Last Updated on February 12, 2022

Yeti coolers can be quite pricey. That’s why it makes perfect sense that some of us will be going to the market to seek the next best alternative: a Yeti knockoff cooler.

So, are you ready for the battle of the knockoffs?

Here, we’re not talking about those poor quality Yeti counterfeits that can’t keep anything cold for more than a few hours.

We mean high-grade Yeti competitors that won’t leave too big a dent in your budget. We’re all about quality and affordability together in one package.

Below, we’ll dissect our list of Top 7 Yeti Knockoffs that are as close to the real Yeti as you can ever imagine!

Come with me…

Best Overall
Igloo BMX 52 Quart Cooler with Cool Riser Technology, Fish Ruler, and Tie-Down Points - 16.34 Pounds - Carbonite Gray and Blue
Premium Pick
Pelican Elite 50 Quart Cooler (White/Grey)
Best Value
K2 Coolers Summit 30 Cooler, Duck Boat Green
Grizzly 40 Cooler, Gray, G40, 40 QT
Name
Igloo 52 Qt BMX Cooler
Pelican Elite 50 Quart Cooler
K2 Coolers Summit 50 Cooler, Duck Boat Green
Grizzly 40 Cooler, Tan, G40, 40 QT
Dimension
26.57 x 16.93 x 16.93 inches
76.2 x 51.6 x 51.8 centimeters
20.3 x 18.3 x 16.4 inches
25.5 x 16 x 15.38 inches
Weight
16.33 Pounds
26.39 lbs
19 lbs
24 lbs
Insulation
UV inhibitor insulation
Polyurethane foam insulation
Extra thick insulation
Polyurethane foam insulation
Material
Plastic
Polypropylene
Polyethylene
Plastic
Special Feature
Fish ruler and four tie-down points on the lid for added convenience
Tethered Threaded Plug & Sloped Drain
ICE vault lid gasket, POSITRAC latches
Rotationally-molded LLDPE plastic design
Best Overall
Igloo BMX 52 Quart Cooler with Cool Riser Technology, Fish Ruler, and Tie-Down Points - 16.34 Pounds - Carbonite Gray and Blue
Name
Igloo 52 Qt BMX Cooler
Dimension
26.57 x 16.93 x 16.93 inches
Weight
16.33 Pounds
Insulation
UV inhibitor insulation
Material
Plastic
Special Feature
Fish ruler and four tie-down points on the lid for added convenience
Pricing
Premium Pick
Pelican Elite 50 Quart Cooler (White/Grey)
Name
Pelican Elite 50 Quart Cooler
Dimension
76.2 x 51.6 x 51.8 centimeters
Weight
26.39 lbs
Insulation
Polyurethane foam insulation
Material
Polypropylene
Special Feature
Tethered Threaded Plug & Sloped Drain
Pricing
Best Value
K2 Coolers Summit 30 Cooler, Duck Boat Green
Name
K2 Coolers Summit 50 Cooler, Duck Boat Green
Dimension
20.3 x 18.3 x 16.4 inches
Weight
19 lbs
Insulation
Extra thick insulation
Material
Polyethylene
Special Feature
ICE vault lid gasket, POSITRAC latches
Pricing
Grizzly 40 Cooler, Gray, G40, 40 QT
Name
Grizzly 40 Cooler, Tan, G40, 40 QT
Dimension
25.5 x 16 x 15.38 inches
Weight
24 lbs
Insulation
Polyurethane foam insulation
Material
Plastic
Special Feature
Rotationally-molded LLDPE plastic design
Pricing
KYSEK The Ultimate Ice Chest Extreme Cold Cooler, Camo Tan, 100 Liter
YETI Tundra 35 Cooler, White
Name
KYSEK The Ultimate Ice Chest Extreme Cold Cooler
YETI Tundra 35 Cooler
Dimension
42.25 x 20.25 x 21 inches
21 x 16 x 15.5 inches
Weight
64 lbs
20 lbs
Insulation
Thick insulation
Polyurethane foam insulation
Material
Plastic
Polyester
Special Feature
Cutting board lid/ZeroSkid non slip feet
PermaFrost Insulation and an extra thick FatWall design
KYSEK The Ultimate Ice Chest Extreme Cold Cooler, Camo Tan, 100 Liter
Name
KYSEK The Ultimate Ice Chest Extreme Cold Cooler
Dimension
42.25 x 20.25 x 21 inches
Weight
64 lbs
Insulation
Thick insulation
Material
Plastic
Special Feature
Cutting board lid/ZeroSkid non slip feet
Pricing
YETI Tundra 35 Cooler, White
Name
YETI Tundra 35 Cooler
Dimension
21 x 16 x 15.5 inches
Weight
20 lbs
Insulation
Polyurethane foam insulation
Material
Polyester
Special Feature
PermaFrost Insulation and an extra thick FatWall design
Pricing

7 Best Yeti Knockoff Coolers – Rotomolded Ice Chests

1. Igloo 52 Qt BMX Cooler

Igloo BMX 52 Quart Cooler with Cool Riser Technology, Fish Ruler, and Tie-Down Points - 16.34 Pounds - Carbonite Gray and Blue

  • Heavy-duty blow-molded construction
  • Cool Riser Technology
  • Triple point grab handle with stainless steel reinforcement
  • Engineered for sturdiness and performance
  • Rubberized T-grip latches

We have used this cooler by Igloo, and it’s one of the best in the market. This incredible cooler is designed with a reinforced base and heavy-duty blow-molded construction for enhanced protection and strength. It has a lightweight design and is extremely durable. The product ensures its extended life with protection against sun damage by using UV inhibitors. It features stainless steel and rust-resistant hinge rods for prolonged performance. The lid of the cooler stays secure with rubberized T-grip latches. Moreover, it uses the Cool Riser Technology molded base for keeping the cooler elevated from hot surfaces and enhancing the cooling performance.

Pros:

  • It is made with a reinforced base and heavy-duty blow-molded construction for increased protection.
  • It is lightweight and extremely durable with proven 4-5 day ice retention at 90°F.
  • You can expect extended performance with stainless steel, rust-resistant hinge rods, and hardware.
  • It uses the Cool Riser Technology molded base to keep the cooler elevated from hot surfaces and enhance cooling performance.

Cons:

  • The design of the handle can be a bit inconvenient.

2. Pelican Coolers

Pelican Elite 50 Quart Cooler (White/Grey)
  • INTERIOR DIMENSIONS - 17.50 x 11.00 x 13.70 (44.5 x 27.9 x 34.8 centimeters) EXTERIOR (L X W X D) 30.00 x 20.30 x 20.40 (76.2 x 51.6 x 51.8 centimeters) INT VOLUME: 1.53 feet³ (0.043 meter³ ) INSULATION THICKNESS: 2.00 inches (5.1 centimeters)
  • EXTREME ICE RETENTION: 2 inches of polyurethane insulation with a 360 degree freezer-grade gasket delivers extreme ice retention
  • FEATURES: Overmolded carry handle, 3 inch locking latches, reinforced lockable hasp, stainless steel bottle opener, anti-shear hinge system, molded-in tie-down slots
  • FEATURES: 4 self draining cup holders, non-skid rubber feet
  • MADE IN USA: Includes Pelican's legendary lifetime guarantee - "you break it, we replace it. Forever!"

This unit is perhaps the closest you can get to the real Yeti. Pelican has some of the most sought-after coolers under its stable, including the hugely popular Elite line. Their 10-day ice retention and insulation capabilities are excellent.

In fact, they almost match up to the real Yeti, only being beaten by a day or two! As for their insulation, Pelican coolers are state of the art. It’s among the thickest on the current market. Actually, it never falls far behind the kind of insulation you’d find on the real Yeti.

While the type of latches on Pelican coolers can’t really match the quality that Yeti’s T-Rex rubber latches bring on board, still they manage to maintain the lid securely shut. These may seem a little bit hard to handle for those among us who’re weaker, but they perform their function well.

Do you know that there’s something that Pelican beats most older Yeti coolers in? Yeah, their coolers are wheeled. For Yeti, they only started making wheeled coolers the other day with the launch of the Yeti Haul.

When you buy Pelican coolers, you also get a lifetime warranty (limited). This is fundamentally a statement of guarantee by Pelican that the product you buy from them will last for at least the specified period.

It’s not by chance that Pelican are among the most sought-after Yeti knockoff cooler brands on the market today. They know exactly what their customers want. They fully understand their business niche, and they’ve committed to satisfying their buyers’ needs and expectations fully.

Read: Pelican Coolers Vs Yeti Comparison 

Pros:

  • 10-days ice retention and insulation capabilities.
  • You get a limited lifetime warranty.
  • There are four self-draining cup holders and non-skid rubber feet.
  • It includes 3-inch locking latches, an anti-shear hinge system, an over-molded carry handle, and a reinforced lockable hasp.

Cons:

  • It is too expensive for budget-friendly buyers.

3. K2 Coolers

K2 Coolers Summit 30 Cooler, Duck Boat Green
  • One piece roto-molded polyethylene construction for extreme durability
  • Extra thick insulation for maximum ice retention
  • Premium features such as ICE vault lid gasket, POSITRAC latches
  • 7 Year Warranty
  • Professional Grade - Engineered to make the outdoors great!

 If you’re looking for value for your money, look no further than K2 coolers. With lots of great features, they don’t fall too far behind the real Yeti: a variety of desirable colors, fantastic stability, easily transportable, non-slip bottoms, great UV-resistant latches, strong comfortable-to-hold handles, etc. They can retain your ice for up to 5 days even in hot conditions.

K2 also offers a wide variety of designs and colors. That makes their coolers instantly attractive to the eyes the first time you come across any of them.

Did we also mention their great stability? This makes them quite portable. In fact, you can even transport them through the roughest of terrains without worrying that the contents inside might get thrown around.

Also, K2 handles are renowned for their strength, with a stable, comfortable grip. These characteristics make the cooler both easy and comfy to carry around, thus highly enhancing their portability.

K2 latches are a great sealer to protect what is inside the cooler. The coolers themselves are compatible even with dry ice and are designed to be UV-resistant. While Yeti wins against K2 as far as ice retention is concerned, K2 beat them in affordability and portability, especially with the latter’s non-slip bottoms.

This range of Yeti knockoffs has really worked hard to reach where they are today. They’ve tried and succeeded in living up to the quality and performance principles promised to their buyers. And they have been quite successful at that. Plus, their great features enable them to easily stand up to those of Yeti. Very few Yeti knockoffs can beat them in this regard.

Pros:

  • It ensures premium features like ICE vault lid gasket and POSITRAC latches.
  • You’ll enjoy maximum ice retention with its extra-thick insulation.
  • The product comes with a 7-year warranty, making it worth investing.
  • You’ll enjoy extreme durability with its one-piece rotomolded polyethylene construction.

Cons:

  • Its ice retention capability is not as good as original Yeti coolers.

4. Grizzly Coolers

Grizzly 40 Cooler, Gray, G40, 40 QT
  • Rotomolded: Our coolers are made from rotationally-molded LLDPE plastic and are designed to achieve even wall thicknesses for optimal durability.
  • Thermal Properties: All hard-sided coolers are pressure injected with up to two inches of Ecomate polyurethane foam for optimal cooling. This unique insulation has no global warming potential, no ozone depletion potential, and is made with no VOCs.
  • Lid Gasket: Our lids seal with a rubber gasket to keep cold air trapped extending the longevity of your ice.
  • Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) Certified: All Grizzly hardside coolers are IGBC Certified Bear-Resistant. Each hardside cooler also comes with two lock holes to keep your cooler secure and your contents safe.
  • Made in USA

A great hunting cooler, Grizzly is roto-molded for the strongest and virtually the most indestructible RotoTough body on our list. It can easily survive in the wild and serve you the longest under extreme conditions. Its coolers are so sturdy that they can sit on a pickup truck for longer periods without being dented.

In the range of high-end coolers where Yeti belongs, this type of Yeti knockoff coolers can act as an alternative for Yeti, especially for outdoors aficionados. Here, you’ll get almost all the quality of Yeti, yet at a price tag that won’t force you to break the bank.

Ice retention ranges between 4 and 19 days depending on the size of the cooler in question. Who wouldn’t want to own a cooler that keeps ice in nearly its best state for a whopping 19 days?

Grizzly coolers are also equipped with large drains and are very easy to clean. Besides, they can be customized for different uses. All these features make them a great choice for outdoor hunting. Among their high-quality materials is an ultra-thick rubber gasket that enhances the cooler’s performance.

Just like Yetis, Grizzly coolers are also specialized for bear resistance, and they give a warranty of a lifetime once you acquire their coolers.

Read: Grizzly Coolers Vs Yeti

FUN FACT: Did you know that Grizzly is a huge supporter of the NRA organization? Now you know!

Pros:

  • It is made of rotomolded LLDPE plastic and designed with even wall thickness for extreme durability.
  • You’ll enjoy optimal cooling with its unique 2-inch ecomate polyurethane foam insulation.
  • It has a rubber gasket sealing on the lid to retain the cold air trapped and extend the ice’s longevity.
  • This hard side cooler is IGBC Certified Bear-Resistant.

Cons:

  • We haven’t found any significant drawbacks of this product yet.

5. Kysek Coolers

KYSEK The Ultimate Ice Chest Extreme Cold Cooler, Camo Tan, 100 Liter
  • Maximizes frigid temperatures to keep your goods colder longer
  • Engineered using the latest cooling technology and cutting-edge features
  • Cutting board lid/ZeroSkid non slip feet
  • Lock point bottle openers/Heavy-duty easy grip handles
  • Heavy hauler inset wheels/ Drain plug with hose adapter

Seeking great innovation? Kysek have heard your cry and responded! They’ve been really serious with bringing on board the most advanced technology as far as coolers are concerned.

Kysek coolers come with some pretty cool features, with the most unique being the fantastic temperature sensor you can operate with an app. Their bodies are roto-molded to make the construction on Kysek coolers a pretty solid affair. It’s no wonder, therefore, that as far as body sturdiness is concerned, Kyseks are stationed right up there with the very best.

Further, Kysek coolers have additional layers of polythene for better insulation. That makes their lids, the bottom part, as well as both the front and rear walls. While their 10 days of keeping ice cold aren’t as good as Yetis’ 11 to 12 days, they don’t fall far much behind.

Another great feature with these Yeti knockoff coolers is their outstanding wheelers that make hauling a tireless task. They’re quite heavy duty, built to withstand any kind of terrain. And if you’re a beer drinker, you’ll definitely appreciate the bottle opener that the lid of this cooler comes with.

Kysek handles are another great addition to the design, with the excellent drainage and the highly formidable T-Rex latches completing the extraordinary combination of features. These coolers look and perform more or less like the real Yeti but at a much lower price range.

Pros:

  • For keeping your food and beverages colder, this cooler utilizes maximum frigid temperatures.
  • It is engineered with the latest cutting-edge features and cooling technology.
  • There are incredible wheelers that make hauling a hassle-free and convenient task.
  • It ensures an excellent drainage system and highly formidable T-rex latches.

Cons:

  • The customer service may not be satisfactory.

6. YETI Tundra 35 Cooler

YETI Tundra 35 Cooler, White

  • Extra-thick wall design
  • Pressure-injected commercial-grade polyurethane foam
  • Rotomolded Construction
  • T-Rex Lid Latches
  • Permafrost Insulation

We have reviewed the Yeti Tundra 35 cooler, and it’s incredible. The product dimension is 20 in long x 16 1/8 in wide x 15 1/4 in high along with an empty weight of 20 lbs. This portable cooler has an impressive holding capacity of a maximum of 20 cans. With PermaFrost insulation technology and extra thick fatwall design, the cooler keeps the ice in its frozen state. You can take this sturdy portable cooler anywhere you decide to take it as the rotomolded construction armors its core and makes it virtually indestructible. Overall, it’s worth your investment.

Pros:

  • You’ll enjoy unmatched ice retention as the extra thick wall design holds up to two inches of insulation.
  • It ensures permafrost insulation in the walls and lids for keeping the ice in its frozen state.
  • It is made of rotomolded construction to make the product armored to the core and indestructible.
  • There’s one good dry basket.

Cons:

  • The lid may sometimes show problems in opening and closing.

7. Cubix Ice Chests and Coolers

This Cubix ice chest and cooler is one of the best products that we reviewed to date. This high-tech cooler is made of a thick wall design featuring 3-inch of extreme insulation to retain coldness for a long time – 3 days. This handy and versatile cooler is built with rotomolded construction that makes the core tough and indestructible. Whether it’s a fishing trip, picnic, or a barbeque party in the backyard, this cooler serves multiple purposes for your different occasions. Also, it has ferromagnetic latches that lock and seal the cooler’s lid completely. It features one bottle opener, two cup holders, and a ruler for your ultimate convenience in adventures.

Pros:

  • This high-tech cooler involves a thick wall design and features extreme insulation to entrap or retain cold.
  • The cooler is engineered with a beefed-up handle to ensure the best grip and handle protection.
  • This cooler is made with rotomolded construction, which makes it tough to the core and practically indestructible.
  • It is ideal for a fishing trip, planning your next tailgate, or throwing a barbeque in your own backyard.

Cons:

  • It can be a bit costly.

Conclusion

Now that we’ve gone through our TOP 7 list of Yeti knockoff cooler and you’ve seen the kind of quality on offer, what excuse do you have not to acquire one? Tell us about your choice in the comments section below. For other coolers as good as the Yeti click here.

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