Top 5 Best Ice Baths of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

(Ice baths available in United States)

By Emily Johnson

Last updated on Jan 25, 2024

Summary: We tested the top 5 most popular ice baths from reputable brands, so you don’t have to. Cold therapy has become very popular recently, for it's many science-backed health benefits. Whether you're an athlete seeking faster and better recovery, or just a regular person wanting to reap all the health benefits, cold plunging is for you! Benefits include muscle recovery, mood enhancement, improved sleep, stress relief among many other benefits.

We researched and spent several weeks testing five indoor and outdoor cold plunge tubs at home. We evaluated the tubs based on how easy set up was, how easy they were to use, what they looked like, and how much they cost. After using all of them, we found that we felt the same physically, so our recommendation is based on the best value for money.

We paid full price for all the ice baths below, and do not receive a kickback from any of them.

We rate the ice baths based on 15+ factors, but mainly the quality, ease of use, maintenance, if they are weather resistant, warranty, customer reviews and more.

We looked at price vs value, and determined which one gives you the best experience without breaking the bank.

How The Ice Pod Works

Introducing the Pod & Water Chiller for Ice Bath! Say goodbye to ice and hassle! This solution cools water to 39°F (3°C), with continuous flow and 20-micron filtration. Save money, time, and hassle with no more ice needed. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, it's energy-efficient and quiet.

How much ice do I need to add?

We recommend adding 15-40lbs (7-18kg) of ice to the Ice Pod per session depending on the initial water temperature. The amount of ice needed highly depends on your tap water temperature, the climate you live in, and how cold you desire it to be. If you live in colder climates, adding ice may not even be needed.

They also offer an XXL Ice Block which makes huge 3lb. ice blocks in your home freezer that will last significantly longer than regular cubed ice.

Since the pod is insulated it will keep the water cold for longer, and you may therefore not have to add as much ice after the first time.

IcePod dimensions, water capacity & weight limit

Diameter: 32 inches (80cm)

Height: 30 inches (75cm)

Weight: 9 lb (4 kg)

Capacity: 105 gal (400L)

Suitable for heights up to 6′7 foot (2.05m) and fits people weighing up to 250-320lbs (115kg - 150kg) comfortably.

How do I keep the water clean?

To keep the water clean for long periods of time, they recommend getting their Water Maintenance Pack

This Pack includes 2 months supply of a custom formulated disinfectant & cleanser you need to have perfect clean and clear water.

Using these products, you'll likely not have to change your water for weeks to months.

If you don't use sanitizer in your ice bath, we recommend changing the water once per week or every 3-5 sessions.

Does it include a cover?

Yes! The Ice Pod includes a waterproof cover to keep the water clean.

They recommend also adding the Insulated Lid for extra insulation so your water stays cold for longer

How long should each ice bath session be?

To get the health benefits, you'll need to stay in cold water below 59º fahrenheit (15°C) for three to eight minutes.Cold water therapy works best with the right combination of time and temperature. Each individual is different and some people can tolerate lower temperatures.

Is the chiller gonna run up my electricity bill?

No! The Power usage of our top picked chiller is only 280 watt, which is comparable to the freezer/fridge in your home.

Example of power usage: at 77°F (25°C) room temperature, and chiller temperature set at 46°F (8°C) will consume around 1.4-1.8 kWh per day (every 24 hours). With todays average kWh in the USA that equals to just around $0.6 per day in electricity cost to run the Chiller 24/7.(These are estimates and can vary depending on the climate and temperatures where you live).

How is the IcePod so cheap compared to competitors?

They say they get this one a lot, but the answer is surprisingly simple. The core mission at The Pod Company is to make healthy and wellness tools accessible for everyone, so you don’t have to sell your kidney to be able to afford a premium ice bath.

Their water chiller is priced lower than our competitors, actually up to 5 times lower, which they can do because they developed it from scratch, using components from chest freezers, which are already mass produced and therefore much more affordable than the ice bath industry.

By ordering very large stock quantities, streamline the production process and much more, they can offer this extremely low and attractive price point which really revolutionises the ice bath industry.

Their water chiller is a high-quality and an affordable option for your ice bath needs, without the huge markup most other brands put on their ice baths.

The Ice Pod #1 Top Choice

4.9/5 4,016 reviews
4.9/5 4,016 reviews