The Plunge Cold Plunge Review

What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold.

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Though you could opt to just hop in a trash can full of ice, The Plunge Cold Plunge can offer a much more luxurious experience. A cold plunge is just as it sounds — emerging yourself in cold water (below 59 degrees Fahrenheit) for a goal time of around three minutes. These plunges can have both physical and mental benefits, potentially boosting immunityspeeding up recovery, helping with weight loss, and even calming your mind and providing mental clarity. This product is made for those who cold plunge regularly and want a pool that can be ready to go for them when they need it.

The problem with a basic trash can cold plunge is that you have to set up the can, wait for it to fill, and dump in the perfect amount of ice to reach your goal temperature before you hop in. The Plunge Cold Plunge is a large bath that once filled, can adjust the temperature down to 39 degrees (all temps are in Fahrenheit). And The Cold Plunge can hold that temp for a whole day. There are also upgraded models of the Cold Plunge that can reach jacuzzi temperatures (103 degrees), but since we only got our hands on the Cold Plunge, this review will focus mostly on the physical build of that model — though we will let you know what your other options are, as well. If you are an avid cold plunger and looking for a clean, regulated way to take your daily plunges, The Plunge Cold Plunge is a great — though luxury — option. 

Main Takeaways

  • The Plunge Cold Plunge can adjust its temperature down to 39 degrees and keep it there all day. If you opt for one of the upgraded models, the Plunge can also reach temperatures of 103 degrees.
  • The Plunge has a hose hookup that allows you to easily drain the tub after you are done.
  • The filters along the side filter the water every ten minutes to keep your space clean, even when you’re outside in the elements.
The Cold Plunge
The Cold Plunge
The Cold Plunge

 This ergonomic tub design sits at 24 inches tall, 67 inches long, and 43 inches wide giving users ample room to lie down and relax in a soak. The Plug-and-Plunge design makes setting up and filling up simple — its water hookup works with a standard garden hose.

The Plunge Video Review

Our reviews writer Jake, takes you through all of the details of the Plunge during his video review. You can get a firsthand look at one of our favorite cold plunges on the market as he gives you a full walk-around, and plunges into The Plunge.

The Plunge Cold Plunge Highlights

The Cold Plunge is definitely an investment. It’ll run you just under $5,000, so if you’re new to cold plunging, or don’t do it that often, this may not be a great investment. If you opt for the Pro or the Hot & Cold Plunge, go ahead and tack on an extra $500 to $2,000, as well. But, if you’re a regular plunger, and are tired of filling up trash cans or your bathtub to take a dip, The Cold Plunge can provide a dedicated space for you to use for cold plunges everyday, which may make the money worth your while.

The Plunge Acrylic Build
The Plunge Acrylic Build

 

It’s easy to fill up and drain with your hose, and it will hold at 39 degrees for a full 24 hours, so it’s always ready to go. The filters will clean the water every 10 minutes to keep your plunges clean of dirt and bacteria, and if you’re plunging early in the morning or late at night, you can turn on the tub lights to create an even more zen space for your dip. 

Who Should Buy The Plunge Cold Plunge

  • Folks who cold plunge regularly and want a dedicated tub for it that they can keep in their yard. 
  • Anyone who wants a filtration system for their plunge pool.
  • People who plunge late at night or early in the morning will appreciate that this pool has underwater lighting.
  • Cold Plungers who want the option to choose a tub that also offers hot temperatures. While the Cold Plunge is the base option, there are upgraded models that offer temperatures up to 103 degrees, in addition to the chilling 39 degree temps. 

Who Shouldn’t Buy The Plunge Cold Plunge

  • If you’re on a budget, you can find cheaper cold plunge options on the market. 
  • While 39 degrees is plenty cold, you may be able to reach colder temperatures with an old fashioned ice bath.

Price

This is definitely an expensive piece of equipment, and will cost you a little under $5,000 for the base model. While the base model of the Cold Plunge does not feature hot water, there are models that do have a hot water option, but they will cost up to $2,000 more. These hot water temperatures can reach 103 degrees, essentially turning your cold plunge into a hot tub.

Different Models

The Hot & Cold Plunge will cost $5,490. The Cold Plunge Pro features a chiller that has three times the power of the base model, making the temperature drop around eight to 10 degrees per hour as opposed to the 2.5 degrees per hour you’ll find on the base model. The cold water only version of the Pro is listed at $5,590, while the Hot & Cold Plunge Pro is going to cost you $6,490. 

The Plunge Cover
The Plunge Insulated Cover

 

 

The XL model is much larger than the rest of the models. The dimensions of the Pro are 5.5 feet long, two feet tall, and 3.5 feet wide when you factor in the plumbing and chiller, making it around the size of your standard bathtub. However, the XL is 11.5 feet long, five feet tall, and five feet wide. The cold water version of the Cold Plunge Pro XL is priced at $6,990 while the Hot & Cold XL model is $7,490.

While the previous models are designed for home usage, there is a commercial model available for purchase. The commercial model comes equipped with a more robust pump and a limited one-year commercial warranty. The Commercial Plunge Pro is $6,490 and the Commercial Plunge Pro XL will cost you $7,490. It’s worth mentioning that the Commercial models do not feature hot water, so it may be best to keep them stored inside.

Water Treatment Package

When checking out, you can also purchase a maintenance package with supplies that will help keep your water clean. This package is $190 and includes six filters, a 16 ounce Baqua Spa Sanitizer, a 32 ounce Baqua Spa Oxidizer, a 16 ounce Alkalinity Up, a 16 ounce pH Down, and 25 testing strips.

Overall Build and Quality

Weighing around 150 pounds when empty, and a sturdy 1,000 pounds when full, The Plunge Cold Plunge is a hefty piece of equipment. The temperature can adjust down to 39 degrees, and the tub’s chiller will keep it that cold all day. It also has a filtration system, underwater lighting, and a cell phone holder. Plus, it comes with an insulated cover to keep your tub safe and clean when it’s not in use.

Features

This is one of the most high-tech cold plunge tubs on the market. It offers underwater lighting, a built-in cooling system, water filters, and a hose hookup for easy draining. It can stay cold for a full day, and it comes with an insulated cover for you to use when you’re done.

Temperature Control 

The temperature on The Plunge Cold Plunge can adjust down to 39 degrees, and if you opt for the Hot & Cold Plunge model, up to 103 degrees. The base model’s chiller can adjust the water temperature at a rate of 2.5 degrees per hour as opposed to the eight to 10 degrees drop per hour you’ll find with the Pro models. The hot water models can raise the water from 50 to 103 degrees over the span of 12 hours, so be prepared to wait it out if you’re looking for that jacuzzi feel. 

The Plunge Chiller
The Plunge Chiller

Once you fill the pool with water using a hose, the chiller on the side of the tub will keep the water at your selected temperature, and the insulated cover will keep the hot or cold temperatures trapped in. You can set the temp via arrows on the control on the chiller, so it will be ready when you want to use your pool.

Draining

The Plunge Cold Plunge comes with a hose hookup that allows you to easily drain the pool with your garden hose when you’re done using it. 

Filtration

The 20 Micron filter filters the water in your tub every 10 minutes using circular filtration to keep it clean from bacteria and any dirt.

The Plunge Filter
The Plunge Filter

The pool also comes with a skimmer net that allows you to get any lingering debris out yourself, and a hose filter so you can filter out any impurities as you fill your pool.

Lighting

This tub comes with underwater lighting to help guide you when you’re plunging during dark hours. It also gives the pool a very zen feel if you’re looking for a relaxing evening

Accessories

Your tub comes with an insulated cover, guided plunge videos, a cell phone holder you can attach to your plunge pool, a hose filter to make sure the water you’re putting into your pool is clean, and a skimmer net to keep debris out of your space.

Water Treatment

You have the option to purchase a six-month water maintenance package on the Plunge website for $190. This includes six filters, a 16 ounce Baqua Spa Sanitizer, 32 ounce Baqua Spa Oxidizer, 16 ounce Alkalinity Up, 16 ounce pH Down, and 25 testing strips to ensure that your water is treated the right way.

The Plunge Water Treatment
The Plunge Water Treatment Package

This Ozone enriched water may be better on the skin than chlorine, and can also kill microbes with the same efficiency.

Product Specs

The Plunge Cold Plunge is made of a long-lasting acrylic material. It can fit people of most sizes — even heights up to 6’6”. It weighs around 150 pounds on its own, and 1,000 pounds filled with water. It does require a GFCI outlet for power, which you can find an adapter for easily.

The Plunge and Chiller
The Plunge and Chiller

 

The base model doesn’t take up too much space, but it does take up more than your average trash can. However, you can keep it both indoors and outdoors depending on where you have the room (and the climate you live in). Since the XL models are much larger, you may have increased difficulty finding a good spot to set up your plunge.

Materials

The Plunge Cold Plunge is made of a sturdy acrylic material. It looks sleek and is built to withstand the elements for years, even if you keep your tub outdoors. 

Dimensions

The base model is 5.5 feet long, 3.5 feet wide, and two feet tall. It can hold users of most sizes — even users who are over six feet tall can fit their whole body in the pool. This is definitely bigger than a trash can, but it’s about the same size as a large bathtub, so it can fit on patios, in small yards, or even in your garage if there’s room.

Jake Using The Plunge
Jake Using The Plunge

 

However, the XL models are 11.5 feet long, five feet tall, and five feet wide — this is a very large plunge, meaning you may need to opt for the smaller size if you are working with a smaller space.

Weight

The Plunge weighs around 150 pounds on its own, and 1,000 pounds when filled with water. You’ll need a flat place to put it for stability, but this location can be inside or outside. 

Power Source

You’ll need a GFCI outlet, which isn’t super common, but you can find an adapter easily on Amazon. The cord is 15 feet long to allow for hookups a distance away from your plunge location. 

Warranties

Your purchase of any version of the base model, Pro model, or XL model comes with a one-year factory warranty to protect your product. The commercial model features a one-year commercial warranty.

Places to Buy

You can buy all models of the Plunge through the Plunge website directly. 

Company Information

The Plunge sells a variety of plunge pools including this Cold Plunge, a Hot & Cold Plunge, a Cold Plunge Pro, and a Hot & Cold Plunge Pro. The company’s goal is to bring a comfortable plunge experience to homes and commercial spaces. You can call their customer service at (916) 758-6920 or email them at [email protected] for more information. 

Final Word

The Plunge Cold Plunge is a luxurious option for cold plungers that are looking to step up their trash can ice bath game. It’s made of a lasting acrylic material, allows users to completely submerge, and holds a steady temp of 39 degrees (for up to a day). There’s underwater lighting for late night sessions, and a cell phone holder to stream your favorite shows to help distract you from the cold.

If you find that you also want to incorporate hot water into your recovery, Plunge has your back. You can even opt for the Hot & Cold Plunge that can transform your cold plunge into a hot tub with temperatures reaching 103 degrees. While the base model is able to fit people over six feet tall, if you find yourself wanting more space, there is an XL version that’s even larger.

The Cold Plunge is a hefty investment — the base model will cost you just under $5,000 and any upgraded model will increase that price by $500 to $2,000, depending on which you choose. If you’re not an avid cold plunger, it may not be worth the money (just yet). However, if you love ice baths and want a filtered pool that can keep cold for hours, it may be time for you to take the plunge on this tub. 

FAQs

Is The Plunge worth it?

It depends on how often you will use it. If you like to take ice baths everyday, then yes, this product could be worth the money for you. However, if you’re just starting out or aren’t sure how often you will cold plunge yet, it might be better to go with a less expensive option first.

How cold can The Plunge Cold Plunge get?

This pool can get down to 39 degrees and stay there for a full day thanks to the chiller that’s constantly working.

Can I put The Plunge Cold Plunge outside?

Yes, if you would rather put your tub outside than inside, there’s an insulated cover, filtration system, and skimmer net that can help keep your tub clean. However, if you live in an area where temperatures drop below freezing, you’ll want to opt for the Hot & Cold Plunge, so your pipes won’t freeze.