Where is the unit manufactured? Foot baths manufactured in America have proven to be more reliable and of better quality than those made overseas. In addition, it is easier to contact manufacturers in the U.S. for customer service and warranty issues. Ask to see an owner’s manual for the product prior to purchasing. Is the English broken and the grammar poor? This could be a sign of a company claiming the product is made in the U.S. when it is merely resold unit from a toy factory in China.
What is the cost of ownership? Every ionic foot bath on the market has consumable products that have to be replaced. Whether it is the entire array or the metal plates, liners for the tub, etc. The cost of replacing these items should be a major issue to consider for the buyer. Here are some tips to consider regarding cost of ownership:
How is the array sanitized between uses? If the ionizing components are hidden in a plastic enclosure, they cannot be sanitized easily. You risk transmitting biological material from one person to another if you are unable to remove the debris from the array easily between sessions. Complicated plate designs and the “cheese grater” and “wire wrapped” enclosures are to be avoided. An open array design provides the best option for optimum sanitation.
Is there a return policy? If there is an issue that necessitates returning a unit, the auction resellers will often refer you to the manufacturer located overseas, or they will play the “all sales are final” card. Either way, you get stuck with a unit that didn’t meet your expectations, or simply doesn’t work. Most reputable companies will offer a return policy, and may even extend that time frame to allow you to feel the benefit of a detox foot bath before deciding to keep the unit.
Should safety be a major concern? There are basic components and certifications that should be demanded by the consumer for an ionic footbath. A GFCI, UL listed power supply, FCC compliance (when applicable) and RoHS certifications are obligatory. “Safety charts” and other scare tactics on websites is simply advertising attempting to pull you towards their product. The reality is there have been no reported injuries from any ionic footbath since they became available in the 1990’s. However, it is important to note that many units manufactured overseas seem to have poor production quality and can cause issues, particularly regarding the use of lead in manufacturing. As stated previously, American made units is a minimum requirement for consideration.