Yeti cooler VS Lifetime cooler
Today we’re going to talk about whether you should get a Yeti cooler or a Lifetime cooler. So this post is by popular demand. People want to know should they save a ton of money with a lifetime or pay up for Yeti. And we’re going to address that question and a few others. We’re going to talk about the similarities and also the legitimate reasons why one might be preferable to the other. And by the way, over the last like a month, month and a half, we have spent like a thousand dollars just on-ice testing coolers. So if you enjoy this post and you want to support our work, make sure to give us a big old thumbs up and subscribe.
Let’s start with the similarities. First thing is same general design, right? These are both coolers. They both come in multiple different sizes. You’ve got like a, I want to say it’s a 28 core, a 55 core and a 70 something court. You’ve got the 20, the 35, the 45 to 65. Uh, just so you know, Yeti, uh, they, this, the numbers they use doesn’t actually equate to the courts inside the cooler. So like as an example, the 65 quarters is actually closer to like a 52-quart cooler and the 45 is actually closer to like a 35. I have no idea why they named them that way, but there’s smaller than the name implies. So, but overall, you know, same general design, right? Handles molded handles. You get one lock hole here, you get to locals here. Both are totally bare resistant. But interestingly enough, they aren’t leak-proof.
I mean the 28 court lifetime cooler is like 99% leak-proof, but the bigger one is not. Certainly not, it leaks like crazy. If you flip it on its side, it’s going to leak water everywhere and Yetis they aren’t totally leak proof either. That actually surprised us as far as warranties. You get a five year warranty and then both of them have the drain and uh, the non-skid pads. So why get lifetime over Yeti? I mean, Yeti has the biggest name and coolers. A couple of things I do want to note. One is price significantly more affordable than Yeti. Like crazy affordable competitor Yeti. The 28 court is like 75 bucks. The 55 court is like a hundred bucks. So you’re talking savings of hundreds of dollars. As an example, the roadie 20 is $200. The uh, the Tundra, I want to say the Tundra 35 is two 50.
The Tundra 45 is 300. The Tundra 65 is $350. So comparable sizes, you’re actually saving a ton of money with lifetime. The other thing is this is smaller, but I prefer the fact that the drain would lifetime actually is connected to the cooler. So you’re not going to lose that little plug. I wish they had that on Yeti. So it’s obvious it works well, but I wish it was attached. Additionally, I prefer the latches lifetime. They’re, uh, let me see if I can. So they’re just easy. Right? And you don’t have to be strong. You have to put a whole lot of effort in. And they do a great job of, of securing the cooler down. I prefer the latches there to the T-Rex latches that are on Yeti. Look, they work on Yeti. This is a personal preference thing, but you know, if somebody like a kid or somebody a little bit more frail, like the pain, the pain train on our team, they’re probably not going to like the Yeti because it is a little bit more difficult to get those T-Rex latches.
Unlatched I’m making a mountain out of a molehill, but I do actually like the ones on lifetime. And the last thing is that lifetime has a bottle opener included. Yeti doesn’t. Now why get Yeti over lifetime, and I think you probably saw this coming, but Yeti is the better cooler. Like if you just want really good ice retention, really good insulation, it’s hard to beat Yeti. Like Yeti is objective only better than lifetime. For instance, in our outdoor test in the summer, 98-degree weather coolers filled to about 60, 70% capacity. The Yeti 65 made it almost six full days with ice, whereas the larger the 55 lifetime, which is actually a wee bit bigger, I believe, than the Yeti 65 this guy went four days with ice. The smaller one went almost three days and the smaller a Yeti made it over three days.
So, you know, look, you can afford a ton of ice with the a hundred dollars or $200 savings with lifetime, but Yeti just does a better job insulating. And I trust him, preferred the lid of Yeti over the one on lifetime. So the smaller lifetime doesn’t have a whole lot of flex. But if you just look at the 55 which I believe is their most popular unit, there’s definitely flex in that lid. The company says that, I think it has a capacity of 300 pounds. It’s just unnerving to have a lid that flexes. So if you plan a stand on it and cast, if you’re a fisherman or something, or your kids are gonna play on it, it just has a little flex in there. And I don’t love it. It’s not as bad as like an igloo cooler, but there’s zero flex whatsoever with Yeti and uh, yeah, the little lid is actually better on the Yeti coolers and the larger Yeti’s come with, uh, like a wire basket, like a wet dry separator where you don’t have that with lifetime.
So, yeah, I mean, what does it really come down to? It comes down to you, not to me. Uh, if you just want to save money at lifetime’s a pretty dang good cooler, I think the gasket sucks on the 55. It’s not leak-proof, although the, the smaller one is pretty good and they’re just solid, cheaper coolers. A, you would get Yeti if you just want the better overall cooler and you can afford to spend up, what would I do? This is actually a really close tie for me because I like the latches better on lifetime. I don’t do a whole lot of camping, so I don’t really need six days of ice retention. I think it would be just fine with lifetime and yet it would be kind of overkill. But the, uh, the consumer in me, uh, the, the guy that just loves brands, something about the Yeti cooler does it for me. So I don’t know. Let me know what you think, right? It’s in the comments. Clearly. We spent a ton of time testing these guys, thinking about them, researching them, all this stuff, and we would really appreciate,