Shiatsu literally means “finger pressure.” If you’ve ever received a shiatsu foot massage before, then you’d agree how soothing it is both physically and mentally.
The Homedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager is one of the products that try to replicate the shiatsu-style foot massage. It’s actually the smaller version of the foot massager I reviewed previously–the Homedics FMS-270H Deep Kneading Shiatsu Foot Massager.
After closely examining the two, I’ve realized that what they offer is nowhere near the shiatsu massage from an actual therapist. It doesn’t mean they are poorly made; it’s simply because of the limitations of technology.
In this in-depth review, we’ll explore the Homedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager, what makes it unique and how it differs from the other popular Homedics foot massager.
Who is it for?
For the record, Homedics FMS-200H Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager is a simple device with no bells and whistles. In fact, I’ve found this foot massager too basic for my liking, which is fine if all you need is something to soothe your aching feet after a busy day at work.
The name “shiatsu” should also be taken with a grain of salt. The pressure is gentle at best and doesn’t perfectly imitate the real shiatsu massage. Therefore, if you prefer foot massagers that give light pressure instead of deep tissue massage, the Homedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager will definitely suit your needs.
In addition to that, this foot massage machine requires you to move your feet around or even lean forward just to increase the pressure or intensity of the massage. I guess that’s one of the usual disadvantages of foot massagers with an “open” design.
If you don’t like how this foot massager works or expects the device to do all the work for you, look for a better alternative. The good news is there are few shiatsu foot massagers that offer deeper, stronger and more satisfying foot massage.
*Four massage heads that counter-rotate to relieve muscle tension on both feet.
*Optional heat feature that boosts blood circulation and can be activated by clicking the switch twice.
*A toe-touch control which you can click at a touch of your toes to activate massage with or without heat.
*LED illumination that provides heat and additional calming effect.
Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.4 x 4.2 inches | Weight: 4.4 pounds
⊕Comes with a two-year limited product warranty.
⊕Heat is optional. You can click the switch once if you only prefer the massage or click it twice to activate heat and massage at the same time.
⊕Significantly lighter and smaller than the Homedics FMS-270H Deep Kneading Shiatsu Foot Massager. You can easily carry or store it anywhere without taking too much space.
⊕A versatile device since you can also use it to massage your calves, arms, and hands.
⊗The massage is too basic. It can be perfectly described as a vibration with some rolling action. The massage heads are also made of nubs that are not tall enough to reach the foot arch. You’d need to step on it or press your feet against the massager in order to get all the benefits.
⊗Manufacturer recommends to use the device not longer than 15 minutes, but there’s no auto shut-off timer to remind the users about this.
⊗It doesn’t have an adequate angle nor is it equipped with an adjustable tilt angle. For this reason, the user won’t have any choice but to adjust his posture or even lean forward just to get enough pressure/massage.
⊗A little bit loud for its size.
⊗It takes a few minutes before it generates heat and even by the time it heats up, the temperature is still not “hot” enough.
⊗Fits smaller feet sizes. Those with size 12 or bigger will find their heels or toes hanging on the edges.
⊗Fabric cover seems to be made from flimsy materials. It’s neither detachable nor replaceable.
The Bottom Line.
Homedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager is a good choice if you’re only looking for a basic foot massager to pamper yourself with every day. It’s a decent product that comes at a reasonable price.
However, choosing a product that is too basic means letting go of features that could have made the foot massage more invigorating. As with FMS-270H, this Homedics Shiatsu foot massager also serves as a great introductory product if you’re still saving up for the more costly alternatives.