The Yeti brand has exploded in the past few years and has become synonymous with durability and quality.
While their whole line of coolers, tumblers, and insulated bags are known to be top-of-the-line, they’re also notorious for being some of the most expensive products.
If you’ve known somebody with a Yeti product, they’ve probably said to you, “My Yeti will keep water colder than anything else available”, and today, we’ll put that claim to the test.
This is the Yeti Tumbler review.
Yeti Cup Review Part 1: The Breakdown
In this review, we will be looking at 4 different components of the Yeti tumbler.
Let’s dive into our Yeti Cup Review – a closer look at the Yeti rambler.
Cold Water Test
In this cold water test, the Yeti Tumbler was pitted up against an alternative tumbler- in this case, a generic one from Amazon.
This is how we ran the experiment:
- 5 equally measured ice cubes were frozen to the same temperature and added to the cups.
- 16 ounces of cold water were then added to both
- The ice water was then stirred to get an even initial temperature
- Temperatures were taken every hour
As you can see above, the Yeti Tumbler beat the generic model by over 12 degrees! Sipping the water from both cups at the end, I could easily tell that the Yeti was colder.
Before I talk more about how the Generic tumbler differed, let’s go over the hot water test.
Hot Water Test
For hot water testing, the procedure was identical to the one above. The yeti cup was put up against a generic alternative, but this time with hot water instead of cold.
The procedure follows:
- Water was boiled on a stove
- Exactly 24 ounces of hot water were placed into each tumbler
- Initial temperatures were taken
- Additional temperature measurements were made after each hour
While the difference looks small, the end result was 20 degrees hotter in the Yeti at the end of 8 hours. This difference was easy to feel when sipping from the cups.
Summary of Cold and Hot water Tests:
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Okay, so we didn’t REALLY do a test for durability, but we did do a reasonable amount of poking around.
What we discovered was shocking:
The Yeti really was everything it was made up to be.
The cap sealed tightly every time. The tumbler lived through the dishwasher on high settings. It didn’t scratch or dent easily. It really was indeed a high end cup – I guess that’s what you should expect from a $30 cup!
Researching online, we did find some dented Yetis.
Like this guy’s, whose Yeti got “smashed by a golf ball”. In all honesty though, you shouldn’t have a problem with dents as long as you treat it like a normal aluminum mug.
While looking online, we also found some insane stories, like this one.
If it’s hard to tell from the photos, a truck lit on fire and the only thing left in the remains was, you guessed it, a Yeti tumbler. Look in the top right photo and you’ll even see that it still had ice!
While this story is from the internet, it does go to show just how well this thing holds ice – and holds up in fire.
Features and Accessories
The standard Yeti cup ships with a clear plastic lid that has two holes: one for drinking and the other for letting air in. Unlike other tumbler brands, however, it doesn’t come with the option of getting a lid without holes.
Luckily there’s a solution. 3rd party sellers have begun selling Yeti tumbler lids that seal completely. This not only makes it harder to spill, but it also keeps drinks cold or hot for longer.
Besides 3rd party accessories, Yeti also manufactures several attachments like handles, straws, and alternative holders.
Final Thoughts – A Last Look at the Yeti Tumbler Review
The Yeti Tumbler cup has lived up to the hype in all of our tests. Using it for a week, it’s easy to say that it is indeed one of the best insulated tumblers available today. While it may be expensive, it is surely an investment that’s made to last.