The best treadmills: our top 5 running machines for your home gym

For the very best bits of the gym without the pitfalls, a home treadmill is where it’s at, but don’t run before you can walk: be sure to check out our list of the best running machines first

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While some appreciate the atmosphere of the gym – not to mention the healthy competition with the person at the cross-trainer next to yours – for many of us, there’s little more de-motivating than having to haul yourself out of the house in the dark to an air-conditioned room of thumping music and communal machines with sweaty heart rate panels, followed by a nervous shower in a cubicle with a dodgy lock.

We might be exaggerating just a little, but when you consider how much it costs for the privilege, 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 kit out your own home gym, it seems like a good place to start. But an even better place to start? Our list of the best treadmills, of course.

When you can run outside for free, it might seem a little galling to spend money on a treadmill, but for the comfort and convenience, as well as the ability to track your fitness levels and best times, it’s a far superior choice to dodging slow-moving pedestrians in the wind, rain or snow. With entry-level treadmills costing as little as £500, the upfront cost can be less than that of a year’s gym membership.

1. Technology Myrun Treadmill

An unusually handsome machine for high-tech home gyms

Specifications
Best for: Runners-in-training
Size: LWH 158x70x128cm
Incline range: 0-12%
Pre-set programmes: variety
Reasons to buy
+ Clever ‘running music' function + Good-looking piece of machinery 
Reasons to avoid
- Most expensive on our list 

If practicality prevents you from hitting the open road as much as you’d like, but you’re keen to replicate the feeling, take a look at the Myrun, which takes our top spot for offering the most authentic home running experience possible. A good overwintering option for those in cold climates, its perfectly flat surface influences you towards best practice, influencing your form to minimise the risk of injury. Reviewers also raved about its clever audio functionality which scans your playlist for a track that falls in perfect sync with your pace. It’s expensive, yes, but it’s both immensely functional and gorgeous looking, a combination that’s hard to find in home gym equipment. 

2. Life Fitness T3 Go Console

A home-from-home experience for gym goers who aren’t ready to let go

Specifications
Best for: Gym quality
Size: LWH 202x88x147cm
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 

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. 

3. NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer

A great one for hill walkers, if you’re so inclined...

Specifications
Best for: Hill runs
Size: LWH 176x100x183cm
Incline range: -3-40%
Pre-set programmes: 38
Reasons to buy
+ Huge incline range + Large variety of presets 
Reasons to avoid
- Need iFit membership to get VR walks 

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 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 38 different programmes also helps keep things varied, making this machine a good buy for anyone who finds just running on a treadmill a bit dull. 

4. JTX Sprint-7

A great value treadmill that walks the line between affordability and function

Specifications
Best for: Range of features
Size: LWH 196x93x153cm
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. This one 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. 

5. REEBOK ZR8 COMPACT

A foldable treadmill for the smallest gyms

Specifications
Best for: Space saving
Size: LWH 165x74x143cm
Incline range: 0-15%
Pre-set programmes: 24
Reasons to buy
+ Folds down for easy storage + Low-impact cushioned deck 
Reasons to avoid
- Might not be able to hit top speeds 

If you’ve recently converted one of the smaller spaces in your home into a gym, you might be wondering exactly how you’re meant to fit anything in it. If so, you’ll no doubt be interested to learn about the existence of the foldable treadmill, and this Reebok number in particular, which is a godsend for compact workout rooms. Users found it easy to put together and thought the cushioned deck, made to lessen the impact of running on joints, was a revelation, although some cautioned that this didn’t allow them to build up much speed. However, if you’re not a seasoned sprinter, and you’re after a low-impact workout or a space-saving workout solution, this will do nicely. 

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