YETI Drinkware

Exploring YETI Drinkware: Is it Really Worth it?

Everywhere you turn, YETI is there, and I bet you can’t help but wonder if their products are any good or worth the money. Well, we are here to give you an honest-to-goodness YETI drinkware review. We are a household that has put dozens of YETI products through real-world use and abuse over the past decade.

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YETI New Colours - Agave Teal and King Crab

Our Story With YETI Drinkware Starts Many Years Ago

While shopping at our local outdoor store, I noticed a new and very fancy display. Within it was a small selection of coolers and drinkware by YETI, which, up until then, I never heard of. But it sure looked oh so modern, sleek and, well, expensive.

Immediately catching my attention was the big sign above the YETI Cooler, GRIZZLY PROOF! I know more than a thing or two about pesky bears trying to steal food, but a grizzly is a whole new level!

While not in the market for a cooler, I was still oddly intrigued. You know that feeling of not needing something, but you can’t walk away! While eyeballing the YETI cooler, I spotted the YETI mug, wondering why this little thing was so expensive. Cue in sales associate – he explained that it’s not just a mug, but an indestructible and well-thought-out line of YETI drinkware.

So that day, it was time to buy the most expensive travel mug I have ever owned. And, of course, a reason was made to “need” a new grizzly-proof cooler. Never in a million years would I have guessed on that day that somewhere in the distant future, I would become a blogger, and provide you with a time-tested review on this very purchase.

The YETI Rambler Mug

YETI Coffee Mug
YETI Coffee Mug in Navy

Let’s start with the YETI Rambler Mug review. I don’t know about you, but what gets me here is that you can have one travel mug and change lids to meet your specific needs. That and the fact that it has a removable magnetic slider and lid gasket – that’s just cool!

You may be asking what’s the point of a removable magslider? For one, it’s easier to clean. Two, it keeps the liquid from splashing, not to mention being hot! With a simple push of the magslider, your coffee or tea is now more mobile and protected.

Is the YETI Mug Leakproof?

Unfortunately, no. The sole purpose of the magslider is to prevent spills from sploshing liquids. The magslide lid on your YETI coffee mug allows for mobility. Enjoy your beverage while enjoying your home, on the run in the car or by the campfire, etc. The YETI travel mug defeats your beat-up, old ceramic mug any day. You know, the one where half your coffee has spilled out, and the other half is cold 10 minutes later!

After all these years, I still have my first YETI Rambler Mug. It’s my go-to every morning. This coffee mug has been dropped, thrown, and left outside, and it has some scars to prove it: a few scratches, some chips and a ding. But it still keeps the lid tight and the beverage hot. Was it worth the money? With a decade under its belt and easily another one to go, it most definitely is worth every penny! I wonder how I ever lived without one.


  • 414 ml (also available in 295 and 710 ml)
  • double-wall vacuum insulated
  • 18/8 kitchen grade stainless steel construction
  • welded handle

Where Can I Get My YETI Mug?

Whether you’re in Canada or the US, YETI drinkware is found in most major outdoor retailers. You can even go as far as finding YETI products at your local hardware store. Or you can purchase your mug straight from the source at YETI’s online store through these links.

Further Reading: This Is It Canada – YETI Customization Is NOW HERE!

The YETI Rambler Tumbler

YETI Rambler Tumbler
Drinking from a YETI Rambler 887 mL Tumbler with a MagSlide Lid in Navy Blue

As much praise as the YETI mug deserves, I do have a complaint. It does not fit most cup holders! The coffee mug is too wide – which in turn causes it to sit half-cocked on top of a cup holder rather than actually in it. A simple solution to this problem is the YETI Rambler Tumbler.

If you are always on the move and you happen to make a better coffee than the guy down the road, you have a severe problem. You can’t just put that beloved beverage into a sublime, leaky, perhaps even stinky old thermos. Don’t laugh – I know your stinky thermos is in the attic or basement collecting dust, as is mine. You want the YETI Tumbler, which will keep your beverage hot, stop the splash and move with you at your pace.

My tumbler goes with me every morning when I drop off the kids or go to a meeting. Or to town to get supplies or even on the trails. Again, you have a magslider that takes the flip of a finger to open, and your coffee is instantly ready for consumption. It means it won’t make a mess of your cupholder and dashboard like those leaky paper cups from the drive-thru.

Same Basic Function

The YETI tumbler is identical in function to the YETI Rambler Mug. Even in shape, but with two key differences: The bottom is narrower and conical. From a sedan to a truck, boat or side-by-side, I assure you that it fits perfectly into any cup holder. The second difference is volume. It’s simply larger, which is fantastic. When you are out on that long road trip or need a mega jolt of caffeine, you now have 887 ml (30 oz) at your disposal.


  • 887 ml (also available in 295, 473, 591, 769 ml but the shape changes)
  • double-wall vacuum insulated
  • 18/8 kitchen grade stainless steel construction

The YETI Rambler Bottle

The YETI Rambler is my favourite!!! And I’ve literally put it through hell. Imagine a 1978 Arctic Cat snowmobile with ZERO storage and a 4-hour trip. Going without a coffee isn’t an option for me. I tossed the YETII bottle into the sled’s footwell – and secured it with the bottom of my boot!

Metal on metal, the Rambler took a beating. And this is just one of the HUNDREDS of things my YETI bottle has been through. You can see it in the header photo – it’s the skinny black bottle between the two pink tumblers, and it still looks great.

Whether you are going for an ATV ride, sledding, sitting in a blind hunting, canoeing down the lake and so on, this bottle DOES NOT leak! It can go inside your pack or tossed in the bottom of a boat with great confidence.

What it does do very well is keep a drink hot, all day long! Even on those blistery minus 30-degree days, my bottle has been my companion on many a sledding trip. I generally choose to brew before heading out and trust the YETI to take over from there. It saves me from packing a stove, water, coffee, a filter, cream, sugar, etc. Not to mention, I can be on the move and enjoy things without the chore of stopping to make a coffee in the middle of nowhere. There’s nothing wrong with making a coffee outdoors – like most, I prefer that experience during the warmer camping season.


  • 532 ml (also available in 355 ml, 769 ml, 1 L)
  • double-wall vacuum insulated
  • 18/8 kitchen grade stainless steel construction
  • leak proof, screw on cap

Note: Mine pictured at the top is an older bottle, and things have changed slightly. The current lineup has a choice of a chug cap (cold drinks) or a hotshot cap (hot drinks). My cap acts similar to the hotshot cap but has a carry handle comparable to the chug cap. That handle makes it super easy to clip the bottle to a carabiner on the side of a backpack for easy outside access. I believe YETI’s solution is the sling carriers they sell now.

Cool Features of YETI Drinkware

Each item in the YETI Drinkware line is of double-wall vacuum insulation. Yes, we already covered that, but it also means it’s a no-sweat design. The stainless steel construction makes it BPA-free and rust-free.

However, it is not designed to go into the freezer. Liquids that freeze expand, which in turn will damage the stainless steel wall.

YETI Drinkware Common Questions

We scoured the internet to find what questions people generally have about YETI drinkware. We took the time to try and answer those as part of our YETI drinkware review – based on our real-world use of the products.


My children wanted hot chocolate for school (kids temp, of course), and the YETI Rambler Jr did a great job keeping the drink warm all day. The kiddies, however, did not empty their backpacks, which caused the hot chocolate to produce foul-smelling gases. These gases made it very difficult for us to open the cap. Eventually, it gave, but not without a fight! This seems like an issue for any sealed container. A word of caution – be mindful of the type of beverage you use the YETI for.

Further Reading: YETI Panga 75 Waterproof Duffel Review

YETI Drinkware In Our House

My family loves the entire YETI lineup, let alone just the drinkware. So much so that it became the perfect idea for gifting. Each family member has more than one to choose from, as do close friends, relatives and co-workers. Let me say, not one person ever complained! The best part is that you can personalize these Ramblers and make it a unique gift. Canadians are now able to customize their YETIs as well.

We are proud owners of the YETI Rambler Mug, YETI Rambler Tumbler (295 mL, 591 mL, 887 mL), YETI Rambler Bottle and YETI Rambler Jr 355 mL. The photos for this post are with our YETIs, some of which have seen a decade of use.

Pro Tip!

If using your YETI as a water bottle, Safe Drinking Water will teach you how to make almost any water safe BEFORE it goes into your fancy YETI drinkware. YETI even has some MOLLE products, which can attach easily to the 5.11 Rush 24 Backpack.


As mentioned, we bought all our YETI products with our money long before becoming a blogger. We have NOT received any free items NOR payment of any form in exchange for this review. You are reading an unbiased opinion of these products.

We are, however, a YETI affiliate. That is not by accident, as we DO NOT endorse products we don’t test ourselves or believe in wholeheartedly. If you use our links to purchase a YETI product, a small percentage of the purchase will go back to us at no cost to you. It helps support the blog, and if that is the case with you, we genuinely thank you. If you don’t buy anything, that’s equally fine as well. We are just as happy to share our experience with you.

YETI Drinkware Full Lineup

While we covered a few core items in this review, YETI has an entire drinkware lineup here:

Maybe that magical item for you is out there, maybe not. But what we do know is every YETI purchase we ever made was a good one!

We hope this guide was helpful! If you need more ideas, comment below or share your suggestions on social media.

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Exploring Yeti Drinkware: Is It Really Worth It
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Stelios Lazos
Stelios Lazos

Stelios comes from the corporate world where he was a highly successful executive. Inspired by his love for the outdoors he has re-located with his family to live to the BushLife where he blogs about his adventures. Finding inspiration in the never-ending questions from aspiring outdoors people, Stelios aims to share his knowledge, one post at a time.

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