This review only applies to the 'hard' coolers as I am not familiar with the Hopper or Tank. There is nothing worse than having warm beer...i mean spoiled food... when you've driven 12 hours of highway, 3 hours of logging roads, and are 100 miles from the nearest store. Well, that's what happened to half our group last year. Do u know why? Because they didn't have a Yeti
There's no point in mincing words; these coolers are designed to keep ice for a long, long, long time. The longest I have used this cooler was 8 days. Filled it up with ice/food/drinks etc, at the end of day 8 everything was perfectly cold just like day 1. U have to take the necessary steps to get there (just like you would any cooler) - more on that below. The Rotomold construction on these things makes these coolers bombproof. We have used them fishing, camping, hunting, bbq at home, and anything and everything inbetween. If you are uncertain about the durability, check out their website videos of the grizzly and the 500lb man. We have put coldcuts, water, beer, whiskey, raw meat, fish, butchered game in these coolers and have never had any problems. We have filet fish on top, stood on top of it to fish, thrown it in and out of trucks, cleaned birds on it, and skinned game on it. Its just as effective as a table, chair, filet station as it is a cooler.
Sizing: we have the 75 and the 45. The 75 will do, and has done, a week for 6 guys, depending on what you pack). I'm talking half the cooler was meat, the other beers and water(gets replenished as you drink). The 45 is perfect for 'around the house' or for a boat. Used a 45 for 3 days in 90 degree heat, it was baking outside, and it kept water and coldcuts in good shape.
There are some steps you need to take to get the maximum cold retention out of ANY cooler, and this will specifically help with the Yeti line. Of utmost importance, dont leave your cooler in the sun at 100 degrees and expect it to be cold when u open it. Start with a cold cooler. Get it out of the sun. Put in in the garage, basement, behind the house...wherever the sun wont hit it. And put a few bags of ice in it to cool it down before you take it on the road. Better yet, use block ice, it melts slower. Bringing to my next point: use block ice if possible. Keep your cooler closed. Every time you open it, make sure it is securely tightened so ambient air doesn't sneak in. Keep the melted water in the cooler!! most people dumb it out. that space gets filled by air, which guess what, melts the ice. Leave the water in, put all your drinks on the bottom, put your food on top, and you will be good. This is a lengthy review and sounds like a sales pitch but i hope it helps someone in the future. These coolers are top notch. Yes they are expensive. Yes the competitors are on the same price point. But you will have a Yeti for the next 15 years. Or you can buy one coleman a year for the next 15 years....