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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?

Grey foot spa with waterfall Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Roller and shiatsu massage
  • Waterfall massage
  • Great heat function
Price: $99.98 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Light blue and white foot spa Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Non-motorized rollers
  • Bubbles
  • Detachable massage plates
Price: $69.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Child's light up foot spa Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Cute child-sized option
  • Tiered waterfall
  • Includes sandals and foot soak
Price: $27.00 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Mint blue-green foot soaking tub with massagers Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Great heating element
  • Motorized pumice stone
  • Rolling massage rollers
Price: $79.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Faux wood pedicure spa Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Professional set up
  • Vibration and heat
  • On wheels
Price: $670.00 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
White and silver foot tub Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Bubbles and vibartion
  • Manual rollers
  • On wheels
Price: $149.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Purple Revlon foot tub Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Affordable
  • Vibratoin and bubbles
  • Manual rollers
Price: $58.96 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Red foot soaking tub Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Relaxing waterfall
  • Water jets and bubbles
  • Extra deep
Price: $172.06 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Purple Kendall foot spa Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Relaxing waterfall
  • Automatic roller massage
  • Remote control
Price: $173.98 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Our Unbiased Reviews
  1. 1. H&B Luxuries Foot Spa Massager

    • Soothing adjustable waterfall
    • Keeps water hot
    • Four shiatsu massage rollers
    • Two types of massage
    • No bubbles or vibration
    • No pumice stone
    • Small opening for legs

    The H&B Luxuries Foot Spa Massager bath takes a different approach to foot massage. In addition to two traditional rollers that spin, this one has four shiatsu rollers that rotate.

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

    The foot spa also has a relaxing waterfall action to soothe sore legs. This waterfall can be aimed in three different angles so you can get everything just how you want it. It also has a medicine box for storing salts or herbs and textured nubs 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.

    I like that the bottom plate detaches from the bath for easier cleaning.

  2. 2. Vivohome 6-in-1 Foot Massaging Spa

    • Good for sensitive feet
    • Easy clean massage plates
    • Keeps water hot
    • Affordable
    • No motorized massage
    • No drainage hose
    • Not on wheels

    Vivohome 6-in-1 Foot Massaging Spa is a good choice for people with sensitive feet who want some sort of massage but nothing too intensive. Many spas motorized rollers or small spiky nubs at the bottom of the basin provide the deep massage that many folks want, but some feet are a little too tender for that kind of pressure and prefer light massage.

    This spa has two sets of 11 tiny wheels with smooth, round bumps which are free-moving, meaning they only move if you move them. You can control the pressure and movement so it can melt away the tension without feeling rough. There are other nubs on the base of the tub but they are significantly larger and domed compared to other models with pointy nubs.

    If even that is too much, the two massage wheel plates detach from the floor of the tub for easy cleaning.

    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 are bubbles but they don’t create a ton of massage.

    It has a thick carrying handle that assists in moving the tub where you want it–and you’ll need it because this one isn’t on wheels. If you’re not up to carrying a couple gallons of water, then you’ll want to splurge for a spa on wheels.

  3. 3. Massaging Foot Spa for Kids

    • Great for mom-daughter spa day
    • Adorable kid's version that works
    • Massaging rollers, waterfall, and pumice stone
    • Comes with fun accessories
    • Not great quality and won't last
    • Requires C batteries
    • Odds are your kid will spill water

    Have a fun group spa day together by getting your little one their very own Massaging Foot Spa for Kids. Children love to copy adults (that’s why they love kid’s kitchen set toys so much) so if you like unwinding after work with a good foot soak, maybe your little ones would like to join you. Plus that keeps their little feet out of your own foot spa and in their own.

    This clever little toy delivers many of the same features as adult foot spas. It has a cascading tiered waterfall, pumice stone (not that kids’ feet really need it), free-moving massaging rollers, color-changing lights, and bubbles (though this function isn’t that noticeable.) You also get a pair of spa sandals, pedicure toe spacers, and four packets of scented foot soak. One missing key highlight is a heating element but that’s for the best when it comes to children’s toys.

    Before you pick this up, you’ll want to be thoughtful about where you’ll want to plan your spa day as there’s a decent chance your kid is going to spill some water. This is made more likely by the rollers that are positioned on top of the bath instead of at the bottom of the basin. Too much pressure there could tip the bath over. It runs on three C batteries (not included).

    If a little kid’s pedicure spa seems weird to you, they even make fully plumbed kid-sized pedicure thrones with prices themes and everything.

  4. 4. Belmint Massaging Soaking Tub

    • Motorized massage
    • Spinning pumice stone
    • Actually keeps water hot
    • User-friendly controls
    • Not on wheels
    • Can get too warm for some
    • Bubbles are only in one area

    If the key feature you’re looking for is a hot soak for your sore feet, take a closer look at the Belmint Massaging Soaking Tub. It has an effective heating element that can keep water at temperatures between 95 and 118 degrees Fahrenheit. (For best results, all foot spas recommend starting with warm to hot water instead of adding cold water and trying to heat it up with this little heater.)

    Beyond the tension-melting heating, this little bath offers powered massage with six powered low-profile nubbed rollers that are good for more sensitive feet. Stimulating bubbles spring up from two spots by the toes and the bottom of the basin has massaging nubbins as well. 

    The most unique feature this spa has is that the central pumice stone rotates along with the massage rollers. Instead of having to scrub at your own feet (and risk splashing), you can just rest your callused heels on the spinning pumice stone and it can gently exfoliate. 

    The Belmint tub doesn’t come on wheels so if you need to avoid lifting, this won’t be the spa for you.

  5. 5. Continuum PediCute Portable Foot Spa

    • 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
    • Large
    • Shallow basin
    • No water jets

    The PediCute is a very different look than the other foot spas on this list–it also fits into the portable pedicure chairs and stations category. 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. Kendal All-In-One Foot Spa

    • Fits men’s size 14 shoe
    • Bubbles, vibration, and rollers
    • On locking wheels
    • Simple operation
    • Nice placement of features
    • 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.

  7. 7. Revlon’s Invigorating Pedicure Foot Spa

    • Affordable
    • Vibration, bubbles, and manual roller
    • Comes with pedicure tools
    • 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.

  8. 8. Carepeutic Ozone Waterfall Foot & Leg Spa

    • 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
    • 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.

  9. 9. Kendal Waterfall Deep Leg & Foot Spa

    • Much deeper than others
    • Great heating
    • Automatic rollers, bubbles, and waterfall
    • Comes with remote
    • On lockable wheels
    • Easy drain hose
    • 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.

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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