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PRODUCT REVIEW

YETI Rambler Bottle

When buying a YETI water bottle, it’s not just the actual item that’s interesting, it’s very much the brand. If you’re going to shell out for the YETI Rambler, there are a few features that make it worth the extra bit of money.

If the brand recognition and prestige along with the two distinct, yet unique features of this 26 ounce water bottle appeal to your needs, you’re not going to mind paying for it. In fact, you’ll appreciate paying for it.

Let’s dive in and find out how YETI keeps up their reputation, how the Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap is one of the most popular products in a crowded field.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.9

Reasons to buy

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Easy to chug
  • Easy to carry
  • Heavy-duty and food-grade stainless steel construction
  • Free from bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Easy-to-handle external surface always stays dry
  • Available in a fingerprint-resistant finish

Reasons NOT to buy

  • Cap is not suitable for carbonated drinks
  • Not all compatible caps are intended for hot and cold beverages
  • Ice melts rapidly

Overview

YETI is a popular name when it comes to water bottles and mugs. It offers a wide range of drinkware products that are all free from bisphenol A (BPA), a harmful chemical used to make several consumer goods.

One of the best features of the Rambler is that it goes straight into the dishwasher. No fuss, no muss. So, they are quite easy to clean.

Our favorite water bottle from YETI is the Rambler. It’s a 26 oz. bottle with a chug cap. It has all the features of a typical high-end water bottle, such as double-wall vacuum insulation. It also has a sweat-free and long-lasting finish, and puncture-resistant 18/8 stainless steel construction.

Not your typical drinkware, it comes with the Rambler Bottle Chug Cap. This cap allows you to control every gulp and prevents spills while you are drinking.

We looked at how it compares to the Hydro Flask 32, to see if price and quality played similarly out when doing sports and commuting.

Throughout this guide, we will take a look at the things we like and don’t like about the YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap.

Let’s dive in and learn more about its features!

YETI Rambler Bottle Black with Separate Cover

YETI Rambler Bottle: Key Specifications

  • Height: 11”
  • Width: 3 ⅜”
  • Empty Weight: 21.9 oz.
  • Available Colors: Aquifer Blue, Black, Copper, Harvest Red, Highlands Olive, King Crab Orange, Navy, Prickly Pear Pink, Seafoam, Sharptail Taupe, Stainless Steel, White
  • Compatible Accessories: Rambler Bottle 5 oz. Cup Cap, Rambler Bottle Magdock Cap, Rambler Bottle Straw Cap, Rambler Bottle Sling Large

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Features

The YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap is one of the latest versions of YETI Rambler water bottles. It comes with a chug cap as a standard, which used to be an optional accessory only.

Promised to be 100% leak proof, the chug cap has two parts. The top part is the TripleHaul Handle, which makes the water bottle easy to carry. The bottom part is the shatter-resistant, clear spout. With this spout, you can control the flow of your beverage as you drink.

With the two-part chug cap, the YETI Rambler is easy to use. The TripleHaul Handle comes off with a quick twist, exposing the clear spout every time you need to drink. To expose the wide mouth, all you need to do is remove the entire cap.

This water bottle has double-wall vacuum insulation. This design maintains the temperature of your beverages for as long as possible. YETI does not specify for how long, though.

The YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap is made of 18/8 stainless steel, a food-grade material. Moreover, it is free from harmful chemicals like BPA.

With a No Sweat design, the Rambler always stays dry. That means no condensation. No matter how hot or cold your drink is, the external temperature won’t be affected. On this point and the YETI vs Hydro Flask score, it’s a tie with both staying nicely dry and grippy.

Various finishes are available for this water bottle. It is available in the classic stainless steel finish. Also, it has a variation under the Rambler Elements Collection— copper. This special YETI Rambler collection has an advanced, oleophobic coating for a fingerprint-resistant finish.

Products under the Rambler Elements Collection have the same stainless steel base layer as the standard models. The only difference is the addition of a superb, UV-resistant coating layered with a fingerprint-proof coating. Further, these products have a thin coating that creates a brushed copper or graphite finish.

There are a lot of accessories that YETI sells with the Rambler Chug Cap water bottle. Different caps may be used alternatively, such as the Rambler Bottle 5 oz. Cup Cap, the Rambler Bottle Magdock Cap, and the Rambler Bottle Straw Cap. Also, it is compatible with the Rambler Bottle Sling Large.

If you are using the Rambler Bottle Straw Cap, remember that it is not suitable for hot drinks. The Rambler Bottle Chug Cap, on the other hand, is not intended for carbonated drinks. Carbonated drinks may cause pressure buildup over time. When that happens, you may have difficulties removing the cap. In some cases, the pressure built up may forcefully eject the cap, resulting in injury.

The YETI Rambler is dishwasher safe. Or wash it by hand. Remember to use mild dish soap only, together with warm water.

Keep in mind, though, that the YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap should not be placed in the freezer. It is also not microwave-safe.

YETI Rambler Bottle Features

What we like

This water bottle is pretty easy to carry. Thanks to the TripleHaul Handle, you can bring it with ease wherever you go. YETI talks this point up quite a bit, outlining the smarts of the 3-finger grab.

When you twist this handle, the shatter-resistant spout is exposed. This mechanism makes it easier to drink without spills. You can control every gulp, so you can quickly have a refreshing drink anytime.

The spout is shatter-resistant, so it can withstand every wear and tear over the years. Similarly, you can expect the entire YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap to last long. The base material is an 18/8 stainless steel, which is puncture- and rust-resistant.

More importantly, a durable, 18/8 stainless steel is kitchen-grade. So, it is completely safe for storing your beverages.

Another thing we like about the YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap is that it is free from harmful chemicals like BPA. It is safe not only for you but also for the environment. When you inhale or ingest anything that contains BPA, you may experience nausea. The same is true for animals, particularly marine species.

Ideal for both hot and cold drinks, this water bottle stays dry no matter how hot or cold its content is. The double-wall vacuum insulation and No Sweat design work together to maintain the temperature of your drink. All that, without affecting the external temperature. This means that no matter how piping hot your coffee or tea is, you can still hold your water bottle properly without burning your hands.

The YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap is available in copper, an option under the Rambler Element Collection. This variation has the same quality as regular models and more. Integrated with an oleophobic coating, it has a nice, fingerprint-resistant surface. Your fingerprints won’t linger in your water bottle, so it can maintain a clean look.

If you are not a fan of the chug cap, you can get one of the many alternative caps.

Maintaining the YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap is quite easy. It is dishwasher safe, so you can leave all the cleaning to the dishwasher. If you still prefer handwashing, all you need is mild dish soap.

YETI Rambler Bottle What We Like

What we don’t like

We laud this water bottle for its advanced features, such as the insulation technology. We like the food-grade construction, too. However, we also need to talk about some downsides.

If you only need drinkware for water or coffee, the YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap will serve you well. On the other hand, if you need one for soda or energy drinks, it is not the ideal choice for you. It is not intended for carbonated drinks, particularly the chug cap.

Should you need a water bottle that can handle sports drinks, check out the Hydro Flask 24 oz. Standard Mouth.

The YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap is compatible with many accessories. You can replace the chug cap with the Rambler Bottle Straw Cap. However, this cap is not suitable for hot beverages. So, while this water bottle can be fitted with other caps, there are still some limitations.

Many users have also complained about this water bottle’s ability to keep drinks cold for hours. In most cases, ice melts quicker than you’d expect. There is no guarantee how long the temperature of any beverage can last, too.

Meanwhile, the Hydro Flask 24 oz. Standard Mouth keeps cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours. If you need more certainty when it comes to insulation, Hydro Flask water bottles are worth considering.

YETI Rambler Bottle What We Don't Like

Conclusion

All things considered, the YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap is a pretty decent choice for stationary use or short trips. Like the brand, like the dishwasher-safe ability and you’ll likely appreciate this one.

It falls under the high-end price category. So, you can expect the typical high-end features of a water bottle.

These features include double-wall vacuum insulation, food-grade stainless steel construction. Of course, let’s not forget the impeccable finish and texture.

However, if you are going on long road trips or lengthy camping adventures, the YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap may not be the right companion. There is no guarantee how long drinks stay hot or cold. Ice melts quickly, too. If you find yourself needing an ice-cold drink after a long day, this water bottle might only disappoint.

The Hydro Flask 24 oz. Standard Mouth has a little less volume than this water bottle but gives it a run for its money. Arguably, this Hydro Flask drinking bottle has better insulation technology. It is intended for demanding sports and outdoor activities.

On the other hand, the YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap is great for everyday use. You can easily carry it to the office or school, or take it on a quick weekend drive. It offers value for money, especially if you are only looking for drinkware that you can use daily. Particularly, it is recommended for those who mostly drink water, coffee, or tea.

If you have the budget, we highly recommend that you get the YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap. It is ideal for everyday use, especially if you are into both hot and cold drinks. It can be pricey, though, so we have reviewed its features to help you decide if it is the right water bottle for you.

What We Like

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Easy to chug
  • Easy to carry
  • Heavy-duty and food-grade stainless steel construction
  • Free from bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Easy-to-handle external surface always stays dry
  • Available in a fingerprint-resistant finish
  • Compatible with different caps

What We Don’t Like

  • Cap is not suitable for carbonated drinks
  • Not all compatible caps are intended for hot and cold beverages
  • Ice melts rapidly

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions about YETI Rambler Bottle

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    What is the best YETI Rambler water bottle?

    Our current favorite from YETI is the YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap. It is a little bit pricey but all the high-end features quite justify the price tag.

    This water bottle has double-wall vacuum insulation, keeping drinks as cold or as hot for as long as possible. It also has a No Sweat design, which means that the content’s temperature never affects the external temperature. Some variations even have a fingerprint-resistant finish.

    You can learn more about the things we like and don’t like about the YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap in this review.

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    Is the YETI Rambler Bottle Chug Cap removable?

    YETI Rambler Bottles now come with the YETI Rambler Bottle Chug Cap as a standard. This cap comes with two removable components. On top is the TripleHaul Handle and on the bottom is the shatter-resistant spout. You can remove both parts whenever you need to refill or clean your drinking bottle.

    One of the best-selling YETI Rambler Bottles today is the YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap. Find out what we think about it in this in-depth guide.

    If you would like to consider other options, click here.

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    What is the YETI Rambler Elements Collection?

    The YETI Rambler Elements Collection is YETI’s special drinkware collection. Products under this collection have the same base layer as standard models. However, they have a different finish.

    YETI Rambler Elements Collection water bottles have a state-of-the-art oleophobic coating. This finishing gives off a fingerprint-resistant surface. Moreover, an additional coating is applied through physical vapor deposition (PVD). This coating gives off a brushed copper or graphite finish.

    The YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap is available in Copper, as part of the YETI Rambler Elements Collection.

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    How do you clean a YETI Rambler water bottle?

    One of the things we like the most about YETI Rambler products, such as the YETI Rambler 26 oz. Bottle With Chug Cap, is that they are dishwasher safe. Even the accessories are dishwasher safe.

    When cleaning your YETI Rambler products using the dishwasher, remember the following:

    For the bottles: place them in an upside-down position on whichever rack they fit best.

    For the caps and lids: put them on the top rack and as far away as possible from the heat.

    For the gaskets: place them on a silverware tray on the bottom rack.

    If you prefer handwashing, mild dish soap and warm water will do the trick for all components.

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