Best Foot Massagers

When you think about it, our feet go through a lot. Walking, running or even standing as part of daily life puts them through their paces and can leave them aching at the end of the day.

In an ideal world, we’d just head over to the nearest spa and treat them to a luxurious foot massage, but in reality that just takes more time and money than a lot of us have to spare. The good news is that you can still treat those tired feet without leaving the house or breaking the bank with an electric foot massager or foot-spa (which uses jets and water, instead of kneading and infrared heat).

With so many options out there, which ones are suited for your particular needs? Worry not, for we’ve done the research and put together a list of some of the best foot massagers out there, with a range of prices and functions.

Things to consider

Needs

What is the primary use for your electric foot massager? For example, you might have a specific medical condition such as arthritis or muscle ache – in which case you’ll benefit more from electric massagers which focus on blood flow and deep kneading. Or, you might just be looking for something to help you relax (such as a Shiatsu foot massager), in which case you’ll prefer machines which offer heat and vibration treatment, or perhaps even foot spa! We will feature all types in our list.

Type

There are three broad types of massager: manual, electric or spa (water). Each has its pros and cons, so you’ll need to choose which one, depending on your needs and budget. For instance, manual massagers are lightweight and cheap, but obviously lack a lot of the features that electric ones offer, whereas more advanced ones are packed with tech, but may be bigger, heavier and more expensive.

Budget

How much are you willing to spend? As above, if you’re just starting out in the world of electric foot massagers and are looking for something simple, you’re not likely to want to spend too much. Just like everything else out there, the amount you’re willing to spend will influence your choices between budget and premium brands (such as RENPHO). The premium brands (such as those offering Shiatsu foot massage) will of course offer more features (such as heat and Shiatsu), higher quality and reliability, but of course will come at a higher cost.

Function

How many settings do you need in your electric foot massager? Or, do you want a manual one? Do you just want something simple that’ll just do the job, or do you want to tweak your treatment to perfection with a more complicated and advanced machine? For instance, basic functions include treatment with rollers which knead your muscles, whereas more premium functions will include heating, Shiatsu massage, multiple rollers, vibration pads and pre-programmed cycles.

Focus

Most massagers are just for the feet, but there are plenty of options that extend to the calves and even the entire leg. Of course, massagers that focus on the entire leg cost a little more, but are able to cover a larger area of treatment. Although we focus on foot massagers in this particular list, we have included one leg massager to give you an idea of what they’re all about.Most manual and electric foot massagers are just for tired feet, but there are plenty of options that extend to the calves and even the entire leg. Of course, massagers that focus on the entire leg cost a little more, but are able to cover a larger area of treatment. Although we focus on foot massagers in this particular list, we have included one leg massager to give you an idea of what they’re all about.Most massagers are just for the feet, but there are plenty of options that extend to the calves and even the entire leg. Of course, massagers that focus on the entire leg cost a little more, but are able to cover a larger area of treatment. Although we focus on foot massagers in this particular list, we have included one leg massager to give you an idea of what they’re all about.

Portability

Some people like to take their electric foot massager with them to the office, or when they travel. Others strictly prefer to have their treatment at home. Generally, the more advanced the massager is, the larger it’s likely to be. For instance, you can compare a more mid-range machine (such as the Neckteck listed below)  which typically weighs just over 3 kgs to a premium one, which not only has bigger dimensions, but can weigh up to 5 kg or more.

Reviews

One of the most effective ways to find out more about your potential device, is to read reviews from normal consumers to see which one truly is the best foot massager for you.

Accomodation

If you have very large (or small) feet, some massagers might not be suitable for you. Make sure to check the product, or even get in touch with the manufacturers.

Ease of use

Is the machine easy to clean and operate? If you’re looking for relaxation, you might want to check how much maintenance your foot massager actually needs.

Our choices

Now, before we get into the detail of our recommendations, here’s a handy table that provides an overview, if you just want the details at a glance: You’ll notice that most of these are electrical, as this is by far the most popular and prolific type, but we’ve added one or two different types as well to give you a little more perspective.

Name and link

Type

Price range

One-line review

Best for

Nekteck Foot MassagerElectricalMid

Best function to price ratio.
Our top pick

Experienced users who know what they want in a massager, but don’t want to go premium.

RENPHO Foot MassagerElectricalHigh

Premium quality and price.

People who take massage seriously and may have medical uses.

HoMedics, Triple Action ShiatsuElectricalLow

Basic, functional and reflexology-based.

First-time buyers looking for something easy to try out.

Miko Shiatsu HomeElectricalHigh

Our runner up: Hi-tech and packed with options.

People who like premium products and are looking for lots of features.

TheraFlow Dual RollerManualLow

Our runner up: Hi-tech and packed with options.

Fans of reflexology who want something very basic that doesn’t require electricity.

Conair Foot SpaSpaLow

Relaxing and affordable spa entry option.

For those looking for something a little different, with a spa-like experience.

RENPHO Compression Leg MassagerElectricalMid

Medical, comprehensive and robust.

People with circulation and other medical issues.

Product Reviews

Our top pick – The ‘all-rounder’ Nekteck Foot Massager

Our top pick is a simple, but feature-rich massager that does everything that the average person needs. Sure, there are more advanced machines out there, but if you want for something more down to earth that does a good job, we’d certainly recommend the Nekteck.

What makes this one of the best foot massagers out there is that the design approach allows for the entire foot to be massaged. With six points of contact and three rotating nodes on each, you’ll enjoy 18 total massage points being worked on. Customisation is not quite as detailed as other machines, and you’ll only really get to adjust the heat temperature. Plus, if you have high-foot arches, you might not be able get all of those contact points.

However, this is our top pick, because the price is right, and it is of high quality. Let’s take a little closer at the features:

What you get:

  • A robust design that comes with six massage heads and18 rotating nodes.
  • Heating function to help with muscle fatigue.
  •  Adjustable height for total comfort.
  • Easy operation with foot controls, and a carry-handle.
  • Simple, effective and affordable.

What we think

Pros

Simple operation but feature-rich.
Perfect for the average user.
Good balance between price and function.
Online reviews are mostly very positive.

Cons

Those with higher foot arches may not get the full effect.
Noisier than some of the more premium models.

The hi-tech choice (Our runner-up) RENPHO Foot Massager

This one’s for all the technology lovers out there. If you like for a bucket-loads of features and settings, this RENPHO is the best choice for you. With heat and Shiatsu massage therapy options, the ergonomic design and rotation technology inside gives a really professional feel to your massage experience that might even rival those you might find at the spa.

As well as a robust heat function, this electric foot massager features two main types of movements that work well together. The deep kneading feature uses rollers that massage the bottom of your foot, together with a pneumatic pressure feature where sacs are filled and then emptied of air pressure, which creates a fantastic squeezing effect on the foot for better blood flow. Both of these features have different intensity levels, and when used in combination can cover the entirety of the foot in massage bliss after a long day.

What you get:

  • Ergonomically designed for maximum comfort.
  • Equipped with a rotation ball, rolling stick, air sacs and heating therapies.
  • Adjustable massage intensity for a personal experience.
  • Touch buttons to control with your feet.
  • Stylish and futuristic design.
  • Removable washable cloth in the foot chambers for good hygiene.

What we think

Pros

Huge amount of options and tech.
Great design and aesthetic.
Quieter operation than others in this category.

Cons

Maybe overcomplicated for people who want something straightforward.
Somewhat bulky which can affect portability.
The price may not be attractive for entry-level users.

The affordable choice HoMedics, Triple Action Shiatsu Foot Massager

If you’re looking for something on a budget, you can’t go wrong with the HoMedics Triple Action Shiatsu Foot Massager. Despite its lower price, it packs a whole bunch of treatments and uses heat to deliver the best Shiatsu massage that covers the entire foot, helping to rejuvenate sore feet.

As well as a fantastic price, we like this one because the design is nice and simple with a large platform that can accommodate feet of all sizes. The large platform design also means that you have more room to work with, allowing you to adjust your position on the rollers during the massage to target areas where you want the most focus.

As for the design? Nice and simple. With a clean, black colour and flat shape, it blends into any room and can easily be tucked in a closet or under the bed for easy storage.

Here’s a closer look at what it can do:

What you get

  •  Heat and triple rotational heads for a complete Shiatsu massage.
  • Optional heat settings to enhance the massage for better muscle penetration.
  • A large platform design that can accommodate larger foot sizes.
  • Integrated controls easily reached with your toes.

What we think

Pros

Good features, despite the low price.
Portable due to size and weight.
Heat and Shiatsu capability are a welcome feature, in spite of the price

Cons

Feature set is good, but limited when compared to premium massagers.
Not too effective for those with high foot arches.
Might be a bit noisy.

The premium choice

Miko Shiatsu Home Foot Massager Machine

If money is no object, then this is the one for you. With a bunch of awesome treatment options, you can’t go wrong with the Miko Shiatsu Massager. This one has it all and uses a combination of different techniques and technologies to help relieve symptoms of plantar fasciitis, neuropathy, chronic pain relief, blood pressure problems and muscle tension.

After you slide your tired feet into the two separate chambers, you’ll get to enjoy the sensations of heat, kneading, vibration and air pressure – all of which you can select and operate via a touch-screen central control panel. Another thing we want to highlight is just how easy to use this machine is: It’s relatively light for easy storage and transport, and the cloth cover is zipped, allowing you to wash it whenever you want.

Let’s take a quick look at the features:

What you get

  • High quality, deep kneading massage, Shiatsu massage rolling, and infrared heat functions.
  • The targeted heat function penetrates sore muscles, reducing overall pain & tightness.
  • Wireless remote and touch screen for easy operation,
  • Two independent foot chambers and five air pressure settings.
  • Good for conditions such as plantar fasciitis, neuropathy, chronic pain, and muscle tension.
  • Removable covers for easy washing.

What we think

Pros

Huge number of features and options.
A preferred choice for those with medical conditions.
Attractive and modern design.

Cons

Not good for those with very small feet.
Some reviews report that the heat function could be hotter.
Price is higher than most.

The manual choice TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller

Sometimes, less is more – and if you’d rather have something you don’t need to plug in, then we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this rolling wonder. Made from wood, with an arched design based on the natural curvature of your feet, its carefully designed ridges and nubs provide an effective reflexology-based massage experience, which you can take at your own pace.

Using the dual foot massager roller couldn’t be simpler. All you need to do is place your feet onto the centre and begin moving them back and forth to allow the ridges and numbs to massage your entire foot. Of course, the amount of pressure you apply is completely up to you.

We’ve chosen this one, because it uses the principle of reflexology: a form of eastern alternative medicine that targets pressure zones to release toxins and promote better energy. Whether or not you believe in alternative medicine, you’ll at least become a believer in this particular massager once you get the hang of it.

What you get

  • Carefully-placed acupuncture nubs, arch, elevation and spacing.
  • 10 independently-moving rollers to help treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and neuropathy.
  • Portable, light materials for travel, home or even office use.
  • Fits large and small feet.

What we think

Pros

Super affordable, super portable.
Is based on real reflexology research and design.
No noise, easy to clean.
Comes with a free book and chart.

Cons

Not one for those who want automation and relaxation.
Might be too simple for people with medical conditions.
Not the best pick for people with high foot arches.

The alternative choice Conair Foot Spa

Foot spa machines are a category in their own right, but we decided to include one of the most popular (and affordable) ones in our list to give you an idea of what they can do. With gentle vibrations and massage rollers, the Conair is a fantastic choice for relaxing your feet, if you don’t mind getting them wet!

Aside from the vibration function, the foot spa is able to maintain the temperature of the water for up to 20 minutes – which is generally the recommended amount of time to soak your feet. What’s also great is that you’re free to use any bath salts you want without worrying about causing blockages.

What you get

  • Deep spa basin to fully submerge and relax.
  • Toe touch control for convenience.
  • Foot massager attachment.
  • Foot rollers for extra massage.
  • Six-foot cord for better placement.

What we think

Pros

Lots of great sensations and high relaxation potential.
The massage elements are surprisingly good.
Affordable, entry level price to dip your does in the foot-spa waters.

Cons

Water needs to be pre-heated.
People looking for more rigorous massages might want to make another choice.
Despite low basin, potential for splashing when exiting the device.

The full-leg choice RENPHO Compression Leg Massager

If you’re looking for something that goes beyond feet, the RENPHO Compression Leg Massager takes the treatment up to your calves and legs. Designed to simulate the compression you’d get from hands, the boot-like design is a great choice for improving overall circulation and muscle relaxation for a larger area.


The device works by inflating and deflating air in different areas, which is considered to be gentler than a traditional massage. And, it’s not just for people with medical conditions: From those who stand all day as part of their job, or athletes pushing themselves to the limit, using full-leg massagers like this one brings a great deal of relief and relaxation.

Here’s what you get:

What you get

  •  Treatment for feet, calves and thighs.
  • 6 modes and 4 massage intensities, controllable with a handheld controller.
  • Fits any size feet and legs.
  • Thigh and calf wraps are detachable and can be used separately.
  • Auto-switch off for safety.

What we think

Pros

Great for more serious medical needs.
Covers a large area.
You can choose which part of the legs to massage.

Cons

Might be a little large and cumbersome.
Not particularly relaxing when compared to others.
Price may alienate some.

A quick FAQ

Why do I need a foot massager?

A good foot massage can improve circulation, aid muscle recovery and generally increase levels of happiness and wellbeing. There are also numerous medical benefits for those with plantar fasciitis and arthritis. Even a quick session makes you feel completely relaxed after a long day and leaves you in a good mood. The best part? It’s all right there at home whenever you need it. No travel, no regular costs – just bliss on demand.

How to use a foot massager

That all depends on the type you get. Electric massagers work differently from manual, and spa machines, so you’ll need to read up on the one you ultimately choose. However, we recommend setting a certain time and place every day for your pampering session, so you have something regular to look forward to.

Where to buy a foot massager

There are many outlets that sell foot massage machines, but in our list we’re going to make recommendations that you can find on Amazon – so that you can read user reviews and have the convenience of quick and safe delivery.

It’s your choice, but you can’t go wrong

So there you have it – a good range of foot massagers for you to explore. You might be feeling a little overwhelmed from the amount of choice, but as long as you stick to the ones on this list, we’re sure you’ll come away more than satisfied. We’ve also included links to their Amazon pages so you can see what other customers are saying and make a more informed decision.

Happy relaxing!