WalkingPad A1 Pro Review

As working from home becomes the norm, the demand for walking pads has increased dramatically.

Choosing the right machine can be tough with so many options available, but WalkingPad, a leading brand in the industry, offers a variety of models to suit different users' goals.

Today, we're reviewing the WalkingPad A1 Pro, the highest-spec model in their walking pad range which is designed to provide a convenient way to exercise without taking time out of your day.

To start with we will break down the specifications to have a good overall understanding of what the A1 Pro has to offer.

 

 

Specifications

  • Motor - Brushless 2hp motor
  • Maximum Speed - 6kph
  • LED Display
  • Display Metrics - Time, Speed, Distance, Calories and Steps
  • App Connectivity - KS Fit App
  • Bluetooth Remote Control
  • Connectivity - WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Walking Area - 47” x 16.5” / 120cm x 41.5
  • Folded Dimensions - 82.2cm (L) x 54.7cm (W) x 12.9cm (H)
  • Dimensions - 143.2cm (L) x 54.7cm (W) x 12.9cm (H)
  • Maximum User Capacity - 300lbs/ 136kg
  • Product Weight - 28kg

 

WalkingPad A1 Pro Review

Unboxing and Assembly

The WalkingPad A1 Pro has been designed with simplicity in mind so you can get started as soon as possible. As a result, the assembly is straightforward and hassle-free.

Once you receive it, you only need to remove it from the packaging, unfold it, and plug it into a power source.

This eliminates the complex setup steps, allowing you to begin exercising within minutes.

 

Display and Connectivity

The WalkingPad A1 Pro is equipped with a basic but clear LED display that tracks key workout metrics such as speed, time, distance, calories burned, and the number of steps taken.

Although the display only shows one metric at a time due to the compact design, it remains easily readable.

You can cycle between the different metrics using the remote control, so you can make sure you see the information you want.

If you would like to see all your workout information at once, you can connect a smart device to the KS Fit app. The app allows you to monitor your workout progress but you can also control the speed directly from the app.

Some users had difficulties connecting the app, particularly with other models but we had no issues with the A1 Pro but it is something to be aware of.

However, if you are planning on multitasking while you are walking, then chances are you won’t be watching the workout information too closely.

 

Controls

There are several ways to control the speed of the WalkingPad A1 Pro so you can use whichever method suits you best.

The most straightforward method is the Bluetooth remote control, designed to fit comfortably in your hand and has a lanyard just in case you accidentally drop it. It does exactly what you would hope and is the easiest way to control your workout.

Alternatively, you can choose to use the KS Fit app which we mentioned earlier. It provides you with more information about your workout and allows you to control the speed.

While some users reported difficulties connecting the app it worked as intended for us and has hopefully been fixed. But you can always use the remote if it fails.

Also, if you are going to be using your smart device while you exercise it can be more hassle to have to stop what you are doing to open the app and would be better off using the remote when needed.

Finally, the WalkingPad A1 has an automatic speed mode, which adjusts the pad's speed based on your position on the deck. In total, there are three zones: the front zone increases speed, the middle maintains it, and the back slows it down.

The system worked surprisingly well but the results are better if you use the walking pad on a hard surface.

The slight bounce created from a carpeted floor appears to make it hard for the sensor to detect your position. But if all you have is carpets, a thick equipment mat should be able to help the system work correctly.

 

 

Power and Performance

One issue with folding walking pads is that they generally have a maximum user capacity of about 100kg. But when WalkingPad created the A1 Pro, WalkingPad it was able to support an impressive maximum capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg). This high capacity is a significant improvement on many of the other top under-desk treadmills on the market.

To support this higher capacity, the A1 Pro is equipped with a powerful 2HP motor and offers a slightly wider walking deck.

However, this has resulted in one trade-off as it weighs slightly more than other comparable models at 28 kg (61.7 lbs). While 28kg isn’t heavy in comparison to large treadmills, it is worth noting the weight if you plan on moving it regularly.

Performance-wise, the 2HP motor enables the A1 Pro to reach a top speed of 6 kph, adjustable in 0.25 kph increments.

If you are unsure of how fast 6kph is, this is a brisk walking pace that will have you working in no time. Plus, the 0.25kph speed increments are just enough so that you can find the right pace for you.

The walking experience is smooth and consistent, thanks to the motor's power, and is surprisingly quiet compared to traditional treadmills.

So if you are planning on working while you walk, then the background noise from the motor shouldn’t cause any issues for your phone or any other tasks that require quiet.

On a side note, if you want a machine that has the option of going faster, then see our review of the WalkingPad X21 which might be the one for you.

 

Comfort

For a machine that you will hopefully be using daily for long periods of time, it must be comfortable to use. The WalkingPad A1 Pro has no problems in this department, the walking motion is smooth thanks to the powerful motor.

It also has a large walking area of 47" x 16.5" (120 cm x 41.5 cm) which gives you more space than some traditional running treadmills.

This extra room allows you to stretch your legs and the width so you aren’t having to pay close attention to footing at the risk of stepping off the belt as you multitask.

The walk belt comes with a shock-absorbing layer that softens each stride. While it doesn't offer the cushioned deck found on typical treadmills, this isn't such an issue as it is more than enough absorption for walking.

As this is a folding model, there is a slight join in the middle of the walking deck, but this is almost unnoticeable especially if you are walking with appropriate footwear.

 

Convenience

Most people don’t have space to have a walking pad taking up room in their house and will need a machine that can be stored easily.

Luckily the the A1 Pro is just 12.9 cm (5 inches) high when in its folded position allowing it to easily slide under a sofa or bed.

Despite its quite heavy weight at 28 kg (61.7 lbs), the transport wheels make it much easier to roll around, minimising the need to carry its full weight.

Related: See our WalkingPad C2 Review for another great option.

 

Pros

  • Smooth walking experience
  • Large walking area
  • Compact
  • High weight capacity
  • No assembly required

Cons

  • Quite heavy at 28kg
  • Connectivity issues with the KS Fit App

 

Rounding Up

Overall, the WalkingPad A1 Pro provides a smooth and spacious walking experience. Plus its high weight capacity and compact, foldable design make it perfect for daily use, especially in tight spaces.

Despite its few drawbacks with the weight of the machine and connectivity issues with the KS Fit App, all in all it's a great choice for anyone that wants to get a few extra steps in while they work.

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William Parrett

Will, co-founder of Home Gym Supply, launched the company in 2019 after 15-years in the fitness industry. His expertise stems not only from his professional background but also from his athletic pursuits. A former competitor in the World Beauty Fitness & Fashion (WBFF) and a competitive rugby player, Will has always been dedicated to health and fitness.