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Silk’N is renown for their electric hair removal and skin care products. With the launch of the Pedi Callus Care, Silk’N proves that you can create an effective electric callus remover with a stylish design.
Join me as I explore everything there is to know about the Silk’N Pedi so that you can decide whether or not this is the right electric callus remover for you.
Unboxing the Silk’N Pedi Callus Care
If you open up the box and empty the contents, this is what you will find:
Let’s break it down:
- Silk’N Callus Care handle
- Coarse roller head</ li>
- Smooth roller head
- Roller cover
- AA batteries
- Cleaning brush
- Instruction manual
- Warranty book
A special shout out to Silk’N for including batteries in the box. This means you won’t have to raid the TV remote for batteries the first time you go to use the Pedi Callus Care.
Examining the Silk’N Pedi Callus Care
The Silk’N is one of the sleeker looking electric callus removers on the market. A modern silver and white design makes other simialry priced callus removers look dated in comparison:
If you turn the Silk’N Pedi on it’s side you will get a better idea of it’s flowing shape:
The silver plastic section is seamless and runs from the handle right up to the interchangeable roller head,
The head of the callus remover has quite a large bend to it. In our testing of our testing of the Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry we noticed that angled heads allowed you to easily apply the rollers to your calluses without awkwardly twisting your wrist.
Located on the front of the Silk’N Pedi is the power button:
If you have ever owned an electronic callus remover before then you will be quite familiar with how the button works. For those of you who are new to the concept, allow me to explain.
The power button is actually made up of two separate pieces:
- White safety button
- Silver sliding switch
In order to turn the Silk’N Pedi on you must press down on the white button while, at the same time, slide the silver switch up. While it sounds complicated, the whole process can easily be accomplished with just your thumb.
Why such a complex power switch? Electric callus removers are basically mini-floor sanders. If you turn it on by mistake it can scratch anything that comes near. Fortunately the addition of the safety switch makes it nearly impossible to turn the Silk’N Pedi on unintentionally.
If you flip the Silk N over you will notice that it is a little top heavy:
Interestingly, the Silk’N Pedi relies on the weight of the AA batteries to help balance out the handle.
To install the batteries you simply slide down on the base of the handle and the cover will pop right off. The cover comes off almost too easily.
With the cover removed you are free to install the AA batteries which help balance the handle:
Two AA batteries are included in the box. The battery brand is Naccon, a Chinese battery manufacturer.
While the batteries didn’t last as long as other brand name batteries we tested, we were pleased to see that Silk’N had included batteries in the box. Any batteries are better than no batteries.
At the very top of the Silk’N Pedi you will find the roller head.
The head of the Silk’N Pedi is the part that does all the hard work. If you look closely you will notice small minerals stuck to a blue drum (the roller). It looks similar to a tube of sand paper.
When you turn the Silk’N Pedi on the roller will begin to spin really fast. When you place the roller against your skin it will begin to grind any raised dry patches of skin exposing the soft skin beneath.
On closer inspection you will notice that the roller head is basically a sleeker version of the head found on the Ped Egg Power.
If you look closely at the roller head you will notice that the plastic sides of the roller head stick out further than the roller itself. Coupled with the smaller surface area of the roller and you have a callus remover that is not overly suitable for larger areas of skin.
On the rear of the Silk’N Pedi you will find a small white button:
This is the roller head release button. Pressing the button with one hand while pulling up on the roller head with the other will allow you to completely remove the roller from the Silk’N Pedi handle.
Unfortunately the Silk’N uses my least favorite type of roller head.
Both the roller head and holder come together in a single unit. Not only is this style of roller more expensive to replace and has less surface area than other models but is also more difficult to clean.
You may have noticed that the Silk’N Pedi includes two different roller heads in the box:
Blue Coarse Roller – The coarser of the two rollers. Use this roller to grind away at calluses and dry patches of skin.
The blue coarse roller can leave behind jagged pieces of skin. When this happens you swap over to the…
Purple Smooth roller – A much less coarse roller, Use this roller after the blue roller. The finer grain will help smooth the edges of the callus for a soft finish.
Many of you will be perfectly satisfied with the finish left by the blue coarse roller and will skip over the purple roller completely.
When you are not using the Silk’N Pedi you can cover the head with a protective cap:
The protective cover will stop the head from scratching anything that comes near.
I threw the Silk’N Pedi at the bottom of my handbag for a day and was pleased to note that the cover was still attached at night when I removed it from my bag.
Silk’N Pedi Replacement Roller Heads
As you continue to use your Silk’N Pedi the roller heads wear down over time. When this happens you will notice that the performance of the callus remover will begin to suffer.
Just how long each roller lasts will entirely depend on how the coarseness of your skin and how often you use the Silk’N Pedi.
Replacing the roller head will see your Silk’N Pedi perform as good as the day you first bought it.
Roller head replacements are sold in refill packs of two:
In each refill pack you will find one blue coarse roller and one smooth coarse roller.
Unfortunately if you only want to replace one of the two rollers will find yourself paying for both. Given that the Silk’N Pedi has the most expensive rollers out of any electric callus remover in this price range, not being able to choose between the two is a little frustrating.
Silk’N Pedi replacement rollers are best ordered online since they are quite difficult to track down in local retail stores.
Testing the Silk’N Pedi Callus Care
With the batteries installed it is time to take the Silk’N Pedi for a test drive.
As mentioned in my other electric callus remover reviews, I am fortunate in that I do not suffer from calluses, cracked heals or any other dried skin on my feet.
So in order to test the Silk’N Pedi I called in a team people who did suffer from unsightly dry skin to test it on my behalf. The following contains summaries of the results and users experiences.
While the handle of the Silk’N Pedi sure is pretty to look at it is less practical to hold. Testers were surprised at just how slippery the handle was. While the shape of the handle fit neatly into the hand, the polished surface made it difficult to keep a grip on the unit.
Turning the unit on revealed a second problem. The battery cover opened just that bit too easy. And it is here that the power button on the angled head becomes a problem.
Stretching your thumb to reach the power button can see your fingers pull slightly down on the handle, causing the battery cover to slide open. The same problem was visible on all three Silk’N Pedi units we tested.
However, once you learn the proper technique to turning the Silk’N Pedi on this becomes less of an issue.
With the power turned on you the motor of the Silk’N Pedi will burst into life. The sound is loud and a slight rattling sound can be heard over the whirr of the roller head.
Before I continue I want to mention that the roller head will stop if you apply to much pressure. This isn’t a flaw. This is a safety feature found on most electric callus removers to prevent bearing down too hard with the coarse roller and grinding your skin to the bone.
Roller to foot the Silk’N Pedi was more than capable of grinding away cracked heals and calluses commonly found on the feet.
But the plastic sides of the roller meant that only a small part of the roller came onto contact with the skin at any given time. While this worked exceptionally well for calluses on the toes and other precise areas, it made the heals and wider areas more time consuming to buff. Electric callus removers like the Amope Pedi Perfect performed much better over these larger areas.
Speaking of buffing, you will notice what appears to be smoke coming from the head of the Silk’N Pedi when you apply the head to your calluses.
This is actually a really fine skin dust and is a side effect of using an electric callus remover. Either use the product outside or over a towel to catch the skin shavings.
The skin dust had a bad habit of getting caught in the hollow area behind the roller head. While other electric callus removers like the Emjoi Micro Pedi had vents that allow the skin dust to escape, it is caught and builds up in this area until you clean it out.
I even noticed the skin dust working it’s way inside the unit, coating the plastic gears inside. While this appeared to have no effect on the performance, I am curious as to whether this will have an impact after months and months of continuous use.
When it comes to removing calluses the Silk’N Pedi works remarkably well. However it is let down by some unusual design choices as well as expensive and difficult to track down replacement roller heads.
A good choice when it comes to choosing an electric callus remover.
- Callus Remover Guide – All the popular callus removers, tested and reviewed