Health and wellness brand Mobvoi has just released its first ever running machine, the Home Treadmill, priced $449.99. While we haven’t yet reviewed it to see if it’s a contender for our best treadmills guide, we’re excited by the easy-to-store nature of Mobvoi’s new treadmill. That’s because it’s so slim, the Home Treadmill can be slid underneath your bed when not in use.
We mean, there’s folding treadmills and then there’s this. So to say the Mobvoi Home Treadmill is compact is something of an understatement. Mobvoi, which makes the TicWatch smartwatch, has designed the treadmill in black and silver, with both priced at $449.99.
The Mobvoi Home Treadmill at a glance:
- Walking and running modes
- Speed range 1.0KM/H-12.0KM/H
- Max user weight 265lbs
- Folded size 52(L)xW27(W)xH4.4(H) inches
- Built-in Bluetooth speaker
- LED and touch screen
- Remote control option
- 2.25HP motor
As you may have spotted, the Mobvoi Home Treadmill has a smaller running surface than the average home treadmill, with a running belt measuring 39.39 x 15.75 inches. For proper running and sprinting, you want a surface between 48-60 inches long, and around 16 inches wide.
So if you’re looking for a folding treadmill more for running than walking, this isn’t the one for you. However, if you want a cheap treadmill for walking and jogging, and ideally one that’s very compact for a smaller home gym space, the Mobvoi Home Treadmill could be ideal.
- View the Home Treadmill at Mobvoi
Mobvoi Home Treadmill: Design and features
Mobvoi’s new treadmill would also slot neatly beneath a standing desk, enabling you to get in some exercise while working. It has a built-in speaker so that you can listen to music or even an audiobook while exercising, with your workout stats viewable on the dual LED display. As with any piece of home exercise equipment though, we’d recommend wearing one of the best fitness trackers for proper monitoring.
The max user weight is 265lbs, which is below average for a home treadmill - the Bowflex BXT216 Treadmill, for example, has a max user weight of 400lbs. That said, the Bowflex design is very different and certainly not as compact or slim as the Mobvoi.
The front handrail has touch controls, enabling you to control the speed mid-workout, and there are dedicated running and walking modes. The Home Treadmill reaches up to 12km/h in running mode, or 4km/h in walking mode. A textured running surface offers better grip underfoot.
How a treadmill could boost your health at home
There are numerous health benefits to regular cardio exercise, and using a treadmill for walking, jogging or running is just one way to achieve this. According to Harvard Medical School, treadmills are ‘among the most effective types of exercise equipment.’
Treadmills can be used to improve your balance and endurance, as well as to strengthen various muscles including your calves, glutes and hamstrings. With guidance from a healthcare professional, they can also be useful when helping people recover from injury.
As with the best exercise bikes, another popular use for treadmills is weight loss and weight management, as cardio exercise could help you manage your weight when used in conjunction with a healthy diet. To avoid getting bored with treadmill workouts, you may want to switch them up regularly by incorporating some interval training or, if your fitness is up to it, some endurance runs.