Are you someone who works long hours at a desk? If the answer is yes, then you know how important comfort is. Nothing destroys productivity faster than discomfort. Welcome to my guide to choosing the best under desk foot massager. These nifty massagers are a great addition to any office. They allow you to break away from the stress of work – at least momentarily – to reset your mind in foot massage bliss.
In this guide, I share the top 5 models currently on the market, reviews of each model, and assorted tips to help you land on the right massager for under your desk. Since massagers are different sizes, and we all have our own preferences, I’m confident that my guide will lead you to the right choice. In fact, I’m a bit obsessed with optimizing the area below my desk for ultimate comfort, so you’re in good hands here.
|#1) Nekteck Shiatsu Foot Massager||
|#2) Miko Foot Massager||
|#3) HoMedics Foot Massager with Infrared Heat||
|#4) Cloud Massage Foot Massager||
|#5) TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller||
Under Desk Foot Massager Reviews
I bet your feet are begging for a massage from one of these devices at this point! Now, it’s time to take a closer look at each of the units to see what makes them great. As you probably already noticed, there are features that you may or may not be able to live without. For example, some people love their massager, yet they wish there was an adjustable height setting for under-the-desk use. This was one of the reasons I chose the Nekteck unit as my top choice.
You might also prefer the convenience of a manual foot massager over a machine with moving parts. In each individual review below, I share the pros & cons of owning each. Once you have a chance to ponder the pros & cons, you’ll know for sure which massager will suit you the best.
Nekteck Shiatsu Foot Massager
The Nekteck foot massager offers just about everything you need for a proper under-desk foot massage at an affordable price. As I mentioned already, one of my favorite features of this machine is the adjustable feet that offer three height levels. The massager itself features a total of 6 massage heads with 18 total rotating massage nodes. Plus, there’s the option to use the unit with or without heat.
Another highlight for me is how easy this machine is to use. There’s no need to strap yourself in or have to worry about disengaging your feet to stand up from your desk since all the massaging is done on the top surface. With other machines, it’s more of a chore to get up and down from the machine. If you’re someone who often needs to get up while working, this type of machine is your best bet.
The low-profile design of the Nekteck massager makes it compatible with desks of all heights. The one feature the unit is missing is a remote control, however, Nekteck solved this problem with the large power button that you may operate with your foot. There’s really no need to ever bend down with this machine since everything is controlled by a single large button.
Miko Foot Massager
For those of you who prefer total foot coverage during your massage, the Miko massager is worth a long look. Unlike the Nekteck unit that uses massage heads only, the Miko unit combines the power of massage heads and air compression technology. Additionally, if you prefer to have different intensity level options, the Miko massager brings those to the table, unlike the Nekteck unit.
Choose between 5 air pressure settings with the included remote to find your sweet spot. The massager offers deep-kneading action, shiatsu rolling, and heat for the ultimate foot massage experience at your desk. The final feature I like is the removable & washable foot liners to keep the inside of the foot chambers fresh.
Keep in mind, there is no height adjustment with this massager, which is one of the biggest drawbacks for under desk use. It really comes down to your current desk configuration and how you prefer to position your feet during your massage. If the flat angle is good for you, this is definitely one of the best under desk foot massagers on the market.
HoMedics Foot Massager with Infrared Heat
This model by HoMedics is currently the best-rated HoMedics unit for under desk use. Its functionality is very similar to the Nekteck massager, except it’s missing the option to adjust the height. Other than that missing feature, the massage heads offer the same type of circular kneading shiatsu massage motion that travels up and down your feet. Plus, there’s the option to add heat to enhance the soothing effect of the massage and stimulate blood flow.
People with large feet will be happy to know that this massager is made to handle large feet with its generous platform. Breathable fabric on the platform ensures that the machine stays dry and comfortable with the heat turned on. Lastly, like the Nekteck massager, this massager uses the same type of single power button that you operate with your toe without bending over.
Cloud Massage Foot Massager
If you’re ready to go all-in with an under desk foot massager, the Cloud machine is the best foot and leg massager currently available. Of the five units in this guide, it does cost the most, but the quality of the massage and the features it offers go beyond the other four massagers. One feature that I love for comfortable under desk use is the adjustable bar. The bar allows users of all heights and sizes to find their sweet spot without having to sit at an awkward angle. This is critical for achieving a distraction-free massage experience while seated in a natural position.
Additionally, this machine has the ability to massage your calves, ankles, and more of your feet than the other units in this guide. The massager features air compression, heat, and rolling ball massagers with adjustable intensity levels. The only real drawback to this machine is its large size and weight compared to the other units in this guide. If you have a small desk with low clearance, be sure to take the required measurements first to ensure there’s enough room to house the Cloud massager.
TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller
The final massager is the best manual foot massager for under desk use. If you’re unconcerned about heat and all the other bells & whistles, the TheraFlow massager is an excellent option. According to TheraFlow, the company poured a ton of time and resources into perfecting the design of its massagers. Each acupressure nub is precisely placed and spaced for optimal benefit.
The roller uses the principles of acupressure and reflexology to deliver not only a soothing massage experience but a therapeutic one as well. Each massager comes with a foot reflexology chart. One of the reasons I like this roller a lot is portability. At just 1.5 lbs, you can bring this massager with you almost anywhere unlike the heavier units in this guide. Plus, there are no moving or electronic parts to worry about breaking.
TheraFlow is so confident that you’ll be satisfied with its roller that it backs it with a lifetime warranty and satisfaction guarantee. This massager is currently a #1 best seller for a reason. The company is awesome and so are its rollers.
Now you’ve learned how to choose the best under desk foot massager and the top models currently available. I’m sure that you know by now which unit is best for you, but if you don’t, here’s a quick recap. All of the units in this guide offer quiet operation that won’t disturb your coworkers. If you desire a more complete foot massage, the Miko and Cloud massagers are your best bet because they combine air compression therapy with massage rollers.
The HoMedics and Nekteck units are very, very similar. Both massagers use the same technology with massage heads to mimic a real shiatsu massage. They also offer optional heat for improved circulation and to warm up cold feet.
The final type of massager is the TheraFlow manual roller. While this unit provides the lightest massage of the massagers in this guide, most people are thrilled with it for the price. By taking these final points into consideration, you give yourself the best chance of choosing the right under desk massager the first time. Enjoy!