Electric callus removers always feel like a gamble. The idea of removing calluses so effortlessly has immense appeal, but at the same time – how can you trust those dainty little things to work? Think of all the battery-powered gizmos you’ve bought over the years that have let you down. Then think of all the handheld appliances that made your life easier. It’s impossible to tell which of these categories a product will fall into by simply looking at it.
The Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Callus Remover is one of the most popular electric callus removers on the market today. The flood of advertising buoying the device across the media makes it difficult to tell reality from spin, but the truth is out there, and we’ve combed through the fact and fiction to present a thorough review.
Product Review of the Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Callus Remover
Like all electric callus removers, the Nano uses a small motor to power a rotating head at the end of the device. This spinning head then does the work you would usually put into rubbing a pumice stone or other buffing tool against your callus. The fine grit on the head pulverizes skin as the mechanism spins. All you have to do is flip the switch and place the device against the callus.
Emjoi took customer feedback from previous models into consideration when building the Nano, and this device comes with a more powerful motor than previous designs along with a more ergonomic grip for ease of use. Since the motor is the heart and soul of an electric callus remover, this is very good news for prospective buyers.
The design is extremely simple and nestles into your palm as you work on your feet. Although the device may be too small for some users to really enjoy, no one can complain that it is too large.
One of the Nano’s best features is its refills. Although no one is ever excited to replace parts of a tool, all Emjoi roller heads are compatible with the Nano. This means if you thought the basic roller that came with the product was too rough, you can buy gentler replacements. Looking for more oomph in your grit? There are several varieties of rough roller heads to take on any callus.
The batteries are somewhat less fun to replace. The Nano uses two AA batteries, and those batteries are not included in your initial order. It’s important to note that as easy as replacements can be, no roller head replacements come with an initial order, either. You can buy them at the same time and have them shipped in the same order, but it’s still an extra expense not included with the base price of the product.
There is a trick to using electric filers, and you can easily tell by customers’ responses who has mastered this art and who has not. Unlike a manual file, the Nano’s spinning head is meant to do the work for you. Pressing it too hard against your skin will stop the spinning motion, because your muscles have more power than the Nano’s motor. However, the Nano is designed to buff away skin at its own pace. Reviewers who simply took more time buffing away skin without pressing too hard in a vain effort to speed up the process had the best results.
Some users identified as salon owners and claimed to have used this device not only on themselves, but on their clients. At least one openly corrected a user who claimed the spinning head stopped working under any pressure. The self-declared salon owner advised not to use pressure at all, and that simply holding the tool against a callus is all the force that is needed.
Predictably, refills were the greatest concern among customers. Even the most enthusiastic fans of the product hedged their praise with these details. Roller heads wear out quickly, and some customers claimed to have had difficulty finding replacement heads. Such buyers likely purchased their Nano in a store. There are plenty of options online for Nano roller head replacements, but it is true that the cost will add up quickly, especially if you make regular use of your Nano.
It is best to know how to handle the product before buying, because the customers who were least satisfied with the product consistently voiced their displeasure with the company’s failure to properly handle complaints under their return policy. Once you have a Nano, you may have that Nano forever.
- Easy to use
- Ergonomic grip
- More powerful motor than previous models
- Variety of roller heads available with different textures of grit
- Only requires two AA batteries
- Recommended by salon owners
- Frequent refills required
- Batteries not included with initial purchase
- No refill heads included in initial purchase
- Motor will stall under pressure
- May require some patience to achieve optimal results
The Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Callus Remover enjoys all the benefits of a later generation product. It has benefited from the feedback for its predecessors and most customer feedback reflects those enhancements.
But is it the right callus removal tool for you?
If you have issues bending, this is probably not an ideal tool. Ergonomic design or not, the Nano is tiny and while it can do its job, it can’t do its job from a distance at all. Other electric filers and even manual rasps have longer handles to make life easier for those who suffer from back, neck, or joint pain. However, if you can easily reach your feet, this little device can be a wonderful weapon in your fight against calluses. This is not a quick process, and you may need to take a minute or two to let the Nano work before you will see results. Pressure will not help.
This is a fairly high tech tool in the pedicure world, and like any electronic device, it takes some patience to master. If you’re willing to invest that patience (and the money required for replacement heads), and you are not afraid of a painfully slow and nonresponsive return process, the Nano could be the answer to your calluses.