Wellness brand Mobvoi has released its first running machine, the aptly named Mobvoi Home Treadmill, and it costs just $449.99, making it a real bargain compared to the more expensive best treadmills (opens in new tab) for home workouts. While we haven’t reviewed it yet, we’re intrigued by how slim it becomes when folded; slim enough, in fact, to be stored under your bed when not in use.
That’s even better than a folding treadmill design, which explains why so many are flocking to buy the Mobvoi Home Treadmill. That super-slim profile when folded also makes it a great choice if you have little space for home gym (opens in new tab) equipment, or a big budget to splash out on indoor running gear. Mobvoi, the brand behind the TicWatch smartwatch (opens in new tab), has designed the Home Treadmill in black and in silver.
The Mobvoi Home Treadmill spec 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
If you’re at all familiar with running machines, you’ll have spotted that the Mobvoi Home Treadmill has a smaller running surface than average, with a running belt measuring 39.39 x 15.75 inches. For all-out running and sprinting, you ideally need a surface that’s between 48-60 inches long, and around 16 inches wide, so you can really stride and push yourself.
So if you want a super-compact and cheap treadmill for jogging and walking, the Mobvoi Home Treadmill is a good choice. For running and interval training, we’d recommend looking at a machine with a bigger running belt such as the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Home Treadmill (opens in new tab) or the more affordable LifeSpan TR4000i Folding Treadmill (opens in new tab).
- View the Home Treadmill at Mobvoi (opens in new tab)
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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) for proper monitoring.
The max user weight is 265lbs, which is below average for a home treadmill - the Bowflex BXT216 Treadmill (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab), 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.