Rovr vs Rtic cooler compare models Rtic 65 vs RovR RollR 60
The Premium Cooler Market
The market for premium, multi-functional coolers and ice chests loaded with features is heating up, and some of them are pretty cool.
In addition to RovR, companies like Coleman, Pelican, Yeti, Igloo, and Rtic are competing to bring the thirsty camper, fisherman, hunter, concert-goer, tailgater, boater, beach-goer, barbecuer or avid collector of surplus cold goods the coolest drink and the reddest steak for the longest time, and to provide that service with an avalanche of attractive features that make using their cooler easier, more convenient, more fun, and, well, cooler.
Head to Head: RovR Rollr 60 and Rtic cooler Rtic 65
We’re going to consider the RovR RollR 60 against one of those competitors, the Rtic 65.
Rtic Coolers was founded in 2015 and is based in Cypress, Texas. In addition to hard coolers and ice chests, Rtic manufactures and sells drinkware, and travel gear including folding chairs and duffel bags. The Rtic 65 hard cooler is a quality cooler around the middle of their line, with coolers ranging in price from $139 for their Rtic 20 cooler, to $439 for their Rtic 145 cooler. The Rtic 65 cooler that we are comparing against the RovR RollR 60 retails for $249.
We compared the features and specifications of the two coolers across 21 categories–some of which we didn’t just make up–from price to cupholders. On bear resistance, construction, locks, gaskets, and anchor points, we found the coolers neck and neck. On price, feet, insulation, and stickers, the Rtic cooler kept the RovR cooler on ice. The rest of the categories were victories for the RovR RollR 60. Here is the full comparison:
The RovR RollR 60 cooler has an edge here. The Rtic 65 can store either 70 pounds of ice or 64 12-ounce cans. The RovR RollR stores 60 12-ounce cans and 20 pounds of ice. With the internal dry bin installed, the RollR 60 can easily handle 40 pounds of ice, up to a dozen 12-ounce cans, as well as 4 – 6 bottles of wine or spirits. And there’s still room left over.
Both coolers promise bear resistance. No bears were consulted.
Whether it Can Be Sat Upon
A tie. You can sit on either. Probably not at the same time. The RovR cooler’s wagon bin can be collapsed into a comfy seat pad, though, so maybe a slight edge to RovR. The Rtic 65 comes with a traction lid: you can stand on it. So, that’s something, we guess. Still, a push.
The RovR cooler has the wagon bin that collapses into a seat cushion, providing a little extra insulation. But with three inches of thick foam insulation to RovR’s two inches, the Rtic has the advantage here.
Both feature solid rotomolded construction for maximum durability. No edge.
Dry Storage, or Internal Dividers
The RovR cooler walks away with this one. RovR coolers feature a full-height, removable divided insert. While some of the Rtic hard coolers come with a simple slot-fit divider, the Rtic 65 doesn’t. There’s a wire basket that keeps dry goods separate from stored ice, but it limits the cooler’s maximum capacity.
Locks and Lock Points
This is a push: Each cooler features industry-best moulded integrated locking and anchor points.
The coolers are deadlocked. Literally. Both coolers feature freezer-quality gaskets to keep their contents fresh, crisp, and cold.
Another tie. Both coolers feature anchor points for fixing accessories to the cooler, or securing the cooler to a surface or vehicle. The RovR cooler has six anchor points.
This one’s not a push, that’s for sure: it’s the RovR cooler all the way. The Rtic isn’t available with wheels, so it features handles for lifting, secured to the cooler with nylon rope. The RovR coolers all come with a sturdy aluminum pull-beside handle, padded for comfort, and offset so you’re not pulling the cooler straight into your heels.
Slight advantage to RovR. The Rtic cooler features a Rapid V-Drain system, with an Easy-Flow drain spout. The RovR RollR 60 is ergonomically designed at the moulding stage to distribute melted ice efficiently during storage and draining, and features a Fast-Flow drain plug which is non-displacing so you don’t lose it.
The Rtic cooler doesn’t have wheels and sits on the ground. It features non-slip feet. The RovR cooler features bare feet. All around it. At the lake, the campsite, the beach, the festival, the concert, the backyard – wherever it rolls to.
The RovR cooler has a big advantage here. The Rtic is not a wheeled cooler. The RovR coolers come with eight-inch high-performance puncture-resistant tires. Fast, agile, and durable, they’re all-terrain and mounted on five-spoke nylon hubs.
Both coolers promise up to ten days of ice retention. The RovR’s greater capacity for ice and goods together gives it a slight edge. Because who wants just ice? For ten days.
RovR. The outside of any cooler’s lid can be used for preparing and cutting food, among other things, but only while restricting access to the contents of the cooler. The RovR coolers are available with prepping boards that attach to any of the RovR cooler’s six anchor points, keeping the contents of the cooler available. Rtic doesn’t offer a similar feature, even as an accessory, and the “traction lid” is not ideal for cutting or prepping.
RovR. Not an option with the Rtic coolers. The RovR coolers come with a wagon bin that pops up to stow things like chairs, blankets, acoustic guitars, and tents while you make your way from one destination to another. Then it collapses down for extra insulation and a padded seat.
Advantage Rtic: They sell stickers for the cooler. In case you forget what brand it is. Not necessary with the RovR RollR 60.
RovR. Rtic doesn’t have wheels. You would ruin it if you towed it behind a bicycle. Or anything else. The RovR is made for it, with an available bicycle tow-bar that attaches easily to your bicycle and goes anywhere you can pedal to.
The Rtic 65 cooler has an advantage over RovR RollR 60 here: at $249, it’s $150 bucks cheaper than the RovR RollR 60, which is $399.
Edge to RovR. The Rtic coolers are best for fishing, hunting, and camping; the RovR coolers are great for that and literally everything else: tailgating, the backyard, barbecuing, trips to the park, trips to the mountains, travel, and on and on. The premium wheels and the offset handle combine with its sturdy construction, capacity, and ice retention to make it the most versatile cooler on the market today.
We saved the most important feature for last, of course. The RovR coolers come with a dual cup-holder that attaches at any of the cooler’s anchor points. The Rtic comes with a single cupholder. RovR has one more cup-holder. RovR wins.
Blatantly Biased Conclusion Backed Up By Semi-Scientific Nearly-Empirical Data
It’s the RovR RollR 60 cooler by a length over the Rtic 65 cooler.
The Rtic cooler is a little cheaper, but it’s easy to see where the extra cash goes. Get what you pay for: the most versatile cooler on the market.