The WalkingPad C2 Mini folding walking treadmill is the cheapest walking treadmill available from Kingsmith, a subsidiary of Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, best known for its phones, audio and home technology.
With the rise of flexible working and therefore the growing popularity of under-desk mats, it’s easy to see why Xiaomi made its first foray into the market. But did they get it right with the WalkingPad C2?
While not one of the best under-the-desk treadmills, the WalkingPad C2 is a good entry point for anyone looking to keep moving at home. Fundamentally, it’s capable of reaching speeds high enough for brisk walking – and even very light jogging – but not running. Designed to be easily foldable and with wheels to help you transport it around the house, it checks every box for easy access. Plus, unlike other more portable models like the Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0, you don’t have to sacrifice belt length.
For walking, the WalkingPad C2 is comfortable, thanks to the belt’s shock-absorbing EVA layer that serves to protect your joints, and you can barely notice the ridge created by the folding mechanism. It’s not too bothersome, although heavier users may feel it more distinctly.
With its palm-sized controller, you can easily command the WalkingPad C2, but you have the second option of remotely switching the treadmill between modes with the KS Fit app, though other phone control options are minimal.
While it’s annoyingly quiet, we couldn’t find a way to stop its rather incessant beeping during use, so you’ll need to set your pace before jumping into a Zoom call that requires discretion or having your fingers ready on the mute button when it’s time. to change the rhythm.
The price is low, but considering that two of its top three unique selling points are an auto mode that doesn’t work and a cluttered, confusing, empty app, it loses some points in value for money. In saying that, the other big selling point, its folding design, works perfectly.
WalkingPad C2: Price and availability
The WalkingPad C2 is $599.00 in the US, £494.02 in the UK and AU$799.00 in Australia (opens in new tab).
UK and US customers can buy the WalkingPad C2 from late 2021, with Australian customers joining the party in July 2022. The WalkingPad C2 is the cheapest model available from Xiaomi/Kingsmith and can also be found at online retailers like Amazon.
WalkingPad C2: Design
- Simple and elegant design
- Foldable and maneuverable
- no handrail
Project score: 4/5
The WalkingPad C2 is slick and minimalist, made primarily of plastic and available in white, red and black. At the center of the treadmill is an LED display, which shows your calories and step count as well as elapsed time, and an M and A circle to indicate which mode (manual or automatic, respectively) you are using.
Opening the box on arrival, you will see that the treadmill comes fully built and ready to use once connected. hits the ground. We found this to ease off a bit after a couple of times, but could benefit from being a little softer.
Weighing in at a relatively light 65 pounds, the WalkingPad C2 is quite easy to move and has two one-way wheels on the treadmill head so you can transport it around the house. However, there’s no handle, so it can be a little difficult to lift and hold while you’re browsing.
When unfolded, its dimensions are 144.5 / 51.8 / 12.5 cm. Folded they are 82.5 / 51.8 / 13.6 cm, so you get the best of both worlds when it comes to maneuverability and storage, as well as the length for long walks. If you have a compact office space or have difficulty adjusting the height of your desk, the 180-degree unfolding mechanism is likely to get stuck.
Since the WalkingPad is predominantly designed for… well, walking, you miss out on some of the features available on higher ticket budgets. For example, unlike some other models, the WalkingPad does not have a handrail, which also means it may not be best suited for the elderly or young children. Its weight limit is 220lbs, which is also a little lower than some of its competitors.
The deck is made of plastic, and the belt measures 119 x 42cms and is made up of four layers: a non-slip and anti-static mat, a wear-resistant layer, an EVA cushioning layer and a density fiber stirrups.
WalkingPad C2: Features
- Auto mode didn’t work for us
- App leaves a lot to be desired
- no security key
Resource score: 2/5
The WalkingPad C2 Mini folding walking treadmill is simple enough, but there’s a lot to do with a walking treadmill.
There are two settings available for the WalkingPad C2: manual and automatic. In manual mode, you use the palm-sized controller to stop and start the belt and control the speed, which increases and decreases in 0.5km/h intervals.
Auto mode is where it all went a little wrong in our tests. In theory, this mode is designed to respond to the wearer’s stride using three walk zones on the belt. The first is at the top end of the treadmill, which will accelerate the treadmill, the second is in the middle to maintain speed, and the third is at the back of the treadmill to (you guessed it) slow it down.
We found that this didn’t really work, and if you want to focus on other things while walking, it can detract from your experience. For us, it repeatedly stopped without explanation as soon as we tried to stop accelerating. Through the app you can change the sensitivity: low sensitivity worked a little better but still stopped inexplicably. The one time it worked, it favored acceleration over consistency or deceleration, creating a pretty anxiety-inducing walk before we jumped into a mild panic.
Speaking of the app, this is another feature that the WalkingPad C2 unfortunately falls far short of. The KS fit app can be downloaded from Google App Store (opens in new tab) or Apple App Store (opens in new tab). Syncing was quick and easy thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, and after that you have access to a lackluster app at best. Through the app, you can follow a setup guide and tutorial, after which you can switch between manual, automatic, and standby mode, track your activity, and calibrate your belt. You can also enter your weight and track changes via the app, though there’s no smart information to be had here.
And that’s it. No different modes, speed control (that we could find) or value-added content, except a 30-day hiking challenge. Also, the app repeatedly displayed error notifications, and while they didn’t seem to affect the app’s performance, it was a little disappointing to see them repeatedly.
As this is a more cost-effective option, some other features are missing. As there is no console, there is no security key to attach like in other models such as the TR1200-DT3 service life. However, in terms of security, the WalkingPad C2 has an automated standby mode, overload protection and a child lock that can be controlled by the app. There’s no incline option either, but for walking-only treadmills this is pretty standard.
WalkingPad C2: Performance
- comfortable to walk
- Quiet – but not discreet
- It doesn’t go very fast
Performance Score: 3/5
On the surface, the WalkingPad C2 is good at what it needs to be good at – being a treadmill. The belt is comfortable, with a good level of grip and quite silent, registering only 48dB. There’s a very slight notch in the middle of the belt where the treadmill folds over, which can be felt very lightly through sneakers and casual sneakers (we’ve tested it on Vans), but it’s not enough to create any discomfort.
Its top speed is 6 km/h, which is low but not surprising given its nature as a moving walkway. Thanks to the length, we were able to stretch for a very light run, but it’s best to shop elsewhere if speed is your focus.
As it is low to the ground, the WalkingPad C2’s 1HP motor is quite quiet – however, when reviewing customer reviews on Amazon, some users have noticed that noise levels increase when used on the mat as the belt can pick up fibers – also, not the best thing in the world for your floor. Annoyingly, we couldn’t find a way to disable the beep when changing speed; therefore, if you plan to discreetly change this during calls, you may have difficulties.
You can’t pause your workout with the remote either, just stopping it completely, and when we tried to jump briefly to mimic the front door’s response, we came back to find the session had reset, which is annoying.
Although we didn’t have that experience, customers on amazon (opens in new tab) noticed various squeaks and creaks that came on after prolonged use, especially around the fold.
The WalkingPad C2 Mini folding walking treadmill does exactly what it says on the tin: it lets you walk comfortably at home or in the office. In that micro sense, it’s perfect for the job.
- You want to keep it out of sight
The WalkingPad C2 Mini folding walking treadmill is one of the few models on the market that can offer length and easy storage. Its foldable, compact design makes it perfect for minimalists or people in smaller living arrangements.
- You’re not worried about bells and whistles
Not everyone needs apps and features – if you’re just here to walk, the WalkingPad C2 Mini folding walking treadmill is perfectly usable without the app…although you’ll need to graduate from your training program first.
Don’t buy if…
- Do you want a smart treadmill
Despite its supposed heatmap capabilities and adapting to your needs from its step sensors, the WalkingPad C2 Mini folding walking treadmill failed to deliver for us on that front.
The WalkingPad C2 Mini folding walking treadmill is designed for walking, and while we’ve achieved a light run without the handrail or the ability to reach speeds in excess of 6 km/h, you’d better have a dedicated running machine.
- Do you like developed applications?
The app leaves a lot to be desired, and we really mean a lot. The user experience was clunky and doesn’t do much other than track activity and serve as an alternate on/off switch.
First reviewed in June 2022