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The Best Ice Bath for Summer

Last Updated May 8, 2024

We consider summertime the most fun time to cold plunge and the best season to start if you’ve never tried the practice before. The vibes are high, the sun’s out, and the warmer weather makes the contrast of the cold less shocking – easing beginners into the experience. Even though the weather’s warm, the benefits remain the same – from improved sleep quality to enhanced circulation and beyond. We’ve crafted the perfect guide to help with your summer cold plunging.

Best Summer Ice Bath Overall Pick

BEST OVERALL
ModPlunge Mountains

Mod Plunge

Top-notch insulation with a workhorse chiller at a very affordable price.

Price: $3,000

Why we love the Mod Plunge

There’s so much to love about the Mod Plunge, but this unit especially excels in the hot summer months. Specifically, when it comes to its superior insulation, using a Grizzly Cooler equipped with perhaps the best lid we’ve ever tried guarantees that your water will stay cold in the warmest of temperatures. The insulation from the cooler also means that the Active Aqua Chiller doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain its temperature – making it the most cost-effective solution for your electricity bill.

The Mod Plunge is the Overall Best Ice Bath for summer.

Summer Ice Bath On a Budget

Perhaps the biggest challenge with navigating ice baths in the summer is ice melting too fast. There’s nothing worse than the feeling of anticipation when you’re just about to jump in the ice bath and you realize the ice has melted because it’s too hot outside. This is why we recommend The Ice Brick, which will create large chunks of ice that are guaranteed to keep your water colder for longer.

Summer Ice Bath Upgrade Pick

High BUDGET PICK

Morozko Ice Plunge

Built-in the desert this ice bath will actually MAKE ICE even in the hottest summer months

Price: $18,000

If you have a higher budget and want to invest in the best, the Morozko Ice Plunge is the answer. Morozko Ice Baths are built in the desert and, therefore, built with the highest ambient air temperatures in mind. With the ability to make its own ice, ozone generation, grounded features this will keep you cold all summer long.

Upgrade pick for your summer ice bath.

Crafting the Best Summertime Ice Bath

While the summertime is perfect for ice baths, there are certainly many factors to consider.

Insulation Issues

A typical ice bath container or tub is not always designed for insulation. In the summertime, without proper insulation, the outer warmth can penetrate the tub’s walls, leading to a faster rise in water temperature. Investing in an insulating cover or using specialized ice bath tubs designed for thermal efficiency can help maintain the desired cold temperature for longer.

Our Solution: Grizzly 450 Cooler

While expensive (around $1,200), this is the best insulated cold plunge we’ve tested. Originally built as a cooler to store meat and cold drinks, and is large enough to fit a human. As long as the top is down, your ice and water will stay cooler for much longer than almost any ice bath on the market, and condensation will be minimal.

Chillers in High Ambient Temperatures

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Summer can be tricky if you’re using a chiller system to circulate water and maintain a steady temperature. Tap water in summer is generally warmer, so off the bat, you’re starting from a higher temperature making it take longer for your water to cool down. Even once the water gets cooler, if the ambient temperatures are hot enough the chillers won’t even get down to the desired temperatures as advertised.

Warm Up Right

If you get one thing from this article it should be to warm up properly after an ice bath, and that is in the direct sun. There’s no better feeling than warming up in the direct sun on a hot summer day. It allows the body to warm up naturally and gives a euphoric feeling as well a healthy dose of Vitamin-D! .

Safety Tips:

  • Always consult a healthcare professional before trying an ice bath, especially if you have underlying health conditions.
  • Avoid submerging your head if you are new. This can increase the risk of hyperventilation or shock.
  • Listen to your body. If it’s too much, get out.

Final Thoughts

While not everyone’s cup of tea (or bath of ice!), a summertime ice bath can be a therapeutic experience. Not only does it offer physical benefits, but the mental triumph over the initial shock of the cold can be empowering. So next time the summer heat feels unbearable, try this chilly remedy! At the end of the day, it might even be more refreshing than ice cream.

The Ice Brick

Long-lasting cubes for your ice bath