It may be one of the cheaper folding treadmills, but its incline and smartwatch integration make it stand out among its pricier peers…
Mobvoi Home Treadmill Incline
- Substantial 15% incline
- Live data streamed to smartwatches
- Quiet 3HP motor
- Compact folding design
- Comparatively small running deck
- Maximum speed only 14km/h
- No pause mode
- Doesn’t fold flat
Smart features: 4/5
The Mobvoi Home Treadmill Incline tops the company’s three-treadmill lineup. It’s basically an inclining version of the Treadmill Pro with additional watch sync and connectivity features over the standard Mobvoi Home Treadmill.
The treadmill will appeal to fans of the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro3 Ultra or the company’s other smartwatches and fitness trackers. In fact anyone with WearOS devices can make use of its standout feature. That’s the Mobvoi’s ability to sync to smartwatches and display live data such as heart-rate and calories burned from the watch on its screen.
Likewise, you can also access saved workout stats from the treadmill straight from your wrist. You can also see information like steps, time, distance, pace and speed live on both devices.
To connect them you simply need the Mobvoi Treadmill app and any android smartwatch that can download the app from the Google Play Store. Apple watches are not currently supported, but we’d expect iOS support to be added in the near future.
Benefits of the Mobvoi Home Treadmill Incline
Coming in at around £500, the Mobvoi Home Treadmill Incline is considerably cheaper than many home treadmills on the market. That includes the likes of the Echelon Stride and the Peloton Tread – yet it still has the ability to fold and incline. In fact, the gradient goes up to a generous 15% – 3% more than the Stride and the Tread – making it a useful tool for hill training.
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The running belt measures 40 x 110cm (16 x 43.3in), so it’s big enough for general walking and running. But it feels a little confining for sprinting or interval work. The length is perfectly adequate but the narrow belt requires you to focus on keeping in the middle of the deck.
The machine itself feels study when running at speed. The belt goes up to 14kmph (8.7mph) so will be fine for most people’s need. Don’t expect to do all-out sprinting sessions through. Fortunately the emergency safety clip is very responsive if you do come a cropper.
Operating the treadmill is straightforward, with just a few easy-to-read buttons. It’s simply a case of setting a time, distance or calorie goal. Or selecting one of the 25 pre-set programmes.
The Mobvoi Home Treadmill Incline is lightweight and easy to fold. Just a tap with your foot activates the hydraulic system, which initiates the automatic folding process. It’s doesn’t fold completely flat though so won’t store under a bed like the Echelon. It is on wheels, though, and can be moved from room to room and stored upright fairly easily.
Disadvantages of the Mobvoi Home Treadmill Incline
The handles and built-in LED screen are fairly low, so if you’re tall you’ll find yourself looking down to check your stats, which isn’t great for running posture. Another annoyance is the lack of a pause button. If you have to stop your workout for a toilet stop or to answer the door the treadmill will reset itself. There’s no built-in cup or phone holder either.
Should you buy a Mobvoi Home Treadmill incline?
The Mobvoi treadmill combines gym-quality experience with an easy-to-use interface. It’s solidly constructed, with a quiet and energy-efficient yet powerful 3HP motor. The running belt is grippy and waterproof and its five-layer running surface offers good shock absorption and feels springy and durable.
Its smartwatch synchronisation is a neat feature which can help make sessions more engaging. Accessing your stats in real time on your wrist will be a plus for those with dedicated training plans to follow.
It’s a fairly compact unit, with a small footprint. However, not folding completely flat means you might still need to think about storage solutions. The height of the screen and handles may annoy some, as might the lack of tablet or phone integration. But you can always connect to training apps like Zwift on your smart TV. Plus you can bypass the display and keep an eye on your stats on your watch instead.
Overall the Mobvoi Home Treadmill Incline is a useful option for those looking for a low-profile treadmill for living room use. It has a few features you’d typically only find on more expensive treadmills, including a generous incline. It’s easy to connect to your smartwatch or various running apps too. Just don’t expect to set any new PBs.