Back in January I wrote a review where I compared the RTIC 30-oz Tumbler to the YETI 30-oz Tumbler. (If you have not read that review you can read it here.) The response to that post has been out of this world. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would get viewed and shared as many times as it has.
Due to the popularity of that review, Ryley, co-owner from Thermik, sent me an email and wondered if I would be interested in trying out the handle they sell that fits the RTIC/YETI Tumbler. All they asked is that I give an honest review here, at The Leighgendarium. I said sure, why not? So be warned . . . I received this product in exchange for an HONEST review.
When I first bought my YETI, and eventually my RTIC, I never thought about buying a handle for it. Why would I need it? Yes, the tumblers are made of stainless steel . . . and yes, the 30-oz version can get a little heavy if loaded to the top with ice . . . and yes, I grab the 30-oz tumbler near the bottom so it is easier to hold . . . and yes, it can sometimes feel a little slippery, but overall, the experience I have had with my YETI and RTIC Tumblers has been great. These tumblers are amazing and have now become my go-to cups. But do they really need a handle? Could Thermik change my mind?
As I said, Ryley contacted me and asked if I would be interested in trying out the handle for the 30-oz tumbler. Before giving Ryley an answer, I decided to check out the reviews on Amazon. This product was getting some great reviews.
Next I decided to check out their website. I was very impressed with the site. It’s easy to navigate and very professional looking.
After checking out the reviews and website, I decided to reply to Ryley and let him know I was interested in trying out their handle for the 30-oz YETI/RTIC Tumbler. He quickly replied and had the handle shipped to me.
Of course I was excited when it arrived. I could not wait to try this out. I will admit, I was impressed once I opened it. The handle looked good, felt good, and it felt solid. It didn’t feel like cheap plastic that would break in a few months or crack under the weight of the cup. It felt like this product was made to last. The only thing left to do was try it out.
The handle is easy to put onto the cup:
Step 1) Hold Handle In One Hand.
Step 2) Pick Up Tumbler.
Step 3) Slide The Handle On From The Bottom Of The Tumbler.
Once I put it on, I made sure to put my hands on both sides of the handle and give it a slight lift up to make sure it was on there snug. I will admit though, I thought that it might not stay put. But it stays put with no problem.
As I got ready to write this review, Ryley sent me another message asking if I would be interested in trying the 20-oz handle as well. So of course I said yes.
The 20-oz handle is not as big as the 30-oz handle, but it feels solid. It is made with the same plastic material and feels just as good in the hand.
I love the look of the 20-oz handle better. I think it has to do with the handle being higher than the part that goes around the cup. It gives it a fierce look, in my opinion. I wish the 30-oz handle had that look also.
I have been using these handles for a while now and I’m thoroughly impressed. Not only is the handle very functional on the tumbler, it adds a little character in my opinion. The handle for the 30-oz tumbler feels great in my hand. It doesn’t seem too big or too small. I have two female coworkers who said it felt slightly big in their hands but my wife said if felt great in hers. In my opinion, this handle will feel great in anyone’s hand.
The handle does not bend under the weight of the 30-oz tumbler that is full of ice and water, which according to Thermik can weigh up to 3 lbs. I actually cannot imagine not having a handle on the 30-oz tumblers, now that I have used this handle.
I have been testing the 20-oz handle on my red YETI. I was curious if the handle would chip the paint any or leave any kind of scratches. As of today there are no scuff marks and no scratches. Once I take the handle off and clean the tumbler you cannot tell I even had a handle on there. I have been told that the tumblers are not dishwasher safe so I hand wash them, but the handles are dishwasher safe.
Before getting these handles I was not convinced that I even needed them. It had never crossed my mind that I needed a handle for my tumblers. But Thermik has changed my mind. The handle is a great upgrade to the 30-oz tumbler. Dare I say necessary?
I do wish Thermik would change one thing; I wish they would make the handles in other colors. I think it would bring just that extra bit of personality to your cup. Most of the YETI and RTIC tumblers are silver, unless you pay extra from some place to paint them. If you could choose your handle color, I believe it would make your tumbler stick out in a sea of silver. I hope they allow this feature in the future.
The handles make it easy to pick up both tumblers and makes carrying them so simple. I cannot imagine my tumblers not having a handle on them now. Having the handle on the tumblers does not affect the fit in my car cup holders. They still fit in my cup holders with no problem. Thermik has a new customer and I will recommend their product to everyone who has a YETI or RTIC tumbler.
If you want to learn more about Thermik or buy their handle, you can visit their website here. The handles are $12.99 each, with free shipping once your order reaches $25. If you order only one handle, you are looking at about $4.85 to ship.
You can also get the handles from Amazon. The handles on Amazon are also $12.99. Of course shipping applies (around $5) unless you have Prime, and then it is free two-day shipping.
I compare the YETI Tumbler to the RTIC Tumbler here.
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