Mother’s Day is all about pampering our mums, so it's little wonder relaxation products seem to top the list of popular gift ideas. For this test we decided to give our lab testers the day off and asked CHOICE member (and mum!), Monique Brunello, and her family to be our home testers. The focus this time around was gifts for mums.
What we did
We sent Monique massaging slippers from Conair, a foot warmer from Beurer Living and a Homedics Bath Spa. We asked Monique to give us her feedback on:
- Ease of use
We also asked:
- Would she use the products?
- Would she buy them?
Conair Massaging Slippers CVSW19A
Monique rated the Conair Massaging Slippers borderline for ease of use, saying “it took a few minutes to figure out where the batteries went” and that it’s “easy to accidentally switch the slippers on”. She said "a photo of the tab located at the heel of the slipper would have made it easier to find the battery compartment". Once the slippers were on she found them to be noisy – “generating a whirring sound” – and rated the massaging effect poorly. However, she found the slippers themselves to be quite comfortable when they weren’t turned on for massaging, and would wear them often just as slippers. While the packaging says the slippers fit up to a size 9, Monique (a size 6 1/2) said they fitted her well, there was no room to spare, so people with larger shoes sizes should try them in the store first.
Beurer Living Shiatsu Foot Warmer FWM50
Monique found the heat and massage settings of the Beurer Living Shiatsu Foot Warmer difficult to adjust, and said that once her feet were in the warmer “you have to change the settings by ‘feel’ as you can’t see the buttons”. The cord length is also quite short – she had to move a dining chair to the electric socket, which was inconvenient. She said “the warmer is noisy and I didn’t feel it was particularly warm”. The massage parts were uncomfortable and the massage mode unpleasant – though her husband and children found it more enjoyable to use. Monique was concerned about the cleaning aspect of the slippers - she said that although the warmer can be wiped, "I wonder if the warmer would smell if used often".
Homedics Body Bubbles Bath Spa BA-M200-CA
The Body Bubbles Spa Bath from Homedics turns your ordinary bath into a whole body bubble massager. Monique was impressed with this product, rating it very good for performance and comfort. She found the bubbles to be powerful and the mat comfortable; however, the motor was quite noisy with a “whining sound similar to a vacuum cleaner”. It was easy to fit each component together but Monique said "there was a lot of bending required to place the mat and suction cups in the bath correctly". She wasn’t concerned about the safety of the product (the pump and control unit are designed to sit outside the bath) but found cleaning the mat to be off-putting and said storage would be a concern.
Monique said she wouldn’t buy any of these products. The Conair Massaging Slippers would get the most use but without the massaging mode, and while her family would use the Beurer Living Shiatsu Foot Warmer, she wouldn’t. The whole family enjoyed the Homedics Bath Spa, but for Monique the cleaning regime and storage was enough to deter her.