YETI Tundra 65 Cooler, 52 Quarts

Last updated date: November 12, 2019

DWYM Score
8.8


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 146 expert reviews, the YETI YETI Tundra 65 Cooler, 52 Quarts placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note December 18, 2019:
Checkout The Best Large Hard Cooler for a detailed review of all the top large hard coolers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.5
20 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.7
27,331 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
If you only had one cooler your whole entire life, theYeti Tundra 65 could very well be the one. It most likely will last your whole entire life and still have some life in it. The rotomolded body, T-rex latches, integrated hinge and handles are sure to last through the toughest outdoor adventures.
- All Outdoors Guide
June 14, 2019 | Full review
Keeps cold for days longer.
- Busted Wallet
December 17, 2015 | Full review
It will keep your catches or food and drinks fresh an ice cold anywhere from three days to longer than a week depending on the conditions and how you use it.
- Globo Turf
Just like the above models, the 65 coolers also have the Rotomolded construction that makes the Tundra armored to the core and virtually indestructible so wherever you decide to take it, this portable cooler’s sturdy construction will bear the harsh abuse of nature.
- Distenia
April 9, 2019 | Full review
This one will work great for people that need quite a bit of storage, but don’t need to travel with the cooler.
- SOutdoors
August 28, 2019 | Full review
This yeti tundra cooler is made to withstand bear attacks. It has a Fat Wall design, roto-molded construction and is layered with Perma Frost insulation.
- Dream Guides
The thing is that it has extra-thick walls that hold up to two inches of insulation to provide you with unmatched ice retention.
- Best Advisor
July 14, 2019 | Full review
The cooler is fitted with non-slip feet and anchor points for easy fastening during transit. It has easy handle side-grips and has extendable military-grade polyester rope handles to allow two people to carry it.
- Mountain IQ
When it comes to insulation performance, the Yeti Tundra 65 Quart holds up pretty well. It has thick rotomoulded tough polyethylene plastic body with up to 2 inches of commercial grade pressure injected polyurethane foam insulation in the lid and the body.
- Top Rated Cooler
The insulation of the Tundra more than matches the very high pedigree of this cooler, off-course this is very impressive. Whether you’re going out for a very long weekend, or you want something you can rely on for a picnic, the Tundra is there for you.
- Pikroll
It’s equipped with a never-fail hinge, heavy-duty latches, lip-grip handles, handles made from military-grade polyester rope and a rugged drain system that’s made to drain quickly and efficiently.
- The Lake And Stars
Like all YETI products, the YETI Tundra 65 is ridiculously durable and well-insulated, with ice retention of up to 10 days. It’s also certified bear-resistant.
- Review Geek
June 26, 2019 | Full review
65-ounce capacity makes this YETI cooler about as large as you'll be able to get and still have a cooler that you can legitimately call "portable."
- BestReviews
Unlike other lower grade coolers on the market, the Yeti Tundra 65 has rotomolded construction. This type of construction makes the Yeti cooler virtually indestructible.
- Top Rated Coolers
If a cooler is grizzly bear resistant, it’s got to be pretty durable in human hands. Because the it was such a joy to use, and kept ice for so long, it received the most extensive testing of any of our products.
- The Adventurerr
While it is big, this can make it hugely beneficial for storing game and deer and also using the lid for cutting bait on the boat.
- geartacular
February 6, 2018 | Full review
In the end I have to say that I now have a bullet proof cooler that holds ice better than anything else I have ever used. I am a huge fan of this cooler and this company and see nothing but more good times ahead. Fine job YETI!
- iReviewGear
August 30, 2016 | Full review
Like any good product fit for outdoor use, the Tundra is bear-proof, so you won’t have any unpleasant surprises with large predatory fauna going through your food.
- Notting Hill Carnival
July 11, 2019 | Full review
This incredible ice retention is achieved thanks to 3-inch PermaFrost insulation and thick wall design. This makes it amored to the core and indestructible, as well bear-resistant.
- The King Live
Like any good product fit for outdoor use, the Tundra is bear-proof, so you won’t have any unpleasant surprises with large predatory fauna going through your food.
- Young Choppers
July 11, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Another issue with the handles is they are right at the height of the drain plug. If you don’t move it out of the way, it will get soaked. The drain plug is also kind of messy, literally spewing out everywhere once the plug is out. There’s no real direction of the water, getting everything underneath and around the cooler wet.
- All Outdoors Guide
June 14, 2019 | Full review
Grizzly proof lock costs extra.
- Busted Wallet
December 17, 2015 | Full review
Quite heavy to lift after storing your items
- Distenia
April 9, 2019 | Full review
It will be a bit heavier than the others.
- SOutdoors
August 28, 2019 | Full review
The overall storage space makes 52 lbs. And no wonder that the cooler is rather heavy.
- Best Advisor
July 14, 2019 | Full review
​No cup holders on top of the lid
- Mountain IQ
The thick plastic wall and dense polyurethane insulation in the constructions make it quite heavy. Even when empty, it weighs 29 lbs and will be a bit difficult to move by one person.
- Top Rated Cooler
As the water drains out toward the end, it tends to trickle down to the bottom of the cooler and make whatever the cooler is sitting on wet, so you may have to tilt the cooler a bit to avoid that. But that’s an issue we see in most cooler drains.
- Pikroll
It's 29 pounds when empty, so imagine the weight of it when ice and food are added.
- BestReviews
More expensive when compared to other coolers of this size
- Top Rated Coolers
This is one of the most expensive contenders in our test.
- The Adventurerr
I found this cooler to be a bit heavy but the addition of two long and sturdy rope handles make it very easy to move.
- iReviewGear
August 30, 2016 | Full review
There is just one downside to this ice chest; it is quite difficult to empty the drain because there is a little lip inside of it, so you have to turn the whole cooler on its side.
- The King Live

From The Manufacturer

YETI HARD COOLERS YETI Tundra coolers are the stuff of legends. They're built for whatever Mother Nature throws their way, which is surprisingly a long list of incredibly dangerous creatures and weather patterns. But no sweat — these outdoor coolers are more than up for the challenge. From the backcountry to the BBQ get-together, your YETI Tundra is ready for any and every outdoor adventure. YETI Tundra the best cooler in the world Tundra TECHNOLOGY & FEATURES FATWALL DESIGN Extra-thick walls hold up to two inches of insulation for unmatched ice retention. PERMAFROST INSULATION Pressure-injected commercial-grade polyurethane foam in the walls and lid makes sure your ice stays ice. ROTOMOLDED CONSTRUCTION Makes it armored to the core and virtually indestructible. tundra collage Yeti Tundra Family

Overall Product Rankings

1. Coleman FlipLid Personal Cooler, 5 Quarts
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 19
2. YETI Tundra 45 Cooler, 35 Quarts
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 25
3. Igloo Polar Cooler, 120 Quarts
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
4. YETI Tundra 65 Cooler, 52 Quarts
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 20
5. Igloo Playmate Pal Cooler, 7 Quarts
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Coleman Removable Liner Cooler, 9 Cans
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 16
7. Igloo Profile Cooler, 16 Quarts
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 2
8. Igloo BMX Cooler, 25 Quarts
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 7
9. Coleman Excursion Portable Cooler, 9 Quarts
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 3
10. Coleman Wheeled Cooler, 50 Quarts
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 24

An Overview On Large Hard Coolers

Nothing enhances a hot summer day like an ice-cold beverage or some refreshing food like chopped fruit. If you find yourself outside in areas where there isn’t electricity or the availability of a refrigerator, you will need an insulated cooler that can keep these cold treats cold during a hot day.

Coolers are made in soft varieties that are convenient to collapse and pack away when they aren’t in use, or the cooler can be hard and constructed of rigid materials that give them more durability and strength. We are focusing on hard coolers and their benefits in this buying guide where we will break down some of the common differences in the varying styles and sizes you can find online, so you can make an informed decision on which hard cooler will work best for you.

A cooler ultimately needs to keep things cold. The best way to set yourself up for success when using a cooler is to put drinks or food in it after they are already cold, whether that means they were in your freezer or refrigerator or simply purchased from the cooler-section of a local store. The addition of ice will then make the internal temperature of the cooler drop even further, setting you up for the best results in your quest to keep your drinks cold.

The insulation of the cooler is now the main factor that works at keeping the cold inside and the heat outside. Generally, a thicker cooler will have more insulation in it, since they are designed to have a bigger buffer of air or insulating materials between your cold items and the outside air. As heat tries to enter the cooler, the greater layers of insulation will make the process much slower. If you are hoping to have ice and drinks last for multiple days in your hard cooler, you will want to look for really thick coolers that have been proven to perform at the highest level. These coolers will often be very rugged and well-made like the YETI Tundra 45 Cooler that reportedly can keep ice inside for days when properly used.

The size of a cooler makes a world of difference when it comes to how and where it can be used. If you are taking your own lunch with a few drinks out to a remote spot to have a secluded meal, you could have great luck using a Coleman FlipLid Personal Cooler, 5 Quarts that will hold a decent amount of food and drinks for one person without becoming a heavy burden that takes up unnecessary space. These smaller hard coolers work well for simply packing some drinks with you when you’re outside working in the heat of the summer or playing at the beach as well. If you want something a little bigger, maybe for that picnic for two that you’re planning, or just to fit more drinks inside, there are bigger varieties that still have a sturdy and solid handle attached like the classic-looking Igloo Playmate Pal 7 Quart Personal Sized Cooler. Coolers like these are fun and convenient to grab when you’re on the go.

Some of you might be shaking your head because you need a cooler than can hold enough food to feed a small army, hold refreshments for a children’s soccer team or sustain a whole family for a weekend of camping. Hard coolers come in huge sizes as well, often being able to hold enough weight inside that it will take two people to lift it. With a large hard cooler like the Igloo Polar Cooler (120-Quart, White), you will have a lot of space to drinks, food and ice inside without having to do any mental gymnastics to make it all fit. These coolers have sturdy handles on each side that are easy to use when the cooler is weighted down and there is even a drain plug built-in at the bottom to allow for easy drainage when the ice finally melts away. Other models offer features like a set of wheels on one end so you can still move the heavy cooler by yourself if you’re up for pulling it along behind you.

DYWM Fun Fact

The portable ice chest has been around since the middle of the 20th century and has been a popular product since those early development years. Today, the technology of making some of the higher-end hard coolers is referred to as “rotationally molded coolers” where a process constantly rotates a mold while the plastics set in. This process effectively makes completely smooth interior surfaces that have no seams or flaws that could eventually lead to leaks or inefficiencies.

The Large Hard Cooler Buying Guide

  • Some coolers have built-in cup-holders on their lids. This handy feature could be useful when you’re using the cooler’s lid as a side table that you don’t plan on opening often.
  • Hard coolers with a short and wide stance will be very stable when placed on uneven surfaces. These proportions would be ideal for those of you who plan to use it in places where the ground might not be flat.
  • If you want your cooler to keep ice for a really long time, you will want to condition the cooler before using it. A simple way of doing this is to pre-cool the inside of the cooler with ice or something similar the night before you plan to pack your cooler with the actual food and drinks of your choice. The inside of the cooler will now start off in cold state so it won’t immediately transfer room-temperature heat into your drinks and ice. Condition your coolers and you’ll see a noticeable difference in how long they hold ice.