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The 10 Best Foot Massagers

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1 Nekteck Nekteck Nekteck Foot Massager Deep Kneading Shiatsu Therapy Massage
405 reviews
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2 QUINEAR QUINEAR Shiatsu Foot Massager by QUINEAR with Heat
60 reviews
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Shiatsu Foot Massager by QUINEAR with Heat Review and Comparison
Shiatsu Foot Massager by QUINEAR with Heat Review and Comparison
3 PADO PADO Pure-Wave CM7 Cordless Massager Body + Facial
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4 Belmint Belmint Belmint Deep-Kneading Shiatsu Foot Massager
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5 FIT KING FIT KING Leg Air Massager for Foot And Calf Circulation
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6 MUCHOO MUCHOO Foot Massager, Shiatsu Kneading Foot Massager Massage Machine
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7 MARNUR MARNUR MARNUR Shiatsu Foot Massager Electric Heat Kneading -Foot
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8 Best Choice Products Best Choice Products Best Choice Products Shiatsu Foot Massager, Therapeutic Kneading
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9 Ivation Ivation Ivation Multifunction Foot Spa - Heated Bath
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10 Homedics Homedics Homedics FMS-270H Deep Kneading Shiatsu Foot Massager
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A Guide to the Best Foot Massagers

By Yehudah Posnick

Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning “finger pressure”--even though actual shiatsu massage techniques use the fingers, the palm of the hand, the elbows and even the knees and feet as well. Besides just providing relief from muscle strain and fatigue, Shiatsu purports to be able to even prevent or treat disease. Even though shiatsu hasn’t been established scientifically, it’s almost unanimous that a massage can provide relief to stiff muscles. There are numerous shiatsu devices nowadays that can recreate massage on the feet, neck, back--and even the entire body.

There are foot massagers that try to recreate the feeling of human touch. They are usually small enough that they can fit under your desk--you can get a massage even while you’re working! Foot massagers generally will be equipped with rotating heads that massage the soles of your feet. Some add infrared heat as well. Foot massagers might also employ hydrotherapy--like a jacuzzi for your feet!--employing jets of water, heat, and vibrations that soothe your feet and stimulate circulation.  Others employ padding, rollers, and airbags for comfort.

We’ve composed this buyer’s guide to help you make the right decision when selecting a foot massager. It'll help you:

  • Choose the right type of foot massager,

  • See useful tips about that particular type of foot massager,

  • Read reviews of different foot massagers, and what customers are saying,

  • Select the right brand of foot massager, and

  • Compare prices and find the best deals.

Types of Foot Massagers

  • Basic electric foot massager: These will have rotating heads that massage the soles of the feet. They may also have a heating function, that further relieves pain and fatigue. An example is the Nekteck Foot Massager, with 6 rotating heads, each with 3 nodes--a total of 18 different rotating nodes.

Nekteck Foot Massager

  • Foot and calf massager: Some foot massagers surround the calves as well. You place your foot inside, and wrap the massage cuffs around your feet and calves. They look much like oversized boots--they alternately fill up with air and depressurize, to massage your feet and legs. An example is the Fit King Leg Air Massager.

Fit King Leg Air Massager for Foot and Calf

  • Foot Spas: There are also “foot spas”, that use pressure-node rollers to give your feet a kneading massage. But they also let you soak your feet, which the massager then agitates in the form of thousands of air bubbles, like a mini jacuzzi. An example is the Belmint Foot Spa Massager Machine.

Belmint Foot Spa Massager

  • Air pressure technique: There are also foot massagers that employ shiatsu (with rotating massage heads) as well as air pressure, rolling, kneading, and heating all at once! You insert your feet into cloth sleeves, which are essentially airbags. The unit then fills the air bags up, to massage your feet from all sides. An example is the Muchoo Foot Massager.

Muchoo Foot Massager

What Reviewers Say

  • Rollers and vibration: Note that some foot massagers only use rollers, such as the Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager. Others employ a vibration massage as well, such as the HoMedics Thera-P Vibration Foot Massager.

  • Remote control: There are even foot massagers with a remote control. This makes it even easier to operate when you are already in a relaxed position. You can change the intensity of the massage, or the massage mode. The Muchoo Foot Massager works on a remote control. The Nekteck Foot Massager doesn’t have a remote control, but the controls can be activated with just a press of your toes.

  • Portability: Some foot massagers can be rather bulky--this might present a problem if you want to take it with you around the house. The Human Touch Reflex 4 weighs almost 29 pounds, which is the heaviest product that we reviewed. On the other hand, the HoMedics FMS-270H weighs only 6.8 pounds, making it very lightweight.

Important Features

  • Effective for a number of ailments: Foot massagers are effective in relieving plantar fasciitis--an inflammation of the tissue on the sole of your foot, which is common among people who engage in activity that involves high impact on the feet: ballet dancers, runners, and joggers. Massagers will also help relieve fatigue and soreness, even for people whose job involves standing for hours a day.

  • Adjustable height: Some foot massagers allow you to adjust the height. An example is the Nekteck Massager. With its adjustable feet, you can set the height to one of three levels, for added comfort.

  • Timer: Some massagers let you set the length of the massage. The Muchoo Shiatsu Foot Massager can be set for 5, 10, or 15-minute massages. This might be important, since you may get so relaxed, you'll fall asleep during the massage!

Top-Rated Brands

  • Nekteck--founded in 2014, are makers of a wide range USB-charging electronic devices and appliances. Their products include Bluetooth speakers, doorbells, power supplies, cables, solar lights, car accessories, and massagers. Their massagers include neck and shoulder massagers, and foot massagers.

  • Belmint--based in New York City, is a retailer of products for the kitchen and bath, as well as health and massage and relaxation products. They make calf and foot spas, as well as foot, back, and neck massagers. They also sell a full body stretch massage mat.

  • Fit King--founded in 1995, is a fitness and sporting goods company. They make treadmills, exercise bikes, home gyms, and benches and dumbbell racks for weightlifting. They also have a variety of massagers.

  • HoMedics--was started in 1987 by Ron Ferber and Alon Kaufman, as makers of fitness products. Besides home massage products, they also sell air filters, humidifiers, sleep aids, fitness monitors, and more.

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