Best Pedicure Chairs on the Market Reviews

TL;DR Summary

Let’s start our roundup by taking a look from a high altitude our top five picks for the best pedicure chairs today, so you can compare our finalists side by side. 

Best Pedicure Chairs Comparison Table

Best Pedicure Chairs

Best Pedicure Chairs Belava Elevate Small - Chair Institute

Belava Elevate

Best Pedicure Chairs J&A Cleo GX Small - Chair Institute

Cleo GX

Best Pedicure Chairs ONE Smart Chair Small - Chair Institute

ONE Smart Chair

T4 Stellar

Best Pedicure Chairs Pibbs PS93 Small - Chair Institute

Pibbs PS93 Footsie

Rating

4.7

4.3

4.3

3.9

3.8

Price

$$$$$

$$$$

$$$$

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Dimensions

52.25” x 40” x 52”

55.25” x 27.75” x 55”

Base: 50.5” x 27.75” x 18.5”
Chair: 33” x 29” x 38.5”

32” x 32” x 43”

33” x 32” 35

Weight

240 pounds

225 pounds

190 pounds

93 pounds

125 pounds

Extras

Pivoting chair, step platform, vibration massage, heat, height adjustable (controlled by technician), modular with lots of extras and add-ons, built-in product storage

Three-stage adjustable footrest, DuraJet Foot Massager, Foot showerhead, client tray with cupholder

LED lights, auto fill sensor, auto draining of the bowl, massage jets in the bowl, vibration-style back massage on offer

It’s a full-featured pedicure chair, with a manicure tray, and a full-featured, exceptional client massage

Vibration style massage, heated foot bath, swivel seat

Pros

A design marvel, engineered to make everything about your business easier and more convenient

An exceptionally engineered chair, with more of a focus on technician-side features than client-side.

Loaded with sensors and high tech features that technophiles will love. Offers both foot and back massage!

An exquisite massage chair (made by Human Touch) paired with basic pedicure functionality

A basic, robust, functional design.

Cons

Pricey. You’ll pay a premium for the convenience.

Not a modular design, no seat massage or heat function

All the high-tech toys only mean more parts that could break or go wrong. Company has a somewhat spotty track record of post-sales service and support. Not a modular design.

Aside from the client massage (which is exceptional), this chair doesn’t offer much in the way of extras and enhancements, either for clients or technicians.

There aren’t a lot in the way of extras on offer here.

Best Pedicure Chair - Overall

Best Pedicure Chairs Belava Elevate Small - Chair Institute

Belava Elevate

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$

PROS

A design marvel, engineered to make everything about your business easier and more convenient

CONS

Pricey. You’ll pay a premium for the convenience.

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Best Value for Money

Best Pedicure Chairs J&A Cleo GX Small - Chair Institute

Cleo GX

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

An exceptionally engineered chair, with more of a focus on technician-side features than client-side.

CONS

Not a modular design, no seat massage or heat function

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Best Feature-Packed Chair

Best Pedicure Chairs ONE Smart Chair Small - Chair Institute

ONE Smart Chair

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Loaded with sensors and high tech features that technophiles will love. Offers both foot and back massage!

CONS

All the high-tech toys only mean more parts that could break or go wrong. Company has a somewhat spotty track record of post-sales service and support. Not a modular design.

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Also Great

T4 Stellar

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

An exquisite massage chair (made by Human Touch) paired with basic pedicure functionality

CONS

Aside from the client massage (which is exceptional), this chair doesn’t offer much in the way of extras and enhancements, either for clients or technicians.

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Honorable Mention

Best Pedicure Chairs Pibbs PS93 Small - Chair Institute

Pibbs PS93 Footsie

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

A basic, robust, functional design.

CONS

There aren’t a lot in the way of extras on offer here.

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Do you own a nail salon or a spa?  Are you thinking of replacing your current lineup of pedicure chairs?  Or perhaps you’re planning to start one of the businesses mentioned above, and you’re looking to investigate the possibilities?

Either way, you’re in luck!  We’ve scoured the internet in a quest to find the best pedicure chairs on the market today, and we’ll present our findings in the sections below.  

Selection Criteria

“Best” is, of course, a highly subjective term. What makes one model superior in one person’s eyes may leave someone else feeling underwhelmed.

Given that, when we set about selecting the shortlist of the best pedicure chairs on the market today, we tried to account for a wide range of tastes and preferences, while also keeping the value proposition in mind. After all, what good is the “best” chair if it’s priced so far out of reach that no one can afford it?

Thus, we considered three significant factors:

  • price versus performance, 
  • features designed with the salon technician in mind, and 
  • creature comforts, implemented with the client in mind.

Our ideal chair has a good mix of all three, and with that in mind, let’s take a closer look at our overall winner, and the other worthies we found.

Top 5 Pedicure Chairs In More Detail

Belava Elevate Pedicure Chair - Top Pick

Creature Comforts

Technician-Side Extras

Ease of Use

4.7

Summary

The Belava Elevate is the Gold Standard of pedicure chairs. A simply phenomenal model. Recommended for anyone who can afford it. They’re pricey, but the fact that it’s designed to be modular makes it ideal for salons and spas of all sizes.

There’s so much to like about the Belava Elevate that one struggles to even find a place of beginning.  In our view, it’s 100% deserving of the title of the best pedicure chair on the market today. 

The thing that stands out for us the most is its extreme modularity.  If you prefer, you can just buy the base model chair, which comes with a single step to make it easier for the client to get in and out of it.  Or, if your budget allows for more, you can buy a whole host of add-ons that blend seamlessly with the base model to create a deluxe salon station, providing unparalleled customer comfort, extreme ease of use for the technician, and convenience, thanks to the added storage you can purchase.

In addition to that, the Elevate takes modularity to the next level, because if you like, you can arrange these chairs to create your own pedicure station bench, aligning several Elevates next to each other in sequence, where they’ll fit seamlessly.  This is fantastic for couples' pedicures, or if you’re looking to maximize shop floor space and fit as many chairs into your salon as possible.

The Elevate goes far beyond just that, however.  The technician can control the height of the chair, adjusting it up or down by as much as 9” at the touch of a button for easier access. The technician’s chair is comfortable and fitted with casters allowing for ease of mobility. The client's footrest is also well designed and not so low that the technician will have to bend over unduly. Plus, the bowl is designed to use custom-fitted liners, which makes cleanup between clients a snap.

It’s not all about convenience for the technician, either.  The Elevate doesn’t skimp when it comes to providing client creature comforts.  You can add a pedestal next to the chair to hold the client’s bag or drink, and the chair comes with both heat and a vibration-style massage that can be controlled by the client via a simple, intuitive wired remote.

An Image Sample of Belava Elevate Remote Control for Best Pedicure Chairs

​​​​While it’s true that there are other chairs on the market today that offer a better massage, or more creature comforts, we find the Belava Estate to be the perfect blending of form, function, performance, comfort, and convenience.  It’s a remarkable design, by any reckoning.

If the Elevate has a downside is that it does cost more than the average chair.  There’s a price to be paid for all that convenience, comfort, and functionality, but this is definitely a case of getting what you pay for.  The Belava Elevate is a wonder.


J&A Cleo GX Pedicure Chair

Creature Comforts

Technician-Side Extras

Ease of Use

4.3

Summary

The Cleo GX Pedicure Chair is an exceptionally engineered chair, with more of a focus on technician-side features than client-side. A striking design and a solid value for the money.  Recommended for small to medium-sized spas or salons. 

Although J&A didn’t win top honors from us, looking at their product line as a whole, we’d easily rate them as the best pedicure chair brand operating in the industry today. Their lineup is just exquisite, and their designs offer something for everyone, whatever your budget or preferences might be.

We love the Cleo GX for many reasons, but if we had to pick just one thing as our favorite aspect of the design, we’d go with the jets in the tub.  

Powered by the company’s “DuraJet II” technology, these jets offer an exquisite foot massage that few other models in the industry can compete with.  That, combined with the shower head located above the bowl, provides a one-two punch that delivers the ultimate in pedicure experiences.

The Cleo GX likely would have taken top honors if it had also included a massage function and/or heat in the chair, but alas, those things are absent in this design.  The chair does offer a client tray with cup holder and a comfortable pillow in terms of creature comforts, and the footrest has a three-stage adjustment feature, allowing the client to adjustments as needed, either to increase their comfort or to increase ease of access for the technician.

In addition to that, technicians will love the fact that the bowl is compatible with the standard J&A bowl liner, making cleanup between clients a snap.  On the client side, the one thing we wish the Cleo GX offered was at least some space for product storage, but this is a minor gripe in the greater scheme of things, and we believe this model is well deserving of its second-place spot on our list.


Litebox ONE Smart Pedicure Chair

Creature Comforts

Technician-Side Extras

Ease of Use

4.3

Summary

The LED ONE is a technological wonder, engineered with a generous selection of both client- and technician-side features.


Recommended for anyone but be aware that there have been reports of customer service issues in the past.

In our view, our roundup review of the best pedicure spa chairs on the market today would not be complete without the inclusion of the ONE Smart Chair.  It has a lot to offer, but it was a real struggle to decide where to place it on our list.

On the one hand, it’s a high-tech wonder.  Sleek and futuristic looking with LED lights, auto-fill sensors for the bowl, and an auto-drain system which makes the technician’s job easier and more efficient.

Plus it offers both foot massage jets in the bowl and a basic, vibration style back massage for increased client comfort. The massage is a nice touch, although of course, we’d have liked it even better if it had been more robust.  Even so, the fact that it’s present in any form is a big nod in the Smart Chair’s favor.  

Our biggest issue, and the thing that gave us the most pause was the fact that we’ve seen more than a few user complaints on the web taking issue with the company’s post-sales service and support.

The high-tech feature set is terrific, but if it breaks, and you struggle to get service and support, it doesn’t do you much good.  Ultimately, that’s why the Smart Chair wound up with its middle-of-the-pack position, behind J&A, which offers world-class post-sales support for its products.

All that to say, your mileage may vary.  It’s entirely possible that if you buy this chair, you won’t have any trouble at all, and if that’s the case, then this one could easily be seen as superior to the Cleo GX, which we gave a higher ranking.

If the customer complaints are resolved, we would have no trouble whatsoever awarding the ONE Smart Chair with a second-place ranking.  It really is exceptional.


T4 Stellar Pedicure Chair

Creature Comforts

Technician-Side Extras

Ease of Use

3.9

Summary

One feature in particular defines the T4 Spa Stellar Pedicure Chair: massage. If you’re looking for a model that gives an unforgettable massage experience to your clients, this is the one you want.


Recommended for anyone. Its relatively small size makes it ideal for smaller spas and salons.

We love the T4 Stellar but did not allow our personal preferences to influence its overall position on the chart.  Hands down, the best thing about this pedicure chair is the client massage function.  We love massage chairs, so of course, this chair hit the right note for us.

Where many of the pedicure chairs on the market today offer a basic vibration (and sometimes Shiatsu) massage, the T4 Stellar ups the ante considerably. The massage chair is built by Human Touch, one of the finest companies in the massage chair industry.

While it’s true that the massage offered by Human Touch’s dedicated massage chairs is superior to the one provided by the T4 Spa, the Stellar's is far and away superior to the massage offered by most other pedicure chairs on the market today, featuring the following pre-programmed massage routines:

  • Stretch – which kneads your back on both sides of your spine in small, circular motions
  • Tone – A combination of circular kneading and rapid tapping motions
  • Flex – A vigorous massage that verges on being deep tissue
  • Glide – A gentle massage designed to maximize relaxation

That, combined with the foot massage jets in the bowl makes it just about the perfect client-centric chair.

On the flip side, the Stellar offers relatively little in the way of convenience features for the technician. If you’re looking for a model that makes your employees’ jobs faster, easier, or more efficient, there are better models out there, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find another model at any price that pampers your clients quite like this one.

Ultimately then, it depends on what you’re looking for, but the Stellar belongs on your short list!


Pibbs PS93 Footsie Pedicure Chair

Creature Comforts

Technician-Side Extras

Ease of Use

3.8

Summary

The Pibbs PS93 is a hidden gem. A wonderful low-cost pedicure chair. While you won’t find a lot of extras here, it’s got the basics nailed, and is a tremendous value for the money. Recommended for anyone, especially those on a budget.

Pibbs products appear at least semi-regularly in “best pedicure chairs reviews,” and with good reason. While it’s true they’re aimed at the budget segment of the market, they’re excellent products and provide tremendous value for the money.  

The PS93 is no exception.  Costing a fraction of what deluxe pedicure chairs will run you, this little guy is a real workhorse that has a lot going for it.

First and foremost, it’s a completely plumbing-free design.  The “Footsie Bath” bowl has to be manually filled, and the bowl utilizes liners which makes cleanup between clients a snap.  Controls for the foot bath are located on the side of the unit, allowing you to set the water temperature (controlled by dual heating elements) for a soothing, relaxing client experience.

The foot bath can also be tucked away inside the unit when not in use, saving space on the salon floor, and the unit has some onboard product storage space.

The chair sits on a pedestal and swivels, making it easier for your clients to sit in, and get up from it easily, and the footrest is manually adjustable to make life easier for the technician performing the pedicure.  In addition the PS93 offers a six-setting vibration massage controlled by the client via wired remote.

Where a great many models on the market today tend toward fancy, high-tech solutions, the PS93 is decidedly old school.  Almost everything has to be manually adjusted.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and in fact, it could easily be seen as a positive.  After all, with relatively few high-tech controls, there’s simply less that can go wrong with the chair, and no expensive electronics to replace if something breaks.

If you’re looking for a chair that’s chock full of features, offered in a durable, simple, easy to use package, and can be had for a song, then the PS93 is the chair you’re looking for. A great value for the money, and highly recommended.


What About Bench Style Pedicure Chairs?

Given the Belava Elevate’s modular nature, it wins top honors in this category as well. The reality though is that there aren’t a lot of bench style pedicure chairs to choose from on the market today. We did find two others that are well worth your consideration if that’s what you’re looking for though and present them below in summary form.

Consider these to be both runners up to the Belava Elevate:

Paris Double Bench Spa Pedicure Chair

Creature Comforts

Technician-Side Extras

Ease of Use

3.8

Summary

The Paris Double Bench is a basic, comfortable bench-style pedicure chair ideal for couple’s spa days. What makes it remarkable is each is handcrafted for you, so you can get exactly the aesthetic you’re looking for.


Recommended for medium to large spas or salons with a very specific aesthetic in mind.

These chairs are true works of art, and surprisingly affordable.  They’re perfect for couples' spas and would make a wonderful addition to most any spa or salon space.

As with most bench-style pedicure chairs, there aren’t a lot of creature comforts on offer for the client, but there are some here like a plush, well-padded chair, including large padded armrests for increased comfort, a shared front step allowing you and your partner easy access to the seating, and a drink tray pullout.

On the technician’s side of the equation, the bowls can be ordered in either stainless steel or glass. And they can either be configured with a discharge pump or use disposable liners to minimize the cleanup time between clients.

In addition to that, the unit has built-in storage for products as well as adjustable footrests.  Each unit measures 72” x 51” x 59.5.”


Collins 62478 Cielo Triple-Basin Bench

Creature Comforts

Technician-Side Extras

Ease of Use

3.7

Summary

If you’re looking for a product to maximize the number of clients you can serve and provide a basic pedicure experience, the Collins 62478 Cielo Triple-Basin Bench is worth a look.


Ideal for large spa or salon owners who want to maximize the number of clients they can see.

Measuring 117.25” x 49.5” x 44” this massive triple pedi bench would make an outstanding addition to any large nail salon or day spa.  While it doesn’t offer anything in the way of creature comforts to your clientele, it’s an extremely efficient, comfortable design.  

Even better, it’s offered in more than a hundred different upholstery options, which makes it easy to perfectly match it to your salon’s décor.

Whether or not you gravitate to a solution like this. This is going to be highly dependent on what type of salon you’re aiming to run.  If you’re trying to create something that really focuses on catering to client needs and comfort, then this is probably not an ideal solution, but if you’re trying to build a volume business (with perhaps separate areas that are more designed to offer more personalized service), then a pedicure bench like this could be ideal.


Best Pedicure Chairs Conclusion

Our goal in writing of this piece is to bring the best pedicure chairs on the market today to your fingertips, to simplify your planning and research.  While we stand by our top pick for the reasons we gave above, we recognize that everyone’s needs, tastes, and preferences are different.

Ultimately then, the question is, which of these is the right pedicure chair for you and your salon or spa?

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Michelle Catapang - November 12, 2019 Reply

Hi! Thank you for this content. Will surely take note these recommendations.

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