According to Harvard, more than three out of four Americans will suffer some sort of foot ailment in their life.
Especially if you work on your feet all day, you want to make sure to take good care of your feet.
One way to do that – without breaking the bank – is to get a foot massager at home. You might be wondering what constitutes a ‘good’ foot massager.
If so, you came to the right place. I’ll give you my personal list of the best foot massagers on the market.
I considered the following factors in a foot massager:
- Ease of operation
- Pain Relief
- Customer Service
They are certified with the FDA a Class 1 “therapeutic massager for physical medicine.”
Their bread and butter feature that they boast on this product is it’s sheer power toping at 3700 Revolutions Per Minute (It vibrates in a circular motion).
massageLyfe reached out to MedMassager and they were extremely receptive. We threw a small curve ball at them, asking them what angle the foot massager rests on.
Erin, the social media representative for MedMassager replied, informing us that the ideal angle of 10-30 degrees was most optimal for footrest.
Definitely a plus one in the books for customers service and public outreach.
- Great for Raynaud’s (circulation disorder)
- Very strong, 11 speeds (1000-3700 rpm)
- Fixed numbness, tingling, and frozen to the bone feeling
- Helps (diabetic) peripheral neuropathy
- Clinical and therapeutical
- Great customer service
- No heat
- Industrial look
- Can’t control it without bending over
- Shaky and noisy
The first thing you notice about the MedMassager is their square plate design with the Arch-Bar on the end. This is interesting since it doesn’t have the popular Shiatsu rollers that knead your feet. There is a little knob where at the top-right corner to adjust the speed in 11 possible ways with a light to indicate that it’s on.
This design addresses two problems it’s competitor products don’t:
- Accommodates bigger feet
- Can tilt to target Achilles heal and calves
However, note that design of the product is not pleasing to the eye. Some might even say it’s ugly. So, if your priority is to decorate your home with this massager, you probably want to look elsewhere.
The comfort level is so-so but definitely not top tier. If you’re looking for a foot spa, this isn’t the product. The foot has arches to it and flat surfaces aren’t the best fit even with it’s Arch-Bar.
How does it feel and operate?
The MedMassager is easy to use. Just turn the dial to one of 11 speed settings, the light will turn red and it will start oscillating (vibrating the plate in a circular motion).
The MedMassager is built for patients with diabetes and neuropathy – weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damages typically in the hands and feet. Likewise, the power is tailored to those types of customers in mind. It’s very powerful.
To give you an idea how powerful it is, if you use the MedMassager on the second floor of the house people beneath you on the first floor will be able to hear/feel the floor rumble. Make sure to have some sort of padding beneath the MedMassager as to keep it in place and dampen the vibration to the floor.
This is great news for those with neuropathy. When the circulation in your feet is impaired, the best way to get oxygenated blood in them is for the feet to move. Since the MedMassager vibrates with such intensity your feet is left with warmth and feeling after a short 15 minutes.
This portable massager is great for for relaxing your feet and it’s also compact, making it an obstruction-free house ware.
- Not loud like others
- Inside cover removable and washable
- 3 styles, multiple settings
- Shiatsu style, not just vibrations
- Cord is long and easy to store
- Great for peripheral neuropathy
- Powerful in a painful way
- Heat is weak
- Problems returning on Amazon
The Brookstone F4 Foot Massager has a turtle-shell outward design. It’s got a handle and built-in cord wrap for easy storage and mobility. Two feet slots for compression massage. The inside has zip-out lining so you can easily take them out and wash them. There is a nice set of easy-to-press blue back-lit set of buttons as the main control panel.
Inside the foot slots, there are two system at work. First, there are rollers that move in a circular fashion (Shiatsu) that will work to massage the base of your feet. Second, there are air bags in each foot that will compress your feet from the sides and above.
The control panel has the following options:
- Power On/Off
- High/Low intensity
- Pulse, Soothe, Energize
How does it feel and operate?
Just plug the cord into an outlet, press the power button, and you should hear the foot massager turn on immediately.
The high/low intensity controls the amount of compression in the airbags. Even at low intensity it is strong especially in the toes area. If you’re not familiar with the strength that comes with a deep massage, this might feel like a crushing sensation.
The heat is barely noticeable. This may be the biggest gripe about this product. With the MedMassager, the high frequency vibrations increased blood flow and you felt warmth in your feet. However, with the Brookstone F4 Foot Massager, it’s a totally different ball game since it doesn’t use vibrations. The heat capacity of this massager is best described as lukewarm.
Definitely a plus for me since if there’s anything wrong with the purchase, I’ll be heard instead of being placed with a ticket number waiting a while to get an issue resolved.
On their website:
- Great for toes and soles
- Deep massage strength
- Does not address heel and ankle
- Not for big feet – Up to US Men Size 12
This foot massager is aesthetically pleasing. It’s got a futuristic design showcasing a Charcoal Grey exterior. Like others in the market, there are two foot chambers that are made of mesh material and have zippers so that you can take them out and wash them.
It’s one of the few massagers on the market with a remote control on top of the control panel on the unit itself. The remote control itself is very sleek and thin. It is able to remember the previous settings so you don’t need to readjust the pressure to a certain level every time you turn it on.
There are five controls:
- Kneading On/Off
- Increase pressure
- Decrease pressure
How does it feel and operate?
The air compression bags press the top of your feet downward into the kneading rollers beneath your feet that work on the bottom of your soles.
It’s definitely strong. If you like deep massages, you’re going to enjoy the sheer strength in this foot massager. In fact, many customers asked how to lower the pressure beyond the lowest setting. In order to do this, you’ll have to poke a needle in the air bags to deflate it a bit until you’re comfortable with the pressure.
However, it lacks pressure from the side of your feet since the pressure is mostly on top of the feet. Keep in mind that the seller indicated that it will work on US Men’s size 14; however the product description says up to size 12. So if you have big feet, you naturally create more pressure since there’s less room in the foot chamber.
Homedics is a popular personal wellness product brand. This foot massager offers Shiatsu or rolling massages along with heat mechanism to stimulate the blood flow in your feet. It’s important to note that, unlike the MedMassager, it does not encourage diabetic customers to use this product.
- Low Noise
- Good for plantar fascitis
- Deep-kneading shiatsu
- Larger feet
- No Slot
- Weak heat
- feet may need adjustments to align with balls
This massager is on a flat open platform with feet outline to indicate where to put your feet. There are 3 sets of three massage nodes on each foot which is visibly protruding through the mesh. You can raise the foot massager from the floor by twisting the legs. There is also a built-in cord wrap on the bottom of the unit.
Since the massager is on an open platform instead of an enclosed feet chamber like it’s competitors, the hardness of the massage relies on how hard you press your foot against the massager. This is not a necessary a bad thing because with the closed unit massagers, it’s hard to loosen the pressure put on by air bags.
How does it feel and operate?
It only has one button. To turn it on you press it once and to turn the heat on (which makes the rollers red) you press it again.
The massagers feels not too strong and not too weak, somewhere in the middle.
One issue is the heat. It doesn’t get that hot, almost lukewarm. It also takes time for it to heat up so expect to wait more than a couple minutes to actually feel the heat.
About The Author: Hey! I’m Kenta, the editor in chief here at Massagelyfe. We know that massage chairs can be a big investment, so my team and I devote our time to thoroughly researching every single product we write about. We hope you find our reviews helpful and informative.