1.0 out of 5 stars | Broke within 30 minutes on maiden voyage
Color: A2 Desert Tan
I just returned from a deployment and got to set my Yeti 45 on her maiden voyage at the NASCAR race at PIR. I spent a good amount of time fancying her up with patches and stickers from the recent deployment. It took about a half an hour before the latch broke. Piece of crap with $300 wasted and about an hour worth of time making her pretty. Never buying a Yeti again.
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2019 by Nathan Mainer
5.0 out of 5 stars | Best on the Market
Okay, do you really NEED a $300 cooler? I mean really? I guess you could also ask the question does anyone really NEED a Mercedes when a Volkswagen will still get you from point A to point B. If you are buying a chainsaw do you really NEED a Stil, or will a Poulan do just as well? I recently put 20 pounds of ice in my Tundra 45 for a picnic. 4 days later there was still ice in the cooler and I don't just mean a few cubes floating around in a bunch of water. This thing was still about one third full of ice. I have been a longtime fan of Yeti tumblers but never could convince myself to take the plunge with a cooler, as expensive as they are. As a result of a recent price drop on the Yeti and the fact that once again, the lid broke off my "grocery store" cooler I decided to go for it. As usual, you get what you pay for. I have seen independent reviews that have shown the Yeti outperforms any other brand on the market and after owning one I am convinced. Truth be told, I almost went with a pelican just because it "looks" much cooler (no pun intended!) But I decided to stick with a brand that I knew and that has been tested and found to be the best and I couldn't be happier. The design is simple but extremely sturdy. This is something that will get passed down generation to generation. If, like me, you appreciate quality and want a cooler that simply does the job better than anything else on the market and will not need to be replaced every couple of years because something breaks on it, this is well worth the investment.
Reviewed in the United States on August 5, 2018 by Joseph Solomito
5.0 out of 5 stars | great ice chest.
I bought this ice chest because I take rafting trips where I put the raft in the river and then take it out a week later. I take off road trips in my Jeep where I may be in the boonies for 4 or 5 days. I have a brand X ice chest that if I am really careful will keep my food for 3 days. After that is canned food and warm soda. But, it was a leap for me to spend this kind of money on an ice chest. I took the leap. I then left for a 4 day trip around the eastern Oregon desert. Friday morning I put one 12 pound bag of ice in the Yeti. I then put in a 6 pack of soda, 4 small bottles of juice, eggs, hash browns, bacon, lunch meat, cheese, condiments.. you get the idea. I did not pre cool the food or the ice chest. The soda an juice were bought off the shelf, not from the cooler. I wanted to pretty much give the Yeti a good reason to fail. I figured if the Yeti ran out of ice, I would divert to a town and take care of it. I took no special care about how many times I opened it. It probably was opened 6 times a day to get stuff out and put stuff back. The following Tuesday I arrived back home and the Yeti was still keeping everything cold. Not cool, cold. I removed the ice and weighed it. 6.3 pounds left of the original 12 pounds. To those who gave this chest a bad review for not keep ice, I have to ask, did you close the lid? I mean I can’t figure it out. To those who gave this chest a bad review for being heavy I have to ask, did you not read the specs? How do you order something that says it weighs 10 pounds and then complain when it shows up and low and behold, it weighs 10 pounds? And guess what? If you put 12 pounds of ice and 20 pounds of food in it, it now weighs 42 pounds. The ice/food/drinks will always be the lion’s share of the weight, not the ice chest. It is well made. You will have to tighten the drain plug to keep it from leaking as it is not one of those cheap push caps, but it made so little water that I never had to drain it. Besides, 12 pounds of ice is about 1 1/2 gallons of water. The less than 6 pounds that melted is less than 3/4 of a gallon. Not enough to flood anything, much less a car. If all you want is something to keep t your stuff cool for an afternoon, I can see why you might be upset by the price or weight. If you need an ice chest to keep your food fresh for a week and the alternative is canned beans and hot soda, this the one for you. This thing works. It does what the manufacturer says it does. Buy it with confidence.
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2015 by Sid Levingston
2.0 out of 5 stars | Not a cooler to rely on during a power outage
Color: A2 Desert Tan
This cooler, has thick walls which gave me hope that it would help keep things cold for days during the latest power outage. NOPE. It is not much better in retaining cold then my blue wheeled Colman Cooler. Ice did not remain for more than 2 days and the frozen bottled water defrosted in 3. No we did not open the cooler more than 2x a day. I would not recommend this cooler.
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2018 by EllyB
1.0 out of 5 stars | I wanted to be proud of this cooler
I was disappointed with the fit and finish when i lifted my Tundra 45 out of the box -- there was lots of sharp untrimmed plastic flashing around the mold sites. Not as well designed as the Xpec cooler I ordered: no release valve, no metal hasps, latches not as brawny. Most important, though -- ice melted in a few hours at 68*. I soon found out why. When I turned the cooler on its back, water leaked copiousy from the between the hinges. I have had two Tundra 45s since then, and both have leaked when tipped. The cause : the split seal on the cover is held together with a patch of black tape -- no way that is going to be leakproof. So my suggestion is, as soon as you get your cooler, put 2 cups of water in it, lock down the lid, and tip it over on its back, with the hinges pointed down. If water runs out between the hinges, then your cooler has this problem. I think that an expensive cooler should not allow water to pour out when closed -- but you test yours and decide if that will be a problem for you. I wanted to be proud of this cooler. By the way -- it was made in the Phillipines.
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2019 by Wes Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars | Yeti-pricey but get what you pay for!
Yeah--like many others --I thought that the Yeti was overpriced---and maybe it is--but I got it for road trips--some into bear country--I looked at other coolers that were still pricey but not as much as the Yeti. I also wanted a cooler that would last -- well forever (barring disaster)--so maybe I paid a bit more--but I have more confidence in the Yeti holding up and keeping things cool! I've only used it once since purchasing (purchased a couple of weeks before this post)--had 18 cans in cooler with ice--ice hardly melted overnight! No regrets on the purchase!!
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2018 by RStoecky