- Durable and rugged
- No-sweat exterior
- Fits most cupholders
- Keeps beverages hot/cold for long time
- More expensive than YETI
- Standard lid is not leak-proof
There’s a lot to like about the OtterBox Elevation tumblers, just not the price tag. We recommend going with a lower cost alternative.
OtterBox, known more for their durable phone cases, is now entering the outdoor market with two new product lines. You may have already heard about their new, rugged Venture Coolers, but they also launched a new line of tumblers and growlers (called Elevation) as well that often goes overshadowed. The Elevation tumblers come in three different sizes – 10oz, 20oz and a 64oz growler bottle [shop on OtterBox.com]. And for those of you that didn’t catch our Venture Cooler Review, OtterBox is going straight after YETI with the new cooler and tumbler product lines – both in product quality and price.
Before we get into the basics of these tumblers, let’s just get a few things out on the table. These are basically just high-quality, stainless steel cups so let’s not over complicate it. We will provide a brief overview of the tumblers then opine on the often asked question – are the Elevation Tumblers worth it over lower cost alternatives?
OtterBox Elevation Tumbler Construction & Design
As mentioned above, the tumblers are comprised of 100% stainless steel with an internal copper lining. That makes these tumblers super durable and rugged – no worries if you accidentally drop them. They should hold up pretty well over the long-haul. They are sweat resistant, meaning no matter how hot or cold your beverage inside is you won’t see any condensation build-up on the outside nor will you burn your hand touching it. Basically, it will always be room temperature on the outside when you go to pick it up. Another nice thing about the Elevation line is that both the Elevation 10 and Elevation 20 fit into most cupholders. The Elevation 64 Growler (5.1″ width) will most likely not fit your cupholder but who’s really expecting a 64oz bottle to fit anyways. As far as keeping ice, in our tests the Elevation tumblers went toe-to-toe with the YETI Rambler. We filled both up with ice and 24 hours later it was almost a virtual tie – both brands still had quite a bit of ice left. Bottom line, these are really nice tumblers – they are just as high quality as YETI in our opinion.
However, on the downside, the standard lid for the Elevation 10 and Elevation 20 are not leak-proof. Other tumblers and thermal mugs like the Thermos Stainless King 16oz Tumbler [see on Amazon] are better in this regard. OtterBox does offer several add-on accessories though for the tumblers. Unfortunately, none of the accessories are for the Elevation 10 so you are stuck with the standard lid on that bad boy. If you want a leak-proof lid for the Elevation 20, OtterBox offers a thermal stainless steel lid that you would have to pony up $35 for. In addition, there is also a $20 shaker lid, $30 french press lid and a $30 flavor infuser lid for the Elevation 20 that are available as add-on purchases.
OtterBox Elevation Tumbler Price
Now for some more bad news, the Elevation tumblers are EXPENSIVE! We are talking more than YETI expensive. I never thought the day would come where I would actually say YETI is the better value, but it most definitely is in this case. Check out the prices:
- Elevation 10: $25 (YETI 10oz Lowball goes for $20 – see on Amazon)
- Elevation 20: $30 (YETI 20oz Rambler goes for $25 – see one Amazon)
- Elevation 64 Growler: $90 (YETI 64oz Growler goes for $70 – see on Amazon)
Best OtterBox Elevation / YETI Tumbler Alternatives
Ouch, as you can see, these tumblers are quite expensive. Whenever YETI products are cheaper, that’s not a good sign. So overall, although we like the tumblers and growler bottle, we can’t recommend buying any of the Elevation tumblers given their price. It’s just too high for what you are getting. You’re getting these tumblers to simply keep your beverages hot or cold and there are plenty of lower cost options available that are nearly just as effective. So with that, here are some of our favorite lower cost alternatives: