The below reply from BOBO to me concerning Igloos vs Yeti's got me thinking.
Until you stand on or drop a bag of ice in the igloo and crack it out. I donít think the Yeti prices are justified compared to competing roto coolers though
I did a quick bit of research to see if this was a legitimate concern. So I took my own Igloo 110 qt Maxcold Texas edition and did a quick little test.
As you can see there is no issues with me worrying about standing on the cooler. I didn't have a bag of ice but I am not concerned 20lbs of ice will crack out this cooler if it can support my weight standing in the middle of it.
Then I thought about capacity and price. That cooler I posted can be purchased for $99. As you can see below it also has a sliding and retractable handle which makes moving this cooler easier as it is advertised it requires 50% less effort move than a comparable cooler. The comparable Yeti weighs 40 lbs where this one weighs 25 lbs. So if you account for the less effort due to the handle then this cooler is about 4x easier to move around than the Yeti.
Next I looked at the price. The Yeti 110 costs $500 versus $99 for the Igloo. But in order to make the Yeti comparable to my Igloo then I would need to purchase a wheel and handle kit. These kits go for $100-$200 themselves which kicks the Yeti price up to $650 or about 6.5x more than this little Igloo.
Finally and most importantly I compared the capacity. The Yeti 110 states it can hold 74 cans which is respectable. But my Igloo has a 150 can capacity. This is the most imporant number for me. Would you rather have 74 cans of cold beer over 5 days or have 150 cans of beer over that same time frame? Me... I would rather be prepared and be able to take more than double the amount of beer with me as compared to a Yeti.
So I did a quick calculation on the price per beer. This is where it gets interesting. It costs about 13 x more per can of cold beer
to keep them cold when purchasing a Yeti versus an Igloo.
You could buy 5 extra Igloos as replacements for when they do break before you would even spend the amount on a single Yeti. You could end up with 10x the capacity for the price by purchasing the Igloos compared to the Yeti.
I am sure there is a place for them in the market but I would think that in 98% of the situations a cooler is needed a Yeti would be a waste of money while putting you in a precarious position of running about of beer in less than half of the time as you would if you would have just purchased an Igloo.
If anyone cares to look into this cooler it would be well worth your time. Here is a link below. Igloo Glide 110qt Marine Wheeled Cooler