When you are looking for comparable coolers to YETI, but perhaps at a lower price range, you have several alternatives. One of those are definitely the RTIC Coolers. These are especially good choices, if you decided you only need a secondary cooler, next to your 12 Volt refrigerator in your overlanding rig. Since the coolers made by different brands are built in a similar way, our RTIC vs YETI comparison will highlight the differences, so that you will be able to decide on your purchase. For a camping trip, the most suitable sizes made by RTIC are the 20, 45 and 65 models. YETI produces the same sizes, the Tundra 20, 45 and 65 making it easy to compare RTIC vs YETI. However, with YETI you also have the Tundra 35 Quart option.

RTIC vs YETI Comparison


Features of the RTIC Coolers:

  • Silicone T-latches
  • Made using rotomolding technology
  • Freezer grade gasket
  • Molded tie-down slots
  • Two to three-inch commercial grade insulation
  • Designed to be bear resistant

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

RTIC

Yeti Tundra rated 8 and a half out of ten

YETI

Yeti Tundra Cooler rated 9 out of 10

Comparison of Dimensions, Weight and Capacity

As we mentioned before, the same size ranges make comparing YETI vs RTIC very easy. Both brands are making a 20, 45 and 65 quart model, however, YETI's advantage is that they also make a 35 quart model to fill the large gap between the 20 and the 45.

However, let's have a look, if the 20, 45 and 65 quarts are actually the same for YETI and RTIC, and how do their weight compare:

RTIC 20 vs YETI 20

Attribute

RTIC 20

YETI 20

Capacity

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

can fit 17 beer cans
Yeti Roadie 20 capacity 16 beers

Dimensions Outside

 13 3/4” × 15” × 20”

 13 5/8” × 14 1/4” × 19 1/8”

Dimensions Inside

8 3/4” × 10 7/8” × 13 3/4”

8 3/8” × 9 7/8” × 13”

Weight

17.5 lbs

15 lbs

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RTIC 45 vs YETI 45

Attribute

RTIC 45

YETI 45

Capacity

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

31 beer cans capacity

Dimensions Outside

16 1/2” × 15 7/8” × 26 1/2”

16 1/8” × 15 3/8” × 25 3/4”

Dimensions Inside

10 1/2” × 11 7/8” × 19 3/8”

9 3/8” × 10 5/8” × 18 3/8”

Weight

25 lbs

23 lbs

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RTIC 65 vs YETI 65

Attribute

RTIC 65

YETI 65

Capacity

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

45 beer cans capacity

Dimensions Outside

17 1/8” × 18 1/2” × 32 1/4”

17 1/4” × 16” × 30 5/8”

Dimensions Inside

10 5/8” × 11 1/8” × 23 1/8”

10 5/8” × 11 1/8” × 23 1/8”

Weight

36.5 lbs

29 lbs

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As you can see it from the above RTIC vs YETI comparison tables, even though the products are rated the same in terms of quart sizes, their capacity differ. RTIC coolers are actually more spacious inside (and also larger outside) meaning you'll be able to through another couple of beers in, compared to YETI. This comes with a few extra pounds though, which is why we did not give a higher rating to RTIC coolers:

Dimensions & Weight

RTIC

Yeti Tundra rated 8 and a half out of ten

YETI

Orca Cooler rated 7 and a half out of 10

​What Previous Buyers Said

YETI

YETI is a benchmark among coolers. Many buyers are literally looking for 'coolers like YETI', or an 'alternative to the YETI', which also indicates YETI's great reputation. The heavy-duty carry handles and latches, thick walls were the favourite attributes mentioned by customers. One of the drawbacks that are often mentioned is the YETI coolers' weight, but if you look at our tables above, one of the advantages of the Tundra coolers, compared to RTIC, are actually their weight.

Comments on YETI Tundra coolers reflect great customer satisfaction. One customer complained about leaking drain spouts, but that seemed to be an exception

YETI Dry-Goods Basket

RTIC Divider/Cutting Board

Additional extras

RTIC

It's hard to decide who's customers are happier, YETI's or RTIC's as buyers are happily leave great reviews by the hundreds. Many of them mention the lower price as a deciding factor to choose RTIC so the value they get for the quality is hard to match by another brand.  The ingenious divider that serves as a cutting board is one of the nicest additions to the cooler, as this great accessory doesn't come with the cooler automatically. Same goes for the dry goods basket that RTIC also sells separately. YETI provides the same additions.

Customer Satisfaction

RTIC

customers are very satisfied

YETI

customers are very satisfied

Value For Money

RTIC

Yeti Tundra rated 8 and a half out of ten

YETI

Orca Cooler rated 7 and a half out of 10

Conclusion

YETI, as we mentioned several times, is the benchmark in coolers-world. RTIC is probably the brand who established themselves as the toughest competitor, with their great value for money, quality products and proven track record.

If you just compare each size head-to-head, it is very hard to choose a winner. RTIC coolers are slightly larger, but on the other hand, YETI Tundras are lighter. We really like the optional cutting board & divider feature in both the RTIC and YETI boxes so, again, the two brands performed head-to-head in that regard too.

Accessories

What we don't like is the big gap between the 20 quart and the 45 quart sizes in the RTIC range. YETI offers the Tundra 35 model, which is a really great size for a weekend trip where the Roadie 20 is too small, but the 45 quart model my be an overkill.

If we absolutely trying to name a winner, we say it is RTIC, for the excellent value for money. It is a hard decision because of the lack of 35 quart model, but still, the price makes RTIC an overall winner:

RTIC

customers are very satisfied

YETI

Yeti Tundra Cooler rated 9 out of 10

So, if you're not actually looking for a 35 quart model, we would recommend you to save a few bucks and choose an RTIC Cooler! If you happen to purchase the 45 or 65 quart RTIC models, also go for the cutting board /divider as that is an excellent accessory.

Both the YETI and RTIC products are manufactured to the highest standards, so we believe this is a choice where you might be loyal to one of the brands. But if you really want to simplify your decision, just let the price decide!

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