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How Long Does A Yeti Cooler Hold Ice? (Explained)

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Yeti are some of the best coolers on the market for holding ice, with some models being able to keep food and drinks cold for more than three days. 

The size and type of Yeti cooler play a major role in their thermal potential with the larger models like the Yeti 45 possibly being able to hold ice for up to five days. Though how you treat the cooler will also have a dramatic effect on its performance. 

Other popular Yeti coolers like the Hopper can hold ice for up to 1 to 3 days before needing to be reloaded. Their hard-sided rotomolded coolers with tight sealing and heavily insulated lids take to make them better than a lot of the ordinary coolers on the market. 

How Long Does the Yeti Hopper Hold Ice?

When it’s properly loaded and you treat it right, a Yeti hopper can hold ice for up to three days. Though this is assuming that you’re keeping the lid sealed as much as possible and doing your best to keep it out of the direct sun. 

Without sound cooler management practices, a Yeti hopper might only be able to hold ice for a little over a day. So, how you treat it definitely matters. 

How Long Does Ice Last in Cooler?

In an average-size Yeti cooler like the Hopper with the lid sealed tight, ice can hold for up to three days. Whereas a similar size low-quality cooler with an uninsulated lid, a loose lid might only be able to hold ice for 6 to 8 hours on a sunny day. 

Though you can expect a mid-range quality cooler with an insulated lid to be able to hold ice for 24 to 48 hours. With good cooler management habits, you might even be able to get three days out of one of these coolers, without having to pay extra for a branded Yeti cooler. 

Final Thoughts

Yeti coolers are some of the best ice-chests on the market. They have robust insulation and tight sealing lids to help hold ice longer than most other coolers of roughly the same size. 

Popular models like the Yeti Hopper can usually hold ice for up to 3 days or more. Though this is assuming you’re keeping the cooler out of the shade and using it wisely. 

If your budget can’t handle the high price tag of a Yeti cooler, there are some good mid-range options by Igloo and similar manufacturers. The mid-size, mid-quality models in this range can usually hold ice for up to 2 days before needing to be reloaded. 

In my experience, insulation quality and lid tightness are factors you shouldn’t underestimate when shopping for a new cooler. I tried to save money on a good cooler with a poor lid and found that it could only hold ice for 6 to 8 hours.