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Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager Review

Shiatsu Foot & Calf Massager

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Cloud Foot Massager

The Cloud foot and calf massager is an open-top massager that is designed to massage your feet, heels, ankles, and calves. It uses traditional Shiatsu massage techniques, heat, air compression, vibration, and a series of rotating styles to provide a custom massage suited for your needs.Check Price

Pros:

  • Adjustable arm lets you use this massager with your feet at almost any angle
  • Massages feet, ankles, heels, and calves
  • Lots of custom settings and options

Cons:

  • No support on the top of your foot
  • User interface is not intuitive
  • Expensive price point

The Design

The Cloud Massage foot massager is a large massaging unit that your feet can slide right into the top of. It uses a combination of heat and compression to relieve pain, tension, and stress.

Cloud shiatsu foot massager

This massager can be used for a traditional foot massage or you can adjust the angling bar to be situated for an upright calf massage, which is a pretty unique feature particular to this massager.

Massage Style

The Cloud foot massager relies on a style of massage called “shiatsu“.

Traditional shiatsu massage relies on the use the fingers, thumbs and palm to apply pressure for pain relief, support, and improved circulation.

Detail shot of the Cloud massager - shiatsu style

In this case, the Cloud massager uses rolling balls, heat, and compression to simulate the same shiatsu technique in a mechanical and methodical way.

How do you control the Cloud?

The Cloud Shiatsu massager has a central set of controls located in the space between each foot.

There are 5 push-button controls. Once selected each button will illuminate a colored LED light to communicate additional settings.

From top to bottom the 5 controls include:

  1. Heat
  2. Vibration
  3. Intensity
  4. Modes
  5. Power
Controls on the Cloud foot massager
Controls on the Cloud foot massager

#1. Heat

The heat mode is pretty straight forward. When it is activated, the button illuminates a red light. When heat is not activated, the light remains a purple / blue color.

  • Off = purple / blue light
  • On = red light

#2. Vibration

Vibration settings are right below heat settings. Activating vibration sends a vibrating current through the whole massager. You can use this vibration to add extra depth to your foot or calf massage, as needed.

When this feature is off, the light is purple / blue. On low it switches to a solid blue light and on high the light is red.

  • Off = purple / blue light
  • Low = blue light
  • High = red light

#3. Intensity

There are five different levels of intensity to the Cloud massager. Depending on personal preference, you can adjust this intensity and it will stay on the set intensity for the duration of the massage.

The 5 available intensities (and their associated light color) includes:

  • Least intense = Solid blue light
  • Slightly more intense = flashing blue light
  • More intense = solid green light
  • Very intense = flashing red light
  • Most intense = solid red light

#4. Modes

The Cloud foot and calf massager comes with five different modes of operation. Within each mode, you can still adjust all three features listed above—heat, vibration, and intensity.

The five modes are listed below with a quick description of what each mode does (and the colored indicator light):

  1. Air pressure and vibration, no rollers or swaying = solid green light
  2. Rollers and vibration, no air pressure or swaying = flashing green light
  3. Air pressure, rollers, and vibration with swaying = flashing blue light
  4. Same as mode 3, but with increasing swaying = solid blue light
  5. Air pressure, rollers, and vibration, no swaying = solid red light

#5. Power

The last button in the series of controls is the most intuitive. It is the power button and located at the bottom of the controls. As simple as it sounds, this button turns the massager on or off.

How big is the Cloud?

I can’t sugar coat it, the Cloud shiatsu massager is pretty big. But considering that it is designed to fit your feet and calves inside the unit, it really needs to be big.

Side view of the Cloud foot and calf massager
Side view shows the size of the Cloud foot and calf massager

And furthermore, compared to other foot massagers, like the Etekcity foot massager, the size is pretty consistent.

Here are the exact dimensions for the Cloud foot massager:

  • Width: 22″
  • Depth: 11″
  • Height: 17.7″
  • Weight: 22 lbs

What’s in the box?

The Cloud Massage foot and calf massager comes with a simple set of parts. Exact contents includes:

  1. Foot massager
  2. Power cord
  3. User guide

The power cord plugs into any standard 3-prong grounded outlet. From there, the cord plugs into the power adapter which plugs into the foot massager.

power cord for the Cloud shiatsu foot massager
power cord for the Cloud shiatsu foot massager

The user guide is used to understand all of the ins and outs of the Cloud foot massager.

The controls are a little tricky at first so although you may just toss this aside, I found myself needing to reference this guide throughout the setup process before I could really use this massager to its full extent.

How does it feel?

The overall design and feel of the Cloud is pretty good, but it’s not great.

There’s a lot of customization as far as heat, vibration, intensity, modes, etc. But the open top concept kind of misses the mark in terms of whole foot massage, in my opinion.

Inside look at the Cloud massager foot and calf massage
Using the Cloud shiatsu foot and calf massager

That being said…

When used for calf massages, the Cloud massager was really unique.

Not many massagers are designed to specialize in this way, but calf tension can be a huge part of foot pain. Being able to apply rollers, heat, vibration, etc. to the calf area is a unique approach to traditional foot massage.

Is it easy to use?

This massager takes a “plug-in and go” approach so from that perspective it is easy to use.

The real problems come when it’s time to decipher what the controls and different colors mean. The icons are simple, but not 100% intuitive and the colors are a total guess.

I really had to flip through the user guide to fully understand the different settings. And for people who enjoy reading the details before using a product, this might not be an issue.

But if you’re looking for something that’s extremely simple right out of the box, the Cloud massager misses the mark, in my opinion.

With as many different modes, intensities, and other settings that this massager comes with, I would have appreciated a bit more details on the controls themselves instead of just changing the light color.

Inside of the Cloud massager with controls
Inside of the Cloud massager with controls

The Adjustable Arm

One design element I really do like is the adjustable arm, which props up the massager. This raises or lowers the entire unit so that your feet can be more in-line with however you’re sitting or laying.

You can use the massager upright in a chair, reclined back, or even laying completely flat on the bed (calf massage only).

Should you buy the Cloud foot massager?

All things considered, this is still a fine foot massager. My feet did feel notably better after use. It has heat, vibration, pressure, and different massage modes…all of which help to create a robust and pressure-relieving massage.

That said, the open foot design and confusing controls are big misses for this product. 

Open-top design of the Cloud massager
Open-top design of the Cloud massager

I would recommend the Cloud Shiatsu massager if you’re looking for the following in a foot massager:

  • Foot and calf massage: If you want a massager that can do your feet and / or calves, the Cloud is a solid option. The open-top concept allows for quite a bit of flexibility in how you use this massager.
  • Adjustable positions: The adjustable bar allows you to change the angle of this massager, depending on use. You can use it sitting straight up, reclining, or even when laying flat (assuming the cord reaches up to wherever you’re laying).
  • Customizable options: Although the controls aren’t really that intuitive, there are a lot of options available with the Cloud foot massager. You can add or subtract, heat, vibration, or intensity. In addition, you can also cycle through a variety of massaging modes until you find the right style for your needs.

Click here to learn more or to check the price on the Cloud foot massager.

A Good Massage, But Poor Usability
  • Design - 93%
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  • Performance - 93%
    93%
  • Quality - 94%
    94%
  • Usability - 80%
    80%
  • Value - 91%
    91%
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Summary

The Cloud foot and calf massager uses traditional shiatsu massages techniques to provide pressure-relief and comfort to your foot or calf area. It has an open-top design that your foot can slide into for a massage of the sides and bottom of your foot as well as your heel, ankle, and calf area. While I liked the flexibility of being able to massage foot and calf, the open-top design prevents any massage on the top of the foot and the controls were not user-friendly, in my opinion.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ModernCastle.com. He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider, Realtor.com, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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