Let’s face it, while Yeti coolers and tumblers have a lot of great features, the (higher) cost, manufacturer or retailer locations may be holding you back from investing in a Yeti.
Whatever the reason, if you love traveling, camping, and spending time in the great outdoors, check out these hard and soft sided Yeti cooler alternatives to help keep your snacks and adult beverages fresh and in reach, wherever you go.
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Plus, find great cooler accessories like reusable ice packs and insulated tumblers to go with your cooler or gift them to your outdoorsy friends.
Yeti Hard Cooler Alternatives
While more expensive, hard-sided coolers generally keep ice frozen and food cold much longer than soft-sided coolers. Hard coolers also come in larger sizes than soft-sided, making them better for larger groups or long solo trips where you’ll be packing a lot of food.
Some of the biggest down sides of hard-sided coolers are their size and weight. Their heavy-duty insulation can make them fairly heavy (especially when loaded up with ice and drinks!) which means you might need a buddy to carry these bad boys around and I also wouldn’t plan on carrying them over any significant distance.
They also may be more tricky to store when not in use, compared to smaller, soft-sided coolers.
Ultimately, if you need to keep a large amount of food chilled for a long, multi-day trip – hard-sided coolers are the way to go. Here are some of the best hard-sided coolers that are cheaper than their Yeti counterparts:
OtterBox Venture Cooler 65 (Made in USA)
The OtterBox Venture Coolers are made to withstand the beating of outdoor adventures and are built with refrigeration grade insulation foam that can keep contents cold for up to 16 days (the longest we’ve found in our search for YETI alternatives.)
RTIC 45 Cooler
RTIC is known for being overbuilt, but not over priced like some other well-known cooler brands. This mid-size cooler boasts keeping ice for up to 10 days, is ultradurable to withstand being used as a bench or stepstool and is also bear resistant. The RTIC 45 is our top pick for longer (7-10 day) camping trips.
Pelican IM 30 qt Elite Cooler (Made in USA)
This hard-sided cooler is perfect for long weekend (or even week-long!) getaways and is sure to keep your ice frozen and your food and beverages cold.
I know this is still on the pricey side of coolers, even though it’s still cheaper than a YETI, but there’s a god reason – Pelican coolers can not only withstand the beating of regular, repeated outdoor shenanigans – but are actually bear resistant as well.
Yeti Soft Cooler Alternatives
Soft-sided coolers also have their perks. They’re significantly lighter than hard-sided coolers, making them great for hauling drinks or meals up to scenic look-outs or walk-in campsites.
One of the biggest downsides of soft-sided coolers is that they often can’t keep contents cold for more than a few days. But these soft-sided coolers are great for shorter trips, long drives or packing in some treats on your next hike.
REI Co-op Cool Haul 12 Soft Cooler
This 14-liter cooler from REI boasts chilling your favorite beverages down to less than 40 degrees for up to 65 hours when filled with 8 pounds of ice.
14-liters is on the smaller side of coolers. This would probably be best for a short weekend trip for solo adventurers or small groups on long day-trips to the beach, lake or park.
Hydro Flask 24-Liter Soft Tote Bag Cooler
This soft-sided cooler is great for day trips or one-night camping trips and will keep your goods chilled for up to 48 hours. The straps and external loops make it easy to haul and tie down to your boat or truck.
Engel HD Waterproof Cooler Tote Bag
Again, I think this cooler is on the pricier end of our YETI alternatives but it’s totally worth mentioning because not only is it waterproof – meaning it will keep river water out and melted cooler water in – but it also boasts being able to store ice for up to 4 days.
Lots of straps makes this cooler easy to carry or tie down, plus the cooler itself only weighs 5 pounds, which also makes it easier to carry than some other options.
Cooler Ice Packs
Honestly, I hate having to buy ice for my cooler, especially for short trips – I think it’s just wasteful! For single day or short weekend trips, I’ll always use reusable ice packs whenever possible.
Thin, Reusable, Long Lasting Ice Packs (Stays cold for 2 days)
Best Reusable Ice Packs For Cans & Bottles
Best Reusable Ice Packs For Day Trips
Yeti Cup & Tumbler Alternatives
These insulated tumblers and cups make great gifts for anyone who spends time relaxing in the great outdoors or even on long road trips.
12 oz Insulated Wine Tumbler
20 oz Insulated Tumbler with Splash Proof Lid
30 oz Insulated Tumbler with Splash Proof Lid
For more hiking and camping gear guides, check out:
- Best Car Camping Equipment
- Waterproof Tent Materials, Everything You Need To Know
- How To Choose A Backpacking Stove
- Best Backpacking Pillows