Best foot massager 2022: chill out and give your feet a treat

Soothe aching muscles and boost circulation, with the best foot massagers on the market today.

Woman sat on the sofa with her feet in the Beurer FM90, one of the best foot massagers
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The best foot massagers might cost a bit of money, but they really are worth it. Perfect at the end of a long day, they help sore feet recover faster, and are good for circulation, too. 

Foot massagers shouldn't be confused with the best foot spas. The latter can be a bit of a faff, as you need to fill them with water then empty and clean them afterwards, Instead, foot massagers use a variety of methods to treat your feet, including rollers, heat, vibration, air compression and even electro muscle stimulation (EMS).

If you're after similar treatment for your back, take a look at our best massage chair ranking, while our general best massager guide covers a range of use cases. Otherwise, read on for our pick of the best foot massagers 2022. We explain what each has to offer, and give you the facts and figures to choose between them.

The best foot massagers 2022 ranked

Beurer FM90 Foot Massager product shot on white backgroundT3 Best Buy badge

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The best foot massager overall

Specifications

Types of massage: Shiatsu, air pressure, heat
Max shoe size: UK12
Weight: not stated
Warranty: 3 years

Reasons to buy

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Multiple massage cycles
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Air compression option
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Soothing heat function

Reasons to avoid

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Not the cheapest
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Air cycles are a bit noisy

It's not the cheapest, but boy oh boy is the Beurer FM90 a dream to use. A worthy holder of our best foot massager crown, this gadget serves up multiple Shiatsu massage options, with variable intensity, comfortable cushioning and optional heat. 

The standout though is the air compression option that's ultra-soothing, if a little noisy. The slightly odd looking black half-dome is suitable up to a UK12, and includes an easy to use control panel. For tired toes, this in an investment you won't regret. Head to our Beurer FM90 foot massager review for more. 

Homedics Dual Shiatsu Foot Massager with HeatT3 Approved badge

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The best affordable foot massager

Specifications

Types of massage: Shiatsu, heat
Max shoe size: N/A (LxWxH 35x12x30.5cm)
Weight : 2.7kg
Warranty : 3 years

Reasons to buy

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Variable intensity
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Control with your toe!
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Effective heat function

Reasons to avoid

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Only two programmes
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Only massages your soles

If you're on a tighter budget, the best foot massager for you might be this Homedics Dual Shiatsu one. This one focuses on soothing your soles, with two rotating massagers per foot, each with three massage heads, which ease away your aches. 

While there aren't hundreds of options to explore, you can amp the intensity up or down, and there's an ultra-soothing heat function for chilly days. Plus, it's designed to be controlled with your big toe, so you don't even need to bend down to turn it on or off! You'll find more info in our Homedics Dual Shiatsu Foot Massager review.

Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager

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3. Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager

The best foot massager if money's no object

Specifications

Types of massage: Shiatsu, heat
Max shoe size: UK12
Weight : 9.9kg
Warranty : Not stated

Reasons to buy

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Premium product
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Very flexible
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Wide range of functions

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive
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Heavy

Got a lot of cash burning a hole in your pocket? The Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager may be expensive, but it is a real Rolls Royce option. 

This foot, ankle and leg massager uses a deep kneading Shiatsu technique, combined with heat, to improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, stimulate muscle recovery and provide pain relief. 

There are three levels of intensity, from gentle to strong, and you can choose from five modes; a rolling massage, compression therapy, a sway function to loosen joints, heat therapy, or the quiet mode for relaxation. A moveable bar allows you put it in multiple positions for soothing your feet, ankles and calves. And it's programmable at 15-minute intervals.

Aside from the eye-watering price, the only downside is that it's quite heavy at nearly 10kg, which isn't so great for moving around the home.

TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager RollerT3 Approved badge


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4. TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller

The best manual foot massager

Specifications

Types of massage: manual rolling
Max shoe size: N/A
Weight: 720g
Warranty: no

Reasons to buy

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Cheap and easy to use
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Fits any shoe size
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Doesn't require power

Reasons to avoid

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You do all the work

Here's a reminder that you don't necessarily need an electronic device to massage your feet. This cheap and effective wooden device is purely mechanical, and features 10 independent rollers cleverly designed to hit the pressure points on your feet. Simply run your feet over them, to knead away knots and tension. 

Lightweight and portable, you can take this device anywhere and never need to worry about plugging it in. There's not really much to it beyond that, which is reflected in the price. But it is surprisingly effective as long as you're prepared to put the work in, earning it a deserved place amongst our best foot massager picks.

Person using a Theragun mini to limber up before a workout

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The best massage gun for feet

Specifications

Types of massage: precision massage
Max shoe size: N/A
Weight: 635g
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Small and portable
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150-minute battery life
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Good for neck massages

Reasons to avoid

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Not pocket-sized

A massage gun allows you to precision-massage specific parts of your feet that are causing you problems, as well as anywhere else on your body that needs attention. Our favourite option is the Theragun Mini which, as the name suggests, is nicely compact, portable, and light. 

It's easy to operate, with just one button, and when applied carefully, can help you stimulates the muscles around your feet, boost circulation, soothe tension and potentially reduce foot pain. It's not really aimed at athletes, but would be suitable for anyone who doesn't exercise much and works at a desk. Read our Theragun Mini review to learn more.

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6. Snailax Foot Warmer

The best vibration and heat foot massager

Specifications

Types of massage: vibration massage, heat
Max shoe size: 12
Weight: 1kg
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Use on other body parts
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2-year warranty
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Low price

Reasons to avoid

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No kneading

Next up in our best foot massager list is the Snailax Foot Warmer with Massage. While this device doesn't come with rollers, it does offer a combination of vibration and heat to revive your feet. There are five vibration massage modes, you can turn the heat on and off, and the device automatically switches off after 15 minutes. Note that the vibration is pretty subtle, so if you're looking to give your feet an intensive workout, you'll be better off looking elsewhere on this list. 

On the plus side, you can remove the detachable top cover, and use it as a vibration/heat pad for other parts of your body, including your back, neck, and legs. We also like the non-slip rubber bottom, which does a good job of keeping it in place, and the fact it comes with a two-year warranty.

Revitive Advanced Circulation BoosterT3 Approved badge


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7. Revitive Advanced Circulation Booster

The best EMS foot massager

Specifications

Types of massage: electro muscle stimulation
Max shoe size: N/A
Weight: 1.4kg
Warranty : 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Electro muscle stimulation
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Use on other body parts
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Fits any shoe size

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

The Revitive Advanced Circulation Booster offers something that none of the other devices on this list include: electro muscle stimulation (EMS). Basically, it emits electrical pulses that contract your muscles and help boost circulation. For this reason, it should not be used by anyone pregnant, anyone being treated for deep vein thrombosis or anyone fitted with an electronic implant, such as a pacemaker.

The manufacturers recommend you use it for at least 30 minutes a day and it couldn't be easier to do so. Simply place your bare feet on the footpads and let it do its work. You can choose between 15 stimulation waveforms, using the included remote control, to get the right intensity for your needs. Plus, the device also comes with Electrode Body Pads that let you target other areas of the body, such as the lower back, shoulders, arms, thighs and knees. 

Best foot spas: InvoSpa Shiatsu Foot Massager


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8. InvoSpa Shiatsu Foot Massager

The best dry foot spa

Specifications

Types of massage: infrared, air compression, shiatsu
Max shoe size: 12
Weight: 3.5kg
Warranty : 1 year

Reasons to buy

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3 massage modes
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Quiet in use
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Sit back and relax

Reasons to avoid

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May be too gentle for some

The best foot spas offer a relaxing way to soothe and wash your feet at the same time. But it can be a bit of a hassle filling them up, then emptying them, then clean them out afterwards. Plus there's the risk of spillage, and if you're on a water meter, an extra cost too. 

That's why dry foot spas were invented, offering all the advantages of being able to sit back and let the machine do the work, without any of the chores. And our favourite is the InvoSpa Shiatsu Foot Massager. Stick your feet in the two holes, and it will use a combination of infrared therapy, air compression, and shiatsu kneading to massage them. 

You get a choice of three massage modes: deep kneading with rolling and pressing; reverse deep kneading with rolling and pressing; and air compression alone. Whichever you choose it's very effective, and surprisingly quiet. Plus when the foot cover starts to smell, you can remove it and clean it in your washing machine.

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9. Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager

Another good value foot massager

Specifications

Types of massage: kneading, heat
Shoe size: 12
Weight: 3.5kg
Warranty : 1 year

Reasons to buy

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18 nodes
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Deep kneading

Reasons to avoid

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No air compression
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Only 1 year warranty

The Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager doesn't offer air compression, but it does deliver a lovely deep-kneading foot massage experience, with heat, in one affordably priced device. Massage is delivered via 18 deep-kneading nodes that target acupuncture points on your foot to help stimulate blood flow and relieve stress. And it couldn't be easier to use. Just press the centrally-placed button (which is angled towards you, so you can operate it with your toes) and put your feet in. 

When hot, the button is red; to turn the heat off, press the button again and it will turn blue. There's a removable and washable cloth cover, and the mesh insert is made of a comfortable, breathable fabric that feels nice on your feet. There aren't any super-clever features here, but given the price, it's still pretty impressive.

Tom May is a freelance writer and author of the book, Great Ted Talks: Creativity. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella.