It’s time for another product battle! Last time YETI lost big in the price vs product category (see Battle of The Tumblers). This time I compare the popular YETI Rambler 64oz Bottle vs the Reduce Everyday 64oz Growler. I have already done independent reviews of each, so go ahead and give them a read to catch you up to speed: YETI Rambler 64oz Review Reduce Everyday 64oz Growler Review.
The YETI Rambler 64oz and Reduce 64oz Growler have a very similar design. Both growlers are approximately 4 3/4″ wide at the base with the Reduce Growler being slightly wider than the YETI, and the YETI measures at 11 3/4″ tall with the Reduce Growler being just short of that height. The small variances in size really doesn’t benefit one over the other as neither will fit a cup holder and both growlers hold 64oz of liquid.
The YETI Rambler and Reduce Growler come with a BPA free plastic lid with a convenient carry handle (we will cover the lids more in depth further down). The YETI Rambler features their logo in raised lettering near the bottom while the Reduce Growler has a the logo “Cold 1” imprinted on the side of the growler.
The opening of the YETI Rambler 64oz measures at approximately 2 3/4″ wide. While this is great for filling up, and sometimes for pouring out, I find the large opening to be a nuisance. As trivial as this complaint sounds, you are more likely to end spilling something on you if you plan to drink straight from the Rambler. Much like the wide mouth Nalgene bottles, the wide mouth of the Rambler is too wide to provide any type of seal between the bottle and the sides of your mouth so drinking must be slow and controlled or you risk dumping out whatever you have in the bottle. YETI also claims this larger opening will make cleaning easier, but I don’t buy the claim. You cannot fit your hand in the opening, so you are left using a brush if you need to scrub. But all stainless steel tumblers/growlers are dishwasher safe so you don’t really need an “easy clean” feature.
The Reduce 64oz Growler has an opening of approximately 2″ wide making it considerably smaller than the YETI Rambler. This smaller opening makes it much easier to drink from, as well as doing more controlled pours. The smaller opening could make it harder to scrub, but I seriously doubt it. The only real negative to having the smaller opening is filling up the growler. You do have to pay a little more attention to filling it up, but it isn’t really that hard to deal with.
Advantage: Reduce 64oz Growler due to its slightly wider base for stability and more manageable opening.
After reading our article comparing the popular tumblers, this next statement should come as no surprise: The YETI Rambler 64oz and the Reduce 64oz Growler are made exactly the same. Both growlers are made out of the highly popular 18/8 grade stainless steel providing excellent strength and durability. Both growlers feature double walled vacuum insulated technology for the best temperature preservation. As previous mentioned, the YETI Rambler and Reduce Growler have BPA free lids with tight seals.
Advantage: It is a tie. They are made almost the same, with the same materials and technology.
This folks is where it all changes. In fact this is the most important part in my opinion. Every manufacture of stainless steel tumblers and bottles is using the same design, same steel, same insulation properties, but the lid is what makes each product different! Let me break them down:
The YETI Rambler 64oz lid offers a convenient and comfortable carry handle. The handle is on top of the bottle aligning the weight of the bottle with your hand making it very effortless to carry. You can easily get 3 fingers on the handle, 4 if you have smaller hands. The only issue with the Rambler’s lid is; that’s it, that all you get for the price, a carry handle.
The Reduce 64oz Growler lid has some versatility. First, when you remove the lid, it actually can double as a small cup! Although I have not found many uses for the small cup, I’m sure if I carried hot liquids I would use it a lot more. Second, if you don’t wish to remove the lid, you can unscrew the very top of the lid (or bottom of the cup if you will) to create a 1 1/4″ opening that is perfect for drinking from and pouring from with great control. The negative to this lid is the carry handle is a small loop on the side of the handle. It is really only comfortable to put 1 finger in the loop to carry the bottle.
Advantage: Reduce 64oz Growler. Although the lid of the Reduce Growler may not be as comfortable to carry, it makes up for it by doubling as a cup and converting to a convenient pour spout.
At the time of this article, here are the prices on each product from their websites:
YETI Rambler 64oz: $69.99
Reduce Everyday 64oz Growler: $42.99
Advantage: Do I even need to say it?
At the end of the day it all comes down to do you want to pay more for a notable brand that has built itself into a status symbol, or do you want to pay less and get a few more features? Even if the prices were exactly the same, I would still say the Reduce Growler is superior to the YETI Rambler because of the lid. If I haven’t stressed it enough already, you are getting the same construction and same materials so all that makes them different is the lid and opening size. If there is anyone out there wondering why I didn’t do a cold test, ask yourself this, do you think it is really going to be that big of a difference? They are the SAME thing! I have had them both in the belly of a canoe all day, or in the back of a car in the sun, and when I open either up, the water is still nice and cold. I will end with this; I am not a YETI hater, but I do hate spending more money to get an inferior product based on a name.