Canstar Blue’s first-ever review of foot spas compares Kmart, Kogan, and HoMedics on features & settings, ease of use, ease of cleaning, design & appearance, value for money, and overall satisfaction.
Foot spas aren’t just good for pedicures or soothing your tired feet after a hard day’s work, but can also improve blood circulation in your legs, reduce inflammation in the body and help the recovery of small injuries, just to name a few benefits. A third of the people we surveyed (32%) purchased a foot spa to help alleviate foot pain. Price and ease of use were the two biggest deciding factors among consumers buying a foot spa, according to our research.
To help you find the sweet spot between value and quality, Canstar Blue canvassed the opinions of more than 300 Australian consumers on the foot spa(s) they’ve purchased or been gifted in the last five years. Respondents rated brands on important factors including features and settings, ease of use and cleaning, design and appearance, value for money, and overall satisfaction. Those that received the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are included in our results.
Kmart was rated best for foot spas, after earning five-star reviews for overall customer satisfaction and in most categories.
Here are the best brands for foot spas in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s inaugural review:
Kmart topped our ratings with five-star reviews for ease of use and cleaning, design, value for money, and overall satisfaction. Runner-up Kogan led the way with top marks for features and settings, while HoMedics also got five stars for design and appearance.
Budget department store Kmart stocks just one cheap and cheerful foot spa (at the time of writing) for $89. It’s moderately priced in the market and features bubble, vibrating and acupuncture point massage settings, a keep-warm function, four removable massage rollers, three pedicure attachments, and anti-slip rubber feet, as well as an anti-splash water guard.
Online retailer Kogan also stocks a budget-friendly range of foot spas, including models from brands like Beurer and HoMedics. Kogan’s Heat Therapy Collapsible Pedi Foot Spa is a good all-in-one option that combines heat therapy, vibration, and bubble massage to relieve soreness and provide relaxation at the same time. It retails for $79.95.
HoMedics features a concise range of foot spas with prices starting from just $49.95 for the Bubble Mate Foot Spa. If you’re looking for something top-of-the-line, the HoMedics Bubble Spa Elite Foot Spa may be your go-to. It features a 2-in-1 removable pedicure centre, bubble, vibrating, and massage settings as well as a fast heat-up time and keep-warm function. It retails for $99.95.
Foot spas can be used for both cosmetic and therapeutic purposes. This includes pedicures, removing dry or dead skin from under your feet, but also for improving circulation in your limbs, reducing inflammation in the body, and for therapy for light injuries like strains, or providing relief for conditions like stiff leg muscles or arthritis. Just be sure to consult a healthcare professional before you undertake any kind of at-home therapy.
Yes! Whether you need some R&R or to soothe your aching feet, the benefits of foot spas are many, not to mention their relatively low entry cost. Consumers we surveyed spent an average of $59 on a foot spa, which is not too shabby. But first, consider whether you really need one – a whopping 43% of those surveyed said they don’t use their foot spa as much as they thought they would. If you do decide to buy one, be sure to shop around and compare your options before making a purchase decision.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Lead, Megan Birot. She’s an expert on household appliances, health & beauty products, as well as all things grocery and shopping. When she’s not writing up our research-based ratings reports, Megan spends her time helping consumers make better purchase decisions, whether it’s at the supermarket, other retailers, or online, highlighting the best deals and flagging anything you need to be aware of.
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*Prices are taken from respective retailers, correct as of March 2022.
Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased or been gifted a foot spa in the last five years – in this case, 317 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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