Features are basic but get the job done
Foot massagers are manual
No vibration option
Bubble feature is lacking
Design of temperature button is misleading
Our feet are under constant pressure. Whether it be from walking in heels, running on the treadmill, or standing up at work all day, soreness is inevitable. Considering the sheer amount of time we spend on our feet, keeping them comfortable should be a top priority, right? The Art Naturals Foot Spa Massager is basic, but it delivers a pampering experience that won’t break the bank. Read on to see if this at-home foot massager is the right fit for you.
Setup Process: Easy as can be
Setting up the ArtNaturals Foot Spa Massager couldn’t be easier. We just filled it up, plugged it in, hit a few buttons, and were set. To get going, simply press your feet against the acupressure nodes, turn on the bubble function, or roll your feel on the built-in foot massagers. How you use it is really up to you. The temperature button allows you to set the water to your desired level of heat. The spa will make a noise, the digital display will show “SET,” and the red light will turn on once it fully heats up.
The temperature...held up well, and you can adjust it anywhere from 95° F to 118.4° F.
Performance: Almost there
We found the foot spa heats up fairly quickly, meaning we were able to enjoy a nice soak without too much time spent waiting. The temperature also held up well, and you can adjust it anywhere from 95° F to 118.4° F. The rollers and nodes are manual, so you’ll have to move your feet to enjoy them. While we found that they worked well, we do prefer models which incorporate motorized features as all you have to do is sit back and let them work. That said, the silver lining to this is that the spa operates quite silently.
Unfortunately, we found the bubble feature disappointing and far from the “whirlpool” described by ArtNaturals. Since the bubble distributors are right under the heels of your feet, you’ll block the flow of bubbles if you put any—and we mean any—pressure on them. This problem can be remedied by using the foot rollers or the acupressure nodes instead, but if you want to sit and soak for a few minutes without having to move your feet around, you won’t get the full effect of the bubble massage.
Design: A few minor flaws
The ArtNaturals Foot Spa Massager is designed with comfort in mind. The heating element is positioned close to the balls of the feet are, keeping it away from sensitive skin on the arch of the foot. It’s lightweight, so carrying it won’t be too hard, and the controls are sparse and easy to operate. The spa also comes with a little container to diffuse bath salts and bath bombs which was a nice and unexpected feature.
One minor hiccup? The digital thermostat displays in Celsius rather than Fahrenheit. While a quick internet search can easily convert temperatures for you, it’s a little annoying to have to pull out your phone mid-soak.
Unfortunately, we found the bubble feature disappointing and far from the “whirlpool” described by ArtNaturals.
We also found the up and down arrows on the temperature button to be deceiving. In reality, you can only make the temperature go up—and once it reaches its maximum point, hitting the button again will make it jump back to its minimum temperature. We’d prefer if the spa had separate up and down controls so if you accidentally overshoot it by one degree, you don’t have to hit the button a bunch of times to get back to where you were.
Storage and Upkeep: Not hard to manage
As for storing the spa, you can definitely leave it out in the open if you don’t have a linen closet or bathroom cabinet to tuck it in. Its soft pink coloring is subtle, so it won’t be an eyesore tucked into the corner. Because our bathroom is fairly small, we kept ours in a closet after wiping it dry. You’ll want to make sure you always wipe it down with a dry cloth so it doesn’t get moldy or mildewy between uses.
Setting up the ArtNaturals Foot Spa Massager couldn’t be easier.
Price: Affordable yet still high-quality
With a retail price of $59.99, the ArtNaturals Foot Spa Massager is quite inexpensive—especially considering it’s heated. It may not have the attachments or powered massage rollers of higher-end models, but it gets the job done well. For a one-time purchase, this foot spa is definitely worth the price.
Competition: More feature-rich (but expensive) options are out there
The point of a foot spa is to relieve soreness and keep your feet healthy. Both the ArtNaturals Foot Spa and its competitor—the Ivation Foot Spa Massager—do that, but which is better? The Ivation model retails for $80—roughly $20 more than the ArtNaturals spa. That buys you additional features like automatic rollers, a timer, attachments, and a quicker heating element. If you have the extra wiggle room in your budget and see yourself using the spa multiple times a month, we’d say go for the upgraded Ivation model. That said, if you don’t have the extra cash and won’t be using it all that often, the ArtNaturals foot spa can pamper your feet just as well with a slightly more manual process.
- Product Name Foot Spa Massager with Heat
- Product Brand ArtNaturals
- Price $59.99
- Weight 5.29 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 2.5 x 13 x 4.5 in.
- Warranty 1 year manufacturer