Looking to buy the best treadmill around? Whether you just prefer to run inside or the weather puts you off running (or walking) outdoors, these top buys are more than worth the investment.
Keep scrolling to see eight top running machines for your living room, to sit proudly in your home gym, or, for garage use. Be sure to bear in mind the size of your new treadmill – and whether it folds – and if you'd use them, you'll also want to check out how many pre-programmes your new treadmill offers. If you want to simulate running uphill, then consider the incline range of your machine. And don't forget to check the top speed offered by each machine – in kilometres per hour – and the maximum user weight. We've listed all of these features along with a little info about what reviewers thought, below.
Discover more best home gym equipment by reading our ultimate guide, should you be decking out a home gym or want more recommendations.
The best treadmills
The LunaRun is our pick of the best running machine around as it ticks every single one of our boxes. It has a top speed of 16kph, as well as 19 pre-set programmes for a varied work out.
What reviewers love
It's safe to say that reviewers love this running machine – not just because it's easy to use and it comes pretty much pre-assembled, but also because its size. It's super compact as it folds and it's on wheels. Lots of reviewers use it every day with absolutely no issues, and its high 10 per cent incline is commented on a lot – a great feature, especially considering the price tag.
This treadmill is great for home use – it can be folded vertically or horizontally, and it works at a top speed of 10mph. Oh, and it has an incline of up to 10 per cent. Great for running or jogging, it has an LCD display so that you can see your stats while getting sweaty – from speed to distance, calories and more – while there are two user profiles for personalised workouts. With a cushioned running deck that measures 26cm by 76cm, it offers plenty of space to stretch those legs.
Not all of us are lucky enough to have a spare bedroom we can transform into a home gym, or, better yet an actual home gym area. So, for those that are after a treadmill that folds away after use, the Reebok I Run 4.0 Treadmill is our recommendation. It can reach a maximum speed of 16kph, and it has a four degree set incline to make things harder.
What reviewers love
Reviewers rate this machine as easy to use for both walking and running – and for pretty much all fitness levels. It's easily foldable and great for small spaces since it's compact, while it's smooth when in use. It is set at a 4% incline permanently, but lots of reviewers said that didn't affect them as they didn't realise.
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. Our favourite part? There's a built-in table or smartphone holder so you can power your workout with Netflix or Spotify.
This is one of the best treadmills you can buy, especially for the price. It works at a top speed of 10kph, making it great for both walking and running. Though experienced runners (or those who want to sprint) should probably steer clear.
What reviewers love
Compact and easy to use according to reviewers, this treadmill is great for beginners. It's obviously more basic than other options, but that's to be expected when considering the price tag.
With a complete LCD display to show stats such as time, speed, distance and more, this running machine also has 12 pre-set programmes to keep you busy. This is a really quiet model – at just 68dB – 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.
Buy the Reebok One GT30 Treadmill if you are after something that's easy on the wallet yet packed with features. It has a maximum speed of 16km/h – great for both short, high-intensity sprints and long endurance runs – and it as 12 levels of incline.
What reviewers love
It's easy to assemble, compact to store and simple to use. Great for all running levels according to reviewers, and its pre-set programmes are great. Lots of comments on its high quality, with some users saying it's as close as you can get to a treadmill you'd find in a gym.
With 16 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 window LED Display, you can track your calories burned, time, distance and heart rate with ease. The best part about this running machine? It's foldable for easy storing, whether you have a dedicated home gym space or not. The Reebok GT30 can also hold a maximum weight of 110kg.
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 with a top speed of 20kph, a 15 per cent incline and 43 workout programmes.
What reviewers love
This treadmill is praised for being easy to use, simple to set up and seriously sturdy, although this is definitely expected when you consider the price tag. The machine has a large running platform that reviewers found stable and smooth, and a quiet motor.
With a heavy gauge steel frame, this treadmill is built to last, and it's great for every day use, too. It has a cushioned deck, and it has a digital incline from 0-15 per cent, over 15 levels. A seven-inch screen displays stats and more, while you can have up to four different user profiles on this machine at any one time. With a tablet display, bottle holders, as well as built-in speakers, it makes working out convenient and fun.
Looking for a treadmill to use walking, instead of running? You needn't spend an arm and a leg, or waste unnecessary space storing a larger machine, then. The proof? The CITYSPORTS Folding Motorised Treadmill is great for walking and it'll slide under your sofa after use. While it doesn't have any handles so it should be used with caution – don't you go sprinting! – it is a total bargain and ticks every box for walkers who may not be able to spend as long as they would like outside their home right now. It also has a top speed of 6kph.
What reviewers love
This treadmill is praised by reviewers for its convenience size-wise. There are lots of comments on the treadmills sturdiness – as well as how easy it is to use thanks to the remote control that comes with. It's also apparently quiet when in operation, for if you are using while working or watching TV, and there are several comments on its easy to see display which sits by your feet.
This treadmill, unlike others, does not have any handles making it perfect for walking and for storing. It weighs 26.2kg and has a diameter of 15cm – perfect for sliding underneath a bed, a couch or for using paired with a standing desk. It has a 500watt motor and six speeds to choose from – ranging from one to six kilometres per hour. With a low-noise motor and belt, it can be used in flats, too. Use its LED display to track speed, time, distance, and calories and control the machine with ease using the remote control.
With an incline range almost double that of some of our other picks, this treadmill is 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. It also has an impressive top speed of 20kph.
What reviewers say
The majority of reviewers mention his machine's incline as it really is something to shout about when it comes to burning calories, fast. It's also a powerful piece of kit, and it's pretty sturdy. It's probably not the best option for beginners, however,
This top treadmill comes at high price tag, which means it's bursting with features. From a low-impact cushioned deck to one-touch controls on its seven-inch smart touchscreen, it makes exercising fun. You can even use it to join live classes – where trainers digitally adjust your speed to get your heart racing – and it works with Google Maps so you can run anywhere around the world. It comes with a smart Bluetooth chestbelt, as well as a tablet holder and integrated workout fans for when things get sweaty.
Due to high demand, this Life Fitness treadmill is out of stock. We're hoping it will come in stock again soon, so keep checking back for updates.
The Life Fitness T3 Go Console is a thoroughly professional-looking piece of equipment to have in your home gym and has the functionality to back it up. It has a maximum speed of 19kph, while there are 13 pre-set workout programmes to get you moving.
What reviewers love
This machine is rated highly for reliability, usability, and it apparently offers a surprisingly quiet ride – for such a bulky machine, that is. Some reviewers say it's definitely an investment but rest assured you'll be using it for years. A great all-round piece of kit, if you have the money to spend.
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. Not to mention its cushioned deck to reduce knee and joint stress. While it’s admittedly on the pricier side, this is a clear case of getting what you pay for. Boasting a sharp LCD display to see your statistics, it has removable, dishwasher-safe cup holders as well as a smartphone (or tablet) holder. And, it remembers up to two users preferred speeds and incline positions so you can work out with the touch of one button. There's a wireless heart rate monitor, too.
How to buy the best treadmill
Where 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.
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.
A deal-breaker for some as pre-set programmes can really help if you're struggling with motivation, even cheaper models can offer these, meaning you won't have to miss out if you're on a budget.
Always consider the top speed of a treadmill before purchasing. This will depend on your fitness level and whether you are using the machine to walk, run, jog or sprint.
Maximum user weight
Another thing to always check before pressing pay – maximum user weight. We've listed each machines above.
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