Are you suffering from hard skin on your feet? Are you looking for ways how to get rid of it? Here is the solution. An electric foot hard skin remover (electric foot file or pedi if you want) is becoming an essential part of domestic foot care and you should definitely consider buying one.
The reason is that it is simpler to use, and is more efficient than traditional manual options such as foot files and pumice stones. It is also much cheaper than visiting a podiatrist, which is obviously a big consideration for most of us.
Therefore, in our view, whoever wonders how to get rid of hard skin on feet needs a good electric pedi. The first step is understanding what options are available on the market.
- Removable Head
- Rollers Included
- Our Review
- Our Rating
- Rechargeable, Cordless
- Dual speed
- 1x Extreme Coarse, 1x Extra Coarse
As you can see in the table above, the pedi market in 2018 is actually dominated by two brands i.e. Scholl Pedi and Emjoi Micro Pedi. Although there are also other brands on the market, these two are the most popular. As such, anyone who intends to go shopping for an electric pedi needs a basic understanding of these brands and their products.
Pedi Reviews have tested all major brands on the market, including Emjoi Micro Pedi hard skin removers and Scholl hard skin removers. But before we take a closer look at each of them, let me tell you which one has achieved the best results in our tests.
Best hard skin remover – Editor’s choice
Scholl Wet & Dry Pedi is a brand new addition to Scholl hard skin remover range, favourite for those who who want a reliable pedi device that can be used both on dry and wet skin.
It doesn’t need batteries; it has two speeds; and its performance is second to none. If you are looking for a reliable and high performing electric foot file, Scholl Wet & Dry Pedi is the right device for you.
It’s good to know that Scholl Wet & Dry Pedi achieved the highest score of all electric pedis tested during our review.
Total rating: 4.8 stars out of 5
- Performance: 5
- Comfort: 5
- Noise: 4.5
- Cleaning: 4.7
- Ease of Use: 4.7
Scholl Pedi product range
Scholl is one of the best known foot care brands in the UK and Scholl pedi is perhaps the best selling hard skin remover on the market. This is because Scholl hard skin removers are known for their high-quality, ease-of-use and affordable prices. Below are the pedis which are sold under the Scholl brand.
Scholl Express Pedi – Classic and simple
Although it was introduced to the market in 2012, it is perhaps the most popular Scholl pedi out there. Maybe it lacks sophistication of the latest Scholl hard skin removers but customers still love it.
And we can see why: it is simple to use, weighs under 300 grams, runs only on 2 AA batteries, and can run for 3-4 hours continuously.
It is fitted with rotating sandpaper rollers which can tackle most hard skin although we must admit that it is not as efficient as the latest products in this category. Read our full Scholl Express Pedi review.
Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi – Sophisticated and elegant
Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi Electric Hard Skin Remover is an improved version of the Scholl Express Pedi introduced in late 2013 as a response to Emjoi’s new products.
It got a new ergonomically shaped handle and a replaceable head which is much easier to clean compared to a fixed head of previous products. It is fitted with rollers similar to the Express, but it is more powerful.
The downside is that it weighs 320 grams and runs on 4 AA batteries instead of 2 AA batteries required by the Express or 2-3 AA/AAA batteries required by most Emjoi Micro Pedi products. Some customers also claim that it is nosier than the Emjoi’s Micro Pedi product range. Read our full Scholl Velvet Smooth review.
Scholl Velvet Diamond Pedi – Extra power and strength
Scholl Velvet Smooth Diamond Pedi is a variant of Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi introduced in 2015.
The main difference compared to the previous products is its Scholl extra coarse roller, which is great for the toughest skin. Despite its extra strength, it comes in a pink colour which is obviously very feminine and clearly targeted at Scholl’s female customers.
Again, the main downside we can see is its weight and the fact that is slightly larger and also noisier than its main Micro Pedi competition. Also, similarly to other Scholl pedis, it comes only with one roller included, so you need to invest more if you require extra rollers. Read our full Scholl Diamond Pedi review.
Micro Pedi product range
Micro Pedi is manufactured by Emjoi – another leading maker of foot care products. Micro Pedi hard skin removers are renowned for their ergonomic design, supreme performance and free accessories. Below are the major products which are sold under the Micro Pedi brand.
Emjoi MICRO Pedi Professional – Premium pedi
Emjoi Micro Pedi Professional Portable Pedicure Device is one of the most powerful electric hard skin removers on the market.
It uses two interchangeable micro-rollers i.e. the extreme coarse and extra coarse. These rollers spin at 30 times per second and can rotate 360 degrees to remove even the hardest skin.
It is also one of few products on the market that are rechargeable and not battery operated, which is, unlike in electric toothbrushes, quite unusual in this segment.
It is a Emjoi’s premium product and its price reflects that. Read our full Micro Pedi Professional review.
Emjoi MICRO Pedi Portable – Portable hard skin remover
Emjoi Micro Pedi Portable Pedicure Device is perhaps most popular pedi on the market. It has been a number one best seller on Amazon for a long period and we are not surprised having reviewed this product.
It has a long list of positives: it is reliable, portable, not too overpriced. Although maybe not as elegant as Scholl pedis, it is renowned for its ergonomic design. It is smaller and lighter than its Scholl competitors. It also comes with two anti-bacterial rollers and runs on two AA batteries.
From negatives, we could mention the head that is not removable and therefore its cleaning requires slightly more effort. Also it may not be as effective as the latest hard skin removers given it is on the market since 2011. Read our full Micro Pedi Portable review.
Emjoi MICRO Pedi Man – Hard skin remover for men
Emjoi Micro Pedi Man is specifically designed to cater for the needs of men skin and we think it does this well.
Its shape and colour are less feminine which is a plus when you are targeting male customers with a device that is not usually seen in a gentleman hand. It has a large profile and is fitted with a super coarse mineral roller ready for the toughest skin conditions.
The roller spins 360 degrees and rotates at 30 times per second. It can thus remove most rough skin. Despite these characteristics, it is very light and also very affordable.
Again, its head is not removable which makes the cleaning a bit more difficult. Read our full Micro Pedi Man review.
Emjoi MICRO Pedi Power – Powerful and reliable
Emjoi MICRO Pedi Power Pedicure Device is one of the few truly electric pedis on the market.
Unlike the other pedis which use batteries, this one runs on electric power. It has a cord which is plugged into a power source. As such, it requires no charging time but obviously it is not fully portable. It is mounted with an anti-bacterial micro-mineral roller and comes with an extra roller. It has a sturdy and ergonomic design.
It is more expensive than the other Micro Pedi devices reflecting its status of a premium product. Given the higher price tag, we would expect the removable head to be included. Read our full Micro Pedi Power review.
Emjoi MICRO Pedi Mini – Small hard skin remover
If you are looking for a powerful pedicure roller for use on the go, this is one of the best. It uses 2AA batteries to power a motor that turns a micro mineral roller.
The roller may be small but it’s highly effective at removing dead skin and calluses from your feet. The roller rotates 30 times a second to quickly buff your skin to a silky smoothness. The roller is coarse enough to smoothen your feet but not too rough that it’s uncomfortable to use.
It’s small enough to fit in your purse or travel bag. Read our full review of Micro Pedi Mini.
Emjoi MICRO Pedi Nano – Great option for travellers
This portable pedicure device uses a flex roller that contours around your feet to reach areas where a normal straight roller wouldn’t. This ensures that every inch of your foot becomes soft and smooth.
The extra-coarse roller rotates 30 times a second to provide an effective buff even on callused feet. But it still feels gentle on your feet. So don’t worry even if you have sensitive feet.
The roller runs on 2 AA batteries and is small enough to fit in your travel bag. Read our full review of Micro Pedi Nano.
Other pedi brands
Although Micro Pedi and Scholl Pedi are the major pedi brands on the market, they are not the only ones.
The HoMedics roller provides an easy and effortless way to scrub the dead skin and hard calluses off your feet. Just attach one of the 3 rollers onto the main unit and move it over your feet. A powerful motor turns the diamond crystal rollers, easily filing away dead skin cells and tough calluses from your feet.
You can choose the most comfortable speed setting from the two options available. The unit is ergonomically designed for easy holding and use with one hand. It much easier to use and more effective compared to a pumice stone.
Your feet will look smooth and feel soft. Read our review of HoMedics Instant Pedi.
The Clarisonic Pedi Sonic foot pedicure kit has everything you need to keep your feet smooth, soft and beautiful.
The main item is the handheld device to which you can attach a buffing brush head to remove dead skin and a stainless steel disc for smoothing away calluses.
It also includes the Pedi-Buff scrub which you apply on your feet when using the brush or disc. After you are done buffing, use the included Pedi-Balm moisturizer and Pedi-Boost to further soften and smoothen your feet.
It’s great if you have dry cracked feels or callused feet. Read our review of Clarisonic Pedi System.
This is a simple but highly effective foot buffer. It’s a must-add to your foot care kit.
The buffer has three usage options. One side has a coarse texture which is good for removing the worst of calluses and dead skin. The other side is smoother. It’s great for giving your feet a smooth finish.
Hidden in the handle is a smaller file that is meant for use between your toes. It removes all the accumulated dead skin and gunk.
Note that is a metal buffer mounted on a sturdy metal handle. It will last long without the buffers wearing down or the handle snapping. Read our review of Soap & Glory Foot File.
The JML Ped Egg foot file is a nice compact file you can carry around with you. It looks like an egg with 135 micro-filers spanning the surface. The files are metal but completely safe for your hands and feet. They quickly buff away calluses, cracks and dead skin on your feet.
Instead of leaving a mess behind, the shavings collect in a compartment inside the egg where you can easily clean them out later.
The main downside mentioned by customers is that it’s a bit blunt hence not very effective on really rough and callused feet. Read our review of JML Ped Egg.
The JML Pedi Pro Deluxe is an easy to use electric home pedicure kit. It consists of a palm-size unit on which you attach one of the accessories included with the package.
Accessories include six buffing pads, a cleaning brush, a stainless steel shaving disc and a buffing disc.
There are 2 speed settings to ensure maximum comfort plus an integrated tray to collect shavings. Use the included pouch for storage and traveling.
Read our review of JML Pedi Pro Deluxe.
The Pedi Spin has more 1-star reviews than all the other reviews combined. Most customers say its claims of leaving your feet smooth and silky soft are completely bogus. Not only is it ineffective in buffing away hard skin and calluses, it can cut your skin.
The kit includes a filing plate, a finishing head and 12 replacement finishing pads. But the components are made from poor quality materials that don’t do anything to your feet and don’t last long.
If you saw the Pedi Spin advertised on TV or you’ve seen it mentioned somewhere and want to buy it, don’t. There are many other electric files that are much more effective, safer and just as affordable. Read our review of Pedi Spin.
iVog Pedi, a brand renowned for its rechargeable hard skin removers, offers iVog Pedi-Luv 200 Powerful Callus Remover, which is a sort of hybrid between the battery-operated and purely electric motors. It has a rechargeable battery system.
This pedi comes with 2 coarse rollers which have two different speed settings. It features an ergonomic design which is lightweight and provides a good grip. Each one is shipped with an extra pair of coarse rollers, which makes it a very good value for money.
The customers who struggle with foot hard skin are however less impressed with its performances compared to the Micro Pedi or the Scholl Pedi products. Read our full iVog Pedi-Luv 200 review.
In a nutshell, those are the major electric hard foot skin removers on the market. We receive a lot of questions from people asking which hard skin remover is better: Micro Pedi or Scholl Express Pedi? There is no simple answer to that question.
Both brands have advantages and disadvantages and the right choice for you depends on your preferences. Is there a particular feature you are looking for? Diamond roller or removable head? Are you temped by free extra rollers or do you prefer a brand that you know well.
Ideally, you should be able to answer all these questions before you make your final decision about which hard skin remover is the best for you. Most shoppers typically choose between Micro Pedi or Scholl Pedi products. However, the HoMedics Instant Pedi or iVog Pedi also offers a great option especially for those who prefer rechargeable pedis.
As a reminder, here is our list of best hard skin removers on the UK market today:
|Hard skin remover||Power||Weight||Our rating|
|Scholl Pedi Wet & Dry||Rechargeable, Cordless||250g||4.8||Check price|
|Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi||Batteries||320g||4.5||Check price|
|Scholl Velvet Diamond Pedi||Batteries||320g||4.6||Check price|
|Micro Pedi Professional||Rechargeable, Cordless||240g||4.5||Check price|
|Micro Pedi Power||Corded||340g||4.7||Check price|
|Micro Pedi Man||Batteries||170g||4.4||Check price|
|iVog Pedi-Luv 200||Rechargeable, Cordless||260g||4.3||Check price|
If you are still not clear what you want, please check our buying guide with key considerations to select the best electric foot file. The presence of numerous brands means that shoppers have a wider pool from which to choose the best hard skin remover for feet.