In a Nutshell:
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, but especially those on a budget.
Ease of Use
No matter the industry, one thing is always true of start-ups. Money is always tight in the beginning. If you’re interested in opening a spa or salon and don’t want to tie up most of your precious capital in equipment, you’re going to be on the lookout for a decent pedicure chair that has the basics covered and doesn’t cost a lot of money.
Pibbs has the answer. They’re a prominent player in the industry, and most of their products are aimed at the value segment of the market. The Pibbs PS93 offers exceptional value for the money and is a superb choice for the cost-conscious.
In the sections that follow, we’ll outline everything this well-priced gem can do, and tell you about its limitations. It has them, but that’s what you expect in the value-priced market segment.
Let’s jump right in and see what this chair can do!
An Overview of the Pibbs PS93 Pedicure Chair
Footprint and Aesthetic
The first thing you’ll notice about the PS93 is that it’s a relatively small chair, measuring just 33” x 32” x 35” and weighing in at a modest 125 pounds. Its design is relatively Spartan, which is not to say it’s unattractive, it’s just basic. Function over form. If you’re looking for something elegant, this isn’t the chair you want, but if basic functionality is what you’re looking for, then the PS93 has you covered.
Given that it’s a value-priced chair, you won’t get any customization options. What you see is what you get. The chair itself is basic black, and the base has a wood-grain finish, so it should fit in nicely with whatever aesthetic you have in your shop.
The Pibbs PS93 pedicure chair offers two features aimed at making the lives of your technicians easier. The footrest is adjustable, which should minimize back strain, and there is a modest amount of built-in storage, cleverly hidden under the foot bath.
The foot bath itself rests in a drawer that pulls out from beneath the chair itself, and the storage space is just beneath it. There’s no room for tons of supplies, but given that many higher-priced models offer no storage space at all, we regard it as a solid win.
Regarding the footrest adjustment, this being a value-priced chair, there’s no option to perform the adjustment via remote control. It’s a purely manual operation, but a relatively painless one.
One final thing to note in this section is that this model is entirely plumbing free, so the foot bath will need to be manually filled and emptied. That does create a bit more work for your techs but offers the advantage of making the chair exceedingly simple to set up, and you can put it anywhere you have some free space. If you use liners in the foot bath, cleanup is even easier. There’s just not that much to do to get the chair ready for your next client.
Despite the fact that the PS93 is a modestly-priced chair, it offers a trio of client-centric benefits, one minor, and two that are quite good. These are:
There’s not really much to say about the cupholder, but the heated footbath is an unexpected delight on such a low-priced model, and the massage function is even better. True, it’s “just” a vibration-style massage using stationary massage heads, but given the fact that most pedicure chairs don’t offer massage in any form, it’s fantastic to see it here, on a chair with such a modest price tag.
There aren’t a lot of options where the massage is concerned, but again, at this price point, it would be unreasonable to expect them. The upside is, the remote that your clients can use to control the massage is a lesson in simplicity.
Pros and Cons of Pibbs PS93 Footsie Pedicure Spa Chair
For the money, we don’t have any complaints at all about this chair. Yes, it’s a basic design. No, it’s not what you’d call a feature rich chair, but on the other hand, it’s very good at what it does, and for the price, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the number of features on offer.
Any complaint we could issue about this or that feature not being as strongly implemented as we’d like is offset by the understanding that this is a budget-priced chair. As such, it’s expected and understandable that it’s not going to offer cutting-edge features or implementations.
It’s not really fair to call those kinds of things cons though. That’s an intentional design decision made to keep the cost of the chair low. Anything we’d recommend that would improve or enhance the design would also raise the price, so we’re happy with just the way it is.
Conclusion for the Pibbs PS93 Review
There are no two ways about it; the Pibbs PS93 pedicure chair isn’t going to be for everyone. Some of its features are implemented using low-tech solutions (no plumbing, manual adjustment of the footrest, etc.), which does add work for your techs.
On the other hand, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another pedicure chair anywhere near the PS93’s price point that offers a better feature set. With that in mind, we highly recommend it to anyone who’s on a budget. It’s a great chair and a real workhorse. You won’t be disappointed.
References & Resources
- Pibbs Spa Chair, Official Brand Website.
- The Health Benefits of Massage, Paleo Leap.
- What’s the Difference Between All These Types of Massages?, Life Hacker.
- The Science and Application of Vibration Training and Therapy, Simpli Faster.