Prior to Yeti Tank, ice buckets were cheap plastic made up of flimsy parts. And more concerning was the low ice retention of these buckets. We can say ice buckets were merely boring makeshift coolers.

Thanks to Yeti, it is now cool to use ice buckets in outdoors again. They are made with high-grade materials that ensures you will never run out of cold beverages at your BBQ party. This large insulated tub features an open head for easy access to items and the hollow shape is designed to keep drinks frosty.

In this review, we’d guide you through the different sizes, features, perks, and perils of the modern ice bucket cooler.

Yeti Tank 45 vs Yeti Tank 85 Comparison Table

YETI Tank 45 Bucket Cooler, Desert Tan
YETI Tank 85 Bucket Cooler (Ice Blue)
Model
Yeti Tank 45
Yeti Tank 85
Capacity
52 Cans of beer & 43lbs of ice
60 long-neck bottles, 51 blue crabs, 102 cans of beer, 83lbs of ice
Dimensions
Outside 21 1/8 × 16 5/8 × 21 1/8 Inside 13 × 12 3/4 × 13
Outside 25 3/8 × 19 1/2 × 25 3/8 Inside 16 1/2 × 15 7/8 × 16 1/2
Weight
13lbs
20lbs
Construction
Rotomolded
Rotomolded
Pros
High ice retention, durablce construction, easy to transport, No-sweat design
Plenty of space, Durable, long ice retention, No-sweat design
Cons
Pricier compared to other models
Heavy, and Pricier than many buckets
Rating
YETI Tank 45 Bucket Cooler, Desert Tan
Model
Yeti Tank 45
Capacity
52 Cans of beer & 43lbs of ice
Dimensions
Outside 21 1/8 × 16 5/8 × 21 1/8 Inside 13 × 12 3/4 × 13
Weight
13lbs
Construction
Rotomolded
Pros
High ice retention, durablce construction, easy to transport, No-sweat design
Cons
Pricier compared to other models
Rating
YETI Tank 85 Bucket Cooler (Ice Blue)
Model
Yeti Tank 85
Capacity
60 long-neck bottles, 51 blue crabs, 102 cans of beer, 83lbs of ice
Dimensions
Outside 25 3/8 × 19 1/2 × 25 3/8 Inside 16 1/2 × 15 7/8 × 16 1/2
Weight
20lbs
Construction
Rotomolded
Pros
Plenty of space, Durable, long ice retention, No-sweat design
Cons
Heavy, and Pricier than many buckets
Rating

Yeti Tank 45

Design

YETI Tank 45 Bucket Cooler, Desert Tan
  • The YETI TANK 45 will keep 52 cans or a pony keg of your favorite beer icy cold for your next get-together
  • Features Permafrost Insulation which means all of your drinks stay colder for longer
  • The DoubleHaul Handles and Vortex Drain System make hauling, loading, and draining simple
  • The YETI TANK 45 is ready for cookouts, championship tailgates, family get-togethers, and more
  • The YETI TANK 45 dimensions are 21 in long x 21 in wide x 16 1/4 in high with an empty weight of 13 lbs, NOTE: YETI Tank Lids sold separately.

The ice bucket screams premium. It is not just any cheap bucket you pick up at  shelves of local stores. It has two inches of walls, heavy and strong. If you are tired of buckets that break at every fall, then you might as well say goodbye, you have the rotomolded construction to thank.

Equipped with Doublehaul handles made of military-grade polyester you are ensured of quality and comfort. However, holding the polyester rope may be cumbersome when filled up with drinks. In light of that, you can hold the cooler around the brim as it molds to where you can have a firm grip.

Vortex drain plug comes handy for quick water drains. Interestingly, the drain is leak-proof and resistant to rust.

This ice bucket is a perfect accessory for your next adventure; it is everything an outdoor enthusiast could ever ask for.

Size

Although the Tank has a lesser capacity than its older brother, Yeti tank 85. The Yeti tank 45 can hold up to 52 cans of beer, and 43 pounds of ice respectively. This is enough to suffice for a small house party and enough for a boat or hunting adventure.

Weight

The cooler weighs 13lbs when empty, it’s bigger than most conventional ice buckets on the market. The weight is a blessing in disguise as it improves the durability and ice time.

Color

It’s available in four outfits; Seafoam, White, Desert Tan & Ice blue.

Yeti Tank 85

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YETI Tank 85 Bucket Cooler (Ice Blue)
  • The YETI TANK 85 can hold up to 60 longnecks, 51 blue crabs, 24 mullet & menhaden, 98 slices of watermelon, 20 gallons of trash can punch, or 2 bushels of oysters
  • Features Permafrost Insulation which means all of your drinks stay colder for longer
  • The Double Haul Handles and Vortex Drain System make hauling, loading, and draining simple
  • The YETI TANK 85 is ready for cookouts, championship tailgates, family get-togethers, and more
  • The YETI TANK 85 dimensions are 25 ½ in long x 25 ½ in wide x 19 ½ in high with an empty weight of 20 lbs., NOTE: YETI Tank Lids sold separately.

Design

yeti tank 85

Tank 85 has a similar design and shape to the 45. But it is burly and gigantic, perfect for large occasions. The highlight of this product is sweat-proof design. That means you don’t have to deal with melting ice dripping on the floors or over your guests as you move around with it. Yes, the 45 is sweat proof as well.

Size

There’s enough space to fit in 60 long neck bottles or 102 cans of beer. In addition, it has a 20.8-gallon capacity, hold up to 51 blue crabs, 24 mullet and menhaden, 98 slices of watermelon, and 83 pounds of ice.

Weight

The ice tub weighs 20lbs which means it’s quite heavier and bulkier than the 45. You’ll find it a bit hard to haul especially when filled with beverages.

Color

For men of style, the Tank comes in different colors to suit you savor. The colors are suitably perfect of outdoors; Seafoam, white, desert tan, Ice blue.


Features

Rotomolded Construction

Yeti cooler tank employs the same rugged rotomolded construction of Yeti coolers. This results in increased insulation and extended ice life. The rotomolding process produces a cooler that is thickly walled that adds to the durability. Permafrost insulation is used in between the walls of the cooler and lid, this is a pressure inject commercial grade polyurethane foam in the walls to prolong ice periods.

Vortex Drain plug

Most conventional ice buckets don’t have a drain. Getting the water out means you have to tilt the bucket which is cumbersome.

A vortex drain plug is fitted into the tub for easy and quick water drains. Simply unscrew the cap and let the melted ice flow out.

DoubleHaul Handles

Made of military-grade polyester rope, means you can fill the cooler with drinks and the rope won’t snap. Transporting the cooler alone is not suitable, you’ll need a hand to transport the cooler without leaning against the bucket to support it.

Bearfoot Non-Slip Feet

Below the ice tub, you’ll find the bearfoot feet. It is made of some special rubber materials that keep the cooler in place without sliding off the back of your car, boat or any surface.


Accessories to Purchase with the Tank 45 and Tank 85

Yeti Cooler Tank Lid

yeti lid cover

Buying the cooler tank will not be complete with purchasing a Yeti cooler tank lid. This accessory use cannot be understated. First off, it can be used as a makeshift cutting board approved by the Food and Drug Administration as it comes in contact with food. Also constructed with a high-density marine grade polyethylene to resist moisture.

Thanks to the special construction, it is resistant to harmful UV rays as it does not get discolored even after exposing to the sun for a long time. The tank lid measures 21 inches x 21 inches x 0.5 inches and weighs 9lbs, heavy for a lid. This cooler is tough and you can use it as a seat to savor your drinks.

Overall, people have reported longer ice times with the lid closed than without. In essence, you can cover the bucket if you don’t need to access it regularly to improve the ice period.

Yeti Tank Caddy

Yeti tank caddy is similar to the tank lid. However, this creates an opening for easy access to the content inside the bucket. It also closes pretty well, you can get your items and slide it back to close off, thus retain the cold for extended periods.

The FDA approves the caddy for safe food contact. So you don’t have to worry about health implications. Finally, people can sit on top of the caddy as it is durable and quite comfortable on the butt. Coming in a variety of colors users have options to choose the product that matches your taste.


FAQ

Why Is The Price High?

Yeti is no doubt a questionable investment upfront. But looking from another perspective yeti is deservedly priced as it produces simply the best of the best products.

Yeti Tank ice bucket just like the Tundra coolers are made of a standard production process known as rotomolding. This requires constant heating and molding of plastic to form thick sized walls that are indestructible.

Permafrost insulation is used between the walls by injecting a polyurethane foam for insulation. Unlike other cheap products on the market, Yeti produces world standard products without gimmicks.

Durability wise, the Yeti bucket is thrice as much stronger, durable and insulating than average tubs you’d find on the market. The rust-proof vortex drain allows for easy draining, a feature rarely found in other ice buckets. The insulated lid like the caddy provides easy access to items and at the same time insulation. According to many Youtube reviews, you can get up to a day of ice.

The resale value of Yeti products is another important reason this product is an asset. You can flip this bucket even after years of use and still get half of what you purchased it for.

Understanding that this upfront high investment will be gain in the future, you will begin to see why this Tank bucket is expensive. Read more about Why Yeti Products Prices are High.

Does the Yeti Tank Come With Warranty?

Both Tank 45 and 85 come with a warranty. Albeit limited, Yeti offers up to five years to fix manufacturing error on their end for a price that’s absolutely FREE. Yes, the warranty is limited, for more information about the terms and condition, you should read it here.

Conclusion – Should I Buy The Yeti Tank 45 or 85?

Well, this depends on the functions you are utilizing it for. For a normal outing with a few friends or a small BBQ party, the 45 will suffice. The 85 has plenty of room for ice and drinks, tipping it as the ideal ice bucket for occasions that will cater to many people.

Both coolers hold ice for more than a day. I doubt there’s much difference in the ice performance. But this depends on how you use it. If you want to ensure you have ice throughout the day, you should definitely check out the accessories listed above.

We’ve talked about the steep price but nonetheless worth it in the long term. If you are on a budget this will not appeal to you, however, if you have money to spare for an ice bucket then buy this product and you’ll not regret it.

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