If you’re thinking about buying a cold plunge - you should keep thinking about it. Then, maybe do it.
Cold plunges and ice baths have long been a staple of the mental side of impossible, but they also have fantastic physical benefits.
While we cover ice baths and their benefits on other articles, when you combine cold therapy with heat - it’s one of the best ways to actually help recover and relax.
So - if you’re thinking about getting a cold plunge - we like where your head is at.
Here’s the ones we would buy if we were you (depending on your lifestyle).
If you’re thinking about buying a cold plunge, there’s a lot on the market, but there’s really only four we think you should consider.
The cold plunge has exploded out of nowhere to grab the top spot in the cold plunge wars.
Hitting the right mixture of affordable(ish) and stylish - the Cold Plunge clocks in at around $5k for the starter version - which was about 1/2 as expensive as it’s competitors when it’s launched.
Since then - the $5k price point has been the price to beat. We think this guy is a no-brainer if you’ve got the $5k budget and are looking for a reliable plunge.
Starts at $4,990.00
The Ice Barrel is a distinctly different plunge experience. It’s a vertical format, you have to bring your own ice, and clean it yourself. However - it’s also about 1/5th to 1/10th of the price of every other plunge out there.
If you want to have a regular ice bath experience, but wary of some of the cheap amazon options - the Ice Barrel is a very cool and unique take on the cold plunge experience.
We have to dock it a few points for the features that it doesn’t have (self-cleaning, self-cooling, space for more than one person at a time), but when its exponentially cheaper than every other option on the list - it’s a great option for anyone looking to have a regular plunge experience without shelling out $5-10k.
Starts at $1,199.97
Pro tip: Use promo code and save $100 off your brand new Ice Barrel purchase. You’re welcome ;)
Morozko Forge has been here for years. They were the first cold plunge product we heard about - and I’ve been doing this cold therapy thing for a while now.
Morozko forge is known for being a pioneer in the space and for being cold. Seriously - these things can make their own ice. How rad is that?
The main issue with Morozko is the price point. While most plunges are coming into the $5k-10k price range - Morozko STARTs at 10k and ranges up to $20k.
This puts it out of most people’s price range, but it’s a damn cool tub and if you’ve got $20k of spare change laying around - there are worse ways for your health to spend it than buying an awesome cold plunge.
This might be the prettiest dang cold plunge on the market. It’s beautiful wood finish is going to go great with our wood saunas that we’re building out back.
The main issues? It’s made in Australia (great for Australians, but slow shipping times for everyone else), and long lead times (something it seems everyone is dealing with these days).
If you’re going to get the Odin Plunge, be prepared to wait 12-16 weeks for it to show up. But man - it’s going to be worth it.
There’s 3 sizes available:
There’s a “pro” option that lets you cool it down 3-4x as fast and cost $1,000 AUD extra (about $700).
Starts at $4,700
Pro tip: you can use promo code “IMPOSSIBLE” for the following discounts on whatever Odin option you choose.
Odin Original: $250 USD off
Odin Pro: $300 USD off
Odin XL: 350 USD off
Odin XL Pro: $ 400 USD off
Odin Dual: $ 450 USD off
Odin Dual Pro: 500 USD off
Discount: $200 USD off
There are other cold plunges out there, but we think these are our favorite. If you’re going to do anything less than this, we highly recommend either creating your own ice chest freezer
If a cold plunge is out of your budget (we get it, the last few years have been nuts), you can always see if your local gym has one or search for recovery center with a cold plunge near you.