Best Home Treadmills: Reviews, Comparisons and FAQ

How to Choose the Best Home Treadmill for Your Needs in 2019

There are literally 100’s of types of treadmill you can buy – and finding the best home treadmill for your specific needs can sometimes be a confusing experience.

This page will clarify finding the right home treadmill for you in 3 ways.

  • You’ll find a quick look at the most popular treadmills in 3 different price bands from budget to pro. These are the models with a lot of solid customer feedback (and often big savings)
  • You’ll find an overview of the main factors to consider when choosing a treadmill.
  • At the end of this page things are turned around. I have covered the treadmills which fit specific purposes, for example beginners, quiet, folding and for weight loss.

First below you’ll find a summary table with my top pick from each price band for 2019.

Then at the very end of the page, all of the treadmills reviewed here are listed. Each one has a quick summary of what makes it unique, along with which price bracket it is in and a link to the detailed individual review.

Best Home Treadmills – Reviews of the Most Popular Treadmills for 2019

Confidence Fitness Magnetic Treadmill

Cheapest (No-Motor) - Confidence Fitness Magnetic

This model is self-powered. For a basic walking machine, without the bells and whistles, it is a very popular choice. Most buyers these days want a motor (and extras). If that is you, read on!

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Cheap Running Machines -PremierFit T100

Popular Starter Treadmill- PremierFit T100

Buyer feedback this positive is usually reserved for the higher-end models. At a budget price, you get a solid 10km / hour electric treadmill. There is a small incline and computer console for tracking. This model also folds away. See that feedback for yourself and compare it to other budget range treadmills!

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Best Home Treadmill - Mid-Range - JLL S300

Mid-Range Pick - JLL S300 Treadmill

Top level spec including auto-incline and amazing console setup + shock-absorbing surface . This has proven a hugely popular model and I recommend you check the buyer feedback as well as the price!

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Full Sized Home Treadmill

Full Sized Home Treadmill - Reebok Jet 200

The Unisex Jet 200 from Reebok is a bigger machine with a full spec. With an 18km / hr top speed, 140cm x 46cm running surface and great electronics, this machine is the first 'gym spec' on the list - though the price is not in the 'commerical' levels!

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DKN ezRun Treadmill

Auto-Incline Treadmill - DKN EZ-Run

Serious runners take note! With automatic incline up to 12%, a 20km / hr top speed and app-compatibility, the EZ-Run has taken home running by storm. A lot of fans of this model can be seen via the feedback. Great spec for the price!

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Commercial Level Home Treadmill Sprint 9

Commercial Gym Level - The JTX Sprint 9

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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Treadmill Prices – Budget, Mid-Range and Upper Price Range Treadmills – What to Expect and My Picks

Best Home Treadmill Reviews 2019The very best home treadmills are priced at more than £1000 – though you can get a very nice model for less than half of that amount, and a budget machine for less than £200. Sub-£150 we are talking the real bare-bones. This category includes manual treadmills (no motor), and some smaller / flimsy electric models.

For me the ranges are as follows (there is some overlap, and you are welcome to choose your own!):

Budget <£250, mid-range <£600 and high end >£601 – £2000+

Features wise, here is what to expect:

What to Expect from a Basic Treadmill – The cheapest treadmills do not have motors. These are called ‘manual treadmills’ and work by allowing the running surface to move as you push against it with your feet. You’d need to hold the handrail to push against. The best value motorised treadmills start at around £120. These are smaller models, though you’ll generally get a handrail and computer with basic information like speed, distance and calories burned. Incline, preset programs and speeds above 12km / hour are harder to find in this budget range. My tip is to look out for mid-range treadmills which have a big amazon.co.uk discount. Find out more in my detailed guide to Cheap Treadmills and Running Machines.

What to Expect at the Mid-Range – At the < £500 price level you can find some top quality machines. Expect faster speeds (up to 16km / hour should be plenty enough for everyone but the keenest / fastest runners). You will also find variable incline, some models at this range have this automatically adjusted as you run, though many will need it set manually. Cushioned running surfaces, pulse-rate monitors and even speakers / fans can all be found at this level. You’ll get folding models, though in general the build is significantly better quality than the cheaper models. The computer controls also move up a level, preset programs, app integration and even programmable options can all be found.

What to Expect from Higher Priced Treadmills– This price band is where you get to take full advantage of technology and comfort – along with top quality build. Treadmills at this price can get quite large too. Expect patented shock-absorbing technology – along with machines engineered to run quietly. Auto-incline (controlled via the computer) will come as standard. This allows flexibility in the preset programs, some of which claim to be able to adjust to mimic different terrains. High end treadmills I have reviewed have app integration / monitors as standard. Some can adjust speed based on your pulse rate. You’ll find high-end speaker systems (Mp3 / iPod compatible) and fans too.

Below is a little more detail on my recommendations from the table above for each of the price ranges – along with an alternate pick.

Recommended Basic Treadmill Model 2019 – vFit Motorised

vFit Motorised, my pick for the best home treadmill in the budget rangeIf you are on a budget and want a solid basic model for gentle running, then you could join 10000’s of people in picking the vFit Motorised. This model has a top speed of 8km / hour – making it ideal for jogging / brisk walk workouts.

It has a lot of features which you would usually only find when you hit the mid-price models This includes the welcome ability to fold the treadmill away between uses. You’ll also get incline. This is manual, and works by lowering the back of the machine. The max is 7% – plenty enough to give your workout some extra intensity.

The vFit Motorised also has a big 40cm wide running surface, an electronic console to track speed, time, calories and pulse (via the handlebar monitors). There is a safety key too. Overall, this is a decent basic treadmill with some very solid feedback from previous buyers.

Check out the amazon.co.uk product page to see the latest discount.

Read my detailed review of the vFit motorised treadmill here.

Alternate Budget Pick: If you’d like to go a little faster, then the popular PremierFit T100 Treadmill should also be a consideration.

 

Mid Range Treadmill Model 2019 – JLL S300 

JLL S300 Treadmill Mid-RangeThe JLL S300 is an easy recommendation at the mid-level, again it is the amazon.co.uk discount which is key. This takes a treadmill which belongs in the upper-end category (with an excellent feature list) and puts it firmly with the grasp of mid-range buyers. Those features include auto-incline, a 20km / hour top speed, a cushioned shock-absorbing system and next-generation console. This is a wonderful machine, at with the discount (*at the time of writing) it really can’t be beaten.

Check out the amazon.co.uk product page to see the spec and current discount for yourself.

You can read my detailed review of the JLL S300 here.

Alternative Mid-Range Pick: A great looking treadmill from Reebok with an amazing console and another larger amazon.co.uk discount – check out my review of the Reebok ZR8 treadmill here.

 

 

Best Higher End Treadmill Model 2019

Best Home Treadmill UKIf you are a gym user then the high-end machines created by JTX may well already by familiar to you. The JTX Sprint is justifies the phrase ‘commercial treadmill you can use at home’. It comes with an amazing spec which includes auto-incline, state of the art console and big (cushioned) running surface. For me, it also looks the part!

The best part about the JTX Sprint – it folds. This gives you a big, powerful home treadmill that you can store away between runs.

Check out the impressive spec for yourself (and see the gallery) on this dedicated amazon.co.uk product page now!

Alternative Higher End Treadmill: If your budget does not quite stretch to commercial treadmill levels, and you want an amazing treadmill, then the DKN Ez Run Treadmill is one to consider.

 

Comparing Treadmill Reviews Checklist 2019

Comparing Home Treadmills by Features

In an ideal world we would all like the most stylish, quietest and fully-featured treadmill. What you’ll find is that you do not need to shell out £2,000+ to get something which ticks most of the boxes these days.

What I recommend is that you look through the list of key features below and work out which are must-have and which are nice to have. More than anything else your must-have list will let you narrow down the options. Once you have 2 or 3 candidate models, the nice to have criteria can help you make that final decision. You’ll find more detail in my ‘buy treadmills online’ guide. This section will help you to navigate the reviews, I have left out ‘price’ from this list, though this is mentioned in many of the criteria.

#1 – Space Needed: Does a treadmill fold away? If not is it easy to move? You can find a detailed guide to the best folding treadmills here.

#2 – Speed: Some models are capped at 10 km / hr or even less for ‘walking’ models. If you want to go faster, or have long legs, this is worth checking.

#3 – Incline: The best models have automatic incline adjustment, mid-range do this manually and budget not at all. It makes a big difference to the intensity of your workout and can help to keep things varied.

#4 – Programs: Only the cheapest treadmills will not have a computer on board. They do vary a lot though. Some are basic, just tracking your speed and distance, while others will remember your settings and have programs which you can enjoy that vary the speed and so on. Some models are now integrating with apps too.

#5 – Monitors: Mid-range models measure your pulse through hand-grips, upper end models do this via bluetooth and can even use this information to vary your program.

#6 – Entertainment: A holder for your iPhone, integrated speakers – or even a display can be included. App integration can also be included in this section.

#7 – Style: Most treadmills look the same, though there are now models which stand out from the crowd with distinctive styling or colours.

best home treadmills 2019 - reviews

Best Home Treadmills for Readers with Specific Goals

Here are some shortcuts for readers with specific aims. I have chosen treadmills which fit certain circumstances a lot better than others, and provided a link to the review.

#1 – Short of Space? Check these Folding Treadmill Reviews

Having a solid and reliable treadmill that also folds away neatly against a wall is a big factor for many of us. Some treadmills which say they are folding end up having a big footprint, so you do need to be cautious here. The most popular fully folding treadmill is the mid-budget York Active 120  from the popular York Fitness. If you are looking for a fully-spec’d treadmill, and would also like a folding model, the JTX Slimline is a great pick.

Update: You’ll now find a dedicated page covering treadmills that fold – see Best Folding Treadmills for more.

#2 – Just Getting Started? Best Home Treadmill Reviews for Beginners

You’ll want a treadmill that is capable of covering your needs once you are ‘up to speed’ with fitness, as well as one which is suitable to get started with. I would recommend choosing a treadmill which has plenty of programs, some basic music / phone connectivity and has an adjustable incline you can use as your fitness level increases. For lower budget runners, PremierFit T100 Treadmill fits these criteria very nicely. If you have a little more to spend, then the JLL S300 offers a high-priced feature set with a decidedly mid-range price tag.

quiet treadmills#3 – Don’t Want to Disturb the Neighbours? Quiet Treadmill Reviews

There is a huge difference between the quietest treadmills and the rest. There is an element of price involved – the higher spec treadmills have quieter mechanisms as a rule – though there is also plenty of variation in the budget and mid-ranges. This is not just the whirring of the belt – the way your footfall resonates through the machine should also be taken into account.

#4 – On a Tight Budget? Best Value Treadmills

Many of us do not want to splash out thousands on a treadmill – making budget an important consideration when choosing which one to buy. Finding the match between price, features, build and popularity has unveiled some ‘hidden gems’ when it comes to the best value treadmills. Specific recommendations include the excellent PremierFit T100 Treadmill which fa budget-range price has many of the features (and the build quality) of treadmills mid-range machines.

#5 – Serious About Treadmills? Pro Level Reviews

Specs of pro level treadmills are amazing these days. Advances in computer equipment and manufacturing have created quiet, multi-functional machines with programs which can be tailored to you. Sure, you’ll need to invest a little more – though once you see the specs available, I am sure you’ll agree that these are amazing pieces of fitness equipment.  Two examples to see right now are the JLL S400 and the  JTX Sprint 9 (amazing gym-level model).

 

Treadmill Reviews Listing – All of the Treadmills I have Reviewed in One List

Note: These are not listed in any order of preference. I have included the price band of each model for guidance, along with a link to the detailed review.

JTX Slimline Folding Treadmill: This is a mid-priced treadmill that folds up, a rarity once you come out of the budget range. Like other JTX machines, you get a lot of features for your money.

Confidence Fitness Magnetic Manual Treadmill: This super-budget model does not plug into the mains, instead it works using foot power.

Confidence Fitness Power Walker: A budget model which has a top speed of 6 km / hour, that’s a brisk walk or light job for most people. Ideal for older or less fit users looking to get a gentle start to home fitness.

JLL S300 Treadmill: My mid-range pick (which is really a high end treadmill with a big amazon discount). This has features including auto-incline, programmable console and shock-absorbing surface that you just can’t normally get at this price.

JLL S400 Treadmill: Bigger and bolder than the S300, this treadmill also enjoys a big amazon.co.uk discount – aimed at the serious user.

JTX Sprint 9 Commercial Treadmill: This is an upper price range machine which is aimed at shared gyms (maybe the type you’ll find in a block of flats), this is a larger model with an amazing spec.

Reebok ZR8 Treadmill: Would be my mid-range pick if the JLL s300 did not have such a big discount. This is an amazing looking machine and packs a feature-fulled punch too.

vFit Motorised Folding Treadmill: Lower mid-range price tag for a solid home treadmill. This model has a top speed of 8km / hour – making it suitable for older runners and those who enjoy a brisk walk / jog.

York Active 110 Treadmill: Mid-range model from the ever popular York Fitness. Big console for this model, which has preset programs and distinctive good looks.

X Lite II Folding Treadmill: Budget model which is packed with features including smartphone / mp3 compatibility. Looks like the model has been photoshopped on in the amazon pictures!

Olympic DK19 Treadmill: What caught my eye with this model is the advanced shock absorbing tech. This is a mid-priced treadmill, and you’ll usually only find dual-layer surfaces, incline and 14km / hour speeds in more expensive models.

Confidence Fitness EPS Power Pro Treadmill: This is a break from the usual models from the popular Confidence Fitness. The EPS is a bigger and better spec’d model compared to their usual budget end machines. This has hydraulic incline, plus MP3 compatibility.

DNK EzRun Treadmill Review: Solid, big (84kg!) machine which has a real gym-like spec. This model folds and is compatible with the iWorld app. Wide, cushioned running surface also makes it good for taller runners.

Sportstech F65 Professional Home Treadmill Review: German engineering, an angular elegance that you won’t often see in home treadmills and the most powerful engine I have come across outside of pro gyms and health clubs. This model is high-priced, though wow, what a spec!

PrestigeSports XMPRO Dynamic Treadmill: Budget model which ticks all the right boxes. This machine has a 14km / hour top speed – high for the price range. You’ll also find (manual) incline and *drumroll please* a free water bottle!

PremierFit T100 Treadmill: You can’t miss the huge console area with built in speakers. This popular budget price-range treadmill does pack a decent spec too. At the time of writing, this is a category best-seller.

Branx Fitness Elite Runner Pro: This is a mid priced (upper end) treadmill with a wide running surface and 10 point shock absorption system. You’ll get the coveted auto-incline, plus a commerical grade console.

Best Home Treadmills: Frequently Asked Questions

This section has answers to the most common questions from new treadmill owners. If you’d like one added, you can always shoot me an e-mail ( mark@fitnessreview.co.uk ).

What is the Difference Between the Price Levels of Home Treadmills?

You’ll find a big overlap with quality and specs, though as a guideline, home treadmills fall into 4 price categories.

Budget: AT £150 and under you’ll get a basic model, usually with a smaller running surface and frame and lower (10km / hour) top speed. For gentle exercise, these can work well.

Basic: Once you get to the $151-£300 range, you will find a lot of ‘extras’ like incline (manually changed), fitness tracker compatibility – and cushioned running surfaces. You’ll also get a bigger frame and running surface. I recommend this level to anyone planning on regular use of their treadmill. Many of the best-selling models fit here.

Mid-Range: Spend £301 to £700 and you can get some serious engineering with your treadmill. Manual incline, faster top speeds, electronics with varied programs and memory for your goals. At this price level you’ll find bigger, quieter running machines that start to look like the ones you’ll find in commercial gyms.

Top End: While there are home treadmills at over £2000, these are commercial models designed for gyms. At the £701 to £1250 range, you’ll find some amazing machines. Brands here include Nordic Track and Sole Fitness.

What is Incline on a Home Treadmill? Do I Need it?

This tells you whether the slope of the running track can be adjusted. There are two types of incline:

  • Manual Incline: Here you need to stop running and move a lever to change the angle.
  • Automatic / Electronic Incline: The slope is controlled electrically, this means it can be changed as part of a running program. You will also be able to change this by pressing a button without breaking your run.

Incline makes a big difference to the intensity of your run. A couple of degrees change in the slope can be quickly felt. This will burn more calories. It will also vary things – instead of running on a flat surface, you can go up hills.

You need to get to the mid-priced treadmills before you find automatic incline included. Some basic home running machines give you the manual incline option.

What Top Speed Should My Home Treadmill Have?

A lot of factors to consider here – starting with your size!

Shorter runners will have a lower top speed requirement than taller ones. This is simply a function of your stride length.

Treadmills are measured in kilometres per hour as a standard. Here are the usual top speeds:

  • 8km / Hour: This is a ‘walking treadmill’ speed. For most people the top speed would be a light jog.
  • 10km / Hour: The lowest top speed to consider, especially for taller runners.
  • 12km / Hour: For most family use treadmills, this is the top speed to aim for. Faster than this is a decent running speed (even for 6 footers).
  • 14 – 16km / Hour: If you are a competitive runner – or want to include sprints as part of a HIIT program, then you can choose a faster treadmill. This speed is not available in the budget / basic level models.

There are commercial treadmills which go up to 20km / hour – I recommend those for the pros only!

Which is the Best Home Treadmill for Taller / Shorter People?

One of the most common questions on amazon for treadmills is how suitable they are for people of different sizes. Smaller / Shorter people have the most options. The budget and basic models with smaller frames and running surfaces are proportionally that much better! If you are 6 foot or over, then I’d recommend staying away from the cheapest models. You can find a treadmill with a bigger, wider running surface in the mid-range category easily. While those budget models would work, that extra comfort and safety is worth a few more pounds!

A top pick for taller people at a competitive mid-range price is the S300 from JLL.

What Safety Features do Home Treadmills Have as Standard?

Never buy a home treadmill without a safety key. This does come as standard in the UK. It is a plastic key, attached to a piece of string. You clip one end to your clothing, and the key goes in a slot at the front of your running machine. If you fall off the treadmill, the key comes out and the belt stops. This is a simple concept, which has saved many people from injury!

The other treadmill safety feature is the bars on either side of the front console. These provide stability, something to grab if you wobble! Better treadmills have them as standard. Cheaper models sometimes do not. I recommend buying a model with handlebars, especially if you are less experienced.

Are Home Treadmills Noisy?

They can be. Compared to other types of home fitness equipment, your action (pounding those feet) will make more noise. There are two components of the running machine you buy which can generate noise.

  • Running Surface: Better models have cushioned running surfaces. These mean your pounding feet are not hitting a solid board right below the belt – keeping things quieter.
  • The Engine / Mechanism: Again, as you get a decent treadmill, you’ll get a quieter engine and belt mechanism.

I recommend checking the buyer reviews of the model(s) you choose. Look for complaints about the noise (very few people mention anything if the machine is quiet!). You can also buy a rubber mat, which will keep the noise / vibrations from the floor.

Will a Home Treadmill Damage my Carpet / Flooring?

Without any protection, you’ll get dents in your carpet at the corners. If you have a wooden floor, then there is a risk of some minor scuffs.

A basic rubber mat is a worthwhile investment for any form of home fitness equipment. This will have the extra value of keeping any noise to a minimum. Find out about the different options in my home gym flooring guide.

How Often Do I Need to Maintain my Home Treadmill?

I’ll admit I’m not the most diligent when it comes to maintaining my treadmill! You will need to keep your machine clean. A damp cloth rub-down and vacuuming around the base will be fine for a weekly clean up. You should also vacuum the motor compartment (where possible and within the maker’s guidelines), and lubricate the belt using specialist oils every few months.

Most treadmills come with warranties for the motor and frame, though the belt can get worn. When you clean your unit, check for wear and tear.

Which Home Treadmills Fold Away?

Unless you have a bigger dedicated area for home fitness equipment, I recommend a folding model. Many treadmills fold vertically – letting your store them with the running surface straight up. A simple bar that you swivel out adds stability.

There are models which have power-assisted fold up mechanisms. These are not at the budget end of the price spectrum. Bigger models with robust hand-rails are not as easy to fold. If you have a folding model, you’ll also need small wheels – so you can move it too and from your running position.

How Many Calories will my Home Treadmill Burn?

Three main factors come into play do determine the average calorie burn:

  • Your body weight
  • Time spent running
  • Effort (sprints / incline and so on)

The range is from 300 to 500 calories per hour. Most treadmills will show you this information on the console. This will be an estimate. For more accurate calorie burn information, you can get a model which works with popular fitness trackers.

Do I Need Special Trainers / Footwear for Treadmill Runs?

Regular running shoes (the type you’d use outside) are fine for treadmill workouts. I do not recommend leisure / fashion trainers or training shoes designed for other types of exercise. Other than the quality of running machine you buy, this is the single most important consideration. While you don’t need the latest training shoe tech, getting a decent pair will pay dividends as your fitness improves.

Are Home Treadmills Compatible with Fitness Apps / POLAR / Garmin Trackers?

This is very much dependant on the individual model. Once you hit the mid-range treadmills, many are compatible with Polar trackers (some even come with chest strap monitors). Some models have their own apps, while others work great with MyFitnessPal and other popular phone apps.

Here is the table from the top of this page once again. By the time you reach this end of the article, you’ll be able to see the logic behind the picks for yourself!

Confidence Fitness Magnetic Treadmill

Cheapest (No-Motor) - Confidence Fitness Magnetic

This model is self-powered. For a basic walking machine, without the bells and whistles, it is a very popular choice. Most buyers these days want a motor (and extras). If that is you, read on!

Check Price! Read Review
Cheap Running Machines -PremierFit T100

Popular Starter Treadmill- PremierFit T100

Buyer feedback this positive is usually reserved for the higher-end models. At a budget price, you get a solid 10km / hour electric treadmill. There is a small incline and computer console for tracking. This model also folds away. See that feedback for yourself and compare it to other budget range treadmills!

Check Price! Read Review
Best Home Treadmill - Mid-Range - JLL S300

Mid-Range Pick - JLL S300 Treadmill

Top level spec including auto-incline and amazing console setup + shock-absorbing surface . This has proven a hugely popular model and I recommend you check the buyer feedback as well as the price!

Check Price! Read Review
Full Sized Home Treadmill

Full Sized Home Treadmill - Reebok Jet 200

The Unisex Jet 200 from Reebok is a bigger machine with a full spec. With an 18km / hr top speed, 140cm x 46cm running surface and great electronics, this machine is the first 'gym spec' on the list - though the price is not in the 'commerical' levels!

Check Price! Read Review
DKN ezRun Treadmill

Auto-Incline Treadmill - DKN EZ-Run

Serious runners take note! With automatic incline up to 12%, a 20km / hr top speed and app-compatibility, the EZ-Run has taken home running by storm. A lot of fans of this model can be seen via the feedback. Great spec for the price!

Check Price! Read Review
Commercial Level Home Treadmill Sprint 9

Commercial Gym Level - The JTX Sprint 9

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