9 Best Foot Baths: Your Easy Buying Guide

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Taking time to pamper your weary feet can relieve pain, reduce stress, and restore your feet so they’re ready to be back up and moving. Keep in mind that unless you’re willing to have a professional install a pedicure chair into your plumbing, even the best foot bath isn’t going to have the power of salon spas. That expectation accounts for some people feeling disappointed with their foot spa. Expect a relaxing, stimulating hot foot soak–not a mini jacuzzi.

Check out the bottom of the article if you’re not sure how to pick the right foot bath for you but for now, let’s break down the best on the market so you can see which best matches your requirements. If you’re looking to keep your feet looking their best, remember that after a good soak is the best time to use an electric foot file.

What Are the Best Foot Baths?

Red foot soaking tub Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Relaxing waterfall
  • Water jets and bubbles
  • Extra deep
Price: $229.95 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Blue and white foot soaking tub Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Bubbles and vibrations
  • Manual rollers
  • Fits larger feet
Price: $79.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Purple Kendall foot spa Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Relaxing waterfall
  • Automatic roller massage
  • Remote control
Price: $169.98 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Wahl foot spa with water in it Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Trusted brand
  • Unique massage rollers
  • Good heating action
Price: $78.31 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Faux wood pedicure spa Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Professional set up
  • Vibration and heat
  • On wheels
Price: $619.00 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Collapsing foot soaking tub Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Easy to store
  • Vibration
  • Affordable
Price: $39.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
White and silver foot tub Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Bubbles and vibartion
  • Manual rollers
  • On wheels
Price: $85.98 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
a bronze massaging foot spa Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Unique shiatsu massage
  • Bubbles
  • Fits larger feet
Price: $129.95 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Purple Revlon foot tub Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Affordable
  • Vibratoin and bubbles
  • Manual rollers
Price: $54.97 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Our Unbiased Reviews
  1. 1. Carepeutic Ozone Waterfall Foot & Leg Spa

    Pros:
    • Fits a men’s 14 shoe size
    • Extra deep
    • Waterfall, jets, and bubbles
    • Heats water well
    • Automatic massage rollers
    • Side spout for easier drainage
    • On wheels
    • Has a full cover
    • Diffuser for bath salts
    Cons:
    • Large unit
    • Jets aren’t very strong
    • Heavy when full

    The Carepeutic is a model with a lot of bells and whistles to be excited about. First off, it’s nice and deep so you can soak sore legs as well as tired feet.

    Because of the extra height, you’re going to have extra weight which is why this model is on wheels. If you want to move your foot bath in front of your favorite chair, you won’t have to carry it there.

    It works best when filled with warm, not hot, water and is allowed to heat the water up to your preference. This foot spa has a nice heating element and a digital display that shows you the water temperature (in Celsius) with up and down buttons to adjust to your liking. This display also shows how many minutes the program you have on will last before turning off automatically.

    For relaxation, this foot spa has a waterfall feature that pours water down over your feet or, by adjusting the knob, the water can be rerouted to two jets in the front of the tub to circulate water. The jets aren’t especially powerful, but they work.

    You can adjust and activate the bubbles and massaging rollers using buttons on the top of the unit. The rollers rotate with decent strength and the ozone bubbles are nice for keeping your foot bath sanitary. Underneath the waterfall unit, there’s a diffuser to insert bath salts so you can get the benefits of these salts without them messing up the plumping of your foot spa.

    The Carepeutic foot spa is ahead of the pack when it comes to drainage. You place a bucket by the spout and press the automatic drainage button and the foot spa will pump the water out of the basin into the bucket. This will leave a little bit of water on the bottom of the tub, but by then most of the weight has already been removed.

    The cover folds from being a half cover to a full one and there’s a compartment to store the power cord when you’re not using it which is good since this is a much larger unit that you’ll need to store.

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  2. 2. Ivation Foot Spa

    Pros:
    • Fits men’s size 16 shoe
    • Bubbles, automatic rollers, and vibration
    • Great heating function
    • Easy carrying handle
    • Feet care attachemnts
    Cons:
    • Have to lift to empty
    • Too bit for some
    • No automatic rollers

    This Ivation foot spa has two motorized rollers to gently stimulate your feet. A vibration option and bubble function add an extra level of massage. The heating element here is decent and can heat up room temperature water fast.

    The temperature is shown on the digital display and is easily adjusted with the up and down arrows. There’s a handle for secure carrying which is good because this is a spa unit that you’ll need to lift up and dump out to clean.

    In the center of the bath is a spot for you to swap out and install three different included attachments: a foot brush, pumice stone, and nubbed acupressure node for you to work out the worst of your foot aches.

  3. 3. Kendal Waterfall Deep Leg & Foot Spa

    Pros:
    • Much deeper than others
    • Great heating
    • Automatic rollers, bubbles, and waterfall
    • Comes with remote
    • On lockable wheels
    • Easy drain hose
    Cons:
    • Too deep for some
    • Larger unit to store
    • Bubbles aren’t that impressive

    This is another extra deep foot spa that has even been called too deep. The Kendal Waterfall Deep Spa is so tall that some people find it awkward to use while sitting on a couch because of how high the lip comes up. For some, that is a flaw, but for others that means that you can soak your legs almost up to the knee which sounds dreamy.

    The Kendal foot spa heats very well, especially considering how much water there is. You have a digital display of the temperature with buttons to adjust it on the top of the unit as well as on a remote. The rollers are motorized to massage your feet though many found these to be a little aggressive. If you’re been disappointed in the strength of other rollers, this might be for you.

    This also offers bubbles and a soothing waterfall feature. On the bottom of the tub is a diffuser for adding bath salts as well as an attached pumice stone to work on tough skin without having to bend over.

    Being much larger, this foot spa also comes on wheels and has a little handle to roll it just like you would a piece of luggage. The wheels are lockable so you don’t have to worry about it moving around once you’ve settled into your home spa routine. For draining, it uses a hose which gives you a little more leeway as to how you want to empty it since you can more easily direct the flow of the water.

  4. 4. Wahl Therapeutic Foot & Ankle Bath

    Pros:
    • Unique massage rollers
    • Keeps water hot
    • Accupressure node
    • Trusted brand
    • Nice depth
    • Carrying handle
    • Vibration
    Cons:
    • Weak bubble action
    • No digital controls
    • No automatic massage

    This Wahl Therapeutic spa stands out in that it does a fantastic job of holding heat and has unique mini-rollers that are soothing on sensitive feet.

    We know Wahl makes amazing hair clippers, but they also have other home products like this deep foot and ankle spa. Most spas have chunky manual rollers or large numbs that give the deep massage that many folks want, but some feet are a little too sensitive for that kind of pressure and prefer light massage.

    The Wahl Therapeutic has two sets of 10 rows of tiny wheels. When you set your feet down on them, they almost feel flat, but with this texture that moves with you. You can control the pressure and movement so it can melt away the tension without feeling rough.

    If you like that deep acupressure sensation, there is an acupressure node in the center of foot spa so you can work on the spots that need that kind of massage. 

    While the spa is great at keep water warm, something many of the others lack, it doesn’t a lot of automatic massage action. There is some vibration and some weak bubbles but nothing to write home about. 

    The controls are easy to use as they’re just two knobs that control bubbles and heat. It doesn’t have the more high tech digital controls others do, but this might be the kind of low-tech user-friendly option you’re looking for. 

  5. 5. Continuum PediCute Portable Foot Spa

    Pros:
    • Fits men’s size 13 shoe
    • Professional pedicure bowl
    • Removable basin for easy filling and dumping
    • Vibration and heat
    • Disposable liners
    • Padded footrest
    • On locking wheels
    • Made in America
    Cons:
    • Large
    • Shallow basin
    • No water jets

    The PediCute is a very different look than the other portable foot spas on this list. This is a more professional design that is well suited for performing pedicures. If you’re a professional looking for a portable foot spa or you simply would love an easier way for your loved one to give you a pedicure, this might be what you’re looking for.

    The PediCute has an easy fill and easy to empty lift out basin that you carry directly to the sink which holds up to 1.5 gallons of water. You can keep your foot spa sanitary, either for yourself or between clients, by using disposable foot bath liners which prevent the basin from getting dirty.

    The tub fits into a cherry wood veneer base that moves on locking wheels. The base provides the foot bath with three levels of vibration massage and three levels of heat. The center pad lifts up to be a footrest, with adjustable height, making it perfect for pedicures or other foot care.

    This is the largest unit on the list when it comes to storage so you’ll want to keep that in mind. It’s available in cherry, all black, and black with cream basin.

  6. 6. Collapsible HoMedics Foot Spa

    Pros:
    • Collapsible
    • Vibrations and textured nubs
    • Locks in open position
    Cons:
    • Heat isn’t impressive
    • Few features
    • Button harder to get to when in use

    If you’re dealing with space constraints, this folding HoMedics Compact Pro Spa is a smart choice. The tub is designed to accordion closed so that it’s flat enough to fit inside a drawer.

    To prevent worries about stability, a metal bar locks the foot bath in the expanded position to prevent the tub from folding up after it has been filled with water. The bottom of the tub is covered in rounded nubs to aid in working the knots out of your tired feet and the unit has a vibration feature to further stimulate your feet.

    This foot spa is not meant to heat up room temperature water to hot, but it should keep hot water warm when turned on. The heating element in this one is pretty weak but for the price and being collapsible, it’s a trade-off. The main issue I have is that the on and off button is awkwardly located near the bottom.

  7. 7. Kendal All-In-One Foot Spa

    Pros:
    • Fits men’s size 14 shoe
    • Bubbles, vibration, and rollers
    • On locking wheels
    • Simple operation
    • Nice placement of features
    Cons:
    • Heat is touch and go
    • Setting knob repeats one program for some reason
    • No automatic rollers

    This foot spa took a unique approach by positioning their features much closer to where your feet go than other foot spas. The Kendal All-In-One has a bubble option and the jets that produce the bubbles are the little white dots in the middle of the grey circle at ball of the foot. There’s one on each side so it’s easy to position your feet so you’re getting the most out of your bubble massage.

    The heated water comes out of the sides of the center mound so there’s warmth flowing right up against your sore arches. I think it’s pretty genius. The foot spa also vibrates and has two infra-red lights which they say helps with circulation, but I’m not sure how much I buy that.

    It’s very simple to operate with a straight-forward dial that controls everything. There are four settings: off; heat and bubbles; heat, bubbles, vibration, and lights, and heat and bubbles a second time. I’m not sure why it repeats the heat and bubble setting but it does.

    The rollers on the arch of the foot are manual so they don’t move on their own. The tub is on wheels to move it around and the casters lock to keep it from moving when you don’t want it to. There’s a drainage hose on the side to make controlling the water easier but no handles so picking this one up isn’t as simple as others.

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  8. 8. Guisee All-In-One Foot Spa Massager

    Pros:
    • Unique motorized rotating shiatsu rollers
    • Fits a men’s 18 shoe size foot
    • Textured nubs and scrapers
    • Wheels, handle, and drainage tube
    • Bubbles
    Cons:
    • Heavy when full
    • Not water jets
    • Rollers too strong for some

    This foot bath takes a completely different approach to foot massage. Instead of rollers that spin, the Guisee All-in-One has four rollers that rotate.

    Having rotating massagers mimics the motions you would use if you were giving a foot massage by hand. Each roller has four smooth nubs that move across your feet in a circle, help to relieve tension.

    The foot spa also has bubbling action, infrared light to disinfect (dubious), medicine box for storing salts or herbs, and textured center for massaging or exfoliating your feet.

    Heat, along with the rest of the features, is controlled on the top with a digital readout and labeled buttons. It’s on wheels for ease of moving, but when full it can be heavy to lift.

  9. 9. Revlon’s Invigorating Pedicure Foot Spa

    Pros:
    • Affordable
    • Vibration, bubbles, and manual roller
    • Comes with pedicure tools
    Cons:
    • Heat isn’t great
    • Have to lift it to drain
    • No water jets

    If you’re on a budget and need something on the cheaper end of things, I’d recommend this Revlon Invigorating Pedicure Spa. It offers one manual roller in the center for working your arches, which is nice if the idea of having a roller under your sensitive feet all the time has put you off other foot spas.

    It also has a vibration feature, bubbles, and should maintain the temperature of hot water, but won’t heat up cold water itself. The heating on this one leaves a lot to be desired, but for the price, it’s hard to expect too much. There’s a removable pumice stone for ridding yourself of dead skin and a pedicure tool set including toenail clippers, scrub brush, and pedicure spacers.

According to some studies, around half of all jobs keep people on their feet for the majority of their workday. That's a lot of sore, tired feet in need of a foot bath. Prolonged standing can cause pain, swelling, inflammation, reduced circulation, and medical conditions like plantar fasciitis.

How to choose the foot spa that's right for you.

The most important question to ask is, "Does it have the features I want?" Not all foot spas will have all of these so make note of which ones are must-haves so you can more easily narrow down the list.

Common features of foot bath massagers.

Heated. Most foot spas are able to take room temperature water and bring it up to the perfect temperature for you. Others will have a maintenance heat coil that will keep the hot water you've added to the bath warm.

Jets. When we think of professional pedicure foot spas, we think of those jacuzzi jets. At this scale, those exact jets aren't possible, but some foot spas can reproduce those jets in a smaller form.

Waterfalls. This has a cascade of water that softly pours over your feet as they soak. Sound relaxing? It is.

Massage. A few models have motorized massage rollers and turn and rub your feet. You're able to control the pressure by how much you press down.

Rollers. More often you'll find foot spas with textured rollers similar to massage rollers, but they don't move on their own. These are great for moving the arches of you over especially if you have plantar fasciitis.

Foot baths are just one way to soothe sore feet. For more ideas, check out Very Well Health's How to Fix Your Aching Feet.

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