The Best Foot Massager for Soothing Hard-Working FeetThe Best Foot Massager for Soothing Hard-Working Feet

The Best Foot Massager

Or how to treat yo’ feet without having to inflict them on someone.
Sarah Idle
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Sarah Idle
Updated 
Nov 5, 2020
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Things that make you cringe: waving back to a stranger who isn’t actually waving at you, but the person behind you. Listening to your own recorded voice. No one laughing at your carefully crafted joke. And feet. Feet in all their toed glory.

If you want to treat yo’ feet but don’t want someone else seeing (or judging) them, you could invest in a foot massager. The best foot massager soothes and relaxes your feet, quickly and quietly, with a variety of massaging options. It’s also easy to use and store. Here are Australia’s best electric foot massagers and foot spas, chosen from hours of research and expert insights.

Best for most

HoMedics Shiatsu Elite

Get a shiatsu foot massage without leaving home thanks to the HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager with Heat. For around $100, you’re getting 4 rotational heads and 12 massage nodes, plus soothing heat. Controlled by your toe, simply plug it in, pop your feet on and relax.

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HoMedics Tru-Heat

When is a foot spa not a foot spa? When it’s the HoMedics Tru-Heat 3-in-1 foot spa. Choose from heat, bubbles, vibration massage or all 3. The in-built heater keeps the water toasty and it has a timer so you don’t accidentally fall asleep while soaking your hard-working feet.

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How we picked

Honestly, the foot massager market isn’t exactly crowded in Australia. Our first stop was ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion website. We took the top-rated models, stripping out any that weren’t widely available. 

With no expert CHOICE (Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group) testing to consider, we had a quick look overseas to see what’s popular. 

Finally, we did some virtual window shopping to find Australia’s best performing foot massagers. This gave us our top 6 picks.

Best for most -> HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager with Heat

HoMedics Shiatsu Elite

Get a shiatsu foot massage without leaving home thanks to the HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager with Heat. For around $100, you’re getting 4 rotational heads and 12 massage nodes, plus soothing heat. Controlled by your toe, simply plug it in, pop your feet on and relax.

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We reckon one of the most important things to consider with a foot massager is price. You don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on something you chuck into a cupboard, never to be used again. That’s one of the reasons we love the HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager with Heat. With a RRP of just under $100, it’s a well-priced foot massager.

But it’s packing more than just a decent price. Its 4 rotational heads and 12 massage nodes relax your feet with deep kneading shiatsu. It also provides gentle soothing heat. You can control the massage sensation yourself by applying more (or less) pressure with your feet. 

Simply sit down, put your feet on it and use your toe to switch it on and off. This means no bending down, making it ideal for anyone with mobility problems. A slim design, it’s easy to store when you’re not using it. 

Why buy the HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager with Heat

4 rotational heads

Which turn in both directions to give your whole feet a good massage.

12 massage nodes

To cover your entire feet.

Heat function

Make it extra soothing by using the heat function.

Easy to use

There’s just one button that you push with your toe to switch on, switch on the heat and then switch off.

Slimline design

For easy storage.

No bending

With the easy toe-touch control, you don’t need to bend down to operate.

Price

It comes in around $100, including a 1-year warranty.

The not-so-good bits

Lack of safety features

There’s no auto shut-off - but it might be hard to forget to do this thanks to the noise of the massaging heads.

In summary

If you want the benefits of shiatsu foot massage without the price tag, consider the HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager with Heat. Coming in around $100, it has 4 rotational heads and 12 massage nodes for a deep kneading massage for both your feet. Plus, it has soothing heat too. Controlled by your toe, it’s easy to use with no bending needed. 

Best foot spa -> HoMedics Tru-Heat

HoMedics Tru-Heat

When is a foot spa not a foot spa? When it’s the HoMedics Tru-Heat 3-in-1 foot spa. Choose from heat, bubbles, vibration massage or all 3. The in-built heater keeps the water toasty and it has a timer so you don’t accidentally fall asleep while soaking your hard-working feet.

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HoMedics has been in the wellness space since the late 1980s. So, it’s no surprise our other top pick comes from them too. Meet the HoMedics Tru-Heat - a 3-in-1 foot spa. It boasts magnetic therapy, deep tissue massage and vibration massage, alongside soothing bubbles. You can control all of these separately and you don’t need water for the vibration massage. Like the HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager with Heat, it comes in around $100.

The ‘Tru-Heat’ in its name refers to its in-built heater which keeps the water (and your feet) warm and toasty, up to 40-45 degrees. Four (removable) massage rollers and acu-nodes on the floor of the foot spa ensure your whole feet are deeply relaxed. Plus, it comes with 2 pumice stone attachments so you can buff your feet to softness at the same time. 

It has large buttons for easy control and you can choose 30, 45 or 60 minutes of foot-soaking bliss. It reckons it fits feet up to UK size 12. When you’re done, the easy pour water spout makes emptying it quick.

It gets almost 5 stars from a handful of reviews on ProductReview.com.au. Aussies rave about the quality of it. Although some point out the massage setting can be loud. 

Why buy the HoMedics Tru-Heat

3-in-1 foot spa

You’re getting magnetic therapy, deep tissue massage and vibration massage, all from 1 machine.

Separately controlled

Want the bubbles without the vibration? Just heat? Just vibration? Whatever you’re after, you can customise your foot spa experience to your needs. Plus, you can take out the roller massages if they’re not doing it for you. You can also enjoy a vibration massage without water, making it great if you don’t have time to fill it. 

Built-in heater

Although not powerful enough to heat water, add warm water and it’ll keep it at a cosy and comfortable 40-45 degrees.

Timer

Set it to 30, 45 or 60 minutes, sit back and relax - knowing it’ll shut off when the time is reached.

Pumice stone attachments

Smooth your feet as you relax them, with the 2 pumice stone attachments. 

Easy controls

Large labelled buttons make it easy to use. 

Large size

It fits up to UK size 12 feet.

Easy pour water spout

For quick emptying.

Price

It costs around $100, including a 1-year warranty.

Loved by Aussies

It gets almost 5 stars on ProductReview.com.au.

The not-so-good bits

None that we can find.

In summary

For a warm, bubbly feet treat you can’t go past the HoMedics Tru-Heat. A 3-in-1 foot spa, it offers plenty of customisation - whether you’re after heat, bubbles, vibration massage or all 3. We love the in-built heater that keeps the water at a cosy 40-45 degrees. Easy to use, thanks to its large buttons, it’s even got a timer for 30, 45 or 60 minutes of bliss. It comes in around $100, making it the ideal pressie (or just a treat for yourself).

The competition

If our top picks aren’t doing it for you, maybe these will tickle your fancy. They’re a mix of open and closed designs, plus another foot spa. 

Revitive ProRelief Circulation Booster

Revitive Circulation Boosters have over 250 reviews on ProductReview.com.au, getting an impressive over 4 stars. What’s so great about the Revitive ProRelief Circulation Booster? Well, it promises “effective relief from leg problems”. So, if you get swollen feet or ankles, poor circulation or achy legs / ankles / feet, the Revitive ProRelief Circulation Booster might help soothe them. 

But the biggest difference is the full body pain management it boasts. As well as a foot massager that uses electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), it comes with 2 body pads. Pop these pads onto your body, like your shoulders or back, and they’ll send small, electrical impulses to this area. These impulses can help reduce pain signals going to your spinal cord and brain, which may help relieve pain and relax your muscles. This is commonly known as TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation).

The Revitive ProRelief Circulation Booster offers 16 stimulation waveforms. These are different patterns, so your muscles don't get too used to a certain pattern and start to contract less effectively. It also offers 99 intensity levels to suit your body and needs. All you need to do is turn it on, place both feet on the pads and set the intensity level. The ProRelief will do everything else as you sit back and relax. 

It comes with a remote control for easy use and it’s main powered for continuous operation. It also comes with a 60-day money back trial and a 3-year warranty (if bought direct from Revitive). It’ll set you back around $350.  

Note: Revitive Circulation Boosters aren’t suitable for everyone - check this before buying.

Choose this if...

You want a well-rated certified medical device that might help boost your circulation and soothe swollen or achy legs and feet and are willing to spend around $350.

Beurer Massage Foot Warmer

If you’re more about the cosy comfort of a foot massager, you’ll love the Beurer Massage Foot Warmer. This thing looks like a giant woolly sock. We approve. However, we reckon this is definitely more of a winter thing than summer. 

Slip your feet into this foot warmer, with a oh-so-soft teddy lining. You can then choose 2 temperature and 2 massage levels - both operated separately so you can do you. Use the easy slide controller to choose your ideal levels. It has an auto switch-off after 90 minutes. Which seems like a good idea because you’re guaranteed to fall asleep while your feet are in this. When you’re done, you can remove and hand wash the lining to help keep it smelling sweet.

It measures 32cm (d) x 26cm (h)  x 26cm (w). Beurer reckons this will fit ‘large feet’ (without specifying what size that is). It costs around $100 and Beurer is a world-renowned German brand. Which explains why even at this affordable price, it comes with a 3-year warranty. It gets a whopping 5 stars on ProductReview.com.au.

Choose this if...

You want to stick your feet into a giant woollen sock that offers 2 temperature and 2 massage settings and are happy to use it in the cooler months only. 

CloudMassage Foot and Calf Shiatsu Massager

Don’t want your legs to feel left out? Meet the CloudMassage Foot and Calf Shiatsu Massager - it extends up your calf. This means you can use it where you need it. Either put your feet into it, like a regular foot massager. Or put your calves in it. It has an easily adjustable bar, so you can change the angle it’s sitting at. You can also lie the bar flat so you can use it lying down, like on your bed.

It has 5 different settings for temperature, pressure and vibration. This includes a rolling massage and quiet mode. It also has 3 intensity levels and 15-minute pre-set massage modes. 

Although it’s not on ProductReview.com.au, there are hundreds of enthusiastic Amazon reviews. It costs around $800. 

Choose this if…

You want to share the foot massager love with your calves with a tech-packed foot massager including 5 different settings and a $800 price tag.

Beurer Foot Bubble Spa with Aromatherapy

Up your foot spa game thanks to the Beurer Foot Bubble Spa with Aromatherapy. A removable aroma filter lets you add your own scented bath salts for an indulgent treat. Beautiful smell aside, it has 3 functions - vibration massage, bubble massage and water temperature control. It has removable rollers for an extra foot massage. It even has 4 soothing infrared light spots and 16 integrated magnets for ‘magnetic field application’. (Nope, no idea.)

It comes with 3 attachments to help whip your feet into shape: a callus and corn remover, brush, and an extra massager. The included hook lets you easily store these attachments when you’re not using them. Double walled construction helps the spa retain the heat better so you can enjoy a warm, relaxing soak for longer. Beurer reckons it fits up to shoe size 44. It comes with a carry handle, 3-year warranty and a $100 price. 

Choose this if…

You want a foot spa that allows you to add your own scented bath salts.

How we picked

Honestly, the foot massager market isn’t exactly crowded in Australia. Our first stop was ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion website. We took the top-rated models, stripping out any that weren’t widely available. 

With no expert CHOICE (Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group) testing to consider, we had a quick look overseas to see what’s popular. 

Finally, we did some virtual window shopping to find Australia’s best performing foot massagers. This gave us our top 6 picks.

The bottom line

Your feet are ridiculously hard workers. Propelling you along, keeping you upright, entertaining your legs when they’re shoved under a desk. This is especially true if you’re on your feet all day or are suffering with health problems, like poor circulation. Show your feet the love they deserve with a foot massager. Designed to ease sore, aching feet, it quickly and effectively melts away tension. Especially if it uses soothing heat.

We reckon the HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager with Heat is Australia’s best foot massager. It’s packing 4 rotational heads and 12 massage nodes for a deep kneading massage for both your feet. An open design, simply pop your feet onto it, sit back and relax. For extra deliciousness, it’s got heat. Controlled by your toe, you don’t even need to bend down to use it. It costs around $100 and it doesn’t have auto shut-off. So, be careful not to fall asleep while using it. 

Looking for a more indulgent treat? Consider a foot spa, like the HoMedics Tru-Heat. 3-in-1, you can enjoy heat, bubbles, vibration massage or all 3. The in-built heater keeps the water warm and toasty. Large buttons make it easy to use. It’s even got a 30, 45 or 60-minute timer. It gets great (but limited) reviews on ProductReview.com.au and costs around $100.

Frequently asked questions

Should I buy an open or closed design?

While shopping for a foot massager, you’ll notice there are 2 designs. One is an open design - something you simply pop your feet onto. The other is a closed design, which you put your feet into. They basically get swallowed up by the massager.

Here are the good bits about an open design:

  • Lightweight.
  • Portable.
  • Quiet.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Usually more affordable.

Here are the not-so-good bits about an open design:

  • Only massages the soles of your feet.

Here are the good bits about a closed design:

  • Massages your entire foot.
  • Can offer more settings and massage styles, like vibrations, shiatsu or rollers.
  • If it uses heat, your whole feet will be warm and toasty.

Here are the not-so-good bits about a closed design:

  • Can be too small or tight for larger feet.
  • Usually need more maintenance than open designs - more can go wrong and they can be harder to fix. 

What types of foot massager are there?

There are roughly 5 different types of electric foot massager. You can buy:

  • A shiatsu foot massager which uses rotating heads to apply pressure, like your favourite massage therapist would.
  • A kneading massager which uses spinning massaging nodes to knead the soles of your feet.
  • An air compression or pressure massager which is used in closed design foot massagers. It involves inflating and deflating airbags to change the intensity of the compression.
  • An oscillating massager which oscillates (moves) under your feet. It’s thought to help blood circulation.
  • A foot spa which involves water and usually some heat / massage options, like vibrations or bubbles.

Most foot massagers include a heat option. Not only does this help you get toasty toes, but it can be extra soothing. 

How long can I use a foot massager for?

Normally it’s up to 30 minutes at a time. If you’ve got sensitive feet, start at 15 minutes and work your way up. Foot spas tend to be longer - 60 minutes is the longest we found. If you’re worried about going beyond this time, look for a foot massager with auto shut-off.

Also check the instruction manual which will tell you how long you can use it for.

How often can I use a foot massager?

Most manufacturers say you can use a foot massager at least once every day. You might need to build up to this, like starting with 1 or 2 sessions a week.

The best thing to do is check the instruction manual for guidance.

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