Could there be anything more relaxing after a long day than a nice spa treatment or a pedicure? For many, the spa is the place to go to unwind and self-pamper. However, it’s simply not possible to go every day. This is why we celebrate the invention of the home foot spa.
About Foot Spas
Home foot spas are a great way to get a spa-like treatment in the comfort of your own home. They come in a variety of models with different features to fit any budget, making them an affordable alternative to sometimes costly spa memberships.
Home Foot spas are generally built to look like tiny whirlpools. They come in the form of a tiny basin that holds water and places to slip in your feet and relax. Some bubble or vibrate. These features are typically powered through the use of a wall outlet.
Diabetics, sufferers of collapsed arches, and those who suffer with chronic pain disorders like fibromyalgia or MS can benefit from daily foot spa treatments. Also, athletes, construction workers, and anyone who wears high-heeled, flat, or heavy footwear throughout the day should consider purchasing a home foot spa for their overall foot health.
Best Foot Spa Reviews
Below, we will review three of the top Foot Spas on the market. These foot spas include:
- HoMedics FB-600 Foot Salon Pro Pedicure Spa with Heat
- All in One Foot Spa Bath Massager with Heat
- Conair Waterfall Foot Spa with Lights, Bubbles and Heat
So which is the best for you? Let’s take a look.
HoMedics FB-600 Foot Salon Pro Pedicure Spa with Heat
Feature #1: Pedi Center
This machine has four attachments that soften and scrub the feet. Working together, they are advertised to leave feet feeling smooth, silky, and relaxed- just like they would from a real spa treatment. The attachments use water to massage and scrub away dead skin and unsightly calluses to leave your feet feeling baby soft.
Feature #2: Heat Boost Power
The Heat Boost power core can warm cold water to ninety-eight degrees in a matter of minutes. It also maintains the temperature throughout the duration of the treatment. This is a valuable feature for those who like long treatments.
Feature #3: Pressure Rollers
There are four pressure rollers at the bottom of the spa basin to massage the arches and provide relaxation support to the feet throughout the treatment. They work together to knead the bottom of the feet and into the arches to relax tension in the muscles and smooth the skin.
Real Users Feedback
While most reviews were generally positive, there were some concerns about the weak bubbler system and the discomfort associated with the pedicure attachments. The bubblers seem to be very weak in some of the machines that have been purchased, although a few reviewers did claim to have resolved the issue themselves with a simple “hack.” They claim that turning the screws on the bottom of the machine backward ¼ of a turn will cause the bubblers to bubble more. It should be stated, though, that it is never wise to alter the manufacturing details of a product you purchase.
Other reviewers said the pedicure attachments caused pain to the bottom of their feet and were anything but soothing.
On the positives, there were others that said the pedicure attachments were the next best thing to a “real” pedicure and that the treatment was an overall pleasing experience. They were also impressed with the heating system, although disappointed that they couldn’t alter the temperature from the 98 degree pre-set. Others held high praise for the drain.
All in One Foot Spa Bath Massager with Heat
Feature #1: Self-Draining System
The All in One model comes equipped with a self-draining hose attachment that actually suctions the water from the machine and into the sink for easy disposal. This means no dumping or messing with awkward drain plugs! This is a great feature for anyone that has trouble lifting heavy, bulky bins of water or for anyone that is simply not strong enough to pull the plug on a tub when there is water pressure fighting back. Also, because there is no plug, the chance of future leaks associated with drain plugs is eliminated.
Feature #2: Pre-Set Functions
This model has a variety of three pre-set spa functions. Along with the functions, there is a combination of high-frequency vibration, heat, and bubbling massage available. This means that you can custom-tailor your own spa treatment to meet your individual needs and preferences.
Feature #3: Semi-Conductor Speed Heating
Similar to the speed-heating of the HoMedics model, this unit uses a semiconductor to speed up the heating process. It can bring cold air to hot in a matter of minutes and hold the temperature for as long as you like.
Real Users Feedback
Much like the complaints about the HoMedics speed heating function, users were upset about not being able to adjust the temperature of the All in One machine, either. Aside from this complaint, though, there were many positives.
Most users loved that this machine was deep enough to cover the entire foot. They were also pleased that the machine was designed to be simple to use and came just as it was described online.
Probably the best added plus of this machine, though, is that it works effectively with any additive you wish to add to the water.
Conair Waterfall Foot Spa with Lights, Bubbles and Heat
Feature #1: LED Lighting
Conair boasts the LED lighting feature of this machine as a must-have for anyone that wants to see the machine in action. Also, they claim their blue light LED setting can make the spa treatment feel more soothing.
Feature #2: Waterfall
Another addition meant to add relaxation to the treatment is the waterfall feature. The machine has a spout at the top, front side of the basin that trickles water into the tub in a waterfall-like design. The water pours over the tops of the feet and creates a waterfall noise, which Conair says adds ambience and a soothing atmosphere to the spa process.
Feature #3: Non-Slip Feet
The machine has non-slip pads on the feet of the basin, ensuring that the tub doesn’t “run away from you” during your treatment.
Real Users Feedback
Although many consumers trust the brand name, it seems that this trust led to a lot of disappointment among users of the Waterfall Foot Spa.
The largest complaint was regarding the noise-level of the basin. The waterfall feature, while meant to be soothing, seems to have become a nuisance for those who would rather take in a movie at home or visit with friends during their treatment.
Others complained that the heating element was so weak it didn’t feel like the water was warming at all. In fact, there were reports that temperatures actually dropped dramatically from the beginning of the treatment to the end because the heating unit is only capable of maintaining a lukewarm temperature.
Finally, there were a handful of reviewers who said the tub was simply too narrow to accommodate their larger feet sizes. Because the feet had to be held close together, water was not able to move between the feet, resulting in a sub-par experience.
Comparison between All 3 Models
So, now that we have reviewed each of these models separately, we should do a side-by-side comparison to determine which model would be the best quality for the purchase.
Let’s get started.
Factor #1: Heat Offering
The Conair model flopped in the category of heat. The machine claims to have a good heating unit, but most real-world reviewers said that it simply didn’t work to the standard they had hoped. A lot of them complained of water only being lukewarm by the end of the treatment which is simply unacceptable when it comes to a relaxing experience.
Both the HoMedics and All in One models had a very efficient heating system that was even able to heat water from cold in a matter of minutes. The downside, though, was that they both also fell short when it came to a user’s freedom to adjust the water temperature to suit their individual preferences.
Factor #2: Roller Offering
The HoMedics model had a roller system to massage and treat the arches and bottoms of the feet, which was a big positive for many Amazon reviewers.
While the All in One Model did not have roller balls available, the basin itself did vibrate. While that can provide a suitable massage for the bottoms of the feet in general, it does very little to support or relax the arches of the feet.
The Conair system comes with detachable rollers, for which there were mixed reviews. Some people loved the roller system while others loved that they could take them out.
Factor #3: Size
Both the HoMedics model and All in One model are able to accommodate feet up to a men’s size 12 or even larger in some cases. The Conair disappointed many by using a basin that was simply too narrow for larger feet sizes.
Factor #4: Jets
All of the machines have bubbler jets. While the Conair and All in One Models seemed to have adequate bubbling systems, the HoMedics model struggled. That model came equipped with a weak bubbler system that even had some users looking for “hacks” to improve the quality of the jets.
By far, the winner of this category is the All in One Model. Not only does it come equipped with jets, but a system pre-set to be able to adjust the intensity, which is great news for anyone.
Factor #5: Drain
Both the HoMedics and Conair models have drain plugs at the bottom of their basins for draining into the sink. There did not seem to be any negative reviews concerning the drains, so one is left to assume that they work rather efficiently.
The All in One Model, though, beats the other two yet again by having a self-draining hose system which vacuums the water from the machine. This saves consumers the hassle of dumping a heavy basin or fighting with awkward plug systems.
Factor #6: Salt & Soap
Salt, soap, and other additives are not recommended for the Conair model, putting yet another negative mark on the overall comparison to its counterparts.
The HoMedics model allows for bath salts to be used, but discourages the use of soap or oil.
Yet again, the All in One model wins by welcoming any additive the consumer would like into the spa experience.
Factor #7: Price
When it comes down to price, the machines all fall in under the hundred dollar threshold. The Conair model is the least expensive at $39.99. This price is in line with the Conair brand, which usually produces home health and beauty supplies at a minimal price in comparison to the competition.
The HoMedics model is the second-least expensive and costs $69.88. When you consider the luxuries provided by the heating system, large basin, and arch-support rollers, you have to agree that it is a pretty fair price.
The All in One Model is most expensive at $89.98. While still well below that $100 line, some shoppers may be turned off by the price when there are so many cheaper models available. The question comes down to which is most worth their price tag overall.
Factor #8: Durability
While all three machines are generally very durable, the HoMedics machine does have a bubbler that can wear out and quit rather easily. Also, if someone were to use additives not recommended by either the HoMedics or the Conair machines, it is safe to assume their machine would wear out faster than expected.