Deep sea fishing and backcountry hunting are best paired with the YETI Tundra 250 and 350. These beasts are the largest coolers in the YETI lineup. They are also unbelievably heavy. If you’re looking for something more practical, take a gander at the YETI Tundra Haul Hard cooler. This option has wheels for easy rolling. The YETI cooler finder tool can also help you find a more packable option.
If you need the biggest and baddest cooler, the YETI Tundra 250 and 350 are your solutions. The 232.4 quart capacity of the YETI Tundra 250 is spacious enough to store big game meat. Meanwhile, the YETI Tundra 350 can store all that and then some with a 329.6 quart capacity. Although, if you own a Prius you’ll have a hard time transporting either of these coolers.
The Differences Between the YETI Tundra 250 and 350
Storage capacity is where the YETI Tundra 250 and 350 outshine the competition. These commercial-grade coolers are specifically designed to store game meat and abundant offshore catches.
To give you a better perspective, the ice capacity of the YETI Tundra 250 is 221 lbs. Using a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio by volume, you can stash 181 cans on ice.
That may sound impressive until you look at the capacity of the YETI Tundra 350. This gigantic cooler holds a whopping 316 lbs of ice or 259 cans making you everyone’s best friend at large gatherings. Looking at those stats, the YETI Tundra 350 is the clear winner here, hands down.
To call the YETI Tundra 250 and 350 oversized would be a bit of an understatement. These coolers are so big, you could take a bath in them if you really wanted to.
The 15 3/8” × 16 1/8” × 47 1/2” interior of the YETI Tundra 250 can fit a quartered elk. Add on the 3 in FatWall™ design and you’re looking at a 22 7/8” × 21 3/8” × 55 5/8” exterior.
Meanwhile, the YETI Tundra 350 is the granddaddy of them all. The 24 3/4” × 23 1/4” × 63 1/2” exterior houses a 16 3/4” × 17 3/4” × 54 5/8” interior. So if you’re going to go big, go with the YETI Tundra 350.
For the rest of us average users, both coolers are just too damn large. You can’t carry the things, let alone find space in most vehicles. Unless you truly have the use, I recommend downgrading to a more practical option. The YETI cooler finder tool can help you find the right size.
Of course, with massive size comes massive weight. The YETI Tundra 250 and 350 weigh in at 70 lbs and 89 lbs, respectively.
And that’s empty. Add in all your long journey provisions or fresh kill from the hunt and we’re talking about some serious cooler weight.
Think long and hard about how you would haul either of these around. If either option lives permanently on a homestead, the weight won’t be as big of a factor. However, if you plan on transferring it in and out of the rig full of goods, you’ll need a game plan.
What can you do with the YETI Tundra 350 that you can’t do with the YETI Tundra 250? Well, according to YETI, you can store a whole hog. Hawaiian luau anyone?
Aside from that, both coolers are well equipped to handle game meat, large catches, big bashes, and the contents of your fridge should you find yourself in a power outage.
The YETI Tundra 250 and 350 are far from cheap. You’re likely to spend all your rent money on one of these coolers.
That said, the YETI Tundra 250 and 350 are well worth the price if you have the need. Both are exceptional coolers that will hold up with time.
However, if I had to choose based on value alone, I would go with the YETI Tundra 250. The money you save can be put towards your next extended adventurer.
The YETI Tundra 250 and 350 are the motherload of oversized coolers. While they aren’t light or cheap, they have a more than abundant storage capacity.
The YETI 250 holds up to 221 lbs of ice to keep the group camp party going all week long. Meanwhile, the YETI 350 holds up to 316 lbs of ice making it better for longer expeditions. While you’ll have to throw down a solid chunk of change, both of these coolers are worth it if you find the need for maximum cooler capacity.
Need something more packable? Take a look at our review of the YETI Tundra 65 and 75.