These super handy little devices, sometimes called callus shavers or foot scrubbers, will change your life, or at the very least make your feet much smoother and nicer looking. If you are tired of spending hours using a pumice stone to remove calluses and dry cracked skin an electric callus remover is worth a try. Not only are they are inexpensive, easy to find and will give you similar results to what you would get from a profession pedicure without the high cost, they are also fast and painless.
Shopping for one of these callus removers can be confusing, they all kind of look the same and have very similar features, making it hard to figure out which is the best product to buy. To help you find the best electric callus remover to suit your needs, we have compared a few of the top sellers to help you narrow down your search.
What to Look For
You want to get the best product for the money, but if you have just started trying to find the best callus remover you may have found the many of the most popular shavers seem to have very few differences in price or features, making the buying process that much more confusing. There are differences between these types of devices, but you have to know what to look for. To find a callus shaver that will work the best for you, consider the following questions:
How is it powered? There are three options: it will have a cord that plugs in and you use it while it is plugged in, it will come with some kind of rechargeable batteries, or it will use standard (probably) AA batteries. If you have to replace the battery, you may want to include that when you consider the price of a particular model.
Is it water resistant? Can it be used in the shower? Most of the best-selling products are water resistant, meaning that you can clean them under a tap, but you don’t want to submerge the unit fully in water or use them in the shower. If you are looking for a something that is waterproof that you can use in the shower, there are a couple of products on the market that are waterproof. Check out PediBunny and Ckeyin, although keep in mind most shavers work best if your feet are dry (think about wet sandpaper).
How strong is the motor? The stronger the motor, the better the shaver will work. When you are shaving off the calluses, you gently touch the device into your skin. Some users complain that certain shavers stop working when you apply too much pressure because the motor isn’t strong enough, but you have to remember that you shouldn’t really be pressing the device down on your skin too hard. If your calluses are really bad, look at the RPM of the motor of any product you are considering.
What is the material on the roller? How many rollers does it come with? Everyone has different needs for their feet and different sensitivities, so you may want to ensure you get a product that will allow you to change the roller to something other than the standard roller that the device comes with. The company Emjoi lets you buy extra rollers that are regular, course, super course, extreme course, and they even have elbow exfoliation roller that you can use with your callus shavers on your elbows.
How often do you have to replace the roller? For pretty much all of these units, you will have to replace the rollers at some point. It isn’t usually very expensive, but depending on how much you use it, the rollers will wear out (kind of like sandpaper or nail files).
Is it easy to clean? Obviously no one wants a product that is going to be a pain to clean. For the most part these shavers are very easy to clean, you either just remove the head and rinse under cold water, clean the rollers under cold water or use a cleaning brush that comes with the set.
Price Think about how much are you willing to spend. These products range in from around $20 to almost $100 for a professional quality shaver. If you are looking for a good, high quality callus remover without all the bells and whistles expect to pay between $30-$40.
Where do you Buy Electric Callus Removers?
You can get them at most big retailers, including Walmart, Target, Walgreen, etc. Most major drugstores will also stock some models, most likely the Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Pedicure Foot File, I’ve seen that one all over the place. Of course you can buy them online through places like eBay or Amazon, as well as directly from some of the manufacturers. If you are buying online remember to pay close attention to the return policy in case you end up with a defective product. Also make sure you check shipping rates and times.
The Bottom Line
Having dry cracked feet can be painful and embarrassing, and not everyone has the time or the budget to get regular pedicures to keep their feet looking tip top. Callus shavers are a good, inexpensive option to help get rid of unsightly, dry skin on your feet for a very low cost. They are easy to use, don’t hurt and you can use them in the privacy of your own home.