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dshockley 03-10-2013 05:18 PM

Coolers YETI vs. ARB Fridge
As we're gearing up for the 2013 season, I've decided it's time for a cooler upgrade. Currently, I'm just in a standard Coleman igloo 36QT that you can buy for $40.

I've been looking at the YETI 45QT Tundra series ($329) and the ARB 50 QT Fridge / Freezer ($775). I searched the forum and didn't find many comments about coolers so decided to start a thread. Please chime in if you have any thoughts on these models or ANYTHING else you'd recommend.

Here are links to the two models I'm looking at:


ARB Fridges:

Obviously with the ARB, I wouldn't buy anymore ice. By my calculations, I could pay for it in about 2 years with the savings from buying ice. However, the YETI would reduce my ice usage over my current cooler.

I do have some experience with both coolers. Friend with the ARB does a lot of Jeepin' and ARB is huge in the 4x4 world. With a integrated power system - there's no external power transformers required to operate the fridge on 12V DC, 24V DC or 110V AC. NO ice. Plus, I could use it throughout the week inside my office or at the house. The other really cool thing is that it fits perfectly between the bow seats of my X15 and the lid opens towards the transom for easy access.

The YETI is basically a top of the line cooler that has the same functionality of my current cooler but will hold ice longer. I've been around the YETI where it's blown other standard coolers out of the water with the ability to handle heat. Last July, out of 5 coolers (4 standard and 1 YETI) it was the only cooler that wasn't straight water by 3pm. The YETI ice was still dry and as cold as when they filled it up in the morning.

Thank ya'll for the comments in advance. Here's to a great 2013!

TN Barefooter 03-10-2013 05:58 PM

I only have experience with the Yeti, a friend of mine has it and we have taken it hunting several times. By far it is the best non electric cooler I've seen. It is pricey but you're getting what youno pay for in coolers.

dshockley 03-10-2013 06:10 PM


Originally Posted by TN Barefooter (Post 914360)
I only have experience with the Yeti, a friend of mine has it and we have taken it hunting several times. By far it is the best non electric cooler I've seen. It is pricey but you're getting what youno pay for in coolers.

Thanks TN Barefooter. I'm with you. You get what you pay for. Never bought a higher end cooler always been from the mindset that they're not that much better. But I did see the difference with the YETI.

Cobra Rob 03-10-2013 08:13 PM

Only problem I see with Yeti is for the same footprint they don't hold near as much... It would be great if I could fit one where the stock cooler is. Our problem is with the side cooler and the bow cooler we still can never even come close to having enough room.. Only thing maybe a yetti under the radio area just to store the extra ice for the day but then we lose the storage room for the boards if we need to get them out of the way to tie up...

fskof 03-10-2013 08:48 PM

You cant go wrong with either. They are the best of the best. I have friends that have both and they couldnt be happier.
The ARB is well know to the off roaders around the world. Built to last.
The YETI is the gold standard to coolers and is well known with outdoorsman, hunters and fisherman.
Both are expensive but this is "You get what you paid for". Which one do you think you will get?

KahunaCraft 03-10-2013 10:01 PM

Could buy an ice maker for your house fridge freezer and use it as a constant cheap source of ice. If so, then maybe go with the'll be buying less ice too...Save the space in the bow.

On the flip side, i like that power cooler. I wonder whether you need to look at the batteries / charging systems impact of a constant worse than a hopped up stereo...

In either decision, Id suggest looking at thermos type cups for passengers to stretch the life of the ice once it is outside the cooler, this limit spills too.

mlawler34 03-10-2013 10:04 PM

Only thing I will say, us if you get a Yeti, get the one from the Rowdy Gentleman!

east tx skier 03-10-2013 10:43 PM

We have a Yeti. It's very heavy duty. But it has a couple of drawbacks. First, the walls are very thick. As a result, for its size, your interior space isn't quite so great. Second, it is heavy as hell. Finally, for things like boating, where you're opening the cooler frequently, it's not going to keep the ice from melting.

Don't get me wrong, it's a great cooler. But for as much as it costs, you might do as well with a Coleman Xtreme for $30.

mmhsval 03-11-2013 12:08 AM

If you go the cooler route there are several options similar to the Yeti. Boating magazine just did a nice review of several "mid-tier" coolers. Yeti actually falls into this category according to their criteria. The "top-tier" would be fiberglass coolers like Frigid-Rigid. Also, the fishing world is a great resource for cooler information and real-world abuse tests. If you are considering the Yeti there is a big thread on (a very active forum that caters to the center console offshore fishing crowd) about their less than stellar customer service. There are also tons of other "which cooler" threads to browse. However, just like any online forum, you should take it all with a grain of salt. Hope this helps!

nautibynature 03-11-2013 06:08 AM

I'll stick with my Coleman's

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