At Cool Relief, we check out the best products in the cold wrap industry and test them all to ensure you get a great product. Stay informed and get the relief you deserve with reviews you can trust.
What We Review
Want to know a little about our testing process? Learn about some of
our test factors and why they are important:
-Freeze time: We
time how long it takes to freeze the segemented ice insert or gel pack
insert to the optimal therapy temperature. We start with the product at
room temperature (approximately 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit) and find out
how long it takes to reach the temperature which maximizes the
product therapy time. Some
products take less than an hour to freeze, some are recommended to chill up to
-Therapy Time: We measure the amount of time the product lasts before having to return
to the freezer for re-cooling. This is the time is takes to reach approximately
room temperature. We leave the cold
pack inserts wrapped in the products outer sleeve the entire time. The
actual time frame can vary due to the nature of the climate
where the product is used. Some ice wraps last only 20 to 30 minutes, some
can make it hours. Products noted “unlimited” in this category have
interchangeable inserts therefore can be replaced as many times as needed. This
factor may be important for an injury affecting mobility, wouldn’t it be nice
to not have to get up and grab an ice pack every 15-20 minutes?
-Type of Insert: We let you know if the product has a removable insert, what type of insert it is and whether or not it is microwaveable.The method of cooling in an ice wrap can range from soft gel or “jelly”
inserts to bags filled with ice water to evaporating soaking methods. If you
have a tender, “painful to the touch” injury, soft gel may be the way to go.
However deeper sore muscle and tendon type injuries may benefit from segmented
ice for deeper therapy. It’s important to note insert type when making a
-Removable Insert: Some ice wrap products have removable inserts
for easy exchange and an option for unlimited therapeutic cooling time. You
might not keep an ice wrap on an injury for the entire time; however it makes
life easier when you don’t have to wait for a couple of hours to let the entire
wrap chill before a secondary application.
-Extra Insert(s) Available:
Some products have removable inserts simply allowing the product sleeve to be
machine washed. Extra inserts may not be available. We will let you know if and where replacement inserts are available.
Certain products allow not only freezing the inserts for ice therapy, but also
heating the insert for heat therapy. As much as we like to help out with ice therapy, talk to
any physical therapist and they will probably tell you, heat therapy is just as
important! Some of these products can actually double as heat wraps. Find out
-Durability/ Longevity: You
probably want the ice wrap you purchase to last a long time. Durability is a
key factor in the life of a product. We put each product through strenuous
tests to see how we think the product holds up for the long haul. We take note
of stitching, quality, types of materials and we also test many to their
breaking points to note wear and stamina. It’s important to know if a product will hold up to what you
have in store.Looking at the durability of the product and its materials we figure out how many sessions the item will likely last.
-Price: "$" to "$$$$$" We discuss the products price point and rate it from one to five dollar signs, five being more expensive.Money is sometimes a big factor (if not
the biggest) in determining which ice wrap you are looking into; we will let
you know in comparison to others, how expensive it is.
-Overall Opinion: We discuss our overall opinions of the product and what types of injuries or individuals might benefit the most. As
industry experts, we will let you if you’re getting a good product for the
price, or a good “bang for your buck”. We will look at the product overall and
determine the authority it may have over others in it's category.