Whether you’re drinking at home or to go, be it water or your favorite beverage, you want to drink using a good quality container. When it comes to quality tumblers, these are the top two choices: Corkcicle and YETI.
You may be about to buy a high-grade tumbler or just curious about these brands. Either way, let this post enlighten you about these two tumbler titans.
- Corkcicle vs YETI: Which one should you get?
- First, what are these tumblers?
- What do you want from a good tumbler?
- Why should you get a tumbler?
- The matchup: Corkcicle Classic Canteen 16oz versus YETI Rambler 20oz tumbler with mag slider lid
- Corkcicle Classic Canteen 16oz
- The pros:
- It can keep your drink cool for 25 hours.
- It can keep your drink hot for 12 hours.
- It has triple-layered insulation.
- It has a non-slip bottom.
- It is BPA-free.
- The cons:
- Plenty of bad reviews about the lids.
- The mouth is small.
- There are complaints about the temperature maintenance.
- Some reviews mention how easy it is to scratch or chip the exterior.
- YETI Rambler 20oz tumbler with mag slider lid
- The pros:
- It’s made from durable stainless steel with double vacuum insulation.
- The YETI Rambler is dishwasher-safe.
- The YETI Rambler has a true wide-mouthed design.
- For the price, the YETI Rambler has a 4oz advantage.
- The YETI Rambler is also BPA-free
- The cons:
- The YETI Rambler is designed to NOT be leak-proof.
- There are plenty of complaints about temperature retention.
- The YETI Rambler has some rules to follow.
- Corkcicle Classic Canteen 16oz
- The verdict
Corkcicle vs YETI: Which one should you get?
The Corkcicle Classic Canteen is sleek, elegant, and stylish. While the Corkcicle brand has a reputation for having fragile lids, it does make up for it in its temperature retention with the help of its triple wall insulation.
The YETI Rambler is a durable tumbler, designed to withstand the roughness of travel. For the same price point, it offers product durability, a longer warranty for replacement, and an extra 4oz capacity.
First, what are these tumblers?
An old-school tumbler is one of those drinking glasses without a stem or handle. It’s characterized as having a flat bottom. There are several theories as to why it’s called a tumbler, but my favorite is that because of its pointed, heavy base, it tumbles when you set it down.
That’s the classic definition. Modern drinking equipment have taken the name and have elevated their production, resulting in the tumblers we know and love nowadays.
What do you want from a good tumbler?
Well first, it should be insulated. This means it can handle temperature better. Some tumblers can take the hot beverages and keep them hot for a long time. Some of them can keep cold drinks cold for an extended amount of time. Ideally, your tumbler should be able to do both.
Second, it should be durable. If your tumbler lasts for only a few uses, you might have a better time just buying a mug. Third, its lid design should be good. This is where a lot of tumbler makers screw up. Ideally, there should be no spills when your tumbler, well, tumbles. Otherwise, why have a lid at all?
Why should you get a tumbler?
I mean, it looks cool! Get it:
● If you work in an office, nobody would dare drink from your tumbler. I’m looking at you, the guy who keeps using my mug whenever I leave it cleaned in the pantry.
● If you like being active and on the go, you can rely on a tumbler to keep your drink cold (or hot, if that’s what you’re into.)
● It’s great for the environment. No more bottled waters or plastic cups! Go green!
● It’s durable. If you get a good tumbler, it can last you for years. Let’s see if your fragile glassware can do that.
Corkcicle is an innovative company determined to make every sip an experience. They started out making a state-of-the-art chiller and aerator for wine. The Corkcicle Air replaces the cork (hence the “Cork” in Corkcicle) in your wine bottle while the tube attached chills the liquid. From there, they’ve started making canteens. tumblers, stemless wine cups, mugs, and even tumbler straws.
Having said all that, Corkcicle has a sleek, iconic look and they have built on that identity since then. Corkcicle also partnered with a charity that ensures every Corkcicle product you buy would bring clean water to those in need. Talk about a match made in heaven. If you want a modern-looking, reliable tumbler, you will not go wrong with Corkcicle.
YETI Coolers’ beginning is simple. The siblings loved outdoor activities, and with that came an appreciation for high-quality gear. Having said that, the available coolers at the time just weren’t suited for their outdoor activities.
The handles would break, latches snapped off, the lids would cave in. It frustrated them that they had to replace their coolers every season and the cheaply built ice chests limited their good times. From there, they founded YETI Coolers with a simple mission: to build the cooler they would use every day. One that could take the rage of the outdoors. One that would not break.
In short, they got annoyed so much that they instead built the product they wanted. And they succeeded. From there, they’d expanded from coolers to bags, apparel, camping equipment, cargo, and our topic for today, drinkware.
The matchup: Corkcicle Classic Canteen 16oz versus YETI Rambler 20oz tumbler with mag slider lid
To select our combatants for this matchup, we look at the best sellers from both brands with similar price points.
Corkcicle Classic Canteen 16oz
The Corkcicle Classic Canteen is an elegant, stylish tumbler with a classic look. Let’s see how it holds up.
It can keep your drink cool for 25 hours.
The Corkcicle Classic Canteen boasts 25 hours of keeping your beverage cold. That’s a long time. Sometimes you just don’t have access to ice or a fridge to get your cold water.
I personally use my tumbler to keep cold water close for when I wake up. Nothing beats cold water to quench your thirst after hours of sleeping.
It can keep your drink hot for 12 hours.
For hot drinks like coffee or tea, sometimes you’d prefer to drink them throughout your day. The Corkcicle Classic Canteen offers 12 hours of keeping your beverage hot, which honestly is more than enough, unless you want to drink 24-hour old coffee.
It has triple-layered insulation.
Related to the above, this helps the Corkcicle Classic Canteen maintain the temperatures so it can confidently boast the 25 hours/12 hours timing.
Pretty simple. Its bottom doesn’t slip. This tumbler resists tumbling!
It is BPA-free.
BPA (Bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical used in plastics. Major exposure to BPA can influence health effects on the brain and prostate gland of fetuses, infants, and children. It can also affect children’s behavior.
Additional research suggests a possible link between BPA and increased blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. While being BPA-free means it has no trace of BPA, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have other chemicals, but at least we’re sure the Corkcicle Classic Canteen doesn’t have BPA.
Plenty of bad reviews about the lids.
A common complaint you’d see across the internet would be about the lid. Various complaints are, the lid breaks easily, the contents leak, etc. It shows that these are not unfounded because Corkcicle sells replacements for these lids in their store, for a hefty price.
The lid complaints are not only specific to the Corkcicle Classic Canteen but for other Corkcicle products as well.
The mouth is small.
Being a common tumbler design, it has a bottle-neck style for its mouth. While their website boasts of the Corkcicle Classic Canteen’s “Wide mouth that fits ice cubes,” this isn’t nearly wide enough. It may fit ice cubes but it’s a pain to clean.
This is evident as well because Corkcicle sells cleaning brushes in their store. Is it by design, or did they just adapt to the complaints? Who knows.
There are complaints about the temperature maintenance.
Corkcicle maintains that their triple insulation can keep your drink hot for 12 hours, or cold for 25 hours. Some people have left reviews that this isn’t the case. Of course, plenty of people say the temperature lasts for hours, too. I’d say it’s hit or miss.
Some reviews mention how easy it is to scratch or chip the exterior.
The Corkcicle Classic Canteen is sleek, elegant, and beautiful, but several people have complained that it’s quite easy to damage.
YETI Rambler 20oz tumbler with mag slider lid
The YETI Rambler is a durable tumbler designed to withstand the roughness of travel. Let’s see how it fares.
It’s made from durable stainless steel with double vacuum insulation.
This not only makes sure your YETI Rambler can take a beating and still perform well, but this also keeps your beverage at a good temperature, be it hot or cold.
The YETI Rambler has a shatter-resistant MagSlider Lid which makes it easier to open or close. No twisting and turning here!
The YETI Rambler is dishwasher-safe.
Some of us want to be close and personal with our tumblers. There’s just no replacement for manually cleaning them. Some of us also have dishwashers, so feel free to toss the YETI Rambler in your dishwasher. Don’t worry, the YETI Rambler can take it.
The YETI Rambler has a true wide-mouthed design.
You may have seen the “con” part for the other product. While their product page boasted of a wide mouth, I couldn’t accept that as a “pro” when I know the YETI Rambler deserves it. The YETI Rambler is designed with a mouth large enough to be easily cleaned thoroughly.
For the price, the YETI Rambler has a 4oz advantage.
Corkcicle’s 16oz for this price definitely loses out to YETI Rambler’s 20oz.
The YETI Rambler is also BPA-free
They don’t say it on their product page (unlike Corkcicle) but further research will show this. Just saying.
The YETI Rambler is designed to NOT be leak-proof.
The YETI product line has several types of lids, and the MagSlider is NOT leak-proof. At best, it’s only splash-resistant. What this means is that it will keep the drink from spilling should you hit a speed bump, but get ready for spillage if you manage to tip it over due to the pressure releasing in the tumbler. They’re honest about it though, which I think counts for something.
There are plenty of complaints about temperature retention.
While the YETI Rambler documentation says they’ve designed the YETI products to have unbeatable durability and unparalleled ice retention, several reviews say that the YETI Rambler’s temperature retention does not even last more than an hour.
Of course, many reviews swear by the quality of the YETI Rambler too, but when you have a large number of complaints like this, it makes you think.
YETI seems to be aware of this though and offers a lengthy warranty period of five years for your tumbler. It takes them 21 days from the warranty claim to replace your product, which is pretty good.
The YETI Rambler has some rules to follow.
I was considering putting this in “pros” because this shows that YETI knows their product’s capabilities and limits, and cares about how their consumers use their product. However, these specific limits aren’t really selling points, so they’re staying in the “cons” part.
There are some guidelines to follow when using a YETI Rambler, and for me, I just want to drink. I don’t want to worry about other stuff. I’m talking about how there’s a “maximum temperature” list for Rambler products and how Rambler Bottles (a different product from what we’re reviewing) cannot contain carbonated beverages because it might cause pressure build-up and potentially cause injury.
Sure, it’s for my own good, but it kind of turns me off of using it. As I mentioned, I just want to drink.
It was a tough decision to pick from these two. I’ve known people who’ve used these exact products and they have good and bad comments about them. In my research, these products have qualities that I both like and dislike, and I just really want to combine them into one ultra tumbler. Alas, this is a versus article. So let’s decide the outcome of the fight.
The Corkcicle Classic Canteen is stylish and very confident with its temperature retention. So confident that Corkcicle placed in their product details the exact hours the Corkcicle Classic Canteen can retain hot or cold drinks.
YETI Rambler could not even give you a precise amount of time “due to all the variables.” I don’t even believe the Corkcicle Classic Canteen can do what it’s claiming, but that confidence goes a long way for me. Sure, most of the complaints about the Corkcicle are about the lid, but once you get past that, the Corkcicle is a pretty good buy.
The YETI Rambler builds its reputation on being durable, and that’s good and believable. I like how honest the YETI Rambler is about its features, and if you’re fine with what you read, you will be happy with the YETI Rambler.
The staggering amount of complaints about the temperature retention is a deal-breaker for me though, no matter how long their warranty period is, and no matter how fast their replacement timeline can go.
My winner: The Corkcicle Classic Canteen. Even with the lid issues and the 16oz capacity, the Corkcicle Classic Canteen still wins out for me because of one thing. The temperature retention.
That’s the main reason why I’d use a tumbler, and if the YETI Rambler can’t offer me that, then I’m buying the Corkcicle Classic Canteen. The YETI Rambler is still a good buy, it just comes down to whether you want its durability or the Corkcicle Classic Canteen’s temperature retention.