Welcome to our very own RTIC cooler review!
If you are a hiker, camper or outdoorsman who just needs a cooler that can handle your extended trips, the last thing you want to worry about when you are in the woods is your food supply going bad because of a faulty cooler.
While there are options out there, what you really need is something durable and well-constructed that can retain ice for long periods of time.
Sure, the names that you are used to are companies like Yeti, Orca, or Pelican coolers, BUT they do come with a price tag.
In this RTIC cooler review, we’ll discuss in detail their claim of being “Half the price of Yeti and holds more ice.”
With their strategic and aggressive advertising at rticcoolers.com (and in media), there’s a good chance you have already heard of them. Now, before you make a decision there are some things you need to know.
RTIC Coolers Lineup
Table of Contents
- 1 RTIC Coolers Lineup
- 2 RTIC Cooler Review – A Comprehensive Look
- 3 RTIC Ice Chests – Available Sizes
- 3.1 Available Colors
- 3.2 Key Features
- 4 Who Is The RTIC Cooler For?
- 5 RTIC Reviews – What Are Actual Users Saying?
- 6 RTIC vs. Yeti Coolers – Which One Is Better?
- 7 RTIC Coolers vs Yeti – And The Winner Is…
- 8 Where To Buy RTIC Coolers?
- 9 RTIC Cooler Accessories
- 10 RTIC Cooler Review – The Bottom Line
RTIC Cooler Review – A Comprehensive Look
There are many great qualities and features that come with the line of RTIC coolers. Here is anything and everything you will need to know before making your next buying decision.
RTIC Coolers Out Of The Box
The RTIC cooler is literally ready right out of the box. Once you open the box it is shipped in, you will find it in a plastic bag that covers it completely.
This is probably done so to help prevent scratches, but you’ll find it to be durable enough to withstand the shipping transport.
It is fully assembled with the T latches, rope handles and feet. This truly makes it ready to go once you open the box.
It can go directly from the box to your vehicle or anywhere else. No assembly required. Nice.
The RTIC Ice Chest Build
There’s a term that you may have heard of when you read up on high-quality coolers – Roto Molding.
It’s a method of molding that ensures the highest quality and one-piece cut. When it comes to high performing coolers, this is a must.
With an RTIC ice chest, you’ll find this process in their cooler creation. It calls for an exact cut and thickness within the wall, as well as all around the cooler which produces no imperfections.
You may be wondering, what’s the big deal?
Here it is. From the practical standpoint, this method of molding provides two levels of quality and protection which means:
- Maximizing the amount of ice retention time on the inside
- Ability to withstand heavy abuse on the outside
With a variety of sizes to choose from, you’ll be able to provide an option for the individual weekend warrior or even larger groups going on a camping trip.
But just how long will the ice last?
Glad you asked.
With the roto-molded walls, you’ll find two-inch-thick polyurethane foam insulation, with lids up to three inches thick. This is on par with YETI and the other coolers like it.
The cool lift design will keep your cooler above hot surfaces giving you the best possible ice retention time.
Okay, so this is probably what you wanted to know, right?
How long will RTIC coolers hold ice?
According to their website, you can expect ice retention times of up to 10 days.
So, are we talking about a portable freezer, able to keep the food ice cold for 10 days or so? In the ideal world, yes, that would be possible. The cooler itself is capable of that.
However, in the real world, the ability to keep ice for X days really does depend on a multitude of factors. Was the cooler pre-chilled? Was it kept in the shadow? Was the lid opened only when really needed?
Finally, what kind of ice was used, just ice cubes? Or maybe it was block ice, combined with crushed ice? Or dry ice?
You see, it really does depend on these and other factors, and RTIC is no exception here.
Typically, however, a good rotomolded cooler – and the RTIC is obviously such – with over 2-inch insulation, good quality gaskets and tight latches, should keep the ice at least for 4-5 days. The bigger the size of the cooler, the more room for the ice, and the longer ice retention times.
Therefore, a 25-quart ice chest won’t keep ice as long as the 100-quart one. Keep this in mind.
Week-long ice retention is very much possible if you apply some of the tips listed here.
The conclusion here is that you should keep the RTIC’s 10-day ice retention promise with a grain of salt. Yes, it is possible. But you need to prepare yourself and your cooler for this. That also includes packing food appropriately, and using the optimal ice-to-contents ratio.
Realistically, it’s best to assume the RTIC will perform well anywhere between 4 to 6 days, depending on the factors we’ve just mentioned.
RTIC Ice Chests – Available Sizes
When it comes to RTIC coolers you’ll be able to find one for every occasion.
On the smaller side is the RTIC 20. This is perfect for the individual or just a few people who may need drinks and food kept cold for a short trip. It’s a direct competitor to the more expensive YETI’s Roadie cooler.
The RTIC 20 weighs in at 17.5 pounds and comes in at an outer measurement of 17 ¾” x 11 ¼” on the bottom side of the cooler and 20” x 13 ¾” on the top side of the cooler. It stands at 15” and will fit comfortably in your back seat.
It can hold 24 cans or 25 pounds of ice. In pure liquid form, you will have ample room for 22 quarts or 5 and a half gallons.
A step up from the RTIC 20 is the nicely built mid-size RTIC 45.
Not only will this cooler be able to store food and drinks, but it will be perfect for hunting and camping, especially for smaller game.
The RTIC 45 weighs in at 25 pounds and comes in at an outer measurement of 25 ¼” x 13 ¾” on the bottom side of the cooler and 26 ½” x 16 ½” on the top side of the cooler. It stands just a shade under 16” and will fit comfortably in the back of your pickup truck or tailgate.
This cooler can hold a case and half of cans (36) or 40 pounds of ice. You can also fill it with 45 quarts or 11.25 gallons of liquid.
The beauty of the RTIC 65 is that it can accommodate a large group of people, yet it can be handled and picked up by one person. However, having two people carry it may be a safer bet.
The RTIC 65 weighs in at 36.5 pounds and comes in at an outer measurement of 30 5/8” x 15 ½” on the bottom side of the cooler and 32 ¼” x 18 ½” on the top side of the cooler. It stands at 17 1/8” and is perfect as a party cooler, on rafting trips and functions well if you are hunting bigger game.
It can hold several cases of cans (64) cans or a whopping 70 pounds of ice. If you are filling it with liquid, you’ll find that you can easily fill it with 65 quarts or 16.25 gallons.
The RTIC’s 110-quart cooler has been introduced a bit later than the first three sizes we talked about.
RTIC has listened to the customer feedback and finally made a decision to introduce two large sizes coolers, one of them being the 110-qt cooler.
The RTIC 110 weighs in at 48.5 pounds and on the outside, it measures 33 7/8” x 17 1/8″ on the bottom side, and 35 3/8″ x 20″ on the top side. With a height of nearly 20″, it’s high enough to comfortably use it as a bench on the boat.
The best thing is that it’s capable of holding way more contents inside. When measured with how many cans fit inside, the answer is 110 cans. If you fill it with the ice only, it’s going to take 115 lb of it.
The 110-quart capacity translates to 12.5 gallons of the water.
With the RTIC 145, one would say “now we’re talking!”. Indeed, the RTIC’s decision to bring the 145 quart cooler on the market means something. Until some time ago, the only way to go was to either buy a large YETI or stick to then-largest 65-quart RTIC. Now, however, there’s this one.
Measuring respectable 40 1/8″ x 17 1/8″ on the bottom, and 41 5/8″ x 20″ on the top side, this ice chest will be suitable for those who hunt for a big game. Still, it’s not as large as the largest YETIs, but this size is a sweet spot for many.
Bigger size comes with a heavier body though. It weighs 59.5 pounds when empty. You can fill this baby with either 145 cans of beer, or 155 lb of ice. The 145 quarts means that you’d be able to put as much as 36.5 gallons of water inside (if you want to).
The RTIC coolers now come in three colors: white, tan, blue, seafoam green, grey and pink. The latter, however, is an option when you choose the smallest 20-quart cooler.
You can see all the available color options put next to each other at RTIC’s official store here.
There are many different features that make RTIC coolers attractive for the prospective cooler buyer.
An RTIC Cooler Review would be incomplete without speaking about some key features. We’ll dive in a little deeper here starting from top to bottom.
If latches break or aren’t very user-friendly, then it renders the cooler ineffective. Instead of skimping on the latches, the RTIC cooler ensures that you are cared for. The
T Latches lock into place and stay in place to handle different conditions that it may be exposed to.
The “T” design stays put in the body of the cooler and makes it easier to grip and handle (no pun intended) when it comes time for you to grasp it when you want to open up the cooler.
The durable silicone it is made out of ensures that they won’t corrode over time and heavy use.
Freezer Grade Gasket
It’s useless how great your cooler is if it can’t keep the cold air in and hot air out.
Around the lid of the cooler you will find a freezer grade gasket measuring ¼ inch wide and ¼ inch thick, that not only seals off the cooler to keep contents colder for longer periods of time but also prevents leakage.
A Handle You Can Handle
Small sections on the edge of a lid won’t do if you have a vacuum-sealed cooler. In fact, it can get extremely difficult to open if there isn’t much room for you to work with.
The edge of the lid of the RTIC cooler extends ½” past the edge of the cooler, ensuring that you have more than enough room to grasp and open.
While the T Latches keep the lid in place and make it easier to “unlock” the lid, the extended easy lift handle makes sure that you are using the lid to open it up and not the latches, which can be seen amongst some other coolers.
Molded Tie Down Slots
If you will be venturing off-road or anywhere that will cause your cooler to bounce around, then you will really enjoy the molded tie-down slots.
These sections on the side of the cooler make it a breeze to secure your trailer to your transportation – be it a truck bed or even a boat.
You get to choose how you want to carry your RTIC cooler as you will find two types of handles.
One set is a molded-in style, while the other is a rope handle. Depending on how heavy your cooler is, you can decide how you want to carry it by using one of these two handles.
A full-length hinge system ensures that the lids of the RTIC cooler don’t overextend or separate from the rest of the body of the cooler.
The strength of this system cannot be overstated, as a lid that gets separated from the rest of the cooler is not really one that you want to be depending on. This is especially the case if you are gone on an extended trip.
Non-Slip Lid & Locking System
For those outdoorsmen that may need to use a cooler as a platform to stand on, they will find the non-slip surface of the RTIC cooler to be ideal.
Add in a locking system and you have just added in another layer of security to not only keep everything in your cooler secure, but also to help keep the lid in place should you need it to do so.
Commercial Grade Insulation
As mentioned earlier, the 2” to 3” thickness you’ll find around the cooler will keep frozen ice for up to 10 days (but as we said, take it with a grain of salt, and think of 4-6 days unless you prepare the cooler and its contents to perform better than that)
While the freezer-grade gasket will seal it off to allow your RTIC cooler to function as a portable freezer.
Dry Ice Compatibility
Another feature that you may find attractive is the compatibility of the RTIC ice chest with dry ice.
Should your needs call for dry ice, you’ll be happy to know that RTIC coolers will allow you to use just that. In fact, in our recent post, we recently picked RTIC as one of the best dry ice cooler.
At the end of the day, you’ll need to clean and drain your cooler.
This can become a problem if it doesn’t drain properly, but RTIC has already taken care of this for you. This two-step system calls in the easy flow drain to make quick-draining possible, as well as a rapid V drain which will allow for complete draining with a recessed V-Drain.
Specially designed feet keep the cooler off of the ground AND off of hot surfaces, to give the RTIC cooler the best possible chance to stay as cool as possible, even in the hottest conditions.
As is the case with many coolers, RTIC coolers have done their best to join the “bear-proof coolers club“, making their coolers ready to protect bears from accidentally eating contents and the actual coolers themselves. The special roto molded design helps to make sure of that.
Who Is The RTIC Cooler For?
The RTIC 20 is ideal as a personal cooler. If you are working at a job site or just off golfing with a few friends, then this will be perfect for you.
It will also function well for a weekend trip or if you plan on camping by yourself or with another person.
The RTIC 45, as big as it is can still be carried by one person.
This mid-size cooler is ideal for a fishing trip, if you are camping or even tailgating at the next big game. Speaking of game, this cooler also functions well should you decide to hunt small game and need to store it.
The RTIC 65, as large as it is can also be carried and handled by one person, though you may want to get an extra hand.
This cooler will be an excellent mid-sized marine cooler, will work great on a hunting trip or even for longer camping trips. You can use it potentially as a backup refrigerator, for parties or even when hunting.
However, when you’re hunting for a big game, or have a large boat, then 65-quart cooler may not be enough.
RTIC did realize that that, and so they introduced two bigger ice chests to their line-up: the RTIC 110, and the RTIC 145.
The latter two are pretty big for sure. That said, they come nowhere close the YETI which – aside of the similarly sized 125-qt and 160-qt ice chests, also offers three even bigger coolers: 210, 250 and 350 quarts.
To conclude this part, with 5 cooler sizes available as of early 2020, clearly, the RTIC’s strategy is to target only the most popular cooler sizes, whereas the YETI is big enough to offer even more sizes, filling the gaps in between and also addressing some smaller niches.
RTIC Reviews – What Are Actual Users Saying?
This is where we get down to the nitty-gritty to see what actual users are saying.
One user shared that they liked the build and ice retention time of the RTIC cooler. The user mentioned still having ice after 14 days, which goes well beyond the manufacturer’s claim.
The user also mentioned using the cooler as a step stool which spoke to the non-slip lid.
A user commented that they liked the build of the cooler and that they seemed to be well made, but the one thing that they didn’t like was that the warranty(updated: it’s 1 year now for ice chests and soft coolers, and 90 days for the day coolers and the RTIC drinkware)
While that may sound like a short amount of time (e.g. YETI gives 3 years), the one thing that needs to be factored in is the tremendous cost savings that come into play as opposed to some similar coolers on the market.
Another user mentioned still having ice in the RTIC 45 after four days and was pleased with the product.
However, the user did mention seeing some others comment on the drain plug not being insulated and provided a solution which was to place a wine cork in it as a perfect fit and fix.
RTIC vs. Yeti Coolers – Which One Is Better?
Choosing between RTIC vs Yeti isn’t easy, as both brands have a lot to offer, so before you make a decision it’s worth to compare both choices.
We’ll announce our winner in a second, but before we say which one would be our choice, let’s briefly compare both ice chest lines. Here we go.
Here’s a look at what you can expect as far as actual “usable space.” These are directly from the manufacturer’s site.
Because the YETI has significantly more sizes to choose from, we only picked up the sizes that match RTIC’s offering. And so:
RTIC 20 vs Yeti Roadie
The RTIC 20 can hold 24 cans or 25 pounds of ice, while the Roadie can hold 16 cans or 20 pounds of ice. It’s 22 qt vs 20.8 qt.
RTIC 45 vs Yeti Tundra 45
The RTIC 45 can hold 36 cans or 40 pounds of ice, while the Tundra 45 can hold 28 cans or 34 pounds of ice. It’s 45 qt vs 37.6 qt.
RTIC 65 vs Yeti Tundra 65
The RTIC 65 can hold 64 cans or 70 pounds of ice, while the Tundra 65 can hold 42 cans or 52 pounds of ice. It’s 65 qt vs 57.2 quarts.
RTIC 110 vs Yeti Tundra 110
The RTIC 110 can hold 110 cans or 115 pounds of ice, compared to Tundra’s 74 cans or 90 pounds of ice, respectively. As a note, RTIC is much heavier, at 48.5 lbs, while Tundra 110 weighs 39 lbs.
Yeti vs RTIC Coolers – Ice Retention
When it comes to Yeti vs RTIC ice retention, the numbers can be all over the place. For one thing, conditions matter as well as how the individual using it will matter.
For instance, taking a cooler on a camping trip in the hot sun will affect the ice retention time, as well as how the individual packed the contents, in addition to how often it is opened up. We covered this earlier in this post.
There is a big difference as far as ice retention times between a cooler staying shut and only being opened once a day, as opposed to being opened several times throughout the day. Again, there are many things that factor in to the actual Yeti vs RTIC ice retention times.
The numbers you will see online from past users will also vary, as some have reported several days of frozen ice, with others reporting up to two weeks with frozen ice.
According to the YETI website, they make no claims of how long ice retention times will last, also citing the conditions and user as variables on time. We did check it, however, at number of occasions. If you read our YETI Tundra review or a wheeled YETI Haul review, you’ll get a better understanding on how these coolers perform.
On the other hand, RTIC claims on their website, ice retention times of up to 10 days. It’s worth noting that the user above mentioned it exceeding that time!
While the numbers may vary from cooler to cooler, condition to condition and person to person, what you can expect is at least a few days of ice, as long as you are not careless in the use of the cooler.
When it comes to ice retention times, we think it’s a tie. Both coolers perform as good.
RTIC Coolers vs Yeti – And The Winner Is…
When you look at the two coolers side by side, they are very similar when it comes to the build quality, and design. They are very near to each other.
When it comes to big purchases like this one, many often will choose the premium name brand over the rest.
If you tend to gravitate towards a premium name brand and can afford the costs, then you may lean more towards the Yeti line up.
However, if you are looking at this from a different standpoint, one where cost and pure value for your money comes into play, then we would recommend the RTIC.
Again, please keep in mind that the reason we are saying this is from a purely cost-based point of view, but in our opinion, this is precisely what makes RTIC a winner in our RTIC coolers vs Yeti coolers battle.
Where To Buy RTIC Coolers?
According to the RTIC website, they are a direct-to-consumer brand which means you won’t see their products in any stores or at any dealers.
To get your hands on an RTIC cooler you can order it directly from their website.
RTIC Cooler Accessories
When you purchase a cooler, that’s pretty much it, right?
Not with RTIC coolers. There are several accessories available that can transform your RTIC cooler into much more.
For example, say that you are going on a hunting trip and need to store some of your catch in the cooler, but still want to store some of your food and beverages.
It’s probably not the best idea to have your sodas and sandwich meat mixed in with some freshly caught salmon, which is when you’ll need a divider.
The RTIC 45 and RTIC 65 offer dividers to help turn your cooler essentially into two. You’ll be able safely to separate your catch from your food supply.
If you’d rather suspend items when it comes to separation, you can also pick up baskets that come in the sizes mentioned above as well.
Need an extra drain plug or found that one of the feet went missing on your cooler? No problem, you can get extras here as well.
Oh, and did we mention we recently posted the RTIC koozie review, which can be a nice addition to the ice chest (although it’s not an accessory per se, but a standalone product).
The beauty of this is that you aren’t just bound to RTIC branded accessories. You can also check out some third-party sites that offer other add-ons and accessories for the RTIC cooler line.
RTIC Cooler Review – The Bottom Line
When it comes to quality, build, size and ice retention times, the RTIC brand of coolers matches up extremely well with other similar coolers on the market. Where it differentiates itself is in price.
We hope that this genuine, first-hand RTIC Cooler review has shown you everything you need to know before you make your purchase.
For the price and quality, you truly can’t go wrong so if you’re thinking of purchasing a cooler then RTIC is the right choice. But don’t take our word, read through these first-hand reviews at rticoolers.com.
Anova Precision Cooker Review
The Number One In The World
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These days we’ve all heard about sous vide machines. Although this technique has been used for many years in restaurants, just recently arrived at our homes. Consequently, this became the new trend in home cooking. The Anova Precision Cooker is the world’s top-selling sous vide machine, probably because it is super easy to set up and the results are always amazing. If you have a pot, a ziplock bag, and a pan, you’ll cook the best food of your life.
Since sous vide is the new trend in home cooking, we gather all thecookingworld team, and we decided to test the largest possible number of sous vide machines. The main reason – Just for FUN!
For this adventure through the world of sous vide, we decide to star with the #1 selling sous vide machine in the world. The Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker.
Cook Like a Pro
Every time we heard about sous vide the first thing we heard is “COOK LIKE A PRO”. But will this really be true?
One of the advantages of sous vide is the elimination of human error, due to the use of technology. The Anova Precision Cooker does this perfectly, allows anyone to cook a restaurant quality meal at home.
Perfect Results, Every Time
An important feature in sous vide equipment is precision. After using Anova we are convinced that this machine has to have “precision” in its name. With so much accuracy we can produce amazing results that are impossible to achieve through any other cooking method. No dry edges and no rare centers. Juices and flavors don’t escape. Food comes out perfectly moist and tender.
One of our favorites features in this equipment is the continuous temperature control. As a result, this provides us with a reliable and consistent result every time. Perfect for vegetables, meat, fruit, cheese and much more. You really need to try Anova to see what are we talking about!
Easy to Use
Using the Anova Precision Cooker is so easy to use that you certainly won’t need any instruction manual.
After unboxing the Anova, we quickly realize how simple and well though this machine is. After you remove it from the box you simply need to attach the precision cooker to any pot with water and drop in the desired food in a sealed bag. Press the button an start cooking! The sous vide cooker’s timer and precise temperature control allow you to step away and relax while your food cooks perfectly. Leaving time for you to look for more amazing recipes.
Smart Device Control & Cooking Notifications
In the world full of smart devices this sous vide machine is another device to add to that list. The Anova can be controlled using a smartphone, you can set up the temperature for this equipment, and controlled the cooking process remotely allowing you to escape from the kitchen while you cook. We test the range of this feature and the Bluetooth connection allows us to control the device up to 9 meters (30 feet) away. We personally loved this function because it allowed us to leave our test kitchen, which allows us to work on other projects at the same time that we test this equipment.
To control remotely Anova, you simply download the Anova App to easily monitor, adjust or control the device from your iPhone and Android devices. The precision cooker also provides you cooking notification while you’re out of the kitchen so you’ll know when your food is ready.
Don’t know what to Cook? – Anova App has over 1000 recipes to choose from. Sous vide guides and recipes created for home cooks of every skill level by award-winning chefs, with simple directions to walk through each recipe.
Simple to Clean
We all know that when it is time to clean kitchen gadgets, this could be a total nightmare. We already stopped using some kitchen equipment just because the work that we have to clean them. In contrast, the Anova is super easy to clean. The precision cooker’s detachable stainless steel skirt and disks are dishwasher safe making this kitchen appliance easy to clean and maintain. So it’s perfect for everyday use!
- Temp Range: 77°F to 210°F ± 0.01°F / 25°C to 99°C ± 0.01°C
- Pump Speed: 1 – 1.2 GPM 7-8 LPM
- Directional Pump: 360 Degree
- Tank Capacity: 4-5 Gallons / 15-19 Liters
- Timer: 99 Hours
- Safety: Bi-Metal Fuse
- Power Input: 110-120VAC
- Heating Power: 900W
Finally, after hours and hours testing this equipment we only have one thing to say. If you want precision – Get ANOVA! This is an amazing sous vide machine which offers everything it promises, Control and Precision every time.
The Anova Precision Cooker is great sous vide machine that is easy to use, offering incredible control and precision in temperature, giving you consistent results every time.
Bed Bath and Table Review
About Bed Bath and Table
Table of Contents
- 1 About Bed Bath and Table
- 2 Why You Should Trust Us
- 3 Overview of Bed Bath and Table
- 4 Highlights
- 5 Bed Bath and Table Home Review
- 6 Bed Bath and Table Neva Side Plate Review
- 7 Who Is Bed Bath and Table For?
- 8 Bed Bath and Table Reviews: What Do Customers Think?
- 9 Is Bed Bath and Table Worth It?
- 10 Bed Bath and Table Promotions & Discounts
- 11 Where to Buy Bed Bath and Table
- 12 FAQ
Not to be confused with its “Beyond” competitor, Bed Bath and Table is a home goods store that caters to in-season trends and aesthetics. They offer a wide selection of modernized updates ranging from shower curtains to laundry hampers to candles. You can also find a curated collection of apparel, such as robes and sleepwear.
Their focus on clean and sleek designs has won them a significant following on Instagram. Boasting over 296k followers on its official page, Bed Bath and Table is considered a favorite among many homeowners. They’re also featured in a few online magazines, such as Yahoo Lifestyle and The Latch.
If you’re in search of a semi-affordable piece de resistance to spruce up your living space, perhaps this brand can lend a helping hand. In my Bed Bath and Table review, I’ll provide a closer look at the company, its products, customer ratings, promotions, and more to help you decide if they’re worth checking out.
Why You Should Trust Us
Our mission is to help you make better, more informed purchase decisions. Our team spends hours researching, consulting with medical experts, gathering insight from expert professionals, reviewing customer feedback, and analyzing products to provide you with the information you need.
Overview of Bed Bath and Table
Given its aesthetically pleasing web page, it’s natural to assume that Bed Bath and Table is run by a visionary that cares about trends and in-season styles.
Founder John Dempsey had an eye for fashionable textiles and interior design, as he ran a humble bed linen manufacturing and design brand in 1960. Located in Melbourne, Australia, his small business quickly gained traction after opening up shop in 1975.
Now available in 160 stores across Australia, Bed Bath and Table has expanded to include other countries such as Singapore and New Zealand. They continue to produce high-quality home goods using their 40 years of industry experience.
As the brand’s website says: “We are excited to manufacture our products across the globe to achieve the finest results. Our manufacturers are constantly challenged to get the best results – whether it be a beautiful finish, a superb handle, or an incredible reproduction of design – we are always on the hunt for the best of the best.”
Before I get my Bed Bath and Table review started, let’s go over some initial highlights:
- A wide selection of trendy home goods
- Available in over 160 stores
- Over 40 years in business
- Rewards program for discounted pricing
- Afterpay and Zip as alternative payment options
- Free shipping on orders over $150
Online furniture shops typically feature an outdated webpage. Splashed with gaudy discounts, pixelated product images, and way too many promotions, it’s fairly easy to get overwhelmed even if you haven’t clicked on a single item. Thankfully, Bed Bath and Table offers a clean, organized online inventory free of excessive marketing. They actually care about aesthetics.
Given its brand name, Bed Bath and Table sells, well, beds, bath products, and tables, of course! They also offer home decor, apparel, and items for kids as well. To help streamline the shopping process, I’ll highlight a few of their best-sellers in my Bed Bath and Table review.
Bed Bath and Table Home Review
Bed Bath and Table products are far from out of season. Customers can relax knowing that the brand only sells in-style home goods, ranging from cutlery to laundry hampers. Moving forward, I’ll spotlight a few notable contenders in my Bed Bath and Table review.
Bed Bath and Table Evienne Quilt Cover Review
I’m fairly confident that the Evienne Quilt Cover belongs in a lakeside cottage photoshoot. Dyed in aquamarine watercolor, this dreamy bedspread features piped trim and a soft cotton exterior. It also regulates the internal temperature, which is great for those who constantly practice the “one foot in and one foot out” technique to cool down.
Designed to be hypoallergenic, those sensitive to certain materials may find value in swapping their old blanket for this duvet. In terms of price, the Evienne Quilt Cover is available in three different sizes:
- Single: $78 (member pricing: $52)
- Double: $84 (member pricing: $58)
- Queen: $97 (member pricing: $71)
Bed Bath and Table Luxe 1200 TC Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set – White Review
There’s nothing like jumping onto a bed lined with fresh sheets. Case in point, the Luxe 1200 TC Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set – White can help provide that 5-star hotel experience.
Accentuated with a sateen weave, sleepers can look forward to an indulgent snooze. It also offers absorbent properties, which can help mop up sweat in case of nightmares. The material itself is sourced directly from the Nile Delta in Egypt, so you know it’s definitely legit.
Ideally paired with a fresh duvet and a new bundle of pillowcases, the Luxe 1200 TC Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set – White comes in 7 different bed sizes, including:
- Extra Deep Queen: $253 (originally priced at $297)
- King: $291
- Extra Deep King: $275 (originally priced at $323)
Bed Bath and Table Egyptian Indulgence Towel Granite Review
Fit for a king, the Egyptian Indulgence Towel Granite is something you’d find in a royal bathhouse. It’s made with genuine Egyptian cotton, which is known for its softness and durability.
Absorbancy is one of its best-selling features, as users can easily wipe away excess water without much hassle. Plush and generous in size, I suggest copping a few for the entire family and for lucky guests.
Bed Bath and Table Leroy Llama Bath Mat Review
You’ve done your damndest to design the perfect bathroom. From porcelain tiling to marble countertops, you’ve made it something you’d find on a celebrity house tour.
Obviously, such a well-styled space requires trendy decor to match. Instead of opting for a typical throw towel for post-shower drainage, the Leroy Llama Bath Mat can help add a playful touch to your modernized reno-project.
Made out of cotton and lined with colorful pom poms, it features a cute, tufted animal in the center. The Leroy Llama Bath Mat is currently available for $23, but only $19 for members.
Bed Bath and Table Neva Side Plate Review
Perfectly-sculpted pottery has become somewhat outdated. Nowadays, people generally gravitate towards imperfections for a natural look.
The Neva Side Plate is considered a perfect example of this new trend, as it features an uneven circumference. Matte, black, and big enough to accompany a medium-sized plant, this petite decoration can help add an organic touch to your living space.
While it’s microwave and dishwasher-safe, I recommend using the Neva Side Plate for decorative purposes only. It can be used to hold jewelry, candles, or loose keys for quick storage. Price-wise, this home accessory retails for $8.
Bed Bath and Table Imagine Dining Review
Not a fan of alabaster porcelain? If so, the Imagine Dining Set is a colorful alternative to stark-looking kitchenware. Illustrated with painted flowers, it can do wonders in brightening up your living space compared to stiff whites and blacks.
All plates, bowls, and cups are dishwasher and microwave safe, so you shouldn’t have to worry about cracks and chips here.
Bed Bath and Table Mimmi Face Vase Review
Long gone are the days of traditional terracotta pots. If you prefer a more playful alternative, the Mimmi Face Vase provides a quirky touch for eclectic living spaces. It features a stoneware sculpture with a yellow engraved bust and a kissy face for the head.
Built with a small divet on top, this accessory can hold dainty floral bouquets, succulents, or loose jewelry if you’re not fond of plants.
In terms of styling tips, I recommend getting two to help achieve that symmetrical look. Price-wise, the Mimmi Face Vase retails for $19.
Bed Bath and Table Collapsible Grey Bamboo Hamper Review
There’s a good chance you own a mesh-lined laundry hamper. Typically dull, it can often be an eyesore for a majority of bedrooms.
Case in point, the Collapsible Grey Bamboo Hamper is considered a level-up from any cheaply-made clothing bin. Lined with linen and constructed with genuine wood, the beauty imbues a nautical vibe due to its boardwalk-like paneling.
Available in four different colors, the Collapsible Grey Bamboo Hamber costs $26 instead of its original markup of $39.
Who Is Bed Bath and Table For?
Given the brand’s roundup of trendy housewares, I’d say that Bed Bath and Table is catered to customers who value aesthetics. They seem to specifically focus on cottage-core and minimalist trends, as most of their kitchen products and bedspreads imbue a charming kitschy feel.
Of course, that’s not to say the company only prioritizes style over function, as they also emphasize practicality as well. For instance, the Luxe 1200 TC Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set – White offers absorbent properties, which cannot be found in other competing bed covers.
Price-wise, Bed Bath and Table is quite reasonable. If anything, most of their products are relatively affordable. This bodes especially true for members, as they can get discounts on select items.
Bed Bath and Table Reviews: What Do Customers Think?
If you’re anything like me, you let aesthetics rule your shopping spree. Bed Bath and Table’s selection of trendy housewares makes it all the more tempting to click, grab n’ go. Obviously, it’s not a recommended practice unless you want to feel the wrath of return policies.
To help save you the headache, I’ve searched the internet to see what buyers are saying about the brand and the consensus is unfortunately mixed.
The company doesn’t publish comments on its official page. So I had to look to outside sources for Bed Bath and Table reviews. Here’s what I found:
- ProductReview.au: 339 reviews with 1.7/5 stars
- Trustpilot: 19 reviews with 1.9/5 stars
- Yelp (for their South Victoria location): 2 reviews with 2.5/5 stars
As you’ve probably already observed, the amount of positive feedback is relatively small. Let’s take a brief look at a few 5-star testimonials to kick things off. A few commenters reported speedy delivery, exceptional customer service, and high-quality products. Others commended the design of their items, as they proved to be trendy, timeless, and functional.
“She was very helpful when I panicked and realized my bed cover was too small. Her calm demeanor and professionalism were resolved with no issues. Very happy customer. 100 percent customer service,” one Trustpilot user wrote.
One reviewer shared this on ProductReview.au: “Great online experience over the past 2 years. Orders always promptly despatched, well packaged and products in excellent quality. Good communication.”
A few customers were surprised by the number of negative reviews, given their positive experience with Bed Bath and Table. One ProductReview.au commenter shared: “I’ve been using the sheets for years and highly recommend them. Also have purchased a couple of bath towels and are great, getting many years out of them for a decent price.”
Is Bed Bath and Table Worth It?
I can confidently say that the brand offers an impressive selection of trendy products. Timeless and charming in design, it’s an eye-catching assortment of houseware for aesthetically-geared customers like me.
Their prices aren’t that bad too, as buyers can find a vast selection of affordable houseware compared to expensive brands like West Elm and Anthropologie.
Bed Bath and Table Promotions & Discounts
Let’s end my Bed Bath and Table review with some pros, shall we? I found out that members can get 25% off on select items by signing up for the brand’s rewards program.
They also have a sale outlet, where some products are offered at a discounted price.
Where to Buy Bed Bath and Table
Looking to buy some Bed Bath and Table Home goods? If so, customers can head over to bedbathandtable.com.au to see what they have in store.
Who owns Bed Bath and Table?
Bed Bath and Table is currently owned by CEO Jonathan Dempsey.
Does Bed Bath and Table ship internationally?
Unfortunately, Bed Bath and Table does not offer international delivery at this time.
What is Bed Bath and Table’s Shipping Policy?
This Bed Bath and Table review would not be complete without going over the brand’s shipping policy. I can happily report that they offer free delivery on orders totaling $97 or more. Anything below this amount will result in a $6 fee.
In terms of wait times, it typically takes 6-10 business days for packages to arrive. To help keep tabs on your purchase, the company will issue a tracking number alongside a confirmation email.
The Ultimate RTIC Cooler Review & How to Choose Your Perfect Cooler
With summer right around the corner, you are going to need a cooler that actually works. If you’re anything like we were, you’ve maybe been using the same, old icebox for years. Maybe it was even your parents and now you’re using it – who knows. You’ve also probably looked at some other roto-molded coolers and wondered how they could possibly be so expensive. The point is, while the technology in coolers is fairly basic, it’s also been improved on dramatically over the years. Chances are, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. One of the coolers you’ll be seeing around the parks and beaches is an RTIC cooler. Reviews in online forums and on Amazon are very positive, but how does an RTIC cooler really perform?
We’ve updated this article for 2020, because RTIC has redesigned some of the features of their coolers to fix some of the areas that needed improving, from customer feedback. Overall, our RTIC cooler review is this: an RTIC is arguably the best cooler for the money, since you get the same premium build and performance, with a much more affordable price tag.
The Full Lineup of RTIC Coolers:
Table of Contents
- 1 The Full Lineup of RTIC Coolers:
- 2 Where Can I Buy RTIC Coolers?
- 3 Every Size of RTIC Cooler Review:
- 4 Wondering about RTIC vs YETI coolers?
- 5 Check Out More Cooler Reviews
- 6 Where’s the RTIC Coolers with Wheels?
- 7 Quality of Manufacturing & Materials
- 8 Design Features
- 9 Performance
- 10 Sizes & Colors Available
- 11 Warranty & Customer Service
Where Can I Buy RTIC Coolers?
If you’re wondering where you can buy RTIC Coolers, there’s really only two places – their website and Amazon. RTIC is a direct to consumer brand, allowing them to make more affordable products since they cut out the middle man.
We also often recommend ordering an RTIC cooler from Amazon, because although shipping is expensive for these large coolers, you can get free, two-day shipping with a free Amazon Prime trial.
Every Size of RTIC Cooler Review:
RTIC 20 Review
- Perfect for day trips
- Fits up to 24 cans, with ice
- Newly improved, redesigned
- Now has two drain plugs
- Improved build quality from past iterations
- Better quality rubber T latches
- Aluminum handle for easy carrying
- Can’t beat the price
- 7+ days of ice retention
First up on our list of RTIC coolers is the RTIC 20 quart cooler. While it may not look like much, this is a perfect example of a product that is small, yet mighty. Because rotomolded coolers have such thick insulation to provide the superior ice retention, they are a little heavy. But, the smaller RTIC 20 ice chest is still lightweight, which allows you to easily carry it about for smaller day trips, but still with enough size to pack in lunch and snacks for the family, with ice packs or ice. Speaking of, it will hold ice for up to 7 days. Of course, this is dependent on a few things, but you’ll for sure get 5 days no problem. It’s available in four different colors to suit your style: white, blue, grey and tan (pictured above). Normally we recommend white, but because of the great ice retention and small size, it’s a great opportunity to get something a little more flashy.
The locking aluminum handle with rubber handhold makes it easy to transport from point A to B. We love the 20 quart size, but of course, it really depends on what you’re using it for, and the size of your group. RTIC recently released a new and improved design of their rotomolded coolers to improve on a few weak points that they had. One of the major points of focus was sourcing better quality rubber for their T latches so they don’t degrade after lighter use. They’ve also added a second drain, for easier draining. And, they seem to have tidied up their manufacturing and the coolers look and feel great and durable.
This is the smallest hard RTIC cooler you can get, making it perfect for personal use, or for you and one other. So, if you’re a family of four and want all of your lunches and drinks to fit in this 20qt cooler, you may need to consider a larger cooler. But if it’s you and a buddy or two, you’ll be able to easily fit 24 cans into the cooler (with ice) so you could always downsize to 12 cans to fit your lunch, too. It weighs 17.5 lbs when empty, so it’s not the lightest cooler – consider the Softpak 20 for a lighter, yet similarly portable cooler if that’s still to heavy – but you won’t get the same ice life from a soft cooler. This cooler will hold ice for longer than you need it to, you’ll likely run out of food or drinks before you do ice. Overall, if you want a small and portable rotomolded cooler, this is a perfect choice, and it’s going to be easy on your wallet, too.
RTIC 45 Review
- Great multi-use size
- Fits up to 36 cans, with ice
- Great updated design
- Comes in white, tan, blue, pink and grey (above)
- Two drain plugs for easy draining
- Incredibly durable rotomolded design
- High quality rubber T latches, feet and handles
- Ice lasts 7+ days thanks to thick insulation
The RTIC 45 cooler is by far the most popular cooler, likely due to its versatile size. It’s large enough for most uses: your lunches, drinks, and room for ice, thanksgiving leftovers, a drink bin at a party or tailgating. It’s also big enough to hold your catch of the day if you use it for fishing. And, despite it being twice the size of the RTIC 20, it’s still a manageable size to tote around to the beach, park or camping. Unfortunately, the 45 doesn’t have wheels, so you either have to carry or (hopefully not) drag the cooler around. Thankfully the rope handles (can’t see them in the picture above) are comfortable, and it’s not too heavy of a cooler, even when full.
Speaking of heavy, the weight of the cooler is really the only downside to this cooler we can find. But, the weight is is a necessary trade-off for the incredible cooling and ice retention you get. This is one of those coolers that ice will last 7+ days, so it’s a great companion for camping, fishing and really anything. This is variable due to many factors, but expect a guaranteed 5 days. With a capacity of 36 cans (with ice in there too) it’s still on the smaller side, as far as coolers go. The next size up (65qt, we cover it below) holds 64 cans, but also adds 9lbs of weight. If you don’t do bigger events, big fishing trips or long camping trips, go with this one.
With the new redesign of their coolers, RTIC has improved their manufacturing, with a new heavy-duty rubber for the latches, feet and handles that haven’t been degrading nearly as quickly as before. The lid seals tight with a freezer grade gasket to keep the cold in nice and tight.
If you want to have the extra space, the 65qt is probably a better choice. Oh also – this is the only RTIC cooler that comes in pink, so if you want to have that flashy pink this is the one for you.
RTIC 65 Review
- Most versatile size
- Holds 64 cans, with ice
- Great updated design
- Four colors: white, tan, grey and blue (above)
- Non-slip, lifted feet keeps cool
- Virtually indestructible rotomolded design
- High quality rubber T latches, feet and handles
- More than 9 days of ice retention
Next up is the RTIC 65 cooler review. We’re now stepping into the category of large coolers. Your old cooler was probably somewhere around the 65 quart range, so this is the size most people gravitate towards. The RTIC 65 has the size to serve you in any situation: from hunting, to picnics. It’s a great pick if you think you’ll ever need more size than the 45 has to offer, and only want to buy one cooler.
This cooler has everything the other more expensive brands of cooler have: the indestructible rotomolded construction, marine grade rope handles, and heavy duty rubber latches and components. It also has what some of those brands don’t: more than 9 days of ice retention, and at a lower price. It still does have the heavy weight though. Can’t anyone figure out how to make a lighter rotomolded cooler? For now, it’s the price we pay for the incredible ice retention. After this 65 you’re stepping into the big leagues of size, so unless you really need the space to use it for say, a back-up refrigerator, this is the one you’ll want to cover all your bases, activity-wise. What more can we say? This is one of the best rotomolded coolers for the money that you can get, especially if you need the space.
RTIC 110 Review
- Large enough for all purposes
- Holds 110 cans, with ice
- Great size and value for the money
- Four colors: tan, grey, blue and white (above)
- Anti-slip lid useful as countertop
- 3″ thick insulation, tough rotomolded design
- High quality rubber T latches, feet and handles
- Ice lasts up to 10 days, save on ice costs with great ice retention
Now, we’re in the big leagues. The RTIC 110 qt is their second biggest cooler, and it’s serious about cooling. While typically the primary use for these larger coolers is as a hunting or marine cooler, many folks buy these for home use too. It’s still small enough to fit in the back of any SUV, so many folks use these to transport groceries home from the store, especially those in rural areas. A lot of people use these as a back-up refrigerator as well. You don’t need a backup generator to power your fridge in the event of extended outages thanks to the incredible ice retention. You just stick your ice in here and you’ve got more than 8 days of refrigeration – and all the space you need. Of course, how long ice lasts depends on so many things, but you’ve got a guaranteed 5 days to figure everything out before you add ice.
Of course, it makes the perfect hunting and fishing cooler, but not only because of the larger size. The anti-slip feet are an often-overlooked feature in a cooler, but when it’s on the floor of the we boat and it’s stuck in place, you’ll be thanking them. The 3″ thick insulation will keep ice for literally over a week so if you’re out in the bush or on the boat in remote locations, you’ll be fine for ice with this ice chest. The thick walls lend itself to being sat on, stood on, and stacked on. The rotomolded design is tough and rugged and you don’t have to worry about it breaking. You can read some more reviews about the 110 here, and you’ll be unsurprised to know that people love theirs.
RTIC 145 Review
- Basically a mobile fridge, great hurricane backup
- Holds 145 cans
- The biggest, baddest cooler you can get your hands on
- Four colors: tan, grey, blue and white (above)
- Lifted rubber feet keep surface cool
- High traction lid
- Freezer grade gasket seals lid
- 3″ insulation, rugged rotomolded design
- High quality rubber components
- Ice lasts up to 10 days
The last hard cooler on the list is now up: the RTIC 145 quart ice chest. This one is not for the faint of heart (and weak of arms). Similarly to the 110 (above), people rave and rave about their 145 quart cooler, for a few main reasons. First and foremost, the ice life. When RTIC says ice will last up to ten days, they mean it. The 3″ insulation, thick plastic exterior and freezer lid gasket insulate this thing like crazy. Of course, there are a few other cooler brands that can give you this kind of performance, but that leads us to the second biggest reason people love it: it’s a fraction of the cost compared to the other big brands.
On top of the savings compared to other coolers, one often overlooked saving is just the cost of the ice. Sure, you need more to initially fill the cooler, but how often are you running to the gas station to replace it with your current cooler? Ice literally lasts more than 7 days, so not only are you saving on the convenience, but also the cost of adding ice. A cooler this big comes with a downside: it’s quite heavy, at just under 50lbs when empty. So when it’s filled with ice, cans, your quarry or a bunch of fish, it’s even heavier. But, you should expect that with a big hunting cooler anyways.
A lot of people are actually buying these coolers for use as a back-up refrigerator during hurricanes and if they live in other areas where power outages are common. That’s the thing about buying these big, oversized coolers is that they have a ton more versatility than a small cooler. As long as you have the place to store it, you can use this to hunt and fish, as a backup, and when you have your big family reunion, you’ve got all the space you need for food, drinks and leftovers. As far as colors go, you’ll get slightly better performance from white, but people love the grey and blue, and they stay a little cleaner. You can’t go wrong with the RTIC 145 if you need all that storage.
RTIC SoftPak Review
- Lightweight, ultra portable
- Three sizes: 20 can, 30 can and 40 can
- Four colors available
- Leakproof zipper, puncture-proof
- UV resistant, anti-mildew
- Laminated fabric and welded seams
- No sweat design, won’t condensate
- 2″ thick insulation
- Surprising ice retention: up to 3 days
The last RTIC cooler review we have for you is a little different from the previous few. RTIC coolers also recently moved away from strictly roto-molded versions into a smaller “soft-sided” model: the SoftPak It doesn’t have quite the same performance as its roto-molded cousins, but the 2″ insulation does an impressive job of keeping out heat, and keeping in the cold. This is an awesome cooler for day trips, trips to the beach, your lunch, or getting a few groceries like meats home that you want to stay cold. But, the insulation is quite thick and provides surprisingly good performance – we’ve seen up to 3 days of ice. You’ll probably want a larger cooler if you need ice that long, but it’s good to know you can get that kind of life!
The no-leak zipper is a great feature and combined with the durable nylon exterior will last you a long time. It’s puncture-resistant, leakproof, UV-resistant and antimicrobial, so it’s going to last you a long time. And no concern over that nasty mildew smell that can develop on some coolers over time. There are three sizes available, the SoftPak 20, 30 (pictured) and 40. Each holds the corresponding amount of cans. So again, they’re not the biggest soft cooler you can get, but that’s not what they’re for. They’re for having an on-the-go option, when you just need ice for the day.
RTIC 65 vs 110
One extremely common decision that people often have to make, is deciding between the RTIC 65 and 110 coolers. Unfortunately, RTIC doesn’t make a cooler that’s in-between these two sizes, so it often feels like either the cooler may be too small or too large. Here’s how to decide.
If you’re more focused on keeping a tighter budget, and if your car or boat can’t fit the 110, then the 65qt will most likely suffice. But here’s who we usually recommend the 110 for. First of all, the 110 is really not that much bigger than the 65 – it’s only 4″ longer, 3″ deeper and 1″ taller. Remember, a lot of the size of the cooler is just from the thick insulation. Now, this extra size does 12lbs to the cooler, but with substantial 55 more quarts of storage.
If you don’t mind the extra weight of the RTIC 110 qt, and it can fit in your car or boat comfortably, you’ll definitely at some point be glad you have the extra space – especially in the event of an extended power outage, if you have (or plan to have) a large family, or if you fish and/or hunt. You can see above that the 110 allows for an entire extra divider to be put in, allowing you to better keep your ice, drinks, food and whatever else, separate. You won’t be disappointed, just try to think about how many things you need to fit in the cooler, and all the different times you may use it: if you can manage the extra space and weight, go with the 110qt.
Wondering about RTIC vs YETI coolers?
You may have noticed by now that this article only includes RTIC Cooler Reviews.
If you want to see how RTIC coolers vs YETI coolers compare, check out this article. The comparable size to the hard coolers would be YETI Tundra line. The YETI Roadie (20), YETI Tundra 45 and YETI Tundra 65 are their three most popular models, and most comparable to the RTIC 20, 45 qt and 65qt. The YETI Hopper is their soft cooler you could check out if you want to opt for the more expensive YETI’s. RTIC and YETI are both great coolers, read the article linked to above for more info on how to decide between the two.
Check Out More Cooler Reviews
RTIC may be one if the biggest brands of cooler out there, but make sure you check out our cooler reviews to get the full scoop on popular alternatives and comparative ratings! While an RTIC ice chest is a great choice, there are some other good ones to consider.
Where’s the RTIC Coolers with Wheels?
Unfortunately, RTIC doesn’t currently manufacture a cooler with wheels, so you are (for now) stuck with carrying your cooler. They’ve been given tons of feedback regarding this, and there’s only two or three competitors that currently make a wheeled cooler. But, there are some pretty awesome “after-market” wheel kits you can buy that will save your back – you can thank us later.
Quality of Manufacturing & Materials
These ice chests are manufactured using a process called rotational molding by which a hot, hollow mold is filled with molten plastic, while simultaneously rotating the mold. The plastic cools while rotating, and as you add more molten plastic, you can produce thick, uniform walls with no seals. In the case of this type of icebox, the melted plastic is poured over thick foam insulation, encompassing the foam without any seals.
The resulting “roto-molded cooler” has no seals by which heat can seep into, or that wear and tear can expose the insulation. For boats and other marine environments, the seals can be damaged more easily as water can seep into the seals, ruining the insulation and damaging the cooler, making these coolers ideal for boating and other marine our outdoor environments. The thick (up to 3″ thick), sealed walls make the coolers virtually indestructible. Roto-molding is a more expensive process, making RTIC coolers a little more expensive than cheaper brands like Coleman. That being said, you’ll save money on ice, the cooler will last you ages, and you’re paying for something that actually works.
Not only are RTIC coolers built like tanks, but they have some nifty features included that make them perfect companions for whatever activity you’re getting out and doing. Here is a quick short list of a few of our favorite features. Since we first wrote this article, RTIC has improved on their manufacturing and added a few great features as well.
The lid and body are molded so that the two front corners have a small hole which can be secured with a padlock, keeping your goods safe and secure from other people, or animals. They can also be used as tie-downs. When you hear about a cooler being bear-proof, this is what provides that. RTIC aren’t technically certified bear-proof, so let’s just say, bear-resistant, since you can lock it up and nothing will be getting in after that.
The heavy-duty freezer style rubber gasket mounted inside the lid produces a tight seal, keeping in the cold more effectively than other, cheaper coolers. It also acts to prevent food odors while camping resisting attracting any wildlife. There’s also a locking system you can use by putting a padlock through one of the holes in the corner of the lid. One thing that people are doing these days is actually using dry ice with their coolers. If you are going to do this, you’ll need to know that the gasket produces an airtight seal which is very dangerous when working with dry ice, so just please be careful!
The latching system is composed of two, T-shaped rubber latches that snap in tightly, making it easy to open and close, while still producing a firm marriage. In the past, these rubber latches would degrade over time, but RTIC improved on the manufacturing of them and now they don’t have any issues with rubber quality.
The non-slip feet help secure the cooler to whatever surface it is on, and the slight lift prevents ambient heat from the ground or floor from heating up the insulation. The lid has a new traction grip top, which makes it a great surface to use either to sit or stand, or to put your tacklebox or something else on when you’re not using the cooler.
RTIC actually has added a second drain spout to the coolers for easier and faster draining. When you have the lid closed, it’s airtight, so when you open the drain it often drains slowly, glugging out. Opening the second drain helps break that airlock.
Some of these features are also found in Yeti coolers, RTICs main competitor. We compared the two in this comparison.
Did You Know?
The water that is produced from melting ice actually helps keep your contents colder? The water fills the spaces between the ice that air was previously occupying. This cold water is a better insulator than air, which helps keep the inside of the cooler cold, and your ice lasting longer. Too much water will cause your ice to melt faster though, so drain the excess!
The big claim behind RTIC coolers is that you can keep ice frozen up to 10 days. And let’s be honest, it sounds pretty inflammatory. However, we can’t rtic-ulate (sorry, had to) enough, that this is actually realistic in many situations.
Every person’s results will differ slightly, since how long the cooler will hold ice is dependent on various factors such as:
– Did you use a “sacrificial bag of ice” to pre-cool the insulation?
– How much ice did you start with
– What type of ice are you using (small cubes or large blocks)
– What temperature it is where you use the cooler
– How often you are opening and closing the lid
Despite all the varying factors, we would expect you to get at minimum 7 days of solid use with ice still left over. That estimate is based on you going in and out of the cooler a few times a day, and having it being in a fairly warm environment. Any of the sizes of hard cooler we’ve covered above will definitely have you covered for a weekend camping trip. The larger coolers are popular choices for use as a backup fridge, with ice lasting more than 7 days, and as you maintain it by draining, and keeping it closed, getting up to that ten days is realistic in some scenarios. Again, there are so many factors that can influence ice life, you can be confident you’ll get at least a week of ice, which is more than most everyone will need.
Sizes & Colors Available
RTIC coolers are now available in a much wider range of sizes, starting at 20 quarts and going all the way up to 145 quarts. They also have their soft coolers which come in three different sizes: 20, 30 and 40 can. They’ve also added a few different colors you can buy, our favourite being blue, but the 65 qt model also has a pink you could choose which is a nice flashy addition. Usually, an ice chest with a lighter color has better performance since it holds ice longer, but the colors are sometimes too cool to pass up.
Warranty & Customer Service
RTIC offers a guaranteed limited one year warranty for their coolers for their hard and soft coolers. There are a couple brands out there that offer lifetime warranties, but usually any defects from manufacturing that the warranty covers typically appear before a year is up. As far as customer service goes, we’ve had nothing but good experiences with their customer service. Of course, it sometimes just depends on who you get on the phone that day!!
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