Amope Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry
Do you feel like you have more disappointing nail salon memories than relaxing, majestic ones? I know I do! The natural solution, of course, is is to take matters into my own hands – literally. For me, the biggest parts of a pedicure are correcting my eponychium and cuticles and reducing my calluses. Over the years, I’ve used plenty of products: rasps, Ped-Egg-type solutions, those horribly scary Credo blades, pumice stones, Mr. Pumi bars (which are pretty nice for mild cases and daily upkeep). A few years ago, my husband got me a
ridiculous powertool shockingly good, albeit occasionally awkward-to-use motorized callus buffer. It is FANTASTIC! (yeah, caps and exclamation points) at removing the bulk of thick, unwanted calluses, but it can leave things uneven in its wake. That’s where the Amope Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry comes in.
This was another Costco score; while there for groceries, my husband saw it on sale for $39.99 (normally $59.99 at Costco) and picked it up for me unprompted (ha, not my purchase choice; therefore no buy intact!).
The Amope Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry was sold as a value bundle that included:
- The (rechargeable!) device
- Five roller-file heads
- One storage bag
This is compared with the device’s normal price (sans extras) at Amazon, Walmart, Target, and other retailers of $37-50. The Amope Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry refills rate $15 for a pack of two. The price at Costco (when on sale) represents a savings of about $30-40.
For years, I ignored the Amope devices because most of them require conventional batteries. I try to avoid purchasing (and, as a result, having to dispose of) conventional batteries as much as possible. Although I could use rechargeable batteries, I didn’t want to bother so I love that the Amope Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry has an internal, rechargeable battery.
Like most rechargeable devices, before use you have to set and forget the device on the charger for a few hours. The charger is a simple USB charging cradle. An AC adapter is included to make things easier. Some reviewers reported difficulty with the charging cradle, that it perhaps doesn’t charge properly. My charging cradle doesn’t malfunction, but it is a little particular about having the device seated just so the contacts receive a current.
According to Amope, a three-hour charge should provide twenty minutes of continuous filing. That’s more than plenty for my needs.
Ergonomics and Speed
In your hand, the Amope device has enough weight to feel sturdy but not so much that it feels heavy or unwieldy. The handle is coated in a smooth, soft-touch silicone that makes it easy to keep a grip on in the shower. The device has two speeds; I find the higher speed to be more effective for smoothing. Like my Clarisonic Mia2, I hardly ever touch the lower speed.
I don’t use the Amope Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry for heavy duty callus reduction. I use the Tip2Toe with this inexpensive callus remover gel for that, then I go over everything with the Amope to smooth over everything. It does a fantastic job of evening out areas that are difficult to work on with the flat disc of the Tip2Toe. The Amope is WAY better for curved areas such as the edges of the heels or contours of the toes.
In the shower, I apply some shower gel to the soles of my feet and use the Amope scrub and slough. Overall, though, I find it significantly more effective on dry skin than wet. This is corroborated by Amope’s FAQ.
On dry skin, I use to touch up and keep thick callouses at bay. It also follows up my aggressive biweekly Tip2Toe treatment. The latter device is effective, but it doesn’t refine – so while it would reduce the bulk, I’d still have an awkward transition between treated and untreated skin. It was bizarre and probably would still look awkward in certain sandals.
Honestly, it’s all kinda gross – all this stuff is! But it makes a big difference in maintaining a pedicure.
Compared to my other device, there is virtually no learning curve. It took me a while to figure out how to best-use my Tip2Toe and, years later, it remains tricky. The other great thing is that because this does not have the motor of a bona fide power tool, the possibility of injury during use is very low. You aren’t going to cut or burn yourself using the Amope Pedi Perfect.
Wear & Replacement
I’ve had the device for two months now and I’m still using the same roller head. Amope does not mandate changing out the roller at a particular interval; they clarify that it is usage and callus-severity based. I think I can get another month out of the roller I currently have installed, which means I would get fifteen months out of my current stock (what came with the kit).
The Bottom Line
Given that it isn’t well-suited to heavy-duty reduction, I wouldn’t recommend only the Amope Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry device for people with seriously thick calluses. I don’t know about you, but I my feet are crazy callus-prone. Add to that walking on the balls of my feet when barefoot (yes, it is ridiculous), and I need an industrial approach. This wouldn’t cut it for me alone, but I am glad I have it.
For those who appreciate shoes more than I do or are lucky in that they just don’t callus much, the Amope Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry ought to be a good fit for you. I think it would make a nice gift for those interested in beauty and personal care as well.
Make sure to consult your doctor about pedicure treatments for your safety.