The Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0 treadmill is a godsend if you’re looking for a quality home or office treadmill that doesn’t cost a fortune.
The two main reasons to buy this model are price and space; it only measures 41.3″ x 58.7″ x 26.2″ when fully installed. It also comes with a very low price tag (around £250/$250) so it really can’t do much wrong in our eyes.
Dimensions: 41.3″/ 58.7″/ 26.2″, folded 4.3″/ 58.7″/ 26.2″
Mass: 71.4 pounds
Tread size: 44.1″ x 15.7″
Maximum user weight: 264.6 pounds
Tilt: Fixed 0%
Guarantee: 1 year warranty
Workouts: 6 preset programs
Other Features: Bluetooth connectivity and speakers, Kinomap app – social media compatible, adjustable tablet shelf, portable remote control, LCD screen.
Reading in decibel: 57.5dB
The belt is long enough for walking and jogging, and the riser (the bar in front of you that usually displays a screen and handlebars) lifts up from a compact treadmill to a treadmill.
We really liked the simplicity of setup – everything seemed like it could be popped in and clicked into place with minimal DIY know-how. You can easily drop your lunch break and roll it out for a lunchtime ride without having to master bolts, screws or instruction manuals. You also have the added bonus of a fitness app and Bluetooth for your music. What’s not to like?
We think it might be one of the best under-desk treadmills out there, and found ourselves won over by how easy it was to set up and navigate its key features.
Configuration and usability
- Configuration and usage rating: 4.0/5
Once you take the machine out of the box, you just plug it in, meaning you can comfortably set it up in less than 15 minutes. If you plan to use the treadmill in running mode, the riser quickly snaps into place – from here you can insert the tablet holder into the metal attachment on the riser in front of you. The treadmill comes with a remote that snaps onto your wrist like a watch and controls basic functions like speed, mode, and programming.
The Task 2.0 turns on with the flick of a switch, and the LCD screen on the front of the treadmill base lights up when turned on. It then switches between calories, speed, distance and time, and you can preset your workout modes before you start.
Third Kinomap app can be downloaded to your phone, allowing you to track distance, time and speed, and you can also quickly connect to the built-in Bluetooth speakers if you want to listen to music through the treadmill. This model also includes a safety key that you can clip onto the riser if you decide to take your workout up a notch.
Overall, setting up this treadmill was very simple and we were up and running (in more ways than one) in no time.
Design and display
- Design and display rating: 4.0/5
The Bluefin Fitness treadmill is designed to be simple. It has an LED screen (located on the front of the base), built-in Bluetooth speakers and a tablet holder for your device. There’s really no need to read the instructions carefully, which (let’s be honest) is a big tick.
The belt itself is super slim, with width dimensions of 44.1″/112cm x 15.7″/39.9cm, and we liked how compact this model was. You can easily tuck it under a desk or in the corner of your room, without it being intrusive. It feels a little cramped, but it’s long enough to stretch your legs without hitting the back of the treadmill in blind panic.
If you want to go into running mode, the riser pops up with a satisfying click and feels no different than the crash bar on a theme park ride. You don’t get the feel of a gym treadmill with this model, for that very reason. The riser loops over the tread itself, rather than sitting farther forward with the handlebars on either side, which reduces the space available on the treadmill.
We thought the remote design was a nice touch, giving you hands-free, hassle-free control of programming, mode, and speed.
There are six preset programs to choose from, but we found they were all quite similar. The maximum speed of this treadmill is only 8 km/h, so the programs basically offer different speed intervals between 1 km/h and 8 km/h which change after certain periods. Still, it’s good to have the option if you’re a beginner and don’t know where to start.
The treadmill has an option to preset goals such as calories, time, distance and speed so you can lock them in before working out. However, you can only preset one option at a time, rather than setting multiple goals for all metrics.
The Kinomap application is easily downloadable on Android and IOS and allows direct connection to the machine and the Health application on iPhone. You can also create your profile and set goals here, as well as track your metrics during training.
You get a free 14-day subscription when you first sign up. We really liked the user-friendliness of the app, with lots of training options and badges to earn. However, not everything was relevant, as it works with many different brands of treadmills that are not Bluefin specific. You do have your basic metrics covered though, and it’s useful to have live stats and your own fitness dashboard available.
There’s not much not to like about this treadmill. We found the preset workouts to be fairly easy to program using the remote (you can just cycle through one through six and select your option), and we could also set metric goals before hitting the start button. startup. We found that our smartphone (the iPhone X) connected instantly to Bluetooth, although the instruction manual did not clearly state the name of the Bluetooth connection. Once connected though, the sound quality was clear and you could pump out a decent volume.
The treadmill itself runs smoothly (rather than jerky), and the tread is comfortable underfoot. The 8km/h top speed is a little disappointing, but if you’re primarily looking for something compact to slip under your desk for a lunchtime stroll, you won’t be disappointed.
This treadmill could also be problematic for heavier or taller people, as the belt is narrow with thick sides taking up much needed belt space. The riser also cuts the length of the tread, which limits how far you can walk. The design could do with a little tweaking as we also found the tablet holder sat flat rather than straight which meant looking down to watch anything on your tablet or smartphone .
Value for money
- Note value for money: 4.0/5
We consider you to have won if the object of the game is to increase your number of steps. This is a super affordable treadmill that doesn’t require any gadgets to get the job done.
If you’re sure you only need a solution for home or office walking, then yes, invest. This model looks great and requires absolutely no trouble during assembly. Having a fitness app (albeit via a third party), Bluetooth connectivity and preset workout selections really creates value at this price point.
However, the top speed is slow, so make sure a treadmill isn’t what you’re looking for before you buy. We highly recommend this model if you’re on a money-saving mission and low on storage.
If this product is not for you
The Mobvoi Home treadmill is similar in size and slightly more expensive, but reaches a speed of 7.5m (12km)/h. It looks like a more typical treadmill, with an LED dashboard display, Bluetooth speakers and phone holder. It’s a great choice for anyone who wants more freedom with speed without spending too much.
If you have the cash to burn, the NordicTrack X22i will get your pulse racing. You can monitor advanced metrics on a beautiful screen and choose from 40 preset workouts that are tracked by GPS to mimic realistic routes. You also get a free 30-day iFit membership with purchase, but it will cost you a full membership.
How we tested the Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0 treadmill
We tested all under-the-desk treadmills at home or in our specially designed test center and rated them from 1 to 5 according to the following criteria:
- Configuration and usability
- Design and display
- Value for money
For all models, we tested folded and unfolded so that we could fully use the kit in walking and running mode. We also tested minimum and maximum speed controls as well as any available metric tracking, preset workouts, and memberships or apps that support them.
The MSRP for this tread is $379 / £274 when purchased directly from the Bluefin website. This is a great solution for those on a space and budget conscious mission.