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What Is The YETI 65 Cooler?

The largest cooler from YETI, this size is only made in rigid foam construction, whereas some of the smaller quart capacities, like the 35, come in both hard and soft models. The YETI 65 is meant for long trip0s and is ideal for road trips, long camping trips, and large hunting parties. Also known as the Tundra 65, this cooler comes in a variety of colors with customization available and is certified bear-proof, so it is both attractive and durable. What sets the YETI 65 apart, however, is its ability to keep everything put inside, with a 2:1 ratio of food or drink to ice, cold for up to a week.

Product Specs

In comparing specifications for coolers, the three most important attributes are durability, ice-days, and usability. In the case of the YETI 65, its durability comes from the roto-molded hard plastic, which is pressure-injected polyurethane insulation. This hard plastic makes for a cooler that can double as bench, seat, stool or table. These sides are built thick to put its insulation and refrigeration capacity at 5 to 6 days, which means there is ice, and the food is kept safely cold for almost a week, even with frequent opening and closing. Usability is great, with a lid that hinges easily, rope handles, and a place to lock it up with a cable lock.

Pricing

YETI 65 is one of the more expensive coolers on the market and runs in a class of “performance” coolers originally designed for hunters. The prices of these coolers for large sizes run from $ to $$$.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar large-capacity coolers available on the market to see how they compare with the YETI 65. These coolers range in actual capacity from 51 quarts to 110 quarts, and range in ice-days (days keeping food at a safe temperature under 40 degrees) from two days to six days.

  • Driftsun 110-Quart Ice Chest
  • Pelican Elite 70 Quart Cooler
  • ORCA ORCP075 Cooler


YETI Tundra 65 Cooler

YETI Tundra 65 Cooler (Desert Tan)
  • The YETI Tundra 65 is just as adept at keeping your catches cold in the field as it is...
  • Ice stays ice thanks to up to 3 inches of PermaFrost Insulation and an extra thick FatWall...
  • The Rotomolded Construction makes the Tundra armored to the core and virtually...
  • All Tundra coolers feature T-Rex Lid Latches constructed of heavy-duty rubber so you’ll...
  • The Tundra 65 dimensions are 30 1/2 in long x 17 1/2 in wide x 16 in high with an empty...

A known brand, a great cooler, and a popular choice. Highly imitated for its insulation technology and tough exterior, the YETI 65 lives up to its reputation. The downside of the YETI is the lack of interior space, with only 51 quarts of actual space. This still holds 39 cans of beer with a 2:1 beer to ice ratio and this ice chest will keep contents cold for almost a week.

Features

Design Quality

Warranty

PROS

  • Keeps interior cold for nearly 6 days
  • Sturdy and long-lasting
  • Huge color range
  • Can be customized in color or logo
  • Optional bear-proof feature
  • Can be locked up
  • Interior tray and hinges top rate
  • Seals tight
  • Great warranty

CONS

  • Grizzly proof lock extra
  • Expensive
  • Capacity doesn’t reach 65 quarts
  • Draining is a minor hassle
  • Heavy for interior space


Driftsun 110-Quart Ice Chest

Driftsun 110-Quart Ice Chest, Heavy Duty, High Performance Roto-Molded...
  • INSULATED: Three (3) inches of commercial grade insulation, Freezer Style gasket, and...
  • FEATURES: Quick Clip Latches, Military-grade nylon rope handles, GorillaGrip Non-Slip...
  • SERIOUSLY TOUGH: Virtually Indestructible, Rotomolded Cooler Construction, Freeze Seal,...
  • SERIOUSLY COLD: At 110 Quarts this cooler boasts a phenomenal amount of interior room to...
  • 1 YEAR MANUFACTURER WARRANTY: We guarantee our Ice Chests to be free from defects in...

The Driftsun is large, which is great for certain outings, but due to its size, it’s also heavy. But for large capacity and long refrigeration life, this cooler does the job. The Driftsun hits its marks in every important category and bills itself as an ice chest, not a cooler. The Driftsun has the best features on our list and easily tops YETI in interior capacity. The huge capacity makes Driftsun the obvious choice for long trips or river or hunting trips where plenty of people can help carry it. The large size is a plus for some, but impractical for others.

Features

Design Quality

Warranty

PROS

  • Extra features like a bottle opener
  • Great for vehicles
  • Doubles as a bench
  • Seals well
  • Easy to open, close
  • Drain is convenient
  • Comes in five colors

CONS

  • Ice days at 4
  • Expensive
  • Limited warranty
  • Kinks still being worked out
  • Heavy


Pelican Elite 70 Quart Cooler

Pelican Elite 70 Quart Cooler (Tan/Orange)
  • VOLUME: True 70 quart internal volume
  • EXTREME ICE RETENTION: 2 inches of polyurethane insulation with a 360 degree freezer-grade...
  • FEATURES: Overmolded carry handle, 3 inch locking latches, reinforced lockable hasp,...
  • FEATURES: 4 self draining cup holders, non-skid rubber feet
  • MADE IN USA: Includes Pelican's legendary lifetime guarantee - "you break it, we replace...

This cooler looks like a hunting or fishing accessory you wouldn’t want to mess with and might need a combination lock to open. It screams sturdy and indestructible and also suggests an array of features underneath its aggressive appearance. The Pelican is the most affordable cooler on our list, and consumers can save close to $100 buy choosing Pelican over YETI 65. Yet Pelican, for all its features and practical styling, has a few design flaws buyers want to consider before purchase.

Features

Design Quality

Warranty

PROS

  • Eye-catching design and colors
  • Multiple top cup holders
  • Keeps food cold 4+ days
  • Durable
  • Easy to carry


ORCA ORCP075 Cooler

ORCA ORCP075 Cooler with Extendable flex-grip handles for comfortable...
  • 75 quart storage capacity
  • Durable, roto-molded construction
  • Lid gasket to ensure a perfect seal
  • Extendable flex-grip handles for comfortable SOLO or Tandem portage
  • Cargo net attachment for added storage

The ORCA bills itself as competitive with YETI in ice days, but its performance varies. This cooler also comes in lower on price, and its design features mean cold food and drink for several days, as well as features such as a drain, molded handles, and roomy interior. This is the only cooler that comes in a bright, fun color, but overall the ORCA can’t keep up with its high-performance cooler cousins on this list.

Features

Design Quality

Warranty

PROS

  • Best for carrying, lightweight
  • Molded handles
  • Cargo net adds storage
  • Bright color offered
  • Good interior capacity

CONS

  • Can’t store bottled beer upright
  • Limited color choices
  • Lacks features
  • Limited ice-days
  • Unreliable performance

Conclusion

ORCA doesn’t compete due to basic cooling ability, so we are left to compare only three coolers in ease of use, capacity, warranty, durability, and ice days. The YETI doesn’t measure up in capacity and its ice days, while impressive, don’t crush Driftsun. The YETI 65 is a better cooler than the Pelican because YETI is consistent and doesn’t have leaky drain ports. YETI 65 also wins for warranty. The Pelican, with its cool look and handy features, can’t keep itself cold with the consistency most consumers want, but it wins on space. YETI or Driftsun? It comes down to storage and portability. Overall, we prefer YETI 65 for most uses. 

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