Best treadmills: 7 running machines for staying active at home

Because with the best treadmills, lockdown is no excuse not to smash a 10k (while watching TV)...

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If you're looking to invest in the best treadmill, you've come to the right place. Especially if, like us, what started with 'couch to 5K' has now become an insatiable running obsession. 

While the weather may be nice at the moment, you'll benefit from getting your hands on a running machine so that you can get in the miles whatever the weather. Below you'll find the best models available to help you stay active from the comfort of your own home.

It's worth noting that lockdown has lead to a surge in those investing in running machines, so many of the models in our round-up are in and out of stock all the time. Our handy price comparison widgets will pull through the best prices currently available, or you can find treadmill deals at the bottom of the page.

Discover more home gym equipment if you're looking for easy ways to stay active. Or, see our guide to how to build a home gym if you're designing your own fitness space.

The best treadmills available right now

Best treadmil: JTX Sprint-7

1. JTX Sprint-7

Best treadmill under £1000: this treadmill offers impressive value for money

Specifications
Size: L196cm x W93cm x H153cm
Incline range: 0-15%
Pre-set programmes: 24
Reasons to buy
+ Most affordable on our list + 24 presets for varied workouts 
Reasons to avoid
- Still a bit pricey 

The thought of home gym purchases straying into four figures can understandably be a bit galling, so it’s cheering to know that there are great, relatively affordable running machines out there.

This running machine comes in at just under £1,000 but doesn’t scrimp on functionality, offering 24 presets for a variety of workouts and a running platform that reviewers found stable and smooth.

You can also replicate that gym feeling, should you miss it, with the built-in speakers that allow you to stream your favourite motivational tracks.

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Best treadmill: York Fitness Active 120 running machine

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2. York Fitness Active 120 Treadmill

Best treadmill: our top rated running machine

Specifications
Size: L164cm x W73cm x H129cm
Incline range: 0-12%
Pre-set programmes: 13
Reasons to buy
+Best treadmill for its price+Touch screen+Affordable+Hand pulse sensors+Collapsible for easy transportation and storage
Reasons to avoid
-Won't offer enough programmes for all

This treadmill is compact and collapsible, which is great news if you don't have lots of space in your home gym, bedroom or living room, and it features 13 built-in workout programmes as well as hand pulse sensors in the machine's handlebars and a touchscreen to control your workout.

There are speed and incline controls on the handlebars, and instant speed and incline keys on the console. In terms of size, the machine has a 120cm x 41cm running area and when it comes to simulating hills, it can incline to 12 per cent. A fuss-free treadmill for those who don't want to spend their entire paycheque on getting fit.

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best treadmill: Amazon treadmill: Sportstech F10 treadmill model 2020

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3. Sportstech F10 treadmill model 2020

The best treadmill available at Amazon: an affordable treadmill that you can purchase online

Specifications
Size: 126 x 63.5 x 24 cm
Incline range: 0- 18%
Pre-set programmes: 12
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Quiet +Fab rating on Amazon +Fast folding system so easy to store
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

This is one of the best treadmills you can buy, especially for the price. Firstly it's a really quiet model so you will be able to hear Netflix over your workout (very important in our opinion).

There's also an app you can connect your treadmill to so you can keep track of your progress and goals and even control your treadmill while you are on it with your smartphone or tablet. It folds down too, in just one easy motion making it easy to store. 

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Best treadmill: Adidas T-16 Treadmill

4. Adidas T-16 Treadmill

Best all-round treadmill: benefit from 24 running programmes and 15 levels of incline

Specifications
Size: L187cm x W84cm x H135cm
Incline range: 0-15%
Pre-set programmes: 24
Reasons to buy
+Built-in speakers+Folds for storage

One of the best treadmills you can buy, this model has 24 pre-set programmes, 15 levels of incline and it folds for easy storage. In terms of console feedback, the machine tells you the incline level, pulse, calories, time, speed, distance, and programme selected, all on-screen.

With a cushioned 152cm x 51cm running deck that can reach a speed of 18kph, the machine helps you effectively build endurance performance at home. For those who are concerned about safety, this machine has an auto-stop safety system to prevent accidents.

Its great features, combined with the affordable price tag, make this treadmill worthy of our number one spot.

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Best treadmill: Life Fitness T3 Go Console

5. Life Fitness T3 Go Console

Best treadmill for quality: a premium running machine for those building a luxe home gym

Specifications
Size: L202cm x W88cm x H147cm
Incline range: 0-15%
Pre-set programmes: 14
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use +Stable and sturdy 
Reasons to avoid
-Not great for small spaces-Expensive

This running machine is a thoroughly professional-looking piece of equipment to have in your home gym and has the functionality to back it up.

Enthusiastic runners concerned about missing out on gym-quality running machines needn’t worry, because this is just like something you’d find down your local health club, with a comfortably wide running belt and an easy-to-navigate console.

While it’s admittedly on the pricier side, this is a clear case of getting what you pay for, and according to users, that’s reliability, usability, and a surprisingly quiet ride for such a bulky machine. 

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Best treadmill: Reebok One GT30 Treadmill

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6. Reebok One GT30 Treadmill

Best treadmill for walking: raise your heart-rate with a fast, elevated walk

Specifications
Size: H118cm x W70.5cm x D176cm
Incline range: N/A
Pre-set programmes: 12
Reasons to buy
+Folds away+Compact+Affordable+Auto stop safety system+On wheels
Reasons to avoid
-Maximum user weight 110kg (17st 5lb)

Get your heart rate going with a brisk walk on this treadmill. A generous size when opened and super compact when folded away, this is our best-rated treadmill for walking due to the fact that it comes with 12 pre-set programmes and 12 levels of incline – you'll never get bored of walking with all the switching up you can do.

The treadmill also features an LED window to track time, distance, calories and your heart rate, and it features a handgrip pulse sensor. There's an auto-stop safety system if needed, and best of all, it's on wheels for easy transportation. An affordable, budget option for walkers who struggle to leave the house every day.

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Best treadmill: NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer

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7. NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer

Best treadmill for hill runs: get fitter faster with this state-of-the-art running machine

Specifications
Size: L181cm x W99cm x H180cm
Incline range: -6 to 40%
Pre-set programmes: 40
Reasons to buy
+ Huge incline range + Large variety of presets 
Reasons to avoid
-Need iFit membership to get VR walks-Expensive

Even if you’re lucky enough to live in the countryside, the most beautiful vistas and quietest lanes sometimes aren’t quite enough to make you want to venture out in the cold and dark for a walk or a run, which is where this treadmill comes in handy.

With an incline range almost double that of some of our other picks, it’s perfect for replicating the feel and benefits of hill-walking or all-terrain running, and the range of 40 different programmes also helps keep things varied, making this machine the best treadmill for anyone who finds just running on a treadmill a bit dull. 

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Treadmill deals

See a range of affordable treadmills below to see you through lockdown and beyond. There's no need to overspend!

How to buy the best treadmill

When it comes to buying the best treadmill to suit your needs, there are a few factors worth considering before making a purchase. These include:

Size

Not so much important if you've your own home gym and lots of space, but incredibly important if you're after something to fit in your living room; a lot of treadmills available fold up to save space. Find the dimensions of each one below.

Incline range

The majority of treadmills on our list have an incline range of 0%-15%, however, the NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer goes up to 40% making it the best treadmill for hill runs.

Pre-set programmes

A deal breaker for some as pre-set programmes can really help if you're struggling with motivation, even cheaper models such as the Reebok ZR8 have 24 pre-set programmes included, meaning you won't have to miss out if you're on a budget.

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