If you constantly find yourself having to wear thick socks when inside the house, perhaps it is time you invested in a high quality electric foot warmer. Foot warmers provide a safe, convenient and comfortable way to keep your feet and toes warm.
We have checked out some of the available heated foot warmers in the market, pitting them against each other in areas like ease of use and performance. We settled on a final list of the top five foot warmers, foot heaters and heated socks that will give you value for your money.
Which are the best foot warmers?
This is one of the best and most popular foot warmers in the market. It features a soft removable and washable fleece lining, breathable and extra soft fabric and easy-to-use controls. The detachable controller allows you to set one of three temperature levels depending on your preferred level of warmth. A safety feature automatically turns off the heat after 90 minutes.
- Easy to use.
- Removable and washable lining, which ensures hygiene.
- Extra soft and breathable fabric.
- For some people, it takes a bit too long to get the feet up to the right temperature level.
With the added massage feature, this foot warmer takes relaxation to a whole new level. Soft vibrations help get rid of any soreness in your feet and boost circulation. This makes it especially good for elderly individuals who do not move a lot. A handheld controller is used to set preferred massage and heat settings. It has a suede exterior and a removable fleece inner lining.
- Added massage feature for double the pleasure.
- Removable lining that can be washed to keep it hygienic.
- Some users have complained that it heats up too slowly.
Designed with generous foot space, the Medisana foot warmer is designed for maximum comfort and relaxation. The inside is lined with a soft fabric that can be removed and washed. The warmer itself consists of a soft breathable fabric to keep your feet from getting too sweaty. A handheld controller allows you to switch among three temperature settings and there is a safety auto switch-off after 90 minutes.
- The inner lining and breathable fabric makes the warmer very comfortable and relaxing.
- Safety auto switch-off feature to prevent overheating.
- Big interior space designed for sizes up to 46.
- Many customers noted that the quality was a bit lacking. Do not expect it to last long.
Hot Hands foot warmers are perfect for when you need to warm your feet on the go. They come in form of thin heat packs that you can stick to the underside of your socks. You then wear your shoes as you normally would. The air-activated heat pack will keep your feet warm for around 8 hours. If your feet tend to get cold when commuting, running or even when you are indoors, these foot warmers are an easy and quick way to beat the chill.
- Extremely easy and convenient to use.
- Ideal for when you need to warm your feet when travelling or engaged in an outdoor activity.
- Comfortable to wear and discreet.
- They do not produce as much heat as conventional boot-like foot warmers.
This one is perfect for those who sit at a desk all day long. The Lifemax heated plate provides an easy way to keep your feet toasty and warm. You simply place your feet on the plate, flick a switch and you are good to go. You can choose from three heat settings and even set the plate on a 1-hour timer.
- Perfect for under-the-desk feet warming.
- Comes with a contoured surface to help massage and relax your feet.
- The plate tends to get a bit too hot especially on the medium and high settings. So be careful about that.
Key considerations to make when buying a foot warmer
1. Ease of use
There is nothing worse than spending your hard earned money on a gadget only for it to gather dust in a corner because it never works properly. When shopping around for foot warmers, look for those that work well with simple controls. If the only thing you can figure out is how to turn it on and off, maybe you should think twice about buying it.
2. Amount of heat produced
Too many people have complained about some foot warmers producing too little heat. Other foot warmers tend to warm up too slowly. A good foot warmer should be able to heat up your feet quickly and at the desired level. If you crank the setting to high and your feet are feeling just lukewarm, that’s not good.
3. Extra features
If you can, look for a foot warmer that also doubles up as a foot massager. This will come in handy on those days you come home tired dreaming of a foot rub. The dual foot warmer will heat off the chill together with the fatigue and soreness.
But if you do not need a massager, you can still buy a heat-only foot warmer.
4. Comfort and safety
For something you are going to put your feet in for more than an hour, comfort is essential. Look for foot warmers that have a soft lining on the inside that can also be removed and washed. The foot warmer should also be breathable enough to allow any sweat to evaporate away.
Additionally, check that the foot warmer has the necessary safety features. For instance, most foot warmers have an automatic switch off mechanism where the warmer shuts down after a specific amount of time.
1. Does a foot warmer use a lot of power?
No, foot warmers are designed to consume very little power. Most foot warmers are 100w while some can go as low as 40w. You do not have to worry about a foot warmer adding too much to your power bill.
2. How do I choose the right size?
Boot-like foot warmers will often have size specifications. Use them to determine the ideal foot warmer for your feet.
3. How does a foot warmer work?
Electric foot warmers work by passing electricity through a heating element. The element heats up and warms up a conductive plate that is covered by a soft fabric.
The heat then transfers to your feet.
Some foot warmers use thin wires hidden under fabric. They heat up when electrical current passes through them.
Outside the foot warmer is a power module and a cable that plugs into an outlet. The power module regulates the amount of current and allows you to set your preferred temperature.
4. Can I warm both feet in a heated foot warmer?
Yes, you can.
Most foot warmers are spacious enough to fit both feet and leave some wiggle room. Other warmers come in pairs, one for each foot.
If traditional bootie-style warmers feel too restrictive, get a heated plate instead. Most heated plates can easily
5. Are electric foot warmers safe?
Yes, they are safe for most people. The amount of current getting into the warmer is controlled to prevent a shock.
Additionally, the warmer never gets too hot to the point of pain or discomfort and most allow you to choose the most comfortable temperature.
However, if you are diabetic, pregnant or have a major health condition, consult your doctor before using a foot warmer.
6. Do foot warmers help with foot pain?
Heat therapy has been used for centuries to reduce pain and relax muscles.
Since foot warmers produce heat, they can help reduce foot pain and muscle tension. If you have arthritis or you are feeling sore after a run, a foot warmer can help.
7. Are there battery-operated foot warmers?
Yes there are but they are not very common. The best heated foot warmers you’ll find are those that plug into an outlet.
But if you need a foot warmer you can use anywhere in the house or while travelling, you can find a battery-powered one.
An even better alternative is to get a pack of air-activated foot warmers. You stick them under your socks and then put on shoes.
They’ll keep your feet warm for several hours without requiring a battery or power supply.
8. How do I clean a foot warmer?
Most electric foot warmers come with a removable inner fabric. Remove this lining and wash it.
If it is a plate-style warmer, check if it comes with removable and washable footpads. If it doesn’t, you can probably wipe the surface clean.
Check the manual for precise cleaning instructions.
9. Which are the best foot warmers for the elderly?
Any kind of heated foot warmer will do but we recommend the bootie-style warmers where you put your feet inside.
They are more comfortable to use because your feet are in contact with the soft fabric inside. Most of these warmers also come with easy temperature control and a timer.