About Hoshi Heated Foot Pads

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Jun 8, 2016

Hoshi Heated Foot Pads stick to the bottom of your feet and promise to help relieve sore, aching muscles for up to 10 hours while you sleep. How? According to the manufacturer, the process works over three steps:

  1. Apply Hoshi Pads to the soles of your feet using the attached adhesive.
  2. The therapeutic heat will penetrate your soles and increase the amount of metabolic waste released by your body, including water, urea, lactic acid, and sodium.
  3. The activated charcoal inside the Pads will change color to let you know they’re finished. Simply remove the damp pad in the morning upon waking.

In addition, these all-natural Foot Pads are infused with lavender essential oils that can provide soothing, relaxing aromatherapy, which the company claims will leave you refreshed and revitalized.

Whether you spend a lot of time on your feet or not, each and every one of us could use some soothing heat and pleasant smells at the end of a long day. But will Hoshi Heated Foot Pads really help release your metabolic waste? Are they really “like a sauna for your feet as you sleep”? We’ll explore it all so you can make a smarter purchase.

First, let’s take a look at how the process works.

Can Hoshi Heated Pads Really Help You Detox?

A little background information: The primary reason we sweat is to help decrease body temperature; each time a droplet of sweat evaporates, it takes a little bit of heat with it.

However, there are many benefits related to sweating other than regulating temperature. These include unclogging pores and improving the appearance of skin, balancing mood, boosting immune response, reducing high blood pressure, and more. Sweating can even help remove impurities from our body, like alcohol, cholesterol, salt, some trace metals and other chemicals—as well as the water, urea, lactic acid, and sodium mentioned in the Hoshi commercial.

The thing is that an otherwise healthy body is already fairly efficient at removing impurities like these (and many more), whether through sweating or other biological processes. Will Hoshi Heated Foot Pads provide your body with an extra boost, though?

While the manufacturer doesn’t provide any evidence to back up their claims, and there weren’t any online customer reviews at the time of our research, you’ll find dozens of other manufacturers selling “detoxification pads” like Hoshi. Although it’s not heated, the originator is Kinoki (more about this in a second), who seems to have been met with quite a bit of skepticism. To get a general idea of the situation, we’d highly recommend reading this link.

Bottom line? Although there are some sound benefits to sweating, there’s little-to-no clinical evidence showing that detoxification pads—whether heated or otherwise—can provide any real-world benefits. And the darkening? That’s just a chemical reaction between the activated charcoal and moisture, not any impurities being drawn from your body.

How Much Do Hoshi Heated Foot Pads Cost?

One set of 10 Hoshi Foot Pads will cost you $10 plus $6.99 S&H. You’ll be able to purchase a second set for an additional $6.99 S&H at checkout.

All Hoshi Pads come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This means that if you purchased the BOGO offer, you could lose twice as much in shipping as you’ll receive as a refund.

Nonetheless, you can request a refund by calling Telebrands customer service at 855-789-4109.

What do we know about Telebrands?

More About Hoshi’s Manufacturer

As the largest company in the ASOTV industry, Telebrands has boasted many different hits over the years, some of the more recent being Red Copper Pan, Lazer Bond, and Mighty Blaster. Regardless of when they were released, most of Telebrands’ products come with relatively low customer ratings (typically 2 stars or less). Why?

Related: Telebrands Reaches a Settlement with the NJ Attorney General

Most complaints seem to revolve around lower-than-expected quality, performance issues, and difficult customer service experiences. However, this holds true for nearly all ASOTV companies, so it’s not unique to Telebrands and isn’t necessarily indicative of what you’ll experience with Hoshi Foot Pads.

Are There Other Products Like Hoshi Heated Pads?

Despite the near complete lack of evidence supporting any of their claims (and after being investigated by ABC’s 20/20 in 2008), Kinoki’s detox foot pads seem to be more popular than ever. And to meet this consumer demand, you’ll also find dozens of different pads from different manufacturers, which you can see for yourself by searching online for “heated adhesive foot pad,” “heated aromatherapy foot pad,” and “aromatherapy heat pad.”

Admittedly, not all of these will be designed the same and not all will be heated, but they all claim to remove impurities through the soles of your feet.

From a price perspective, most of these options seem to be less expensive than Hoshi, especially considering its ultra-high, non-refundable S&H charges. To help you save even more money, many of these pads are available through local retailers, cutting your S&H costs to $0.

Will Hoshi Heated Foot Pads Leave You Feverish With Disappointment?

Look, there’s little doubt that the gentle heat provided by a pair of Hoshi Pads, along with their pleasant lavender scent, would be a welcome way to relax at the end of a long day. So, if that’s your primary goal—as long as you understand you’re risking a lot on S&H charges—we can’t think of a reason why Hoshi Pads wouldn’t work as advertised.

Pro tip: Just so you’re aware of all your options, you can even purchase reusable heated/aromatherapy booties that might only cost a few cents per use when averaged out over time.

On the other hand, if you’re expecting Hoshi’s Pads to draw toxins out of your body (anything more than with regular sweating) or provide any additional pain relief than a basic heated pad, there simply isn’t enough clinical evidence to support the manufacturer’s claims. Just keep in mind that if you tend to sleep hot, these pads might make you sweat a lot more than you were bargaining for!

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