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Tumbler Comparison Test: Yeti Vs. RTIC and Ozark Trail

Are you paying a premium on your tumbler?

We usually see at least one popular or Frontpage deal per month for either RTIC or Ozark tumblers. What many people seem to wonder, however, is how these two brands stack up against each other, as well as how they both compare to the high-end Yeti brand. So we decided to put them to the test.

Mainly, we wanted to see if there was actually a difference between the $30 to $40 Yeti tumbler and the more affordable alternatives, which can be bought for $9 to $12 when they're on sale. We expected them to perform the same, but wanted to make sure.

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To end the discussion once and for all, we bought 30-ounce tumblers from each brand and tested how long they can keep your drinks hot. The RTIC tumbler promises to keep drinks hot for up to six hours, so we used that time frame for our test.

We heated 30 ounces of water per cup in a microwave for four minutes and then checked how much the temperature dropped every hour for six hours. As you can see in the video and the graph below, there was no noticeable difference between the different brands.

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The RTIC tumbler technically had the biggest drop since it started at a slightly higher temperature, but it's highly unlikely you'd be able to pick up on that difference. For reference, the ideal drinking temperature is around 136 degrees F, according to a 2008 study found on PubMed.

Considering these tumblers performed the same and look almost identical to each other, we recommend setting a deal alert for either of the two more affordable options if you're looking to buy a new tumbler. As soon as a deal is posted, you'll get a notification and you can see if the deal is slick or not.

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Johan Mengesha is the Editorial Director at Slickdeals in Los Angeles, Calif. Mengesha has written for print and online media outlets since 2003 and has a journalism degree from Cal State Northridge. Published work has appeared in the "Los Angeles Daily News," the "Daily Sundial" and eHow.com.

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People pay more for brand names. Not that they should, but they do.
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You should do a cold comparison too, but I agree performance is largely the same. Save your money!
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Not rooting for any of these brands but I would like to see the same test done of all three after one year of the same daily use to see if they perform the just as closely.
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Nice job on the temperature drop study. Would anyone care to comment on the performance of the lids for each brand. I've been using the Yeti twice a day for coffee for about a year and the seal around the lid is still perfect. I'd like to hear about the other brands. I'm always looking for a bargain. Now that we know that the insulation performance is about the same, the seal is the only other thing I'd look at.
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Nice job on the temperature drop study. Would anyone care to comment on the performance of the lids for each brand. I've been using the Yeti twice a day for coffee for about a year and the seal around the lid is still perfect. I'd like to hear about the other brands. I'm always looking for a bargain. Now that we know that the insulation performance is about the same, the seal is the only other thing I'd look at.
I've been using the RTIC every work day for 6 months for ice water and the seal is perfect so far.
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Shoulda got deeper into it like the thickness of the metals and such if there is no notice-able difference from performance.
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Shoulda got deeper into it like the thickness of the metals and such if there is no notice-able difference from performance.
Just out of curiosity, what would be your takeaway from that additional information? They're designed to keep drinks hot or cold for long periods of time, and they performed the same in the "hot test." If you're trying to decide between the three, how would the thickness of the metals influence your decision? We're open to comparing more things between the different brands, as long as it's relevant to what the main use of the tumbler is.
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Was the quality of the metals considered? Just trying to think of a reason for the price difference besides the name on it.
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RTIC settled with Yeti and has to redesign some of their products.

http://www.chron.com/business/art...908759.php

So you may have gotten a discounted, discontinued item.
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I've been using the 30oz Ozark Trail cup 5 days/week for the last year for ice water. I haven't noticed any difference in performance or had any issues with the lid or seal. Most soda dispensers deliver filtered water so the cup has been a healthy way to increase my water intake without buying as much bottled water.
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Wife recently bought me the Ozark one and it's quickly become my favorite on-the-go coffee option. Highly recommended.
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The Ozark Trail cup is on sale today ....
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While I do not have the data as I am not home, my daughter did a science fair project with these and other cups testing cold liquids (we did a couple of hot tests, but focused on cold). We used an incubator to maintain temperature and a Omega DAQ-Pro 5300 with 4 separate temperature sensors, at 60/sec sampling sampling rate, with 3 test cups and a plastics cup as a control.

Bottom line, results were similar to the Slickdeals test with the Yeti being best, but the Ozark Trail and Rtic coolers both very close to almost the same as the Yeti.
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I've been using the RTIC every work day for 6 months for ice water and the seal is perfect so far.

Thanks for responding Steve.
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