About Emjoi Micro Pedi
If your unruly feet have ever held you back from sporting sandals on a warm day, the Emjoi Micro Pedi just might be an answer to your prayers. A battery-operated callus remover, the Micro-Pedi promises to polish your feet from heel to toe, all at the push of a button.
Prior to the Emjoi Micro Pedi, smoothing dry and cracked feet often meant taking desperate measures: Pumice stones require so much elbow grease to be effective, using one could be considered cardio. Alternatively, cheese-grater like contraptions that promise to slough off dead skin yield uneven results. Let’s also not forget that terrifying bunion-razor that we’ve all used with fervor at least once — until it removes a rather necessary piece of your foot.
Instead, the Micro-Pedi appears to do the work for you! The handheld device boasts a comfortable, ergonomic design and a 1,800 RPM motor that promises to handle even the most stubborn foot problems, including calluses, corns and cracked skin.
How Emjoi Micro Pedi Works
Using a battery-operated spinning roller with two different micro mineral heads (blue is extra-course, while pink is less course for finer exfoliation), the Emoji Micro Pedi promises to do the dead skin buffing work for you.
The Micro-Pedi appears to be very simple to operate. Users are directed to press the power button and glide the mineral roller back and forth or in a circular motion for removal of dead skin.
The roller spins 360°, offering fast results with a method that’s safer than metal scrapers and easier to use than a pumice stone.
What Emjoi Micro Pedi Costs
Emjoi Micro-Pedi is currently available at emjoi.com for $39.95, with free shipping and handling within the US. Refills through the Emjoi site run $39.95 for a pack of four.
However, if purchased through their “As Seen on TV” microsite, the Micro Pedi is priced at $19.99, plus $7.99 S&H.
Alternatively, the Micro-Pedi is available through Amazon starting at $29.95. Refills can be purchased there also and are available in different levels of coarseness, which might be handy if you need some super-strength removal power. Refills on Amazon come in packs of four, and cost anywhere from $10.95 to $34.00, depending on which level of coarseness you choose.
While not affecting the product’s performance, Amazon customers are cautioned that the color of their device might vary. Additionally, while some of Emjoi Micro’s resellers offer straightforward refund/warranty policies, there wasn’t anything listed on the primary website (found here). On top of this, there wasn’t a customer service phone number listed on the website (only a contact form) to verify this information.
Is Emjoi Really Making Feet Happy?
Cursed with hobbit-feet that are only made worse by hardwood floors and a dry climate, my curiosity was immediately piqued at the possibility of smoother feet.
After all, the Emjoi Micro Pedi, and its successor the Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano, have earned 2,000 reviews on Amazon alone! Convinced by the Micro-Pedi’s 4.5 star rating, I immediately bookmarked the page for a future purchase.
But reading through the reviews brought up a lot of questions: Why were reviewers so polarized in their opinion? And why were so many of the 5-star reviews from users who didn’t have a purchase history with Amazon?
Non-habitual Amazon shoppers might not be aware of the growing trend of sellers purchasing positive reviews — a problem so widespread that Forbes wrote an article exploring the effects of review fraud on consumers.
While I can’t say for certain that Emjoi is or is not purchasing positive reviews, there are still diversified opinions as to Micro-Pedi’s effectiveness. Here are two reviews marked by Amazon as “Verified Purchases”:
“...I wage a constant battle with rough, dry skin. As for calluses- I am an overachiever. I have often joked with my daughter that I need to use a belt sander on them. Not anymore. The Micro-Pedi sends all other tools (pumice, ped eggs etc, and yes, belt sanders) into the trash.” (SheSaid, January 10, 2012)
“...This device was such a disappointment that I am doubtful that all these people could have honestly reviewed it positively. I couldn't get it to work for me. My sister could not. My daughter had no luck with it. My neighbor tried it and failed. How the heck are you all getting this to work? Yes, yes, we know about the "light touch" thing. The little roller keeps rolling but it just doesn't ***do*** anything. We tried both rollers, pink and blue. Nothin'.” (Grandma Pearle, March 20, 2012)
Alternatively, this YouTube review offers a satisfied first-person account of using the Emjoi Micro-Pedi.
When it Comes to Callus Removers, You Have Options
With this said, keep in mind that you have dozens of callus removal products from which to choose, including similar devices such as Personal Pedi, as well as ones that take different approaches, such as Callous Clear, Callus RX, and Callus Magic. In fact, callus removal products are so widespread that you’ll almost certainly be able to purchase one at a retailer near you, which could make the return process much easier in the event you’re dissatisfied.
The Bottom Line on Emjoi Micro Pedi
If you want to keep your heels from cracking on a regular basis (and can't afford or don't like spa pedicures), this product might be your next must-use. After all, it did receive plenty of positive attention for pulverizing dead skin instantly and safely.
However, some customers reported that all the dead skin falling away can land on your floor, requiring some cleanup afterward. Additionally, if used frequently, you might dull your rollers and need to replace them every couple of weeks.