UnSit Walk-1 Treadmill Desk Review

May 5, 2021
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UnSit Walk-1 treadmill desk

Overview

Review Summary

Our treadmill desk expert review staff has seen a lot of office treadmills over the years—all of them, actually—and we have to say we’re a bit perplexed about the unexplained rationale for the dimensions of this unit. There are no specifications on the website for walking belt dimensions, motor rating, noise signature, power consumption, or for that matter, just about any other specs you’d typically see on a treadmill.

Best Use

For kids, short users

MSRP / List Price

$2,195

Shipping

FREE Shipping

Warranty

FRAME – Lifetime
All other parts – 3 years
Labor to replace parts – 1 year
30-Day Money Back Guarantee

Colors Available

White and silver

Construction

Heavy gauge steel frame
1” thick phenolic surface deck

Weight Capacity

350 lbs

Walking Belt Size

30”W x 40”L

Top Speed

2 mph

Dimensions

Footprint: 39”W x 56”L x 5”H

Horsepower/RPM

2.75/4,000

Connectivity Features

Connects to FitBit and Apple’s Health App via Bluetooth (iOS and Android App)

Product Weight

162 lbs

Shipping Weight

182 lbs

NEAT™ Certified by Mayo Clinic

No

Competition

Compare to All Top-Rated Office Treadmill Desks
Compare to All Standalone Under-Desk Treadmill Bases

Where to buy Buy on Amazon

Rating

Reliability
3.0
Customer Experience
2.5
Innovation
2.5
Value
2.0
Positives UnSit’s website does have a handful of curated customer testimonials.
Negatives Our treadmill desk expert review staff has seen a lot of office treadmills over the years—all of them, actually—and we have to say we’re a bit perplexed about the unexplained rationale for the dimensions of this unit.

Bottom Line

2.5
Our treadmill desk expert review staff has seen a lot of office treadmills over the years—all of them, actually—and we have to say we’re a bit perplexed about the unexplained rationale for the dimensions of this unit. There are no specifications on the website for walking belt dimensions, motor rating, noise signature, power consumption, or for that matter, just about any other specs you’d typically see on a treadmill.

Review

[Editors’ Update 5/6/2021: We’ve updated our original 2017 forensic review of UnSit Walk-1 with a few dimensions, specs and new pricing that were not previously available on the UnSit website. However, another update is planned in the near future, including a possible opportunity to lab test the revived Walk-1 under desk treadmill unit ourselves. While Unsit, LLC, appears to still be an active California corporation its website unsit.com now redirects to InMovement.com, which is the remnant asset of LifeFitness/Brunswick’s attempt at entering the treadmill desk industry with their InMovement Integrated Treadmill Desk and other products we reviewed several years ago. Long story short, InMovement was dissolved and its brand and some assets were purchased by a small Colorado ecommerce seller of office fitness gear, Standing Desk Nation. The only product that SDN acquired from LifeFitness was the residual inventory of the InMovement DT2 Standing Desk Converter. Later, SDN acquired the remnant inventory of UnSit Walk-1 treadmills when that business also failed to thrive, and parked it under the InMovement brand. We leave the rest of our original forensic review intact below until we are able to lab test the actual article, assuming it remains in the market after the existing inventory assets are sold through.]

UnSit Walking Desk
UnSit’s photography is a clear indication of the fitness equipment roots of the company, and the lack of any understanding of walking ergonomics (good luck using that laptop at that angle-while walking, no less).

The UnSit Walk-1 has just recently quietly appeared on the marketplace, and we are endeavoring to get one into the test lab for a full-fledged review. The Walk-1 is an extra-wide, extra short treadmill base with a 2 mph top-end speed, designed by former fitness equipment industry executives, and originally priced at $1,695.

As with most fitness equipment, ever since the pandemic raw materials and shipping prices have spiked. And so now we see the price of this consumer-grade office treadmill has been upped to $2,195, making the Unsit Walk-1 even more expensive than the top-rated, commercial-grade ThermoTread GT.

The Walk-1 has a desktop controller with a speed knob and start-stop switch on it, but you need to use your smartphone to get any readings out of the treadmill—such as time, speed, distance, calories, and steps.

Our treadmill desk expert review staff has seen a lot of office treadmills over the years—all of them, actually—and we have to say we’re a bit perplexed about the unexplained rationale for the dimensions of this unit. There are no specifications on the website for walking belt dimensions, motor rating, noise signature, power consumption, or for that matter, just about any other specs you’d typically see on a treadmill.

The same paucity of specifications goes for the generic height-adjustable desks, which are likely also made in Asia. The airy copy and photos on the website leave out a lot of information a consumer would want to know before plunking down $2,195, or $2,790 for the integrated system including a desk. We found out more info from their Amazon listing, but not nearly enough, and the product has been showing as “currently unavailable” for some time now. We did discover the unit weighs 162 lbs., making it the heaviest of all the standalone treadmill bases we’ve seen.

UnSit office treadmill
The question our expert reviewers ask is, “OK, but why?” The benefit of the shorter and wider form factor is unexplained. In truth, the too-short deck presents a great safety hazard.

Proclaiming to be “The First Treadmill Specifically Designed For Your Standing Desk”

Nice marketing copy, but quite a stretch considering that UnSit is about ten years too late to the party. Sorry, we have to chortle a little bit over this assertion. It sounds more like these gym jocks just discovered the standing desk phenomenon themselves, and still have a few things to learn about the ergonomics involved in using a computer while standing or walking. They don’t even seem to understand the audience (our readers) who tend to be a few years older than the millennials in the photographs staring above their blank laptop and tablet screens.

While we’ve reviewed several office treadmills with walking belts that were too narrow—like 16 meager inches—solid ones like the iMovR ThermoTread GT have ideal 20 inch-wide belts, and the perfect length (50″) for the stride of even the tallest user, without wasting an inch of floor space. We’ve evaluated some, like the now-defunct Woodway, that had belts so short that you could feel the rear roller at the end of your stride—a definite safety hazard, and more appropriate for a doggie treadmill, or one marketed only to Lilliputian office workers.

Perplexing Dimensions

The UnSit site doesn’t explain the rationale for the extra width, either, which may be a problem fitting under certain height-adjustable sit-stand desks. According to the specs on Amazon, the total footprint of the treadmill base is 39 x 56 inches, with 5-inch step height. It’s hard to surmise the actual belt length from the photos or even from the provided not-to-scale diagram, but our guess is we’re looking at a belt that is shorter than the ideal, and nominal, 50 inches we like to see on a walking treadmill. Update: It’s 40 inches long.

Like Peleton recently found out when the Consumer Safety Products Commission put out a recall on their (literal) death trap of a treadmill cutting the high-flyer’s stock price in half in just four months, the Walk-1 treadmill base’s too-short deck is an accident just waiting to happen. There is a reason, a VERY GOOD reason, why treadmill decks are built longer than they appear they need to be. In our many years of testing treadmill bases we have found 50″ to be the optimal length for walking at the prescribed speeds of 1 – 2.5 mph when working at a desk. Anything shorter freaks users out when they suddenly feel that back roller under their shoe sole at the end of their stride. The taller they are (i.e. the longer their stride), the faster they jump off the treadmill out of fear of injury and never want to go back on it.

Our lizard brain kicks in to protect us from falling; even at 1 mph it would take only a second’s distraction to reach the end of the deck and fall off the treadmill. That extra length is there to provide the user with both a physical and psychological safety margin.

Another aspect to keep in mind is that longer treadmills such as the ThermoTread GT or the Lifespan TR5000 have a smaller footprint in reality than the published specs reveal–due to the fact that you can push a portion of the base under your desk. While the UnSit Walk-1 appears smaller, when comparing entire treadmill desk workstations, the total footprint dimensions will be comparable. An average treadmill base will sit 24-30″ under a desk (given normal desk depth).

Among the missing specifications on this product is the lack of a UL certification declaration. Based on our familiarity with the current UL standards for treadmills (#1647) we’d be extremely surprised if the UnSit Walk-1 would pass the requirements. One clue is the lack of a safety clip lanyard with the telltale red snap-in clip and yellow border. Without a UL certification for the US market, corporate, government, and education customers may prohibit its use on their campuses. The UnSit treadmill also lacks a click-wrap liability waiver that most employers want to see in any treadmill desk product. The company claims on its Amazon listing that it does carry a TUV Rheinland (German) certification, so at least it’s not likely to catch fire when plugged in.

UnSit Treadmill Desk Workstation
The desktop console for the UnSit Treadmill Desk has no readouts – you’ll need your SmartPhone app turned on to see those.

For This Kind of Price Tag, You Should Get More

UnSit adjusted their warranty on the Walk-1’s motor, with three years on all parts to be on par with full-sized units like ThermoTread GT and the LifeSpan TR5000 that both carry a three-year warranty on the motor. With its 350 lb user weight rating (compared to 400 lbs for the ThermoTread and TR5000), the Walk-1 appears to be more in the class of the Lifespan TR1200-DT3 walking treadmill, which has the same weight capacity and a close motor rating.

To see how the other walking treadmill bases on the market compare, check out our comprehensive Standalone Treadmill Base Reviews. To see how the UnSit compares to other complete walking workstations, check out our comprehensive Integrated Treadmill Desk Reviews. Note that WorkWhileWalking has reviewed every treadmill desk workstation that has ever been introduced since the inception of the industry, starting with the Steelcase Walkstation back in 2007, and including the more recently introduced ThermoTread GT, NordicTrack, ProForm, InMovement, RebelDesk, and of course the Lifespan TR800, TR1200 and TR5000 treadmill desks, as well as the now-defunct TreadDesk and Woodway.

While UnSit’s website does have a handful of curated customer testimonials, there are no user reviews yet on Amazon, the first place we ordinarily check for unfiltered reviews. There is also no seller feedback on Amazon as of yet, which is listed as Prime Gear Direct.

At first glance, our expert review team’s reaction is more of a “huh?” than a “wow!”, but we’re looking forward to testing the real article and finding out what about this treadmill base its Los Angeles-based manufacturer felt merited a $2,195 price tag.

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Specs

unsit walk1 comparison graphic

DIMENSIONS OVERALL – 39” W x 56” L
WALKING SURFACE – 30” W x 40” L
STEP UP HEIGHT 5″
PRODUCT WEIGHT 162 lbs. – (73 kg.)
SPEED RANGE 0.3 – 2.0 MPH (.05 – 3.2KPH)
MAXIMUM LOAD 350 lbs. – (160 kg.)
ELECTRICAL 120VAC – 60Hz – 6amp – 600 watt
ELECTRICAL OUTLET REQUIRED 120VAC – 20 amp, dedicated circuit recommended
MOTOR HORSEPOWER 2.75
MOTOR RPM 4,000
DATA DISPLAY VIA BLUETOOTH TO iOS and Android APP
DATA SENT TO APP Speed, Time, Distance, Calories, Steps, Time spent standing
SHIPPING DIMENSIONS 62″ x 42″ x 10″ – 182 lbs – (82 kg)
SAFETY CERTIFICATION TUV Product Safety Certification. No UL certification.

Warranty

FRAME – Lifetime
All other parts – 3 years
Labor to replace parts – 1 year

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  • Chaz Sin April 5, 2021

    Frankly, I’m confused why you guys are perplexed about the dimensions. It’s a pain aesthetically and for smaller room logistics to have the standard lengthy treadmill like the iMovr and Lifespan treads extending out from under the desk by 35-40″ . The width on this unit looks really nice for a wider person like me as well. So it really comes down to reliability.

    • admin April 5, 2021

      The reason is quite simple, really. In our testing with multiple individuals on treadmill decks of this length (e.g. the Woodway is the exact same deck length) every single user commented that they felt nervous about falling off the end of the treadmill if they were to get distracted for even a short moment. There is a reason that treadmill decks are the length they are, and 40″ is about ten inches too short, especially for taller users and users that have naturally long strides. The fear is well founded, it’s our brains trying to protect us from potential injury. The first time you feel that rear roller through your sole is the last time you want to walk on that particular treadmill. As for width, that looks cool but since most people are typing on a keyboard directly in front of them anything wider than 20″ isn’t taken advantage of. In our opinion the creators of this treadmill simply didn’t do enough research with real users to determine an optimal length and width for their design, they just wanted to differentiate by looking different from the rest. The bottom line is after a few years in the market customers just didn’t find it an attractive option. This may have had something to do with their going out of business and selling their remaining inventory assets to the new owner of the Unsit brand.

  • Kevin Weber May 10, 2020

    It would be nice if there were chairs or benches that were designed to fit over the base unit so that if you wanted to site half or 3/4 of your day you could. No way I could start off using the treadmill and elevated desk all day.

    I’ve been looking at Treadmill desks. I am actually interested in the unsit because its wider as a bigger person I think I have a slightly wider stance due to my fat thighs. But if the iMovr had a 24″ width belt I would be all over that in no time. Now I’m just more unsure of what I want to do. ≈

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