverages.
- Holds 98 cans of beer or soda
The Best Coolers for Ranch Work
Our hard coolers are built to withstand the toughest conditions. On the ranch, they may endure being tossed out of a truck, kicked by a horse, or simply getting banged up. But after a long day of work in the heat, it's nice to know you have cold drinks and fresh lunch waiting for you. Here are our top recommendations for coolers suited for ranch work.
For the heat of summer:
Our Silo® 6G Water Cooler holds six gallons of ice and water, ensuring your crew and working dogs stay hydrated all day.
- Holds 6 gallons of water
For the flatbed:
The Tundra® 75 Hard Cooler is spacious enough to hold enough cold beverages to keep your entire ranch crew hydrated all day.
- Holds 131 cans
- Holds 78 lbs of ice
For the road:
The Roadie® 24 Hard Cooler is perfect for those long road trips while hauling cattle. Its compact size allows it to fit conveniently behind the driver's seat, and its one-handed easy opening lets you quickly grab that sandwich you've been thinking about since breakfast.
- Holds 33 cans
- Holds 26 lbs of ice
Best Yeti Coolers: Reviews & Recommendations
Best Soft Cooler: Yeti Hopper M30 Soft Cooler
- Weight: 6.8 lbs
- External Dimensions: 25.2″W x 11.9″D x 17.3″H
- Capacity: 26 cans with a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio
- Best Use: Ideal for day trips
- Can accommodate wine bottles placed vertically
- Wide opening for easy filling
- Easy to clean
- Multiple carrying options available
- Magnetic strip closure can make it difficult to fill alone
If you're in need of a day cooler for trips to the beach, lake, or sports field, the Yeti Hopper M30 soft cooler is the perfect choice. It has been redesigned with a wider opening, making packing easier than ever. The strong magnets and quick-release buckle ensure that the cooler remains closed, even when being moved around. It can be easily carried over the shoulder, making it highly convenient.
Best Medium-Sized Hard Cooler: Yeti Tundra 45 Hard Cooler
- Weight: 24.6 lbs
- External Dimensions: 25.6″W x 15.9″D x 15.5″H
- Capacity: 45 cans with a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio
- Best Use: Ideal for various purposes
- Comes with a 5-year warranty
- Durable construction
- Bearproof design when properly secured
- Form-fitting lid closure
- Large and heavy to carry alone, especially when filled
The Yeti Tundra 45 hard cooler is the perfect companion for long DIY fly fishing trips or any outdoor activity. Even in hot Florida heat, it keeps drinks, food, and snacks ice cold. With its three inches of PermaFrost insulation and durable construction, it excels in even the hottest conditions. It has been dubbed the best ice chest due to its exceptional performance.
Best Backpack Cooler: Yeti Hopper M20 Backpack
- Weight: 5.6 lbs
- External Dimensions: 18.1″W x 9.9″D x 18.1″H
- Capacity: 18 cans with a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio
- Best Use: Ideal for day trips
- Allows for hands-free carrying
- Leakproof closure
- Durable, high-density materials
- Mildew resistant
- Somewhat difficult to fill
- Doesn't keep ice as long as other Yeti designs
Following the success of the Hopper Backflip, Yeti has released their newly redesigned Hopper M20 Backpack. The zipper top has been replaced with a magnetic closure and roll top, making it one of the best backpack coolers available. The zipper-less design improves durability and comfort. The Yeti Hopper backpack retains its ability to keep items cold and is perfect for hiking or any adventure.
Best Large: Yeti Tundra 160 Hard Cooler
- Weight: 53.4 lbs
- External Dimensions: 45.2″W x 19.4″D x 21.3″H
- Capacity: 160 cans with a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio
- Best Use: Ideal for all-purpose, large groups, and extended trips
- Bearproof with IGBC-approved locks
- No-slip feet
- Tie-down slots for secure transport
- Leakproof and easy to drain
The Yeti Tundra 160 hard cooler is designed for those who need ample storage space. It is perfect for storing large game such as elk, deer, and large fish. It is a popular choice among hunters and anglers who require a cooler that can keep meat cold for an extended period. With a capacity of up to 160 cans and a weight of 53.4 lbs when empty, it is a reliable cooler for any outdoor adventure.
Best Budget: Yeti Roadie 24 Hard Cooler
- Weight: 13.1 lbs
- External Dimensions: 16.6″W x 14.0″D x 17.4″H
- Capacity: 24 cans with a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio
- Best Use: Ideal for road trips, day trips, and weekend trips
- Small and portable design
- Quick latch closure
- Fits liter soda bottles upright
- Easy to clean
When it comes to Yeti coolers, you can expect premium quality. The Yeti Roadie 24 hard cooler, though a budget option, is still an investment. Its small design allows it to fit behind the driver or passenger seat and be easily carried. It combines the durability of a hard cooler with the portability of a small cooler. Weighing only 12.8 pounds when empty and featuring a comfortable handle, it is a reliable cooler for any adventure.
Why Yeti Coolers Are So Good
Last year, I embarked on a 12-day DIY fly fishing trip to Florida, spending most of my days on the boat from sunrise to sunset. Each morning, we filled our Yeti 45 cooler with ice, drinks, and food for the entire day. As we watched the sunset over the bay, we enjoyed cold drinks and sandwiches straight from the Yeti.
Yeti coolers stand out for their exceptional quality and performance. They are rotomolded using the same process as some of the toughest kayaks available. The Yeti Tundra hard coolers are even grizzly-resistant, approved by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) for use on public lands inhabited by grizzlies. Yeti hard coolers provide twice the insulation compared to other coolers and are considered the best ice chests on the market. Their durability is unmatched, making them reliable in various outdoor activities.
All Yeti coolers undergo extensive field testing and have proven their ability to keep your drinks and food cold for extended periods. However, different models excel in different situations. Consider how you will primarily use the cooler and choose accordingly. Whether you're heading to the beach, going camping, or needing a cooler for your boat, there is a Yeti cooler that will fulfill your specific needs.
It's important to choose the right size cooler for your needs. Remember that an overly large cooler with empty space will be less efficient. Don't sacrifice portability or storage space by getting a cooler that is too large. For extended hunting or camping trips, a large cooler with ample storage might be worth considering. If mobility is essential, opt for a smaller Yeti cooler or a portable model.
In conclusion, the debate about whether Yeti coolers are worth it ultimately comes down to personal preference. As a satisfied Yeti owner, I have experienced their exceptional performance firsthand. Yeti offers a range of options suited for various outdoor activities. Consider your specific needs and choose the best Yeti cooler that will enhance your outdoor experiences. Enjoy your cold beverages and food with the reassurance that you're using one of the best coolers available.
YETI Tundra 45 Hard Cooler
Editor’s pick: One of the best YETI coolers for all occasions
Who says you can’t be tough and beautiful? The YETI Tundra 45 Hard Cooler is the ultimate weekend warrior cooler. It’s a beast. Impact-resistant, sealable, and boasts three inches of PermaFrost™ Insulation for maximum coldness. Thanks to YETI's patented Roto-Molded™ construction and FatWall™ Design, it's practically indestructible. These three qualities have made YETI coolers the gold standard.
Like all coolers in the YETI's flagship Tundra series, it's UV-resistant and can keep ice for three to four days without any issues. The YETI Tundra 45 has enough capacity for 28 regular-sized beverage cans. It can also keep your catch fresh on ice during the trip back to the marina. Weighing 23 lbs empty, it is relatively easy to carry and store in your garage.
If you're in need of a hard cooler, the YETI Tundra 45 is the go-to option in the YETI Coolers family.
Camping trips, boating, backyard cookouts, keeping your small catch and meat cold, small tailgates.
YETI Tundra Haul
Editor’s pick: The best YETI cooler with wheels
Looking for a YETI cooler with wheels? The YETI Tundra Haul® cooler features a sturdy handle and tough wheels, making it convenient to transport.
But don't be fooled by its easy portability – the YETI Tundra Haul still offers excellent ice retention with its extra-thick Fatwall design and YETI's signature Permafrost insulation. The solid, puncture-resistant wheels ensure smooth transportation.
Taking to the beach, keeping bait cold, easily moving from truck to boat across the marina, keeping your catch cold, wheeling around the patio or pool.
YETI Roadie® 48 and 60 Wheeled Coolers
The boxy cooler lives on. The YETI Roadie series is beloved by YETI fans for its portability and easy storage. YETI Roadie coolers offer exceptional cold retention and fit in tighter spaces compared to the Tundra series. Plus, you can now get a cube-shaped YETI cooler with wheels, making it easy to roll through parking lots during tailgates. The retractable Periscope Handle ensures comfortable hauling. Truly the suitcase of coolers.
Wheeling what you need around parking lots during tailgates or wherever you need to go.
YETI Hopper M30
Editor’s pick: The best soft YETI cooler
YETI revolutionized the market with the introduction of the Tundra 45, changing the day cooler game forever. Prior coolers were unreliable and failed to keep items cold for more than a couple of hours in the summer heat. Then, YETI reinvented the soft cooler game. The YETI Hopper M30 became the ultimate easy-to-carry soft cooler for beach days and outdoor adventures.
The YETI Hopper M30 is anything but an average soft cooler.
Designed with YETI's HydroShield™ Technology, it boasts an ultra leak-resistant closure sealed with a magnetic strip at the top. Its wide mouth allows for easy loading of food on the go, perfect for picnics or poolside lounging. Quick-Release Buckles keep everything secure until you're ready to enjoy your meal.
When it comes to coldness, the YETI Hopper M30 features YETI's COLDCELL insulation technology, offering impressive cold-holding capabilities to keep your items frosty. The DRYHIDE™ SHELL on the outside is made of high-density fabric that resists mildew, punctures, and UV rays. You can count on its waterproof properties. The inside is made of leakproof fabric.
The YETI Hopper M30 has a capacity of 7.2 gallons, accommodating 20 cans with ice or about 28 pounds of ice. It retains ice for approximately a day based on personal experience.
Beach days, picnics, day trips
YETI Tundra 160 Hard Cooler
Editor’s pick: The best large YETI cooler for most purposes
The YETI Tundra 160 Hard Cooler is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. It can hold and keep cold a large quantity of game, such as elk, multiple deer, tuna, wahoo, or mackerel. It has been proven to be bear-resistant time and time again. This cooler is perfect for bringing back your hunting or fishing haul. Furthermore, it is an excellent choice for tailgates or barbecues with friends and family.
Hunting trips, off-shore fishing trips, and big game excursions.
YETI Hopper BackFlip 24 Backpack Cooler
Editor’s pick: The best YETI backpack cooler
The YETI Hopper BackFlip 24 is a groundbreaking backpack cooler designed by YETI. It stands out as the first cooler engineered to be carried as a backpack. The primary goal of the Hopper BackFlip 24 is to keep your food and drinks cold while providing optimum comfort during transport. It is designed to be taller and wider compared to other Hopper Flip models, ensuring superior cold retention and a 100% leakproof zipper. The backpack design is optimized for even weight distribution, allowing for easy and comfortable hauling. The cooler also features ergonomic shoulder straps for added comfort. For additional stability and security, it comes with a removable chest strap and waist belt. With a capacity of approximately 20 cans, the Hopper BackFlip 24 is perfect for storing your favorite beverages.
Best for: Backcountry fly fishing trips, BYOB music festivals, hikes, picnics, beach days
YETI Roadie 24 Hard Cooler
Editor’s pick: The best budget YETI cooler
If you need a lightweight but durable cooler for your jobsite or a simple backyard cooler for relaxation after mowing the lawn, look no further than the YETI Roadie 24. This cooler represents an upgrade to the highly popular Roadie model. Despite being 10% lighter, it offers a 20% increase in can capacity while maintaining the same level of quality. Empty, it weighs only 15 lbs, making it easy to transport. The Roadie 24 can hold up to 18 cans of beer when using a standard 2-to-1 ice ratio. It is also compatible with YETI's Tie-Down kit, allowing you to secure it to your boat, truck bed, or trailer.
Best for: Hanging by the hotel pool, in the backyard, on the boat, at the beach, a great gift YETI cooler
YETI Tundra 65 Hard Cooler
Editor’s pick: Overall best YETI coolers for when you need just a little more room
For fishing trips that require separate coolers for food and drinks, the YETI Tundra 65 is the ideal choice. This cooler encompasses all the qualities that make a YETI cooler exceptional. It is versatile and suitable for practically any occasion where a YETI cooler is needed. Don't forget to pre-chill the cooler to maximize its performance.
Best for: Icing down your catch, keeping crispy boys cold, keeping food cold on a multi-day camping trip
YETI Hopper Flip 12 Soft Cooler
Editor’s pick: One of the best YETI coolers for day trips
Say goodbye to leaky and uninsulated soft coolers with the YETI Hopper Flip 12. This lightweight and compact soft cooler is engineered by YETI to keep your items frozen with its triple-density insulation. The 100% waterproof zipper ensures no leaks even if the cooler takes a tumble. Its wide mouth opening allows for easy loading of snacks without the hassle of searching for food. The Hopper Flip 12's compact, cubed design makes it easy to store.
Best for: As a lunch box, keeping drinks cold in the car between stops on road trips, small picnics. Also a great gift YETI cooler
YETI V Series Hard Cooler
Editor’s pick: One of the best YETI coolers for keeping things cold for a long time (…and making an impression!)
The YETI V Series Hard Cooler is a sleek and impressive cooler that excels at long-lasting cold retention. The "V" in its name stands for vacuum-sealed insulation, which YETI has used to create a cooler that keeps items cold for an extended period. Made with the latest vacuum insulation technology, the V Series boasts a kitchen-grade stainless steel exterior shell that emulates high-end appliances. Unlike traditional ice chests, the V Series won't rust over time. The cooler can hold up to 46 12oz cans with 36 lbs. of ice and is tall enough to accommodate most wine bottles standing upright. Thanks to its vacuum-sealed insulation, it can keep ice frozen for up to three weeks.
Best for: Serious cold for hot summer days, keeping bottles of wine cold in the backyard, seafood feasts, stately occasions like weddings, corporate events, and extended travel where cold temperature maintenance is crucial.
How did we choose the Best Yeti Coolers?
YETI has been a leader in the roto-molded cooler industry for almost 15 years. Founded by two brothers, YETI has continually produced large, high-quality insulated hard and soft coolers while also striving to improve their designs. They have listened to feedback regarding the design flaws in their Tundra and Hopper products, resulting in the creation of the Haul and M30 which are arguably the best YETI coolers available. YETI has also taken legal action to protect their designs from copycats, leading to ongoing lawsuits. Competitors have tried to offer similar quality products at lower prices due to the relatively high cost of YETI coolers. In order to select the six best YETI coolers on this list, we conducted a thorough review of each cooler based on several categories which are explained in more detail below.
Materials & Manufacturing
YETI coolers are produced using a process called rotational molding, or roto-molding. This process involves pouring a liquid plastic polymer into a rotating hollow mold. The plastic then cools and additional molten plastic is added while the mold continues to spin. This results in coolers with thick, seamless walls that do not require gluing or other forms of attachment. The walls of the coolers are filled with pressure-injected commercial-grade polyurethane foam insulation, ensuring exceptional cold retention.
The absence of seams in YETI coolers increases their lifespan and durability compared to coolers made from multiple pieces glued together. The seamless design prevents water from seeping in between seams, which can compromise the tight seal. Additionally, the lack of seams reduces heat transfer, keeping the inside of the cooler colder for longer. YETI coolers are renowned for their longevity and are considered a "buy it for life" product.
YETI coolers excel at keeping items cold for extended periods. While it is challenging to determine an exact number of days a YETI cooler can keep ice, as it depends on various factors, they are highly effective at preserving ice. Factors such as the type of ice used, outside temperature, lid openings, and pre-cooling can all influence the ice retention of a cooler. However, YETI coolers can reliably keep ice frozen throughout an entire weekend and even up to a week when properly utilized.
The Seven Day Ice Test:
In a test using the YETI 75-quart model, the cooler was able to keep ice cold for seven days, although with some noticeable melting. Actual ice retention will depend on individual usage and environmental conditions.
Picking a Size
YETI coolers are available in various sizes and colors. They range from 20 quarts, perfect for short trips, to 350 quarts, commonly used by fishermen or hunters. Regardless of your specific needs and frequency of use, there is a YETI cooler size that will suit you.
YETI offers an exceptional warranty for their coolers. In addition to a 30-day satisfaction guarantee return policy, they provide a 60-day exchange policy. YETI also includes a 5-year limited warranty covering defects in workmanship, materials, or manufacturing. However, it is important to note that normal wear and tear or improper use may not be eligible for warranty coverage. Additional information can be found on their website.
While YETI coolers are industry leaders, they do have a few limitations. They can be quite heavy, even when empty, due to their thick insulation and durable construction. Additionally, most YETI coolers do not have wheels, except for the YETI Haul model. Carrying a fully loaded cooler over long distances can be physically demanding. Dragging a cooler is not recommended as it can wear down the base of the cooler. Therefore, it is advisable to ensure you can lift the cooler when full or consider purchasing the YETI Haul with built-in wheels.
While YETI coolers are considered the original roto-molded coolers, their higher prices may deter some customers. Although competitors attempt to provide similar quality at a lower cost, YETI coolers are known for their superior materials and warranty, justifying their higher price point. It is important to note that YETI coolers are now manufactured in China, despite being designed in Austin, Texas.
In conclusion, when it comes to the highest rated Yeti coolers, you can't go wrong with any of the options on our list. From the durable and spacious YETI Tundra 45 Hard Cooler to the convenient and portable YETI Hopper M30, these coolers are designed to meet the needs of campers, fishermen, hunters, BBQ enthusiasts, and ranchers alike. The exceptional ice life, superior construction materials, and innovative manufacturing techniques all contribute to why Yeti coolers are regarded as the best in the market. So, whether you're planning a weekend camping trip or a day on the boat, investing in a Yeti cooler will ensure that your drinks stay cold and your food stays fresh, guaranteeing a memorable and enjoyable experience.
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