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Best treadmills: 9 top running machines for working out inside

Pick the best treadmill around and squeeze in a run or jog without having to leave your home. These are our best buys...

Best treadmill: Reebok I Run 4.0 Treadmill in living room
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Love running? Invest in the best treadmill now so that come winter, you can carry on with your hobby no matter the weather outside. And, of course, should the gyms ever shut again you'll be set by having your own treadmill at home. Smart thinking.

We've rounded up the best treadmills you can buy in 2020, from Adidas to Reebok and JTX models, so that you can buy a treadmill to suit your wants and needs. Whether you have a dedicated home gym space, or you are looking for something foldable to put away after use. And, in terms of budget, we've got options from £300 to £1,000 plus.

When choosing the best treadmills, we considered many things from each one's size to incline range – should you ever want to challenge yourself – and how many pre-set programmes each one can offer. That and their overall performance and price have swayed our rating, too. However, it should come as no surprise that lots of our top treadmills are currently sold out, due to the fact that lots of people are currently buying home gym equipment to avoid going to the gym. We hope these buys will be back in stock soon, but for now, there are some great buys if you scroll further down this page.

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The best treadmills

Best treadmill: York Fitness Active 120 running machine

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1. York Fitness Active 120 Treadmill

Best treadmill: our top rated running machine

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.

Best treadmill: Adidas T-16 Treadmill

2. Adidas T-16 Treadmill

Best treadmill for home: benefit from 24 running programmes and 15 levels of incline

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.

Best treadmill: Life Fitness T3 Go Console

3. Life Fitness T3 Go Console

Best treadmill 2020: a premium running machine for those building a luxe home gym

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. 

best treadmill on a budget: Amazon treadmill: Sportstech F10 treadmill model 2020

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4. Sportstech F10 treadmill model 2020

Best treadmill on a budget: an affordable treadmill that you can purchase online

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

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. 

Best treadmill under £500: Reebok ZR8 Treadmill

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5. Reebok ZR8 Treadmill

Best treadmill under £500: inexpensive and feature-packed

Size: L126cm x W41cm
Incline range: 0-12%
Pre-set programmes: 25
Reasons to buy
+12 incline levels+Folds away+Compact+10 year motor and frame guarantee
Reasons to avoid
-Buttons can be confusing

Buy the Reebok ZR8 Treadmill if you are after something that's easy on the wallet yet packed with features. It has a maximum speed of 10mph – great for both short, high-intensity sprints and long endurance runs – and it as 12 levels of incline. With 25 fitness programmes to choose from, this treadmill will keep you motivated and challenged whether you prefer a gentle jog or a tough hill climb. With an integrated hand pulse sensor and a three-window LED Display, you can track your calories burned, duration, distance, speed, elevation and heart rate with ease. The best part about this running machine? It has integrated speakers that you can plug your mobile into. Compact and foldable, the Reebok ZR8 can hold a maximum of 120kg.

Best treadmil: JTX Sprint-7

6. JTX Sprint-7

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

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.

Best treadmill: Reebok One GT30 Treadmill

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7. Reebok One GT30 Treadmill

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

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.

Best treadmill: NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer

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8. NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer

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

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. 

Best treadmill for small homes: Reebok I Run 4.0 Treadmill

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9. Reebok I Run 4.0 Treadmill

Best treadmill for small homes: it looks the part and plays the part, while it folds away with ease

Size: H156cm x W75cm x D133cm
Incline range: 4%
Pre-set programmes: 12-18
Reasons to buy
+Foldable+Looks nice+Not too expensive+Phone/tablet holder+1-year guarantee+On wheels
Reasons to avoid
-Incline isn't amazing-Max user weight 120kg

Small home? Not all of us are lucky enough to have a spare bedroom we can transform into a home gym. So, for those that are after something to fold away and store after use, the Reebok I Run 4.0 Treadmill is it. It looks good, performs well and it sits under the £500 mark. This treadmill is foldable in seconds thanks to its quick-release mechanism. Oh, and it's on wheels for easy moving. It has 12 pre-set programmes to jazz up your workouts, while it offers console feedback from calories burned to distance, pulse and more. The running surface measures 125cm long by 46cm wide, and it has an auto-stop system for safety reasons. It can reach a maximum speed of 16kph, and it has a four degree set incline to make things harder. Our favourite part? There's a built-in table or smartphone holder so you can power your workout with Netflix or Spotify.

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:

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 X9i 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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