10 Best Foot Spas 2018 – 2019: Top Heating and Bubbling Foot Bath Massager Reviews, Comparison and Buying Guide

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Welcome to our foot bath reviews for 2018 to 2019!

If your new to water foot massagers, you may not know it yet, but the best foot baths are among the great luxuries in modern life. Relieving sore feet can have a tremendous effect not just throughout your body but in terms of your mood and stress level.

A foot bath can be as simple as a basin. In these foot bath reviews, we focused on the best foot spa massagers that provide heat and at least bubbling but other massage actions as well. When it comes to the best of foot care, there are many options on the market, so our mission here is to answer the most common questions consumers have and to showcase the best foot spa machines available.

Top Rated Foot Spas Comparison Chart 2018 – 2019

RankingFoot SpasSizeWater TemperaturePrice
1Gideon Luxury Foot Spa Bath Massager
(Editor’s Choice)
15” x 17” x 11” Up to 118F° Check Price
2IREALIST Foot Spa Massager16” x 14” x 11” Up to 115F° Check Price
3Brookstone Heated Aqua-Jet Foot SpaUp to Men's Size 14Up to 115F° Check Price
4All-in-One Foot Spa by BinxinUp to Men's Size 17Up to 120F° Check Price
5Ivation Foot Spa Massager16.5” x 14.9” x 9.2” Up to 122F° Check Price
6NURSAL Foot Spa MassagerUp to Men's Size 13Up to 118F° Check Price
7Carepeutic Ozone Waterfall MassagerUp to Men's Size 14Up to 118F° Check Price
8PIBBS Foot Bath Massager14” x 15” x 6.5” - Check Price
9Conair Foot & Pedicure Spa7.5" x 14.6" x 16.6"- Check Price
10Revlon Invigorating Pedicure Foot Spa14.3" x 7.1" x 17"- Check Price

#1. Best Overall: Gideon Luxury Foot Spa Bath Massager

This all-in-one foot massager is our best foot spa of 2018 and 2019!

It’s also among the higher-priced items in our rankings and so certainly a high-end choice, but we’re confident it’s worth it if you’re seeking a versatile, durable bath you’ll use for many years to come.

Gideon describes the product as all-in-one, and what that means is that the water is heated and agitated through bubbling action and that there’s also a rolling massage. The unit features six deep-massaging rollers altogether: two are motorized and there’s an additional four standard rollers.

Another aspect that makes the Gideon the best heated foot spa is that it delivers precise digital control through a digital LCD interface. See the precise temperature and adjust it up and down a unit at a time depending on your preference. The easily accessed control panel also features buttons to activate and deactivate the heat, bubbling action, motorized rollers and so forth.

The basin is mounted on four wheels, which is a nice touch since it makes the unit easy to move around when its filled and to get it into that perfect position. Once you’ve found your spot, simply lock the wheels into place, and you can be confident that the bath won’t go anywhere until you unlock them.

The Gideon is a top-rated foot spa according to our foot spa review and many others. Consumers and critics alike love this machine, and it even has a convenient handle and drain that makes it rather easy to empty and clean when you’re finished using for the day.

#2. Best Overall Runner-Up: IREALIST Foot Spa Massager

The hardest aspect of these home foot spa reviews may have been the choice for number one!

Not only does the IREALIST tend to be a bit less expensive, but it also offers vibration. That means that you get heated water, agitated water, motorized massage rollers and vibration. It also features red light therapy, which may be beneficial to overall skin health and certainly isn’t ever harmful.

So, why’d we choose the Gideon? It came down to the wheels mostly. This model has a nice four-legged base, but you have to fill it in place or fill it and carry it to your desired spot, and that can be a hassle. If that’s an inconvenience you can live with, then we can make a strong argument for this model.

As with the Gideon, the IREALIST water foot massager features an easily accessed control panel that lets you adjust temperature and enable and disable the various features. An LCD readout tells you the exact temperature as well as offers indicators for red light, bubbling, heating and so forth.

Another feature that put the IREALIST in discussion for best foot spa is acupuncture massage points in the basin that you can use to work your feet. Our team didn’t think much of these at first glance, but once we used them, it was a feature we wished all of the foot baths included. We also enjoyed the medicine box dispenser that makes it cleaner and easier to enjoy water additives.

#3. Best Bubble Action: Brookstone Heated Aqua-Jet Foot Spa

The Brookstone heated aqua-jet foot spa is among the most popular foot baths around!

And while it isn’t our top choice, we can certainly see why the Brookstone foot spa is popular. This product featured the water jets that we liked most overall. They’re quite powerful, and so the overall agitation of the water was better than with either the Gideon or IREALIST foot baths.

The Brookstone heated aqua-jet foot spa also has a second water jet mode for those times when you desire a calmer and less vigorous experience. This is also the best foot spa for large feet we’ve ranked so far as the previous two models are a bit inconvenient for feet beyond 11 inches.

An optional pumice stone is also supported, and the product even includes one in the box that you can simply insert near the rollers. It’s a nice touch. On the downside, this manufacturer recommends not using magnesium sulfate—Epsom salts—and we know that will be a deal-break for many.

The Brookstone heats the water well all the way up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s no digital readout unfortunately, and there’s also no precise control. You either use it at 115 degrees or unheated, and that may be an issue for younger people as well as adults with sensitive feet.

#4. Best Tai Jai Machine: All-in-One Foot Spa by Binxin

The all-in-one foot spa by Binxin features tai jai and shiatsu rollers as opposed to the more traditional rollers our other best-rated foot spas featured. Your choice of roller type comes down to a matter of preference. While we didn’t mind this approach, we preferred the conventional style, but we wanted to highlight at least one bath with such rollers for those consumers who favor the design.

Roller style aside, what puts the Binxin among the best foot massager spa machines is that it does it all. You get heated water, agitated water, motorized rollers and manual rollers as well as a number of different scrapers at various positions for the different aspects of your feet.

This best water foot massager features a well-designed control panel and an LCD display. You can adjust temperature between 95 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. We found the feature that helps to maintain temperature throughout a session among the best we tested.

Noise level is pretty phenomenal as well, but that does come at the cost of force it seems. The movement of the water was not generally high enough for our liking. On the other hand, we do love that it has lockable wheels as well as a drainage line that makes it super-easy to empty and clean.

#5. Best Pedicure Option: Ivation Foot Spa Massager

The Ivation foot spa does a number of things really well. The first of those we’d like to emphasis is that it may be the best foot spa for large feet that we’ve reviewed. Not only does it accommodate large, manly dogs, but its design makes it easy to get them into and out of the basin, which is a big plus.

The Ivation is also aggressively priced, which puts it in our mid-range, and it even competes with—but perhaps falls just a tad short of—our best foot baths at the high-end.

Nevertheless, it’s a full-featured product that provides a heated bath, automatic massage rollers, a textured basin, adjustable temperature control, three separate pedicure attachments, a convenient handle, a medicine box dispenser and much more.

It also features an LCD readout and display. Easily see what your current temperature is as well as make adjustments to the various features. In addition to the oxygenating bubble action, the unit vibrates to help encourage circulation and soothe weary feet even more. It even includes an infrared light so that you can add red light therapy to your personalized mix of foot care and relaxation.

Overall, this is the best foot spa massage machine at the mid-range, and unless you’re willing to go up to the Gideon or IREALIST price level, you can’t go wrong with this choice.

#6. Best Mid-Range Runner-Up: NURSAL Foot Spa Massager

The NURSAL is another excellent mid-range option that gives the Ivation a run for its money.

Convenience is one area that makes the NURSAL the best foot spa at the mid-range. Our team liked the handle design a bit better and felt it was more comfortable to move around overall. In addition, we liked the drain plug design and how simple it made the bath to empty and clean.

Another feature that we found really clever was the full cover. After setting it to heat up, you can extend the cover so that no dust or other particulates or contaminants get into the water.

This best home foot spa offers controlled heating up to 118 degrees Fahrenheit, and the product features an LCD readout and control panel. The bubble massage is quite nice and forceful, but one area where it comes up short is the lack of motorized rollers. All of them are manual. On the plus side, you can remove the rollers if you prefer a flatter and more comfortable experience.

Build quality and design are really good at this price level. The product includes a timer, an infrared light and a medicine box, and all salts, oils and various additives are supported. The timer can be set for a period as short as 10 minutes or as long as 60 minutes.

#7. Best Foot and Leg Machine: Carepeutic Ozone Waterfall Massager

The Carepeutic Ozone Waterfall is the best foot bath massager that also accommodates your legs as high as your calves. What allows for this is that the product is quite a bit higher at 23 inches tall than most of the other best foot bath spa machines we reviewed.

Be mindful that there’s a tradeoff here. Accommodating your calves means that the machine is larger, bulkier and heavier, which is a worthwhile inconvenience if you want to target your calves but not so much if you don’t. It also adds to the price to a noticeable degree.

That aside, one aspect that we really liked compared to the other best heated foot spas we reviewed is the motorized water drainage. This doesn’t necessarily speed the process up that much, but what it does do is eliminate the hassle of getting the last quarter and then that final puddle out of the machine.

The Carepeutic machine is quite feature-rich as well. It offers four motorized rollers as well as a textured basin. The water jets are quite powerful and let you choose between either a jet or waterfall action. The jet action is vigorous and creates lots of bubbles, and the waterfall action is much more relaxing.

The digital display is sophisticated and provides access to the readout, temperature control, timer and buttons for all of the other features. There are also two separate internal containers, with the smaller one being intended for mineral and herbal additives.

#8. Best Simple Foot Bath: PIBBS Foot Bath Massager

While there’s certainly a trend with the best foot spas with heat getting more advanced, we know there are some consumers—including on our team—who want something a bit more straightforward.

For those people, we offer the PIBBS model FMA383OA as the best heated foot bath available. This model doesn’t have motorized rollers but does offer vibration along with a gently textured basin.

You can’t set an exact temperature, but it does maintain the temperature well at about 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Be aware that this kind of foot bath isn’t a fast heater. We recommend hot water from the tap since if you fill it will cold water, you may be waiting 20 to 30 minutes for a comfortable temp.

This product has a wide opening, so it’s easy to get even large feet into and out of the ample basin. PIBBS puts no limitations on the Epsom salts and other additives that you can use, and washing and disinfecting the machine is relatively simple too thanks to the open design.

#9. Best Economy Option: Conair Foot & Pedicure Spa

If you’re looking to spend less than $25 or so, then you’re in luck!

The Conair Foot & Pedicure with vibration and heat is among the best foot spas of 2018 and 2019 when you consider the price. It’s a quite attractive machine as well and available in two color themes: either lavender and white or purple and white.

It doesn’t feature motorized rollers like most of the best heated foot spas, but it does offer a reasonably intense vibration that provides soothing water action and also lets you take better advantage of the various foot massage elements, such as a textured nodule you can use to rejuvenate your feet.

Our team also enjoyed the toe-oriented controls that let you enable and disable the vibration and even adjust the temperature with your big toe rather than bending over. And while there isn’t precise temperature control, there are options so that it’s neither too hot nor too cold for you.

So, we could spend a lot of time discussing what this machine doesn’t have or doesn’t do, but we don’t want to lost sight of the fact that this is a $25 machine and can often be had for less than that. It’s really amazing value at that price level and a great option as a starter foot bath or if you want a spa you can take with you without worrying too much about damaging it or whatnot.

#10. Best Economy Runner-Up: Revlon Invigorating Pedicure Foot Spa

If you’re looking for an alternative to the Conair model, look to Revlon.

The Revlon Invigorating Pedicure Foot Spa is an excellent economy option and really only lost out as the best budget foot spa with heat because it often costs about 20 percent more.

Note that the Revlon model we reviewed is a newer version of a Dr. Scholl’s foot massager that’s also available. We’re not exactly sure how the licensing works or why it changed. We do know that the machines are similar and that you shouldn’t worry too much about the name if you get a better price.

One area where we like this model over the Conair—our choice for best foot spa of 2018 and 2019 at the budget level—is the roller. It’s not motorized but coupled with the vibration, we did like it a bit better than the textured nodule that Conair opted for instead.

Overall, at this price, the machine is really well-made and an excellent value. It’s convenient for larger feet as well and rather easy to clean and disinfect thanks to the open design. It also features a pumice stone, which is completely optional and can be removed if you prefer.

How these Best Foot Spas were Tested and Selected

checking out facts and figures after testing

Selecting the best foot spa for 2018 to 2019 was not a simple process, but it was an enjoyable one. As you might imagine or may already know, foot soakers and in particular foot massagers feel really good. They are certainly tremendous after a hard day at work or after working out, but we were testing these at various times throughout the day and always felt good as long as we maintained moderation.

Our team also enlisted some outside testers because we wanted to determine, for instance, the best foot spa for arthritis, the best foot spa for neuropathy and so forth. We paid careful attention to the various massage mechanisms, such as water movement, air bubbles, Tai Jai rollers and so on, and we also noted not just the effectiveness of each but the combinations that we enjoyed.

We did as a group tend to gravitate toward to foot baths that offer more options and let us mix and match action. Warmth was also an important factor not just in terms of how it felt but how adjustable it was and how precise that control was. Our goal was to answer questions such as how improved was blood flow in the feet, was this an effective stress reliever and how were headaches affected.

Each tester assigned points to both objective and subjective categories, and we used that list as a starting point. Then, we discussed and discussed and discussed some more until we came up with the rankings you’ll find above. Even though we needed an order, final selections were hard, and we made sure to add contextual notes. Many products are made with women in mind, and if you are a man or just have larger-than-average feet, the best foot spa to buy will undoubtedly be quite different.

Who Should Use a Foot Spa?

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Let’s start by pointing out that you don’t have to be a particular kind of person or have a certain condition to benefit from the best foot baths. The best foot spa massage machines release stress, just feel good in general and relieve sore feet and even headaches in some cases.

You also don’t have to spend a small fortune to own one of the best foot spa machines on the market, so our opinion is that everyone should use them: men and women, young and old and so on. That said, there are certain conditions that make owning a home foot spa particularly beneficial.

Mental health professionals often recommend them for anyone dealing with depression, anxiety or excessive stress. Doctors who specialize in migraines will often have patients test a heated foot spa to see if it makes a difference, and it does for many people, including with lesser headache types. [1]

The best foot spas for arthritis are rarely a primary treatment but can substantially reduce discomfort and other symptoms. Likewise, the best foot spas for neuropathy can help to alleviate common symptoms of that condition, including numbness, extreme sensitivity and muscle weakness.

Note that it is safe to use foot spas as part of your personal care regimen. However, if your intent is to use it due to foot pain beyond everyday sore feet or to treat a particular condition or its symptoms, then you should consult with a relevant physician before doing so.

Important Factors to Consider Before Purchasing a Top Notch Foot Spa

things to consider

The most important factors when considering the best foot spa massagers are:

  • Budget
  • Features
  • Foot comfort
  • Massage action

Start with what you want to spend. While you can, you don’t have to spend a lot on the best foot soakers. There are some really good options on the market under $50 and even $30. Knowing where you stand price-wise will let you focus on products and features that are appropriate to you.

Another important aspect is foot comfort. Know your foot size. If you don’t know offhand, measure them. Ensure that the model you choose not only accommodates feet that size but gives them a little breathing room, so to speak. Something else you want to pay attention to is the base. Cushioning, texture and so forth generally come down to personal preference and sensitivity.

There are different options when it comes to massage. You may not know your preferences yet if you’re considering the best foot spas for the first time. Our team found that we prefer varied options because how our feet felt changed from day to day, and we liked to play with the various combinations.

Features are important as well, and the top-rated foot spas range from fairly barebones to loaded with massage actions, options and digital displays. If there was one deal-breaker our team was unanimous on, it was heat. A foot spa with heat makes a big difference in how your feet and the rest of your body feel, and heating water manually and then filling a home footbath is just a hassle and can be messy too.

How to Clean and Maintain a Foot Bath Massager

woman on grey concrete bath tub washing her feet

While actual maintenance recommendations vary from one foot bath massager to the next, there’s usually very little upkeep required beyond cleaning. The important thing is that you dry it completely before putting it up and that you regularly inspect the base, rollers, elements and so forth.

Whether you have an unheated or heated foot bath is super-important. It’s even more important when the machine is shared among multiple people, but that’s not to downplay the fact that keeping your own foot spa machine not just clean but disinfected is very important.

Failure to clean and disinfect even the best foot spas sets the stage for bacterial growth. Such bacteria can cause common fungal infections, such as tinea pedis—also known as athlete’s feet—but it can also lead to much more serious conditions, including infections if the skin barrier is compromised.

Hard water can also cause a buildup of calcium deposits. Epsom salts can leave a residue that builds up over time, and so can other water additives. These buildups aren’t necessarily bad for you, but they will detract from the cleanability, usability and attractiveness of even the best foot bath.

So, how do you clean it? Use warm water mixed with a mild detergent to clean the basin thoroughly. When the basin is cleaned, rinse it with just warm water thoroughly. Be mindful that even a mild detergent can wreak havoc on sensitive foot skin. Once the machine is thoroughly dry, you’ll want to use the disinfectant of your choice that is appropriate for your particular machine.

Wrap Up: Enjoy Feet That Feel Well

Our team conducted many foot spa reviews and was never disappointed except in cases where the product was cheaply made or we had to heat the water ourselves. If you’re someone who’ll use a good foot spa at least once a week and perhaps more often than that, the extra initial cost of the high-end machines is really worth it in the long run due to the options and durability provided.

In purchasing my own foot bath, I placed a great emphasis on cleanability. I clean mine after each use, and even among the best home foot spas, there are products that aren’t that easy to clean. It may not seem like a big deal, but a difficult clean will likely grate on you after you’ve done it a dozen times or so.

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