Thinking of buying a cryotherapy machine? In this post, I explain how to get one in 4 steps.
- First, you’ll learn the fundamentals: what are cryotherapy machines and how they work. Don’t skip this.
- Second, I provide comparison between the 3 types of machines: chambers, saunas or a localized units
- Third, I share our list of the best cryotherapy machines for 2021 based on our testing and reviews.
- Last, I’m giving tips to help you succeed in the cryo business: from financing to marketing.
STEP 1: LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS (DON’T SKIP)
- CRYOTHERAPY MACHINES EXPLAINED
- EFFICIENCY: FULL-BODY VS. WHOLE-BODY CRYO
- SAFETY: NITROGEN VS. ELECTRIC MACHINES
STEP 2: CHOOSE THE TYPE
- CRYOTHERAPY CHAMBER — PROS & CONS
- CRYO SAUNA — PROS & CONS
- LOCALIZED UNITS — PROS & CONS
STEP 3: CHOOSE THE MODEL
- THE BEST CRYOTHERAPY MACHINES 2021MUST
- SHOULD YOU CONSIDER USED MACHINES?
- THE BEST MODEL BASED ON YOUR BUDGET & NEEDS
CHAPTER 4: STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS
If you’re in a rush, you can always download our Buyer’s Guide 2021 to read it later.
Before We Start
If you landed on this page I’m sure you already know what’s cryotherapy but do you know how it affects the body ?
Well, cryotherapy is hormetic which means that, in the right dose, it stresses the body just enough to provoke a cellular response that’s more than what’s actually needed. Simply put, it’s like the body packs extra stuff to fight whatever comes next.
Yes, physical stress can be good for the body and mind and it’s called eustress —the best exemple being training exercice.
By the way, Icepacks and ice-baths are also forms of cold therapy but whole-body cryotherapy happens to be a lot more efficient.
This is why a short burst of cold exposure through whole body cryotherapy can have benefits on the brain, the immune system, body composition & metabolism, exercise performance recovery and more.Fight or Flight Response of The Body
If you’re looking for more details, I highly recommend listening to Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s podcast on how cryotherapy affects the body. She explains the physiologic and hormonal response of the body when exposed to cold sessions.
NB: Cryotherapy or cryogenics can have medical applications such as wart removal but that’s not the kind of cryotherapy we’re referring to in this post.
STEP 1: LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS
In this first chapter, you’ll learn the basics that will help you to make an informed decision — including common misconceptions.
Cryotherapy Machines Explained
The term “Cryotherapy Machine” actually refers to a broad product category that includes cryotherapy chambers, cryo saunas, and localized cryotherapy units.
What’s a Cryotherapy Machine?
Cryotherapy machines are devices that produce cool air or nitrogen vapors in order to safely expose the body to extremely low temperatures.
They have multiple applications such as relieve pain, reduce inflammation, help recover faster, and improve the general wellness state of the body.The 3 Types of Cryotherapy Machines
There are 3 types of Cryotherapy Machines: Chambers, Saunas, and Localized Units
One can classify cryogenic machines based on their technology, cooling process, features, and pricing. Still, it’s common to organize them based on their reach of the body:
- Cryotherapy chambers reach the full body including the head and use electric heat-exchange technology.
- Cryo sauna reach the whole body excluding the head and use liquid nitrogen technology.
- Localized units target specific parts of the body and use either electric or nitrogen tech.
The green and orange highlights are the most debated topics in the cryo industry. Every manufacturers will defend their technology.
As a customer, it’s important to make your decision based on facts.
Therefore, we’ve dedicated the next two titles to facts and fads about:
- The difference between whole-body Vs. full-body machines
- The safety and precautions related to electric/nitrogen machines.
Ready? Let’s go…
Efficiency: Whole-Body Vs. Full-Body Cryo Machines
While whole-body machine manufacturers claim that full-body units don’t get as cold as they should, full-body machine manufacturers claim exposing the head makes all the difference.
What Are The Facts?
- Clinical studies show that cryotherapy works efficiently under temperatures of -166 degrees Ferhenight (-110°C).
- Some users prefer having their head fully submerged inside. Others find it discomforting.
- The more even cold distribution around the body the more pleasant the session is. You should always aim at machine that
At the end, both full-body and whole-body machine work just fine. It’s a matter or personal preference and budget since full-body machines are pricier.
I’m not a bio-scientist. This comes from my own experience running multiple cryo studios and the feedback we’ve been collecting on CryoChambers.com.
I’d like to point out that our conscious level of pain or discomfort during a cryotherapy treatment is not a benchmark for the efficiency of the treatment. Cryotherapy sessions are supposed to be pleasant.
There are 3 safety notions you must know about when buying a cryotherapy machine.
- The Risks of Getting Frostbites
- Liquid Nitrogen Precautions
- Electricity Vs. Nitrogen Machines Safety
1. The Risks of Getting Frostbites
A frostbite is an injury caused by the freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. First, your skin becomes very cold and red, then numb, hard and pale.
Frostbites occur when the skin is exposed to extreme cold for a long period of time. The risk is amplified when the skin is moist.
In order to avoid frostbites, regulate humidity levels in the room, always wear safety gear during sessions, and never exceed 3-minute sessions.
2. Liquid Nitrogen Precautions
Most our customers will ask “Is liquid nitrogen dangerous?”
Well, 78% of the air you breath while reading this post is nitrogen gas, still nitrogen may be dangerous if you don’t take simple precautions.
Liquid nitrogen is not toxic nor inflammable. It’s simply condensed nitrogen gas at an extremely low temperature.
Cryo saunas (whole-body) turn liquid nitrogen into gas to produce cold air as fast as possible. And while liquid nitrogen evaporates, it reduces the oxygen concentration in the air which can act as an asphyxiant, especially in confined spaces.
That’s why when working with liquid nitrogen it’s important to follow safety guidelines such as keeping an airflow at all times.
3. Electricity Vs. Nitrogen Machine Safety
Some people may argue that cryo saunas (running on nitrogen) are plain dangerous since users may breath more nitrogen that they should but I don’t agree.
For sure, electric cryogenic chambers are safer by definition since they do a better job at preventing the users from breathing too much nitrogen.
But medical contradictions still apply. And another misconception is that electric chambers can’t cause frostbites.
In the year 2021, most machines — at least the ones on our Marketplace — are safe to use.
I mean, I have built a successful franchise business with nitrogen machines — using brands such as Impact Cryo and CryoTech Nordic.
Other nitrogen machines such as the Recovery XR have been featured on Ellen’s TV show.
STEP 2: CHOOSE THE TYPE
In this second chapter, we help you choose the type of cryotherapy machine you need whether it’s a chambers, a sauna, or a localized unit.
Buying a Cryotherapy Chamber
A cryotherapy chamber — also called cryogenic chamber — looks like a giant fridge from the future where you walk in.
- Air-cooled rooms where you walk-in.
- Target the full body including head.
- Run on electric heat exchange technology.
- Cost from from $75,000 to $280,000.
Chambers are the gold standard because there’s a premium feel to it. It’s particularly popular with high end spas and professional sports club in Europe and the United States.
Cryo chambers have more room than saunas. Most will allow users to walk while enjoying their session. In fact, some chambers feature such large spaces that you can fit a group of 4 in it.
Electric chambers are safer than a cryo saunas by definition since they do not use nitrogen. They use electric heat exchange technology to produce “cold air” that you can breathe in safely. (It does not mean that others are dangerous)
The installation and maintenance requires the intervention of the manufacturer or an extremely skilled engineer. Therefore, if you don’t want to be tied and can’t secure long lease terms, a cryo chamber is definitely not for you and you can skip to the next category.
Expensive To Buy
While nitrogen powered chambers start at $75,000, electric ones cost from $100,000 to $280,000. In fact an electric chamber cost 3 to 6 times the price of an entry-level cryo sauna.
Not As Cold
Some manufacturers may argue that electric chambers don’t feel as cold as their nitrogen counterparts because they don’t reach the same temperatures. Even if it’s technically true, I don’t feel that the difference in temperature makes a difference at all.
Hard To Sell
Since 2014, we never came across a buyer seeking second-hand electric chambers. The risk of relocating such a piece of equipment without a guarantee from the seller can be high. And it’s harder to secure a loan when buying used.
Buying a Cryo Sauna
A cryo sauna looks like 3/4 of a fridge, also from future, where you stand tall and wait for 3 minutes.
- Neck high tubes where you stand used.
- Target the whole body excluding the head.
- Run on liquid nitrogen tanks.
- Cost from from $39,000 to $61,000.
These single person units have improved a lot during the past 5 years becoming safer and more efficient than ever.
Cryo saunas are a lot more accessible to purchase. A top tier unit cost between $45,000 and $60,000 — about half the price of an average chamber. You can even buy one at 70 to 80% of it’s retail value from our certified second-hand machine marketplace.
People may not agree with me but from a user point of view, I think that the coolest thing about a these is the very fact that it runs on nitrogen. Yes, I said that nitrogen is cool! And what users love about it is that super dense nitrogen vapor.
“If you had a session in a a cold nitrogen sauna, you know that feeling when you’re about to have a session. The operator opens the door… and pshhhhh, so much cold vapor in the room! Your adrenaline level spikes and you know you’re about to experience something special…
But it doesn’t stop there, right? Stepping out of the sauna with all that white vapor and adrenaline pump, you feel pumped up and nothing less than Iron man in his suit. Or at least I do.”
Out of The Box
Saunas are easily moved stored. You can relocated in hours. Which can be a great addition to your service offering. And if business doesn’t boom, they’ll be a lot easier to sell than any chamber.
The biggest drawback about cryo saunas is operating with nitrogen. What I mean is that you must plan your entire workflow accordingly in order to achieve smooth business operations and increase ROI.
For instance, unless you have a conveniently located store, nitrogen deliveries can become a challenge because nitrogen tank can be noisy for your neighbors and clients.
Another example is to open bookings for specific hours of the day and pack clients’ sessions within that specific timeframe. This will result in very low nitrogen consumption which reflects directly on your ROI and nitrogen supply chain.
Localized Cryotherapy Units
Localized cryotherapy units are used locally on the face, muscles, and joints to manage pain, inflammation, and puffiness.
- Small devices with base and a hose.
- Target specific areas of the body.
- Either electricity or liquid nitrogen.
- Cost from from $7,500 to $18,000.
Smooth, Gentle Sessions
A localized machine is a lot more “gentle” on the user that its bigger counterparts. If you’re planning on offering cryo facials in a beauty salon, work mostly with elders, or specialize in physiotherapy then this is definitely a machine that will suit you best.
Lacks The Adrenaline Rush
Unless you’re very receptive to cold temperature, you won’t feel the rejuvenating and invigorating sensations that we all seek in a cryotherapy sessions.
If you’re catering to sport professionals or young adults, I would recommend getting a WBC or FBC machine first, then add a localized unit if you have the budget. Localized Cryo Machines For Sale
STEP 3: CHOOSE THE MODEL
In this third chapter, we help you narrow down your choice to the model based on your budget & needs rather than sellers’ marketing.
The Best Cryotherapy Machines 2021
Here’s a fact: When comparing cryotherapy machines, every manufacturer will claim their unit features the best technology and any other choice isn’t as safe nor efficient.
That’s a sales-pitch to scare you away form other manufacturers.
This is not a one-size fits all industry. And that is why we have top picks, but not every business looks for the same features.
For example, many of our customers look for versatility and movability, so that means sticking with a nitrogen cryo sauna such as the XR or Pro. Others favor the ability to provide multiple sessions at the same time, which is only possible with an electric chamber.
Then there are price considerations: you’ll want to pick a different machine depending on your budget, business model and available financing options.
What are the best cryotherapy machines you can buy?
- Best chamber under $100k: The Everest Peak
- Best multi-user: The Mecotec Air+
- Best heavy-duty sauna: The Recovery XR
- Most affordable sauna: The Cryomed One
All these machines are safe and efficient. More importantly, they have a proven track record being reliable — delivering consistent sessions without breaking appart.
So What Makes Each Model Unique? And Which One To Buy?
Best Chamber Under $100k: The Everest Peak
The Everest is a very unique cryotherapy chamber. Using the latest technological advances, each part of this machine focuses on safety, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Reasons To Buy +
- Most affordable electric chamber you can buy
- Great insurance & maintenance policy (for $1,500/month extra ?)
Reasons To Avoid –
- New brand on the market. No one has really tested it for more than a year.
- Not as cold as its competitors
One of the newest products from CryoBuilt, the Everest lives up to what you would expect from the manufacturer with a more affordable price tag. The most basic models start at $90,000 and offer several very flexible payment plans if needed. As a single-room chamber with a 4.6” x3’ footprint, you have everything you need for effective treatment with this device.
Best Multi-User: The Mecotec Air+
In the cryotherapy world Mecotec is the holy grail. It offers an experience like no others, and has been built around the world of major professional sport leagues and leading rehabilitation facilities.
Reasons To Buy +
- Can process up to 4 sessions at once
- Premium experience for high-end locations
Reasons To Avoid –
- Expensive to buy and maintain
- Nearly impossible to find second-hand buyers
Mecotec has given meticulous attention to user sensitivities in the Ait+ through the selection of precious woods and colors. The operator can use voice communication to relax the user during the treatment or broadcast music directly from a hone/iPod docking stations.
Best Heavy-Duty Sauna: The Recovery XR
The XR Thermal Edition is one of the safest, most technically advanced cryo sauna currently available on the market. Manufactured in the USA, it is designed so you can focus on your clients instead of worrying about the chamber.
Reasons To Buy +
- Heavy duty build and made to last
- Can fit in a truck
Reasons To Avoid –
- Using pads for elevation may be irritating during operations
- One of the most expensive cryo saunas
Once thing is sure, the Recovery XR from Cryo Innovations is built for commercial use. Making it the perfect solution for businesses who wants to add cryotherapy to their revenue streams. There are many reasons you should choose this unit and we have highlighted few of them.
Most Affordable Sauna: The Cryomed One
The One’s compact size is 20 to 50% cheaper to buy than any other sauna. This model is compatible with both pressurized and non-pressurized nitrogen tanks which give you more flexibility over nitrogen feed options.
Reasons To Buy +
- Most affordable whole-body machine you can buy
- Can fit anywhere with the smallest footprint and height
Reasons To Avoid –
- Design lacks originality. Looks like a tall oil barrel
- Little to no support from the manufacturer has been reported
The One is the perfect model to buy if you don’t have the budget. Booth its strengths and weaknesses comes from the tiny interior.
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Should You Consider Used Machines?
Buying a brand new machine is always more appealing, but the cost of brand new cryogenic chambers can be substantial.
In fact, if you’re on a budget and look at the numbers, you may feel that buying used machines could help you save cash that’s needed for marketing and operational expenses.
Buying Used Machines Used To Be Risky, But Not Anymore!
For years, buying a used cryo sauna required more dedicated research time because there were a number of things that potential buyers had to learn to ensure they were making a good investment.
You had to find out its current value, guess its condition and what kind of maintenance it requires. Then you needed to learn a bit about the person or company selling the machine in order to assess whether you should buy from them or not. But those days are long gone!
DON’T LEAVE IT TO CHANCE!
Use our free machine brokering service and let us find the best machine based on your budget and needs.
Used Machine Certification Is Now Available
Today, research is a lot easier and far less time consuming because you can simply browse our used machine section.
We also launched the CCRT Certification back in 2019 which is a condition certification. The cost is bared by sellers and guarantees machines’ condition to buyers — From parts to capitalized future repair cost.
If your budget is under $50,000 then you could save by purchasing a gently used machine from our marketplace. And in this case,
If Your Budget Allows Then Buy Brand New
While the benefits of purchasing a used chamber has definitely changed over the last years, there are still a few things that give new cryogenic chambers and saunas advantage for would-be-buyers.
First, you’ve got a lot longer before you are likely to start needing repairs. The technology is constantly being improved, and that means the newer models have longer lives than older models.
Second, if you do have any problems with your chamber, you can get it fixed for free because they all have a manufacturer warranty.
And last, you may be able to get a much better interest rate for loans since they want to incentivize people to buy new.