In this review, we’ll be looking at another home foot spa, the HoMedics FB-600 Foot Salon Pro.
HoMedics is an American company responsible for a wide variety of products including air purifiers, humidifiers, foot massagers, and back massagers, just to name a few.
There are a lot of home foot spas out there… So, what sets the HoMedics FB-600 foot spa apart from the others?
Let’s dig in and find out.Get it now at Amazon.com
HoMedics FB-600 Product Description
The HoMedics FB-600 is a pretty standard foot spa. It has the basin, a set of controls on top of the basin, and various foot rollers and pumice stones to help massage your feet. It’s 16.8 by 13.5 inches, so it can reasonably accommodate larger feet — roughly a men’s size 13 foot — comfortably.
If you aren’t in the reading mood, take a look at this video from QVC reviewing the FB-600.
How It Works
The HoMedics is pretty easy to use and if you are familiar with other foot spas, this will be very familiar to you. All you need to do is pour water into the basin, turn on the foot spa, and then press one or all of the buttons, depending on which settings you want.
There are three buttons on the basin: one to turn on the heating element, one to turn on the therapeutic bubbles, and one to turn on the vibration feature.
There are four extra attachments that can be placed in a slot on top of the basin. These attachments are two different types of pumice stones (rough and smooth), a cleansing brush, and a massage roller.
- 4 massage rollers target the soles and arches of the feet to help relieve tension and stress.
- Comes with built in splash guard to help prevent water from spilling out of the basin.
- Vibration and massaging bubbles.
- Heating element can quickly heat up water to 98 degrees.
- Built in pedicure center with 4 attachments (rough pumice stone, smooth pumice stone, massage roller, and cleansing brush).
Benefits of Using The HoMedics FB-600
There are a lot of things to like about the HoMedics FB-600.
First off, the heating element works well. A lot of foot spas have a heating element that either barely works or just does not work at all. But, I found the HoMedics heating element to be capable of heating up water quickly and keeping it hot for the duration of the soaking session.
The massage rollers did a decent enough job of massaging the feet, but they could have been a bit better. The issue with them is that they are a bit too soft.
One small addition that was really appreciated was the splash guard. A lot of foot spas make the mistake of making the basin walls too low. This leads to water spilling out every time you move your feet or go to lift them out of the basin. But, the HoMedics has a built in splash guard to prevent this. It may seem like a minor feature, but a lot of foot spas overlook the necessity of a splash guard.
The addition of the pedicure center was also a nice touch. Although most people probably have their own pumice stone and cleansing brush at home, being able to attach them directly into the basin was easy.
Finally, the price of the FB-600 is fairly decent. At under $60, it is pretty fairly priced for the number of features it has. There are cheaper foot spas out there, but they tend to be very low quality and have very little in the way of features. Likewise, there are more expensive foot spas out there that have a bit more in terms of features. The HoMedics forms a nice middle ground between the more expensive, feature heavy foot spas, and the cheaper, featureless foot spas.
Downsides of Using The HoMedics FB-600
One of the biggest issues with the FB-600 is the fact that the bubble and vibration features aren’t great. They could have been done better, and as it stands, you barely feel the bubbles or the vibrations. Also, the vibrations are pretty noisy. This could be forgiven if the vibrations actually made your feet feel better, but they leave a little to be desired.
The other issue with the foot spa is that you can only use the heating function with either the bubbles or the vibration (or both if you want). So, if you want to rest your feet in hot water, then you need to also turn on the bubbles or the vibration feature. Not a deal breaker, but it would be nice if you could heat the water without turning on the other functions.
At the time of this post, the HoMedics FB-600 has close to 500 reviews on Amazon, coming in at 3.6 out of 5 stars. The reviews are generally positive. Most people note that the foot spa does a good job of heating up the water and that the pedicure center works well. But, a lot of people also note that they had some maintenance issues with the foot spa. Some were rather simple to fix, but others required the replacement of the whole foot spa. That is to be expected with these sort of mass market foot spas. A foot spa is a fairly complicated machine and a lot can go wrong with them. It seemed as though the manufacturer was willing to replace any broken model, so it should not be too big of an issue. Also, people echoed our criticisms of the vibration and bubble functionalities.
Who Should Use The HoMedics FB-600?
Anyone who suffers from foot pain, either because of a chronic condition or just because they spend all day on their feet, can benefit from using the HoMedics foot spa. Likewise, those with foot fungus issues may get great use out of the FB-600 if they mix in some anti-fungal products, like tea tree oil.
Overall, the HoMedics FB-600 is a good foot spa. It is not too pricey and has a wide variety of features. While some of those features may be of questionable use, it does not detract too heavily from the overall experience.Get it now at Amazon.com