You’ll be glad to know that the WalkingPad C2 (almost) gets the job done if you’re looking for an under-desk foldable treadmill to haul out around the home or office. However, we found it to be a little lacking when it came to usability.
The treadmill unfolds just like you would open a book and locks (rather annoyingly) into place with a loud click. We liked the simplicity of the design – the treadmill is sleek and stylish, with a small screen on the front showing your live metrics.
Dimensions: 32.5×21.5×5 inches
Weight: 62 pounds
treadmill size: 47 x 16.5 inches
Maximum user weight: 220 pounds
Warranty: 1 year warranty
training sessions: Available through the KS Fit app
Other properties: WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, KS Fit app, motion sensors.
Decibel Reading: 45dB
It’s ready to use right out of the box and just needs to be plugged into the wall to get started, which we found super handy. The machine is designed to work in two modes, manual and automatic. Positioned as the star of the show, the automatic setting promises to respond and adapt intuitively to the user’s pace and stride. However, we found that it just wasn’t as intuitive as we’d hoped.
Can this model still assert itself as a contender for the best treadmill? (opens in new tab) to go for a walk? Read our full review to find out about the C2 model.
WalkingPad C2: setup and usability (3.5/5)
You can roll the C2 out from under the sofa and take some midday steps in no time, which is a hugely attractive feature that the company has nailed.
A compact part of the kit, the C2 transforms in one maneuver by simply unfolding and snapping the machine into place. All you have to do is roll it into position, plug it in and turn it on. We found it difficult to unfold the first time and it felt more like a worryingly loud click when it clicked into place, but it was otherwise easy to set up.
With dimensions of 32.5″/ 21.5″/ 5″ and a net weight of 62 lbs, we found that you can easily transport the running mat with the front casters. However, some caution is needed as the belt will twist when lifting can fold in on itself.
The model comes with a remote control that has a power button, speed controls and the option to switch between two modes – manual (controlled by you) and automatic (controlled by the treadmill).
WalkingPad C2: Design and display (4.0/5)
You can easily add this walking pad to any environment and it would look stylish and unobtrusive. It’s streamlined and sleek (almost robotic) with a sturdy frame that feels sturdy and secure. The model sits close to the ground as if you were walking on the ground yourself, and the low design helps reduce noise alongside a brushless motor. At top speed, the C2 emits a low hum, averaging around 45 dB.
You can’t feel the compound in the middle of the barrel pad which is due to the belt padding and we liked that as it doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap. We also really liked the length of the model, with belt measurements of 47in/ 16.5in giving us plenty of room to lengthen our strides.
The touchscreen LED display is located on the front of the treadmill and provides real-time metrics like calories, distance, speed, steps and time. You can then control what metrics you see with the KS Fit app (opens in new tab) (Kingsmith is the name of the company that makes the machine, hence the name “KS” fit app). The model comes with a handy remote control that lets you turn the machine on and off, switch between automatic and manual settings, and control your speed.
The big selling point for this model is the automated user mode. Kingsmith designed this walking mat to offer an intuitive and hassle-free walking experience through manual and automatic settings. Automatic mode uses pressure-sensing sensors to detect steps and pace, and adjusts on its own as needed.
The idea is that three running zones determine how the machine reacts. Zone 1 is designed to generate acceleration when you are at the front of the tread, the middle zone keeps you moving at a constant speed, and the back zone of the belt is designed for deceleration. However, this didn’t always work smoothly when we were on the machine, so we didn’t make much use of this feature.
WalkingPad C2: Features (3.0/5)
Besides the manual and automated operability, the other key feature of this model is the access to the KS Fit app. Available for both Android and IOS users, the app allows you to set weekly walking goals, control your speed and sync with other health apps to maximize access to exercise and fitness data.
When you download the app for the first time, you will be prompted to sync your device. Once added, you can browse different weekly goals and goals to stay motivated (e.g. the 21-day walking challenge) and use them as your control center.
However, we found the app to be both overly simple and confusing. The preset fitness options are really limited (which isn’t surprising considering this model is marketed as a treadmill), and it also took us a while to figure out how to set it up.
WalkingPad C2: Performance (3.0/5)
In manual mode, we had no problems at all with this treadmill. The speed increases by 0.5 km/h, but the transitions still feel smooth and there is plenty of room to walk. Top speed is limited to just 6km/h but still feels somewhat fast-paced, although be prepared to hit a jog at best. The belt feels comfortable underfoot and provides ample support, but the chunky sides of the treadpad make it appear narrow, and without a handlebar to rely on you feel unsupported.
We actually found what was supposed to be the star of the show – the automated mode – to be a little less user-friendly. The treadmill didn’t seem to react quickly to our footsteps at all, and instead just kept accelerating – making it difficult to step onto the back of the treadmill and slow down without feeling like we were about to shoot from the back. Several times we resorted to jumping off the treadmill to bring it to a complete stop.
At slower speeds you have time to shift your weight back and forth to crank the sensor, but this was more difficult at the top end of the speed range. Given the length of the belt, we expected to be less panicky. However, Kingsmith has included overload protection, an automatic standby mode and child locks to make this model as secure as possible – although there is no security key to attach.
We felt the app still had a little way to go before it could compete with others of its kind, although it’s easy to connect and helpful in showing visual metrics on your phone. If you just want to take a few extra steps, the app features might be the least of your worries. The app’s reviews were also pretty bad, and many users reported syncing issues, so it might be better to cut your losses and just use it as a remote control.
WalkingPad C2: value for money (3.0/5)
What walk pads lack in exercise ability, they certainly make up for in price. However, this model feels quite expensive considering the big selling points are the app and the automated mode – both of which require some work.
However, reviews of the product are generally positive with customers giving the machine 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Most people praise the treadmill’s compact design, but some people complain that the power button and accompanying remote control were broken. In fact, we suspect that these complaints are a direct result of the device’s difficult operation – it’s really difficult to operate the power button at times due to the confusing instructions.
WalkingPad C2: Conclusion
There is certainly still room for improvement with this model. We’d probably recommend that you go for something more robust and substantial, like the Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0 (opens in new tab), if you want to increase your steps at home. However, we can’t deny that the machine looks stylish and is the most compact option we’ve tested.
If this product is not for you
We loved the Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0 treadmill, (opens in new tab) which is cheaper in stores and is equipped with Bluetooth speakers, the Kinomap fitness app, an adjustable tablet and smartphone holder and a top speed of 8 km/h.
If you have a bit of money to flash, the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 is the one (opens in new tab) is a firm favorite of ours. It gives you advanced fitness metrics and plenty of preset workouts to choose from, plus a free 30-day iFit subscription and Bluetooth speakers.
This is how we tested the Kingsmith WalkingPad C2
We tested all of the under-table treadmills at home or in our purpose-built testing center and gave them a 1-5 rating based on the following criteria:
- setup and usability
- design and presentation
- Price-performance ratio
For all models, we have tested folded and unfolded so that we can take full advantage of the kit in both walking and running modes. We also tested the minimum and maximum speed controls along with any available metric tracking, preset workouts, and memberships or apps that support them.
The RRP for the C2 is $599 / £479.42, but you can find cheaper deals by buying direct from their website.
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