Ice Barrel FAQs
What is Cold Therapy?

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Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Ice Barrel and cold therapy.

The answers below will teach you the basics about the Ice Barrel and how to use it. For further information, explore our blog articles or contact us with any other questions you have.

  • What is Ice Barrel?

    What is
    Ice Barrel?

  • What is Cold Therapy?

    What is
    cold therapy?

  • Maintaining Ice Barrel

    Ice Barrel

  • How to take an Ice Bath

    How to take
    an ice bath

Does Ice Barrel have a water chiller?

Yes! The Ice Barrel Chiller is now available for pre-order. Order today to save $200 and be one of the first to get the world’s most advanced cold therapy chiller.

How are Ice Barrels made?

We take pride in the fact that our Ice Barrel models are made in the USA using a very involved process to get the edges smooth and to make the barrel extremely durable. The Ice Barrel products you see today took years of research and development to produce the consistent, high-quality products that our customers love.

What are Ice Barrels made from?

All Ice Barrel models are made from high-quality recycled materials that will last a lifetime. Ice Barrels are composed primarily of LLDPE (low linear density polyethylene); a lightweight and durable non-toxic plastic. This is the same type of plastic used in food and medical grade applications. We also use a UV resistant formula to help minimize fading.

Why Ice Barrel?

Here at Ice Barrel, we design every product from the ground up with you in mind — helping to support an active cold therapy routine and making it easier to get colder and feel better.

Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Ice Barrel:

• Our barrels are made with non-toxic recycled materials in the US by a US workforce.
• You can’t beat the value-for-money — our barrels are extremely durable and backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
• The unique upright position allows for a more natural full-body submersion.
• Lightweight and easy to move when empty, easy to transport to events.
• All our barrels fit through a standard 31″ door frame.
• Convenient to use and easy to maintain with the attached drain spout.
• Our barrels are compatible with water chillers as well as simply using ice.
• We have an ecosystem of cold therapy products along with support and education through our website and app that help make cold therapy a regular part of your wellness routine.

Will I fit?

The Ice Barrel 300 comfortably fits most body sizes up to 6′ tall. The Ice Barrel 400 comfortably fits most body sizes up to 6’6″, while the Ice Barrel 500 comfortably fits most body sizes up to 6’9″.

How long should you soak in an ice bath?

Aim for 3-5 minutes at 60°F or below. For those just starting out, try shorter dips of 30-60 seconds and build up to longer or colder sessions as you get more comfortable.

What is cold therapy?

Cold therapy is short-term cold stress that activates the body’s healing mechanisms. There are several different cold therapy methods, and Ice Barrel uses cold water immersion. This involves immersing the body at least to the abdomen (but preferably up to the neck) in 40-60°F water (4-15°C), for around 3-5 minutes. This can be done daily as part of the lifestyle for well-being, for reducing muscle soreness and fatigue, inflammation, and many other benefits. The other primary method of cold therapy requires a clinical setting and a cold air chamber typically set at -166°F (-110°C).

Learn more on our blog: Cryotherapy and Ice Baths: What’s the Difference

How is an ice bath better than a cold shower?

With ice baths, you feel the effect immediately around your entire body, and you are sure that every part of your body is submerged in water. Activation of the body’s natural healing mechanism for general wellbeing works best with consistent cold temperature applied to the neck and abdominal region. Consistent application of the cold, as well as the natural compression provided by water, is only provided by submersion.

With an ice bath, you’ll be able to enjoy a deep, penetrating cold through your entire body and muscles. You won’t get this level of penetration from taking a cold shower.

Learn more on our blog: How is an ice bath better than a cold shower?

Are ice baths healthy?

Yes, ice baths are healthy if you follow the correct procedures. Cold therapy has proven to be a safe, non-pharmaceutical way to relieve pain, reset the body for overall health, and allow athletes to return to their workouts faster. With our guidelines, you stand to benefit greatly from cold water immersion therapy with the Ice Barrel.

To learn more about the science of cold therapy, visit our website at, so you know the right way to take a cold plunge and get the desired results.

Learn more on our blog: Cold Water Therapy Benefits: What You Need to Know and Back To Our Roots: The History of Ice Baths & Cold Water Bathing

What is the optimum temperature for an ice bath?

Your ice bath temperature should be below 60°F (15.5°C). We recommend easing into your practice, allowing your body to get used to lower temperatures and building up a tolerance slowly over time. If you’re just starting out, start closer to 60°F and lower the temperature over a few sessions. More experienced ice bathers tend to use temperatures between 40-50°F (4-10°C) as their body becomes more cold adapted.

Should I use ice baths before or after working out?

The best time to take an ice bath will be different depending on training goals. Doing it towards the beginning of the day will certainly boost energy, focus and mood which you can use for the gym. If you’re focusing on strength, it’s best to ice bath earlier in the day (before your workout) or wait 6 to 8 hours after your workout.

How do I clean and maintain the Ice Barrel?

All Ice Barrel models require very little maintenance. They feature an easy-to-use drain spout that connects to a standard garden hose. We recommend changing the water every four weeks or as preferred. You can keep your water cleaner for longer by using our Water Stabilizer. We recommend our Maintenance Kit, which includes everything you need to keep your ice bath experience clean and enjoyable.

Can I put an Ice Barrel on a balcony?

All Ice Barrel models can fit through standard 31″ doors, so they are all great options for apartments or limited spaces such as balconies. Consider the size, layout, and weight capacity of your location when selecting a barrel.

Ice Barrel 300
Weight empty: 61 lb
Weight full: 700 lb
Dimensions: W 35.5″ x H 30.5″

Ice Barrel 400
Weight empty: 55 lb
Weight full: 900 lb
Dimensions: W 31″ x H 42″

Ice Barrel 500
Weight empty: 106 lb
Weight full: 900 lb
Dimensions: L 57.6″ x W 30.7″ x H 42.1″

Can I buy now and pay later?

We offer two financing options at checkout — Affirm and Afterpay — which allow you to complete your purchase in multiple interest-free installments. Reach out to our team if you have any questions about our financing options.

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