A YETI Lunch Box Will Cost Ya $80!? Here are 7 Alternatives that Won’t…

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Looking for the best insulated lunch boxes that cost WAY less but work just as well as YETI

Yeti lunchbox with price

These YETI lunch box alternatives won’t eat your budget! 😛

With back-to-school and returns to in-office work underway, you may be looking for the best lunch boxes to carry along with you. While YETI is known for its high quality, it’s not the most affordable brand… and their lunch boxes are $80. 🤯

The ratings are overall positive, but there are still a solid amount of people who are unsatisfied with their purchase. The biggest critiques were that it was too small and it doesn’t keep the contents inside cold, even with an ice pack.

On the other hand, let’s break down some key features of these YETI products, what they’re known for, and why it does have an overall positive review:

yeti lunch box

YETI Daytrip Lunch Box $79.99

This bag features:

    • 12″H x 10″W x 5.5″D size
    • 6 colors
    • Food-safe material
    • Insulated and water-resistant
    • Molded bottom and magnetic closure

Here are some positive reviews from YETI buyers of this Lunch Box:

“Amazing! I love everything about it down to the magnetized lid.” – Rendy O.


“It really does work to keep food cold or hot. Great to carry in the car on my husband’s business trips when he is driving and visiting customers. He will get lots of use out of this cooler!” – Angie C.


yeti day trip lunch bag

YETI Daytrip Lunch Bag $80

This bag features: 

    • 8.75″H x 8.75″W x 5.75″D size
    • Food-safe material
    • Insulated
    • Fold-and-go packing
    • Adjustable grid size and magnetic closure

Here are some positive reviews from YETI buyers of this Lunch Bag:

“This bag is absolutely fantastic! I use it daily to take my baby bottles/food and never worry that the ice pack will go warm.” – Amanda M


“Great lunch bag. I use it for work and also on the weekend at the beach. Keeps food cold all day.” – Wayne H.

Even with the positive reviews, the features of these bags are pretty ordinary for a quality lunch bag 🥱, so if you’re not a fan of paying $80 for a lunch box, which I’m sure is many of you, have no fear! I’ve gathered a list of seven of the best alternative, cheaper lunch boxes that have similar features and styles, and of course are all insulated.


And now, without further ado! If you’re looking for the best YETI lunch box alternatives, you have to check these out:


1. This Hydro Flask Insulated Lunch Box is extremely similar to YETI!

boy holding blue hydro flask lunchbox

Hydro Flask Insulated Lunch Box starting at $33.71

    • Size:  10.5″H x 4″W x 9.6″D
    • Color choices: 8 colors

Select colors are currently on sale at 25% off, no code needed!

This durable lunch box by Hydro Flask is modern and functional while having many similar qualities to the YETI DayTrip Lunch Box. The similarities include the physical design, as it has a hard-shell and easy-to-clean interior/exterior while also being insulated and food-safe.

This is available in two sizes, which is an awesome feature for those who were dissatisfied with YETI’s lunch boxes being too small for them! You can check out the specs of the larger one here.

We love Hydro Flask products for back-to-school season.

boy holding hydro flask lunch box

Sara from our team is a huge fan of these lunch boxes:

I own these lunch boxes and love ’em! The exterior is super hard & durable to be shoved in their backpacks, keep food from being squished, & withstand whatever shenanigans happen in the lunch line at school. 😂

The inside has ample room for plenty of food (yes, even for teens) and is seamless to wipe clean too so no more worrying about yucky yogurt spills. Plus, the thick strap inside is perfect for utensils, ice packs, coolers, and/or sweet love notes. 🥰


2. This easy-to-clean Igloo Repreve Lily Lunch Sack is extremely reliable.

mint lunch bag

Igloo Repreve Lily Lunch Sack $24.99

    • Size: 8″H x 6″W x 10.5″D
    • Color Choices: 4 (Target sells one that is a Target exclusive; the other 3 colors on Igloo’s website are currently sold out!)

Part of Igloo’s REPREVE collection, the Lily Lunch Sack is made of Repreve polyester which is made from recycled contents, including plastic water bottles! It’s sustainable, stylish, and spacious, fitting up to 12 cans inside while also fitting large containers. Similar to YETI, this lunch sack is fully insulated, semi-similar in style, and had easy-to-clean fabric.

Here’s what some Target users had to say about it:

“The best simple/minimalist lunch box. The color is cute and the design is purposeful. Love it.” MollyW8


“This lunch box exceeded expectations. It’s a great size. It’s not too big but I can fit SO much inside. I also love the color, it’s a true mint green.” – Maddie


3. Herschel’s Pop Quiz Lunch Box is a solid choice for back-to-school.

herschel pop quic lunch box

Herschel’s Pop Quiz Lunch Box $34.99

    • Size: 7.75″H x 10.25″W x 3.75″D
    • Color Choices: 13

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In comparison to YETI, this lunch box is also waterproof, well insulated, and made of an easy-to-clean material. Herschel offers a limited lifetime warranty, meaning they will give you a refund for any defects valid for the original purchaser’s lifetime, as long as it was purchased through their store or another authorized retailer.

Here’s some reviewer feedback on this Herschel insulate lunch box:

“These have held up great! Easy to wipe down in between washes, zippers run smoothly and are easy for younger kids.” – KNJD


“I bought this at the beginning of the school year for my oldest son who is tough and rough on lunch boxes. This lunch box still remains to look and act like the day it arrived.” – Chevo


4. Carhartt Lunch Bag is Amazon’s Choice for a reason!

brown lunch bag

Carhartt Deluxe Dual Compartment Insulated Lunch Cooler Bag $24.99+

    • Size: 9″H x 10″W x 7″D
    • Color choices: 5

Based on the reviews (there are over 33,000 of them!), I can see why this Carhartt lunch bag is such a hit! It’s large and durable enough to fit pretty much any lunch. If you’re an adult purchasing this, you should also know that it can fit an entire 6-pack! 😆

Directly comparable to the YETI DayTrip Lunch bag, it’s soft-sided, insulated, and water-repellant.

Here are some reviews from Amazon shoppers:

“Bought this item for my boyfriend so he would stop using plastic grocery bags for his lunches. He loves it, I love it, and the environment loves it. Direct quote from him, ‘it keeps my food really cold!'” – Kyra


“Bought this as a gift for my father who is a driving instructor so eats lunch in his car. He loved it and loved the quality.” – Jonathon


5. This L.L. Bean Lunch Box is an extremely reliable and fan-fave choice!

LL Bean open box with food

 

Flip-Top Lunch Box $29.95

    • Size: 7″H x 9″W x 5″D
    • Color Choices: 6

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This lunch box by L.L. Bean is incredibly spacious and durable! Similar to YETI, it’s fully insulated and water-resistant. This was definitely a top-rated choice and had many positive comments!

Better yet, if you’re not satisfied with any L.L. Bean purchase, they guarantee a return up to one year after your date of purchase. This is great if it doesn’t perform as expected throughout the school year!

Here are some reviews from happy L.L. Bean buyers:

“This lunchbox is easy to access and the perfect size for either sandwich lunches or meal prep containers.” Austin


“Needed a new lunchbox for my 6th-grade son. This is large enough to fit his lunch, snacks, and anything else he thinks he needs for his day!”Momoffour


6. Corkcicle’s Nona Roll-Top Lunchbox’s flexibility is definitely a YETI contender.

corckcicle lunch bags lined up

Corkcicle’s Nona Roll-Top Lunchbox $39.95

    • Size: 7″H x 9″W x 5″D
    • Color Choices: 3

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Similar to YETI’s Lunch bag, the roll-top feature of this lunch box makes the size adjustable to whatever you choose to pack! It also has insulation and an adjustable buckled closure. This has many alike features to YETI and is a great alternative!

Here’s what some Corkcicle reviewers had to say:

“Love that it’s expandable for big lunches or small snacks. Nice material is easy to clean. Definitely a household favorite!” – Ashley B.


“Enough space for my icepack and my lunch items! Great lunch box!” – Erin L.


7. The entire Packit Freezable Lunch Bag is an ice pack & readers love it! 

PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag $23.99

    • Size: 9.75″H x 8.5″W x 6.25″D
    • Color Choices: 22

Similar to YETI’s Lunch bag, but even more bendy, the entire Packit Lunch Bag is insulated with non-toxic, freezable gel so you can fold, freeze, pack, and go! (No more complaints of food not staying cold like the YETI 😉). It also has a nice buckle closure that makes it easy to clip onto backpacks, strollers, and more for hands-free convenience.

Here’s what our  readers have to say about Packit:

Wow! I am impressed with Packit. Instead of being insulated, the whole lunch bag has freezable gel. The whole bag is an ice pack! Thanks for telling us about it.Anna Rose


PackIt is the best. It folds and I can put it in the freezer if I’m using it for just drinks or I can not freeze and use it for everything else. It’s a backpack so easy to carry and holds plenty but is lightweight.dannysangel09


Looking for something a little more stylish? These Stoney Clover lookalike bags are a must-grab!


About the writer:

Chelsey is a writer & photographer with both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Arizona State University. She holds 3+ years blogging experience not only for Hip2Save, but various other publications in the health, lifestyle, and education field.


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Comments 4

  1. CJ

    Pack-its were always awesome! I never paid that much bc I always found them on sale or clearance at places like Marshall’s or Ross or TJ Maxx etc. after school started and they need to make room for holiday stuff. I had my son trained to come home and wipe down the inside and pack it up and freeze it every night!!! It was still cool when it would come home from school (not frozen but cool gel)

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How cool! Thanks for taking a moment to comment, CJ! Good to know how well the PackIts worked for your son! 💖🙌

  2. sandra-12

    We have the Hydro flask lunch boxes. Just get the large if you’re going to be using Bento boxes for your kids lunch. First one we got was a small and it will not fit the Bentgo box but would fit the yumbox, but with very little room to spare. The large fits both with enough room for extras like juice boxes, chip bags and extra snacks.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing that tip about sizing! So happy to hear that brand is working well for you! 💕

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