How much does a cryo machine cost?

If you are looking into starting a cryo business, the cost of cryotherapy equipment will be essential for your budget planning. This article will help you discover the direct and indirect costs associated with purchasing a cryo machine. Additionally, it will go through possible ways to save your startup budget. 

The price of cryoequipment depends on the type and configuration of a cryotherapy machine. Let’s take a brief look at what is available in the market.

What are the different types of cryotherapy machines

Cryotherapy equipment is grouped based on design, cooling technology, treatment scope, and capacity.

Design: the difference between open-top and walk-in cryo cabins

Open-top machines, most frequently called cryosaunas, resemble a round-shaped vertical refrigerator without a top panel. In a cryosauna, a customer’s head looks out of the cabin while the rest of the body stays inside.

A walk-in cryo chamber is much like a small room with a glass door where a client gets a full-body treatment, including his head. Such machines can have one, two or three treatment rooms inside.

Cooling technology: nitrogen-fed versus electric cryotherapy machines

In nitrogen-powered cryosaunas, the cabin is cooled by the extra-cold mixture of nitrogen and air supplied directly to the cabin. Nitrogen is fed from a special cryogenic tank which can be pressurized or non-pressurized. 

Electric cryo chambers use heavy-duty heat exchangers and cooling agents to generate cold. These machines usually take up much more floor space than cryosaunas. Electric cryo chambers are considered to be generally safer for not using liquid nitrogen. Still, with due care, the risks related to nitrogen cryosaunas can be reduced to a minimum. 

Hybrid cryo chambers produce cold by pumping liquid nitrogen through a closed cooling loop. Such cryogenic chambers have breathable air inside. These machines are usually more compact than electric-powered ones but allow full-body treatment (including the head). 

Uneven cooling from top to bottom is a frequent issue with all walk-in cryo chambers. That’s why Cryomed has created IceChill cryotherapy cabin with a cooler installed on the ceiling. As cold air is heavier than warm, cooling the air from the top balances the temperature distribution and delivers the best treatment results. For a more detailed comparison between nitrogen-fed and electric cryotherapy machines, read the relevant FAQ.

Treatment scope: whole-body or localized cryogenic machines

Apart from whole-body cryotherapy machines, producing a systemic effect on the body, there are devices designed to treat individual body parts with a stream of cold nitrogen for enhanced local effect. These are widely used in aesthetic, fitness, and healthcare applications. 

You can find more about local cryotherapy devices in our “Cryotherapy in Beauty” article. 

Capacity: group or individual cryotherapy machines  

Nitrogen-powered cryosaunas are always individual, as they cannot accommodate more than one person at a time. Electric and hybrid chambers may be individual and group (up to 4 persons in one treatment room). Logically, group cryo chambers are the best choice for businesses with steadily high customer flow.

What is the price range for different types of cryotherapy machines?

From an engineering point of view, cryosaunas running on liquid nitrogen are less complex than electric cryo-machines. In addition, the components have a lower price. So cryosaunas are more affordable. The price tag for nitrogen cryogenic machines may vary from €20,000 to €70,000

Electric cryo chambers use more sophisticated technology and are rather costly, with the starting price around €65,000 and the breathtaking €270,000 at the high end. 

The latest variation of cryogenic machines, hybrid cryo chambers, take the middle ground between nitrogen and electric options. Their price ranges from about €60,000 to €120,000.

Local cryotherapy devices are much more compact than whole-body machines. They are mobile and do not require complex engineering solutions. The cost of such machines drifts from €4,000 to €16,000

How much are delivery costs? Any other costs to expect when buying?

When you buy a new cryo machine locally, your buying price usually includes delivery to your place, assembly and onsite training.  

Delivery expenses are directly linked to the machine packing size, distance, and mode of transportation. Sea transportation, where applicable, is generally cheaper than air or truck delivery. However, it is the most time-consuming shipping method.

However, your costs do not end there. Owning a cryosauna or a cryochamber implies operational expenses, maintenance costs, and financing rates (if any).

How much does it cost to run a cryotherapy machine?

Your running costs depend on the type of machine, operator’s wages, number of daily treatments and their scheduling, cost of expendables, and availability of service providers near you.

Nitrogen consumption 

With nitrogen-powered machines, you should always have a stock of liquid nitrogen. It’s essential to find a reliable nitrogen provider near your location. Fortunately, Cryomed has put together data on liquid nitrogen providers worldwide, so you can always ask our sales department for assistance. 

Some locations have little to no liquid nitrogen suppliers. In this case, you can opt for buying a liquid nitrogen generator. When needed, Cryomed’s team will gladly connect you with the manufacturers of such generators and advise on the best choice. Such devices may have rather high price tags, but make your business more independent. 

Nitrogen-fed cryo machines consume 2.5 to 4 liters of liquid nitrogen per 3-minute session. It depends on the technology used, room temperature, and session temperature. Add 2.5 to 3.5 liters for precooling and get a full-cycle cryosession cost of about 5 – 7 liters of liquid nitrogen. Scheduling sessions back-to-back cuts nitrogen consumption for pre-cooling to a minimum. For hybrid cryochambers, the nitrogen flow rate can be close to nitrogen cryosaunas (starting from 5 liters per 3-minute session).

Power consumption 

With electric cryo chambers, power consumption is a crucial parameter as these machines may use from 7 kW to 17 kW, depending on the configuration. In addition, electric cryo machines need from 2 to 4 hours for pre-cooling. In contrast, power consumption by nitrogen cryosaunas is comparable to an ordinary household device (1.5 kW maximum). Moreover, they require only 3 to 5 minutes to be ready for a session. 

Power consumption by hybrid cryotherapy machines is minimal (for example, Cryomed’s IceChill consumes as low as 0.5 kW). 

How much will you spend on maintenance costs?

Maintenance and repair costs are higher with electric cryo chambers. Spare parts for these machines are more expensive. Moreover, they require mandatory yearly maintenance by the manufacturer with a price tag between €3,000 and 5,000.  

Nitrogen and hybrid cryo machines do not need yearly maintenance and have relatively low-cost spares for replacement. Thanks to WiFi/LAN Internet connection, cryosaunas allow distant diagnostics and troubleshooting.

Buying equipment, especially new, in most cases, digs deep into your pocket. Let us look at the alternatives to paying a lump sum upfront.  

What if an outright purchase is not an option for you? 

If you’re on a budget, you still have various options.

As a first step, the best thing to do is to ask for consultation from a cryotherapy equipment provider. Otherwise, you risk overlooking a viable option a competent professional can easily point out. For example, a stripped-down model of a cryotherapy machine may have a more reasonable price and still perform perfectly well.

If you haven’t found a viable option for purchase, you may decide on renting or leasing a cryo machine. Rent is better if you need a cryosauna for a short time for a specific project. Monthly rent does not go toward the purchase price, even if you decide to buy the machine at the end of the rent period. A lease usually implies a lengthier time, 12 or 24 months. At the end of the lease, the cryotherapy equipment becomes your property, as all monthly installments go toward the purchase price.

You may also apply for financing from a bank. The financing cost will depend on the equipment price tag, the interest rate, and the credit period. While choosing between leasing and bank credit, thoroughly compare the final cost of both options.

Buying used equipment could be a good idea as well. With a wide variety of used cryogenic machines on sale, you can save up to 30% on an initial price. Consider the seller’s reputation to ensure the cryotherapy machine is in good working condition. Remember to check for warranty, maintenance and repair options, especially for older models which can be out of production.

A refurbished cryo machine can be a safer bet as it usually comes with a warranty. In addition, it is no problem ordering replacement parts for such equipment in case of need.

If you’re looking for an option that would allow entering the cryobusiness with minimum investments and operation costs, consider buying a localized cryotherapy machine. Such device comes with numerous benefits:

  • A low price won’t hurt your wallet as much as buying a full-sized counterpart.
  • Compact size enables treatments in the same room where you offer other services.
  • Low nitrogen consumption (about 0.75 l per 10-minute session) makes local cryo machines extremely cost-efficient. 
  • Broad applicability – from beauty treatments to athletic injuries and chronic pain treatments.

In any case, the cryotherapy business is not only about buying a machine. Pay attention to what is included in your package deal. What kind of training is provided, if any? Does operator training cover any cryotherapy basics? What kind of marketing materials are available apart from photos? Extensive maintenance and servicing support is a huge benefit, too. The availability of timely assistance will help you keep your business afloat and ensure the best treatment experience for your clients.


Which cryosauna is better – electrical or nitrogen-fed?

Both nitrogen and electrical cryotherapy equipment has its benefits and drawbacks. When deciding which to use, factors such as budget, location, local regulations, and cost of consumables must be considered. Ultimately, the choice depends on the specific needs of the project. Read more here and here.

Why do we use liquid nitrogen in cryosaunas?

Nitrogen is safe and convenient for use due to its non-toxic and non-explosive nature. Liquid nitrogen is highly available and affordable but requires special storage conditions. Certain safety measures should be taken while handling and using liquid nitrogen. Read more here.

What do I need to operate a cryotherapy machine? 

Cryotherapy equipment does not require a medical license or doctor’s oversight. However, due to the risks involved, operators should know the treatment protocols and safety guidelines. Also, informed consent forms are strongly recommended for all customers before the first session. Read more here.