uKnead Foot and Calf Massager Review

uKnead Foot and Calf Massager

There are many reasons as to why the uKnead Foot and Calf Massager is regarded as the best foot calf massager by many but if we are to put it down to one reason, it would be its versatility. 

What We Like 

  • Dual action technology
  • Independent massage options available
  • Adjustable tilt angle for optimum positioning
  • Sleek and modern design

What We Don't 

  • More expensive than other foot calf massagers

Product Highlights

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uKnead employs what's called the Dual Action technology, where deep tissue shiatsu calf and foot rollers kneading is combined in perfect harmony with powerful air compression to create double the effect of massage therapy. 

Now, you may say that many foot and calf massagers of this type has such combination, but how uKnead stands out among the rest is that it also incorporates rollers at the calves area in addition to the usual airbags installation that most others have. 

You see, how foot and calf massagers usually work is that you get roller massage for the feet, while the calves are massaged by the compression of airbags. Not with this one here.

Anyway, let's look at its foot massage first, shall we?

uknead rollers

As pictured above, both airbags and rollers are installed at the foot compartment to provide both airbag compression and shiatsu massage to one of the most worked body parts of a human being. 

In a cocoon style 'wrap-around' design, the airbags encapsulate the foot in every angle when inflated and this provides extensive coverage from the top down and all around for an unprecedented feel. 

In particular, "Heel Grip Airbags" equipped with massage nodes are designed to specifically target the Achilles tendon area. If you ever had any problems or aches in this area, you're in for some unprecedented foot massage experience, let us tell you.

For its shiatsu foot rollers, uKnead employs long triple roller type modules to provide invigorating deep tissue shiatsu massages in the bottom of the feet to provide relief for symptoms arising from conditions such as plantar fasciitis and neuropathy. 

uknead foot massage

Specifically, these roller modules are ultra long, spanning the entire length of the feet to ensure full coverage of the soles. To date, it is the one foot massager review that provides the highest surface area coverage on the market.

Meanwhile, spread out in a 2-4-2 layout are oversized rollers , heel nodes and full coverage mid-section bridge modules to cover and pamper every inch of your foot. 

Moving on to the calves, there are 8 sequential full enclosure airbags spread and placed strategically throughout the whole of the length to envelop and engulf the calves.

The sequential air compression utilizes the inflation and deflation motion to apply firm pressure, thereby effectively promote circulation and de-swelling of the lower body. 

All in total 16 accordion calf-to-toe airbags, oversized air cells flank the calves from side to side while uniquely shaped air cells sandwich the toes and feet from top to bottom for a totally immersive massage experience.

uknead airbags
uknead shiatsu calf rollers

Not stopping at just there, two oversized mechanical vertical rotational shiatsu calf rollers are also placed behind the calves to perform deep tissue massage to the calf muscles.

Exclusive only to this UK-580 model, these rollers mimic the shiatsu technique used by professional masseuses to effectively reach deep into the calf muscles to relieve and relax any leg muscle and soreness.

Paired with the full coverage calf massaging airbags, the uKnead UK-580 is easily the best calf massager providing the most extensive foot massage in the industry.

Modes & Programs

uKnead offers 3 auto modes - Comfortable Enjoyment, Fatigue Relief and Pain Management.

uknead massager control panel

For all three, you get to choose amongst 5 massage intensities for a personalized massage therapy.

After all, not everyone has the same pressure tolerance level. 

All these, controlled via a user-friendly control panel that is designed for a straightforward user experience.  

What we like in particular is that not only are manual modes available, they allow you to choose between having an all air massage, or a kneading only option. Not all models have this even if they have manual selection options, in that they only let you customize the level of intensity separately for each function.

In addition, you get to also select where you want heat to be applied. The calves only? Or just the feet? Or at both the calves and feet? This allows you to do all that - have your massage your way.

Heat Element Infused Soothing Air Compression

heat foot massage

Speaking of which, the uKnead comes with heat element.

At the touch of a button, soothing heat will spread along the calves and into the feet, for that oh-so-good feeling. 

If you don't already know, heat compression helps in improving circulation in the lower body, which increases the efficiency of a foot massage.


Apart from the above, what sets the uKnead Leg Massager apart includes an easy-to-change foot cloth liner that is completely removable and machine-washable for hygiene maintenance, as well as an ergonomic design that can be easily tilted to an angle. 

The latter, especially, worth extra mentioning because if you have tried on a foot calf massager before, you will notice that you have to sit quite forward on your chair to be able to fit your legs properly into the machine.

It may not be much at first, but come 5 to 10 minutes later and it can feel quite uncomfortable, what's with sitting on the edge of your chair for a prolonged period. It can take away the relaxation factor, to say the least.

uknead adjusting angle

With a 45-degree varia-angle adjustment, you can adjust the uKnead into a reclining angle that suits you optimally in any seating position. 

Be it a sofa or an office chair, all you have to do is just press a button under the side handle and swivel to tilt to your desired angle. There are 3 preset positions, and you can lock them in to secure. 

Recommended For

While the uKnead UK-580 Leg Massager will provide superior massage quality to all users, people who suffer from the following conditions may be able to feel more in particular of the significant difference it brings to one's overall wellbeing:

  • Chronic pain 
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neuropathy numbness
  • Poor circulation and swelling
  • Leg & foot fibromyalgia
  • Varicose veins related circulatory issues

Click here if you are unsure whether the symptoms you are suffering belong to any of the above conditions.  


Product Name

uKnead UK-580 Leg Massager

Product Brand


Product Size

19 x 18.5 x 21 inches

Product Weight

31 pounds

What's Included

1uKnead foot massager, power adapter, user manual


1 year


  • Dual action technology
  • Full coverage shiatsu foot rollers
  • Oversized shiatsu calf rollers
  • Full wrap-around cocoon style airbags enclosure 
  • Easy lock and tilt function for optimum sitting angle 
  • Double layer zippered liner for easy removal for cleaning or replacement
  • 3 auto modes, 5 intensity levels with heat function


  • Expensive


uKnead foot calf massager

To conclude, if you are looking for the best foot calf massager, look no further - the uKnead UK-580 Leg Massager is your answer. 

It is, to date, the most comprehensive and well-rounded foot and calf massager we have ever came across. From the variety of functions offered to the engineering and implementation of each, it gives the best conclusive and effective massage therapy. 

It does lean towards the higher end if we are to talk price-wise, but is it worth the extra penny paid? Absolutely. If you are able to afford it, we highly recommend going for it - you won't regret this purchase.