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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.