Grizzly Coolers vs. Yeti

There is no doubt one of the top cooler comparisons is Grizzly Coolers Vs Yeti. Is it worth spending that extra $100 on a Yeti over a Grizzly? Which cooler holds ice longer? Rest assured, we’ve got you covered. We have matched these coolers up head to head on features as well as performance. [See Our Videos Embedded Below.]

In the world of high end coolers, there are a number of top performers in a wide range of sizes and prices. Yeti coolers have long been a favorite of individuals that are outdoor aficionados. However, that Yeti name comes with a price tag. As of late, buying a Yeti has almost become a status symbol. Our test revealed surprising findings in Yeti Vs Grizzly; take a look at the comparison and Five Day Ice Challenge performance results below.

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Most Desired

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Made In USA & PhilippinesMade In USA
Slightly More ExpensiveMore affordable than Yeti
Cost: $$$$Cost: $$$
One Piece Roto-MoldedRotoTough Construction
Certified Bear ProofCertified Bear Prof
Models 20-125 Sizes 15Q-75Q
5 Year WarrantyLifetime Warranty
5-7 Day Ice RetentionUp to 6 days

Note: Yeti Coolers are quoted in model number, not size.

Note: Cooler model numbers are reflective of size

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Grizzly Vs Yeti Cooler Performance


Grizzly Vs Yeti After Five Day Ice Challenge, No Ice In Grizzly, Ice Remains In Yeti

In our Five Day Ice Challenge the Yeti Tundra 45 actually held ice longer than the Grizzly 40Q. However, not by much. We tested ice retention times under a simulated-use environment. In other words, we filled the coolers to capacity with ice and 6 sodas, then moved the sodas from top to bottom (and vice versa) three times a day to simulate actual use. On the morning of the sixth day (after a full five days) the Grizzly 40Q had one sliver of ice remaining. Whereas, the Yeti Tundra still had enough ice remaining to go about another day (guesstimate). However, there is an interesting takeaway here, the Yeti Tundra 45 comes in about $70-100 more expensive than the Grizzly 40. Is it worth it to get an extra day worth of ice retention out of your cooler for about $70+ more in cost? Check out the video below to see the comparison.

Grizzly Coolers Vs Yeti Video Comparison & Ice Challenge

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What About Small Cooler Performance?

Does size matter? Of course it does!

Interestingly, in another ice challenge where we matched up a Grizzly Cooler 20Q vs a Yeti Roadie 20Q, the Grizzly outperformed the Yeti. In fact, the Grizzly actually outperformed four comparable sized coolers. The takeaway being these coolers are very similar in terms of performance and ice retention.

Take a look at the Small Cooler Ice Challenge Below:

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Grizzly Coolers

A favorite for outdoor activities, they are constructed to last a long time. Their lifetime warranty is a testament to this. Grizzly coolers are sturdy enough to sit in the bed of a pickup truck or an ATV without getting dented.

If you are considering purchasing a cooler for a trip or any other activity for that matter, take into consideration the comparison and contrast below of four different coolers by Grizzly and Yeti. With this information, you can decide which one will work best for your budget.

Grizzly Coolers vs. Yeti 

Grizzly 40-Quart Cooler

Designed to be rugged, Grizzly coolers are specifically made with four c’s in mind: capacity, construction, colder, and certified.  One of the features that draw consumers to purchase this product is the fact that they are bear proof coolers. Certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC), these coolers are made to withstand any attempts by grizzly bears trying to get at what is inside.

The Grizzly 40-Quart cooler is made with rototough plastic, which gives them a strong performance, which not only can keep ice frozen for up to six days, but can keep bears out. These coolers can endure any type of abuse and still look great, thanks to having a consistent thick wall exterior. Moreover, the bearclaw latches, environmentally-friendly pressure-injected insulation, and molded-in hinge with stainless steel pins, add to its stability. Buyers have long been impressed with the functioning capabilities of Grizzly coolers. Other features of the Grizzly 40-Quart cooler include:Grizzly Coolers 40 Q


  • • Non-Skid Rubber Feet
  • • 2” Drain Plug
  • • Rubber Gasket in Lid
  • • Ergo Built-In Handles
  • • Rope Handle

As far as prices goes, this cooler is slightly above average price for a cooler that has this many features. At 40 quarts it is cheaper than a Yeti Tundra 45 (actually 37 quarts). Therefore, you’re getting a larger cooler for a lower price, but as a result of our test, a day +/- less in ice retention time. Current Grizzly 40Q Pricing ⇒

Grizzly 40Q Cooler

Grizzly 40Q Cooler- Tan


Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler

There a number of coolers similar to Yeti coolers on the market. However, there is only one product line that is constantly ranked by customers as the best coolers on the market, and those coolers are made by Yeti. This Yeti cooler has a capacity to holds 26-12oz. cans, as well as a 35 lb. bag of ice.

Where Are Yeti Coolers Made

Yeti VS Grizzly CoolerUnlike Grizzly coolers which are made right here in the USA , many Yeti coolers are made in the Philippines. However, like the Grizzly 40-Quart Cooler, the Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler is constructed with roto-tough plastic for durability, non-slip rubber feet to ensure that the cooler stays put, and heavily-insulated walls. Also, the Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler is nearly indestructible and is IGBC certified like the Grizzly 40-Quart Cooler. It has the rope handles, like the Grizzly 40-Quart Cooler, allowing for easy carry during your outdoor adventures. There is a slight difference on the rope handles with the Grizzly, and that is they are contoured to fit a had, have a canvas cover on nylon rope, and a rubberized texture on the handle. The Yeti is simply a plastic cylinder insert on the nylon rope handle.

One of the most obvious differences between the Grizzly 40-Quart Cooler and the Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler is the price. While the Grizzly 40-Quart Cooler is average priced, the Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler is priced slightly higher.

Yeti Tundra 45 -Sea Foam


Grizzly 75-Quart Tailgating Cooler vs. Yeti Tundra 75

Grizzly 75-Quart Tailgating Cooler

Grizzly Tailgating Cooler

Grizzly Tailgating Cooler

Coolers are not just for outdoor fun. If you are a sports fan, there is no better way to carry your food and drinks to the stadium or ball field than with a durable cooler. The Grizzly 75-Quart Tailgating Cooler is perfect for keeping your steaks, brats, and beer cold whil you are cooking. This cooler has plenty of space, being 18 inches deep and can hold approximately 50 12oz. cans or 66 lb. bag of ice. Moreover, it can keep the ice for up to 10 days.

Like all of the other Grizzly coolers, this 75-quart cooler is IGBC certified and has been thoroughly tested to keep the grizzly bears out. It also houses two drain plugs, a rubber gasket in the lid for tight sealing to keep the cold air in and warm out, and non-skid rubber feet to stay in place. Additionally, the Grizzly 75-Quart Cooler is made with rototough construction to withstand any damage. Current Grizzly Tailgating Cooler Pricing⇒


Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler (White)

YetiTundra75Like the Grizzly 75-Quart Tailgating Cooler, the Yeti 75 Cooler if ideal for tailgating, as well as outdoor professional use and activities. The Yeti Tundra 75 is a favorite among the fishing community. Many use this to double as a casting platform for their flats boat.  Comparing the two 75 coolers, both are:

  • IGBC Certified
  • Made with Rotomolded Construction
  • Non-Slip Feet
  • Pressure-Injected Insulation
  • Double Handles

The one area that the Grizzly 75-Quart Tailgating Cooler and the Yeti 75 Cooler differ is the price. Although both share a vast number of features, the price for the Yeti 75 Cooler is slightly higher than the Grizzly 75-Quart Tailgating Cooler.

When you are searching for the best coolers on the market, there are many coolers out there to choose from. It all comes down to your budget and how much you are willing to pay to get what you are looking for. Although Grizzly may not be as a prestigious name as Yeti, it surely is a cooler to consider as it is up to the standards associated with that name.

Yeti Tundra 75

Yeti Tundra 75