The 5 Best Foot Massagers in 2019
Massage therapy is one of the leading industries in home technology in recent years. Back massagers, neck massagers and even foot massagers are extremely popular among adults. Between the amazing relaxation and soothing benefits it offers and the health benefits, foot massagers are a top purchase for many adults. Between the numerous brands available, how do you know the best foot massager to choose?
If you stand up all day and work or just need to help your blood circulation, using in a foot massager is a great way to end the day. We’ve reviewed some of the top models in the market to help you find your perfect match.
Here are the top choices for the five best foot massagers.
#1 Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager with Switchable Heat Function
The Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager delivers the ultimate relaxation in a compact, user-friendly design.
- Switchable heat function
- Shoe size up to size 12
- 5 massage intensities
Editors’ Choice: Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager with Switchable Heat Function
One massage with this Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager and you’ll understand why this is one of the best sellers in the foot massager industry. With it’s ultra relaxing massage nodes and it’s compact, sleek design, we couldn’t resist this Belmint model.
Depending on what you need, you can choose between the Belmint’s 5 different massage intensities. This design is straightforward and simple, but delivers a quality massage experience. It’s almost as if there’s an actual masseuse at work. You can also enjoy the soothing heated function, which helps increase blood flow and improves circulation overall.
Belmint Shiatsu Pros
- Feels like a human: Users say the Belmint gives a proper, good massage that feels like the hands of a real person.
- Adjustable intensity and pressure: Choose between the five intensity settings and pressure settings to customize it to your liking.
Belmint Shiatsu Cons
- Maybe best suited for people with smaller feet: While the Belmint works for people with up to a shoe size of 12, people on the larger end may not be able to feel the massage nodes on their heels.
Best Value: Homedics Deep Kneading Shiatsu Foot Massager
Don’t let the unusual design of this Homedic foot massager scare you, the deep kneading shiatsu massages it delivers are just as powerful and efficient as other models on this list. What’s even better is that you’re paying half the price you would for the others.
Although the design is different, the 18 massage nodes will still deliver a satisfying massage that will relieve the muscles and tensions in your feet and legs. The advantage of the nonhooded design of this model is that it can accommodate anyone with a shoe size of up to 13. After your deep tissue massage, enjoy the warming feature as it spreads across the soles of your feet.
Homedics Foot Massager Pros
- Toe Controls: Instead of bending down to change the controls in this unit, you can use your toes to control the settings.
- Unique design: The design is unique and minimal compared to the other models, making it also portable.
- Affordable price: While most foot massagers cross the $100 threshold, this one doesn’t. Get this powerful massager for a little over $50.
Homedics Foot massager Cons
- Delayed heating: Some users complained that the heating feature took to long to turn on.
Best Shiatsu: Brookstone F4 Shiatsu Massager
If you’re familiar with the Shiatsu technique, then you know that it is rejuvenating and packed with benefits. With the Brookstone F4 massager, you can experience the joys of a Shiatsu massage on the soles of your feet. Slip your feet into the removable cloth containers with deep kneading rollers and selectable heating functions.
The rollers inside of the unit are designed to feel like that of a real masseuse. Our only qualm with this model is the high price tag. At over $500, this model may be out of some people’s price range. Either way, if you want a luxury feet massage experience and money isn’t an issue for you, this may be a great option.
Brookstone F4 Pros
- Removable cloth: To clean the foot insoles, simply unzip the removable parts out and throw it in the washer.
- Selectable heat function: You can choose to do heat therapy for the ultimate relaxation in your feet and legs.
- Air compression: Massage rollers and air compression technique helps to promote relaxation and improve circulation.
Brookstone F4 Cons
- High price point: There is no doubt that the price tag will deter away many people, especially when there are great models at less than half the price.
Best Heated: Renpho Shiatsu Foot Massager with Heat
A soothing, detoxifying massage is readily available with Renpho’s Shiatsu foot massager. We love this one for its great quality, affordable price, and awesome heating function. You won’t want to miss a day with this massager once you experience the powerful deep kneading rolling on your feet.
The massage cushions are designed to use both heat and air pressure to relieve pain and tension in the feet, which releases toxins through the feet. The Shiatsu technique helps to increase your blood circulation and improve your immune system through foot reflexology.
Renpho Shiatsu Foot Massager Pros
- Heated technology: Enjoy a fast and hot sensation during your relaxing foot massage.
- Affordable: Enjoy this without breaking the bank, the cost is under $150.
Renpho Shiatsu Foot Massager Cons
- No heel massage: Unfortunately, the heel doesn’t get massaged in the foot cushions which may be annoying to some.
Best Portable: Miko Shiatsu Home Foot Massager
This model is one of the top rated foot massager’s you can buy, and its wealth of features easily prove why. First off, this model is durable and quality in one. You can ensure this will last you years and will deliver quality Shiatsu massages. You can easily change and customize the settings to your liking with the easy remote control panel.
Miko delivers deep kneading treatment to the soles and tops of the feet. By targeting the pressure points in your feet, the Miko can help to relieve the built up tension and stress from the day. We love how lightweight this model is, which also makes it extremely portable. Take it with you to the office, or easily move it around your home for your family to use. Also, you won’t need to bend down to change the settings, so this makes it a great option for the elderly or anyone with mobility issues.
Miko Foot Massager Pros
- Wireless remote control: This is one of the few models with a wireless remote control so you don’t have to bend down to choose your settings.
- Lightweight and portable: The design is compact and lightweight and is easy to take around with you if you need it.
Miko Foot Massager Cons
- Doesn’t reach the heel: Unless you have very small feet, the massage nodes don’t reach the heels at all.
Electric v Manual
There are several types of foot massagers, but the main differences can be broken down between two of the main types: electric vs manual. While our list is comprised of only electric foot massagers, it’s still good to know the difference between the two, just in case you want to try manual massagers out.
Electric Foot Massagers
An electric foot massager is any of the units that you can find on our list. They are usually a compact, capsule-looking machine that requires you to plug it in. Most of them have foot capsules, but some of them aren’t hooded. Either way, an electric massager offers several types of automated foot massages and settings. The only thing you have to do is sit back and slip your feet in and enjoy.
The great thing about electric foot massagers is that they are always innovating and evolving. New updates come out periodically offering new features such as bluetooth controls, various massage techniques, etc.
- Pros- Easy to use, Several powerful massage techniques, great functions like heating
- Cons– Expensive, heavy, require power to be used
Manual Foot Massagers
A manual foot massager is a no-frills massager that is usually made from several balls and rollers that you roll up and down and back and forth on your feet. These massagers leave you entirely up to it to do the work. You massage your feet and legs by placing heavy pressure on it.
Because these don’t consist of any motors or electronics, they are usually much cheaper and lightweight. This makes them more portable and easy to use wherever you are, no power required.
- Pros- Inexpensive, easy to bring anywhere with you and easy to adjust the pressure to your liking, doesn’t require any power to be used
- Cons– requires you to do all of the work
Foot Massager’s Buyer’s Guide
We’ll now delve into all of the things you need to know about foot massagers, including features, what to look for and the different types of techniques used. This buyer’s guide will hopefully make searching for a foot massager much easier. Knowing all of the ins and outs of these units will help you choose the ideal unit for you.
- Kneading– In a foot massager, you’ll typically find a kneading massage technique advertised. This technique can be found in both open and close-toed massagers. It involves the nodes rotating back and forth to hit the pressure points in your feet. The massage heads usually spin counterclockwise and clockwise to form a kneading motion.
- Shiatsu– This is one of the most common types of massage techniques you’ll see available in foot massagers. Both open and closed toed massagers have them. They use a technique that presses down into different parts of your foot. This acts as acupuncture and is meant to help to improve blood circulation.
- Heated– If you’re in the market for a heated massager, double check to make sure it is. While it’s common to find a model with a heating function, it is not a default feature for all. The biggest thing to note is that not all models are created equally. Some have stronger heating sensations than others. The best way to check this is to look at the reviews of the products to see. If you’re looking for a good hot sensation on your feet after your foot massage, you may be disappointed when you only receive a warm sensation instead.
- Oscillating– An oscillating massage technique is normally found in open, flat designs similar to the Homedics massager on our list. This is the type of massager that rolls the nodes back and forth while you place your feet on top, applying pressure to various points of your foot. The advantage of this is that you can choose the exact spot to place your feet so that the nodes oscillate on your trigger areas.
Familiarize yourself with the difference between the application coverage of foot massagers. On this list, you’ll find massagers that only cover the feet. This is the most common application coverage you can find with foot massagers. However, every so often you’ll find a foot massager that covers your feet ankles and sometimes legs.
The foot, ankle and calf massagers are available, but they are a bit bigger and not as compact as most feet massagers. They look similar to the foot part on a massage chair. The only difference is that the massage heads travel upwards towards the calves and back down to the feet to relieve pain and tensions in the muscles. A calf massager will also increase blood flow to the area. If you sit down at an office all day, this is especially a good feature to have.
Nevertheless, it’s most common to find a good, inexpensive and portable foot massager that only targets the feet.
Ease of Use
Foot massagers are compact, specific devices which means they should be easy to use. Since they are only targeting a specific part of the body you should be able to turn it on and use in seconds. Depending on the controls, the user-friendliness may vary from model to model.
Some factors that could contribute to the ease of use are:
- Remote control
- Customizable/adjustable settings
- Easy setup
Check with the manufacturer’s page to see how easy it is to control the functions of the foot massager. If it is a complex control system then you’ll want to make sure you familiarize yourself with it beforehand. Our favorite features that we’ve seen that help the usability is the wireless remote control, which eliminates the need to bend over to adjust the settings. Another fun feature we love is the toe control, which also lets you comfortably change the controls while getting a massage.
In terms of other features, this is pretty much all you get. Most, if not all, foot massagers should be fairly simple to operate.
Size and Weight
Size doesn’t necessarily refer to the actual size of the unit but more the size of the feet it can fit. This will weed out buyer’s who can and can’t use a unit. Check the specs of a foot massager to make sure you can fit your feet into it. Most units accommodate up to a size 12 in shoes and some even a size 13. On the other hand, some units only go up to a size 10, so make sure to check this before you buy.
The thing to keep in mind is that if you are at the very size limit then you may not be able to cover your entire foot. Your heels may not get massaged the same way as the rest of your foot.
The weight of a foot massager entirely depends on where you plan to use it. If you’re planning to take it back and forth with you to the office and home, then you’ll want to keep the weight limit in mind. If you only plan to use the massager at home then this isn’t as important.
Most massagers will come with some type of warranty. That entirely depends on the manufacturer. We would say that you should look for a minimum of a 1-year warranty on parts and labor. Some units will definitely offer a longer warranty and some even lifetime. Check the manufacturer’s page for their detailed breakdowns of what to expect if something malfunctions.
You should have all of the knowledge to equip you to find the perfect match. That is, the perfect foot massager to relax and unwind with at the end of the day. Your feet deserve it!Read More