You care about the appearance of your feet. You want them to feel nice and healthy. Hard skin on your feet can be troublesome and difficult to remove by yourself. Traditionally this would be done with metal or wooden foot files and coarse pumice stones. Thankfully hard skin removers have improved a lot over the years, many good quality battery operated models can be purchased to tackle this problem. They are quick convenient and save a lot of time that would be otherwise taken up filing your feet manually. A job nobody wants apart from your dedicated podiatrist.
In our hard skin remover guide we take a look at the latest models as well as features. There are lots of different ways of treating this troublesome condition but electric or battery operated devices can save a lot of time and effort.
Buyers Guide: The Best Hard Skin Removers
|Picture||Hard Skin Remover||Operation||Price||Rating|
|Scholl Express Pedi Electrical Hard Skin Remover||Rollers||Mid||4.5|
|Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi Electric Hard Skin Remover||Rollers||Mid||4.5|
|PediSure™ Professional Micro Pedicure.||Rollers||Mid||4.5|
|Pedicure Heel Buffer Feet Sanding Pedi Pro Deluxe||Rasp||Low||4.5|
|Emjoi MICRO Pedi Man||Rollers||Mid||4.5|
|JML Pedi Spin||Pads||Low||2|
|Newtons Foot Therapy Chiropody Sponge||Stone||Low||4.5|
|Scholl Velvet Smooth Wet & Dry Pedi Electric Hard Skin Remover||Rollers||High||5|
|Skinapeel Large Pumice Stone ||Stone||Low||4|
|Scholl Velvet Smooth with Diamond Crystals Extra Coarse Power Hard Skin Remover||Rollers||Mid||4.5|
|Electric Hard Skin Remover For Men by Own Harmony||Rollers||High||4.5|
Types of Hard Skin Removers
In the past using a pumice stone or foot file made from metal or wood were the only choice. Traditional foot files are a paddle like device with a handle and pad with coarse sandpaper like material bonded on with glue to one or both sides. Pumice stones come in a great variety of shapes and sizes most fit in the palm of the hand. They are made of an aerated volcanic rock that is perfect for taking hard skin off feet in a file like action. The user controls the pressure and they are very cost effective.
For people with particularly stubborn hard skin this can be a time consuming and laborious job involving a lot of awkward body positioning to get to the hard to reach places. The improvements in electric hard skin removers have saved people a lot of time and effort, especially the less mobile. Electric shavers work in a similar way, shape and feel as epilators or hand held hair removers. They usually take AA batteries and have rotating sandpaper rollers or heads. Be careful of devices with built in batteries, if these are of inferior quality then the device could become useless.
Youtube video of removing hard skin
With over 45’000 views on Youtube this short Scholl promotional video shows the #1 selling express pedi in action. Scholl are one of the most well known brands of footcare products. The express pedi is one of the best selling footcare products on Amazon.
Advantages of using an electric hard skin remover
- You’re trying to keep cost down. Depending on the foot care services available to you locally, seeing a private podiatrists can be costly, especially if you need several treatments. With the cost of private healthcare treatment going up, looking after your feet yourself is a cost effective option. Both electric and manual hard skin removers can keep costs down.
- You don’t like other people touching your feet. I don’t know about you but I don’t like my feet being touched by anyone, many of my male and more often female friends are the same. It’s not a foot fetish thing it’s just not a particularly nice part of the feet for a lot of people. There are even phobia’s of the feet. Podophobia!
- You care about the appearance of your feet. Especially in the summer months people like to get their feet out, whether it’s wearing sandals or walking on the beach .It’s actually good for your feet and recommended by many podiatrists. Basic footcare can often greatly improve the appearance of your feet.
- You’re lazy. If you’ve ever had stubborn hard skin on your feet you will know the time and effort it can take to remove it manually. With the rise of electric hard skin removers this is one job that has got a lot easier. Even with a Pumice you can get a lot done in a short amount of time.
- You care about quality. As with any electrical device some are produced better than others, we care about quality and so should you. There are some very cheap and quite frankly poorly manufactured products, we help sort the good from the bad. Buying cheap hard skin removers is false economy. A quality device should last many years
Reviews of the best 5 electric hard skin removers
The Scholl Express Pedi is one of the best known and biggest selling hard skin removers on the market. Due mainly to the large amount of advertising that Scholl do on TV. Being one of the largest foot care providers to the public Scholl offer a good quality product nicely produced. Easy to use and weighing in at 300 grams, the device runs off 2 AA size batteries. The scholl pedi express should give you approximately 3-4 hours continual use. More than enough for even the most stubborn hard skin. Replacement rollers can be purchased separately. Each one should last 2-3 months with regular use. Check out our full review here.
It’s important to keep a small supply of rollers to avoid breaking your footcare routine.
The Own Harmony hard skin remover is the best selling US product in the market. The solid construction and easy-to-use USB charging, make this a favourite. It has over 700 positive reviews from a cross section of people. Loved by both men and women alike. The built in battery has a cliamed lifespan of over 700 hours. If this is the case then time will tell. Either way you won’t need AA batteries.
The Emjoy MICRO Pedi is a very similar device to the popular Scholl product. The design and feel is almost identical with a size and shape that regular users will be familiar with. There are handy rubber grips on the side of the device to make it easier to handle, this can be useful for people who have to reach to treat their feet. The Emjoi Micro runs on two AA batteries and comes complete with two replacement rollers.
The Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi is the latest hard skin remove from Scholl and the next step up from the Express pedi. Easy to use and weighing in at 249 grams, the device runs off 4 AA size batteries and is a little more powerful than the Express. The scholl velvet smooth should give you approximately 3-4 hours continual use. More that enough for even the most stubborn hard skin. Replacement rollers can be purchased separately. Each one should last 2-3 months with regular use.
The Emjoi Micro pedi is one of the best known electric hard skin removers on the market. Operating in much the same way as the popular scholl express pedi. The device is a bit shorter and wider, has two replaceable rotating rollers of different coarseness. The Emjoy runs from two AA batteries. If you suffer from hard skin, callus, and don’t want to use a foot scraper then you can’t really go wrong with the Emjoi. The replaceable rollers come in two grades and are competitively priced. As with all electric hard skin removers, depending on how bad your hard skin is you may want to put a towel to collect the dust.
Another device with extensive marketing in the mainstream media. The JML comes from a long line of handy home use gadgets. The JML pedi is quite different to the other Scholl and Emjoi devices as it is gripped in the centre of the hand making it ideal for people with limited grip strength. The dome shape makes it very easy to apply to the foot. Running from 4 AA batteries the device has a similar running time to other products, this can be improved by purchasing higher strength batteries.
Reviews of the best Manual Hard Skin RemoversLOVE PUMICE #1 Amazing Synthetic Glass Pumice Stone (Pack of 4)
The Love Pumice are an interesting device as they are totally synthetic. With over 295 5 star reviews they’re obviously worth a look. They feature two grades of surface in two different colours to easily identify which one.
Top Tips for Removing Hard Skin
- Thoroughly wash & dry your feet before starting.
- Fully charge your device and preferably use heavy duty batteries.
- Use a tray, or better still a towel to catch any hard skin dust.
- Use a dust mask if your condition is particularly bad or you have breathing problems.
What if Electric Hard Skin Removers Don’t Work?
There are times when a “do it yourself” device isn’t an option. If you have trouble reaching your feet or if you finding that your device isn’t powerful enough, and you have particularly stubborn hard skin. You’re probably better off visiting a chiropodist or a podiatrist. They have mains powered powerful dust extraction or spray drills that can do the job quickly and efficiently.