Cubii Jr Review
For some reason I have recently been noticing an increasing amount of different advertisements of these small elliptical machines. They seem to be designed for people who spend most of their days sitting in front of a computer. Which is perfect for me as that’s exactly what most of my days are like. And I quite like the idea of being able to get some sort of an exercise while working. Well I recently noticed one of those elliptical machines on sale on Amazon. It was the Cubii Jr and it has plenty of great reviews. Plus a high rating with a decent amount of purchases. So I decided to test it out and here’s my Cubii Jr review!
- Dimension: 58.4×44.5×25.4 cm / 23×17.5×10″
- Weight: 12.5 kg / 28 lbs
- Built-in monitor
- 8 adjustable resistance levels
In The Box
- Cubii Jr elliptical machine
- 1 LR44 battery
- 2 wheel stoppers
When I said before that the Cubii Jr is a small machine, I meant that it’s small compared to other elliptical machines. It’s far from something that can go unnoticed underneath your desk. The elliptical trainer has a dimension of 58.4×44.5×25.4 cm / 23×17.5×10″ and it weighs 16 kg / 35 lbs. So it’s definitely not light. As in it’s not meant to be portable. Just keep it under your desk. The weight also helps to keep the machine from moving around. There are even small rubber pads to add friction. However I do want to point out that it can still slide around on a hardwood floor. In that case, I recommend getting a small workout mat for it.
The Cubii Jr is mostly made out of plastic. Despite that, it doesn’t fell at all cheap. I actually really like the overall build quality and how it’s assembled together. Everything about it just feels sturdy and durable. The pedals move smoothly and nothing really feels off about it. That’s probably because the elliptical machine still has a metal base. So I’m happy with the overall quality.
The compact elliptical machine comes in just one color. It has a matte black finish with teal colored details. There is also a small LCD monitor that displays all the data, such as time, burned calories and RPM’s. It’s pretty basic and displays only two rows of data. There’s a silver button that switches between the displayed data. Plus there is also a knob that you can turn to adjust the resistance levels.
The Cubii Jr is an elliptical machine designed for offices. That’s why make sure that there’s enough space underneath your desk to use it. Unlike many other of these office workout devices, an elliptical machine doesn’t move vertically. Instead your knees move in an angle, which doesn’t require as much height. There should be currently at least 2 to 3 inches of space between your knees and the desk.
What I like the most about this device is that it’s silent. It makes like this hum sound while using it. Basically like a really quiet fan. I also like how the pedals have a nice fluid motion. The rotation mechanism is at the back of the machine. So besides your thighs, it also works your calves. It does take some time getting used to the motion. I also want to point out that you should make sure your chair doesn’t easily move around. This can be an issue if again there’s a hardwood floor and your chair is prone to sliding away. That’s why Cubii has included two wheel stoppers to solve this problem.
I must say that I was sceptical at first. However I noticed that my legs felt fatigued after using it the first day. Obviously I didn’t use it constantly. I did 30 minutes every other hour. So it did add up to around 3 hours of exercising at the end of the day. I also felt my heart rate going up a little. So it definitely did exhaust me and that’s obviously a clear sign that it works. Luckily it wasn’t enough to make me sweat. Obviously you can also adjust the resistance level so that it can be easier if you are worried about that.
The Cubii Jr creates an clever way to get some exercise throughout the day, even if your work requires you to sit behind a desk all day. I personally rather enjoy using it so that’s my view on it. The main downside in my opinion is the price. It’s a pretty expensive machine to just keep in the office. And that’s the main downside in my opinion. But if the price isn’t an issue and you like the idea of it, then it’s probably worth it. There is also a more advanced version available as well. It’s called the Cubii Pro. The main difference is that the more expensive version also comes with Bluetooth. This way you can also view all the data from your smartphone. So it pretty much comes down to your budget and how much you value that type of features.