There have been no shortages of stainless steel tumbler options over the past couple of years. The explosion of the overpriced Yeti Ramblers on the market started a new craze for tumblers. It seems everyone has one (or at least a similar brand). Whether retail or within the promotional products industry, you have pick of the litter of the brand or in some cases, the off-brand in both 20 oz and 30 oz sizes. Additionally, the promotional products industry offers many great color options that aren't available for Yeti (except for aftermarket applications, which adds even more expense).
So many questions arise though when comparing the various off-brand options to the original Yeti. Are they as durable? Will they hold ice for as long? Which is better?
If you can live without the brand, "YETI" stamped on the tumbler and lid, you can find alternative brands that are, in my opinion, much better and certainly less expensive than the Rambler. Below you will find my review of the 20 oz. Himalayan Tumbler from 2 months of use, which has proven to be an excellent alternative to the Yeti.
20 oz. Himalayan Tumbler Review
I use this tumbler every single day and that's no exaggeration. I use it for my morning cup of coffee so I don't have to drink it quickly before it cools and I don't have to reheat my mug of coffee in the microwave like I use to with a ceramic mug. My wife and kids each use their tumblers each day for their ice water. The bottom line is: if you drink liquid, this is a useful product.
Just like the Yeti Rambler, the Himalayan Tumbler is made of 18/8 stainless steel construction with double wall vacuum insulation, so that means it is extremely durable with excellent temperature retention. The lid is made out of very durable shatter-proof acrylic with a rubber gasket to prevent spills. The Himalayan has the Yeti beat with the slide action lid (see photo below), which keeps the drinking hole covered when not being used. I don't know about you, but while in public, I'd rather everyone around me to NOT be breathing in my drink. Also, the slide action mechanism is great when using your tumbler outdoors because it keeps dust and bugs out of your drink. The bottom of the Himalayan also has a great non-slip bottom (see photo below). Of course, this superior tumbler is made out of BPA-Free materials. They are made to be hand wash only, so fine Yeti Rambler, you can have this one pro.
This tumbler shape has a sleek, tapered look, similar to most most tumblers, which fits in most cup holders. However, move over Yeti, now there are other colors in the game besides Silver. Choose several great tumbler colors such as, White, Matte Black, Metallic Blue, Metallic Red, Green, Orange, Purple, or Teal. Lid color options include Clear, Translucent Blue, Translucent Charcoal, Translucent Lime Green, or Translucent Red. The many color combinations help integrate better with your company branding. My wife and 3 kids each have a different color tumbler so we never get them mixed up! What's your favorite color?
The whole reason that double wall insulated stainless steel tumblers became so popular is because of the amazing heat and cold retention. The Himalayan is no different than the Yeti, as it will hold ice in your drink all day, even in a hot car. My coffee stays hot from 7am to Noon (if I still have coffee left by then). Because of the double wall construction, there is no condensation that forms on the outside, keeping your desk and cup holder dry.
Compared to a 20 oz. Yeti Rambler at $29.99, the 20 oz Himalayans are between $9.99 and $17.47 each (as of 9/14/16) depending on the quantity ordered. Of course, the more you order, the more potential for savings. The price difference is significant and a great value, especially when it is branded with YOUR company logo.
In my opinion, branding is the biggest benefit of buying a non-Yeti tumbler of similar construction. The Himalayan tumblers have no visible branding of their own, unlike the Yeti, which boldly displays their name on the lid and bottom of the tumbler. This allows your company to bask in the glory as the sole brand displayed on the product. This adds repeated value for your company each time a recipient uses their tumbler since they are repeatedly exposed to your branding, as are everyone around them. That means an extremely low cost per impression (the number of times your logo is viewed divided by the product price). Why buy end of year gifts for employees and clients which display other companies' branding...that's just silly when you can brand with YOUR company info.
Overall, for the value, the Himalayan Tumbler has the Yeti beat by a long shot. Be smart with your marketing dollars and buy high quality products with your own branding on them.
Watch a quick video of the 20 oz. Himalayan Tumbler:
Check out some of the photos of the exact product that was reviewed.
- Even after all day and every day use for months, this tumbler still looks good, with only a few nicks and scratches.
- Spill-resistant slide action lids make these a better alternative than the standard Yeti lids. This slide closure keeps bugs and dust out of your drink and the slide mechanism pops out for easy cleaning.
- The non-slip bottom is a great touch to keep this tumbler from slipping around on slick surfaces.
- Pictured are only 6 of the color options available for the 20 oz. Himalayan Tumblers.
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