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Welcome to our big foot spa test 2023. Here we present all the foot spas we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.
We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best foot spa for you.
You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a foot spa.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The Best Foot Spa: Our Picks
- 3 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a foot spa
- 4 Decision: What types of foot spas are there and which is the right one for you?
- 4.1 What are the features of a foot spa with heating and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.2 What distinguishes a foot spa with a foot reflexology function and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.3 What distinguishes a foot spa with massage function and what are its strengths and weaknesses?
- 4.4 How does a foot bath with magnetic field work and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 5 Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate foot spas
- Electric foot massagers can reduce pain from short-term overuse and help maintain foot health.
- A foot spa soothes the nerves through targeted stimulation, promotes circulation and activates the metabolism. The devices are available with different combinations of important functions.
- Those suffering from acute venous thrombosis should refrain from a warm foot bath, as this dilates the veins and increases the risk of embolism.
The Best Foot Spa: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a foot spa
What is a foot spa?
The devices are also used in therapies and in naturopathy. All foot spas have rotating rollers, rolls or permanently installed pads that are equipped with nubs and deliver stimuli to the feet by moving them.
A light vibration massage can also be applied.
What are the advantages of a foot spa?
For optimal removal of these, a foot bath of around ten minutes is ideal. Women can also shave their legs while taking a footbath. However, make sure that you do not wash your legs and razor in the spa afterwards so that it does not get so dirty.
If you want to buy a foot spa, you can’t go far wrong. Such a device is a positive investment that lasts a long time and is good for the body.
A warm foot bath usually helps against cold feet in winter. An alternative would be foot warmers, which also keep the feet warm in winter. Sometimes a hot water bottle or a heat pad can also help. To cool down in summer, you can simply leave the heating function switched off.
Electric foot massagers can reduce pain from short-term overuse and help keep feet healthy.
The bubbling bubbles stimulate lymphatic circulation. By stimulating the metabolism, waste products are eliminated more quickly and the body is detoxified and relieved. The foot spa is therefore a true detox aid.
What alternatives are there to foot spas?
Many beauticians or “beauty salons” offer Asian massages. If you prefer a professional massage and are willing to spend more money, you can also have your feet professionally massaged on a regular basis.
In addition, various masseurs and therapists also offer targeted massages of the foot reflex zones as therapy.
The wooden device consists of a frame and several rollers that are equipped with small massage nubs. Depending on how much pressure you apply, the massage is stronger or weaker and the different reflex zones are addressed to different degrees.
This is a cheaper variant, but the device has to be powered by its own energy, does not have a heat function and is of course not a footbath.
Decision: What types of foot spas are there and which is the right one for you?
With a foot spa, you can basically distinguish between different functions:
- Footbath with heating
- Footbath with foot reflection zone function
- Footbath with massage
- Footbath with magnetic field
These foot spas are one and the same device, but with different functions, which brings individual advantages and disadvantages. And not every device automatically has all these extras included.
Depending on which function you prefer or what ailments you have, a different type of foot spa may be best for you. In the following section, we would like to help you find out what your ideal spa should be able to do.
For this purpose, we will introduce you to all the above-mentioned functions of foot spas and clearly present their advantages and disadvantages.
What are the features of a foot spa with heating and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
The special advantage of a foot spa with heating is that this device can be used without adding hot water. This means that you can keep your water warm at all times thanks to the integrated heating. The water does not have to be preheated before filling.
The foot spa is filled with water. To switch on the heating function, you have to flip the switch. Most foot spas have different heating levels for the heating function. Depending on your preference, you can set the temperature yourself to suit you best.
So if you often have cold feet and only want to warm them up briefly, you can easily combat this with (less) water that you heat up quickly. Of course, be careful with the level settings so that you don’t start off too hot.
The advantage of this bath is also its biggest disadvantage. The constant heating that can be activated naturally consumes more electricity in the long run than with bubble baths, where you fill in already heated water and then let it cool down or keep it only lukewarm.
What distinguishes a foot spa with a foot reflexology function and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
The special advantage of a foot spa with foot reflex zone function is that this device massages the reflex zones of your feet. Acupressure points are activated by the pressure that is exerted.
Hereby you achieve a targeted stimulation of these points on the soles of your feet. The foot spa has special tub attachments that are moved by the motor.
Although health insurance does not pay for such therapies and the devices are more expensive compared to others without this function – spa or wellness stays with foot reflexology treatments are certainly much more expensive.
Perhaps you can do yourself a lot of good with such a device and enjoy it for a long time if you take good care of it. Make sure that the inner surface of these devices is larger than the soles of your feet so that you can relax and place them on the attachments (and perhaps press them a little).
What distinguishes a foot spa with massage function and what are its strengths and weaknesses?
Basically, every foot spa has a massage function. The special advantage of a foot spa with massage function is that you can choose between different massage techniques depending on the equipment and price range of the foot spa.
There is also a switch for this, which is responsible for the different massage functions. The bottom of the tub is equipped with nubs that are responsible for the massage. To switch on the massage function, you simply have to flip a switch or press the corresponding button. These vary depending on the device or manufacturer.
More expensive devices should definitely also offer a choice of programmes. See how they work and whether they really offer different massages.
This type of bubble bath is on average the slightly cheaper brother of the devices with foot reflexology function. You can definitely test this one as a preliminary step, maybe you will relax well enough even with these extras.
How does a foot bath with magnetic field work and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
With magnetic field therapy, the membrane permeability of the cells is greatly increased through vibrations, which leads to the cells being stimulated and their blood circulation being promoted. This has a positive effect on your immune system.
In terms of operation, these devices do not differ much from the others. The major difference is not visible because the technology is built into the housing.
In addition to the positive effects on the body’s own defences, this bubble bath also relaxes very well and can even prevent (renewed) callus formation. The relaxation should also calm your nerves. This type of footbath is generally the most expensive and these devices also take up the most space.
There are also some “mixed forms” on the market, i.e. bubble devices with two, three or even all four functions in one. Note that these all-rounders will put a corresponding strain on your wallet.
Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate foot spas
In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate foot spas. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain device is suitable for you or not.
In summary, these are:
- Extra features
In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.
The types of foot spa available, i.e. with heating, with foot reflex zones, with massage or with magnetic field, have already been discussed in more detail above under “Decision”. Nevertheless, we would like to point out once again that the type of foot spa is probably the most important criterion when buying a foot spa, as the type has a decisive influence on the end result.
First of all, ask yourself which functions are suitable for you. If you want to activate your metabolism and improve your circulation, only foot spas with a magnetic field come into question. If, on the other hand, you want to massage your foot reflex zones, then of course you cannot do without this function.
A foot spa always takes up space in the bathroom or storage room. Depending on how often you take a footbath or want to use the foot spa, you will want to allocate more or less space to such a device in your household.
For example, the “AEG FM 5567” and “Clatronic FM 3389” foot spas are best suited for saving space. A foot spa like the “Beurer FB 25” with magnetic field takes up the most space and is therefore more difficult to store.
Most foot spas require a space of about 40 x 35 centimetres and are about 20 centimetres high.
Basically, the lighter a foot spa is, the more attractive it is to the buyer. A lighter device is practical because it is easier to transport and therefore more popular among buyers.
The most popular foot spas weigh between 1.5 and 5 kilograms. Of course, it is logical that if a customer finds two devices with the same features, he or she will always choose the lighter one (assuming the price is the same). For this reason alone, you will always come across the same or very similar weight specifications.
Since a foot spa is only in operation for a limited time, even somewhat louder devices do not pose a fundamental problem.
However, if you want to relax or watch TV during the bath, the background noise of a loud foot spa can be disturbing. Exact information about the volume is not always available, so you may have to ask more questions.
The loudest foot spas are those with a vibrating massage, as not only is the sound of the bubbling water disturbing, but the floor also vibrates. The noise is comparable to that of a drill, especially on tiled floors. Devices with a magnetic field or heating are much quieter.
You can also dampen the noise by placing one or more towels under the bubble bath. Then the vibrations are not transmitted so strongly to the floor.
The design plays an important role, especially for foot spas that you don’t want to put back into a cupboard or the packaging after every use. It is primarily divided into two elements:
- The colour of the unit
- The shape of the unit
Most foot spas are available in white. If you prefer a different colour, you can also get certain devices in green, blue, purple, orange or a combination of several colours
As far as the shape of the device is concerned, you basically have the ergonomic design at your disposal. Here you have the advantage that the unit is adapted to the shape of your feet and should have as little additional material around it as possible.
Technical faults or accidents happen more often than you think. For this reason, there is a guarantee even for relatively little-used, sturdy-looking appliances such as a spa bath. In addition, it is a must nowadays, as a manufacturer who does not offer this will lose out to the competition.
For this reason, manufacturers usually offer a two to three-year guarantee on their products. If the device is a no-name product, the manufacturer may not offer a warranty. However, the reputation, as mentioned above, could suffer further as a result.
In the case of very special devices with special functions that are significantly more expensive from the outset, it may also be that the manufacturer offers a longer warranty.
Especially the foot spas in the higher price segment shine with some extra functions such as remote controls, interior lighting or magnetic field, which are supposed to make it easier to operate, make it look more attractive or provide targeted therapy for your feet.
In the last step, check whether the device of your choice can stand out in a positive way if you like to use such functions.
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