Shiatsu foot massagers are an excellent way to provide a relaxing and passive massage to the soles of your feet.

After a busy day on your feet at work or after going for a run, using a foot massager while you unwind on the couch is a great way to relax and soothe sore and tired feet.

As with many electric massage products, foot massagers provide both a stimulating shiatsu style massage as well as a soothing heat function should you require.

Shiatsu foot massagers are very easy to use and in many cases simply require you to place your feet on top of, or inside the device. Many feature a very easy to use interface on the outer shell and with the touch of a button you can then sit back and relax while the massager does its job.

Most foot massagers also come with a wireless remote control so you can change programmes, intensities and settings without any effort.

General pricing and buyer ratings

You will often find with most electric massage products that there are often a number of products that are considered exceptional, while the rest tend to leave a lot to be desired.

However, when it comes to foot massagers, it is actually quite surprising how many of them are very well rated. This is even true for the majority of budget options available.

In fact one of the most popular and best foot massagers listed below costs around $60, making it a very accessible option for all!

Generally speaking Shiatsu foot massagers tend to start of at around $50 for the most budget options. And as we have already mentioned many of the massagers in this lower price bracket are considered to be very good for the price.

If we we take the 5 shiatsu foot massagers listed below and work out the average price it is roughly $140. The majority of foot massagers tend to fall into the $50 – $150 price range.

Top 5 Recommended Foot Massagers

Best Low Priced Option

Nekteck Shiatsu Foot Massager

    • 6 massage heads
    • 18 massage nodes
    • Optional heat function
    • Easy to use interface
    • Dimensions: 40.5 x 36.5 x 12 cm
    • Power Supply: 120V/50~60Hz
    • Weight: 3.3 kg
    • Height adjustable to 3 levels
    • Portable design
    • Build in adapter
    • Not Cordless
    • Overheat protection – Do not use for 20+ minutes

The Nekteck Shiatsu foot massager is a fairly high quality foot massager at an incredibly reasonable price.

It is however worth pointing out that due to the low price of the unit, this massager does not offer a great range of settings or customization.

The Nekteck foot massager features an on/off switch on the side of the unit and just the one operation button under the clearly marked areas for feet placement. Once the switch has been set to “on” you simply push the power button once to start the 6 rotating massage heads and press it again to trigger the heating function.

Despite the lack of settings and adjust-ability, this foot massager has still gained a huge amount of positivity with tons of glowing reviews. In fact, many praise this unit so much that they consider it to be a better option over certain units that are double the price.

The vast majority consider the massage function and the heat functionality to be excellent, however it may take a little getting used to.

As with many electric massage products when you first use them they can be a little uncomfortable and this is certainly what many users find with this unit. The initial discomfort can however be eased by wearing socks or by applying less pressure when you first start out. Also it is (for many) better to have a massager that is too powerful over one that is too weedy and ineffective.

After a bit of perseverance many find that the massage capabilities of the Nekteck foot massager exceed their expectations, providing more soothing relief that they could have ever imagined.

If you are on a tight budget the Nekteck foot massager is one of the best low priced options available, as well as one of the most popular.

It looks great while providing a strong massage and has a more than adequate heat function. Also the Necteck customer service department appear to be very helpful to anyone who experiences any issues.

Overall this is a great choice, especially for those who are on their feet all day and are not looking to spend a great deal of cash.

  • 5 adjustable pressure levels
  • Deep kneading, vibration, rolling and heat functions
  • Portable design
  • Removable washable covers
  • 2 independent foot chambers
  • 2 wireless remote controls included
  • Not cordless
  • Easy to use control panel
  • Air pressure function
  • Fits up to size 12
  • 15 minute auto shut off
  • Weighs 12 lbs
  • Dimensions: 43 x 40 x 20 cm
  • 1 year warranty

With hundreds of positive reviews and a great variety of features, the Miko Shiatsu foot massager is a perfect option for anyone looking for a slightly more advanced foot massager.

Rather than placing your feet on top of this foot massager it features two independent foot chambers to provide a relaxing massage to the sides and soles of the feet. When the feet are contained in these chambers you also have the option to apply air pressure to all areas of the foot.

Unfortunately if you are larger than a size 12 shoe size this foot massager will not be suitable for you due to the chamber size.

The Mika foot massager is fairly customizable to suit the users preference and offers 5 adjustable pressure levels for those who appreciate a more intense experience. It is however recommended that when you first start using the massager that you use it on the lowest pressure setting until you become more accustomed to the unit.

You can operate the Mika foot massager via the touch panel situated on top of the massage unit.

Or you have the option of using one of the 2 battery powered wireless remote controls that are included (along with the batteries) with the massager to adjust your massage preferences without the need to bend down. This allows you to control the strength of the massage and the massage type. As well as apply heat should you require.

The cloth which lines the foot compartments can also be removed and washed when necessary. The unit is powered using a standard plug in power socket.

Overall opinion on this feature packed foot massager is a little mixed. However the majority seem to agree that it does an excellent job.

The main complaints regarding this particular foot massager are generally to do with the strength of the massage, as many find it a bit painful even on the lowest intensity setting. This is however generally experienced by most who use any sort of foot massager and most models are going to take a little getting used to.

Others are disappointed about the uneven distribution of pressure when using this machine. Stating it doesn’t do a great job of covering the entire sole of the foot, focusing less on the heels and arches.

Despite there being some negativity from some users, the Mika is still one of the most popular foot massagers currently on the market.

In addition to this, the positive reviews do significantly outweigh those that are negative. We would however recommend you take a look at the reviews for yourself by following the link in the product title.

  • Easy to use control panel
  • Fits up to size 12 feet
  • 5 Massage modes
  • Intensity control
  • 15 minute auto shut off
  • Not cordless
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Heat function
  • Air compression
  • Portable design
  • 2 independent foot chambers
  • Weighs 10 lbs
  • Dimensions: 13 x 7.9 x 15″

There are plenty of similar Shiatsu foot massagers on the market that have the same overall design and features as the Bodessy massage unit.

However, very few have the consistently high ratings that this well priced foot massager has gained.

The Bodessy shiatsu foot massager is fairly similar in design to the other chamber style foot massagers on this list. It gives you a choice of 5 massage modes which offer a combination of heat, air compression and the type of foot massage such as rolling or shiatsu.

In addition to this you can control the length of the massage and the intensity settings to suit your individual preference.

You can adjust the settings by using the button style control panel situated at the top of the unit, or use the included remote control to adjust your massage preferences without the need to bend down.

So why is this shiatsu foot massager a good option?

When you look at the buyer reviews on similar foot massagers you often find loads of users stating the massage is too intense for their liking and some who even find it painful.

This is not the case with this Bodessy foot massage unit and many consider the massage pressure and intensity settings to be much better for comfort when compared to other models.

In addition to this The Bodessy foot massager does a great job of massaging the whole length of the foot. Whereas some other models of this type, seem to apply too much pressure to some areas and not enough to others.

Overall the Bodessy is fairly well priced and has a good range of features and customization available, making it a very good option to consider.

So far this shiatsu foot massager has not received any real negativity from buyers and for this reason it is certainly worth a look.

  • Easy to use control panel
  • Fits up to size 12 feet
  • 5 Massage modes
  • Intensity control
  • 3 kneading intensity settings
  • 3 air pressure settings
  • Not cordless
  • Wireless remote control not included in standard package
  • Heat function
  • Portable design
  • 2 foot chambers
  • Weighs 8.5 lbs
  • Dimensions: L 16.8 x W 15.3 x H 9.8 “
  • 12 months guarantee

With the option of 3 kneading intensity options and the 3 air intensity options the Renpho shiatsu foot massager provides plenty of customization. There is also the option to add heat and change the timer setting from 15 to 30 minutes in duration.

As with the two previous foot chamber style foot massagers in this list, the Renpho has removable and washable cloth cover inserts and is powered by a standard electrical cable.

One minor downside with this particular unit is however, that the remote control is not included in the standard package. You can opt for the remote control package although it does cost around $20 more.

The control panel is easy to use and very easy to access. You can even adjust the settings using your toes should you opt for the package without the remote control.

The Renpho massage unit has all of the features you would generally expect from a foot massager in this sort of price range. It is however the positive and fairly consistent ratings that make this particular massage unit really stand out from the crowd.

Many users are incredibly happy with the massage intensities on offer from this particular massager and love the customization that is available.

As with the majority of foot chamber massage units, many find it a little uncomfortable to start with, especially without socks on. However after a little getting used to the lower intensities, many work their way up to the higher settings without any issue.

Overall the Renpho is an excellent choice of foot massager that has many users stating it is the closest you will get to having a foot massage provided by a professional masseuse. It does a great job of massaging the whole length of the foot and can also reach other areas of the feet such as the sides.

The only real let down of the Renpho foot massager is the fact you have to pay extra for the remote control to be included. Although even if you do opt for the remote control package the total cost is still fairly reasonable in comparison to similar units.

Foot, Leg and Calf Massager

Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot and Leg Massager

  • Horizontal or angular use
  • Angle adjustment bar
  • Heat function
  • Vibration function
  • Intensity control settings
  • 4 massage modes
  • rolling ball massagers
  • Massages feet, toes, ankles, calves and legs
  • Not cordless
  • Weighs 22 lbs
  • Dimensions: 22 x 11 x 17.7 “
  • No hassle 100% guarantee refund policy

The Cloud Massage foot and leg massager is an outstanding product that offers some very nice and useful features, especially when compared to the majority of other foot massagers on the market currently.

The most unique feature of this foot and leg massage unit has to be the angular support stand which allows you to position the massage unit at the angle you require. You can of course also use the unit on a flat horizontal surface also should you wish.

The angle adjustment support allows you to sit in different positions while receiving the massage, unlike other foot massage units where you may need to be sat more upright.

The other main difference between the Cloud Massage massager is that it can be used on other areas of the lower leg region, making it a very versatile piece of kit.

The foot and leg massager has an easy to use button interface that allows to to add heat and adjust the massage mode. You can also change the massage intensity and the vibrate function can be switched on or off.

The massage unit comes complete with an easy to follow user guide and even though the buttons are not labelled on the actual unit, you will soon get to know each of their functions from reading the user guide and from using the unit.

As you would probably expect, this unique massage unit has gained some great reviews from buyers and many find it to be an incredibly effective unit.

The range of motion offered by the angular adjustment bar is a stand out feature that many users love and the customization on offer is also excellent.

If you are prepared to spend a little extra, the Cloud Massage foot and leg massager is a very nice unit that has many features that are simply not found on the majority of other foot massage products.

Buying tips and things to look out for

Features and Price

The features on a foot massager often go hand in hand with the price.

You will usually find that lower priced foot massagers cost between $40 – $60 and these are generally the style of foot massager that you rest your feet upon. A good example of this style of foot massager is the Nekteck massage unit (first listed above).

Feet massagers in this price range often don’t have any massage settings or customization, they do however generally have a heat function. Most foot massage units of this style simply require you to place your feet upon the massage pads and press a button to start the massage motors.

The majority of foot massagers fall into the $80 – $150 price range and those in this range possess a lot more customization options.

Shiatsu foot massagers in this price range are usually in the style of the middle 3 massagers in our list – the Miko, Bodessy and Renpho models. They tend to feature separate feet compartments and offer a range of massage modes.

Shiatsu foot massage units in this price range are all fairly similar, however they occasionally have different massage modes and settings. They will generally all have intensity settings, an air pressure function and a heat function. They will also usually have a wireless remote control included.

$150 +, Shiatsu foot massage units in this sort of price range are usually similar to the Cloud Massage model listed above in the list and the Miko foot massager (pictured right). They have plenty of settings and customization such as intensity and pressure controls, vibrate and heat functions.

They are also designed to target other areas of the lower legs such as the ankles and calves. They also tend to feature a support that allows you to use the device at an angle, which offers a lot more personalization when compared to lower priced foot massage units.

Buyer Reviews and FAQ’s

As is often the case, buyer reviews and faq’s can provide a lot of information that you simply will not learn from the manufacturers product description.

Once you have found a foot massager that has all of the features you require, take a look at the buyer reviews and pay close attention to those that highlight comfort and functionality.

It is also worth reading some of the negative reviews to determine if the author has a legitimate problem with the device or if they are simply annoyed because of bad packaging or delivery issues.

Every product is bound to have a few bad reviews, however one thing you will find in the foot massager market is that most products generally have way more positive reviews than they do negative. And this is certainly the case for the 5 options listed above.

One last thing to mention, is that you will often find buyers stating in their reviews that the foot massager was uncomfortable to use at first. You will also find many who state this will also say in their review they soon got used to the pressure and it became quite pleasant after a few sessions.

If you read a few reviews saying the foot massager was uncomfortable at first, do not be too put off. Almost every foot massager you find will have these sort of reviews as foot massagers do take a little getting used to.

The only time to really avoid a purchase is if there are a number of buyers stating they returned the product due to it being too uncomfortable. In which case you can make a fairly good assumption that the discomfort does not improve with time.