The best foot file products, along with pumice stones, are the tried and true products in the foot care kingdom. Unlike pumice stones, however, files are designed to handle the toughest calluses your feet can throw at them. If the cheese-grater-like appearance of a foot file intimidates you, just remember files function under the same principle as a facial exfoliating scrub. They simply remove more dead cells at a faster rate. Contrary to popular belief, not all files – no matter how much they may resemble a cheese grater – are sharpened. Although dull files will not be able to remove every callus, they are still more effective than pumice stones. Thicker calluses will likely require tougher and/or shaper files, however consumers with tender feet may prefer to take the long road and slowly wear down their calluses with a dull file.
We’ve reviewed three of the best foot file products on the market and compiled lists of pros and cons for each. Which file would it take to remove your calluses?
|- Callus free in minutes|
- Use it wet or dry
- Easy to clean
|(5 / 5)|
|- Helps remove thick calluses|
- Use on dry skin
- Safe and gentle
|(5 / 5)|
|- Perfect solution for dry, calloused and cracked heels|
- Large yet light weight design
- Gives equally good results on both dry and wet feet
|(5 / 5)|
Best Foot File Reviews
Pediperl Callus Remover Foot File Review
This file features a more refined design with an ergonomic handle to accommodate the file’s motion. It costs more than most comparable tools, and the file is made of stainless steel. The description warns not to use the file too vigorously because your skin may react by building new calluses to protect itself.
Because this file can be used on wet or dry skin, it is safe to use in the shower or on the front porch.
People point out that this long file is less effective than smaller tools they have used before, because regardless of how long the handle is, the file is not rough enough to take care of major calluses. People who liked it point out the product’s durability and ease of use. Others with tender feet claim this file is the only variety they have come across that does not hurt while still getting the job done.
- Looks less like a cheese grater
- Very gentle for a metal file
- Very long handle
- Can be used on wet or dry skin
- May not remove especially thick calluses
Robanda Mr. Pumice Metal Foot File Review
The first claim in the product description is that this file removes thick calluses. Its design is as practical and straightforward as its introduction. It is not designed for wet skin and ought to be used on dry feet only.
The Robanda website claims that Mr. Pumice products are the “World’s Finest Quality.” Mr. Pumice makes a variety of pumice stones, but this file is their first metal product.
Those with small feet praised the size of the file, calling it sturdy and easy to hold. Others did complain that the file’s shape did not allow users to effectively file calluses on curved parts of the foot.
- Good size for smaller feet
- Easy to hold
- Difficult to angle
- May create additional problems for users with excessively dry skin
Colossal Foot Rasp Foot File and Callus Remover Review
As the first word of its name would suggest, this is an enormous file. The makers have supreme confidence in their product, offering a 30 day money back guarantee, a fact they happily watermark on nearly every image. While many other files emphasize the fact that their products are not sharp, this file touts “appropriate blade sharpness.” Because it is made with surgical grade stainless steel, it can be used on dry or wet skin.
- Easy to use
- Sharp enough to tackle the worst calluses
- Money back guarantee
- Can be used on dry or wet feet
- Some reviews may be biased
- Size may be difficult to use with small feet
Files come in every size, shape, and sharpness that you could possibly need. The trick lies in figuring out which one best fits your situation. For tough calluses, the Colossal Foot Rasp is probably the best choice. Although it is anything but delicate, it is designed to remove the toughest skin. No matter how long you have left your calluses to build up, this tool can get them off. The only potential drawback is the size. Although more is usually better, shoes come in different sizes for a reason. This file may not be able to reach the inner curves of tiny feet, and if you have sensitive skin, this file could be the stuff of nightmares.
The second best option seems to be the Pediperl. If your skin is delicate, this is the ideal tool. By softening your feet in a bath of shower, you can maximize the file’s efficiency and make your calluses easier to work through. This file is narrow enough to fit any angle, and the unsharpened stainless steel blade can stand up to moisture. The Pediperl is, unfortunately, more expensive than the Colossal file.
Despite its claims, the Mr. Pumice File is least likely to suit your needs. It costs about the same as the Colossal rasp, and even though it’s smaller, it has the worst customer reviews out of all three products.