On the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2014, my wife and I were driving home from spending the holiday with my family. As we were driving back we stopped at a rest area that was a little over an hour from the house. About thirty minutes later we stopped for some gas because we wouldn’t make it home if we didn’t. As we stopped for gas, I realized that my symptoms for a kidney stone were appearing. By the time we got home and unpacked I couldn’t move. My back hurt so bad and I constantly felt like I needed to use the restroom.
That night we went to the hospital and it was confirmed, I had a kidney stone. This was my third kidney stone and this one turned out to be the worst one I have had. After I passed it I knew I needed to drink more water.
Here is my problem, water sucks and soda taste so dang good. Water is bland and that carbonated goodness just taste so good. That is where my kidney stones come from, not drinking enough water and drinking way too much soda. That is also where my gut comes from. But I digress. The only way I can drink water is for it to be ice water. I do not like drinking room temperature water or lukewarm water, it has to be ice cold. It can be winter time and below zero and I need ice water. I started taking a Tervis Tumbler to work, but the ice was gone before lunch and after lunch the water was no good to me, it wasn’t cold.
We spent Christmas of 2014 in Charleston, SC. While we were there we visited one of our favorite stores. While in this store a salesman tried to sell me a YETI Tumbler. I told the salesperson that I did not need one, I used a Tervis Tumbler. He told me that the YETI blew the Tervis out of the water. He went on to tell me how the YETI could keep ice all day and almost all night. The way he talked about this cup I decided to buy one, just one because they weren’t cheap and I wasn’t going to plop down money for something that didn’t work.
All during the Christmas holiday I tested it. I put ice water in it and I put a Sonic Slush in it. This thing really worked. My Sonic Slush stayed a slush for the whole day. I was so impressed with how the YETI Tumbler performed that I ended up buying two more while we were in Charleston.
I would take my YETI to work and fill it up with ice at 7:00 am and twenty-four hours later I would still have some ice in it. Finally, a cup that kept ice all day so I could have ice water all day.
I was happy as could be with my YETI. I would tell anyone about the cup and how awesome it was. It is the only thing I would use for water. Then one fateful day I saw an ad on Facebook for a brand called RTIC. RTIC sells the same type of coolers that YETI does and claims they work just as good. In fact, the top of their website says, “Half the Price of a YETI Cooler & Holds More Ice!” They also started to make tumblers.
I was very skeptical at first. I started to research the company and I tried to find some video reviews for the tumbler. From the videos I watched, RTIC seemed to be on par with YETI, and was half the price like they claimed. I decided to order a tumbler and put it to the test.
I knew that when I received the RTIC tumbler I was going to put it head to head against the YETI. Time to see if they really are “Half the Price & Keeps the Ice.”
The day the cup came in I washed both at the same time in the same water in the sink. Once I was finished washing them, I set them out to dry, side by side so that they were in the same environment.
The next morning before work I filled the cups up to the same spot with ice and then added the water. While I was at work I used them both the same. If I took a sip from one I took a sip from the other. If I added water to one I added water to the other. I wanted to make sure that everything was equal.
With these cups, I feel that the first time you use them for ice water you will lose a little more ice than if you use it daily for ice water. I feel this is because you have not used it before and the ice will have to make the cup cold on the inside. That being said, these cups both performed great. Twenty-four hours later I still had ice in my tumblers. The picture below shows what I had the next morning when I woke up.
I know it is hard to see the amount of ice, below is an image that shows how much ice each had after twenty-four hours of ice and water in them. When I went to bed the night before, each cup was about half full.
I then emptied the cup of ice water and I decided to add the exact same amount of ice, one ice cube tray full.
Once I put the ice in the cups they looked like this:
Due to the build of the cups, which I will talk about in a second, one tray of ice filled the RTIC Tumbler closer to the top than in the YETI.
As the day went on they both performed great. When I got off of work I still had ice left in both of the cups. The next morning we had a few things we were doing so by the time I looked at the cups twenty-eight hours had passed. The YETI had no ice at all in the cup and the RTIC barely had any but there was some.
Both the YETI Tumbler and the RTIC Tumbler are well built. While I was using them I felt like the YETI might be slightly heavier. I have not weighed them to see but in my two days of using the tumblers side by side I felt like the YETI was heavier. The RTIC Tumbler is not as wide as the YETI, but it is slightly taller (see the first picture of them side by side). Because the RTIC Tumbler isn’t as wide, it doesn’t need as much ice to fill it as the YETI does. (To be fair, you would only need a few more ice cubes to fill the YETI up) RTIC says that due to them being slightly taller and not as wide it makes them easier to grip and makes them fit in cup holders better. Our cars are a little older and the cup holders are right against the dashboard. From my observation they fit in our cup holders about the same. Is it easier to grip the RTIC because it is not as wide? I guess. I would have to measure how wide they are, but at the bottom I feel that they are about the same size. I feel the difference in the size comes as you move up the body of the cup, the YETI is wider than the RTIC, but the RTIC is taller. If you grab near the bottom of the cup, the part that goes in the cup holder, I do not think you will be able to tell a difference. If you grab the body of the cup you might be able to tell a slight difference.
Both of the cups claim to be sweat proof and they both deliver on that claim. You can put these cups on wood and they will not sweat and leave an ugly water ring on your furniture.
The tops for the tumblers are slightly different. Both have plastic lids that create an “air tight” seal, but the big difference here is that RTIC’s lid has a spot on the lid where you can easily insert a straw. I know some people that like to drink from a straw and this will be a bonus feature for them that YETI does not have. (I would like to mention the straws we buy are “normal” sized bendy straws that you buy at the grocery store and they fit fine in both tops. The drinking slit in the YETI is just wide enough to fit a normal sized straw. Anything bigger than a “normal” size straw will not fit in the YETI without having to bend it some.)
RTIC makes a spill proof lid that you can buy separately. The lid is $4.99 and I will buy one, once they don’t charge $6.99 to ship it. It is a plastic lid that weighs hardly anything and it should not cost $6.99 to ship. YETI does not make a spill proof lid.
Both cups perform great. Both cups keep my ice water ice cold all day, into the evening, and into the next day.
In my opinion you cannot go wrong with either cup. If I am going to pick one as the winner I will pick the RTIC because it is half the price. The 30 oz YETI Tumbler is $39.99 and the 30 oz RTIC Tumbler is $19.99.
YETI makes a 20 oz Tumbler that I use whenever I am traveling. I use it for traveling because it fits a little better into our cup holders. It will also keep your water ice cold all day and into the evening but most mornings I am almost out of ice. The 20 oz YETI Tumbler is $29.99. According to RTIC, they are working on a 20 oz tumbler and it will of course be half the price and should be $14.99 whenever they release it.
Whenever I need to buy a tumbler as a gift or for myself I will buy RTIC because they perform just as good as the YETI and they are half the price.
***As a side note, I believe the tumblers are new to RTIC because as of January 18, 2016, their website says that there is a two week window until they ship, February 2, 2016. From my experience, it should ship before then, but it might not. I ordered mine on December 10, 2015 and they told me it would ship around January 10, 2016. My tumbler shipped on December 30, 2015 and I had it in hand on January 6, 2016. Hopefully RTIC will get enough tumblers in stock so there is no wait on shipping.
Also, if you are going to order the spill proof lid I would order it when you order the cup. I hope RTIC reads this review and sees that they should lower the cost of shipping the lid. I wouldn’t mind paying $2 or $3 to ship the lid but the shipping should not be more than the product itself. I think that is a dumb move on their part and they will not sell as many spill proof lids until the shipping cost comes down.***
You can buy the tumblers straight from their website:
RTIC Tumblers: https://www.rticcoolers.com/shop/drinkware/RTIC-Tumbler-30-oz
YETI Tumblers: http://yeticoolers.com/rambler-tumblers/
Or you can buy them off of Amazon and get them quicker, especially if you have Prime:
Thermik has created a handle that will fit the YETI & RTIC Tumblers. Click here to read my review of the two handles.
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