Whether it is storing your precious bottles of beer or keeping groceries fresh for long, you need cooling on your trips. Coolers come in all sizes and brands, and there has been a lot of comparison among different types of coolers in the market. You may be looking for coolers like YETI, but cheaper options would be great to choose from. Grizzly is among those options and our Grizzly Cooler Review below will show you why. Our base for the comparison of Grizzly vs YETI is the Grizzly 40 Quart model, that we can compare against YETI 35 and 45, since the two brands don't sell the exact same sizes.

Grizzly vs YETI Comparison


Features of the Grizzly Coolers:

  • Made using (RotoTough) rotationally-molded construction
  • Environmentally friendly insulation
  • Molded in as well as rope handles
  • Two inch drain plug 
  • Plastic dry goods Tray
  • BearClaw Latches
  • Non-slip non-marking rubber feet and 2” Tiedown slots
  • Rubber gasket

Features of the YETI Coolers:

  • Fatwall design and Permafrost insulation for extra long ice retention
  • Rotomolded construction for durability
  • Patented T-Rex Lid Latches also designed for durability
  • ColdLock freezer-quality gasket between the lid and the box
  • Easy drain system
  • Two types of grips: rope and firm handles

FEATURES

Grizzly

customers are very satisfied

YETI

Yeti Tundra Cooler rated 9 out of 10

Grizzly coolers have impressive features, such as the well thought out non-marking, non slip rubber feet. YETI has a hinge system with securing riveting pins that ensures that the lid is firmly connected to the body whereas Grizzly’s version lacks the riveting pins hence the durability of the top to body connection may be less over time. YETI has a Permafrost insulation system with freezer-quality gaskets, involving thick pressure-injected walls that ascertain that the ice in the cooler is sustained for as long as 5 days while Grizzly coolers use eco-mate foam and a thick rubber gasket.

Comparison of Dimensions, Weight and Capacity

As we mentioned before, YETI gives you more in terms of size choice with the 35 quart and the 45 quart to choose from in the medium size range. Let's see how the Grizzly 40 compares to both YETI 35 and YETI 45 for a complete picture. 

Grizzly 40 vs YETI 35

Attribute

Grizzly 40

YETI 35

Capacity

Using a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio by volume

capacity 25 beer cans
21 beers can fit in a Yeti 35 + ice

Dimensions Outside

 15 3/8” × 16” × 25 1/2”

 16 1/8” × 15 3/4” × 20 3/8”

Dimensions Inside

10 1/2” × 11 3/4” × 19 1/2”

9 3/8” × 10 5/8” × 13 7/8”

Weight

24 lbs

20 lbs

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YETI 45 vs Grizzly 40

Attribute

YETI 45

Grizzly 40

Capacity

Using a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio by volume

capacity 25 beer cans

Dimensions Outside

16 1/8” × 15 3/8” × 25 3/4”

 15 3/8” × 16” × 25 1/2”

Dimensions Inside

9 3/8” × 10 5/8” × 18 3/8”

10 1/2” × 11 3/4” × 19 1/2”

Weight

23 lbs

24 lbs

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The Grizzly 40 cooler is true to its name with 40 quart true size. The interesting takeaway from the YETI vs Grizzly comparison tables are that the Grizzly is actually quite heavy. Its capacity is very close to YETI 45's, and the outside dimensions are also larger than expected. The weight is probably related to the great ice retention capabilities. Using the 2:1 ice-to-can ratio the Grizzly can can hold 25 of your beers cold. It literally comes with a heave price - but only figuratively, not literally!

Dimensions & Weight

Grizzly

Orca Cooler Rated 7 out of 10

YETI

Orca Cooler rated 7 and a half out of 10

​What Previous Buyers Said

YETI

As you can expect from an established cooler brand like YETI, its customers are more than happy with their products. The well-known fact, that they are quite pricey, often appears as one of the complaints, though. But the most liked features and attributes are its durability, the thick, therefore well-insulating walls, the heavy-duty carry handles and latches. Apart from the price, the very few users who are not completely satisfied mention the weight of the ice chests, but compared to Grizzly, there are actually light.

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Grizzly

If that's even possible, Grizzly's customers are even happier. The overwhelmingly positive buyer's review rave about how easy it is to clean the ice chest, how well it is made and how happy they are with the price compare to those of YETI. A proud buyer mentioned that the Grizzly's are American made products that you can depend on. It serves its main purpose to the highest standards, that is to hold ice for very long periods of time. I think we now know the answer to the question of who's customers are happier:

Customer Satisfaction

Grizzly

YETI

customers are very satisfied

Value For Money

Grizzly

Yeti Tundra Cooler rated 9 out of 10

YETI

Orca Cooler rated 7 and a half out of 10

Conclusion

With the knowledge of both YETI and Grizzly features, benefits and their differences, it is now easier for you to choose the cooler that suits your tastes and preferences. Both brands have high-class builds and excellent abilities and have been approved by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) as bear resistant. However, in our sincere opinion, we believe Grizzly represent more value for money. Understandably, you can argue that YETI is the better cooler for a a few reasons: it has a good reputation which says a lot about its customer satisfaction abilities and is rated as one of the best coolers in the US. It has high-quality build, relative portability and good ice retention that surpasses that of most other coolers. It may be more expensive than the Grizzly, but it comes with a 5-year warranty. 

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Regarding warranty, YETI's 5-year warranty generously covers all damages and malfunctions to the cooler. Grizzly has a limited lifetime warranty, but its coverage excludes many cases such as accidents, natural wear and tear or even dents. It mostly covers manufacturing faults only. Grizzly has been in the market for over 30 years and has amazing amount of experience in the production of rotor-molded systems. However, Yeti, which has been out for about ten years has been on a higher demand level. Hence their prices are much higher than Grizzly's.

Grizzly

Yeti Tundra Cooler rated 9 out of 10

YETI

Yeti Tundra rated 8 and a half out of ten

Our decision eventually had to be made based very much on value for money. You get so much value for Grizzly's prices that YETI just simply can't beat. But if you don't consider price, but brand image matters a lot for you, plus of course quality, design and features, YETI is still the champion!

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