Call me naive but I love those TV ads showing gadgets that can do seemingly wonderful things with no effort. My latest purchase as a result of a TV ad catching my eye is a PediPro Deluxe, which looked like it could get my feet beach ready in an instant.
Hopefully any moment now, summer is going to show it’s face and my feet are badly in need of a pedicure. Could this gadget get them sandal-ready without the hassle of making an appointment and for less than the price of a single pedicure?
The answer: yes and no.
This machine looked so good in the ad, I think I expected miracles, mind you, gadget always do. In some ways I did get what I was looking for. All the hard skin is gone and my feet are much smoother and better looking now after just 5 minutes with this thing. But I have to say, there are a few things that I’m not so excited about.
I wasn’t impressed by the quality of the gadget for the price. The design looks good – it’s pink, smooth and shiny – a piece of kit that looks like it is fun to use. But areas where the various heads are attached and the battery compartment seem a bit fragile to me. They are made of hard plastic and I’m not sure this would stand up to heavy use. Only time will tell, of course, as I only bought it yesterday. Luckily, it comes with a 12 month guarantee so I’ll take it back if it breaks.
Batteries are not included. It seems a bit much to shell out nearly £20 for a thing like this and have to spend more to actually make it work! You need 4 AA size batteries.
The machine comes with a two-speed fast rotating blade that gently removes hard skin and a number of buffing disks to smooth the skin but I’m finding the heads quite awkward to switch. I don’t seem to have got the hang of that yet. I’m not sure if it’s me or the machine. I’d like it to be a little more fool-proof though even if it’s because of me being gadget challenged.
I’d like better instructions. The sheet included with the Pedi Pro Deluxe gives you instructions for adding the batteries etc but no info on how to get the best results from the product. I was left wondering whether it was better to use it before or after my shower, how often the heads should be used for best results etc.
I managed to make my feet a bit sore, probably by using it for too long for a first time user. The instructions do say to go gently the first time you use it but I wanted R-E-S-U-L-T-S.
Am I pleased I bought it? Yes, on the whole – it’s nice to have smooth feet again that I don’t need to hide away any more without shelling out for a pedicure. Hubbie asked me why I couldn’t just use a pumice stone but I have tried that before and this gadget is so much better than that – it whisks away areas of hard skin and turns them into fine powder so fast compared to using a pumice. I always lost patience with that. I was going to try a PedEgg as many people rave about them but I think it is probably better than that too as it spins so fast.
I’d probably give it 3.5 stars out of 5 if I had to give it a rating (because of the build quality) but I do like my smooth feet 🙂
Available in the UK at Boots (where I got mine) or direct from JML where it will cost extra for delivery. Sorry that I couldn’t find the product in the US but there are probably similar products available. Watch out for reviews first as some will be better than others.