Research by Matt Rowan, B.S.
Updated September 11, 2020
Finally, A Treadmill You Can Store
The WalkingPad solves a classic treadmill problem: Size and storage. Typically most treadmills are bewildering to move or store and often require a ton of dedicated space for them and are unsightly placed in your main living space. While many walking focused treadmills are smaller and more portable than their running oriented counterparts, nothing we've seen truly solves the problem quite like the WalkingPad A1. This makes the WalkingPad A1 one of the best treadmill choices for small spaces, apartments or those of us tight on space, storage or spare rooms.
The WalkingPad A1 is designed to be folded and features wheels that allow it to be rolled into a closet, under a bed, dresser or anywhere you can find an extra 1.4 cubic feet or about the space 5 shoeboxes take up. Many treadmills simply can't be stored, and this makes the WalkingPad truly unique and innovative.
Lastly, while running on a treadmill is an excellent form of exercise, many people find it more sustainable and realistic to walk, even if it's for a much longer time period. The WalkingPad is great to use while watching TV or working at a standing desk and makes forming a good healthy habit easier to form than running.
Pairing with a Standing Desk
At Start Standing, we love standing desks and ways to keep active when spending a lot of time behind a computer. The WalkingPad A1 makes a great companion to any standing desk and gives you another option beyond sitting or standing.
With the astronomical prices of treadmill desk combos, you can save a lot of money buying the treadmill and standing desk portions separately. The WalkingPad A1 would pair great with the ApexDesk Elite or the Jarvis from Fully.
Shipping, Warranty and Where to Buy
Since the WalkingPad can be folded it makes it one of the very few treadmills that can be shipped through normal parcel shipping as well as being eligible for prime two-day shipping on Amazon AND requires zero assembly. Pretty impressive.
While WalkingPad does have its own website, the cheapest place to buy one is on Amazon. The A1 would be covered by Amazon's return policy but unfortunately, WalkingPad's warranty on the A1 doesn't extend beyond the 30-day period.
Design and Quality
The design of the WalkingPad A1 has won a RedDot Design Award for 2019 and we can see why. Not only is the folding innovate but it seems to be at no expense to design or size. When it's unfolded it's hard to tell that it hinges in the middle.
When it comes to build quality, so many plastic office items we review tend to fall short (standing desks, chairs, stools, etc...). The WalkingPad is an exception. All it takes is one look at the steel hinges and considering the overall weight (68 pounds!) to realize this is a quality, well-made item. Although the warranty doesn't seem to align with this, we can see the A1 lasting years.
Operation and Setup
The operation of the WalkingPad A1 is natural, intuitive and most importantly simple. To set it up to you simply unfold the pad (while being very very careful about the noted pinch points - See images below), plug it in and turn the power on. After this, you can control everything from the remote.
Many treadmills are overly complicated with features, buttons, and dials that you rarely use, especially as someone that wants to focus on walking and less concerned about running. The walking pad remote only has 4 buttons and nothing more you don't need to operate it
Our favorite part of the way it operates is the speed up and slow down areas on the tread that allow you to regulate your speed without pressing any buttons whatsoever.
If you need to make adjustments or find the belt is getting pretty hot you can use the included Allen key and oil to make sure the treadmill is running properly for years to come.
The WalkingPad App
The WalkingPad App offers many of the features you might find in a more traditional treadmill, such as calorie counting, and recording and measuring your activity. Like the WalkingPad itself, it's a simple app but with nothing more you'd really need.
The app also helps you get started and familiar with all the features of the WalkingPad and asks you to walk for a period of time at different speeds to get the hang of it.
The connection to the WalkingPad App is done through Bluetooth and we had no issues finding the device and connecting to it over and over again as we were storing it after use each day.
In conclusion, the WalkingPad A1 offers a variety of benefits and problems solved for those of us looking to stay more active in their homes or offices. Many of us want a treadmill in our home but can justify the price, can't find a permanent space for it, and have no way solution for storing it. If you're looking to be more active in your home and have any of the typical concerns of treadmill ownership, consider the WalkingPad A1.
WalkingPad A1 Frequently Asked Questions
Here are our answers to the most frequently asked questions about the WalkingPad A1.
What is a WalkingPad A1?
The WalkingPad A1 is a portable treadmill that easily fits under a couch or bed, or hide in a closet. It also can be paired with a standing desk to create a treadmill desk.
How fast does the walkingpad a1 go?
The walkingpad a1 goes as fast as you would want to walk in place with a top speed of 3.75 miles per hour. Some people find that they can jog in place though we wouldn't recommend that.
How many hours per day should you walk while working?
The Mayo Clinic recommends walking 10,000 steps per day, which is the equivelant to 4 to 5 miles. For most people that will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Does the walkingpad a1 have shock absorbers?
The walkingpad a1 does not appear to have shock absorbers, but you shouldn't need to wear any while walking on it. We recommend using supportive walking shoes if you are using this often.
Can you lose weight with a treadmill desk?
Yes, using a treadmill desk can help you lose weight. You won't burn as many calories as you would doing a regular treadmill workout at higher speeds, unless you're walk for longer periods.