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When it comes to products for the feet, Dr Scholl’s is a world renown brand. It was only a matter of time before they added a electric foot file to their extensive brand of feet related products.
The Dr Scholl’s DreamWalk Express Pedi Foot Smoother definitely doesn’t have the shortest or catchiest name. In fact it’s down right awful. Let’s hope more effort was put into the product than the name.
Join me as I cover every inch of this electric foot file so that you can decide if it is worth your hard earned cash.
Unboxing Dr Scholl’s DreamWalk Express Pedi Foot Smoother
When it comes to packaging there is one type I hate more than any other. Plastic blister packs (clamshells) that are impossible to open. And that is exactly what Dreamwalk Express ships in:
Look at it, staring at you all smug, knowing full well that trying to open it with your bare hands will give you the very calluses that this product is designed to remove.
After using a knife with more aggression than was realistically needed to open the packaging I was able to free the Pedi Foot Smoother from it’s plastic prison.
This is what you will find inside the packaging of your brand new DreamWalk express:
Let’s break it down:
- Dr Scholl’s DreamWalk Express electric foot smoother
- DreamWalk Express coarse roller
- Roller cover
- AA Batteries
- Instruction manual
After reviewing the Amope Pedi perfect which doesn’t include an instruction manual (Instead you have to keep the box) I was pleased to see that Dr Scholl’s had included one in the box.
Examining the Dr Scholl’s DreamWalk Express Pedi Foot Smoother
The DreamWalk Express is one glowing Pedi. The gloss surface softly reflects light making it seem like it shines.
Located front and center on the handle of the DreamWalk Express is the power button:
Now the power button is interesting in that it is actually made up of two different buttons. A white button sitting in the middle of a silver button.
The white button acts as a safety lock, preventing the DreamWalk Express from accidentally turning on at the bottom of your bag.
In order to turn the power on you need to push the white button in and slide the silver button upwards in a single movement. In practice the whole process works really well and is easy enough to turn on with just your thumb but won’t switch on at the bottom of your bag.
But the star of the DreamWalk Express Pedi is the head itself:
This is the part of the DreamWalk Express Pedi that does all the dirty work and is made up of two separate pieces; the roller head holder and the roller that sits inside.
Unlike the Amope Pedi Perfect, Scholl’s Dreamwalk Express recesses the roller into the handle. Due to the plastic surrounding the roller you will only be able press a small section of the roller against your skin at any given time.
This photo will give you a better idea of just the gap between the roller and the handle:
In practice this means that the DreamWalk will only be able to grind down small sections of your skin at a time.
Located on the side of the roller head holder is a small gray button:
This is the roller head release button. If you slide the button downward it will eject the roller from the holder.
Removing the roller couldn’t be easier and was much simpler than wiggling the roller head found on the Amope pedi perfect. Because the roller head on the DreamWalk Express is spring-loaded, the roller pops right out.
Installing the roller is just as simple as removing it. Just slide the roller into the holder until you hear a click.
The roller itself is essentially a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a cylinder:
When the power button is turned on the cylinder rapidly rotates, smoothing away your coarse skin.
In terms of coarseness I would probably describe it as light. It was less coarse again than the regular Pedi perfect roller. Unfortunately this means that those of you with tough build ups of stubborn skin may need a more abrasive foot file.
On the rear of the roller holder you will notice a series of oval shaped holes:
These allow the shaved skin to exit the head of the DreamWalk Express. And trust me, there is going to be a lot of it.
As you shave your cracked heals and calluses, the roller head will grind the skin down to a fine dust. Many people often confuse this dust with smoke coming from their electric foot file when in fact it is tiny grains of skin.
This skin dust then escapes out the holes in the rear of the holder rather than building up inside the handle.
To be honest, the roller head feels like it has been ripped off from Emjoi’s Micro-Pedi range which all have a near identical roller head.
A clear protective cover is included in the box and slides over the head of the DreamWalk Express when it’s not in use:
Now the roller itself is quite abrasive. If it rubs against other objects it leave the surface with a nasty scratch. The protective cover acts as a barrier, keeping nearby objects safe from harm.
Unlike the Pedi Perfect, the cover goes on and stays on. I was able to throw the DreamWalk Express Pedi at the bottom of my bag for a whole day and the cover was still on when I removed it from my bag later that night.
The rear of the DreamWalk Express is pretty plain:
Just a big hunk of shiny white plastic. Located towards the base of this barren white wasteland is the battery compartment.
Sliding down with your thumb on the bottom half of the handle will remove the cover, allowing you to place the included batteries inside:
Now the trend of a device requiring batteries and the manufacturer actually including batteries in the box is something I can really get behind. It means I do not have to go on a battery quest which usually involves stealing them from the remote Indiana Jones style.
The batteries included in the box of the DreamWalk Express Pedi Foot Smoother are a brand that I have never heard of. A quick Google search revealed that they are generic.
While they may power the DreamWalk Express just fine through the first couple of uses, they die quickly. The brand name batteries I replaced them with lasted much longer.
If you are going to be frequently using the device I highly recommend investing in rechargeable AA batteries and a charger like this one. Doing so will not only save you money in the long run but also means you won’t have to rush to the store when your AA batteries die.
With continued use the coarse roller will begin to wear down and become less effective at removing dry skin. When this happens you will need to purchase replacement rollers.
According to the instruction manual:
Replace the roller every 60-90 days or when it is worn or seems less effective.
By replacing the rollers the DreamWalk Express Pedi will shave off skin as effectively the day you first got it.
While other brands offer a selection of different roller heads in varying grades of coarseness, Dr Scholl’s only offers one:
Refills are sold in packs of two at a comparable price to other brands. You can pick them up at local retailers like Target, Walmart, CVS or our favorite, Amazon.
Note: while the roller refills may look similar to that of Emjoi and other brands, they are unique to the Dr Scholl’s Dreamwalk Express. Other brands just won’t lock into the roller holder. Only use Dr Scholl’s refills with the DreamWalk Express Pedi Foot Smoother.
Testing the Dr Scholl’s DreamWalk Express Pedi Foot Smoother
So now for the part of the review where I test the DreamWalk Express Pedi Foot Smoother and see just how well it actually performs.
If you have been reading along with my other electric foot file reviews you will know that I am not the target market for this device. I do not suffer from patches of dry skin. This is the only time you will hear me say this:
I honestly wish I had corns or calluses. Even a tiny patch of dead skin for me to use the DreamWalk Express Pedi Foot Smoother on would be great.
So for the purpose of the review I had to round up a team of testers who suffered from rough skin and cracked heals. Once again I was surprised at just how common this problem was, assembling a team of testers was much less difficult than I originally thought.
Now the awful part of this for me is that I had to sit there and watch other people grind off layer upon layer of skin from their feet. Even those of you with a foot fetish would be somewhat disgusted by this. The things I have to do for a good review…
The first thing you will notice when you pick the DreamWalk Express up is just how slippery the gloss surface is. It’s just as well you can only use this thing dry. If your hands are greasy or you have a loose grip.
The handle feels nicely weighted and the curved, almost banana like, shape feels natural to hold.
When you turn the DreamWalk Express on the roller roars in to action. The noise given off is similar to the tool the dentist uses to polish your teeth during check ups. I would not recommend using this while someone is sleeping nearby, you will wake all but the heaviest of sleepers.
Just like with all electric foot files, there will be mess. Before you use your foot file be sure to either set yourself up outside or use a plastic bag or towel to catch the skin particles that come off your foot. I was super careful with this during testing. The only thing worse than your skin dust is someone else.
So with the testers comfortably set up, they went to work grinding away at different areas where they suffered from callsuses, corns and cracked heels.
A common complaint was that the DreamWalk Express slowed down if you pressed down too hard. This is a safety feature, the device is designed to stop if you exert too much pressure, preventing you from grinding your skin to the bone.
The testers who pressed too hard were the ones that found the roller taking too long to effectively remove their dry skin. When we examined what these testers had in common it was that their skin was incredibly stubborn. The roller just wasn’t coarse enough to remove the skin in a timely manner.
When we gave the same testers the extra-coarse Pedi Perfect the issue was resolved. These same testers reported that the DreamWalk Express was then suitable for touch ups but it just wasn’t aggressive enough to remove the really tricky patches of skin.
Testers with lighter patches of dry skin had much more success with the product.
The recessed roller caused much disagreement between the testers. Some liked it, others hated it. It turns out that how much you like the recessed roller all depends on where you use it.
Testers who liked the roller expressed joy at just how well it did their toes. They could rest their toes on the plastic around the roller without worry of it catching (something that occasionally happens with the Pedi Perfect).
Testers that disliked the recessed head found that it was far less effective at removing skin from around the heals and other open areas of the foot.
The DreamWalk Express Pedi Foot Smoother by Scholl’s wile be okay for some of you but definitely not all of you. If you have light dry skin then you will be more than happy with the product, especially if you can pick it up at less than $20. Bargain.
But those of you with tougher skin might want to skip over this electric foot file. The roller just isn’t intense enough to remove dead skin in a timely manner and is missing the option of a more abrasive roller.
But does it compare to the Amope Pedi Perfect? I think this picture will answer your question:
Outside of North and Latin America, this is the express Pedi that the Scholl Brand sells to the world. Yep, it is the Amope Pedi Perfect, just re-branded. I think the decision to sell this model over the DreamWalk Express tells you all you need to know.
The DreamWalk Express finds itself in a no-mans land. It doesn’t have the extensive range of rollers that emjoi offers or the performance of Amope. It’s just an average product at best.
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