Easy to clean
Doesn’t maintain heat well
Center massager is rough on sensitive feet
Weak massaging nodes
Whether you’ve just finished running a marathon or finally punched out after a long day of work, a foot spa is a great way to destress. With vibrating nodes and heated water, the Conair Foot Spa promises a relaxing, full-foot massage, but does it deliver? We ordered one and tested it out for a few weeks to see. Keep reading for our assessment of the foot spa’s performance and decide for yourself if this is the at-home spa experience you need.
Setup Process: Nothing to it
Setting up the Conair Foot Spa couldn’t be easier since it ships almost fully assembled. Aside from finding a level, splash-friendly space to position it, all you have to do is snap the lavender splash guard onto the basin, plug it in, and fill it up with water (make sure you don’t surpass the MAX level indicator).
We liked how quickly we were able to set up this device. 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. Once you’re finished, emptying the water is a seamless process as the streamlined foot spa weighs just 4.7 pounds.
Design: Simple and easy to use
When it comes to foot spas, ease of use is key and Conair knows it. The brand’s vibrating foot spa is made of durable plastic and complete with a pearly white basin, lavender base, and splash guard. The splash guard effectively prevents water spillage, while the reservoir comfortably coddles your feet.
The device’s handy toe-touch control button allows you to turn the spa on and off with ease, while its 6-foot cord allows you to plug it in without straying far from the couch. The same button also allows you to activate vibrations. As previously mentioned, the foot spa is lightweight and easy to carry from room to room, but its 7.5 x 16.6 x 14.6-inch design does take up more space than expected. On a positive note, the device’s large footprint means it can accommodate shoe sizes up to a men’s 13.
The device’s handy toe-touch control button allows you to turn the spa on and off with ease, while its 6-foot cord allows you to plug it in without straying far from the couch.
Of course, the foot spa’s main design consideration is its 150 massaging nodes. There are three different types of nodes, so you can customize your massage by placing your feet in various areas. Soft, vibrating nodes grace the bottom of the foot spa; a pinpoint attachment (for extra-deep massage) rests in the middle of the purple plate above; and the splash guard features additional nodes so you can target your toes or heels.
Performance: Weak vibrations and no heat
To be honest, we were disappointed with how quickly our water-cooled—especially since Conair assured it’d keep our water warm. The scorching water we’d poured in was lukewarm before we got through one episode of The Good Place, which left our feet feeling like they were in a bad place. While this was annoying, the product listing does state that the foot spa is only intended to keep your water at its original temperature—so whether you put in cold, tepid, or hot water, the Conair won’t heat it. Rather, it’s supposed to just maintain your water temperature.
Between the Conair’s weak vibration and poor heating element, the spa isn’t good for much more than a soak.
Beyond the snafu with our water temperature, we also found the foot spa’s vibrations to be rather feeble. We were looking forward to a soothing massage, but we found the Conair unable to effectively massage the pads of our feet. We felt the overall basin pressure was weak, while the pinpoint massage attachment was too spiky and rough. We weren’t able to find much of a happy medium.
Between the Conair’s weak vibration and poor heating element, the spa isn’t good for much more than a soak. If that’s your main ask, though, you might not mind—especially if you add bath salts to make the experience a little more soothing.
Cleaning: Quick and easy
Aside from emptying the water from the basin, the Conair doesn’t require much in the way of cleaning. Wipe it dry with a towel or let it air dry, and be sure to stay away from harsh soaps and detergents. If you plan to use essential oils or fragrant salts while you soak, just keep in mind it’ll require a more thorough wipedown.
Aside from emptying the water from the basin, the Conair doesn’t require much in the way of cleaning.
Price: You get what you pay for
The Conair Foot Spa retails for just under $40 though at some online retailers, you can score it for as little as $25. While the foot spa doesn’t compare to high-end devices, its price is in line with its performance. If you’re looking for a basic foot spa that can support an occasional soak, it should do the trick.
Competition: Endless options
HoMedics Bubble Mate Foot Spa: The Bubble Mate Foot Spa proves strikingly similar to Conair’s device. It has a toe-touch power button, is roughly the same size, and retails for $25. Instead of vibrating nodes, this model is outfitted with water jets and it heats the water while you soak. There’s also a pumice stone in the center in lieu of Conair’s pinpoint massage attachment.
Arealer Foot Spa: If you’re willing to splash out on a device with more bells and whistles, Arealer’s $90 foot spa is a great option. The spa features automated rollers which move over your feet as you soak. You can also set your preferred temperature, enable bubble jets, and when you’re done, drain the water easily through the bottom of the device’s basin.
- Product Name Foot Spa with Vibration and Heat
- Product Brand Conair
- UPC FB3
- Price $36.99
- Weight 4.7 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 7.5 x 14.6 x 16.6 in.