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The Best Foot Massagers of 2024

Foot massagers relax, recover, and revive us so that we can press on. We tested the leading foot massagers to find the best of 2024.
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A good foot massage is heaven on earth. Whether it’s simply a way to unwind after a tough day or a means of therapeutic recovery, treating your feet is one of life’s purest pleasures. And a great way to appreciate all that we depend on them to do for us.

Our experts have been writing about footwear, fitness tech, massage devices, and other gadgets for over a quarter century. During that time, personal massage products have gone from being nice-to-have luxuries to must-have gear for use before, during, and after our adventures.

Specifically for this buyer’s guide, we conducted online research and identified nine leading foot massagers ranging in price from $23 to $349. After careful consideration, we narrowed down the candidates and tested them in real-world conditions. 

Below are the best foot massagers based on our testing. To help you more easily find the best massager for your feet, we’ve included a comparison chart, a buyer’s guide, and a frequently asked questions section.

The Best Foot Massagers of 2024

Best Overall Foot Massager

Humantouch Reflex SOL Foot and Calf Massager


  • Weight 25 lbs.
  • Vibration Yes
  • Heat Yes
  • Massage Style Kneading, rolling
  • Dimensions 18 in. x 18 in. x 17.5 .in
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  • Nice foot and calf coverage
  • Several modes and intensities
  • Blends kneading and rolling with pulsing vibration
  • Adjustable tilt
  • Removable, washable sleeves


  • Expensive
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Awkward hot air mode
Best Budget Foot Massager

Tiger Ball 2.6 Massage-on-a-Rope


  • Weight 8 oz.
  • Vibration No
  • Heat No
  • Massage Style Rolling
  • Dimensions Ball diameter: 2.6 in., Rope length: 50 in.
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  • Simple
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile
  • Inexpensive
  • Pocktable


  • Only hits a limited area at a time
  • No kneading, vibration or other mechanical massager features
Best Foot Spa

Renpho Foot Spa Bath Core


  • Weight 4 lbs., 1.6 oz.
  • Vibration Yes
  • Heat Yes
  • Massage Style Water, bubbles, rolling
  • Dimensions 15.7 in. x 13.4 in. x 6.7 in.
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  • Water gets plenty hot
  • Selectable bubbles and/or vibration
  • Automatic timer
  • Electrically safe
  • Comes with pedicure tools


  • Takes a while to heat the water
  • Bubble mode is loud
  • Requires regular cleaning
Best Plantar Fascia Foot Massager

Roll Recovery R3 Orthopedic Foot Roller


  • Weight 1 lb.
  • Vibration No
  • Heat No
  • Massage Style Rolling
  • Dimensions 5.5 in. x 2.5 in. x 2.5 in.
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  • Compact and lightweight
  • Asymmetrical design hits varied plantar fascia
  • Can also be used as a small back roller
  • FDA-registered medical device
  • Affordable


  • Only treats one foot at a time
Best of the Rest

Tiger Tail Acupressure Energy Mat


  • Weight 1.6 oz.
  • Vibration No
  • Heat No
  • Massage Style Acupressure
  • Dimensions 16 in. x 15.5 in.
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  • Exhilarating
  • Super easy to use
  • Great for those at sitting and/or standing desks
  • Extremely lightweight


  • One-trick pony
  • A little awkward to transport

Chirp Wheels Rolling Percussive Massager


  • Weight 4 lbs., 9.6 oz.
  • Vibration No
  • Heat No
  • Massage Style Rolling, percussion
  • Dimensions 20 in. x 4.25 in. x 4.25 in. (without stand)
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  • Wide rolling surface
  • Adjustable, reversible speeds
  • Versatile
  • Includes stand


  • Must hold down button to operate
  • A bit loud
  • Takes practice to keep foot on

Humantouch Reflex PopUp


  • Weight 11 lbs.
  • Vibration No
  • Heat Yes
  • Massage Style Kneading, rolling
  • Dimensions 16 in. x 13 in. x 7 in. (folded)
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  • Compact, easy to store
  • Three automatic massage modes
  • Excellent rollers
  • Fully encompassing
  • Comes with a small remote


  • Intensities not intuitive
  • A little pricey
  • Could use a handle

Foot Massagers Comparison Chart

Foot MassagerPriceWeightVibrationHeatMassage StyleDimensions
Humantouch Reflex SOL Foot and Calf Massager$34925 lbs.YesYesKneading, rolling18 in. x 18 in. x 17.5 .in
Tiger Ball 2.6 Massage-on-a-Rope$298 oz.NoNoRollingBall diameter: 2.6 in., Rope length: 50 in.
Renpho Foot Spa Bath Core$2004 lbs., 1.6 oz.YesYesWater, bubbles, rolling15.7 in. x 13.4 in. x 6.7 in.
Roll Recovery R3 Orthopedic Foot Roller$351 lb.NoNoRolling5.5 in. x 2.5 in. x 2.5 in.
Tiger Tail Acupressure Energy Mat$301.6 oz.NoNoAcupressure16 in. x 15.5 in.
Chirp Wheels Rolling Percussive Massager$2504 lbs., 9.6 oz.NoNoRolling, percussion20 in. x 4.25 in. x 4.25 in. (without stand)
Humantouch Reflex PopUp$24911 lbs.NoYesKneading, rolling16 in. x 13 in. x 7 in. (folded)
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Though it’s not too far to reach the buttons on the Humantouch Reflex PopUp, it’s nice having a remote; (photo/Scott Tharler)

How We Tested Foot Massagers

The GearJunkie staff demands a lot from our feet. In fact, from hiking to cycling to bouldering and other cross-training, we pretty much punish them on a daily basis. So it was absolutely no problem feeling motivated to find sweet relief for our precious, hard-working tootsies.

During several weeks of glorious real-world testing, we kicked back with 9-foot massagers. (Hey, somebody has to.) For the analog (non-electronic) devices, we tried them on both carpeting and hard floors. And for all the devices (except the foot spa), we used them with and without socks.

None of the products flat-out failed. But we did narrow down the list to make it as concise and non-repetitive as possible, leaving seven highly functional foot massagers that speak to a wide array of solutions.

We rated the remaining entries based on such factors as design, ease of use, versatility, price, and special features. We’ll continue to cull and assess additional foot massagers for future iterations of this guide.

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The mechanical massagers we tested from Renpho, LifePro, Humantouch, and Chirp; (photo/Scott Tharler)

Why You Can Trust Us

Here at GearJunkie, our motto is: play hard and recover harder. So whether we’re squeezing into tight climbing shoes to tackle a vertical route or walking dozens of miles to rigorously test flip-flops or sandals, we rely heavily on — and aren’t always the nicest to — our feet; but we try to make it up to them.

Our lead tester, Scott Tharler, has been writing about fitness gadgets and every other manner of consumer electronics for over 25 years. Throughout that time, Tharler has attended CES more than two dozen times — which is relevant in two ways.

First, he’s logged enough 14,000-step days to truly appreciate the massage-related respites sprinkled throughout the show floor. And second, those many sojourns have given him the opportunity to audition a wide range of massage devices, from cheap vibrating standing pads to top-of-the-line $15,000 luxury chairs.

Over that same span, we’ve tried out countless other relaxation and recovery products, including percussive massagers, pointy wooden rollers, wireless compression boots, little spiky massage balls, and heated foam rollers. So, we know a thing or two about personal massage devices.

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The simplicity, versatility, and affordability of the Tiger Ball make it a great value; (photo/Scott Tharler)

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose the Perfect Foot Massager

The world is filled with many shapes and sizes of feet, literally being put through their paces on a daily basis. Just imagine, for all those feet and all those use cases, there are devices out there to help them feel better.

All that to say, selecting a foot massager can be a daunting task. Some are small and affordable — epitomized by a simple lacrosse ball — and others are complicated electronic machines running into the hundreds. Thus, making an informed decision about finding the right foot massager requires dedicated thought and research.

Fortunately, this guide packs all the essential info you’ll need to choose the best foot massaging solution for you. You’ll learn why you should and shouldn’t consider particular types of foot massagers and which features matter most. Practically speaking, it’s everything you need to know about purchasing a foot massager that’ll do your dogs right.

This article focuses exclusively on foot massagers. For more recovery gear, check out our roundups of the best massage guns and the best foam rollers.

Massage Actions

Ultimately, all foot massagers aim to aid relief by increasing blood flow using various methods. Here are a few of the more common ones.


This is the kind of squeezing and stretching you might associate with a manual foot massage. Machines achieve this through pneumatic compression. Essentially, combinations of air pockets expand and contract around your feet, putting varying amounts of comfortable, soothing pressure on them.


Usually, with this method, your foot moves over a rounded device, such as the Roll Recovery R3 Orthopedic Foot Roller, Tiger Tail Footsie, or a ball. But in some cases, such as with the Chirp Wheels Rolling Percussive Massager, your foot stays still, and the device moves around.

In either case, one of the benefits of these devices is that you can incrementally adjust the pressure to fit your needs based on how much or how little body weight you put on the device while using it.

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Though not all foot massagers utilize this method, it’s one of the most effective ways to stimulate blood flow. So it’s a nice feature to be able to turn on (or off) in massagers that feature it.


When dealing with inflammation, you don’t want to add heat. But for many other types of aches and pains, it’s blissfully soothing — especially when combined with other actions on the list, such as vibration and/or water, which is one of the reasons we love the Renpho Foot Spa Bath Core.

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With Renpho’s foot spa set to a glorious 108 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s time to kick back and relax; (photo/Scott Tharler)


After a long day of pounding the dusty trail, just the mere thought of dunking your feet in water could be enough to evoke an ecstatic sigh. Aside from softening and temporarily moisturizing your feet, water submersion is a great way to fully surround and coddle them in a uniquely tactile way.


Stimulating specific reflexology points has both direct implications for the feet themselves and indirect implications for other parts of the body. Taken to the max, the Tiger Tail Acupressure Energy Mat is composed of thousands of sharp, tiny, plastic points that invigoratingly dig into your soles as you put weight on them.

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Don’t be alarmed to see hundreds of tiny dimples in your foot after using the Tiger Tail Acupressure Energy Mat; (photo/Scott Tharler)

Although mechanical foot massagers sometimes offer “shiatsu,” a highly specialized modality based on activating pressure points, that term can also be generically applied to just about anything that massages your feet. In other words, don’t expect the same targeted results as from a professional shiatsu practitioner.

Analog or Machine

When it comes to gadgets and gear, sometimes simpler is better. Whatever gets the job done, right? So you may decide to go with a foot massager that doesn’t need to be plugged in or recharged. We have a few on this list — and we’re big fans. They tend to be easy to use, highly portable, versatile, and less expensive.

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Just because it doesn’t use electricity doesn’t mean a foot massager isn’t effective; (photo/Scott Tharler)

Then again, mechanical massagers offer a more passive experience. Instead of having to work the foot massager, it works you … in a good way. So it’s nice to be able to throw a little roller into a gym bag. But we wouldn’t necessarily trade it for the drool-worthy experience of slipping our feet into a multi-mode machine that can melt away our problems with the push of a button.


Although many analog devices tend to be more portable and mechanical devices tend to be less so, that’s not always the case. For example, percussive massagers — including Chirp Wheel’s RPM — are small enough to toss into a gym or weekend bag. The RPM’s stand adds just enough bulk to make you want to leave that part of home, and even then, it’s too heavy to bring hiking.

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Humantouch’s Reflex PopUp is way more compact than its big brother, but it also does a great job; (photo/Scott Tharler)

But it makes a huge difference to be able to have the foot massager that you want, where you want — even if that’s around the house. One of the big detractors of Humantouch Reflex SOL Foot and Calf Massager is how heavy and bulky it is to move around. Once we found a chair with a complementary height, we left it within skooching range of that chair.

Foot and Leg Coverage

One of the main criteria to consider — especially for a mechanical foot massager — is where on your feet and legs it will and won’t cover. For instance, both the Humantouch Reflex SOL and LifePro RelaxaTilt X Foot Massager address both the feet and calves, but leave the tops of your feet open. We really like how the Humantouch Reflex PopUp cradles all around our feet, and for that, we are willing to sacrifice attending to our calves.

Close the lid of the Humantouch Reflex PopUp to fully surround your feet in rolling and compression; (photo/Scott Tharler)
Close the lid of the Humantouch Reflex PopUp to fully surround your feet in rolling and compression; (photo/Scott Tharler)

Ease of Use

This is where physical testing and attention to detail come into play. Most foot massagers are fairly straightforward, at least to power on right out of the box. However, how easy it is to operate all of its functionality can be a different story.

Physical Design

This can mean — as with the Humantouch Reflex SOL — building in subtle yet effective handles to make it easier to hoist. Or how well various buttons, levers, and other key functions are labeled. For instance, we’ve noticed across different brands and models that vague colors are used to indicate certain modes and options. Through trial and error, we can figure out that blue is more intense than green, and red is more intense than blue. But it seems arbitrary and confusing, especially for the color blind.

Another potential source of confusion is around the tactile experience. For instance, with the Tiger Tail Tiger Footsie, you might assume that the little bumps on this roller are there for pressure point activation. Though they do feel a little nice, they’re really there more to enhance the traction between your foot and the device. All that to say, physical design plays heavily into how easy foot massagers are to use.

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Even with socks, Roll Recovery’s R3 hits all the right spots; (photo/Scott Tharler)

Active Involvement

How much focus and attention you need to give the process/device greatly affects the experience. For instance, simply stepping onto the Tiger Tail Acupressure Energy Mat and shifting our weight around is easy, while using a ball or roller involves a little more concentration.

Conversely, mechanical foot massagers just require sitting back and letting them do their thing. Neither of these solutions is right/wrong or better/worse, but you should consider how you want to (dis)engage with a foot massager.


It’s nice to be able to make adjustments both before and during your foot massage, whether that means simply shifting your weight or dialing the intensity up or down with a button. Then again, the more options a foot massager offers, the more complex it becomes. So, it’s all about finding the right balance for you.

Something that’s easy to use and adjustable enough, without crossing into a subjectively confusing territory. So when you’re shopping around, pay attention to whether you feel relieved or stressed just by how adjustable the prospective massager seems.


Try as you might, you simply can’t assess how a foot massager feels just from seeing a picture or reading a description. Many make claims — that might even be backed by user reviews — about how amazing they are. But until you put your actual feet in them, you can’t truly know if it’s relaxing, painful, or just meh. After all, how you like your feet handled is idiosyncratic. What might be light pressure to you might be seat-squirmingly intense for the next person and vice versa.

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The hole running through the Tiger Ball allows the included 50-inch rope to be threaded through it; (photo/Scott Tharler)

Given this subjectivity, it’s important to consider your particular use case. For instance, if you run or stand on your feet a lot, a simple soak in a spa might sound stellar. Whereas if you sit at a desk all day and don’t get out as much as you’d like, some kneading and vibration might send you soaring. Summing up, you’re more likely to get an effective foot massager, the more thought you put into how you’ll use it.


Having said that, it can be nice to have options. One of the things we love about the Tiger Ball 2.6 Massage-on-a-Rope is that — on or off the rope — you can use it in various creative ways, on your feet and elsewhere. Likewise, the Chirp Wheel RPM feels good (if not a little ticklish) when applied to the feet, but its 7-inch wide treatment area makes it enjoyable to apply to the quads, glutes, or even shoulders.

Similarly, some foot rollers can be used on the back. So, if a foot massager can work its magic in multiple places/ways, it may be that much more valuable to you.

Special Treatments

Figuring out your specific needs is another way to align your foot massager with your specific needs. Here are a few more common foot issues/needs you may face.

Plantar Fasciitis

This common foot tissue inflammation can present as either just annoying or downright painful. With time, the pain may subside on its own. But in the meantime, rolling and stretching can help, along with icing and keeping your feet elevated. Also, the shoes you wear and how you walk can exacerbate this condition. So you may want to look into those.


A loss of feeling in your feet can affect your footwear choices and balance, among other things. It may be caused by cancer, diabetes, and other serious medical conditions. From this list, you may want to try the acupressure mat. But if you have a form of this condition and are considering a foot massager as a treatment, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor. 

Foot Spa

Foot baths can be super simple; literally just a bucket with some salt and hot water thrown in. Others offer all sorts of rollers, bubbles, heat, and vibration. As with the Renpho we tested, they may also come with pumice and other tools for trimming and exfoliating. Essentially, it’s the DIY version of a pedicure. So, if you want a spa-like experience without having to leave home, this kind of foot massager might be for you.

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Renpho’s Foot Spa Bath Core includes several pedicure tools and a case to hold them; (photo/Scott Tharler)


We are, after all, by definition talking about products that touch your feet. And no judgment, but we don’t know where yours have been. So you should consider how easy it is to clean the product. For example, after just a couple of uses, the Renpho foot spa started to get a little grimy. That’s one you’d probably want to clean (almost) every time. It’d probably be fine to simply air out other foot massagers.

However, if you’re considering anything mechanical you’re putting your feet into (such as the ones from Humantouch), consider either wearing socks while using them or confirming whether their linings can be zipped out and safely thrown in the wash.

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We chose to wear tall socks to help keep the Humantouch Reflex SOL cleaner longer; (photo/Scott Tharler)


For what it’s worth, the average price of all the foot massagers we tested was $163. But interestingly, all the entries were either way under (around $30) or way over that figure ($200+). You’re liable to find wider price fluctuations in the mechanical foot massager category. Personally, if we found one under $150, we’d be skeptical. Just as we would be about a non-mechanical foot massager over $50.

But it’s not really fair to compare the two of them head-to-head. In other words, the price of foot massagers is totally relative, especially when it comes to portability, functionality, and versatility.


Are foot massagers good for you?

Yes, on several levels. First, they reduce both physical and mental stress. Second, they promote better circulation throughout your body. Third, in addition to general relaxation, they’re good for proactively addressing post-workout soreness, aches, and pains. And fourth, they just plain feel good.

How long should you use a foot massager?

It varies from massager to massager. For the acupressure mat we tested, just one minute was plenty of stimulation. But for some of the mechanical ones, their programs last 15 minutes. It wouldn’t necessarily be bad to use one for longer. But it’s probably a good idea to take breaks, get up, and walk around in between sessions.

What are the disadvantages of foot massagers?

The main disadvantage is if you get the wrong one for you based on your use case. Or get the right one and then use it improperly. In particular, pay attention to the intensity of a foot massage. Stronger doesn’t always mean better. As with all things, listen to what your body wants.

Is a shiatsu foot massager worth it?

They can be. As we mentioned above, the term “shiatsu” is sometimes used interchangeably with reflexology, acupressure, or anything that uses rollers on the underside of your feet. Either way, buying a foot massager device might be a better value than hiring a professional massage therapist who’s specifically trained in shiatsu. But don’t assume that the word on its own attests to the quality or capabilities of the foot massager, especially as compared to a human.

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