YETI Rambler 12 oz Bottle with HotShot Cap Review

Although it’s on the heavier side, we’re digging the YETI Rambler 12oz Bottle with HotShot Cap as a portable coffee mug. The lid is a real game-changer.

Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap On Desk
Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap On Desk

Our Verdict

8.2 /10

Form

83/100

Design

80/100

Value

83/100

Pros

  • Keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot
  • HotShot Cap is a game-changer, allowing you to sip from every direction
  • Durable stainless steel body

Cons

  • Heavy
  • 12oz isn’t an ideal size for water
  • Hotshot Cap has no handle or way to attach to a bag

Technical Details

  • Capacity

    12oz

  • Weight (oz)

    16 oz (453.6 gm)

  • Dimensions

    7.125 in x 3 in (18.1 x 7.6 cm)

  • Notable Materials

    Stainless Steel

  • Manufacturing Country

    China

  • Warranty Information

    Warranty Information

Full Review

If you’re a coffee junkie, you’re going to love the YETI Rambler 12 oz Bottle with HotShot Cap. Sure, you can use it for other beverages: water, tea, or lemonade, or any other non-carbonated liquid, but this bottle shines as a portable coffee mug.

Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap Next To French Press
Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap Next To French Press

We’ve been testing the 12oz YETI Rambler for approximately a month during which we’ve easily given up on traditional coffee mugs. The Rambler with HotShot Cap is all we need.

So let’s check it out.

Features & Usage

If you’re not familiar with YETI where have you been? The company made a name for itself a few years ago with essentially indestructible coolers that are great at regulating temperature. So it’s no surprise YETI’s double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel bottles excel at keeping hot things hot and cold things cold.

Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap Body
Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap Body

Fill the mug with hot coffee and trek through the streets of Detroit during the frigid winter months and the coffee will stay hot. Fill the mug with iced tea and stick it in a hot car during Miami’s sweltering summer and it’ll stay cool for hours. Plus, the bottle never gets too hot to hold when filled with hot beverages nor does it sweat when filled with cold ones.

The stainless steel also makes the Rambler bottles extremely durable. You can be the clumsiest person in the world and this bottle should be able to handle it.

That said, this indestructibility and insulation come at a price…and that’s just our dramatic way of saying that the bottle is heavy. The 12oz Rambler clocks in at 16oz (1lb) when empty. That’s alright if you’ll be taking this thing from home to work to coffee shops and back again, but it’s not great for one-bag travel when every ounce counts.

Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap Yeti Sizes
Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap Yeti Sizes

With a 12oz internal capacity, the YETI Rambler we’re reviewing today isn’t ideal for water. We tend to want more than 12oz of water when out and about. If you’re looking for a YETI water bottle, we’d suggest grabbing one of the larger options—18oz, 26oz, or 36oz. (Although note that 36oz is massive.)

Another great “feature” of the YETI 12oz Rambler is that, at the time of this review, it’s available in a wide variety of colorways—eight to be exact. So you can find a color that speaks to you.

Now all of those benefits are well and good, but the main reason we’re digging this bottle is due to the HotShot Cap. It really sets the YETI Rambler apart from the crowd.

Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap Caps
Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap Caps

YETI makes it so most of its caps are interchangeable, so if you ever need to, you could switch out the HotShot Cap for one of the other options—the MagDock Cap or Chug Cap for example. But we’re not sure you’d ever want to. If you go through a lot of coffee or tea, you could also pick up the HotShot Cap for a larger Rambler.

Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap Cap Apart
Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap Cap Apart

The HotShot Cap screws onto the bottle like normal, but once secured you can unscrew the middle bit. You can unscrew the middle all the way if you’d like to take a big gulp of something or if you’d like your piping hot coffee to cool off to an appropriate drinking temperature.

Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap Lip
Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap Lip

You can also give it a half-turn, which locks it in an open position ideal for sipping—similar to traditional coffee mug lids. Unlike those lids, however, you can sip from any direction. You don’t have to go searching for the opening. It may sound small, but once you experience the HotShot Cap, it’s hard to go back (trust us).

Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap Upside Down
Yeti Rambler 12oz Bottle With HotShot Cap Upside Down

And, when you close the lid, it locks everything in. You can toss it in your bag and not worry about spills. When closed, the lid also locks in the temperature for hours and hours. We’ve found our coffee will stay hot for an entire day. Usually, we don’t want it to stay pipping hot for an entire day—coffee is meant for drinking after all—so we appreciate that it will cool when the lid is off.

Now, the HotShot Cap doesn’t have a handle to attach it to bags or for easy carrying like some of the other lids YETI offers. Not a dealbreaker by any means, but something to note.

Durability & Testing

We’ve been testing the YETI Rambler 12oz Bottle with HotShot Cap for about a month now—almost exclusively for coffee. It’s great to take in the car, to have at our desks, or while strolling the streets of wherever.

As we mentioned earlier, it’s extremely durable. We haven’t acquired any dents, scratches, or rust. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe. So whenever it starts to get overrun by that old coffee smell, we can toss it in there for a clean slate.

Usage Timeline

Initial Usage

Condition: Excellent

  • Durable materials and construction
  • HotShot cap allows you to drink without completely opening the bottle
  • Keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold
2 Weeks of Use

Condition: Excellent

The HotShot Cap is a game-changer—you can drink from any direction!

1 Month of Use

Condition: Excellent

Not a single scratch or dent to be found.

Overall

The YETI Rambler 12oz Bottle with HotShot Cap makes a great portable coffee mug. It keeps coffee, or other hot drinks, hot for hours at a time. And if you’re more of an iced coffee or tea kind of person, it keeps everything cool to boot. But the best part about this mug is its lid—which allows you to sip from every direction. It’s on the heavier side, and at 12oz isn’t ideal for water, but if that’s alright with you, you’ll love this bottle and cap combo.

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By Mark Hurrish
Created November 25, 2019 • Updated November 25, 2019