In the battle between K2 and Yeti coolers, many people have a brand in mind that they feel is superior over the other. Both coolers are designed to perform well in extreme conditions. Both are made to be used by and trusted by avid outdoor enthusiasts. So which actually holds ice longer? We tested both the K2 Summit 50Q vs the Yeti Tundra 45. Although the K2 held an additional 15lbs of ice compared to the Tundra, the results were extremely close. (See Our Video Test Below).
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|Origin: USA & Philippines
|More Expensive Than K2
|Less Expensive Than Yeti
|Construction: Roto Molded
|Construction: One Piece Roto Molded
|Color Schemes/Collegiate Colors Available
|Models: Tundra Series 20-125
|Models: 20- 120Q
|Five Year Warranty
|Seven Year Warranty
|Retention Of Ice: 5-7 Days
|Ice Retention: 6+Days
Tundra Series Yeti Coolers are model numbers not size of the cooler
K2 Summit Series Coolers models are reflective of cooler size
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About K2 Coolers
K2 Coolers were designed to give Yeti a run for their money in both quality and price. These coolers are made using only high end professional grade components and the body/lid is rotationally molded. They are well insulated providing maximum ice retention and durability. K2 Coolers offers a variety of sizes so that you can choose the right cooler based on your preferred adventures.
Which is Best, K2 Vs Yeti
In order to answer this question we have to consider more than just ice retention times. As outlined in the video below you’ll see that that the ice retention abilities of both coolers are very similar. The biggest difference between these two is cost and a few construction differences. K2 coolers usually are priced cheaper than Yeti. For example a Yeti Tundra 45 is usually $50 or more compared to the K2 Summit 50, and the K2 is larger. Needless to say, a larger cooler which holds ice for comparable lengths of time can be purchased for cheaper with the K2 Summit Series.
K2 Coolers 20 vs Yeti Roadie 20
The biggest difference between the smallest versions of each cooler is the style of carrying. The K2 Summit 20 comes with a padded shoulder straps whereas Roadie comes with a handle. Personally, we like the padded shoulder strap over the handle. Carrying the cooler via the handle when the cooler is loaded can become cumbersome. You’ll also notice the latching system of each cooler is slightly different. The Yeti utilizes T-Latches and the K2 uses Positrac Rubber latches.
K2 Performance Vs Yeti Tundra:
We only tested the 50Q K2 Summity as opposed to several different size Yeti coolers. However, in out Ultimate Ice Challenge, the K2 (50) held ice longer than the Yeti Tundra 45 by about 1/4 of a day. You can see how that challenge went below.
Price Differences Between K2 & Yeti?
You can easily find K2 Coolers for sale on online and depending on the size that you want, you will pay around $150-$400 for the range of cooler. Whereas the small Yeti Roadie 20 has a start price of around $199.99 and the Tundra 75 for at least $429.99. The Tundra is still more expensive than larger K2 Coolers.
These coolers are both more than capable of handling a variety of outdoor activities. Whether it is hunting, fishing, or simply tailgating, both the Yeti and K2 should handle just about any adventure. The K2 comes in a much larger variety of colors; so for those into tailgating you’ll likely have a color scheme to match your team. Both coolers also offer a textured surface which could double as a casting platform or seat at the campsite.
As a result of our K2 Coolers review and ice challenge, these coolers are able to do it all and withstand the vigorous activities that owners put them through without ever missing a beat. Most people who simply want a cooler that can last them through the years and one that will keep ice cold for a very long period of time, they are satisfied with the way K2 Coolers gets it done.
Last but not least, K2 Coolers come with a 7 year warranty that covers the entire cooler. Yeti coolers offer a five year warranty that will cover material and workmanship defects. If you’re looking for a cooler with a more robust warranty, at a cheaper price, K2 Coolers is the easy choice.
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