Today I will be reviewing what I consider the top 10 Foot Massagers on the market for 2018.
Therapeutic massage has numerous physical and psychological benefits . The American Psychological Association (APA) recommends massage specifically for its combination of physical and mental effects.
However, when most people think of a massage, they imagine lying on a massage table while someone works over their back. They don’t necessarily associate the idea of massage with their feet.
Yet the feet are one of our most-used bodily structures. In a common day’s use, the feet are supporting your entire body weight while also flexing and moving about constantly as we walk from place to place. This makes foot massage machine a viable course of treatment  for a number of people.
- Best Foot Massagers of 2018: Ranking & Comparison
- #1. Simply the Best: Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager
- #2. Best Specialty Design: MedMassager MMF06
- #3. Best in Comfort: Sharper Image Acupressure Heated Foot Massager
- #4. Best for Leg Massage: Shiatsu Kneading Rolling Vibration Heating Foot & Calf Massager
- #5. Runner Up for Best Overall: Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager with Switchable Heat
- #6. Best “Simple” Design: HoMedics, Triple Action Shiatsu Foot Massager with Heat
- #7. Best Budget and Multifunction: Foot Massager with Heat Kneading Shiatsu 3D
- #8. Best Aesthetics: Orion Motor Tech Electric Shiatsu Kneading Rolling, Foot Massager
- #9. Most Convenient: Brookstone F4 Shiatsu Foot Massager
- #10. Best Unpowered: TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller
- Benefits to Massage Your Feet
- Who Can Benefit from Use of a Foot Massager?
- Common Features of Foot Massagers
- Parting Thoughts and Foot Massager Conclusions
Best Foot Massagers of 2018: Ranking & Comparison
- Massage Method: High speed vibration, pressure points, helps patients with diabetic neuropathy
- Weight: 11 pounds
- Dimensions: 16 x 12 x 9.5 inches
- Massage Intensity: 11 Speed Levels
- Massage Method: Infrared lights, acupressure nodes, massage air bags
- Weight: 10 pounds
- Dimensions: -
- Massage Levels: 3 Adjustable Speeds
- Massage Method: Kneading, Rolling, Vibration, Heating
- Weight: 24 pounds
- Dimensions: 17.7 x 17.7 x 19.7
- Massage Levels: 3 levels of intensity
- Massage Method: Kneading, Shiatsu, Air Compression, Built-in-Heater
- Weight: 11.8 pounds
- Dimensions: 17.7 x 18.1 x 15
- Massage Levels: 5 Pressure Settings
HoMedics Shiatsu Massager
- Massage Method: Circular kneading shiatsu, Triple rotational heads, Toe controls
- Weight: 6.8 pounds
- Dimensions: 14.5 x 13.5 x 4.5
- Massage Strength: Triple action Shiatsu
Kendal Heat Kneading Shiatsu 3D
- Massage Method: 3D Air pressure massage, heat kneding shiatsu, UV and Oznoe function
- Weight: 9.5 pounds
- Dimensions: 16 x 16 x 9
- Massage Strength: 2 intensity levels
Orion Motor Tech
- Massage Method: Ergonomic design, kneading, rolling, reflexology therapy
- Weight: 15.5 pounds
- Dimensions: 23 x 10 x 14
- Massage Strength: 3 modes
Brookstone F4 Shiatsu
- Massage Method: Air compression, vibration, heat and kneading
- Weight: 12.65 pounds
- Dimensions: 16.8 x 8.8 x 14.4
- Massage functions: 3 Auto programs
TheraFlow Dual Foot
- Massage Method: Acupressure
- Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Dimensions: 7.5 x 11.2 x 2.5
- Massage Function: Roller Massage
#1. Simply the Best: Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager
The Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager has a structure that’s becoming common for higher-end foot massage devices. This isn’t just a foot vibrator with a tepid heating pad, oh no. Placing your feet into the massager and activating it causes the surfaces around the foot to inflate and hold the feet firmly in place as the heating and deep-tissue massaging elements go to work.
It comes with two wireless remote controls and large, easily accessible on-unit controls at the top of the device. The heat is gentle but feels warmer because of the enclosing effect. It has a very satisfying five intensity settings to give you the massage you’ve been looking for. Easily the best foot massage machine in class.
#2. Best Specialty Design: MedMassager MMF06
The surface is composed of a flat board with a series of raised squares. It doesn’t offer a massage in the sense of rollers targeting deep tissues. It is in fact a specialized form of foot vibrator. It also lacks a remote and a heating option.
However, MedMassager MMF06 comes with 11 speed settings, and the raised squares are medically recommended as a way to treat both neuropathy and poor bloodflow. It is also one of the few foot massagers to claim medical recommendation for patients with diabetes. It won’t be for everyone, but it does an excellent job in a specialized niche.
I will elaborate for a moment on the unique properties of foot massage among diabetics, though bear in mind I am not a doctor.
In short, people with various forms of diabetes respond differently to massage than do otherwise healthy individuals. Their blood vessels can become weakened by their condition, and the neuropathy caused by some forms of diabetes makes contact with their body parts potentially painful.
This is why the MedMassager MMF06 uses a vibration setting instead of deep tissue massage. It provides pleasant stimulation and movement to promote improved bloodflow, without risking damaging or causing pain to underlying tissues. A very thoughtful, and again very specialized, type of design.
#3. Best in Comfort: Sharper Image Acupressure Heated Foot Massager
The foot massage function is only provided by a small surface near the ball of the foot, with two “vibration” intensity settings rather than a rolling massage.
However, the soft interior and excellent warming unit provide comfortable, soothing warmth that is quite relaxing to experience. I found it a great way to warm up my feet on cold mornings.
I cannot get over how comfortable this foot massage machine is. The slipper interior feels soft and inviting, and the warmth builds up pleasantly and gradually.
Of course, there are some minor quibbles. I prefer a deep-tissue massage from my foot warmers, because I am quite active and on my feet for a long part of the day. This foot massage machine just doesn’t provide that level of oomph, and it is a consideration one should take into account.
That said, I still find it wonderful on those cold mornings.
#4. Best for Leg Massage: Shiatsu Kneading Rolling Vibration Heating Foot & Calf Massager
However, that does not detract from how great this foot massager is in general. It’s more than just a foot massage machine. It also treats the ankles and the back of the calf!
The entire foot and lower leg are inserted, at which point the chambers “inflate” to cover the lower leg and foot, providing all-around rolling action in a variety of intensity setting levels. The intensity levels for leg and foot can even be selected individually, allowing you to get just the right massage you desire.
I have to say, I very much appreciate the alternative design of this model. It targets an additional area that most other foot massage machines do not.
There is one slight drawback, however, that keeps it out of the best “overall” category, and that is that it is ever so slightly restrictive to use.
I like to lean back in my chair and stretch my legs out when I’m using a foot massage machine. The high “rear” of this machine’s design makes that posture all but impossible, because the back of the machine would press into the backs of the calves in an awkward way.
It’s still an excellent device for those who want more than their feet massaged. They just need to accept that they’ll be getting their massage sitting up, unless they want to experiment with lying the machine on its back, which is not recommended use.
#5. Runner Up for Best Overall: Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager with Switchable Heat
The Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager is another “insert foot” design, very similar to the Miko in many ways. It features compression fitting to the feet, heating, and deep-tissue massage with a variety of settings.
In many ways, it is almost identical in shape, function, and performance to the Miko. The only reason it makes runner up instead of “best rated foot massager” is that it doesn’t include the wireless remote, which is ever so slightly annoying.
With that being said, Belmint massager is still a very comfortable and rewarding machine to use. Your choice of which to select should come down to personal preference rather than a firm, absolute fact that sets the two apart.
I simply question the omission of a remote control when an identically priced, equally functional machine such as the Miko, includes them as standard.
#6. Best “Simple” Design: HoMedics, Triple Action Shiatsu Foot Massager with Heat
Using the “angled board” design of many foot rub machines, it presents a very generous foot surface. It can easily accommodate larger, wider feet and still provide a multiple-point massage with deep-tissue rolling action. The heat is also quite substantial, rather than weak and tepid.
It lacks remote functionality, and the settings are limited to Off, On, and On with Heat. However, for a lower-priced unit with deep-tissue massage capability, it’s excellent machine for what you pay.
There are some advantages to the “open” design as well, compared to the “enclosed” design of other machines.
Specifically, it’s much easier to keep an open/board design foot massager clean. The surface can be wiped down or given a quick spritzing of disinfectant, and will air out quickly. If an enclosed design doesn’t have removable foot covers, it can be more work keeping them sanitary, especially with multiple users.
#7. Best Budget and Multifunction: Foot Massager with Heat Kneading Shiatsu 3D
Specifically, it includes UV and Ozone capability, meant to help keep the massage device clean and smelling fresh, rather than like it’s had feet inside it.
It’s a clever touch, and combined with the generous suite of settings for heat and massage, a very worthwhile machine for those looking for a foot massager. It also costs roughly half of the highest end models we’re reviewing, so it manages all this while keeping to a budget pricepoint.
On a side note, this one has some charming aesthetics, looking somewhat akin to an Apple product with its apple logo and black-on-white surface. I’m not sure if it’s intentional, but I kept referring to it as my “apple mouse.”
#8. Best Aesthetics: Orion Motor Tech Electric Shiatsu Kneading Rolling, Foot Massager
Don’t get me wrong regarding the category, Orion Motor foot massager is a functional machine that does the job I ask of it, and I am perfectly satisfied with the design. It functions similarly to other “place foot inside device” massagers. However, it has an open-topped design, with the massage supports rising alongside each foot. This is an interesting choice, but doesn’t affect quality of massage.
However, I simply have to comment on the aesthetics of this foot massage machine. It looks absolutely gorgeous. Other massagers look more or less like they are; boards that you place your feet on, or a rhoomba with foot-holes.
This one has a unique, colourful look that’s appealing and interesting, and fits in very well with modern decor.
Orion foot massager includes three intensity settings and a remote control, which combined with the unique aesthetic look makes for a very worthwhile foot massage machine under $80 range.
#9. Most Convenient: Brookstone F4 Shiatsu Foot Massager
The convenience angle is one of simplicity. Sure, it lacks a remote control for the settings, but it has one feature that I didn’t realize was missing from any other foot massager I used until I saw this one.
A carry handle.
The others, I have to grab by the sides or stick my hand into the foot chamber, which we can agree is less than desirable. Leave alone potential issues of hygeine, it could lead to grabbing the wrong spot and damaging your machine.
The Brookstone F4 Shiatsu Foot Massager has a simple integrated carry handle that makes it easy to grab and put into the desired position for easy use.
#10. Best Unpowered: TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller
Not so fast, stay a moment and hear me out.
You won’t always have access to power supplies when you’re traveling, after all. Should you miss out on the pleasant feeling of a nice foot massage just because you went up to Joshua Tree National Park and camped out for the weekend?
Not at all, say I!
What sets the TheraFlow Massager apart is that it is an entirely self-powered experience. Comprised of rollers with elevated knobs, it functions by having the user move their foot back and forth along the rollers. Alternative exercises are gained by alternating the directions of the feet, or by moving the feet side to side along the rollers instead of back and forth.
It’s honestly as simple a foot massage machine as you can get, but for some reason it just seems to work. The “low tech” design might seem odd against the claims of more high-tech devices, but the ability to always have the ability to get a nice, relaxing massage is not to be underestimated.
Benefits to Massage Your Feet
Foot massage, whether in the form of a personal masseur, an electronic foot massager, or even reflexology, has a host of benefits.
It can reduce the severity and duration of common injuries to the foot. It can reduce the effects of anxiety and stress. It can also improve bodily circulation to the feet when used regularly.
People who use foot massagers of any sort regularly report greater sense of overall relaxation. They find it easier to deal with day to day issues because of this sense of relaxing they gain from their massage. It also helps promote healthier sleep through relaxation, which leads to better overall health.
Who Can Benefit from Use of a Foot Massager?
1. People Suffering from Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is an injury to or inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a major length of muscle connecting the heel and the toes of your foot. Injury to this muscle is common in runners, martial artists, and athletes in general.
Massage can help relieve tension in the plantar fascia, which can reduce healing times. Used preventatively, foot massage can even reduce the risk of developing PF in the first place.
2. People with Poor Limb and Extremity Circulation
Poor limb circulation is a common condition in modern times. It can be caused by extensive periods of inactivity, and how many of us have a job that requires sitting at a desk for prolonged periods? It also is common in older persons, who tend to be less physically active on average.
Fortunately, foot massage is shown to improve circulation to the lower limbs.
3. People Struggling with Stress
As I mentioned earlier, the APA cites physical and psychological benefits to receiving foot massage. Massage conditions prompt our bodies to release endorphins, the “feel good” hormones that are responsible for positive mood and a sense of well-being.
People who struggle with excessive stress and anxiety can benefit from the endorphin-boosting effects of a good foot massage.
Common Features of Foot Massagers
Here are some of the common features you might find in various foot massagers.
– Intensity Settings
This feature includes both speed and pressure levels provided by the massager. Some foot massage machines only include one or two (often “high” or “low”) settings to use. Others have a range of settings that can be adjusted to meet with the specific foot massage needs of the user.
– Heating Elements
As mentioned above, some massagers provide heating elements to provide additional relief through warmth. This is becoming an increasingly common feature, but it is not always included.
– Controller Type
Basic foot massage devices will have the controls on the device itself. This is fine for some, but it does require physically bending to use the device every time you wish to turn it on.
Other devices have a handheld control unit of some sort. This can be connected to the foot massager itself, but in some newer cases it comes in the form of a wireless remote. Either is substantially more convenient than using device-mounted controls.
– Surface Options
Foot Massagers have a variety of surfacing materials, or the surface where the foot rests. More basic units will have at best a thin rubber or cloth surface between the foot and the moving massage elements. More substantial massagers come with cushioned pads of varying thickness, and some even duplicate the look and feel of comfortable house slippers!
Parting Thoughts and Foot Massager Conclusions
1: There are Foot Massager Choices for People on any Budget
There are foot massagers for as little as $50 on the market, some of them quite well-reviewed on Amazon. Whether you have a little or a lot to spend, you can probably find a device to meet your price point.
2: Price Might Not Correlate to Quality Foot Massager
There are also a wide variety of quality options between the various models of foot massager out there. A budget foot massager option might be less reliable than a high priced one, but then again some higher priced machines are so “precision” that they become picky. Look to see if there are multiple foot massager reviews of them lasting a long time, or of them breaking down frequently.
3: Remember to Consult Your Doctor before Choosing any Foot Massager
Massage is, in many cases, a form of medical intervention. Your physician should know a great deal more about your personal health than you do, so mention your plans to get a foot massager to them. They might have advice for a specific function or feature you can look for that fits your particular needs.
With that, I bid you farewell, and hope you consider one of these fine machines as the best Foot Massagers on the market in 2018.