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YETI Coolers

YETI makes the world’s best cooler. Extreme design and construction assure you a lifetime of extreme performance. No other cooler is as durable. No other cooler keeps ice longer. No other cooler compares. Here are some things to know about YETI Coolers:

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The YETI Tundra Series

  • YETI Coolers are one-piece, rotational-molded, which means uniform wall thickness, thicker and stronger corners and superior overall durability. This is the same process used to make whitewater kayaks.
  • YETI Coolers are made of food grade UV-resistant polyethylene that is dry-ice compatible. The walls of a YETI Cooler contain 2” of premium insulation; the Roadie lids have 2” of premium insulation; and the Tundra lids have 3” of premium insulation.
  • Heavy-duty latches were originally designed for use on ATVs and are molded into the body of the cooler.
  • The freezer-style sealing gasket locks in the cold.
  • The full-length, molded-in, self-stopping hinge won’t hyper-extend or break.
  • Non-slip, non-marking feet help keep the cooler in place.
  • Polyester rope handles with textured rubber grips are built to last but are replaceable (Tundra models only).
  • The gasketed drain plug is leak-proof. The cooler floor is recessed near the drain allowing every last drop of water to be drained.
  • Tie down points and padlock holes are molded into the cooler. When locked, the cooler is certified as a bear resistant container (Tundra models only).

How to maximize ice retention in your YETI

A YETI Cooler, with its roto-molded construction, generous insulation in walls and lid and freezer quality sealing gasket, gives you remarkable insulating performance and ice retention.

Start with a cool cooler

A cooler is designed to insulate, which means it will retain heat as well as cold. For this reason, to maximize ice retention, try to store your cooler in a cool environment for 24 hours prior to loading it with ice. If stored in direct sunlight, in your garage or in a vehicle, a significant amount of the cooling power of your ice will be used to cool the walls of the cooler. For extreme situations, people have pre-chilled their coolers by placing them in a commercial freezer prior to use.

Not all ice is created equal

Ice temperatures vary dramatically. Warm ice, that is ice that is around 32 degrees, is typically wet and will not last long. Cold, sub-zero ice is relatively dry and will last substantially longer.

Start with chilled contents

Chilling or even freezing the contents you intend to load into your cooler is an often overlooked way to extend ice retention. It is estimated, for example, that a single six-pack of beverages at room temperature will use over 1 lb. of ice to cool!

Air is the enemy

We recommend filling your cooler with as much ice as possible to keep air space to a minimum. Large areas of air will lead to faster ice melt. A small bag of ice in a large cooler will melt faster than if it were in a small cooler. However, a large cooler filled with ice will keep ice longer than a small cooler filled with ice. The more ice the better – however, if weight is a concern you can use other materials such as towels or crumpled newspaper to fill air space voids.

Block ice vs. cube ice

The advantage of block ice is that it will melt much more slowly than cubes or ice shavings. However, as ice melts, it absorbs heat from its surroundings. Therefore, smaller pieces of ice will chill the cooler and its contents more quickly. Also, it is easier to keep food cold using smaller pieces of ice. Try using a mixture of block and cube ice. Put food on top of block ice; then cover the food and fill empty air space with cube ice. This will help retain ice, while chilling and keeping food cold.

Don’t drain the water

Drain Plug

Once your cooler is in use, we recommend that you do not empty the cold water. The water in your cooler will be almost as cold as the ice and will help insulate the remaining ice. However, it is advised to keep food and meat out of the water.

Limit cooler access

Limit Cooler Access

Frequently opening the lid will accelerate the ice melting. Every time you open your cooler, you are exchanging the cold air inside for warm air which must now be cooled. Limit cooler access and the time the cooler is open, especially when it is very warm outside.

Stay out of the sun

Stay Out Of The Sun

Coolers are white (or light colored) for a reason. White absorbs less heat. Still, it is important to keep your cooler out of the sun, as ice will last up to twice as long when the cooler is in the shade.

Dry ice is the best

Dry Ice Is Best

Dry ice is the frozen form of carbon dioxide and its -109° F temperature makes it perfect for freezing things quickly and keeping them frozen. Dry ice gives off more than twice the cooling power per pound versus regular water ice. This translates into dramatic weight savings. Consider using dry ice in any situation where extended cooling power is necessary, such as during extended trips or power outages during hurricane season. Keep in mind the dry ice will likely freeze the contents in the cooler. A combination of dry ice and water ice will dramatically extend the life of water ice. Dry ice is completely safe to be used alone or in conjunction with regular water ice, but there are handling precautions to keep in mind. Because dry ice is so cold it must be handled with protective leather or cloth gloves (oven mitts or hand towels also work) to prevent a freezing burn. It is also wise to keep dry ice away from small children. One other safety item to keep in mind is ventilation. Because dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide, when it melts or sublimates, it gives off carbon dioxide gas. It is not harmful, but without proper ventilation (ex: riding in a closed vehicle), it can cause shortness of breath, and in extreme cases, loss of consciousness as the carbon dioxide will displace oxygen. The solution is to store your cooler with dry ice in well-ventilated areas and to make sure there is proper ventilation during transportation.

Cleaning your cooler

First of all, clean your new YETI cooler with soap and water prior to use. Soap and water is ideal for everyday cleaning as well. For tougher stains and odors, use a mixture of water and bleach (6 to 1 ratio) and scrub with a brush. Also, a high pressure sprayer will clean even the most stubborn stains.


YETI Cooler Accessories

Customize your Tundra or Hopper cooler with accessories as well made as your YETI.

  • Tie-Down Kit (Tundra model only)


    Secure your YETI cooler in a boat, truck bed, trailer or bar-beque rig with the YETI cooler tie-down kit. When not in use, only the deck plates remain, leaving nothing to trip over. Kit includes 2 straps, with stainless steel cam buckles, 2 deck plates and mounting hardware. All hardware is stainless steel. Fits all YETI Tundra models.

  • Corner Chock Set (Tundra model only)

    YETI Coolers Corner Chock Set

    Secure your cooler with heavy-duty rubber corner chocks. Rubber provides excellent, non-abrasive support and can withstand years of wear and sun. Kit includes 4 rubber corner chocks. Kit does not include tie-down and mounting hardware. Chock sets are made to fit all Tundra coolers, but work with other YETI models, as well as many other cooler brands.

  • Cooler Cushion (Tundra model only)

    YETI Coolers Tundra Cushion

    Your YETI can do double-duty. The YETI cooler seat cushion is two inches thick and made of tough, white UV marine vinyl. Installation is easy. Screw the studs (included) into the cooler lid and snap the cushion in place. Fits all YETI Tundra models. All hardware is stainless steel.

  • SeaDek® (Tundra model only)

    YETI Coolers SeaDek

    The higher you are off the water, the further you can see down into it. This durable, slip-resistant SeaDek grip pad gives your cooler lid excellent traction when using it as a standing/casting platform. SeaDek attaches in minutes with a pressure-sensitive adhesive backing. Custom fit for YETI Tundra models up to the Tundra 160.

  • Cooler Lock (Tundra and Roadie models)

    YETI Coolers Lock

    Fits all Tundra and Roadie models. Protects your contents and certifies your YETI Tundra as a bear-resistant container.

  • Sidekick (Hopper model)

    YETI Hopper Sidekick

    Fits all Hopper models. The perfect accessory to protect your valuables from mother nature.

  • MOLLE Bottle Opener (Hopper model)

    YETI MOLLE Bottle Opener

    Our lightweight MOLLE Bottle Opener attaches directly to your Hopper, meaning you’ll never again be without a way to crack into those frosty brews.

5 Year Warranty

All products manufactured by YETI Coolers are warranted against defects in material and workmanship for 5 years. This warranty applies only to the original owner. This warranty is void if the cooler is used commercially, structurally altered or subjected to stress beyond the physical limits of the materials used in body or components, or is damaged as a result of abnormal use. Normal wear and tear is not warrantied.

This warranty does not include any manufacturer responsibility for any incidental or consequential damages resulting from the use of the cooler.

If warranty applies, the manufacturer will repair or replace, at their discretion, the cooler or any part or component that is deemed defective.

YETI Coolers reserves the right to change products and designs without incurring any obligations to incorporate such changes into already completed products, or those in the hands of dealers or consumers. Coolers repaired or replaced under this warranty may or may not incorporate these changes.

Damaged products must be returned directly to YETI Coolers, in original box or adequate cardboard packaging, freight prepaid. Please include a copy of original sales receipt and the Return Authorization number (RA#) with the product. To register your YETI Cooler and activate your warranty, or to obtain a Return Authorization number (RA#), visit yeticoolers.com.