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HoMedics FB-300 Jetspa Elite Pedicure Spa (Footspa with heat)
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173 of 184 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
I read through all the reviews before I purchased this item, and I made sure to carefully test the product against all the criticisms with a stop watch and a cooking thermometer. Here are my results:

Heat - If you start off with tolerably hot water (110 degrees) and use the heat and bubbles setting, the water will cool to body temperature in about ten minutes. If you start off with the same tolerably hot water and do NOT engage the heat and bubbles, the water will cool to body temperature in about eleven minutes - roughly the same amount of time. And since you can't engage the heat without also engaging the bubbles (and it's the bubbles that cool the water so quickly), you just need to accept that this is a ten-minute foot bath.

Attachments - I used all three attachments, and found it much easier to use them when I added a few drops of liquid soap to eliminate the friction. It took a while to get the hang of it - the correct amount of pressure to apply, positioning my foot properly, etc. - but once I did, I found they worked very well. The pumice stone in particular produced significant results after only one use.

Also, I telephoned the manufacturer and was assured this product is pba-free.

Update - the first unit stopped working after a about ten days so I exchanged it. The process took about a week, and the second unit is working fine.

SECOND UPDATE - the replacement spa also malfunctioned - this time it took a month - so I have to change my initial review from five stars to one.
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120 of 135 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
(UPDATED) Total value item. I looked for these a few months ago and units costing $100 more were reviewed much worse. This is totally great and does the job. I have beautiful feet after two days. Two days. Put down a towel folded in half on the floor under the unit for when your feet come out. Start with the hottest water you can stand--probably 120 degrees. TRICK: put some Miracle of Aloe Miracle Foot Repair Cream (8 oz) on the Pedicure brush tool in the center. When you are done in a couple of minutes with the bubble action on, Pedicure your feet on the Homedics Brush Tool with a small amount of the Miracle Foot Repair cream on top. Don't put your feet back in the bath as some of the cream will come off in it. You'll get feet with baby skin in a couple of days. It's so great in the mornings on cold days, too. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
P.S. I add two drops of dish soap to the water and one or two tablespoons of Epsom Salts and this reconditions the skin on my feet and improves my circulation to the point where I no longer have loss of sensation in my feet as I had before.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2013
the bubbles are great, the massager is nice, but the water doesn't even stay warm for 10 minutes. very disappointed.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2013
Listen to the bad reviews, I was so happy when I used it the first time - it worked great and made my feet very soft when I used the attachments that came with it, unfortunately after this single use it never worked again, the rotating station in the middle just doesn't rotate anymore. There are too many people saying it breaks for it to be just bad luck, I should have listened.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2013
I've been a letter carrier for several months, and my feet are always in pain by the end of the day. This foot bath, however, is my guilty pleasure every evening. This is my first foot bath outside of a professional pedicure, and I love it.

Functions:

1. Bubble massage & Heat
2. Jet Action

The jet action is a very gentle swirling of the waters. I do have big feet (I wear size 10.5 womens, 8 mens) and if I want more water in the bath, this is the function I trust. The bubble massage is *amazing* and powerful, but has the added side effect of making the water slosh out over the sides. If you really want to go wild, both features can be used at the same time.

Heating:

Yes, this doesn't keep the water heated for long. The first time I put in scalding hot water (I had to dump in ice cubes and wait for it to become bearable) and it stayed hot until I finished my session. I think the difference is the bubbles. It does indeed cool down more quickly than I would like, though there is something to be said for having my feet in cool water. At that point, it's like dangling my feet in a cool stream.

Attachments: *UPDATE: THE ROTATING ATTACHMENT FUNCTION STOPPED WORKING AFTER ABOUT FIVE USES AND HAS NOT WORKED SINCE.*

Honestly, I expected this part would be a disappointment, but it works very well--when it works. There are three attachments that can be quickly and easily put into place in the center of the foot bath: a pumice stone, a medium-soft bristle brush, and a three-ball massage. All rotate clockwise when you press your foot on it. The pressure is neither too soft nor too hard. Even the massage works like a charm, albeit that cross between pleasure and pain of a hurt foot being fixed. Let me clarify that the balls don't spin individually; the whole attachment goes around. The pumice stone doesn't hurt at all, and I can see that my calluses are being slowly worn away. It won't take off the biggies in a hurry, but it makes my feet smoother than they were. Storage for the attachments consists of having one installed on the gizmo on top and there are two more attachment-holders to the rear of the bath.

Soaps:

All I have tried is dish soap and lotion; the foot bath works fine after both. I am eager to try epsom salts, but I am wary of residue gumming up the machine.

Suggestions:

-Avoid using this on carpet (I sit at the kitchen table)
-Keep a towel within reach
-Use the hottest water you can stand
-Have a book or other entertainment ready
-There is a drain at the back of the foot bath. Just like a bathtub, hair and carpet fibers get pulled towards it. They should be removed ASAP.

Cons:

-The cord isn't astoundingly long, but it doesn't need to be. I'll post a picture for reference. (I don't have access to a tape measure right now.)
-There is an open slot in the shield so that the water can be poured out after use. It also lets out some water during use. Again, I may have a little too much water in the bath.
-*THE ROTATING ATTACHMENT FUNCTION STOPPED WORKING AFTER ABOUT FIVE USES AND HAS NOT WORKED SINCE.*
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2014
Silly me, I didn't. While it looks like something that should be useful, as others have said, the 'heating' function is totally useless. Not only will it not warm up water, which it says, it won't keep warm or even hot water above room temperature. The nice little rotating massager stopped working completely the 4th time I used it. It's going back, and I'd recommend you buy something else.

Update - I decided it was more trouble that it was worth to send back, so I opened it up to see if I could repair it. The problem was that the motor mount for the massager wasn't installed properly, so the switch that actuates it wasn't being pressed any more. Quick fix for that.
I did find a few more things - there actually is a heater of sorts, it's a heating element that winds around the bottom of the footbath. No wonder it won't keep anything warm. About all it does is warm up the bottom of the footbath slightly. I also noticed that water has already leaked in and various bits and pieces are rusting internally, including motors. I don't expect a long life out of this, you get what you pay for.

Finally, it has an internal power supply that is on all the time when plugged in. Given the lack of quality of the other components, I would unplug this when not using it.
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37 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2012
I did a lot of research trying to find the best, affordable foot bath and I thought this was it...boy was I wrong. The box says foot bath WITH HEAT, granted you can't put cold water in it and expect the water to get hot, but I put super hot water in the vessel and after turning on the bubbles and jets the water became cold quite fast!!! The bubbles do feels good but the attachments are practically pointless. I just hope I can return it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2013
good value and seems to work well, the added implements perform as well as expected but lack some what in size and design.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2013
Going in with the understanding that this product does not heat the water, I just heat the water to a little warmer than I can stand, I turn it on, and hover my feet over the warm water testing it until I can sink my feet into it. I have had chronic foot pain for a number of months and as long as I use this regularly, it helps my foot pain immensely. The bubbles are so relaxing and I just love the massage accessory on the top - it helps loosen up those really painful spots, like a good back rub. For the price, I am extremely pleased with what I got. You just have to go in knowing what you get - a unit that does not heat water and does not keep it hot. If you go in with realistic expectations as to what you are getting (and what you are paying for it), I can't see why anyone would be disappointed.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2013
I bought the Conair one and sent it back the following day and decided to buy this one instead . This one is very quiet, jet and bubbles are very relaxing. About the heat : with hot water , will keep it warm for about 20 minutes which is enough for a good foot spa anyway .
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