HydroBarrel - The Original Barrel Ice Bath

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£215.00 - £319.00

Introducing the HydroBarrel - a beautifully made, super strong barrel designed specifically for use as an Ice Bath for cold water therapy. 

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Product Overview

Discover the HydroBarrel, a premium ice bath that allows you to easily intergrate into cold water therapy. The HydroBarrel, with it's wood effect, definitely looks the part and can be used inside or out. 

The design of the HydroBarrel allows you to stay in a comfortable upright position and thanks to its lightweight design, it can be integrated into most places.  

Discover the right HydroBarrel for you  

The HydroBarrel 350

  • 350 Litres
  • Barrel weight (empty and including the lid) is 17kg*
  • We recommend for anyone 2.1 meters tall (6ft 7") and under
  • Internal Size: Top Opening 69cm | Bottom 63cm | Middle 77cm | Height 85cm
  • External Size: Lid 74cm | Bottom 65cm | Middle 78cm | Height 86cm

Require a smaller size? Try the HydroBarrel 240

  • 240 Litres. 
  • Barrel weight (empty and including the lid) is 14kg*
  • We recommend this size for anyone 1.8 meters tall (5ft 11") and under.
  • Internal Size: Top Opening 55cm | Bottom 56cm | Middle 67cm | Height 78cm
  • External Size: Lid 61cm | Bottom 58cm | Middle 68cm | Height 80cm

What's Included with your HydroBarrel

  • Barrel - Wood effect and UV resistant. 
  • Lid - Wood effect and UV ressitant.
  • Hardware - Tap, plug, washers, PTFE tape, 1.5m hose, hose connector and 2 x Brass 3/4" inlet / outlets.

HydroBarrel Step Bundle Offer

So as not to struggle getting in and out of your HydroBarrel, why not look at adding a matching step? The step is the same wood effect material and colour as your HydroBarrel.

  • Height 28cm
  • Diameter 58cm allowing safe footing.

HydroBarrel Specifications

The HydroBarrel is rotomoulded from highly durable linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), it's non-toxic, BPA-free, medical-grade material. Due to it being non-porous it will not absorb oils, toxins or other contaminants.

It’s easy to keep clean, frost, UV and impact resistant, meaning you won’t need to worry about weather damage - over the years, it will stay looking as good as the day you bought it.

These barrels are lightweight compared to wood, making it easier to move around. They have a smooth internal finish which we recommend using a antibacterial surface cleaner to keep clean. You can also use a chlorine tablet within the HydroBarrel to help keep the water cleaner for longer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use a water butt instead of a HydroBarrel as it's slightly cheaper? The main difference between them both is the HydroBarrel has around 20-30% more material added when manufactured, this is because the water butt is too flexible and the floor isn’t suitable for people to climb in and out of. For example: the HydroBarrel 240 weights the same as a 350L water butt. I know it’s a little more expensive, but the Hydorbarrel is designed for climbing in and out of and the warranty will cover this. 
  • What is the PTFE tape for? This can be added to the tap thread or chiller fixings to stop any drips. 
  • Can I use a chiller with my HydroBarrel? This should not be a problem, most chillers like the Myo come with fittings.
  • Does it have a seat inside? No, we recommend using something like a step stool for a seating option.
  • What's the best way to open the top outlet / inlet hole? This can be drilled out, inside the hole is an indent for the drill bit to fit. If needed, we can do this for you. Recommended drill bit size 18mm.

Find out more about harnessing the body's natural healing abilities with ice bathing here and talk to your doctor before trying any course of therapy to check it’s suitable for you.

Available in Brown Oak or Black Oak. Start your cold water therapy journey today with our premium quality HydroBarrel! 


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  • 5
    Hydro Barrel - Large

    Posted by Matt B on 8th Jun 2024

    Upgraded from an oak whiskey barrel as it was getting hard to keep clean. These barrels are brilliant quality and look great! Yes, they are more expensive than a water butt, but they are very sturdy, and also light and easy to move. You get what you pay for. Bigger and way more comfortable than the oak whiskey barrel I had. Fast and careful delivery with great friendly customer service. Questions were responded to really quickly. Would definitely use this company again. Thank you!

  • 5
    Cold Dipping

    Posted by Edward Green on 22nd Mar 2024

    The barrel looks great in my garden and was my next step from the inflatable version. It feels very strong and really does look like wood. It comes with all the bits like lid, hose and tap and takes a minute or two to set up. Quick delivery, 3 days from order.

  • 5
    Taken my cold plunge to the next level

    Posted by Chris Ellison on 18th Mar 2024

    I’ve been cold showering and then cold plunging for a few years. I bought a nurecover cold tub which was ok but the top kept coming off meaning lots of debris, worms and slugs got in. My wife bought me the large cold tub/barrel for my birthday. It’s night and day compared to the old one. I don’t feel like I’m dipping in a bird bath anymore and the lid keeps the water nice and clean. I have had to put a step inside the tub when getting in. A collapsable step so I can take it out once in easily. Highly recommend especially compared to the more expensive inflatable offerings.

  • 5
    Fantastic service and excellent product

    Posted by Michelle on 25th Feb 2024

    I absolutely love this barrel as my ice bath and to have this in my very back garden is amazing. After trying an ice bath experience at a wellness event in January, I was keen to get my own. I looked at many options and the hydrobarrel was the best option- for getting in and out, quality, 5 star reviews and the look! It didn’t take long to fill at all and I’ve managed to use it 3 times in my first week, twice after exercise. Customer service was fantastic and would highly recommend!

  • 5
    Amazing cold plunge

    Posted by Neil C on 2nd Jan 2024

    Bought around September time had an inflatable tub originally to see if I could actually do a cold plunge and after getting on OK with that I couldn't wait to upgrade. Originally was looking at an old whiskey barrel but after reading how difficult it was to keep water clean I opted for the medium hydrobarrel being only 5'5. Its absolutely perfect and a real bargain when you look at the price of the inlatable tubs. Customer service from Dan was spot on. Can't rate highly enough

  • 5
    Ice Barrel Large

    Posted by Cherril on 4th Dec 2023

    I looked around for a while as I'm 6ft, I wanted to submurge up to my neck and the large barrel allow this, while sitting on a stool. I first looked at a wooden version, but I wanted to move it around and have something that was low maintenance. This barrel you can wipe clean and allows me to empty while I fresh water swim.

  • 5
    Hydro barrel

    Posted by Rebecca on 11th Nov 2023

    Superb ice bath barrel. Lid stays securely in place no debris or critters invading it. I bought the smaller barrel I’m 5ft 8” and fit comfortably in it, water covers shoulders at 3/4 full. Also looks lovely in the garden Highly recommend great product and helpful service.

  • 5

    Posted by Barbara on 13th Oct 2023

    Spent quite a bit of time researching which ice tub to get. Not keen on a whiskey barrel and felt other inflatable options were too flimsy. So just had my first dip in my hydrobarrel, opted for the brown large with a step. Whilst the small might have been a little easier to get into, I like having more space in the barrel. Also looks great in my garden. So very pleased with it, great customer service from Dan answering my questions and prompt delivery.

  • 5
    Hydro Barrel

    Posted by Kirstin Martin on 24th Sep 2023

    Just set up my new ice/water barrel. Really pleased! Went for large and it’s a good roomy size, I’m 5ft 8’’. Put a small plastic stool in the bottom to aid getting in and out and for sitting on. Excellent customer service from Dan. Had to pre order but all fine and delivery went smoothly. Many thanks!

  • 5
    HydroBarrel Large

    Posted by Joshua on 22nd Sep 2023

    Amazing service from Dan, I preordered a Hydrobarrel and was informed on the delivery at all times. Hydrobarrel arrived early and it looks great. Cannot wait to try it out! Will update again when I have tried it. Josh

  • 5
    Ice Barrel

    Posted by John McDermott on 30th Jul 2023

    The wife purchased the ice barrel via the website to help with my recovery after training. We purchased the large barrel as I'm over 6ft and of a large build, and I can easily sit in it with the water over my shoulders. I can highly recommend this product.

  • 5
    Cold Water Barrel

    Posted by Melanie Turner on 28th Jul 2023

    I purchased my barrel from Dan and the team in April 22. I love it! So do my girls. I don’t use ice as find the cold water enough. Being a lover of outdoor swimming it brings the cold water experience to my garden. I’m 5’4” and fill it 1/2-3/4 full each week with fresh water. I can sit comfortably with my head out the water and submerge when feel ready. It’s my daily connection to the outdoors and a little peace and quiet. I chose this company as Dan offers outstanding customer service. I cannot recommend this product enough. It’s sturdy for me to get in and out of easily and still looks like new over a year later. It also looks great in the garden - completely natural look. Not sure how to add photos to this review - I will contact Dan to see if I can ?