Some of the most profitable industries target personal comfort, covering everything from specialty mattresses and pillows, to massagers for just about every part of the body. A lot of these are gimmicks that result in the consumer buying one after another until they find something they really like–assuming they ever do, as I have yet to find a pillow that I truly like. However, when you do find something you absolutely adore, you typically can’t stop talking about it.
This might just be the case here with the Renpho Foot Massager. I have seen and used plenty of foot massagers, spas and similar products, and usually walk away disappointed, but this was different this time.
The overall design of the unit is large, giving plenty enough space to stick your feet in without feeling cramped. Your entire foot fits into each slot, and it can accommodate feet up to men’s size 12, so it definitely works well with the “one size fits all” approach.
There is very little weight to it. We honestly didn’t expect a lot from this with how light it is, but boy were we in for a surprise. It feels like it doesn’t have a lot to offer when you are holding it up. As if the various parts inside couldn’t possibly be strong enough to have a noticeable effect on your feet. Like it was going to be more of a tease than anything else (as James put it in the unboxing).
We are big fans of companies like Bodyfriend, who offer high-quality solutions that change your life (but sadly for a price that will also affect you). So our standards are a little high when it comes to things like this.
But, then we stuck our feet into it and hit power. At first, everyone starts off at the lowest of settings and it sure as hell gives you a light tease. You most likely won’t be impressed by that unless you can only handle the lightest of massages. However, when you take the settings up, this thing comes out of nowhere and re-molds your feet to perfection.
There are a number of adjustable options, all available running across the front of the top portion of the unit. The first option allows you to choose a 15 or 30-minute session before it shuts off. The next is knead intensity (how hard the rollers and other parts will do their thing. For this, medium and high is best. Then in the middle, you have a power button that turns it on or off. Then you have air intensity, which covers the air compression. All three modes have a positive effect, but the medium and high (once again) have the best effect.
Finally, you have a heat option, that simply turns the heat on or off. The heat isn’t really noticeable. It needs a 3 mode sensitivity control for this as well, with far more heat available than there is–unless the one we have is simply defective in this area. We tried it with it on and off and didn’t really notice a difference, and I have sensitive feet when it comes to temperature (which is why you will almost never see me walking around at home without socks).
The heat issues aside, the knead and air options, when set to medium or high (you can mix them around all you need for your own personal preferences) are absolutely fantastic. I like medium for both and sometimes might set the knead to high. Some of the others here preferred both to be at high. When you do set them both to this, it will definitely re-mold your feet. It does it with so much strength and effect, it’s hard to believe there is something like that inside making it all happen. Again, this unit is so light, it is hard to picture anything impressive inside of it.
It comes with two versions, including one that has the remote and one that doesn’t. This one did not, and we all agreed that splitting it up from the remote is just insanity. It should be a single version of the unit and always come with the remote. It seems to simply be an excuse to inflate the price some more and hold that above someone’s head to do so, which is a little disappointing.
Other than that (and the lack of heat), everything else this simple machine accomplishes is pure bliss. It of course wouldn’t replace the hands of a human being that can accomplish anything they wanted, but it’s a heck of a compromise. It also won’t replace having a full chair from a company like Bodyfriend, but then it also won’t cost you as much as your next car. So I think it has a lot of positivity going for it right now.
Finally, the fabric inside has a zipper that allows you to remove the two pieces and throw them in a light wash to help keep them clean. Incredibly useful when you have an office of co-workers here that all want a chance at trying the unit out. That could have gotten scary fast if we couldn’t clean the fabric inside.
The price is a little high, which might warn consumers away at first, but only without knowing what it feels like. For how light weight this unit is, it can really put a lot of effort into the massage, even for those looking for a deep effect. It feels absolutely wonderful and can fit feet of all sizes (mostly). I can easily see myself buying one of these for the house and using it nearly every night when I get home. In fact, I might just do that! The heat setting definitely needs improvement and the remote needs to come with it by default, but other than that, this is a nice solution for your feet!
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