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Sperax Walking Pad Treadmill Review

A compact, inexpensive and easy to live with treadmill that is easily stashed out of the way but isn't quite what it claims to be
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Sperax Walking Pad Treadmill Review (The Simple design of the Sperax Walking pad easily hides beneath your desk.)
The Simple design of the Sperax Walking pad easily hides beneath your desk.
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Price:  $299 List
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Manufacturer:   Sperax
By Joshua Hutchens ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 26, 2024
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#11 of 12
  • Exercise Quality - 35% 3.0
  • User Interface/Ease of Use - 25% 5.0
  • Features - 15% 4.0
  • Ease of Assembly - 10% 10.0
  • Storability - 10% 10.0
  • Noise Level - 5% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Sperax Walking Pad is a simple, compact machine that is easy to use and even easier to store. If getting some steps in while you work is your objective, this mill can help facilitate it. With an incredibly small footprint and an easy to operate remote, it's quite user friendly. Sperax claims a weight limit of 320 lbs and a 2.5 HP motor but after using the machine we were dubious. It weighs only 45 lbs and has forward mounted transport wheels so it's easy to move around or even lift. It's quiet enough for under-desk operation and can operate up to 3.8 mph. The 38.25" x 15.25" belt isn't large but feels adequate for moderate speed walking.
REASONS TO BUY
Arrives ready to use
Easy to store
Value priced
REASONS TO AVOID
Small belt size
Noisier than others
Under powered
This model could be useful for users who wanting to stretch their legs indoors or close their rings while desk jockeying. Read on to see how it compares to the best treadmills.

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Bottom Line A useful walking treadmill that can be used under a desk to help you get the steps in at a value price with no apps required, its weak motor should relegate it to light-duty useIf space is a premium and you don't want to sacrifice much exercise quality, this is about as good as it getsThis 2 in 1 model easily fits below your desk and works for a quick run when unfoldedBasic but affordable, this model gets the job done for much less than the competitionThis super-compact treadmill is best suited to walking or very light running
Rating Categories Sperax Walking Pad... Echelon Stride 6 UREVO 2 in 1 Foldin... Sunny Health and Fi... Goplus SuperFit 2 i...
Exercise Quality (35%)
3.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
4.0
User Interface/Ease of Use (25%)
5.0
8.0
5.0
5.0
3.0
Features (15%)
4.0
8.0
5.0
6.0
4.0
Ease of Assembly (10%)
10.0
10.0
10.0
8.0
9.0
Storability (10%)
10.0
9.0
10.0
8.0
10.0
Noise Level (5%)
8.0
10.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
Specs Sperax Walking Pad... Echelon Stride 6 UREVO 2 in 1 Foldin... Sunny Health and Fi... Goplus SuperFit 2 i...
Belt Dimensions (LxW) 38.25" x 15.25" 60.5" x 20.5" 42.5" x 16.75" 49" x 15.5" 40" x 16"
Speed Range 0.6-3.8 mph 0.5-12.4 0.6-7.6 mph 0.5-9 mph 0.5-7.5 mph
Motor .75 HP 2.5 CHP 2.5 HP 2.2 HP 2.25 HP
Minimum Incline % 0 1 0 0.2 0
Maximum Incline % 0 10.5 0 4.37 0
Measured Noise 62 db 60 db 61 db 62.2 db 64 db
Weight Limit 320 lbs 300 lbs 265 lbs 220 lbs 265 lbs
Open Dimensions 45" L x 19.5" W x 4.5" H 64.75" L x 31.5" W x 58" H 52.6" L x 26.4" W x 39.7" H 62" L x 26.5" W x 50" H 49" L x 27" W x 42" H
Folded Dimensions 45" L x 19.5" W x 4.5" H 64.75" L x 31.5" W x 12" H 54.5" L x 26" W x 4.9"H 36" L x 25.5" W x 58" H 52" L x 27" W x 5" H
Incline Adjustment Electric Electric Electric Manual No
Display small LED display small LED display small LED display 7" backlit LCD small LED display
Workout Programs None None None 9 programs None
Heart Rate Sensors No Integrated handlebar sensors No Integrated handlebar sensors No
Connectivity No Bluetooth No No Bluetooth
Additional Features Compact,, transport wheels, RF remote Folding design, 4 transport wheels, 2 bottle holders, integrated device holder, safety stop lanyard, handrail controls, USB charging, waterfall design Compact folding design, transport wheels, phone holder, remote control Folding, soft-drop, transport wheels, bottle holders, shock absorption, quick speed buttons, manual incline adjust, device shelf, safety shutoff lanyard Compact folding design, transport wheels, phone holder, remote control, Bluetooth speaker
Warranty 30- days Frame: 10 years, Motor: 2 years, Machine: 1 year 12-month limited parts and labor Frame: 3 years, Parts: 180 days not specified

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Sperax Walking Pad is just that, a walking pad, and it's an adequate machine for casual walkers or folks who might want to stride while working at a desk. The thin profile makes it easy to stash under a bed or couch while not in use. It arrives fully assembled with a remote control, belt adjustment tool, and a bottle of silicone belt lubrication. Set up is straightforward; you can be stepping toward your mileage goals in just minutes. Moving the machine around is a breeze as it only weighs 45 lbs and has wheels under the front corners where it is heaviest. There is a small LED screen to keep you in the know, and the RF remote can be used on a desktop. Advertised with a 2.5 HP motor, it, in fact, has a .75 HP motor, which means it struggles to keep the belt moving under heavier load. Read on to see how this all comes together.

Performance Comparison


Starting the treadmill before getting on isn't the most convenient wat to inititate your work out but that is what Sperax recommends.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Exercise Quality


Compared to other under-desk treadmills, the Sperax leaves a few things to be desired. The walking area is fairly short at 38.25", but at most speeds, it felt adequate, occasionally feeling the rear roller underfoot or striking the motor cover. The 15.25" belt width felt fine when we used the treadmill in the open and we could visualize our footfalls. When using it under a desk and out of view, especially when distracted by work, we found ourselves kicking the side rails a bit too often.


As its name may imply, the Walking Pad is only for walking, and its belt speed tops out at 3.8 mph. There are no incline or decline adjustments, although adjustable foot pads in the rear allow you to set it up on an imperfect surface. The owner's manual states that you should NOT stand on the belt when starting the machine, which makes getting on the moving belt feel riskier than getting on an escalator; after all, there is no handrail. We found the exercise quality good for our 170lb main tester, but when we loaded him up with a pair of 50lb kettlebells, the machine struggled to keep the belt moving freely across the deck. The stated weight limit is 320 lbs, but we wouldn't recommend this machine for anyone over 220 lbs.

The belt width is wide enough for casual walking, but just barely.
The belt width is wide enough for casual walking, but just barely.
The Sperax Walking Pad claims to have a 2.5HP motor, but...
The Sperax Walking Pad claims to have a 2.5HP motor, but disassembling the unit, we found that claim to be disingenuous.
While analyzing the treadmill's power consumption, we became dubious...
While analyzing the treadmill's power consumption, we became dubious about its power rating.
Boasting an EVA padded walking deck, the .5mm "padding" between...
Boasting an EVA padded walking deck, the .5mm "padding" between frame and deck doesn't seem effective.
There are a lot of parts to analyze when testing a treadmill

The Walking Pad has no connected features, workout programs, or Bluetooth, but it does have a countdown feature. The simple LED screen displays mileage, elapsed time, and current speed. You can set a time, distance, or calorie goal using the remote, and the display will count backward toward your goal. The remote uses Radio Frequency, so it doesn't need to be pointed at the machine each time you make an adjustment.

This helpful under-desk model is big on convenience but shy on power.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

User Interface/Ease of Use


For better or worse, it doesn't get much simpler than this user interface. The small LED screen with 4 small lights below is centered in the deck hood. The lights indicate which mode the screen is currently displaying; the default is the current speed. The three remaining lights indicate countdown timers for a timed workout, estimated calories burned, or a preset distance measured in miles.

The remote control has 4 pretty intuitive buttons. ON/OFF turns the machine on or off; a double push of the button gets the treadmill moving at its minimum speed of 0.6 mph. Should you wish to use the countdown feature, simply depress the M button, and one of the indicator lights on the hood illuminates to show you which of the three countdown settings you're using. +/- buttons increase or decrease speed while also allowing you to adjust the time, calories, or distance you want to work toward.

sperax walking pad treadmill - the radio frequency remote is simple and easy to use.
The radio frequency remote is simple and easy to use.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Initiating a walk on the Sperax is fairly simple. Unlike all other treadmills we've tested and reviewed, the Walking Pad instructs users not to stand on the belt while starting, likely due to its underpowered motor. Once you've stepped on the moving belt, you can adjust the speed with the remote's plus and minus buttons. The speed adjusts in 0.2mph increments up to 3.8mph.


Features


The main feature of this machine is its ease of storage, and it's indeed easy to stow away. With wheels on the front corners and a weight of only 45 pounds, it's easy to push, roll, or even lift. The remote for this machine uses radio frequency signals, allowing it to transmit signals to the machine while not in the line of sight.


One of the Walking Pad's stated features is its EVA (Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate) cushioning, which provides cushioning for your step. The actual cushioning appears to be a piece of double-sided foam tape placed between the steel frame and the particle board deck. We measured its deck cushioning and found it required 967.4 Newtons to deflect the deck 0.5 inches.

Putting numbers to the amount of deck cushioning in the Walking Pad.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Ease of Assembly


Setting up the Walking Pad is as almost as easy as ordering it. Simply pull it from the box, remove the minimal packaging, and find a level spot out of direct sunlight. Once in place, you'll want to add some silicone lubrication beneath the belt; the easiest way to accomplish this is to tilt the machine on its side and squirt the lube between the belt tread deck. Next, install two AAA batteries (not included) into the remote and find a dedicated outlet to plug the machine. All considered you can walk within 10 minutes of opening the box.


The setup procedure was similar to other walking-style treadmills. When we started our machine, the belt was centered, and it remained there while we walked our first several miles. Some users have noted that the belt wasn't properly centered when they received their treadmill, causing it to bunch up on one side and become stuck. To adjust the belt, use a 5mm Allen wrench (not the included 6mm wrench) to loosen or tighten the two adjuster screws located at the back of the machine. If you follow the instructions, this process can be simple but it takes time and rotations to determine if you've made the proper adjustment so have patience with this step.

sperax walking pad treadmill - centering the belt isn't difficult, but the included tool is the...
Centering the belt isn't difficult, but the included tool is the wrong size; you'll need a 5mm Allen key to make this adjustment.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Storability


Arguably, the best feature of the Sperax is how easy it is to store. The machine measures just over 4.52" at its tallest point. The narrow profile and lightweight make it easy to push out of the way and hide under a couch or bed. The Walking Pad can also be stored in its upright position, with its motor toward the floor. The treadmill measures 48" tall and just under 20" wide in a standing position.


The downside to its thin profile is that it uses very small rollers to wrap the belt. These small-diameter rollers provide less contact on the belt and thus, less grip. This can be problematic as it causes the belt to slip, leading to alignment and wear issues.

The Sperax Walking Pad
The Sperax Walking Pad
The Sperax Walking Pad
The Sperax Walking Pad
Slim enough to stash under the couch.
Slim enough to stash under the couch.


Noise Level


We use a professional sound meter to gauge how many decibels a treadmill emits at different speeds, with and without a user on deck. The Walking Pad isn't loud and feels appropriate under desk use, but it's louder than other some models we've tested. We typically run this test at 1mph and 4 mph, but given the 3.8mph top speed of the Sperax, we're comparing clementines to oranges. At 1mph, this machine emits 48 db without a user and 55 db with a walker on board. At 3.8mph, the treadmill makes 57.4 db and 62 db with a user on the belt. Still, these values are higher than many other treadmills we've tested at 4mph, even full-sized mills.

Measuring the sound of the treadmill at different speeds with and without users on the belt.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Even with slightly higher db readings, we didn't find the noise much of an issue. We noticed that we tended to kick the side rails of this machine more often, creating a distracting noise for other people in our office.


Should You Buy the Sperax Walking Pad Treadmill?


If your main objectives in finding a walking treadmill are price and storability, the Sperax might be the ticket. If quality and versatility are more important, you'll likely want to look elsewhere. The size and weight of this machine are impressive, but the weak motor and small rollers diminish the value proposition. If you're under 220 pounds and just want to grab some steps indoors with minimal investment, the Walking pad certainly is convenient.

What Other Treadmills Should You Consider?


If you like the size and convenience of this machine, the UREVO 2 in 1 Folding Treadmill would be an excellent alternative. It's a few inches longer, has a slightly larger belt surface, and can be used for light running. The UREVO features a fold-up handrail for use with higher speeds but can be laid flat and stored under a couch or in a closet. While it costs a few dollars more, it's also quieter and a bit more comfortable.

sperax walking pad treadmill - the sperax walking pad
The Sperax Walking Pad
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

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