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 has compared the most popular brands of foot spas available in the market.
Canstar Blue surveyed 397 Australians for their feedback on the foot spa(s) they’ve purchased or been gifted in the last five years.
Respondents rate their satisfaction with their foot spa brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
• Kmart & Kogan
Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.
Kmart was rated five stars for performance, ease of use, value for money, features and functionality, and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for design.
Budget department store Kmart stocks just one cheap and cheerful foot spa (at the time of writing) for $39. This cheap and cheerful appliance 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. Kmart also stocks a HoMedics foot spa for just $29.
Kogan scored five stars for performance, ease of use, design, features and functionality, and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for value for money.
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 earned five stars for performance, ease of use, and features and functionality. It got four stars for overall satisfaction, and three stars for design and value for money.
HoMedics features a concise range of foot spas with prices starting from $79 for the Pedi Luxe Foot Spa With True Heat. 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.
Not all foot spa brands in the market qualify for our ratings (based on minimum survey sample size), but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. Here are several more brands to check out before making a purchase decision.
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 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 $84 on a foot spa, which is not too shabby. But first, consider whether you really need one, with 26% of those surveyed saying 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.
Megan is Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Editor, leading the team that focuses on consumer products and services, ranging from supermarkets and groceries to home and personal appliances and retail stores. She interprets Canstar Blue’s bespoke research on the thousands of brands that we compare, rate and review, to help shoppers make better purchasing decisions.
Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.
*Prices are taken from respective retailers, correct as of December 2022.
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