Cubii Jr. or rather Cubii Junior is one of the popular under-desk elliptical trainers in the market.
It’s a product of the famous Cubii.
Alongside Cubii Junior, Cubii’s under desk line of elliptical machine has two other models; the Cubii Pro and Cubii Elite.
Cubii Junior is the base model, and expectedly, it lacks some of the bells on the other step-up models.
Notably, it lacks Bluetooth ability present on the Cubii Pro, and it's not as aesthetically appealing as the Cubii Elite.
Nonetheless, it’s a highly functional model, and if anything, it will provide you with tons of health and fitness benefits.
But is this machine right for you?
What Makes Cubii Junior So Awesome?
Fits Under a Desk
The biggest design flaw with a majority of the under-desk elliptical trainers is the footplate height.
It’s unfortunate that many trainers claim practicality, but in real sense, users are likely to have trouble using the trainers because of their knees hitting the desk during workouts.
This model, however, is designed to fit under your desk, thanks to the 10” low footplate height.
If anything, for the optimal use of Cubii Junior, you simply need a measly 3” of clearance space above your knees.
Cubii Junior is quite heavy, and weighing at 32 pounds, its 2 pounds heftier than the Cubii Pro.
The bulkiness of the Cubii Junior Pro isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it only helps to add to the stability of the trainer.
The weight, coupled with the useful wide stabilizing feet and low profile design, should help with topping issues.
Moreover, Cubii Junior doesn’t slip, even on the hard floor, thanks to the rubber capped feet that provide a strong grip on to the floor.
And if you're having issues with sliding, it's easy to get over it because of the two chair locks that fixate the machine to the office chair.
Cubii Junior has a heavy bidirectional drive system, which is crucial for adding variety and richness in your workouts, while at the same time preventing muscle fatigue.
Alongside the bidirectional drive system, Cubii Junior offers resistance in both directions, and as far as I know, it’s the only under-desk elliptical trainer offering this feature, at least for now.
Weight: 32 pounds
Resistance levels: 8
Product Dimension: 23.2 x 17.5 x 10 inches
Unique Features that Make Cubii Junior Interesting
Sporting a sturdy frame, alongside heavy-duty cram arms, Cubii Junior is built for toughness, durability, and safety.
As far as the user reviews go by, Cubii Junior is a highly functional unit, and it will go a long way in providing you with fitness for a long time to come.
Construction aside, the other major design element on the Cubii Junior is the low-profile design.
With a modest dimension of 23.2 x 17.5 x 10 inches, the Cubii Junior is discreet, and it’s easier to use and store it without drawing too much attention.
The other thing is that it’s not too weighty, either,, especially comparing to the standup elliptical trainers and so, it’s easier to move it around without a hassle.
Pedals and Motion
The stride length on the Cubii is pretty short, but it doesn't matter because the motion is elliptical rather than up and down motion.
The pedals are, however, safe to use and comfortable, too. The surface of the pedals, for instance, is non-slippery for a grippy experience. The pedals are also cushioned to promote a comfortable pedaling experience.
Another good thing with the pedals is they’re rather large, and the 6-inch length will easily accommodate the various feet sizes.
The surface pedals on the Cubii Junior are uniquely comfortable and will allow you to work out with or without shoes.
The most notable comfort element, however, is the short Q-Factor.
Now, if you don't know anything about Q-Factor, it's the distance separating your feet and the pedals on an under-desk elliptical.
If there's too much distance between your feet and the pedal, then you're your feet will tend to be too wide, consequently resulting in misalignment of your hips, knees, and feet.
A misalignment of the feet brings stress on your joints and can result in discomfort and pain.
Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about it on the Cubii Junior because it’s bio-mechanically correct.
With an industry-leading 6.5" Q-Factor, this elliptical promotes safety, comfort, and efficiency on every stride.
Cubii Junior features a magnetic resistance system.
Like any other magnetic resistance, the pedaling motion on this trainer is smooth, consistent, and noiseless.
Better yet, there're eight resistance levels that users can easily adjust using the marked dial.
The resistance levels range from easy, medium to difficult, and so, regardless of the fitness levels, you’re bound to find a workout level that fits your needs.
Low Impact Training
The greatest benefit of Cubii Junior is probably the fact that it offers low impact training.
Cubii Junior utilizes an elliptical motion as opposed to an up& down cycling motion.
This is a big selling factor because elliptical cycling motion has less impact on your joints, and more importantly, as we had mentioned above, it will allow you to work out under shorter desks.
When in use, this machine doesn't stress your knees, ankles, and joints.
Instead, it’s easy on your joints, which is quite a handy feature for users who are on rehabilitation or those with joint problems.
What We Liked About Cubii Junior
- Compact: Cubii Junior features a low-profile and compact design that doesn’t draw attention. The compact design is equally beneficial in terms of storage and portability.
- Low Impact Training: Cubii Junior is the perfect option for rehabilitation because it doesn’t do much damage on your knees and joints.
- Noiseless: The magnetic resistance is quiet and seamless. When in use, it doesn't result in any disturbance, and hence a great option for office use.
- Sturdy: The Cubii Junior might be light compared to the standup models, but it's equally sturdy. This is supported by a non-slid base and stabilizing feet.
What We Didn’t Like About Cubii Junior
- Expensive: Cubii Junior has a high admission price, but I think it's worth it, especially if you're in search of quality, performance, and craftsmanship.
Bottomline & Verdict
Cubii Junior is among the best under-desk elliptical machines in the market.
It has plenty of desirable features, and there’s less to like about this model.
Sure, the cost might be a little on the higher side, but if you're looking to add more spice to your sedentary lifestyle, then its well worth considering this option.