When it comes time to upgrade your cooler to something that will actually keep your ice, well, ice, for more than a few hours, you’ll find that a good cooler is actually a pretty big investment. While Yeti is often known to be the best when it comes to coolers, our research has found that there are some comparable and even better brands at all different price points.
As spring sets in and summer approaches, you’re probably thinking of a storage system for your food and drinks. While Yeti is certainly a popular brand for coolers, there are definitely people who dislike the brand or find them far too expensive.
Fear not! There are many coolers on the market that have risen to the challenge posed by Yeti. Remember: coolers don’t always come in the stereotypical ammo box-shaped container. You might find that shoulder carriers or smaller coolers work for you.
Let’s take a look at these coolers that are some of Yeti’s fiercest rivals.
Orca stands for (Outdoor Recreational Company of America), which is a pretty ingenious title if you ask us. That pretty much establishes USA-made quality and performance on behalf of Orca. They are going to be on the pricier side of coolers but they do have a very wide selection of different designs and sizes you can choose from.
For the most part, Orca’s popularity comes from a secure and efficient design that keeps contents cooled for up to 10 days. Gone are the days that stuff you but in at the beginning of the day is melting at the end. One neat feature is that the clamps are actually shaped liked whale fins.
- 20 Quart (holds up to 18 cans)
- 26 Quart (holds up to 24 cans)
- 40 Quart (holds up to 48 cans
- 58 Quart (holds up to 72 cans)
- 75 Quart (holds up to 90 cans)
- 140 Quart (holds up to 192 cans)
You can also find a couple of specialized Orca coolers that have the designs and colors of your favorite college team. These particular items are routinely sold out, as you can imagine, for all the tailgate parties held during football season. Make sure to pick yours up as soon as possible!
- University of Memphis
- Mississippi State University
- University of Florida
- Florida State University
- Oklahoma State University
Coleman is heavily invested in all things outdoor-from grills to coolers to water bottles (you name it!). The Xtreme cooler has a unique design where you can place four cans on the top while its carrying handles fold down on the sides. Coleman has a knack for being temperature controlled devices and the Xtreme is one of their poster products.
Their highest capacity cooler, the Coastal Xtreme(120 qt), is still priced below $100. You should consider Coleman and its coolers if you’re looking to save some money while making extra use out of the cup holders and comfortable exterior surface.
RTIC’s coolers design-wise are pretty similar to Orca’s but without the whale tails for clamps. They are far cheaper than Yeti products, which has proven to be a huge plus in the minds of RTIC customers. RTIC, like Yeti, also has a shoulder carrying version of a cooler, what they call a soft pack cooler. If you’re not looking to take too many foods or beverages on a short trip, you can pack one of these for said trip.
Here a couple of other popular RTIC coolers:
Why should you consider RTIC? If you were a long time Yeti customer and want the best alternative, RTIC is going to be it. The durable construction of the heavy coolers means you can use them as benches without compromising the temperature of the interior.
Igloo’s iconic all-white color is symbolic of their commitment to providing some large and efficient coolers. One of the most iconic coolers on the market is Igloo’s Quick and Cool container, which comes in two sizes.
As you can see, Igloo has some of the higher capacity coolers on the market. What makes Igloo so great compared to Yeti? Apart from having large capacity coolers, they’re pretty cheap too. Capacity and price are related, but there are lower capacity coolers out there that are more expensive than Igloo’s 150-quart container.
Grizzly’s coolers take the shape of most mainstream coolers but also comes in a variety of colors. One of the best aspects to Grizzly is the lifetime warranty, especially to their 40qt cooler. It may not hold as much compared to the larger coolers but it is substantially cheaper than Yeti. The interior insulation is designed to keep contents chilled for days.
It also comes with a 2in drainage system when you need to clean it, and a dry foods tray if you want to keep things from getting squashed. They also have a 15qt and 20qt version of this cooler. The 15qt comes with a shoulder strap.
Pelican really takes the strength and durability of their products seriously. As you can see, the Elite 30 cooler isn’t as smooth and flat as Grizzly or RTIC, but this has four spots for cups on the corners of the top. The exterior is constructed of 2in thick polyurethane giving Pelican products remarkable insulation capabilities for up to 10 days.
While not exactly cheaper across the board compared to Yeti, Pelican does have similar cooling features. When you lock down those latches, you’ll know that your food or beverages will be safe from the heat and any unwanted guests.
Bison may not be as well known as Yeti, RTIC, or Orca, but their products speak for themselves. Bison is a proud American brand and their Gen 2, 25qt cooler is roto-molded like Yeti products and has thick walls like Pelican. This cooler is also the perfect device for fishing because it has an integrated ruler.
Compared to Yeti, Bison’s coolers are every bit as strong and committed to temperature control. Customers have also complimented Bison on having a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Do You Need A Portable RV Waste Holding Tank?
Growing up, my family and I took many vacations in the family camper. I remember more than once having to spend vacation time waiting in line at a dump station. We didn’t have any portable waste tanks, so the only way to dump the tank was to drive right up to the disposal and make the connection.
A portable waste tank eliminates this need as you can transfer the waste from the RV to the tank and then wheel it over to the dump station.
If you need help getting your gray water or black water from your camper to the dump station, an RV Black Water Tank is the perfect solution.
Top 10 RV Black Water Tanks
Comparing The Top Brands of Portable Waste Tanks for RVs
If you are looking to buy a portable waste transport tank for your RV or camper, there are really only a few brands that dominate the best sellers list. The brands are actually quite comparable in quality and really only vary in price. This means that you can buy any of these brands and know that you are getting the same durable quality for your money.
The top brands are Thetford, Barker and Tote-N-Stor.
While you may come across some other brands at cheaper prices, I would recommend not to take the risk. The following review focuses on the top quality brands.
Shop Thetford Portable Waste Tanks for RVs
Thetford Portable Waste Tanks range from 12-gallons to 35-gallons. The size of the tank necessary will depend on your needs. For example, when we took family vacations in the RV it was a family of four for a week or two at a time. Obviously, we would have benefited from the largest portable tank. A family of two or a family on a short trip, however, could get away with one of the smaller tanks.
Take a look at the best sellers from Thetford. If you don’t see the size you’re looking for, just click on one of the items to see more options.
Thetford SmartTote Portable Waste Tanks Demonstration
Shop Barker Portable Waste Tanks for RVs
Barker Portable Waste Tanks for RVs range from 10-gallons to 42-gallons. Take a look at the best sellers from Barker below. If you don’t see the size you’re looking for, just click on one of the items to see more options.
As you may have noticed, these look a LOT like the Thetford tanks, with the main difference being the handle. Personally, I prefer the handle on the Thetford models as the handles on these seem a little flimsy…and I would hate for it to break and end up having to carry a full waste tank in my arms. Yuck!
Shop Tote-N-Stor Portable Waste Tanks for RVs
Tote-N-Stor Portable Waste Tanks for RVs range from 6-gallons to 32-gallons. Take a look at the best sellers from Tote-N-Stor below. If you don’t see the size you’re looking for, just click on one of the items to see more options.
It is important to note that these tanks do NOT have a handle for pulling. This is drastically different from the other two options. Instead, you get a nice sturdy handle for lifting and carrying the portable tank to the dump station. While these are cheap, keep in mind the strength it takes to move it around. It does have wheels, but without a pulling handle you will get a heck of a backache leaning over to pull it.