Does one manufacturer make a superior Tumbler compared to another? We actually tested this several times (videos embedded in post below) and the results really surprised us. Many might be included to think that a tumbler made by Yeti or Engel will surely outperform an Ozark Trails. Turns out, the results of our test couldn’t be further from this assumption. See below to discover how much of a difference manufacturer AND color has on ice retention ability.
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Yeti Tumbler Performance- Head To Head Challenge
Just how long can a Yeti Tumbler maintain ice? Yeti advertises 24 hour ability to keep ice. In our head to head challenge with Engel Coolers Tumbler, the Yeti Tumbler held ice outdoors in the Florida sun for 36 hours. Both the Yeti Tumbler and the Engle Tumbler made it about 36 hours. For what it is worth, we took a temperature reading after all the ice had melted, at the 36 hour mark, and the Yeti Tumbler was about 10 degrees cooler than the Engel Tumbler. Although, we can’t say the Yeti held ice longer than the Engel, it was colder for longer. Both tumblers handled 24 hours with ease.
In a more recent tumbler comparison video we matched up 9 different tumblers. Tumblers ranged in sizes from 20-32oz from various manufacturers. Ironically enough, the cheapest tumbler option, the Ozark Trail, held ice among the best. Furthermore, we tested both a Stainless Steel and a Black Hydrodipped (colored) Ozark Trail; both held ice amongst the longest. Therefore, the color of a tumbler had negligible effects on ice retention times. We have also observed similar results with roto molded coolers as well.
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Why People Choose Thermoses
Whether you are boating in the winter, camping out in the fall, or going to work each day, it is often nice to have your favorite warm beverage with you. However, a basic coffee mug allows coffee and tea to cool off and become less “warming” and enjoyable. That is why many people choose to use a thermos instead of the typical coffee cup, especially when they prefer that their hot beverages stay hot for a duration of time. Thermoses can often keep coffee, soup and other liquids warm for 12 hours+.
What Makes the Best Coffee Thermos?
When you think of a cooler, you most likely think of how long you want your drinks and other contents to be kept cold. When you think of a thermos, you likely want your hot drinks to be kept hot for a longer period of time. The same technology that make roto molded coolers great, make tumblers and thermoses great as well; that is superior insulation.
In the case of a tumbler/thermos that is vacuum sealed insulation. That is where Yeti often comes to mind. They are well known and loved for their ability to keep things cold during the most extreme conditions. When you have a Yeti cooler, you can leave it locked in a hot vehicle for hours and when you return, your ice and your beverages will still be cold. This is because of their double insulation and fully sealed cooler design.
The same can be said for thermoses which keep almost anything you want warm (or cold for that matter). A variety of styles are available, including the best thermos for soup and travel mugs that make it virtually impossible to spill. Beyond the name brands, you should choose a thermos that offers double insulation and is vacuum sealed. These types of thermoses tend to keep hot items more effectively. They should also be made of steel as opposed to a plastic or glass because the steel will capture and hold heat better than others. You’ll also want to consider the lid-type of each tumbler/thermos. Some tumblers have open lids, making the susceptible to spills. Below are individual reviews of what we consider the Top 8 Thermos and Tumblers.
Top 8 Insulated Thermos Reviews
Yeti Rambler Tumbler
This Yeti tumbler is one of (in not the) most popular tumbler for sale. It can hold up to 20 ounces of liquid (30oz also available) and it can be used to keep both hot or cold contents. It is made of 18/8 stainless steel, which is the standard for kitchen grade utensils. Best of all, it is made with double walled, vacuum sealed insulation; which is likely the reason it performed among the best in our tumbler comparison. In our testing the Yeti lasted over 24 Hours with ease.
Thermos Stainless King 40 Ounce
The thermos name is synonymous with warm soup and coffee to go. If you’re looking for a thermos bottle for soups or more than one cup of coffee, this is the best thermos bottle available. It has the vacuum insulation and works well to keep things either hot or cold for up to 24 hours. It is stainless steel inside and out, yet heat will not pass through to the exterior. The lid becomes the serving cup and the bottle can hold up to 40 ounces. This is also available in a variety of colors. See Color Schemes Here⇒
Contigo SnapSeal Travel Mug
The main reason this is a top seller is because of its SnapSeal lid. It is guaranteed to never leak yet still offers double walled, vacuumed insulation. It is designed to fit most standard cup holders and it can hold heat for up to 6 hours, and cold for up to 12. This is one of the few tumblers that is dishwasher safe. The Contigo SnapSeal is also available in a variety of colors. See Color Schemes Here⇒_________________________________________
Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug
This thermos comes with a 5 year warranty on its heat retention abilities. It has a pictograph locking system ensuring items never spill out accidentally. It is available in seven colors and you can choose from a 12 ounce, 16 ounce, or 20 ounce bottle. The Zojirushi has a large 1 1/2″ opening for you to pour into or out of easily. This is one of the highest rated tumbler/thermoses available online. View Sizes & Colors Here⇒
RecPro 30oz Tumbler
This tumbler is vacuum insulated and made of 18/8 stainless steel. It has a spill proof slider lid and all materials are BPA-free. The lid snaps on and even has a straw slot. It is available in multiple sizes and comes with its own reusable storage bag. RecPro promises to never sweat, even if you have very cold drinks inside of it on days that are very hot. Although it can hold hot drinks safely, you should not freeze or microwave the tumbler. It should also be washed by hand and not the dishwasher.
Ozark Trail 20-oz Tumbler
If you are looking for the most affordable tumbler available, the Ozark Trails is likely to be your best bet. This double walled vacuum sealed tumbler is available in a variety of colors and sizes. It is made of stainless steel and works great for both hot and cold liquids. The Ozark Trails also comes with a lifetime warranty. It has a snap on, clear lid and an open drinking hole. It will not sweat or rust and is BPA-free. The lid is also shatter-proof and can be washed in the dishwasher. Our test revealed that this tumbler can hold ice the longest when compared to other tumblers. See Color Schemes Here⇒
Engel USA 30-oz Tumbler
The Engel tumbler is ideal for both hot and cold drinks. It is a stainless-steel tumbler is double wall insulated; preventing hot or cold temperature transferring through to the exterior. It has a lid that screws on and the drinking slot is covered by a flip up covering. This makes it less likely to spill in a vehicle. However, if you are regularly drinking you can lock the flip up cover in place in the open position. The bottom of it is rubberized so you do not have to worry about it slipping around.____________________________________
Grizzly Coolers Grip Cup
The Grizzly is ergonomically built, offering a comfortable molded grip. The rubberized bottom ensures it does not slip. It is made of stainless steel and comes with a smoked polymer lid. The lid screws on and features a permanently open drinking area with a vent hole on the opposite side. The cup will not sweat and it is BPA Free. There are a few color choices for you to choose from including charcoal, Realtree Max5, Realtree Xtra, and stainless. See Color Schemes Here⇒