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Heading to the spa or nail salon for a pedicure isn't always an option, so the next best solution is purchasing a foot spa. It's a quick way to pamper your feet and save quite a bit of money. Even if you don't have a ton of space or your budget is limited, that doesn't have to stop you. You can absolutely find a foot spa that not only works for your wallet but also the needs of your feet (like soreness) and stores away easily when not in use.
"The jets, heat, and vibration of these machines can help by soothing mild aches, increasing circulation, and just providing comfort and relaxation," says podiatrist and Vionic Innovation Lab Member, Dr. Jackie Sutera.
Here are the best foot spas to pamper your feet.
Best Overall: Kendal All-in-One Foot Spa Bath
Size: 17 x 13 x 10 in. | Weight: 5.3 lb. | Heated: Yes
Great for larger feet
Comes in two colors
Anti-slip rubber feet
Water can get really hot
A well-rated foot spa that has a lot of bells and whistles is great for anyone who wants to pamper their feet and do so quite often. This option from Kendal has removable massage rollers for both feet and three different modes to activate the vibration massage, soothing bubbles, or heat therapy.
While some foot spas only maintain the temperature of the water, this one actually heats the water up. This Kendal spa can truly be used however you want depending on how much relief your feet need.
Best Budget: Conair Foot Pedicure Spa with Soothing Vibration Massage
Size: 7.5 x 14.6 x 16.6 in. | Weight: 11.2 oz. | Heated: No
Easy to clean
The Conair Foot Spa with Vibration is an incredibly affordable product that’s perfect for soaking and massaging tired feet. It doesn’t have a heating unit, so you have to start out with hot water in the tub. However, it will maintain the temperature of your water, letting you soak for a longer period without getting chilly.
Once you plug in the spa, the toe-touch control activates the vibration. Also, in the center of the foot bath is a massage attachment so you can really pinpoint any tense areas on your feet and melt the tension away. Our tester loved how easy, and practically non-existent, the setup was out of the box. And the long cord and toe-touch button were convenient.
"If you’re like us, the last thing you want to do when you’re tired is fuss with your foot spa. The Conair requires little effort—just pull it out, fill it up, grab a towel, and sit back and soak."—Linnea Covington, Product Tester
Best for Athletes: HoMedics Bubble Spa Elite Footbath
Size: 14.75 x 15.5 x 6.75 in. | Weight: 4.8 lb. | Heated: Yes
Removable pedicure attachments
Not great for larger feet
Athletes tend to put their feet through grueling workouts, which is why many use foot spas to relax their muscles at the end of the day. If you’re active or even just have a job that keeps you on your feet, the HoMedics Elite Footbath is worth adding to your cart.
The bottom contains a seagrass surface that massages feet and when paired with the jets, that's a winning combo for relaxation. If you add cold water, it warms up in a matter of minutes and maintains the temperature throughout. There's a handy toe-touch control so you no longer have to bend down to change any of the settings. Other convenient features include a carrying handle and splash guard.
Best Compact Design: Eternal Collapsible Foot Spa
Size: 8.4 x 16 x 19.5 in. | Weight: 2.42 lb. | Heated: No
Can add epsom salt
No jets or heat
If you don't have a place to store a bulky foot spa, it can discourage you from purchasing one. That's why a collapsible version is great when your space or storage is limited. But the compact size (it's just 3 inches thick when folded) does mean you're sacrificing some function.
The bottom of the tub has four massage rollers and the non-slip legs keep the bath secure when it's in use. Though this item doesn’t feature a heating element, the thicker material has a slow heat dissipation. Once you’re done using the foot spa, collapse the sides and carry it by the handle to store under your bed, in a closet, or under your sink.
Best for Pedicures: REVLON Invigorating Pedicure Foot Spa
Size: 7.1 x 14.3 x 17 in. | Weight: 4 lb. | Heated: No
Easy one-button control
Quality massage rollers
Water can cool down quickly
A great, warm foot spa can be the start to a perfect pedicure, and this one from Revlon includes everything you'll need to get your toes in top shape. It features the usual foot spa qualities, including a Smart Heat technology that maintains the water's temperature.
Place your feet on the textured bottom and start the bubbles for a relaxing experience, or switch it up by using the rolling massager in the center. But the added bonus of this Revlon foot spa is a removable pumice stone to slough off any dead skin and a five-piece pedicure kit that includes clippers and toe separators.
Best Basic: Basicwise Foot Massage Spa Bath Bucket with Cover
Size: 12 x 12 x 14 in. | Weight: 2.09 lb. | Heated: No
High walls for minimal spills
Easy carrying handle
Takes up a lot of space
At first glance, this just looks like a bucket. However, it's more than that. If you don't want to spend a ton on a foot spa or you know you'll rarely use it, here's an option that still gets the job done.
The bucket features six massage rollers on the bottom. Also, because there are no jets, you can safely add Epsom salt without worrying about them clogging the system. At 12 inches high and with a rather wide splash guard, you can fill the spa with quite a bit of water without worrying about any spills. The convenient handle makes the bucket easy to carry from place to place.
What to Look for in a Foot Spa
The most relaxing foot soaks require, at a minimum, a tub of hot water. Many of the foot spas on the market keep your water hot through a heating unit, while more basic models don’t.
Some foot spas have amazing features, but they tend to take up a lot of space. If you know your storage space is limited, double-check all measurements, and opt for a foot spa that can fit under a bed or on a closet shelf. Some of the more basic models are even collapsible, making them perfect for small spaces.
Jets and bubbles can be loud and may disrupt your experience if you plan to use your foot spa while relaxing in front of the TV. If noise is an issue for you, look for an option with massagers instead of jets.
Are foot spas and foot massagers the same thing?
Foot spas and foot massagers are not the same. A spa will typically involve immersing your feet in water, and there may be heated elements, rollers, and more. A foot massager has a heated function that tends to tired feet with massage or kneading motions and may not use water.
Are all foot spas heated?
Not all foot spas have heating elements. Some can help maintain the heat of the water and others can actually be activated to warm the water up. Be sure to determine if your foot spa actually increases the temperature. And some basic foot spas don't heat the water or maintain its temperature.
Can you add epsom salt to foot spas?
It's always best to read the manual that comes with your foot spa. For some of the simpler designs, especially those that don't have any jets, it's okay to add Epsom salt or soothing essential oils to the water. However, excessive amounts of products or build-up can interfere with the efficiency of some foot spa jets. "While salt does provide general soothing, it can also dry out the skin, so use with caution if this is part of a regular routine. Adding oil to the bath can keep feet from drying out," suggests Dr. Damian Roussel, a podiatrist at The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. She loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. She researched foot spas to suit a range of budgets, as well as those that have useful features and can accommodate space limitations.
To select the best foot spas, Williams also consulted with medical experts in the field. Dr. Jackie Sutera, DPM, is a board-certified podiatrist and member of the Vionic Innovation Lab. Dr. Damian Roussel, DPM and FACFAS, is a board-certified podiatrist at The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics.