Walmart's $9.75 Ozark Trail look alike. also 30 ounces.
A $9 SubZero, sold at Kmart, Walmart, and Amazon, but only sold in a 20 ounce size.
We Test Them Out
I packed each one with crushed ice, attempting to use the exact same amount of ice in each, and sealed them tight.
Then, after waiting 12 hours with the cups untouched on a kitchen counter, I measured how much ice had melted.
The Yeti and Ozark lost exactly the same amount of ice into water: 2 ounces.
The SubZero lost one and half ounces, but since the SubZero was 30% smaller than the other two, it actually had more ice melt. So at this point, the Yeti and Ozark were tied, with SubZero slightly behind.
At 24 hours, I drained each cup again.
The Yeti and Ozark lost identical amounts once again, 6 3/4 ounces. The SubZero lost 4 1/2 ounces, a slightly bigger percentage of melting. Again, the Yeti and Ozark were tied atop the leader board.
Finally, at the two day mark, 48 hours, all the ice had melted. except for one tiny piece of ice remaining in Walmart's Ozark Trail cup.
"I think it's a fantastic idea," one Dick's shopper told us. "But if it's cheaper somewhere else, I'd go there."
And a lot of people are doing just that: If you don't need the cachet of a name brand, Walmart's is 75% cheaper.
One caution: Yeti has recently filed a lawsuit against Walmart, over the Ozark tumbler, and against another brand called Mammoth Coolers.
It's asking Walmart to stop selling look alike tumblers. But for now they should still be available, so you don't waste your money.
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