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When it comes to whole-body cryotherapy, not all machines are built equally. There are notable differences in health benefits as well as machine maintenance when comparing an electric cryo chamber to a nitrogen-powered chamber. To find the best machine for you, you’ll want to first consider what your end goal is. Determining what is most important for your business will help you narrow down your cryo chamber selection. 

The good news is that cryotherapy is a growing and booming business. Professional athletes and celebrities are adding cryotherapy to their training and recovery routines at an ever-increasing rate. So as long as you have a solid machine and quality support in your corner, you can’t go wrong.

Here are the pros and cons of both options:

 

ELECTRIC CRYOTHERAPY

Pros:

  1. Can typically service multiple sessions at once because the chamber is larger. However, this varies depending on the machine model.
  2. No ventilation system required, except for heat extraction. 
  3. No gas needed, just a power outlet, which means no gas dewars to maintain. 
  4. Whole-body cooling system. Typically nitrogen cryo saunas only cover the neck down. (Except for Hybrids, which filter gas so its safe to breathe).

Cons:

  1. Doesn’t reach as low of a temperature as nitrogen. Electric chambers typically reach -150 degrees. 
  2. Can rack up a high electric bill depending on where you are in the country. 
  3. Can get pricey when it comes to service maintenance, so you’ll want to review your warranty and service agreement CAREFULLY. 

 

NITROGEN CRYOTHERAPY

Pros:

  1. Less expensive to service when it comes to routine maintenance. Replacement parts are less costly to change out versus condensers.
  2. Faster cool down with nitrogen. Takes 3-6 minutes vs. 2-3 hours with electric. Some have smart technology that automatically triggers cool down. 
  3. Usually takes up less space depending on the unit.
  4. Cooler temperatures, ranging from -166 F to -220F. Some units offer a range of levels. 
  5. Turn on when you want, as opposed to leaving on idle for hours.

Cons: 

  1. Nitrogen dewars need to be regularly maintained. Liquid nitrogen is an inert gas so you’ll need an oxygen monitor for room safety regulations. 
  2. Cost of nitrogen can get pricey depending on where you are located.
  3. Must have a proper ventilation system for gas to be evacuated outside the premises. 
  4. Most states require a gas permit if housing over 60 gallons of nitrogen on the premises. Check local regulations. 

 

The Bottom Line

Essentially it comes down to what is right for your business, budget, clients, and what you are comfortable implementing at your center.

For more information on cryotherapy machines and service maintenance, contact us here for a consultation.