Our feet take a beating every day, that’s why they deserve good care and attention. There is nothing better for feet than a relaxing soak in a foot spa.
You know those moments when you come back home tired after a long day at work. A foot spa can give you that wonderful relaxed feeling when you soak your feet into the warm bubbly water. In the past, foot spas used to be found mostly in beauty salons but this has changed. You can buy a good, reliable foot spa under 50 pounds now and use it at home.
In this article, we will share valuable information about choosing which footspa is right for you. We will also provide step-by-step instructions on how to use a home foot spa. Read on to learn more.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is the best foot spa on the UK market at the moment?
- 2 Best foot spa overall – Editor’s choice [Updated for 2018]
- 3 Best cheap foot spa
- 4 Beurer foot spa range
- 5 Scholl foot spa range
- 6 Other foot spas
- 7 Things to keep in mind when choosing a home foot spa
- 7.1 Heating unit
- 7.2 Easy on/off switch
- 7.3 Easy to drain
- 7.4 Attachments
- 7.5 Aromatherapy
- 7.6 Bubbles & jets
- 7.7 Splash guard
- 7.8 Ease of cleaning
- 7.9 Portability
- 7.10 Compatibility with foot care products
- 7.11 More is not necessarily better
- 7.12 Motor noise
- 7.13 Compatibility with medical conditions
- 7.14 Warranty
- 7.15 Does the spa fit?
- 8 Using your home foot spa step-by-step
- 9 Foot spa frequently asked questions
- 9.1 1. Do foot spas cure arthritis?
- 9.2 2. Will a foot spa help with plantar fasciitis?
- 9.3 3. Can foot spas help remove calluses?
- 9.4 4. Can a foot spa be used during pregnancy?
- 9.5 5. Can diabetic people use foot spas?
- 9.6 6. Can I use a foot spa if I have varicose veins?
- 9.7 7. When is the perfect time to get a foot spa treatment?
- 10 Conclusion
What is the best foot spa on the UK market at the moment?
There are many options available on the market in 2018 when it comes to foot spas. Choosing just the right one for you can be difficult. Below we summarise the key features of some of the top offerings on the market today.
- Massage Type
- Magnetic / Infrared
- Display / Timer
- Non-Slip Protection
- Our Review
- Our Rating
Best foot spa overall – Editor’s choice [Updated for 2018]
FB50 Foot Bath Spa is Beurer’s premium, luxury foot spa machine with a very large number of functions including vibration and bubble massage, magnetic and infrared light therapy.
It’s also the only home foot spa with the water heater (as opposite to ‘keep warm’ function). If you are looking for a reliable and high quality foot spa, Beurer FB50 is the right product for you.
Beurer FB 50 achieved the highest score of all foot spas tested during our review.
Total rating: 4.6 stars out of 5
- Performance: 5
- Comfort: 4.5
- Noise: 4.5
- Maintenance: 4.3
- Ease of Use: 4.5
Best cheap foot spa
FB25 Footspa is Beurer’s mid-range level foot spa machine that offers a great deal of value in terms of quality and functionalities.
Its water heating system is limited to a ‘keep warm’ function, but it has vibration and bubble massage and magnetic field therapy. Its design is sturdy and very easy to handle.
Beurer FB25 achieved the second highest score during our test.
Total rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
- Performance: 4.5
- Comfort: 4.5
- Noise: 4.5
- Maintenance: 4.3
- Ease of Use: 4.5
Beurer foot spa range
Beurer is a German manufacturer of health and well being products and the market leader in the foot spa segment. Since 1919 Beurer has been a good choice for high performance in personal care devices, so don’t look further if you want German engineering at its best. Beurer offers a 3 year warranty for all its products.
We have reviewed almost all foot spas available on the market. So you can trust us when we say that Beurer foot spas and Scholl foot spas are amongst the best footspas out there.
Beurer FB50 Foot Spa – High End Luxury
This foot spa is among the most popular foot bath products on the market today and consistently rates four or five stars on Amazon. This spa is top of the line when it comes to modern foot spas.
It has many positive features including large LED display/timer, 5 water heating settings and dependable, consistent water heating. Accessories include a complete array of pedicure attachments (i.e. pumice stone, brush & massager).
One downside is that some users believe that the heating element works a bit too well. Also, for some the unit may be heavy and cumbersome to move.
Even so, most users are very happy with the FB50 in terms of performance and value. Read our full Beurer FB50 Foot Spa review.
Beurer FB35 Foot Spa – Aromatherapy
The Beurer Aromatherapy Foot Spa is a pure relaxation for stressed feet. It stimulates, activates and cares for the soles on the feet helping you give your feet some moment of bliss.
It is a quality foot spa that is quite easy to use with a removable aroma filter, which ensures easy use of the essence.
It is a versatile foot spa machine with three functions of bubble massage, vibration and water temperature control. It is well-designed with a dual wall to keep water warm for long periods.
There is a further non-slip feature, practical carrying handle and a removable splash protection that keeps the water in the foot bath during the treatment.
The only con with the foot spa is that it takes time to learn how to operate the pedicure attachments. Read our full Beurer FB35 Foot Spa review.
Beurer FB30 Foot Spa – Foldable
The Beurer FB30 has a foldable design. You can quickly collapse it for easy storage in a drawer or under the couch. Set up is just as easy.
The spa has three relaxation options: hot water massage, a bubble bath function and vibration massage. Once you add warm water to the spa, there is a button for turning on the heater. It keeps the water warm. The vibration and bubble massages are surprisingly powerful and very relaxing for your feet.
Other bonus features include a foot rest with massage nodes, soothing infrared light spots and a removable pedicure attachment. It’s good for feet up to size 10.5.
Read our full review of Beurer FB30 Foot Spa.
Beurer FB25 Foot Spa – Very Fine Value
Beurer FB25 Foot Spa offers a wide variety of therapeutic features such as magnetic field therapy, dry foot massage and bubble massage.
Unlike some foot spas, the FB25 is known for having a quiet motor that makes it easy to listen to music or watch TV while relaxing.
This spa is well made and it has built in safety features such as non-slip rubber feet and splash guard. It also comes with a massage roller and is under warranty for three years like other Beurer products.
On the downside, there is no drain with this spa so it is necessary to pour out used water or bail it. The attached cord also makes it necessary to fill the spa outside of your bathtub.
Beurer FB25 Foot Spa is sturdily made and represents a very fine value in both function and quality. Read our full Beurer FB25 Foot Spa review.
Beurer FB20 Foot Spa – Light Utility Foot Spa
This footspa is an excellent full treatment choice. It offers infrared, massage, bubbles and pedicure treatments. It also has an effective water heating function for total relaxation.
It has a long list of positives that includes an array of attachments and accessories including 3 pedicure attachments in a convenient hanging caddy and 4 reflex zone massage rollers.
This spa is a “light-utility” sort of spa. The majority of users really do love it altogether, but others dislike it a great deal for individual reasons such as noisy motor, small size tub and lower construction quality compared to other Beurer footspas.
These negatives seem to indicate that people with larger feet and/or those who plan to use their foot spa a great deal might be better off selecting the FB25 or the FB50, which are larger and a bit more sturdy. Read our full Beurer FB20 Foot Spa review.
Beurer FB14 Foot Spa – Portable and Simple
This lightweight, roomy, orange and white foot spa is highly portable yet features a full menu of functions including vibration function, heating element, bubble massage and massage roller.
In addition to being lighter and smaller than its competitors, this unit is also easy to use because the control knob is conveniently located at the back of the machine on the top. It has also a built in drain.
On the downside, you cannot use this unit without water for dry massage. Additionally, a few users have said that the water heater is too hot and makes the floor of the foot bath hot.
In attractive orange and white, the Beurer FB14 Classic Foot Spa is an affordably priced option that is suitable for men and women. It provides all the basic functions necessary in a good foot bath, and the price is very attractive. Its portability makes this a good choice for travellers. Read our full Beurer FB14 Foot Spa review.
Beurer FB12 Foot Spa – Money Saver
This is a good foot spa with a lightweight design for portability. As you can see, it sits at the low end of Beurer’s foot spa range, but it is still a good value for money with a non-slip feature and splash protection.
There is even a foot rest area when doing the massage treatment. It is a versatile option with a bubble massage and foot vibration.
The drainage outlet makes it easy to empty and use. It seems a good option for foot relaxation but seems to be a bit underpowered and small for some people.
Read our full Beurer FB12 Foot Spa review.
Scholl foot spa range
If you have ever bought a pedicure item, you must have heard of Scholl, a trusted manufacturer of various foot care products. Scholl offering in the foot spa segment is maybe not as extensive as Beurer’s but its quality and good value for money are well known. Scholl offers a 2 year warranty for all its products.
Scholl Colour-Pop Foot Spa – Popular and Elegant
Available in pink and white or blue and white, this may be the most popular foot bath on the market today. It has simple, waterproof, toe-touch operating controls (safe and easy to use), draining foot rests for pedicure and pour spout for easy cleaning.
The colour choices make this unit an attractive alternative for men or women. The ergonomically designed basin ensures excellent contact with the massaging surface, which is comfortably textured.
This foot bath comes with massage roller, acupressure roller and pumice stone attachments. It also comes with a full pedicure kit, along with picot pads.
On the downside, some users say that the bubble jets cause some discomfort to the bottom of the feet. Additionally, the small size of the basin may be problematic for some.
While the Colour Pop is high quality and does offer lots of good perks, potential purchasers should consider the downsides carefully. Read our full Scholl Colourpop Foot Spa review.
Scholl Compact Foot Spa – Affordable Foot Spa
This spa meets with rave reviews, and many reviewers report using it every single day. It is very user friendly, its waterproof, flat panel toe touch controls are convenient and its compact size nonetheless accommodates larger feet (to size 12).
Ease of use features set this model well above its competitors. Portability, easy cleaning, safety features and more make it a breeze to use.
On the downside, this unit is not equipped for dry massage. Furthermore, the bubble jets can become easily clogged so you cannot use bath salts. No accessories are included with this foot spa.
The bottom line is the Scholl Compact Foot Spa is a very affordable, durable, reliable, easy-use choice for people who want a good foot bath with no muss or fuss. Read our full Scholl Compact Foot Spa review.
Other foot spas
Although Beurer and Scholl sell most foot spas on the market, there are few other brands that you should consider to get a full picture of what is available. Babyliss, Medisana and Elle MacPherson are some of those alternative brands that you may want to add on your shopping list.
This foot bath is a long-standing favourite on Amazon. People express a great deal of brand loyalty for Babyliss and agree that this high quality foot spa offers excellent value and does a good job of keeping feet well-cared-for..
This foot spa is very user friendly. It has a large sized tub that is comfortable for almost any size feet. It is also light weight and easy to move and clean.
The spa comes in a neutral, light baby blue and white design. It also comes with 2 interchangeable massage attachments.
On the downside, some users say that the motor is a little loud (although others say it is very quiet). Additionally, some say it is hard to empty this spa after use.
Babyliss Professional Foot Spa is a good, basic choice that most find simple and satisfying to use. Read our full Babyliss Foot Spa review.
The Hangsun Foot Spa FM200 uses massage rollers, infrared heat and magnetic therapy to help your feet muscles relax and decompress. It also has bubble and vibration massage functions which reduce soreness, provide pain relief and boost blood flow in your feet and legs.
It comes with a convenient handle and anti-slip rubber feet for frustration-free use. An anti-splash guard keeps water from messing up your floor.
You can use this foot spa both for wet and dry massage. It’s great for chronic foot pain, tired and sore muscles, diabetic foot care and swollen feet.
Read our full review of Hangsun Foot Spa.
The most unique feature of the HoMedics foot spa is a convenient collapsible design that makes storage easy. Once you set it up, which takes just a couple of seconds, you can enjoy different massage functions including vibration massage, acupressure therapy and heat relaxation.
The spa has a keep-warm function so you don’t have to keep refilling it with warm water. The foot beds are quite large. They are good up to size 12, making the foot spa great for the whole family.
It’s easy to use and you can even add your own bath salts to the water. The only downside is that it can be a bit loud.
Read our full review of HoMedics Luxury Foot Spa.
This HoMedics Foot Spa has a 3-in-1 massage system. There are four bubble strips to sooth your tired feet, vibration massage to improve blood flow and reduce pain and magnetic therapy for overall wellbeing.
There are four massage rollers (removable) that you use manually for muscle relaxation and pain relief. It also comes with 2 removable pedicure attachments.
The slightly sloped base makes for natural and comfortable feet positioning. But don’t expect the water to stay warm throughout. While the foot spa has an integrated heater, it is too weak to keep water at a comfortable temperature. If you want to enjoy an extra-long session, have warm water nearby for refills.
Read our full review of HoMedics Foot Spa.
The Visiq Bubble Foot Spa gives you three ways to treat your feet: gentle roller massage, a heater for warm water and bubble massage. You can turn on just the heat or massage or use both depending on what you prefer.
For targeted foot massage, there is a smaller roller that you attach on the raised section of the spa. It’s great for heel and arch massage.
A splash guard allows you to enjoy your home spa without worrying about messing up your floor or carpet.
Read our full review of Visiq Foot Spa.
The Medisana is a 3-in-one built foot spa with a red light, vibrating massage and bubble bath. You can easily heat your water to preferred temperatures of between 20-48 degrees Celsius.
The time function can be varied from 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 minutes depending on how long you want to have the massage treatment. The digital time and water temperature setting make it quite easy to read.
It is a quality foot spa with massage rollers in the middle of the foot bath to help massage the inner side of the foot that goes untreated. The double wall casing insulates heat and keeps water warm for long periods. The air bubble nozzles are ergonomically arranged too. The only con is that is it a bit noisy and not ideal for very large feet. Read our full Medisana Foot Spa review.
The Revlon foot spa comes with an accunode basin and heel pad that offer comfort during the massage. Other features in this foot spa include a splash protection, waterproof control, and a foot rest.
The two removable attachments a mechanical foot massager and pumice stone make it a good purchase that offers good value for money. The stone keeps the feet soft while rollers help revive the tired feet.
The machine comes with a pedicure kit that helps you maintain your nails. However, the plastic is not so strong, and there is caution not to stand up to prevent it from breaking. Read our full Revlon Foot Spa review.
The Carmen is well-known for its four massage rollers that pamper your feet and help relax the muscle tensions.
The bubbles and soothing vibrations further help relax the feet. There is also the infra-red light that detoxifies and reliefs stress from the feet by warming them.
The aroma diffuser and nail dryer further help achieve salon quality results. The acupressure points in your foot are stimulated by the massaging nodules making this foot spa worth every penny.
It comes complete with an accessory storage and an in-spa tool. There is a further three-year guarantee for customer security in case of factory defaults. Read our full Carmen Foot Spa review.
This elegant foot spa includes lots of extra luxurious features such as powerful steam & aromatherapy mist diffuser, Frangipani aromatherapy oil and coloured LED mood lights. The easy-access push button control panel is simple to use.
This spa is more generously sized than competitors, and it is designed in an angled fashion that is more comfortable and easier to empty.
Accessories include Frangipani scented oil, 4 massage rollers and 2 Pumice stones.
On the downside, some people feel that the heating function is not effective, and others have complained that some functions cease to work after several uses.
In terms of luxury, users are very satisfied with this spa. Concerns seem centred around practical function. Read our full Elle MacPherson Foot Spa review.
Things to keep in mind when choosing a home foot spa
There are foot spas available today with a wide variety of features.
Prices also vary greatly, so there is something to suit every budget and need. When seeking the best foot spa for you, be sure to read customer reviews and look carefully at the benefits and features of each type of spa you are considering.
Look for these features specifically:
A good foot spa will include a heating unit to keep the water warm for a nice long soak. An excellent foot spa will be able to heat up the water to the required temperature.
Easy on/off switch
The best foot spas have waterproof controls that can be operated by toe-touch. You don’t really want to bend over too often when having a relaxing foot bath.
Easy to drain
It is much easier to empty a spa that has its own drain than one you must tip or bail. Yes, you can do it in both ways but it’s much more convenient to use the built-in drain.
Pumice stone, brush and roller massager attachments are a delight for overworked feet.
Some spas include an aromatherapy dispenser which can add a whole new dimension to your experience when you add your own essential oils.
Bubbles & jets
For an authentic spa experience, the massaging action of water jets and bubbles is an absolute must! Fortunately, most of the home foot spas currently on the market have this as a standard feature.
Some spas have a built in splash guard and some have a removable one. Either way, this is essential to prevent water damage to your flooring and potentially dangerous, slippery spills.
Ease of cleaning
Be sure the spa you choose is easy to clean. Those with removable parts are generally easier to get completely clean.
Determine whether or not the spa you choose will be easy for you to lift and move about (both empty and filled with water).
Compatibility with foot care products
Some spas can be used with bath salts, soaks, oils and soaps and some cannot. Be sure that the one you choose is compatible with your favourite foot care products.
More is not necessarily better
Carefully evaluate foot spas that come with lots of pedicure attachments and extras. If these items are high quality, they represent an excellent value. If not, they may be driving the price of the spa up unnecessarily.
If possible, listen to the spa you are considering before purchasing. A noisy motor can ruin your relaxing experience. This is one quality that is very subjective and you cannot trust to reviewer feedback as most foot spas seem to have an equal number of “noisy/quiet” reviews.
Compatibility with medical conditions
If you have diabetes or a circulatory disorder, be sure the spa you want is safe for you. Consult the manufacturer and your doctor before you use it.
Any spa you purchase should have a solid warranty. Two or three years is standard. Be sure to read and understand the warranty as soon as you receive your product.
Does the spa fit?
No matter how many functions and attachments a spa may have, if it does not fit your feet it will not help you. Be sure the spa you choose can accommodate your foot size.
Using your home foot spa step-by-step
Once you have decided which footspa to buy and brought your purchase home, follow these steps for a relaxing, rejuvenating experience.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions. This will save you trial and error and frustration when using your spa for the first time.
- Set your foot spa up in a comfortable area. You’ll need a comfortable chair or sofa to sit on. Lay a towel on the floor and place your foot spa on it. Fill it to the fill line with water that is just slightly warmer than you want. Even with the heating element, it will cool some. This is especially true when you use the bubble feature of your spa.
- Settle yourself in with some books, magazines, nice music or viewing and maybe a glass of wine. Select the functions you want to use and just relax and soak your feet for a minimum of 15 minutes.
- When you are ready, enjoy using any massage or other attachments that may have come with your foot spa.
- Give yourself a nice pedicure. If you have chosen a foot spa that has a pumice stone attachment, use that to remove hard skin from your feet. If not, you can use a hand-held pumice stone.
- At this point, you may wish to soak a while longer or dry your feet. If you dry your feet, be sure to use a moisturiser and take the opportunity to clip your toenails while they are nice and soft.
- If your foot spa has a foot rest (sometimes the splash guard doubles as a foot rest) and you want to paint your toenails, just place your feet on the foot rest and finish up your pedicure.
- Tidy up! No matter which footspa you choose, it’s important to take good care of it. Be sure to unplug your spa, empty it and rinse it soon after use. Hand dry it and allow it to air dry for several hours before storing it away. This will prevent growth of germs and bacteria and lengthen the functional life of your spa.
When you take good care of your feet, your overall health will benefit. Follow the advice presented here to make a smart investment in your health with just the right foot spa.
Foot spa frequently asked questions
As you have seen so far, there are lots of different spas sporting different features. However, before you invest your money in a foot spa, or go to your local salon for the service, you need to have some questions answered.
Well, you’re in luck because this foot spa FAQ article is dedicated to answering common questions regarding foot spas – what they can do and their limits.
So here we go:
1. Do foot spas cure arthritis?
Arthritis is painful. People living with it are constantly looking for creative ways to manage the pain since medications aren’t always effective. When you’ve hit your maximum dosage for the day, other non-conventional methods like foot spas come in handy.
While foot spas do not help cure arthritis, they soothe away the pains and aches that follow a long day of walking.
2. Will a foot spa help with plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is frustrating. The pain can be unbearable. One of the best solutions is using foot spa. Foot spas are efficient in pain relief and countering heel injury effects including plantar fasciitis. The soothing motion and rhythm of the foot spa will improve blood circulation and consequently ease pain and reduce stress.
The best foot spas for plantar fasciitis are those with reflexology treatments, foot rollers and shoot water jets from the bottom.
3. Can foot spas help remove calluses?
Foot spa treatments are super helpful with calluses. Several foot spa sessions are enough to remove the calluses completely. However, the treatment is more effective when the treatment is coupled with lotions and essential oils.
4. Can a foot spa be used during pregnancy?
It’s understandable why a vibrating and bubbling spa could help relieve tension built up in the aching feet and swollen ankles. A relaxing session in a foot spa helps to improve blood circulation to the lower legs.
However, though foot spas are super helpful and beneficial, experts advise against them during pregnancy since they can induce contractions. But if you are 37 weeks pregnant, then inducing contractions isn’t a problem.
5. Can diabetic people use foot spas?
Yes, persons with diabetes can enjoy a foot spa. However, lots of precautions should be taken. If a foot spa is prepared properly, it can be safe. But before you dip diabetic feet into a foot spa, you should understand the complications involved with diabetes.
Diabetic neuropathy – this is a type of nerve damage unique to diabetic persons. High blood sugar damages nerves in the feet and legs leading to a tingly sensation, numbness, and pain. Persons suffering from this condition are more likely to sustain injuries since they do not feel burns and minor cuts in the feet and legs. The situation is made worse by poor blood circulation.
Poor blood circulation – high blood sugar levels make blood more viscous. Increased viscosity slows down blood flow and cuts of its circulation to extremities including the toes.
To make a foot spa safe for a diabetic, you should:
- Regulate the water temperature
- Soak your feet for 20 minutes or less
- Use mild herbs and products for the foot soak
- Not use pumice stones or foot scrubs
6. Can I use a foot spa if I have varicose veins?
Experts do not recommend foot spas to persons with varicose veins. This is because hot water can aggravate the stagnation and pooling of blood in the already dilated veins thus making the condition and pain worse. But if you choose to give it a try, soak your feet for short periods. Be keen to notice how your veins respond.
7. When is the perfect time to get a foot spa treatment?
Experts recommend you have foot spa sessions after work or right before you go to sleep. After all, the idea is to soothe and relax the pain and aches away. Having a session in the morning would beat the purpose of having a foot spa session – unless of course, you work night shifts.
Did you know that your feet are connected to your entire body by way of the nervous system? That’s right; this means that having any problems with your feet could have adverse physical effects on other parts of your body as well.
Of all the vital organs and extremities in our bodies, none takes a more brutal beating that the important, all-weather, all-terrain and often neglected feet. No matter what your job is or how much travelling you do, your two most loyal followers will always be right under you, holding up all that weight on a daily basis.
In this article, we have shared the basics of some of the best choices in foot spas available today. We hope this information is helpful to you.
You need to know that a professional foot spa does not need to be too expensive. There are foot spas under 50 pounds which can provide you with a great experience. Then there are models which offer more comfort and also functionalities but you have to pay slightly more. In any case, whether you want quality or a good price, you need to know which brands and products to look for and which features are important.
If you are still confused and don’t know what the right footspa for you is, please check our buying guide with key considerations to select the best foot spa. Most buyers usually choose between Beurer and Scholl foot spas. However, Babyliss, Medisana, Carmen, Revlon and Elle MacPherson have also something to offer, so you need to consider your decision carefully.
Foot spas have many benefits. They do, however, have their limitations. Understanding them will allow you to use them safely and reap maximum benefits. If you are ever in doubt of foot spa safety it’s in your best interest to research – better safe than sorry.