The 10 Best Foot Massagers

Updated December 18, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

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We spent 45 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Now that sitting is the new smoking, we've all got those standing desks. But after being on your feet all day, you're going to need one of these foot massagers to help you unwind and soothe those tired doggies. These models use heat, shiatsu, and roller massage techniques to provide blissful relief to your feet, ankles, and calves. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best foot massager on Amazon.

10. Human Touch Reflex-4

The Human Touch Reflex-4 utilizes a patented pattern of figure-8 style movement that better mimics the quality of human touch. As effective as it is, though, its extra-large size makes it difficult to store in your home or travel with.
  • won't skid on or scratch floors
  • a bit too tight for some users
  • very heavy at nearly 30 pounds
Brand Human Touch
Model 200-REFLEX4-001
Weight 28.9 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

9. HoMedics FMS-270H

The HoMedics FMS-270H delivers six rotating heads designed to give your trotters full coverage. Its LED illumination makes it easy to operate at night, however, there is only one available heat setting, which may not suit everyone's needs.
  • convenient toe-operable controls
  • provides fast pain relief
  • cloth coverings are flimsy
Brand Homedics
Model FMS-270H
Weight 6.8 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

8. Best Choice Products Shiatsu

If your foot problems have led to back problems, you probably don't want to spend a lot of time bending down to adjust the settings on a machine for easing the pain. The Best Choice Products Shiatsu comes with a remote control to save you from that peril.
  • three relaxing programs
  • available in several colors
  • hard to tell the modes apart
Brand Best Choice Products
Model SKY2095
Weight pending
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Kendal Spa

The Kendal Spa is an all-in-one aqua-therapy unit with a durable plastic exterior that is resistant to high temperatures. It combines heat, aerated jets, and high-frequency vibrations to soothe your tootsies, but it is quite noisy.
  • promotes blood circulation
  • easy-to-use mode selection dial
  • manual rollers are uncomfortable
Brand Kendal
Model pending
Weight 8 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

6. HomCom Multifunction

The HomCom Multifunction leverages traditional shiatsu, air, heat, and acupressure techniques to rejuvenate your feet. It offers three different strength settings to suit your needs and preferences, and its cloth covers are removable for washing.
  • heat is independent of other modes
  • available in glossy blue or green
  • auto-shutoff after 15 minutes
Model 700-017GN
Weight 11.6 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Beurer FM60

If you're averse to inserting your appendages inside a machine, the Beurer FM60 may be the one for you. It's a platform-style option with controls that are easy to operate with your toes, and it provides a high degree of shiatsu-style kneading relief.
  • sits on four height-adjustable pegs
  • 18 built-in rollers
  • not enough pressure for some users
Brand Beurer North America
Model FM60
Weight 8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Clever Creations Relaxation Machine

Revitalize your hooves with the Clever Creations Relaxation Machine. Its padded interior offers a combination of massage rollers, air bags, and kneading action to deeply penetrate your aching muscles and melt your discomfort away.
  • five adjustable intensity levels
  • multiple timer settings
  • compact for easy storage
Brand Clever Creations
Model pending
Weight 11.3 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. Fit King

Though its nontraditional format makes it look like you've broken both of your legs, the Fit King actually provides a high degree of relief for sore legs, feet, and ankles. Each wrap has adjustable straps for a custom-tailored fit.
  • remote controls both sleeves
  • uses air to apply soothing pressure
  • packs into a mesh storage bag
Model pending
Weight 3.1 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Gideon Dual Roller

If a more traditional therapy appeals to you or you prefer something that doesn't need to be plugged in, the Gideon Dual Roller offers a solid wooden base with five textured rollers on each side. You control the pressure by how much strength you apply.
  • design stimulates pressure points
  • made of durable theaceae wood
  • great value for the price
Brand Gideon
Model No Model
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Belmint Shiatsu

The Belmint Shiatsu boasts effective pressure-based therapy, kneading, and heated action that all combine to provide relief to the tops and bottoms of your feet at the same time. It features a total of 48 nodes to ensure no area goes untouched.
  • sleek and stylish design
  • fairly quiet operation
  • accommodates feet of all sizes
Brand Belmint
Model 9209
Weight 14.5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Let The Robots Do It

If you've ever spent an uncomfortable amount of time on your feet, whether for work or pleasure, you know the agony that can spread throughout your body. If you've ever come home after such an experience to the grace and beauty of a foot massage, you know how the experience can melt away all pain, fear, anxiety, even all thought, resulting in a kind of meditative mush of pure pleasure.

The foot massagers on our list offer you the same level of relief without the need to employ your reluctant spouse's services, or to actually go out and pay a professional for the honor. Better to let the robots handle this one.

What's even better is that your spouse's skills are only so developed, and the pros usually only specialize in one or two kinds of massage. Many of the massagers on our list on the other hand (the other foot?) take their design inspirations from a variety of massage techniques.

Almost all of them apply some form of heat or vibration, as heat helps to relax the muscles on the foot and a steady vibration from a simple motor will allow the bones in the feet to settle into their proper alignment. Some also include rollers and other pressure devices that mimic the arts of shiatsu massage, reflexology medicine, and other techniques.

Know Your Feet

I'm absurdly ticklish. It's not something I freely admit to most strangers, or to the majority of my friends for that matter. My significant other knows it, and she also knows how dangerous it is to tickle me. I flail when tickled, and her attempts to torture me have resulted in spilled drinks, broken lamps, and a pretty bad cut on my finger, so these days she lays off.

This is the primary reason I can't handle any kind of massage. I go to the pros and the only depth of massage that doesn't tickle me is so painful that I can't get any relief. This is my constant conundrum.

About six years ago, however, I started working for a company that had me standing about 12 hours per day, and within a few weeks I thought my feet were simply going to fall off. They weren't going to break or weaken, I wasn't going so suffer a sprain or a strain; they were going to fall off.

So, I started doing my field research, going out and putting my feet into the massagers on the market, and after an extensive search, I found one with enough nuance in its levels that I could get relief without dying of laughter.

My point is that only you know just how sensitive your feet are, and what kind of therapy they might need. If you're new to having your feet massaged, and you don't have a lot of experience with mechanical massagers or with human intervention, you should look for a machine with the most methods of service and the most levels of intensity. That way, you can fine tune your experience to the maximum effect.

If, however, this is far from your first rodeo, it might be worth your while to try a machine with a feature you haven't used before, or one that's failed you in the past. Something like infrared heat or a high ankle massage might just do the trick this time.

The Foot Comes First

Much in the way that plants have roots, an animal's feet ground it to the earth. The health of those feet is vital to just about every other aspect of the body to which they are attached. In the case of humans, we haven't been bipedal creatures long enough for our feet or our spines to have completely adapted a healthy posture and stride. We're still in transition toward that level of harmony.

The feet are responsible for balancing this bipedal act of ours, and that balance plays a figurative part in our health as much as it does a literal one. Count them up, and you'll find that about a quarter of the bones in the human body reside in the feet. You may not think of it this way very often, but would you willfully put the weight of your entire body on the much larger bones in your arm over and over again for miles each day? Imagine that kind of pressure on all those tiny bones.

If it weren't for their particular organization, as well as the complicated organization and reciprocal action of the muscles in your feet, you could very easily do major damage. Unfortunately, increased complications in a system often result in greater chance of failure, and a small injury to a small muscle or bone in the foot can have drastic repercussions on the entire body's alignment.

The importance of the feet was well documented in the civilizations of ancient China and Egypt, and in those two places there started an art we know now as reflexology, which uses specific pressure applied to certain areas of the feet to treat a whole swathe of ailments. While reflexology is traditionally performed with the hands, little massaging devices have been employed even since those first days of the art. Today's foot massagers are distant children of this ancient craft, and as soon as you dip your feet into one of them, you'll swear by the medicine of the ancients.

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Last updated on December 18, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.

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