Effective and easy. Most reviewers agree the Ped Egg works well and is cheaper than having a pedicure; it is faster than using a pumice stone, which requires soaking feet first, or an emery board. The main drawback is mess. Contrary to the ads, users say, not all the dead skin it removes is captured inside the Ped Egg. Some reviewers also say that while the Ped Egg is painless, overuse can result in tenderness that causes calluses to form. Also worth noting: The manufacturer warns that the Ped Egg should not be used by diabetics.
We found the best reviews of the Ped Egg at MSNBC.com, which consults a podiatrist ; KCBD (Lubbock, Tex.), where testing is conducted by a pedicurist; and KFVS (Cape Girardeau, Mo.), whose test is done by three reporters. We found the largest number of user reviews at Amazon.com, where almost 600 owners comment on the Ped Egg and about 120 rate the blade refills. We also found several user-written reviews of the Ped Egg at Drugstore.com, Walgreens.com and Epinions.com, plus a video review at DoesItReallyWork.org.
Our health and beauty editor, Gina Colonette, can attest to the Ped Egg's good performance as well: "I was surprised at how much dead skin came off of my foot without having to soak." Although her foot didn't feel noticeably softer after use, it looked less dry. "I would definitely need to use a thick cream after using the Ped Egg to get super-soft feet," she says.
No soaking. The Ped Egg is an egg-shaped foot file designed to remove calluses. The shavings are captured in a storage compartment that doubles as an ergonomic handle. The Ped Egg comes apart when you're ready to discard the shavings. The file contains more than 135 stainless-steel blades that scrape off rough skin as you move the file back and forth over your foot. Very little effort is needed, users say, although it may take some care to remove calluses evenly. "Lots of stuff comes off even with the lightest motions," says Colonette. "I have a high arch, so it was difficult to reach all of that area."
Iffy replacement blades. With regular use, replacement blades eventually will be needed. While the Ped Egg itself earns good reviews, users are less satisfied with the replacement blades. We read a number of complaints about poor quality control, blades not fitting or not working properly. The replacement blade that comes with the product seems to work just as well as the original, however, based on feedback we read.
Buy in stores. As often is the case with As Seen On TV products, ordering a Ped Egg directly from the infomercial can result in extra fees and customer-service issues, as owners attest. The safest bet is to purchase the Ped Egg from a reliable retailer with a flexible return policy.
Review Credibility: Very Good Health correspondent Diane Mapes tries the Ped Egg on her own feet, reporting that although some dust does escape from the container, the tool is a winner.
Review: PedEgg Sweeps Us Off Our Feet, Diane Mapes, May 22, 2008
2. KCBD (Lubbock, TX)
Review Credibility: Very Good This brief review earns credibility because the Ped Egg is tested by a professional pedicurist, who concludes that it works well -- as long as it's used on dry skin. She sees visible improvement on a very rough foot after about seven minutes of use.
Review: The Ped-Egg: Does It Work?, Editors of KCBD, March 26, 2008
3. KFVS (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Review Credibility: Very Good This review includes a four-minute video, showing three women trying the Ped Egg on their own feet and then testing to see if it's really gentle enough to rub on a balloon. The Ped Egg proves gentle and effective, earning an overall grade of B because it's not completely mess-free.
Review: Ped Egg: Does It Work?, Lauren Keith, March 26, 2008
Review Credibility: Very Good About two-thirds of the nearly 600 users reviewing the Ped Egg on Amazon.com are satisfied, rating it 4 or 5 on a 5-point scale. Most say it works fine, while others complain the blades were too dull, or that it left a mess or made their skin worse.
Review: Ped Egg Pedicure Foot File, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good The Ped Egg earns a 4-star rating (out of 5) from about 150 users reviewing it here. Most say it works fine, but some users complain that it can be hard to open the Ped Egg to discard the shavings.
Review: Ped Egg Pro Pedicure Foot File, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Good More than 65 users give the Ped Egg a near-perfect average rating, saying it's easy to use. Most prefer it to using a pumice stone.
Review: Ped Egg Ultimate Foot File, Contributors to Walgreens.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Good Thirty-one users review the Ped Egg, giving it an average rating of 4 on a 5-point scale. They have mixed experiences with the replacement blades.
Review: As Seen on TV PedEgg MC12 Ped Egg Pedicure Foot File, Contributors to Epinions.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Good The Ped Egg earns 4 stars (out of 5) in this review, losing one star for not capturing all the skin dust it shaves off. The review includes a video showing the author testing the Ped Egg on his own foot, concluding it is effective and pain-free.
Review: Does the Ped Egg Really Work?, Vince Bognot, Not dated