A Review of the Yeti Roadie 20 and Other Yeti Coolers
Considering a Yeti Roadie 20? Check out this review! We'll compare the Roadie to other Yeti coolers just so you have a reference point.
The summer weather has begun to set in. The sweltering heat has many of us scrambling to put in our air conditioners and heading towards the nearest body of water for boating or swimming.
We can't get too carried away, though. While we're gathering the equipment for those boating trips, we need to go down our checklists.
Boat? Check. Life jackets? Yep. Cooler? Hmmm... Surely no one here was thinking of going without one.
Especially not with the Yeti Roadie 20 on the market.
Just how good, though, is this Yeti cooler people rave about? How well does it stack up to Yeti's other coolers?
Hang tight as we discuss the pros and cons of purchasing the Roadie 20 over some of Yeti's other coolers.
Yeti Roadie 20
As its name suggests, the Roadie 20 is a portable cooler. It is designed to be small and lightweight.
Despite its size, it is said to be built just like a Yeti Tundra, which is what the company calls its more stationary coolers. Any ice you place inside of the cooler stays colder for longer.
Not only that, but the cooler has a "No Sweat Design." This design prevents those pesky puddles of water which sometimes appear around coolers.
True to its name, the Roadie truly is tiny. The cooler weighs 15 pounds while empty, and can fit 14 cans of beer inside of it (because beer is meant to be enjoyed everywhere).
Those 14 cans, however, only fit if you adhere to the suggested "2:1 ice to beer ratio." As a matter of fact, the cooler only fits 20 pounds of ice.
The cooler comes in 3 colors: white, desert tan, and (fittingly) ice blue. Because Yeti's coolers are premium coolers, the Roadie 20 runs buyers $200 ($250 if you buy the seafoam limited edition).
All in all, it's worth the money consumers pay for. It's light enough to take on canoes and kayaks, and it keeps its contents cool as promised. We're willing to bet that's why it has such great ratings.
Yeti Tundra 35
The Yeti Tundra 35 is a slightly larger cooler than the Roadie. The Tundra 35, however, is the smallest cooler in the Tundra line and is still relatively portable.
The cooler boasts 3 inches of "PermaFrost Insulation" and a "FatWall Design," which means that it will keep its contents nice and icy. Further still, it is supposedly "bear-resistant," so it definitely belongs on your camping supplies list.
It weighs 20 pounds, just five more pounds than the Yeti Roadie, and fits 20 cans of beer inside. As in the case of the Roadie, though, you must adhere to the 2:1 ice to beer ratio to get 20 beers inside.
It comes in the same 3 colors as the Yeti Roadie. As a larger premium cooler than the Roadie, it is a bit more expensive. One Tundra 35 cooler costs $300.
So how does it compare to the Roadie overall?
It's slightly less portable and doesn't fit as snugly in your trunk as the Roadie. As we pointed out, it's also a bit more expensive. Despite that extra cost, it is more durable (i.e. bear-resistant).
Our overall assessment is that the Tundra 35 is a better bet for those of you who need something more durable. If you don't plan on running into any bears, though, you can stick with the Roadie.
Yeti Tundra 45
The Tundra 45 is even larger than the Yeti Roadie and the Tundra 35. It's significantly less portable than the Roadie 20.
This particular cooler is apparently a blend of "versatility and durability." It is infused with "Yeti Toughness," which is a "durable rotomolded construction and up to two inches of PermaFrost Insulation." It's also "UV-resistant."
The product weighs in at 23 pounds and fits 26 cans of beer (using the 2:1 ice to beer ration). The cooler makes up for this extra weight, though, with its "marine-grade polyester rope handles with textured grips." They make the cooler's lacking portability more manageable.
It costs slightly more than the Tundra 35. You'll pay 350 bucks for a Tundra 45, and it comes in all of the same colors as the previous two coolers.
All things considered, this cooler is much more durable than the Yeti Roadie 20. It's so durable that Yeti recommends it for those who wish to use off-road vehicles. It even has "tie-down slots" and non-slip feet.
It does, though, sacrifice a lot of portability for that durability. That said, don't choose this cooler if you want something that's easier to lug around.
Yeti Tundra 65
The next cooler on our list is the Yeti Tundra 65. This cooler is significantly larger than all of the previous coolers on the list. Its size makes it unlike the Yeti Roadie in several ways.
And we hope you're noticing a pattern with the numbers here.
Like the Tundra 35, the Tundra 65 has "up to 3 inches of PermaFrost Insulation." It also uses Yeti's "ColdLock Gasket."
One of the heaviest coolers on this list, the product weighs 29 pounds when empty. Its large size allows up to 39 cans of beer to be stored inside. It can also hold 56 pounds of ice.
It's good for holding game as well. It apparently holds " a quartered deer or keeper redfish."
Furthermore, it can serve as a "bay boat casting platform when secured." This feature makes this cooler perfect for fishermen who want a casting platform and need to keep fish fresh.
You'll spend $400 on a Tundra 65 cooler, and it is available in the same 3 colors as all of the other coolers we've mentioned thus far (another pattern).
This product is much heftier than the Yeti Roadie, so we doubt that you'd be at a loss as to which one to pick. If you're looking for the best of both worlds, though, you could just pick a slightly smaller model than the 65 and learn to pack coolers a bit more efficiently.
Yeti Tundra 210
Sometimes you have to go big or go home. People who buy Yeti Tundra 210s clearly like to go big, but we can't blame them.
The 210 obviously lacks portability, but it is Yeti's "deepest outdoor cooler with a smaller, cubed footprint." That small footprint takes up much less space in your vehicles.
This product holds so much alcohol and weighs so much that it'd be hard to call it a lightweight cooler. It holds 140 cans of beer, and it weighs 62 pounds.
Its size makes it great for large gatherings. We're sure that its size has gotten it on several people's tailgating gear checklist.
Unfortunately, however, this cooler is only available in white. It's the first cooler on our list that only comes in one color.
Still, the 210 is a heck of a cooler for those who plan on hosting large events. If they want to add this cooler to their stash, though, they'll need to shell out $800.
We don't think that's such a bad deal for a product that holds 140 cans and keeps its contents nice and cold.
Yeti Tundra 350
The Yeti Tundra 350 is the cooler for people who want to show up the people who go big with the 210. It's a monster of a cooler, and you'll probably never carry it farther than your backyard.
And, if you ever have to, we feel sorry for you.
While the 210 is Yeti's deepest cooler yet, the 350 is Yeti's largest cooler. It's so durable that Yeti claims that "it'll last a lifetime." It also keeps its contents cold with its "PermaFrost Insulation," has a "No Sweat Design," and has "self-stopping hinges."
It holds up to 82.4 gallons, which amounts to 222 cans of beer. It also weighs a whopping 89 pounds while empty.
This cooler is recommended for hunters above all else. It can hold "two freshly caught tuna or "up to three elk." Not only that, but it apparently keeps meat fresh for days, which makes it ideal for long hunting trips.
Similar to the 210, this cooler only comes in white. Even so, that lack of customization is not problematic when you consider the fact that the cooler holds 222 cans.
The price tag on this item is admittedly a bit scary. Anyone who wants a Tundra 350 must pay $1,300.
But, hey, look at the bright side: It's "FedEx shipping-friendly" despite its size.
In all seriousness, though, the 350 is worth every penny. There are, after all, times at which buying quality products just makes more sense than buying cheap substitutes. You'll most likely save more money in the long run with a 350.
The 350 is a far cry from the Yeti Roadie. They clearly have very different uses. That said, both coolers will keep their contents icy cold.
Who knew that coolers could get so big and....bigger? The 210 and 350 are sure to drop jaws in many circles.
Don't, however, forget about the little guy. The Yeti Roadie is still just as impressive as its much larger cousins.
It's so perfectly portable, and, if we're being honest, it's certainly a more practical option for those of us who won't be hosting any large gatherings in the near future.
Having said that, please drop a comment below. Tell us what your experience with the Yeti Roadie has been and offer some advice to people who are trying to choose between the various Yeti coolers.