The Sharper Image Shiatsu Foot Massager gives you a basic massage with a consistent pattern on the soles of your feet. This foot massager machine offers a shiatsu massage function, along with an optional heat setting. Including heat in the massage program helps your muscles to relax. The Sharper Image Shiatsu Foot Massager features six Shiatzu heads, each with 18 nodes, on each footplate. The nodes work in a circular motion based on the principles of shiatsu and utilize relatively deep pressure to work entire muscle groups.
You turn the unit on using a button on the top of the machine, and the button is large enough that you can operate it with your toes. This eliminates the need to bend down to activate or turn off the massager, which is something you have to do if you opt for the uComfy Shiatsu Foot Massager with Heat.
In addition, this machine is a compact model. It measures 16.53 inches long, 14.96 inches wide and is 3.34 inches high foot massager stows away easily for storage or in a bag or suitcase for transport. The low height lets you place it under an office desk and still have clearance for your knees so that you can work while the machine runs. It is light enough for easy transport and setup, but heavy enough for the stability to stay in place if you choose to place light or moderate pressure on the unit as it works on your feet.
Unfortunately, the Sharper Image Shiatsu Foot Massager only offers massage to the soles of your feet, providing no relief to the tops like the Brookstone Shiatsu Foot Massager. Another drawback is the lack of intensity options. The only controls and options on offer are an on and off button and the option to turn on the heat function. This means the only way to increase or decrease the intensity of the massage is to press your feet more firmly onto the plates or to only lightly connect with the plates. This reduces the efficacy of the massage as you must keep your muscles tense to achieve the desired intensity.
The Sharper Image Shiatsu Foot Massager lacks versatility, as it has no intensity options and only offers shiatsu massage action. However, you get good value if you want a basic massager with simple controls and heating functions.