The Brookstone Shiatsu Foot Massager with Heat is a high-end foot massager. This machine focuses on reflexology massage but does not include a calf massager like the Human Touch Reflex Pro. This foot massager measures 13 x 17 x 9 inches, so it is relatively compact for home use but isn't small enough to transport easily. Although, to increase portability, it does have a carry handle at the front and a built-in cord wrap. You can remove the fabric that lines the feet via zippers, allowing you to clean it and ensuring it is hygienic. The controls are conveniently placed between your feet on a central console.
The Shiatsu foot massager from Brookstone provides massage action to the soles, sides and tops of your feet. The all-round massage action offers a more complete massage than sole-only models like the Dr. Scholl's Invigorating Pedicure Foot Spa. However, if you have particularly large or wide feet, then the spaces for your feet may pinch or feel too tight, and the massaging action may be uncomfortable.
This Brookstone model has automatic rollers that provide a deep kneading reflexology massage that work on specific pressure points to help stimulate blood flow. The foot massage machine also has an air compression massage that provides a kneading and squeezing sensation to ease muscle tension. You can also make use of the heat setting that helps to relax your muscles and increase the efficacy of the massage.
You can choose between light and deep massage. There are three massage programs to increase versatility. "Soothe" is gentle, particularly when used on the low intensity setting and provides a relaxing massage. "Pulse" alternates between gentle and brisk action, stimulating blood flow and relaxing muscles. "Energize" is brisk and firm, designed to stimulate circulation and muscles. However, it doesn't allow you to set your own massage program.
While the Brookstone Shiatsu Foot Massager with Heat does offer two distinct massage actions and three preset programs, you cannot set your own program and the device lacks versatility. Because of the all-around nature of the massager, it is not best suited to those with large or wide feet. However, this model covers the basics well.