The one big issue with Yeti Coolers is their price. They are good quality but certainly more expensive than their competitors. Can get the same or better quality for at a much lower cost. We definitely think you can!
It’s just a matter of shopping around a bit and making sure you’re dealing with high quality brands.
We have chosen the most popular Yeti Cooler sizes and found what we think are great alternatives. We’ll look at substituting each size, from the small Yeti Hopper Flip 8 to the bigger Yeti Roadie 20, right up to the big Yeti Tundra 50 and 75.
These “knock offs” are similar but cheaper and still perform just as well. In fact, we’ve tried to make sure that you get just a little bit extra too.
Brands like K2 and Igloo are high quality, durable and very well insulated. Let’s check out the best coolers like Yeti but cheaper.
K2 20 Quart Cooler
The K2 Summit 20 Quart Cooler, is a great little replacement for the Yeti Hopper Flip 12, but at a much lower price. It’s a perfect, lightweight cooler that you can sling over your shoulder.
Thanks to the solid, reinforced walls, softer food items won’t get squashed. This guy is really tough… and it even comes with an incredible 7 year warrantee!
As far as capacity, the Yeti Hopper Flip 12 can hold around 12 cans, whereas the K2 Summit Cooler can hold a few more including some ice! That’s more space and stronger construction, at a much lower price.
Driftsun 20 Quart Heavy Duty Cooler
Next in line is the Driftsun Heavy Duty Cooler which is the perfect alternative to the Yeti Roadie 20. The both have solid 3 inch wall construction with hard carry handle and locking lid latches.
Equally, they both have 20 quart capacity. Here’s the bonus round… The Driftsun comes with a full year manufacturer’s warranty which covers any defects in construction under normal use. We think the slightly larger handle makes it a little easier to carry by hand.
The drain plug has a small lanyard to avoid it from getting lost and the upper pressure release valve also helps let some air in to open the lid when a vacuum forms inside due to the cold temperature. Stainless steel locking plates on the corners ensure easy locking.
All in all, it’s a fantastic alternative to the Roadie, but at an awesome price.
Igloo 55 Quart Sportsman Cooler
Now we start getting to the real heavy hitters. The Igloo 55 sits squarely in the way of the Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler. It’s larger, sleeker and definitely far cheaper.
We estimate around 9000 sq inch size for the Igloo while the Yeti Tundra is around 7500. That’s quite a difference when you realize the Igloo easily holds around 85 cans!
The handles pivot outward and are easy to use.
It’s strong enough to sit on comfortably and weighs about 26 pounds. It’s every bit as rugged as the Yeti Tundra and it will handle the rough and tumble outdoors with absolute ease.
Milee Heavy Duty 75 Quart Cooler
This is a beast with all the bells and whistles of the Yeti Tundra 75.
Just like on the models above, there’s a gasket seal for perfect cooling retention. Padded Nylon Handles provide easy portability and they can be removed for cleaning or if you simply prefer a less cluttered setup.
As with the Yeti Tundra, the pressure release valve allows for rebalancing of air pressure for easy opening. The high quality T-latch secure the lid perfectly in place and the weathwer resistant material ensure that you won’t need to replace them after a season’s use.
In the corners, you’ll find the same stainless steel locking plates which allow you to keep the contents secure from nosy campers. They also double up as bottle openers, (once those neighbouring campers become good friends.)
The standard drain plug allows for quick draining and the non-slip feet keep it secure on the back of a moving vehicle or when resting on a table.
Here’s a fun extra. There’s a chopping board which stores vertically inside the cooler and creates two separate compartments when installed. This helps keep things organized and stops them from flying around when you hit those dirt roads. The additional wire tray and cupholder is a nice touch too.
We really like this heavy duty cooler and guess what… It’s much much cheaper than the Yeti Tundra 75.
Buyers Guide – Choosing the Right Knock Off Yeti Cooler
They will all keep your food and drinks cold for long, but let’s look at each product based on what additional features you need the most.
Compact Lightweight Cooler
If you want to take some beers or a soda on a short hike, you can grab the K2 Summit Cooler. It easily packs a few drinks and due to it’s padded shoulder strap, you can actually carry it quite comfortably for a distance.
Small Sturdy Cooler
The Driftsun 20 quart is a little box of toughness. It has the great gasket seals and strong, insulating walls that are usually only found in much larger models. Contents will be protected, even in the roughest conditions. O, and the cooling is fantastic. Especially for such a small container.
Mid-sized Industrial Cooler at a Great Price
Here’s where the value for money really comes into play. It’s a mid-sized cooler so it can hold a substantial amount of drinks or even meats for that campfire bbq. The walls are tough as nails and hold the heat out and the cold in like any expensive cooler would.
A Cooling Beast
Pack your families food and drinks for a whole week into this cooler. (Or just load it with tons of drinks for one epic outdoor party) Either way, it’ll stay as cold as when you packed it the first time. There’s more than enough room for freezer packs and the dividing wall/chopping board is a really handy accessory.
Tips on Using Your Cooler
This video used the Yeti Tundra to illustrate what you can do to keep your ice colder for longer.
Here’s a great comparison between the Yeti Tundra and the Igloo Sportsman