The magnitude of proper foot care and maintenance cannot be stressed enough. However, for the modern, working person, even finding the time for a little TLC becomes more difficult by the day. Not to mention just how expensive it is to visit spas and parlours for weekly treatments. So if you are in the market for a personal, heavenly pedicure experience at home, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a range of options available to suit your needs.
At this point, the major decision that you will be faced with is whether a manual or electric hard skin remover for feet – also known as an electric pedi – is best for you. Electric hard skin removers have become an indispensable part of domestic foot care in recent times as they tend to be more user-friendly and efficient than traditional manual skin removers, such as foot files or pumice stones.
Choosing your electric foot file
When considering what electric hard skin remover to choose, it is best to figure out what you require from a pedi device and then how your budget best compliments these requirements.
Whether manual or electric, both systems are portable. You can pretty much tote them around discreetly wherever you go. It is true that manual systems do not require any form of power whereas electric systems do, however, this does not need to limit their portability. Usually, there is the option of re-chargeable, electric power supplied or battery pack power supplied electric pedi devices. Afterwards, the choice comes down to pretty much how much power you wish to have and for how long at a time.
While battery powered pedi devices are usually a better option when you know that you may be without continued electric power supply on that long camping trip, consider that you lose the power intensity that you would get from a corded or electric system. On the other hand, with a electric system there can be no loss of power as it requires no batteries or charging time.
Design and functionality
Do you require an open or closed roller, a removable head or a dual speed system? These all depend on your needs from the system and how you skin responds to each. Consider the factors below in detail.
- Whereas a closed roller tends to get clogged easier, opened rollers won’t clog but are messier to use. The clean-up time with open rollers should definitely be considered prior to purchase.
- Removable heads tend to be easier to clean so this should also be considered since your hygiene and health is of great concern. There are also some options to have anti-bacterial or flexible (also known as flexi) heads.
- Although some electric skin removers have dual speed, you should consider whether or not you need more than one speed. Perhaps you’ll just use one speed anyways so the extra cash to be spent on an additional speed may not be economical. However, if you have very bad calluses, an additional speed may be a blessing in disguise since adding extra pressure usually stops most devices instantly.
It’s a good idea to consider whether you are able to get additional accessories for your electric pedi device. Having an option to purchase replacement parts such as additional heads will lengthen the time that you have with your trusty device.
Another important feature is the density of the rollers. Consider the extra course rollers if you have thick calluses, however, as time goes by you may want to transition to softer rollers as the rough skin disappear. Of course this transition will be much easier if your choice of electric skin remover comes with a removable head option.
Brand is also an important consideration when making the decision of which electric pedi device will be best for you. The market today is flooded with brands from all over the world. Not to tout items made in China as “cheap” per se, however, they are generally known to be replicas made from cheaper material for the cost conscious shopper. For a more permanent minded buyer, a well-known brand will offer a better choice and they also tend to have a wider variety of options.
Take for example, Scholl and Emjoi Micro Pedi – who are market leaders in this area – and have developed a range of systems and styles that stand up pretty well based on numerous customer reviews over the years. A word to the wise is sufficient; it is better to stick with the known brands when purchasing electric hard skin removers. They last longer, stay true to their name and usually offer a warranty.
How to use electric pedi devices
Once you have settled on your hard skin remover, it is a good idea to know how to use it properly. Following the simple packaged instructions will lengthen the life of your device and prevent harm to the product or its user. As a general rule of thumb, here are some simple best practices to apply when using your electric foot file:
- Use only on clean, dry feet.
- Do not use your electric device while in the shower or bath.
- Ensure you know how to use the safety mechanisms.
There are two brands that enjoy approximately 90% of the market share in electric pedi devices, namely Scholl and Micro Pedi. They have about 2 and 6-7 devices respectively with the market leaders of these brands described below.
Best Scholl Pedi
Scholl Velvet Smooth Wet & Dry Pedi is the latest addition to Scholl’s well-known range of hard skin removers.
It is an ergonomically shaped electric foot file that doesn’t need batteries, is rechargeable and has two speeds so that you can adjust it to your feet condition.
It is the first electric pedi that is waterproof, so it can be used also on wet skin, in your shower or bath tub. You may think it’s not that important, but you need to understand that removing dry skin can be sometimes a really messy process.
Customers have raving reviews about this product and its performance, and we have also been very impressed.
Best Emjoi Micro Pedi
Emjoi’s Micro Pedi Power device is electronically powered hard skin remover with one of the best performance on the market and the best rating from Pedi Reviews.
It comes packaged with an additional anti-bacterial roller.
This premium device costs about £35-£50 for what you get a reliable and efficient hard skin remover. When required, you have an option of purchasing replacement rollers for around £15.
Seventy-seven percent of the customers who reviewed the Emoji Micro Pedi Power on Amazon gave it a 5 star rating.
Now that you’re enlightened go ahead and pick up your trusty electric pedi device and keep your feet callus free and looking like you just came from the spa every single day.