Best Home Treadmill Reviews

How to Choose the Best Home Treadmill for Your Needs in 2020

There are 100’s of treadmill models for sale. Finding the best home treadmill for your specific space, fitness goals, budget and personal preferences can be a confusing experience.

This page will clarify the steps for finding the best home treadmill for you – not some generic ‘top list’ – it does this by looking at the options in 3 linked ways.

  • Price Range: You’ll find a quick look at the most popular treadmills in the different price bands from budget to pro. These are the models with a lot of solid customer feedback (and often big savings)
  • Must-Have Features: App integration, incline, faster than average top speed – or a compact, quiet machine. Everyone has different needs and by listing the ‘must haves’ before you choose, you can pick the right machine.
  • Purposes / Goals: Finally, I flip things around. If you have a specific goal, for example cardio training, weight loss or just gentle regular exercise, then you can pick a treadmill that works with those goals.

First below you’ll find a summary table with my top pick from the main price bands in 2020. These start at £150 (for a manual walking treadmill with no motor), though the £300 to £400 range (the mid-range ‘sweet spot’ for home users with great specs) and then up to the top-tier models which start to resemble what you might find in a commercial gym at £800 and up.

Then at the very end of the page, all of the treadmills reviewed here at Fitness Review 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 2020

Sunny Fitness Manual Treadmill Review

Best Selling Manual (No Motor) Treadmill

Sunny Fitness produce this compact manual treadmill. This is popular for older users, and those returning to fitness. 8km / hour top speed, console to track you progress and 1000's of happy customers.

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Fit4Home Healthmate Value Running Machines

Lower Mid-Priced - Fit4Home Healthmate

You get a lot of treadmill for a budget price with this Fit4Home model. The spec includes a 10 km / hr top speed, plus manual incline. Positive feedback suggests great value for the price-point!

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SportsTech F10 Budget Treadmill

Electric 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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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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T350 digital from JLL

Newest Technology in a Big 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!

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Commercial Level Home Treadmill

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

Best Home Treadmill Reviews 2020The very best home treadmills are priced at more than £1000 – though you can get a well spec’ed model from a respected brand for less than half of that amount. Budget electric treadmills are in the £250 to £350 range.  Sub-£150 models are in the ‘manual’ category. These machines have no motor, instead you start the belt moving by taking long strides. They are popular among older users and those returning to fitness – keep in mind that is not what most people are after when they are buying a treadmill.

A quick word of warning. A lot of cheap brands have appeared recently, they all sell the same flimsy machines. Names appear as seemingly random collections of upper-case letters – for example; ‘MMGCR’. These machines are terrible, and as soon as people leave negative feedback, they disappear, quickly replaced by a seemingly new brand. I stick to brands which have UK offices / service whenever possible, and strongly recommend you do too!

Best Home Treadmill Reviews: What to Expect from the Price Bands

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

Budget <£350, mid-range <£800 and high-end >£801 – £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. These machines are popular, especially for older people. The best value motorised treadmills start at around £200. These are smaller models, though you’ll generally get a handrail and console with basic information like speed, distance and calories burned. Auto-incline, preset programs, app connectivity and speeds above 10km / hour are harder to find in this budget range. Some budget brands have excellent, hard-wearing products. For basic machines the Fit4Home range is a popular pick. You won’t get many ‘frills’, but you will get a machine that gets the job done. I created a separate guide which covers the budget treadmill reviews in depth: 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 Budget Treadmill Model – Fit4Home Healthmate

fit4home great value treadmillsThis budget treadmill has 3 levels of incline. This is manually adjusted, and makes for a wide range of intensity for your runs. That 10km / hour top speed will feel very different at the top incline level than running ‘flat’. This is a popular model, with a lot of positive feedback. It is compact (not like the monsters you will find in a commercial gym), though has small touches that keep it versatile. They include a console, safety key, cushioned surface and that choice of incline levels.

One feature which owners of this model raved about is the ability to fold it up between uses. This is usually something reserved for the mid-price and above models. It is ideal for those of us without space for all of our fitness equipment.

The console will track speed, time, calories and pulse (via the handlebar monitors). Overall, this is a decent basic treadmill with some very good feedback from previous buyers.

Check out the amazon.co.uk product page to see the picture gallery, full spec and the latest feedback from buyers.

Read my detailed review of the Fit4Home Healthmate here.

 

Best Mid Range Home Treadmill Model – JLL S300 

JLL S300 Treadmill Mid-RangeThe JLL S300 is an easy recommendation at the mid-level, this machine has been a best-seller over multiple years. 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.

If you are not familiar with JLL, they are UK based and have a solid reputation both for their machines and their after sales service. I recommend checking the feedback and comments for this model – you’ll quickly see why.

Check out this amazon.co.uk product page to see the full spec, check those comments and find any current discounts for yourself now.

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

Go One Level Better with the JLL T350: Switching the ‘S’ for a ‘T’ is because of the technology. Not only in the console and compatibility side, the whole machine is a technical marvel. It is a little more expensive than the S300, though for a small additional price, you get a treadmill with some serious ‘wow-factor’. It is still comfortably within the mid-range price bracket too. Check out this dedicated amazon.co.uk product page for the full spec of the impressive JLL T350 Treadmill.

Best Higher End Treadmill Model

Best High End Treadmill Branx Fitness Elite Runner Pro Treadmill RevewEven without the use of a small model for the marketing materials, the Elite Runner Pro is a beast compared to the home treadmills covered above. This is the kind of unit used in commercial gyms. It has a spec that makes the budget treadmills above look like hamster wheels. You get a wide running surface with impact cushioning, an impressive top speed of 16 km / hour – and automatic incline. The incline can be used as part of preset programs, or controlled via the impressive console.

App and monitor compatibility is included. When you see the size, you might be pleasantly surprised to know that it also folds up. Feedback from owners has been positively glowing. This machine does have a high price point, though it will last way beyond the 2 year all parts warranty – making it excellent value for money.

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

Review: You can see my detailed review of the Branx Fitness Elite Runner Pro here.

 

Comparing Treadmill Reviews Checklist 2019

Comparing the Best 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. After all, the best home treadmill for me might not be the ideal choice for you. 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.

Top 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: App Compatibility: Some models have their own apps, the best sellers are compatible with commercial apps. Look out for KinoMap compatible treadmills, this adds a new angle to your workouts!

#6 – 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.

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

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

#9 – Cushioning: Basic models will have a little give. As you move through the price ranges, you get shock absorbers. At the high-end, expect patented 10-point cushioning, designed with long-term use in mind.

#10 – Noise: Another factor which improves with build quality (and price). There is more to consider than the motor sounds. How heavily your running steps resonate through the machine makes a big difference. Many people like to have a rubber mat under their treadmill to keep things quiet for others.


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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 JLL S300 Treadmill  from the recommendations above. 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 - best treadmills guide#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. My specific recommendations include the excellent Fit4Home Healthmate 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.  You might have seen the stunning Branx Fitness Elite Runner Pro earlier in this guide. Two other examples to see right now are the JLL S400 and the  JTX Sprint 9 (an amazing gym-level model).

Best Home Treadmill Reviews:  Listing of all the Treadmills I have Reviewed

Best Budget / Lower Price Treadmill Options:

Note: Links to the reviews in this list will open up a new tab.

Sportstech F10: ‘German Engineering’ may be a cliche, though when it comes to fitness equipment, it makes a big difference. Sportstech have used many of the features from their mid-budget and commerical treadmills in the F10. This includes app integration, plus their famous quiet motor tech. You will get a lot of treadmill for your money with this brand. Check out my detailed Sportstech F10 Treadmill Review for more.

Sunny Health and Fitness Walking Treadmill: This model is best for older people or those easing into home fitness. It does not plug in. Instead you take long strides to get started, and then use the momentum of the belt to get up to a light jog. Safe, stable and (best of all) a low price compared to electric models. See my review of the Sunny Fitness Manual Treadmill for more.

Olympic Unisex Folding Treadmill: This replaces a lot of sub-brands from Olympic Fitness into a versatile basic model. With a 10km / hour top speed, console with 3 pre-set programmes and fold-away format, this treadmill ticks the right boxes at a lower price point than other electric models. See my Olympic Unisex Folding Treadmill Review for more.

Fit4Home Healthmate: A best selling treadmill in the lower price bracket. This model has a tubular steel design for stability, pulse sensors, and 3 levels of manual incline. It has a top speed of 10km / hour. The console includes 12 programmes, something for everyone in the family. Check out my detailed review of the popular Fit4Home Healthmate Treadmill here.

Nero Pro with Bluetooth: You get app compatibility with the Nero Pro. This lets you use your tablet or smartphone to run while enjoying Google Maps. For the price point the spec is excellent. You get 3 levels of manual incline, a 10km / hour top speed and comfortable running surface. You can see the maps view and full spec on my detailed review of the Nero Pro Bluetooth Treadmill.

 

Mid Budget Options: Get the Best Treadmill Specs Without Breaking the Bank

SportsTech F17 Treadmill Review: You get a long list of high tech features plus that infamous German engineering with the F17. It includes bluetooth (for apps), speakers, an LED display, self-lubricating belt, auto incline and an impressive 12km / hour top speed. Add in the Sportstech ‘quiet motor’ tech, and you will see why this model is popular. See my detailed Sportstech F17 Treadmill Review for more.

JLL S300 Digital Folding Treadmill: There are several models from JLL in the mid-price range. None are more popular than the S300, which has a ton of (extremely positive) feedback. You get a huge 16km / hour top speed, 20 levels of automatic incline, plus an entertainment-compatible console. The price for this level of treadmill is surprisingly low. See my detailed review of the JLL s300 Treadmill for the details.

Branx Fitness Cardio Pro: The unique feature of this model is the body fat readout. It is an amazing machine, with a big console, comfortable sized running surface and plenty of technology. You get a 17.5 km / hour top speed along with 20 levels of incline. The soft-drop (folding) setup will also catch your eye. Another model which is understandably popular. See my Branx Fitness Cardio Pro Treadmill Review for the details.

JLL T350 Treadmill: The ‘T’ in the title of this model is for ‘Technology’. This has been upgraded compared to the S300 model, with bluetooth and USB ports included. The spec gets an upgrade too. This is ideal if you include sprints in your workout – with an 18km / hour top speed. This is another hugely popular model from JLL. My detailed JLL T350 Treadmill Review has the low-down.

JLL T450 Digital Treadmill: The last one from JLL for this section is an amazing machine for the price. It has a big, smooth motor with a 18km / hour top speed. Automatic incline can mimic different terrain, with 20 programmes to keep your runs fresh. Add in the excellent after sales service from JLL, and you have as good a treadmill as you will find without shelling out ‘high end’ prices. See my detailed review of the JLL T450 Treadmill here.

High-End Treadmills for Home or Commerical Use

Sportstech F75 Treadmill: You will find this amazing model in commerical gyms. It is also available for home users looking for the real-deal. German engineering, a huge / wide running service and a spec that crushes the competition – including app functions, touch-screen display, Wi-Fi and a huge 18% incline. This treadmill reaches 20km / hour at top speed. Check out the full spec in my detailed review of the Sportstech F75 treadmill here.

Branx Fitness Elite Runner Pro: You get the ‘soft drop’ folding system, 10-point shock absorbers and a big 140x48cm running surface on this Branx model. Add in a touch-screen console, automatic incline and wide range of pre-set programmes and you will quickly see why the Elite Runner Pro is considered the best high-end home treadmill around. See my detailed review of the Branx Fitness Elite Runner Pro here.

Under Desk / Office Treadmills

Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0 Treadmill: This machine is unique, in that it doubles up as a walking / under-desk treadmill and one that can be used for home cardio workouts. It comes with a remote control which you will wear on your wrist. If you use it with the console up, you can put a tablet on top. This model has an 8km / hour top speed. See my detailed review of the Bluefin Task 2.0 Desk Treadmill here.

City Sports Desk Treadmill: This is a classic under desk treadmill, designed to get you walking while you work. It comes with an innovative angled screen at the front of the unit. This is a best selling treadmill in its category, with a ton of positive feedback. See how it works in my detailed City Sports Desk Treadmill Review.

Sportstech Deskfit Treadmill: A higher end under desk treadmill, with the design and engineering that made Sportstech popular in the regular home running machine space. This model is bluetooth compatible, quiet and has a 7.1km / hour top speed (a light jog for most people). See the feedback and gallery for yourself via my Sportstech Deskfit Treadmill review.

Popular Treadmills which are Currently Listed as ‘Unavailable’

I am keeping these on the list for now, as huge demand will often cause the best home treadmills to sell out. If and when they come back, a longer write-up will appear above!

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.

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!

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.

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, manual (no motor) models with compact design are around this price. Electric treadmills at this price point are often ‘no name’ models, which are simply not worth the risk.

Basic: Once you get to the $151-£350 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. Most 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 £2k, 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 the Best 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 dependent 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. KinoMap has emerged as a popular choice. This gives you access to maps, group / social features and also coaching programs. Only the top end treadmill models come with chest strap heart-rate monitors.

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!

Sunny Fitness Manual Treadmill Review

Best Selling Manual (No Motor) Treadmill

Sunny Fitness produce this compact manual treadmill. This is popular for older users, and those returning to fitness. 8km / hour top speed, console to track you progress and 1000's of happy customers.

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Fit4Home Healthmate Value Running Machines

Lower Mid-Priced - Fit4Home Healthmate

You get a lot of treadmill for a budget price with this Fit4Home model. The spec includes a 10 km / hr top speed, plus manual incline. Positive feedback suggests great value for the price-point!

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SportsTech F10 Budget Treadmill

Electric 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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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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T350 digital from JLL

Newest Technology in a Big 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!

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Commercial Level Home Treadmill

Commercial Gym Level - 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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