- I found the bubbles to be extremely relaxing
- Vibration function relieves tension
- Definitely a bargain!
- The heater is quite ineffective
- It’s quite flimsy
- I’d like extra depth for more water
Just the other day, a group of us were lucky enough to get our hands on a shiny new plaything: Dr. Scholl’s Invigorating Pedicure Foot Spa.
Dr. Scholl’s actually has a reputation as an orthopedic specialist, primarily focusing on shoe supports and the like. As relieving foot pain is one of the main benefits of foot spas, Dr. Scholl’s and foot spas seem to go hand in hand, so we were eager to try it out.
Now, Dr. Scholl’s only operate at the lower end of the foot spa market, and as a result it lacks some of the bells and whistles that you’d find in the premium foot spas. However, for the price you’re getting a very good foot spa, and the Dr. Scholl’s is perhaps the best budget option available. You can check out more foot spa reviews here.
Want to know why we think so highly of it? Read on!
Appearance and Size
There’s definitely nothing flashy about it, but we all thought the Dr. Scholl’s was easy on the eye; the clean purple and white color scheme fits the feel of the product nicely. In terms of the construction, it’s not the strongest spa we’ve tested, but many models from direct competitors were far less robust.
Now, Dr. Scholl’s specifically markets this foot spa as “For Her”. With that in mind, it’s clearly designed to fit a smaller, female foot. Knowing this, the size of the spa is perfectly adequate — we all managed to fit out feet in with no issues whatsoever! However, if your feet are on the larger size (at an estimate, size 11 upwards), you should probably consider looking elsewhere.
We did have one complaint, though: this foot bath is rather shallow.
We’re all in agreement that we’d rather a spa be too deep than too shallow, and this spa is definitely a little too shallow. It’s not shallow enough to cause major problems, but we would like a little more depth.
Now, if you’ve ever read our reviews of the other foot spas at the lower end of the market you’d know that a constant source of frustration for us is heating elements that barely function.
With the Dr. Scholl’s this isn’t the case.
Admittedly, the heater isn’t going to win any awards, but at least it does do its job to some extent! Now, if you’re expecting this heating element to turn cold water hot, you’re going to be waiting a long, long time (probably forever!) — it’s definitely not that powerful. However, it does a really good job of maintaining heat. If you like a long soak, you can spend a long time in this foot spa without needing to re-heat the water.
All in all, everyone agreed that the Dr Scholl’s came with the best “budget” heating element, and one that could easily rival one or two more expensive models.
Bubbles and Vibration
You’re able to mix in any soaps, salts, and soaks you want; the bubbles mix it into the water fantastically well, and really add to the relaxing experience. It’s only recommended you leave the machine on for 20 minutes (or risk burning out the motor), which was a great shame as I could have enjoyed this setting much longer. However, after resting the motor for a few minutes, you can turn things back on.
Personally, I’m a big fan of the massage function on machines like this. I suffer with aches and pains in my feet, and love nothing more than having a good foot massage to ease the tension. When done well, the vibrations of a foot spa can go some way to replicating the benefits of a massage, helping to soothe the muscles in my feet. The good news is that the Dr. Scholl’s performed very well when we tested out the massager. It wasn’t the most intense I’ve ever felt, but was easily strong enough to release some of my tension.
We’ve already discussed that Dr. Scholl’s sees this as a female foot spa and, as such, they’ve included some feminine treats! There’s a little pedicure kit which, whilst not of the highest quality, is a nice little touch.
There’s a roller in the center, which you can run your feet over to deliver a focused massage to specific parts of the foot — this is great for your arches! Usually these are found on either side at the bottom of the basin, so it was interesting to see it positioned elsewhere. The response was favorable, and because the rolling massager isn’t as deep in the water, it makes it easier to use. These things are never perfect, but Dr. Scholl’s have definitely done a good job.
Finally there’s a removable pumice stone — every foot spa these days seem to include one! It’s good for exfoliation, and, with the strong focus on using it as a pedicure spa, it’s unsurprising that the pumice stone is of good quality.
Having tested everything out, we started discussing whether we thought the price was a fair reflection of the product.
Let’s get this straight people: this spa is a steal!
In terms of outright performance, the Dr. Scholl’s can’t compete with the top end home foot spas — and it would be unreasonable to expect it to — but when you compare it with its direct competition, it really is a good spa.
The heater is decent, the bubbles and the massaging vibrations are great, and the extra little touches added to an already excellent product.
Value for money? Absolutely.
Overall everyone thought very highly of the Dr. Scholl’s foot spa. In my opinion, it is by far the best foot spa at the budget end of the spectrum.
Are there better spas out there? Of course. But those spas typically cost around two or three times the price. With this in mind, Dr Scholl’s is doing exceptionally well for the price. In fact, I’d go as far as saying it’s the best value foot spa on the market in 2015.
If you’re looking for a great, cheap foot spa I’d go with the Dr Scholl’s every time.
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