The HydroBarrel




Quicker Recovery

Better Sports Performance

Not only can getting into an ice bath after an intense workout ease your sore aching muscles, constricting and dilating your blood vessels in an ice bath helps to limit the inflammatory response, move lymph and increase blood flow, flooding your cells with nutrients and oxygen to help your body recover quicker.


Fans of ice bathing say that challenging your body to be exposed to different environments makes you more resilient, helping improve reaction time and stamina, and sharpening your mental focus!

Stronger Immune System

There is lots of evidence that cold water therapy triggers a nervous system response which activates the immune, cardiovascular, and endocrine systems.  When you plunge into a HydroBarrel, your body has a whole range of acute physiological responses. This “cold shock response” reduces heat loss from the body and increases heat production inside the body – this is hormesis. 

Hormesis is the “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” process.  In the right doses, these stresses make your body stronger and more efficient.  Improve your ability to fight illness and create long-lasting positive changes. 

Better Mood, Better Sleep, Better You

An ice bath can help balance your hormone levels, helping you feel less anxious and regulating your production of melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that prompts your body to feel sleepy. Depth and quality of sleep is better.


Anyone who has experienced the adrenalin rush of immersing themselves in cold water knows the endorphin rush it can cause! Naturally elevate your mood - feel strong and resilient.


A number of case studies, along with a lot of anecdotal evidence, suggest that cold therapy can alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety in some people.


Why the HydroBarrel?

The one and only original oak effect barrel for ice baths – made to look like a real oak barrel, but crafted from super strong rotomoulded
polyethylene so no need to worry about it leaking or aging.


Not only does it look beautiful in your garden, you can leave it out in all weathers, all year round, and it will not fade, crack or split (even when left full) - the plastic is totally UV and frost proof.

Beautiful design, long lasting quality.

"Really strong and still looks as good as the day I bought it."

- Nicholas,

Don't just take our word for it...

"10 minutes this morning... fresh! Excited to get in again."  Lee               

"Easy to get in and out of.  On a customer service level, it arrived quickly."

I'm recovering from a sports injury. I bought the HydroBarrel and haven't looked back."

How to take an ice bath

Simply fill your HydroBarrel with cold water and sit in it, ideally covering up to your chest. Despite the name, there’s no need to actually freeze! - a water temperature of between 10°C and 15°C (50°F and 59°F) is perfect – not exactly ideal bath temperature for most people but just cold enough to reap the benefits. 


Tap water in the UK is normally around 15 degrees.  Depending on the season, you can decrease it with ice or heat it up with hot water to get it just right.  Stay submerged for a few minutes – start with 1-5 minutes while you build up a tolerance and aim for 10-15 minutes – no longer! Once you get out, warm up gently but quickly – wrap up warm! 


Talk to your doctor before trying any course of therapy to check it’s suitable for you.