You may notice that our site does not have many ads and all of our content is free. Instead, if you make purchases through certain links that we provide, we may earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you). We appreciate your support. You can learn more here.If you make purchases through certain links that we provide, we may earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you). We appreciate your support. Learn more here.
YETI has long been considered the king of premium outdoor gear. Owning one of their products has become somewhat of a status symbol, similar to that of Beats, BMW or Apple. You’ve probably heard their name in numerous country songs or seen that one guy with a really nice boat or truck hauling around one of their Tundra coolers.
Many companies have tried to undercut YETI (RTIC, Ozark Trail, Pelican to name a few) by offering similar products at much cheaper prices but have either failed to match the brand value YETI has built or gotten tangled up in lawsuits for blatantly knocking them off. And recently, OtterBox, who has created a high-level of brand value in their own respect for rugged, outdoor phone cases, has decided to join the YETI competition with their new line of Elevation tumblers. However, they have taken a slightly different approach than past competitors by offering just as high-quality of products at similar price points. Naturally, we have gotten a few requests to compare the OtterBox Elevation line and YETI Rambler line so let’s discuss.
YETI Tumbler Construction & Design
The YETI Rambler line of products is what YETI likes to call “over-engineered”. They are double-wall insulated with kitchen-grade 18/8 stainless steel. Basically, they are durable as heck and keep your beverages cold/hot for a long time. Whether you drop them, bang them against a hard surface or leave them in the blistering hot sun, these Ramblers can take a beating while maintaining the temperature of your drink. They have a no sweat design, meaning they will never show condensation or be too hot to the touch no matter how hot or cold your beverage is. In terms of keeping ice, the YETI Rambler tumblers pass with flying colors. In our test, it kept ice for well over 24 hours.
Both Tumblers Easily Passed Our Ice Test
On the downside, the standard lid on the Rambler tumblers (not the bottles, obviously) are not leak-proof – you would have to buy a separate lid accessory. More on accessories in a minute. Regardless, as you will see below, YETI and OtterBox are very similar in terms of quality and design. I’d even go as far as saying they are the two highest-quality producers of tumblers out there. But where YETI starts to distance themselves from the Elevation line is in their wide variety of sizes, customization options and price.
YETI Rambler Sizes & Price
YETI definitely has the leg up on OtterBox when it comes to options. They offer a wide selection of different sizes and designs. Surprisingly, YETI also beats OtterBox when it comes to price [shop YETI on Amazon]. Here’s a quick rundown of the Rambler lineup:
Both YETI and OtterBox offer a variety of accessories for their stainless steel tumbler lines. YETI tends to have more basic accessories (caps, mounts, etc) at more moderate prices [shop YETI accessories on Amazon]. OtterBox, on the other hand, offers more unique add-on accessories but of course that also means higher prices. Here’s a few of YETI’s more popular accessories:
Magslider leak-proof lid – $10
Rambler jug mount – $40
Ramble bottle straw cap – $10
Rambler bottle chug cap – $10
Rambler bottle triplehaul cap – $10
Rambler handles – $10
Tumbler straw lid – $10
A Few of the More Popular Tumbler Accessories
Further, YETI also offers different customization options with their Ramblers, which OtterBox does not. For example, you can get a custom collegiate Rambler with your college logo printed on the tumbler or bottle.
YETI Rambler Closing Thoughts
Overall, it’s hard to go wrong with either the Rambler line or Elevation line in terms of quality and performance. However, we give YETI the nod in this comparison due to three factors – their products are cheaper (still can’t believe I just said that), they have a wider selection of products and they have more moderately priced accessories as well as more custom options.
So by now you already know that we prefer the YETI Rambler line but the Elevation line is still no joke. OtterBox did a great job with these tumblers.
OtterBox Elevation Tumbler Construction & Design
The OtterBox tumblers are comprised of 100% stainless steel and are vacuum-sealed with an interior copper lining. Like YETI, these things are almost indestructible. You will have a tough time beating them up. They are also sweat resistant so the exterior will always be the same temperature whenever you pick it up. In our ice test, OtterBox and YETI were virtually the same. Both had plenty of ice remaining well past the 24 hour mark. Lastly, the standard lid on the Elevation 10 and Elevation 20 are not leak-proof. Like with YETI, you would need to purchase a separate lid for this feature.
So needless to say they are very similar in terms of construction and performance. As far as design, the OtterBox Elevation tumblers are slightly skinnier and taller – not a big deal but worth mentioning. Both YETI and OtterBox tumblers will fit most cupholders – no worries there.
OtterBox Elevation Tumbler Sizes & Price
As you saw above, YETI offers quite a few sizes and designs in their Rambler line. They definitely have a leg up in this regard. Right now, OtterBox only offers three sizes and on top of that they are $5 – $20 more expensive than their YETI counterparts. Here’s their lineup:
OtterBox too offers a variety of accessories, although they also tend to be a little more expensive than YETI. The one thing I will say is that OtterBox’s accessories are more unique and offer a little more utility. Here’s what they offer:
Shaker lid ($20)
French press lid ($30)
Flavor infuser lid ($30)
Thermal non-leak lid ($35)
Tumbler sleeve ($20)
OtterBox’s Unique Tumbler Accessories
Elevation Tumbler Closing Thoughts
Don’t let our premature verdict above scare you off. Yes, they only come in three sizes right now but remember OtterBox just entered this market. Don’t be surprised to see OtterBox introduce new products over the course of the next year. Plus, we still don’t know what their sales and discounts calendar is going to look like. They might take the YETI approach and not offer many discounts but who knows. OtterBox might just be starting with high price points with the intention of cutting them a few months after launch. Regardless, if money is not a concern, these Elevation tumblers and bottles are top notch.