Best Folding Treadmill

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. That 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 the best 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 list pulled out of thin air!).

Here is how this page is organised:

  • First below you’ll find a table which highlights the most popular folding treadmills 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 treadmill.
  • If you still can’t decide then the list of features which follows that should help you narrow things down to your individual requirements.
  • 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 personal recs for users with specific needs.

Table – Most Popular / Top Rated Folding Treadmills 2020

SportsTech F10 Budget Folding Treadmill

Folding Treadmill with German Engineering: Sportstech F10

A solid machine with great feedback and multiple features you only get at a higher price range. Sportstech treadmills are app compatible, with 10km / hour top speed. Great value for money!

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T350 Folding digital from JLL

Newest Technology in a Folding Mid-Budget Model: The JLL T350

This JLL treadmill is the bridge between the budget and gym-style machines. A big, folding body, cushioned running surface, app compatibility, plus the reliable, smooth action you'd expect from JLL. Check the feedback for this machine now!

Check Price! Read Review
Best Flat Folding Treadmill - SportsTech F17

Folds Flat: The Sportstech F17

This quality mid-budget Sportstech model folds flat. Instead of propping it up, you can slide it under the table or bed. A popular pick with multi-player mode via an app.

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Commercial Level Home Folding Treadmill from Branx

Commercial Gym Level Folding Treadmill - The Amazing Elite Runner Pro

This is not just 'gym style', you'll find these machines in high-end gyms & health clubs. A big machine, pro-level cushioning, amazing console (with full compatibility) and spec that the budget makers can only aspire to. This investment will last you for years!

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Best Folding Treadmills for Different Budgets

We all have limits of what we are prepared to spend on our treadmills. 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 £300 for the budget models, under £700 for the mid-range and over £700 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 and extras you get alongside your machine. 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 best treadmills, let alone all the different types of home 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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Best Budget Folding Treadmill – The Sportstech F10

Top Value Sportstech F10 Folding TreadmillIt may be a cliche, but those Germans know how to do engineering. The Sportstech treadmill range have quickly become best-sellers, with super-positive feedback from (almost!) everyone who buys them. The F10 is a little above the standard budget range. What you get is more than just a basic folding treadmill. You get app compatibility, incline, a 5-layer running surface and the quiet engines which this brand are known for.

The F10 has a 10km / hour top speed. When you combine this with the incline, it is plenty enough for all but the keenest runners. If you are a KinoMap user, you will be able to connect to do group runs or use the maps function to run at exotic locations around the world.

Jokes about German engineering aside, this is an impressive treadmill at a great price.

Check out the gallery, video and feedback from people that already own one for yourself now over on this the dedicated amazon.co.uk product page.

Alternatively, you can read my detailed SportsTech F10 Treadmill Review here.

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Best Mid-Range Folding Treadmill – The JLL T350 Digital

JLL T350 Best Folding Treadmill ReviewThis model uses a ‘Soft Drop’ folding system to lower the running surface from folded to run-ready. What you get is a solid treadmill which has a lot of features normally reserved for the higher budget models. The JLL T350 is a popular unit, with the makers known for their excellent after-sales service.

For a mid-priced folding treadmill, the 18km / hour top speed is exceptional. When you combine this with 20 levels of incline, the unit becomes versatile enough for all different fitness levels. It comes with a 2 year warranty that covers all parts and labour.

Aside from the soft-drop folding function, many people choose this model for the technology. It is bluetooth capable, and has a USB port for charging and to connect for music. You can play your own tunes through the built in speakers. There are programmable custom workouts, plus preset workouts to choose from. A heart rate monitor helps you vary your workout with your pulse, with more intensive runs available as your fitness improves.

The T350 is one of a range of popular models from JLL. For me this one is the ‘Sweet spot’. It has an amazing spec for the price, and with the warranty and service, will last you for years.

Feedback is super-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 (including a demo of the soft-drop folding system), 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 Branx Fitness Elite Runner Pro

High End Best Folding TreadmillsWhen you see the size of the Elite Runner pro in the working position, it is hard to imagine how you would fold it. The secret is in the ‘soft drop’ system (using hydraulics) that gently raises and lowers the running surface. This is an amazing treadmill, it has commerical-grade spec, and a price point that puts it within reach of home users. The picture to the right shows this the Elite Runner Pro in the folded-up position.

You get a big running area, this is 48cms wide and 140cm long (no running on a balance beam like you do with smaller, budget models). The running surface also has a ‘Dual Shock’ 10 point absorption system’. This is designed to keep your joints from being jarred – without making the overall running surface too soft.

With a 21km / hour top speed, this folding treadmill is fast enough for even the keenest / fittest runners. Add 22 levels of auto incline to this mix to vary the intensity of your cardio workout. This is powered by a fan-cooled motor, which can output 6.5 horse power at peaks.

The console has a function you will not find on other treadmills – a BMI readout. The usual stats are displayed on a 6 inch LCD panel. There are 24 different programs to keep things varied – plus Bluetooth connectivity to connect with your phone or tablet. Pulse sensors come as standard.

For the price, this is the best folding treadmill around.

See the gallery (including close-ups of the console), feedback from buyers and any current discount on this dedicated product page at amazon.co.uk now.

Alternatively, you can find my detailed review of the Branx Elite Runner Pro 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. High end treadmills go from 18km / hour+.

Incline for Variety and Challenge

#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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Bigger Motor + Padded Running Track = Less Noise

#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. The best new models having Polar compatibility (and sometimes even free chest straps). The best folding treadmills will connect to KinoMap and other new products.

#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!

SportsTech F10 Budget Folding Treadmill

Folding Treadmill with German Engineering: Sportstech F10

A solid machine with great feedback and multiple features you only get at a higher price range. Sportstech treadmills are app compatible, with 10km / hour top speed. Great value for money!

Check Price! Read Review
T350 Folding digital from JLL

Newest Technology in a Folding Mid-Budget Model: The JLL T350

This JLL treadmill is the bridge between the budget and gym-style machines. A big, folding body, cushioned running surface, app compatibility, plus the reliable, smooth action you'd expect from JLL. Check the feedback for this machine now!

Check Price! Read Review
Best Flat Folding Treadmill - SportsTech F17

Folds Flat: The Sportstech F17

This quality mid-budget Sportstech model folds flat. Instead of propping it up, you can slide it under the table or bed. A popular pick with multi-player mode via an app.

Check Price! Read Review
Commercial Level Home Folding Treadmill from Branx

Commercial Gym Level Folding Treadmill - The Amazing Elite Runner Pro

This is not just 'gym style', you'll find these machines in high-end gyms & health clubs. A big machine, pro-level cushioning, amazing console (with full compatibility) and spec that the budget makers can only aspire to. This investment will last you for years!

Check Price! Read Review

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