Comparing Key Features Between Cold Plunge Tanks
When athletic recovery, inflammation and swelling reduction, and injury prevention are important goals in your life, ice baths are a fantastic tool.
While the health benefits for athletes have been known for some time, ice baths have only recently grown in popularity for home use.
Although ice bath tubs may seem simple at first glance, there are myriad aspects to look out for when comparing tubs to ensure you'll choose the one that truly suits you best for years to come.
In this comparison post, we will examine the various considerations for ensuring you get the ice bath tub that meets your needs most reliably. We will also cover how Morozko ice bath tanks fare against RENU Therapy ice bath tanks regarding these considerations.
Comfort And Safety Factors Of Ice Therapy Tubs
Cold Plunge Tank Ergonomic Design
If you are using cold immersion therapy to reduce pain or recover faster from an injury, having an ice bath tank that's designed for comfortable plunging is critical. Getting in and out of an ice bath tub can be difficult if injured or sore, so think about the ergonomics of the tubs you're considering. Will the ice tub splash water out every time you get in? Is there a place to sit on the edge so you can slowly slide into the water?
RENU: Comfortable and deep for splash-free entry and includes a breath deck.
Morozko: More prone to splash over, and can be hard to get in and out of because it lacks a breath deck.
Does The Cold Tub Have A Breath Deck?
When you get into an ice bath tub, would you rather just dive in, or would you prefer to sit on the edge to work on your breath first, Wim Hof style? Having a breath deck gives you a place to sit when getting in and out of your ice tank, improving the overall ergonomics of the cold water therapy experience. But not all cold tubs have breath decks, so think about how your cold therapy routine will go each day with or without one. Only the RENU ice bath tub is built with a breath deck.
RENU: Beautifully crafted wooden breath deck with your choice of wood stains.
Morozko: No breath deck.
Ozone Sanitation Systems For Cold Tubs
Benefitting from cold therapy is only as good as the sanitation level of the tank you're getting in daily. Unless you're planning on running a water quality test every time, you're going to want a cold tub with sanitation equipment you can count on.
If the ozone sanitation system isn't high-quality, harmful bacteria can build up in cold tank water, so if clean water matters to you, think about the ozone sanitation system of the cold therapy tanks you're looking at buying.
RENU: Superior UltraViolet Ozone Generator
Morozko: Corona Discharge Ozone system. This design can result in reduced ozone production after as little as 6-months to 1-year of use. A byproduct called Nitric Acid can gum up the tubing, causing problems that create tiny debris in the water. Users often cannot tell when the unit stops working.
Importance Of The Cold Tub Tank Depth
Having to slide down and fold up your legs to the point your knees stick out of the water is less than ideal. For taller cold water therapy enthusiasts, a shallow tank depth makes it difficult to submerge up to the neck without making major shifts in body position like this.
If reducing pain and inflammation in joints like your elbows and knees is a primary reason you're getting into ice bath therapy, not having them submerged in the ice water isn't what you want. That's why finding a cold tank with the most depth is crucial for taller plungers or those who simply prefer a full submersion.
RENU: Deep Plunge Tank: 30"
Morozko: Shallow Horse Trough: 24"
Cold Plunge Tank Reliability And Design
Inexpensive Components Or Quality North American Components?
The internal components of your cold water therapy tank are what impact the life of your tank the most, along with how reliably it will serve you.
When cold tank companies cut costs by sourcing critical cold tank components like chillers, circulation pumps, and ozone sanitizers from inexpensive manufacturers, the reliability and longevity of your cold tank are far less certain.
Compare cold water therapy tanks and see that RENU sources far more North American components than the competition, making RENU an incredible value for the performance reliability you'll enjoy.
RENU: 80% of the main components are made in North America, not China.
Morozko: Nearly 60% of the components are made in China.
How Weatherproof Is The Mechanical Bay Enclosure?
Ice tub therapy tanks have mechanical systems that should be kept away from the elements. Corrosion and rust can build on critical components like pumps, wiring connections, and circuit boards, potentially impacting cooling performance and cutting the lifespan of the cold water therapy tank. RENU cold tanks have an entirely enclosed mechanical bay, unlike competing cold tanks.
RENU: Fully enclosed, so all electrical devices are protected from splash-over and weather.
Morozko: There is an enclosure for the mechanical bay, but it's made of plywood.
Durability Of The Cold Tub's Exterior Construction
Are you planning on ice therapy outside your home? Whether it's simply for the view or so you can do contrast therapy with a hot tub, cold water immersion is possible with some cold tanks—but not all of them. Make sure the cold tank you're considering is constructed with the harshness of outdoor elements in mind. Direct sunlight and heavy rains can damage finishes and electrical components if the best materials aren't used.
RENU: Beautiful exterior made from HDPE, a UV-resistant, extremely durable, and long life finish.
Morozko: Entire tank structure is made of wood and plywood panels.
Does The Lid Fit Flush?
When the lid doesn't fit flush on a cold tub, you avoid risking an improper seal, and your water may lose its ice-cold temperature. Inset flush lids help conserve energy and keep water temperatures ice cold and ready at any moment. Plus, they look much nicer!
RENU: RENU tubs have an inset flush lid that's an integral part of the high-quality aesthetics.
Morozko: Not flush, with a top cap made of plywood.
What About Cold Tub Color Options?
If your cold tub is placed where people can see it, you certainly don't want it to clash with the surroundings. Being able to customize the exterior color and wood finish of your cold tank gives you the peace of mind that you'll always enjoy quality aesthetics that complement your home's spaces.
RENU: 5 exterior color options plus multiple wood stain options.
Morozko: Only Wood
What's The Shipped Price Of The Cold Tub?
If you start comparing all of the strengths of RENU cold tubs to the drawbacks of Morozko tubs, it becomes increasingly difficult to justify the higher price that Morozko charges for its cold tubs.
For cold plunge enthusiasts who are serious about getting the maximum health benefits without sacrificing quality aesthetics and internal construction, RENU cold tubs are hard to beat.
RENU: From $9,699.99
Morozko: From $9,900.00
Find Your Perfect RENU Cold Plunge Tank
Are you ready to take the plunge with RENU? Check out our cold plunge tank customizer to build your ideal cold tank today.
Choose a standard or large tank size, exterior color, and breath deck wood finish, and we will hand-craft the perfect addition to your home's sunroom, basement, patio, or pool deck.