In early 2016 Amope released their follow up to their hugely successful Pedi Perfect. Amope took all the best features of the Pedi Perfect and improved on the others. The result is Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry.
Amope boldly claims that the Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry will leave you with effortlessly smooth skin. Join us as we take a closer look at the new model and put this claim to the test.
Unboxing the Amope Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry
If you wear to tear open the box of your brand new Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry, this is what would be waiting for you:
Let’s break it down.
- Amope Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry handle
- Regular coarse roller head
- USB charging stand
- Plug adapter
We would really love to have seen Amope include an instruction manual inside the box. If you want to keep the instructions for use you will have to hang on to the oversized piece of cardboard that comes in the box.
Examining the Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry
Amope has decided to steer away from the vibrant colors found on the base models of the Pedi Perfect (review here) and instead opted for a pastel blue with white and silver highlights.
Since the handle features a rechargeable battery, there is no need to allow room for four AA batteries. This has allowed Amope to get the size down and is a huge improvement over the bulky handle found on the lower models.
The rear of the Wet & Dry looks very similar to the fron
The only real difference is the two metal dots. When these metal dots make contact with the charging station, the battery of the Pedi Perfect will begin to charge.
I will focus on the charging station in detail further down the review.
On the very front of the Pedi Perfect you will notice an odd symbol appears to be etched into the handle:
This is actually two separate buttons. Pressing here will achieve the following:
1. Power – Pressing on the bottom half of the oval turns your Pedi Perfect on and off.
2. Speed control – Toggles between regular and fast speed settings.
The speed setting is a new addition to the Pedi Perfect and allows you you greater control over how fast the roller spins.
When you turn your Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry on it will start on the regular speed setting. Pressing the speed control once will cause it to speed up. Pressing the speed control again will cause it to revert back down to the regular speed.
A minor annoyance is that the Wet & Dry will not “remember” the faster speed setting. Every time you turn the Pedi Perfect on it will begin on the slower speed setting. If you only use the fast speed setting this creates the unnecessary busywork of pressing the speed setting each and every time you use it.
On the side of the roller holder you will notice another button:
This is the roller release button. When the time comes to remove the roller you press this button with one hand and pull up on the roller with the other.
Except that it isn’t exactly user-friendly. Amope has tried to make the button similar in design to the power button. And that is the problem. If you press at the bottom of the button (where the symbol is) then it will not release, even though the button gives.
And it wasn’t just me that had this problem. Numerous testers had the exact same issue. They would press the button down, or so they thought, but the roller would not release. Again, this is a relatively minor complaint if you know to press towards the top of the button. But where you need to press should be much more apparent.
If you do press in the correct spot then the roller then the roller can be removed in seconds.
With the roller removed you are now free to clean it, replace it or do with it as you wish.
With regards to returning the roller to the Pedi Perfect we found that the instructions actually made the whole process more difficult than it needs to be. Here is how we did it:
To return the roller to the handle of the Pedi perfect you place the pin on one side of the roller into the slot on the handle and press the pin in on the other side of the roller. Then you simply push the roller down into place. When in the right position the tab will pop back out, locking the roller into position.
The whole process is similar to replacing a toilet roll.
Now let’s take a closer look at the roller head
The roller head included on the on the Wet & Dry is regular coarse, exactly the same as what comes on the Blue Pedi Perfect base model. In the photo above you can see the two rollers compared side by side.
Amope has decided not to go with “Diamond Crystal” rollers on their base model and instead released a new regular coarse roller head in pastel blue to match the rest of the Wet & Dry.
The good news is that the older style “Diamond Crystal” rollers will also fit your Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry.
And this is important, because as of right now there is no “extra-coarse” roller head available for the Wet & Dry. If you find the roller included in the box just isn’t aggressive enough then I highly recommend trying the extra coarse roller.
For some inexplicable reason, Amope has chosen use what appears to be aluminum for the roller holder:
Now don’t get me wrong, out of the box the aluminum highlight looks gorgeous. It’s just a shame that it scratches so darn easily. Now why you would choose a material that marks easily on what is essentially an automated scratching machine is beyond me.
And scratching it is near unavoidable, as you use your Pedi Perfect, small abrasive grains will separate from the roller and land on the aluminum. From here all it takes is the lightest amount of pressure to leave you with a very visible scratch mark. The plastic roller holders on the base models were much less resistant to scratching.
But there is another reason why I disliked the use of aluminum and that’s because it is flawed. The photos below are from a brand new Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry. Straight out of the box:
Now I must stress that this is splitting hairs but If I am going to spend this much on a product then I want it to feel premium from looks to function. And as you can see from the above pictures, the worksmanship on the edges of the aluminum is particularly poor.
Can you imagine if you opened up your brand new iphone and this is what the aluminum looked like? Heads would roll. Obviously this has no bearing on the usability of the Pedi Perfect but it was something that had to be brought up.
Roller head refills
Unfortunately the roller heads on your Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry won’t last forever. With continued use the coarse surface of the roller will begin to wear down, and become less and less effective at removing dry skin.
If you notice that your Pedi Perfect is no longer removing dead skin as well as it used to then chances are the rollers need to be replaced. Doing so will make your Pedi Perfect buffer as well as the day you first bought it.
Unlike the lower Pedi Perfect models, there is only one grade of coarseness available for the Wet & Dry. However, given that this is a newly released product, Amope may decide to release a coarser roller head in the future.
The replacement rollers are available in packs of two from most major retailers including CVS, Target and our personal favorite, Amazon.
I will again mention that the older style Amope “Diamond Crystal” rollers also fit neatly into the Wet & Dry Pedi Perfect. These rollers are much cheaper than new rollers and should be considered when buying replacements, especially if you find yourself using this Pedi Perfect dry more than you do wet.
Charging the Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry
One of the main advantages of the Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry is that it is rechargeable. No more having to worry about buying those pesky AA batteries.
Included in the box is the charging stand:
Now while you are free from the burden of AA batteries, the charging stand is yet another device you will have to set up on your bathroom countertop. And chances are that’s pretty crowded at the best of times. Still, if you want to use a rechargeable foot file then it is a necessary evil.
Thanks to the small size of the charging stand it’s not too impractical to store it away when not in use.
On the underside of the charger you will find four rubber feet:
These feet help prevent the charger from slipping and sliding all over your bathroom counter.
The cord on the charger is just over 2.5 foot long. Which should be long enough to reach most power outlets. Just be sure to hang onto the twist tie that comes with it. You can use this to shorten and tidy up the cord as needed.
What is most interesting about the cord is what is on the end of it:
A USB plug. Just like you would find on the cord of your phone charger. Now I am a huge fan of products that use USB to charge. It allows you to take them anywhere in the world and just work.
Fortunately Amope has included an adapter so that you can charge your Pedi Perfect from a power outlet. The Charger is rated at 100V -240V (multi-voltage). You could even use the same wall plug that comes with your phone to charge the Pedi Perfect if you so wanted.
The charging stand allows you to charge the Pedi Perfect wirelessly. All you have to do is line up the metal dots on the handle of the Pedi Perfect with the metal dots on the charging stand:
When these dots touch each other the Pedi perfect will charge. It really is that simple.
The moment you place the Pedi Perfect handle down on the charger a green indicator light will flash to let you know that it is charging:
Charging the Lithium ion battery from empty to full takes about 3 hours. The light will stop flashing when the charging process is complete. You will be able to get 20 minutes of use from a single recharge.
Now it is worth mentioning that you do have to pay attention how you sit the Pedi Perfect on the stand. Because it sits loose on the stand and doesn’t click into place you will have to make sure the metal dots line up. If you don’t you will return to an uncharged foot file.
One thing I didn’t like is that the Lithium ion battery is not replaceable. This means that when the battery is finally on the way out you will have to buy an entire new unit.
Given our experience with electric shavers and electric toothbrushes, you should expect a minimum of two years of use before the lithium battery finally gives up for good.
With the battery of the Pedi perfect fully charged it’s time to take it for a test drive.
Testing the Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry
So now for the part of the review where I test the Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry to see if it can live up to it’s claims.
This is probably the only time you will ever hear me say this but…
I honestly wish I had corns or calluses. Even a tiny patch of dead skin for me to use the Pedi Perfect on would be great.
So with me not being a good candidate for the Pedi Perfect, I had to bring in some people who were. I actually was surprised at just how common corns, calluses and dried skin can be and rounding up a group of testers was much easier than I thought.
I have since added watching other people grind off dead skin to my list of things I don’t like.
So how did the Amope Pedi Perfect perform when it the time came to buffer down these piles of skin?
Good on one condition that we will get to in a moment.
The first thing you will notice when you pick up the Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry is just how nicely weighted the handle is. Weight distribution saw the lower models be bottom heavy and it was nice that Amope has fixed this up for their premium model.
While the handle size has been greatly reduced, it still fit comfortably in big and small hands alike. In fact every tester commented that the handle was a major improvement from the cheaper models.
When you turn the Pedi Perfect on you will be greeted with a loud whirring noise. A sound similar to the tool the dentist uses to polish your teeth. The sound is loud enough that I would not recommend using your Pedi Perfect while other people are asleep.
There are two speeds. Amope recommends that you use the slow speed for dry use and the high speed for wet use.
So to kick off testing we used the Wet & Dry Pedi Perfect dry.
Just like with all electric foot files, the Pedi Perfect grinded the dry skin into a fine white powder. You will either have to use the Pedi Perfect outside or use a plastic bag or towel to catch your foot shavings.
Now many people get frustrated that Amope Pedi Perfect’s roller slow down or stop press down. This is a safety feature to prevent you from exerting too much pressure and damaging your skin.
One thing we did notice is that considerably less pressure was required on the Wet & Dry to stop the roller than the lower models.
Now the main reason that testers pressed down hard was in attempt to get the Pedi Perfect to remove more skin. This was particularly common amongst those with users who had stubborn calluses or particularly bad cases of cracked heals because they felt the Pedi Perfect was taking far too long. Even the faster speed setting saw next to no improvement.
And here lies a major problem with the Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry. Unlike the lower models, it is ONLY available in regular coarse. If you want to experience a much more abrasive roller then it will have to be purchased separately. Considering the price of the Wet & Dry model it feels like Amope has done it’s fanbase a disservice by not including an extra coarse roller in the box or at least making an extra-coarse option.
It’s not that the regular coarse roller can’t remove dead skin, it does that just great and many of you will be perfectly satisfied with it. But there are going to be some of you that this just isn’t right for unless you fork out some extra cash.
Once we swapped out the regular coarse roller for an extra-coarse roller that we purchased separately there was a dramatic improvement. Every single tester who previously struggled to remove calluses and dry skin in a timely manner found powered through the skin build up.
And that’s ALL it took. Swapping out a roller took the Pedi Perfect from useless to useful for testers with tough skin. If you find that your Wet& Dry just doesn’t have enough power then I highly recommend giving the extra-coarse rollers a go.
Next up we tried it wet.
Now the major advantage of using the Pedi Perfect in the shower or bath is that the skin dust just washes down the drain. Sure beats having to catch skin shavings before they are thrown in the trash.
While the handle is coated in an easy to grip rubber it was still a little slippery when wet. However, if you have a good grip on you then you will have little difficulty keeping the Pedi Perfect in your hands.
As recommended testers used the Pedi Perfect on the high setting with the roller that came in the box.
With your skin wet the roller feels a little “draggy” when placed against the skin. Because of this you are going to want to pay extra attention when going around your toes as it can grab a hold. While it won’t be overly painful thanks to how easy it is for the roller to stop, it is far from comfortable.
One thing we noticed was that there is a big difference in performance on skin that is wet vs. skin that is under running water.
If you use your Pedi Perfect in the shower then the running water provides almost too much lubrication to effectively remove the dead skin. While testers performing routine touch ups or just going over lighter patches of dead skin had little issue, they still found it more time consuming than using the Pedi Perfect dry.
Testers with stubborn skin had no chance with the shower running.
With the shower off and the skin wet the Pedi Perfect performed much better but was still outshone by the results it gave when dry.
Swapping over to the extra coarse roller made a noticeable difference, cutting down on time and effort but again, the performance was inferior to when the Pedi Perfect was dry.
Based on our results it appears that you are best off using the Pedi Perfect dry to remove the bulk of your skin. From here you can use the Pedi Perfect in the shower for maintenance touch ups.
Now it may have been our imagination but the older style “diamond crystal” rollers seemed to wear slightly quicker than the new roller when used in the shower. I reached out to Amope but got a pretty vague answer in relation to whether this was to be expected or not. As I have experienced with reviewing Amope’s other Pedi Perfect, their customer service isn’t all that helpful.
Perhaps the best thing about the Wet & Dry Pedi Perfect is cleaning up. Because it is waterproof you can simply wash the entire unit under running water. If using a cloth be careful when wiping around the aluminum roller holder as it is very easy to scratch.
When it comes to offering both a Wet and Dry electronic foot file there really isn’t anything else like the Pedi Perfect and despite the flaws mentioned above, there is a lot to love about it.
The sleek design, rechargeable handle and waterproofing will all be useful for the right individual.
While it isn’t perfect, it is a pretty good first attempt for Amope. If you are looking for a rechargeable foot file then this is as good as it gets.