Folding Treadmill Guide

Best Folding Treadmills for Home Use, The Complete Guide

If you have ever needed to take a treadmill into the folding position, you’ll already know that not all machines advertised as folding are equal. Finding a folding treadmill which comes up and down easily, has wheels to move in into position and has the right balance of solid build and extra features can be a challenge.

This guide to folding treadmills compares models at different budget levels – and then goes through the features one-by-one. This gives you a guide to choosing the best folding treadmill for your personal needs (rather than some generic rec pulled out of the air!).

Here is how this page is organised:

  • First below you’ll find a table which highlights the most popular folding treadmills (using data from Amazon.co.uk) at different price points, along with a summary of each one.
  • After that I have gone into more detail. Covering the size, feedback specific to moving and folding and feature lists of each model.
  • If you still can’t decide then the list of features which follows that should help you narrow things down a lot.
  • At the end of the page I have listed the links to more detailed reviews of folding treadmills here at fitnessreview.co.uk – and summed up my recs for users with specific needs.

Table – Most Popular / Top Rated Folding Treadmills 2016

Best Folding Treadmill - Budget  - HomCom Motorised

Budget Folding Treadmill Rec - HomCom Motorised

Popular model, with an equally huge amazon.co.uk discount bringing it from mid-range to budget - has incline + music compatibility. 10km / hr top speed.

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Best Foldable Treadmill - Budget 2  - Confidence GTR

Budget Folding Treadmill #2 - GTR Power Pro

This foldable model from Confidence fitness has a 12km / hour top speed + 3 incline levels (currently a big amazon.co.uk discount too).

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Mid-Range Folding Treadmill - JTX Slimline

Mid-Range Folding Treadmill Rec - JTX Slimline

Great feature list and value in this mid-priced folding treadmill from JTX. You'll get a programmable console and a super-thin folded profile too.

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Commerical folding treadmill - JTX Sprint 9

Top End Foldable Rec - JTX Sprint 9

The folding treadmill of my dreams, a genuine commerical model you can use at home. Folds on hydraulic levers and an amazing spec!

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Best Folding Treadmills for Different Budgets

We all have limits of what we are prepared to spend on our treadmills, and this part of the guide shows you the different options in budget, mid-range and upper-end spending limits. I went into detail on these ranges on my treadmill reviews main page. They are under £200 for the budget models, under £500 for the mid-range and over £500 for the upper end (club) treadmills.

There is a lot of competition among fitness equipment makers. This has benefits for us, in the form of discounts at amazon.co.uk. Where there are discounts I have mentioned this. My policy is not to write the specific amount, as this changes a lot (it would be a full time job just keeping up with the treadmills, let alone all the different types of fitness equipment featured here). What you’ll see is ‘at the time of writing’. Checking the product page for each item does not commit you – and gives you the opportunity to see the latest price as well as the feedback from current and past owners of each model.

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Budget Folding Treadmill – The HomCom Motorised Treadmill

HomCom Motorised Treadmill (Folding)This machine may have a strange sounding name, though you’ll get a lot of value for your money – as well as buying a machine which has proven to be very popular.

Strictly speaking, this model should be in the mid-range price category. The generous amazon.co.uk discount (at the time of writing) brings this firmly into the budget range.

Not only does the HomCom motorised treadmill fold, there is a safety lock which makes certain it stays folded! You can see it in the upright position (with the lock highlighted) in the picture gallery on the amazon product page.

This model goes p to 10km / hour – which is plenty enough for recreational users, though serious runners should go for at least 12km / hour models instead. There is a safety key. The LED screen is basic – though it will scroll through all the vital info including speed, distance and calories burned. You adjust the speed while you run via this console with large + and – buttons.

The HomCom Motorised is lighter than many models at 28kg, it does have wheels. The dimensions are 122cm x 62.5 x 119. This puts it just about in the ‘compact’ category.

Feedback on this model is excellent (especially when you consider the price). The message that comes through in the comments is that this is a ‘great little treadmill for the money.

Check out the gallery, feedback and that big discount (at the time of writing!) for yourself now on the dedicated amazon.co.uk product page.

Alternatively, you can read my detailed HomCom Motorised Treadmill Review here.

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Top Mid-Range Folding Treadmill – JTX Folding Slimline

JTX Slimline Folding Treadmill ReviewFor me the JTX Folding Slimline Treadmill shows clearly that you do not need to compromise on the features list when you buy a folding treadmill. This one will make you the envy of your friends with great looks, colour console and incline (the latter in particular is a very unusual addition for a foldable treadmill model).

Once again, this machine comes down a category thanks to the generous discount at amazon.co.uk. At the RRP it is upper-end, with the big discount is comes unto the mid-range. Discounts do change, so you’ll need to check the product page for the latest offer.

You’ll be amazed at how flat this treadmill folds – especially as it is a bigger machine than most of the budget models to start with. You can see this in the amazon picture gallery. Depending on your furniture this might even be flat enough to slide under your bed.

It is the feature list which makes this a top pick. The top speed is 14km / hour – which is more than enough for all but the most athletic runners! There are 15 levels of incline, which makes for a varied and more intensive workout routine. The console is colour and has a smart graphic interface. All the usual stats (time, distance, calories, speed) are there. In addition there are preset running programs and built in pulse sensors on the handlebars.

This is a 54kg treadmill, with  dimensions of 157cm x 73cm x 123cm. It comes with a 28 day no-quibble money back guarantee and a full 1 year in-home warranty.

Feedback is very positive (considering this equipment category this is as good a feedback score as you’ll find). The common thread among the comments are that this is excellent value for money.

Check out the gallery (especially that picture in the folding position), feedback and latest discount for yourself now on the amazon.co.uk product page.

Alternatively, you can find my detailed review here.

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Best Commercial Folding Treadmill – The JTX Sprint 9

jtx-sprint-9-treadmillAnother model from JTX made in into my top folding treadmills list – and when you see the Sprint-9 you’ll quickly understand why. The terms club, ‘commercial’ and ‘gym quality’ are easy to throw around (I do avoid using them here at fitness review). This one deserved the label. This is a higher priced treadmill, hit when you see the full spec (and the hydraulic levers which are used for folding) you’ll see that there is serious value to be had.

For a start you’ll get a shock absorbing running deck which uses patented technology to give you a smooth run. That run can go all the way to 20km / hour, and can be combined with 15 incline levels which are adjusted through the computer. This machine can be configured to mimic different terrain as part of a customised program – or you can use one of the 24 presets.

You will need some extra room for the JTX Sprint-9, even when folded. This big and heavy (130kg) treadmill folds using hydraulic levers. I’m not expecting that many users will move it too far. The dimensions are a healthy 205x 92 x 145cms.

As you might expect with an amazing treadmill like this one the user reviews are hugely positive. When you combine this with the amazing console, free Polar compatible chest strap (for pulse monitoring) and giant amazon discount – you have a high end folding treadmill that would be a wonderful addition to any home gym.

See the gallery (impressive pic of this model folded!), feedback and the current discount on the dedicated product page at amazon.co.uk now.

Alternatively, you can find my detailed review of the JTX Sprint-9 Folding Treadmill here.

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Folding Treadmill Reviews – What Features to Look Out For?

folding treadmill faqThe most common question I get when it comes to buying home fitness equipment is whether to go for a budget model or splash out a couple of hundred more on a mid-range machine?

As always in the world of fitness machines, the right answer is ‘it depends!’.

What it depends on is which features are must-have for you, which are nice-to-have and which are optional extras. Once you have decided on a category for each of the key features, you’ll find the right answer when it comes to the price range will follow much more easily.

We already established than ‘Folding’ is a must-have for you – at least I assume that is why you are here on this page. Here are 10 of the other key treadmill features to look out for.

#1 – Size: As you will have seen from the examples above, treadmills of all sizes can fold up. For me the size requirement goes along with speed to a large extent. If you are a lighter user, happy to jog and walk briskly to burn off those calories, then a smaller treadmill is often fine. If you want to lengthen your stride – then it can be safer / more comfortable to get a model with a bigger running surface. At the very least you will not have to focus so hard on keeping within the running surface. Of course, the size of the space you have available also makes a big difference. As a rule of thumb as you progress through budget to the upper priced models, treadmills get bigger.

#2 – Speed: Smaller users and those who want to gently burn some calories (jogging and slower running speeds) should be fine with a 10km / hour treadmill. If you are a more serious runner, then you should look at 12km / hour (or even 14km / hour + to add in some sprints). Related to both speed and quietness is the size of the motor unit.

#3 – Incline: You will be very surprised how effective even a small incline of a few percent can be in making your run more intensive. This feature has 2 formats. For lower priced incline treadmills you’ll need to adjust this manually, which means you need to stop running and get off of your machine. The best treadmills have computer controlled incline. This can be used as part of preset programs and adds some variety to your run. Incline combined with speed changes is perfect for interval type training programs.

#4 – Wheels: This might seem like a minor point, though if you want to store your folding treadmill anywhere other than the position where you’ll use it, wheels are vital! These are usually just very small plastic wheels, all that is needed to push your machine from a to b.

#5 – Cushioned Running Surface: As you move up the price brackets, you’ll find models which have cushioned running surfaces. There are several unique technologies for this – after all too spongy a surface would not be good for running. Higher end treadmills will often feature 10 point shock absorbing tech (for example!). If you have sensitive joints, then this feature can be a worthwhile investment. Note that even a basic treadmill should be comfortable enough for most users!

#6 – Preset Training Programs: Any folding running machine above the budget level should come with preset training programs. These follow familiar patterns such as interval, cardio and so on. These are useful as you will not have to keep adjusting the speed of your run manually. As you move up the budget levels you get treadmills which you can program with your own routines. At the top end there are options which adjust the program to your pulse rate – and even ones which store the data / presets for several people.

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#7 – Quietness: Treadmill noise comes more from the pounding of your feet as it does from the motor and movement of the belt. Many people invest in a durable rubber matt to go under their machine to dampen the noise coming through the floor. Quietness is again dependent on how much you spend. I recommend taking a special interest in the comments for any model you are interested in. People are quick to call out folding treadmills which are overly noisy.

#8 – Style: This might seem a little frivolous among the list of ‘hard’ features. I think style is worth a mention. A treadmill with sleek lines and an attractive console is more likely to be used by many people. You’ll feel good about your machine, and you just never know when that will make the difference between skipping a session and going ahead with one.

#9 – Technology: Several things here, the first is covered somewhat with the presets – only this time I’ll include app compatibility. Popular running apps have communities and targets, and picture your run as graph of speed / heart rate (just for example). You can also find treadmills which are MP3 Compatible (for iPhones or Android)… some even have integrated speakers. Above the small budget level, you’ll find pulse rate monitors as standard these days, with the best models having Polar compatibility (and sometimes even free chest straps).

#10 – Price: I left this one until last deliberately. We would all love the best features above, only budgets mean that compromise is the name of the game for most of us. I do recommend you look for treadmills which have come down a rung or two on the price ladder. You’ll often find models with feature sets of the mid-range machines at budget prices. Amazon.co.uk is my recommendation, their discounts (and easy returns policy) are very hard to beat. If you prefer to stay on budget, check out my detailed guide to the cheapest running machines here.

Folding Treadmills – Wrap Up – List of Folding Treadmill Reviews

Here are my recommendations (in table form) once again. Below that you will find links to the many folding treadmills I have reviewed in detail. New fold-away models will be added here as the reviews are added to the main section. Good luck in finding the perfect folding treadmill for your needs!

Best Folding Treadmill - Budget  - HomCom Motorised

Budget Folding Treadmill Rec - HomCom Motorised

Popular model, with an equally huge amazon.co.uk discount bringing it from mid-range to budget - has incline + music compatibility. 10km / hr top speed.

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Best Foldable Treadmill - Budget 2  - Confidence GTR

Budget Folding Treadmill #2 - GTR Power Pro

This foldable model from Confidence fitness has a 12km / hour top speed + 3 incline levels (currently a big amazon.co.uk discount too).

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Mid-Range Folding Treadmill - JTX Slimline

Mid-Range Folding Treadmill Rec - JTX Slimline

Great feature list and value in this mid-priced folding treadmill from JTX. You'll get a programmable console and a super-thin folded profile too.

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Commerical folding treadmill - JTX Sprint 9

Top End Foldable Rec - JTX Sprint 9

The folding treadmill of my dreams, a genuine commerical model you can use at home. Folds on hydraulic levers and an amazing spec!

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