The Cold Facts of One Hot Health Trends: Cold Plunge

Easiest Setup: Redwood Outdoors Yukon Cold Plunge XL Deluxe Kit

The most cost efficient and portable option we’ve found, this inflatable option packs down into a backpack, is inflated in minutes like a bike tire, and available as stand alone tub from $899. For a more luxe option, opt for the XL Deluxe Kit for $4,699—this option comes with a high tech heater and chiller that circulates water and cools the temp rapidly (it can also turn your cold plunge into a hot tub!). Pacific Northwest-based Redwood Outdoors ship anyway in the U.S. (Use code “FIELD250” for $250 off your order)

Coldest Temperature: 37°F

Size: 72.75 x 31.5 x 23.75 inches

Setup: no plumbing required, chiller requires electricity

Key Features: inflatable, portable plunge tub kit with included cover and heater/chiller unit, doubles as hot tub

Price: $4,699


Cold Plunge FAQs

How Much Do Cold Plunge Tubs Cost?

Cold plunge tubs can cost as much as $19,000 (the most expensive pick on our list) and upwards, and they might cost as little as as $200 if you opt for a DIY method of using a stock tank purchased at a hardware store. Most made-to-plunge models are around $1,500-$5000.

Does a Cold Plunge Have the Same Effects as a Cold Shower?

Yes and no. Most showers will drop to between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit at the coldest. Cold plunge tubs can get down to 32, depending on the model. While the purported benefits are similar, cold plunges are more immersive, and often more conducive to experiencing the mental benefits, if that’s what you’re after.

What Should the Water Temperature Be for a Cold Plunge?

Water temperature should be 59 degrees Fahrenheit or below. A generally accepted range is 50-59 degrees Fahrenheit, but some cold plunge tubs provide a wide range or temperatures to plunge in, down to 32 degrees.

Should I Consult with My Doctor Before Cold Plunging?

Most medical experts say yes. A negative shock to the system is possible if cold water exposure triggers a heart arrhythmia that causes the heart rate to slow. If you have cardiovascular issues, it’s not recommended to do a cold plunge. You should also consider plunging with a buddy, especially when plunging outdoors in natural bodies of water, and take it slow if you’re a beginner.

Do Cold Plunge Tubs Burn Fat?

That cold plunging for weight loss is a popular claim on social media, there is no confirmed scientific evidence that it actually works.