YETI Roadie 20 Cooler

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the YETI Roadie 20 Cooler and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 90 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.8 stars 
Expert Rating: 4 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 3561

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Handle has locks on the sides so the bar doesn’t fall down.
  • Variety of colors available.
  • Reports of being able to hold a weekend’s worth of food and ice.
  • Small enough to place into a car or truck bed.
  • Relatively easy to lift when packed fully.
  • Reports of holding ice and keeping it cold for multiple days, longer than just a weekend.
  • Able to stack items on top without damaging the exterior.
  • Very durable.

Expert Reviews

  • Features two inches of insulation and a rubberized seal to maintain low temperatures.
  • Able to keep meat below the FDA standard 40 degrees Fahrenheit for 2+ days.
  • Fitted with a gasket to seal in water and keep outside air out.
  • The hinge and rubber latches are sturdy.
  • Approved by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, meaning this cooler is bear-proof!
  • Cooler stays in place wherever you set it due to the non-slip sections on the bottom that add grip.
  • Screw-out drainage plug aids in easy cleaning.
  • There are four tie-down points, with two acting as closure anchors, and the other two securing the cooler.
  • Metal handle has a pad on it to make it more comfortable when carrying.
  • Cooler has the ability to handle dry ice, due to the rotomolded construction feature.
  • Ability to sit on the cooler to act as another seat.
  • Two holes on the front corner can be used to lock the cooler.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • The handle may be difficult to raise and lower quickly.
  • A few reports of not keeping items as cold as most people have claimed.
  • Expensive!

Expert Reviews

  • Rubber latches are very stiff.
  • Metal handle has a tendency to jam, which means you may need two hands to pull the handle up or down.
  • Thinner and less ergonomic handle, meaning more difficult to carry long distances.
  • Can bump into your legs when you’re carrying.


The YETI Roadie 20 Cooler is extremely durable, functional, and super efficient at keeping food and drinks cool. Despite being a little difficult to transport, its impressive insulating ability makes this product a good choice for keeping food and beverages cold for a weekend or longer.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4.