Yeti has established themselves as a powerful brand, but do they really live up to the hype? In the tumbler market it looks like a challenger has appeared in Corkcicle.
While many people aren’t fond of the comical name that this stainless steel tumbler has, they do offer some great cooling capabilities. In fact, the Corkcicle claims to keep drinks cold for up to 25 hours!
So, in this article, we’re going to settle the debate and figure out which of these is really the best. We’ll be comparing the Corkcicle 25 oz to the Yeti Rambler 30 oz, because it’s the best comparable size.
However, don’t let price be the only deciding factor for you, because we’ve uncovered some serious issues with the Corkcicle that could knock it out of the running for best stainless steel tumbler.
Yeti Rambler 30 Oz Tumbler
The Yeti Rambler holds 30 ounces of liquid, a slight upgrade from the Corkcicle. It also features a durable stainless steel construction that keeps liquids from seeping in and it doesn’t leave a metallic taste in your drinks.
The outside of the tumbler doesn’t sweat, and it has a really nice coating that is long lasting and helps you to grip it better. Though the design of the Rambler is already great for that and fits nicely in your hand.
The Rambler features a wide-mouth top too, which makes it much easier to dump ice in than the Corkcicle, which features a tiny lid you need to drop ice into. The Yeti lid is also a magnetic slide which makes it really hard for your tumbler to accidentally open up and dump its contents all over your bag or vehicle.
In addition, the Yeti Rambler has another huge advantage over the Corkcicle. They offer a 5 year warranty while Corkcicle only offers service for 1 year. If having a warranty and available replacement parts for your purchases is important to you, then the Yeti is the way to go.
They offer service and repairs and any replacement parts that you could need, and their claims submission process is very easy. Plus, they offer better colors for men on their cups. The Corkcicle colors are all kind of “girly”. Even the red, which seems to actually be a pink color.
- Better ice retention
- 5 year warranty
- High-quality parts
- Magnetic slide lid
- More masculine colors
- Slightly more expensive
Corkcicle Canteen 25 oz
The Corkcicle ends up being a bit cheaper than the Yeti Rambler, but is it worth the price cut? If you’re more interested in volume, then the Corkcicle does offer a little less room for beverages than the Yeti Rambler.
Though their sizing is kind of weird. They offer a 16 oz cup and a 25 oz cup, but in some cases they shoot up to a 60 oz? However, the opening on the tops is rather small, and that makes it a little annoying to fill it with ice than with the Rambler which has a wide mouth.
Another sore point with many people is that the Corkcicle uses lower quality materials in some parts, particularly the lid, which can sometimes break. Yeti’s lids are much higher quality, and that gives them a serious advantage over the Corkcicle.
Even dropping them from a relatively short distance can end in a cracked or damaged tumbler. Yeti’s products seem to be near indestructible, so if you’re looking for something you can abuse, then the Corckcicle is probably not it.
It also loses some points when it comes to design. The Yeti’s design is just easier to hold in your hands, and the Corkcicle is awkward to wield, especially if you have smaller hands. Which is unfortunate since the Corkcicle offers some very nice and more feminine colors than the standard Yeti camo offering.
While the Corkcicle does have replacement parts available just like Yeti, you should be aware that their warranty is not nearly as good. They’ll only cover defects in craftsmanship for a year, and they are unlikely to cover any “fall damage” even if you only drop it once.
- More feminine colors
- Bigger liquid volume
- 1 Year warranty
- Lid is low quality and fragile
- Awkward body design
- Slightly less ice retention
- Opening is small
- Paint chips easily
Ice retention showdown!
So, which one of these tumblers makes the grade on ice retention? To be honest, both of them are pretty good at holding ice, and they’ll do the job in most cases. They also do a fair job at retaining heat if you’re a coffee drinker.
However, the Yeti has a slight advantage here, and testing has shown that it actually loses ice at a much slower rate than the Corckcicle does.
Both tumblers were actually able to hold ice past the 34 hour mark at room temperature. Of course, that time will be lessened if you’re out on a boat in the middle of summer.
If you just need a tumbler that will keep your drink frosty at your desk or on your morning walk, then the Corkcicle will suffice, but if you plan to take your tumbler out for extended periods on the water, to the beach or camping, then the Yeti is likely the way to go.
Some users do claim that the Corkcicle manages to keep things hot twice as long as the Yeti Rambler does, but this will be dependent on the outside or inside temperature where the tumbler is stored.
So, what’s the verdict?
The Yeti Rambler is the clear winner here. It not only has better ice retention, but the entire product is just made that much better, hence why they can offer a 5 year warranty to Corkcicle’s 1 year warranty.
If you want a tumbler that you’ll be able to hang on to for years, then the Yeti is the way to go. The Corkcicle can handle light duty well enough, but it doesn’t bounce back from fall damage, and you’ll quickly find that you’re left with flaking paint, damaged seals and broken lids.