HoMedics FMS-270H Deep Kneading Shiatsu Review
Good day, all. And thanks for joining us for this HoMedics FMS-270H Deep Kneading Shiatsu Review. In this feature, we will be taking a close look at a superb ‘deep kneading’ foot massager that is currently available from the Homedics range. We will give you a rundown on all the positive points, along with any negative, that this product has to offer you.
Did you know that not only does a good foot massage feel relaxing and enjoyable but offers multiple health benefits as well? These include improved blood circulation and revitalize your muscles, along with the soothing massage feelings.
However, there are so many foot massagers available in this very competitive market. The designs and massage techniques also vary considerably, so you may feel rather overwhelmed by the vast number of choices available. That’s why we would like to introduce you to the HoMedics FMS-270H Deep Kneading Shiatsu foot massager. In our opinion, it’s an excellent option, so let’s find out why…
Design and Controls
Firstly the HoMedics massager is an open design, as opposed to an enclosed design, where you place your feet into the device. With this massager, you simply place your feet onto the massage cut out feet patterns to receive a massage.
This is a nice low and flat profile that makes it very easy to store. With dimensions are 14.5 x 13.5 x 4.5 inches, and it weighs just short of seven pounds. The low slung design means you can literally just slide it under your couch or armchair after use if you so wish.
The platform has been designed to be made large enough to cater for all sizes of feet, up to size thirteen.
And a feature that we really like is that you can select the massager settings using toe-touch controls. If you have issues bending down, this will be really helpful. It also means you could be sat at your desk, for example, enjoying a massage, while doing some other work and not be interrupted by having to lean over and fiddle about with the settings.
Once you have got a feel as too where each control is, which really will not take that long, you will find it a breeze to solely operate this massager with just toe-touching.
A breathable webbed fabric covers the moving parts that have contact with your feet. These are removable and fully washable.
The deep kneading massage nodes that come into contact with the soles of your feet mimic the traditional Chinese Shiatsu technique.
Both cut out foot patterns have three massage heads, and each of these heads has three massage nodes. So in all, there are a total of 9 nodes to concentrate on each foot. These continuously work on the soles of your feet, giving you the wonderful feeling of an enjoyable Shiatsu massage.
Each massage head rotates around its own axis, with each node in constant contact with your sole. The clever design means that the heads do not rotate in the same direction, or, at the same time. They are all working in different directions to each other, touching different areas of your soles. This recreates the feeling you get from having a massage with real human hands.
However, there is no pressure control…
Some may find the pressure applied to your feet just a bit too harsh. Especially at first, if you are not used to regular foot massages, as the soles of our feet are very sensitive. If this is the case, then we suggest placing a towel over the footprints and place your feet on top of that. This will just soften the pressure enough for you to get used to it.
A final point is that the nodes are almost virtually silent. The motor that runs creates little more than a subtle ‘hum.’ So you will not be disturbed if you wish to kick back and watch the TV, or if you are concentrating on work.
The FMS-270H also has a heat feature included. Therefore, if you wish, you can choose to have your feet warmed during your massage experience. This setting created a warming and calming effect, and not just to your feet, but the warmth will spread up into your ankles and lower legs.
This greatly aids relaxation to all the muscles in your feet and ankles. Blood flow will surge and cause that most soothing of sensations, which makes a foot massage so appealing. And you can activate this setting on and off quite easily with just the tap of a toe.
We will just warn you, however, that the heat setting is rather slow at getting up to temperature. Therefore, you may want to turn it on and leave it a while before you actually use it.
More Shiatsu Options
Are you also interested in the superb benefits of a great shiatsu massage on other parts of your body? If so, it’s worth taking a look at our in-depth Best Neck and Shoulder Massager reviews, as well as our reviews of the Best Back Massagers and the Best Handheld Massagers currently available.
You may also be interested in our Zyllion ZMA 14 Shiatsu Neck Back review.
HoMedics FMS-270H Deep Kneading Shiatsu Review Pros and Cons
- Toe-touch controls.
- Separate heat function.
- Can accommodate larger feet.
- Easy to move and store.
- Massage node pressure is just one setting.
- This only massages the soles of your feet.
- Slow to warm up.
HoMedics FMS-270H Deep Kneading Shiatsu Review Conclusion
There you have it, then, an informative guide to what the HoMedics FMS-279H has to offer you. In our opinion, there are many good points to this model, and we are sure you will not be disappointed if you decide to buy one.
But bear in mind that this is an ‘open’ design massager. This means you place your feet onto the massage footprints, unlike ‘closed’ designs, where you insert your feet into the machine. The main difference thus being, with open designs, only the soles of your feet receive the massage, not the whole foot. Therefore, if you want a machine that can massage your complete foot, this is not the model for you.
But, the convenience of the FMS-279H is clear, it is lightweight and easy to just plonk down in front of your easy chair, couch, office chair, wherever really, then switch it on and away you go. The massage is firm and pleasant to enjoy with there is no need for any complicated setup or preparation time.
There you go, it can’t get much better than that!
Thanks for joining us this time for our HoMedics FMS-270H Deep Kneading Shiatsu review. Until next time, happy massaging!