The best treadmills: 2020's top 5 running machines for your home gym

Check out our list of the best treadmills for the very best bits of the gym without the pitfalls

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Finding the best treadmill is a good place to start if you're considering setting up your own home gym, especially when you consider how much it costs for the privilege of belonging to a gym (it’s little wonder that many of us are preferring to work out at home these days). The most beloved, or at least, most frequented, machine in most gyms tends to be the treadmill. So if you’re looking to create a home gym, we'd recommend shopping for one before you consider other, larger equipment.

You can find the best home gym equipment picks in our buyer's guide. Head over to our home gym hub page where you'll find design ideas and equipment recommendations aplenty. 

Which treadmill is best for home use?

The best treadmill you can buy is the Adidas T-16, we think. It folds away when it's not in use, features lots of programmes and levels of incline and it's not too expensive.

These are the rest of our top picks, below. Keep scrolling for the full reviews.

  • Best treadmill you can buy: Adidas T-16 Treadmill
  • Best treadmill on a budget: York Fitness Active 120
  • Best treadmill for quality: Life Fitness T3 Go Console
  • Best treadmill for hill runs: NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer
  • Best treadmill under £1000: JTX Sprint-7

The best treadmills for your home gym

Best treadmill you can buy: Adidas T-16 Treadmill

1. Adidas T-16 Treadmill

Best treadmill you can buy: a great all-rounder, this is our pick of the best treadmill, performance and price included

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

Our pick of the best treadmill you can buy, the Adidas T-16 has 24 pre-set programmes, 15 levels of incline and it folds for easy storage. In terms of console feedback, the machine tells you 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 makes this treadmill worthy of our number one spot.

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Best treadmill on a budget: York Fitness Active 120 Treadmill

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2. York Fitness Active 120 Treadmill

Best treadmill on a budget: coming in at under £500, this

Size: L164cm x W73cm x H129cm
Incline range: 0-12%
Pre-set programmes: 13
Reasons to buy
+Touch screen+Affordable+Hand pulse sensors+Collapsible for easy transportation and storage

Looking for a purse-friendly treadmill option? The York Fitness Active 120 Treadmill is your best bet. It's compact and collapsible 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 for quality: Life Fitness T3 Go Console

3. Life Fitness T3 Go Console

Best treadmill for quality: a home-from-home experience for gym goers who aren’t ready to let go

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

The Go Console treadmill by T3 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 for hill runs: NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer

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4. NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer

Best treadmill for hill runs: a great one for hill walkers, if you’re so inclined...

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 country, 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 NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer comes in so 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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Best treadmill under £1000: JTX Sprint-7

5. JTX Sprint-7

Best treadmill under £1000: a great value treadmill that walks the line between affordability and function

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 treadmills out there. The JTX Sprint-7 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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How to buy the best treadmill

Best for
Depending on what you'll be using the machine for, whether it'll be every day use, once a week use or for hill running only, we've listed what each machine is best for below.

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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