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Last Updated: May 11, 2023
Being pretty petite myself, I can appreciate tiny things. The WalkingPad C2 Treadmill is the smallest treadmill to roll into our studio for testing. And trust me, its size is one of its top-selling points. The WalkingPad C2 fits perfectly under any standing desk, that’s why it’s on our best under-desk treadmills list, and can be used on its own (if it’s safe for you to do so). What is really intriguing is the deck folds completely in half for storage. Plus, this walking treadmill is only around 5 inches tall so you can place it under a bed or couch, out of sight. If you’re looking for a tiny treadmill, keep reading our WalkingPad C2 Treadmill review to find out if this is the one for you.
Why You Should Trust Our Review Of The WalkingPad C2 Treadmill
Our reviewers can be found using 500 lb treadmills in our studio, and 50 lb treadmills at our desks. Even when we’re writing about treadmills, we’re often spotted walking on them at the same time – it takes some getting used to but I promise it isn’t as hard as it looks! We test every treadmill that we are able to set foot on. When creating this review of the WalkingPad C2 Treadmill, our team put time on the belt. So, you can trust that we know how this treadmill performs. I also happen to be walking on it while writing this.
Fortunately, we have other compact treadmills and under-desk treadmills in our studio to compare the C2. The LifeSpan TR5000 Under Desk, InMovement UnSit Under Desk, and WalkingPad X21 Treadmill are the models we compared it to. You’ll find our comparisons throughout this review below.
Our Video Review of the WalkingPad C2 Treadmill
- Folding deck folds in half
- Fits under any standing desk or for standalone use
- LED Panel Manual Control
- Manual Mode allows for adjusting the speed yourself
- Automatic Mode uses intelligent speed control to adjust based on your pace
- Bluetooth enabled to connect to the KS Fit app
- Comes with a hand remote and wrist lanyard
- Displays: time, speed, distance, calories, and steps
- Belt automatically stops once you step off with No-Load Stop feature
- Child-Lock feature prevents the machine from starting
- Comes in red, yellow, blue, black, white, and grey
- Comes fully assembled
- Footprint Unfolded: 57” L x 20.4” W x 5” H
- Footprint Folded: 32.5” L x 20.4” W x 5.35” H
- Brushless Motor
- Construction: ABS Plastics
- EVA Shock Cushioning
- Treadmill Weight: 55 lbs
- Weight Capacity: 220 lbs
- Walking Surface: 47.2” Lx 15.75” W
- Speed: 0.5 – 3.72 mph
- Transportation Wheels
- Warranty: 1-year
In-depth Review of the WalkingPad C2 Treadmill
Construction Quality/ Durability
The WalkingPad C2 is an extremely compact treadmill that is meant for use at a standing desk or on its own in your home. If you need extra balance assistance, we recommend only using it under a high table or standing desk though. It is also only appropriate for walking. This isn’t a treadmill that you’ll be able to run or even slowly jog on due to its max speed and size. For walking, however, this one is excellent for getting in those recommended 10,000 steps per day.
The WalkingPad C2 is made from ABS plastic which is a thermoplastic polymer.
ABS plastic is meant to be durable. The C2 does feel durable when walking on the deck. The treadmill itself only weighs 55 pounds, and even though it is so lightweight, I found it to be stable and sturdy.
Something to keep in mind is that the C2 only handles up to 220 lbs of user capacity. We don’t recommend this for users over that limit and frankly, I don’t expect this treadmill to hold more than that. It’s pretty mighty but very tiny.
I have been using the WalkingPad C2 for weeks now, under my desk, while I’m working. I’m happy to report that my coworkers aren’t annoyed with me yet. That’s due to the C2 being pretty quiet. Of course, it is a treadmill so it generates a low humming sound, but it isn’t excessive and actually quite soft. The treadmill’s noise gets slightly louder when the speed is increased, but this is typical for treadmills.
The low amount of noise is due to the brushless motor. The motor remains even when adjusting the speed, and is quick to adjust. The speed options range from 0.5 mph up to 3.7 mph and adjust in 0.5 increments. For me, 3.0 mph is a nice walking pace. I’m at a more brisk pace when at the highest speed setting, however, I’m still at a walk. Some users might be able to very lightly jog at 3.7 mph, although the C2 is best for walking only. When I’m at my desk typing, around 1.5 – 2.0 mph is my sweet spot. All in all, this range of speed is great for different walking paces, depending on how you’re using the C2.
The WalkingPad C2 Treadmill’s deck is the smallest I’ve set foot on, yet. It is only 15.75” wide and 47.2” long. For my short 5’1” frame, I can comfortably walk. The length should be sufficient for most, however, the width can feel a little constricting. When I first started using the WalkingPad, I had to glance down at my feet to be sure I wasn’t veering to either side. I’m only working with a few inches in either direction. With time, I’ve become more used to the deck width.
Our tallest reviewer is 6’5” and he is able to walk on the deck as well.
The cushioning feels firm and minimal, which is fine for a walking treadmill of this size. If I was running I would like more cushioning, but it’s not necessary here.
Another impressive aspect of the C2 is the extremely low deck height. When unfolded, it is just under 5” (4.92” to be exact), and when folded it is just over 5” at 5.35”. I barely have to raise my desk higher from when I’m standing on the floor to when I’m walking on the deck. Also, storing this treadmill is a breeze. It will fit under any bed, couch, or cabinet (that’s at least 5” high of course).
The C2 has a significantly lower deck height than the LifeSpan TR5000 and takes up a lot less space.
There aren’t any uprights or handles like on the WalkingPad X21, so the console is at your feet rather than your fingertips. The LED panel displays the time, speed, distance, calories, and steps while using the C2. As you walk, these metrics appear on the panel and change from one to the other every few seconds. The speed and distance can be adjusted to show in kilometers or miles per hour.
The buttons on the remote are pretty simple and straightforward with the plus and minus buttons for speed control and the circular center button for starting and stopping the belt. The remote comes with a wrist lanyard to wear, but I just place the remote on my desk when I’m walking while working.
App And Other Features
The C2 is enabled with Bluetooth to connect to the KS Fit App. This is a free app that WalkingPad requires for unlocking all of the treadmill’s functions, including the max speed. You will need it to fully set up the treadmill. The C2 can also be adjusted through the app, in addition to the remote.
The KS Fit App keeps track of all your workouts. Plus, you can explore different settings and features by using the app, too. You can calibrate the belt, set the max and starting speeds, and even turn on the child lock feature. This feature locks the belt so the C2 won’t start. There is a No-Load Stop feature that turns off the belt as soon as you step off of it, too.
Performance & Functionality
Overall, we are pleased with how the WalkingPad C2 performs. All of our reviewers prefer using it under a desk and find it easier to move around than the LifeSpan TR5000 and InMovement UnSit Under Desk treadmills because of its tiny size. However, know that the C2 won’t work for everyone. Our largest reviewer is right around the maximum weight capacity and prefers using the LifeSpan and InMovement under desk treadmills because they have heavier capacities and wider decks.
A unique and really functional design of the WalkingPad C2 is that it folds in half. This makes it easy to move around. There are two wheels on the front for rolling around, too.
When walking on the deck, the fold hinge (where the deck folds and unfolds) is slightly noticeable. It feels like a small crease. It doesn’t bother me while I walk and I don’t notice it as much as the fold hinge on the WalkingPad X21. I’ve grown used to it the more I use the C2, too.
There are two modes to use the WalkingPad C2. Manual mode is the M displayed on the left side of the panel. This lets you use your phone or the remote to adjust the treadmill’s speed. The A on the right side stands for Automatic. This mode allows you to control the speed of the belt with your feet. You can turn the belt on/off and increase/decrease the speed.
While this is a cool feature, I found it to not be as seamless as I would like. When you walk at the front of the deck, the speed increases, and when you walk towards the back of the deck around the fold hinge, the deck is supposed to slow. I noticed that the belt would slow and then stop when I walk at a normal stride length. In order to keep the treadmill belt moving, I have to walk up by the motor hood and take short, unnatural strides.
You can change the sensitivity of the sensors for this feature in the KS Fit App, but I did not notice an improvement or difference between the high, medium, and low levels. However, using the WalkingPad C2 in manual mode makes for an easier experience and works really well.
WalkingPad includes a 1-year warranty when you purchase the C2.