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If you're an active person who loves to squeeze in a run on vacation, there's nothing better than a hotel or resort with an onsite, commercial-grade treadmill (And if not, no excuses). The good news: A high-end treadmill worthy of a five-star resort or fitness facility is totally within reach for your home gym. And because there's a myriad of solid options in the home treadmill market, we're here to help you find the best one for home use.
The ACTIVE Reviews Team assessed the most popular treadmills for home gyms, analyzing traits like size, foldability, noise level and price range. With the popular Peloton Tread+ under recall, we also considered competitor treadmills that also boast fantastic interactive workout programming, giving you the structure, energy and fun of a group fitness class—all from the convenience of your home gym. After miles of (metaphorical) pavement pounded, these are the 10 home gym treadmills that most impressed us and our network of expert testers.
Best Treadmill for Home Gyms - Our Top Picks:
● Editor's Pick: NordicTrack Commercial 1750
● Best Foldable Treadmill: Sole F63
● Best Treadmill With Dynamic Programming: ProForm Pro 2000
● Best Peloton Alternative: Horizon 7.8 AT
● Best Commercial Grade Treadmill for Home: Sole F80
● Best Treadmill for Runners: Bowflex Treadmill 10
● Best Treadmill for Walking: Lifepro Pacer
● Best Treadmill Under $1,000: Horizon Fitness T202
● Best Compact Treadmill: Echelon Stride
● Best Treadmill Desk to Work from Home: LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk
Editor's Pick: NordicTrack Commercial 1750
Don't let the "commercial" part of NordicTrack's treadmill fool you. This is a machine designed for professional and personal use, making it suitable for any home gym. One of the things we most love about the NordicTrack 1750 is its interactive workouts provided via iFit. You can stay motivated and train to iFit's personalized workout programming that's delivered straight to you via a 10-inch HD touchscreen display. This treadmill is also suitable for serious runners who crave the burn brought by a broad decline and incline range from -3 to 15. You can track your progress by pairing a fitness tracker via Bluetooth. The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 can be folded up to minimize its footprint in your home gym. We recommend paying a bit extra for expert assembly, as this treadmill is 339 pounds and can be tricky to set up.
Best Foldable Treadmill: Sole F63
Space can become a big issue when furnishing a well-rounded home gym. That's why we love Sole F63's space-saving foldability and affordable price range, unlike some of its fancier folding counterparts. More and more treadmills today can be folded up and put away so they're not taking up valuable space in your living room or garage gym. But the Sole F63 has a lot to offer in addition to being a folding treadmill—it's considered bang for the buck. The treadmill includes a heart rate monitor strap, Bluetooth speakers and cooling fans—all for under $1,000. The downside is that there is no high-tech console or a wide variety of programming. This can easily be mediated by streaming a class through your favorite workout app on a smart device.
Best Treadmill With Dynamic Programming: ProForm Pro 2000
Love to log into an online workout class or stream interval training from top-notch running coaches? ProForm Pro 2000 provides just that. You get a lot out of this treadmill thanks to ProForm's complimentary one year of iFit. The app gives you pro trainer-led, high-energy workouts that take you through various scenes thanks to Google Maps compatibility. The ProForm SMART Pro 2000 is also one of the larger, heavier-duty treadmills on this list. Plus, it's a folding treadmill. You'll get a high-intensity cardio workout when you're using the machine and a small square footage impact when the treadmill isn't being used. Hardcore runners will also love the wide 15% incline range and—a rare feature—a 3% decline range. The testing team did have some difficulties getting iFit up and running, so make sure to have your designated tech support helper handy while you're setting up.
Best Peloton Alternative: Horizon Fitness 7.8 AT
Peloton's treadmill has had a fraught year, but if you're already looped into the Peloton community, we love the Horizon Fitness 7.8 AT for seamless integration with the Peloton app. Track your performance metrics with Horizon's LCD-like display screen, and quickly control speed or incline by rolling your thumb on one of the dual handle dials. Horizon's Bluetooth connectivity also pairs well with fitness apps that track heart rate. You'll have to bring your own tech to the table to serve as a console compared to the Peloton, where it's already built in. The Horizon 7.8 AT is also slightly shorter than Peloton's Tread+, but the compactness can be a huge advantage when outfitting small spaces. And while the Peloton Tread+ is not a folding treadmill, the Horizon 7.8 AT has an awesome one-step hydraulic folding system. Best of all, the Horizon 7.8 AT is way more affordable than its Peloton counterpart.
Best Commercial Grade Treadmill for Home: Sole F80
The aforementioned Sole F63 bears many similarities to the F80. The Sole F80 is best for runners who prefer a wider running space—its belt is about 2 inches wider than the F63's and creates a low-impact feel as you run. With an incline range up to 15%, a nice and substantial top speed of 12 mph, 10 pre-packaged workouts, a cushioning running deck and Bluetooth-enabled speakers, it aims to deliver the whole package. The F80 also has a slightly larger 9-inch LCD screen and has a bit more horsepower to its motor. The price is higher for no interactive programming or app connectivity, so you might want to skip this treadmill if you're looking for something a bit more high-tech. For taller and heavier runners, the Sole F80 can hold up to 375 pounds. And if you need assurance you'll get the most out of this home gym investment, the Sole F80 comes with a lifetime warranty.
Best Treadmill for Runners: Bowflex Treadmill 10
The Bowflex Treadmill 10 stands at a high-tier price point in the home treadmill space. But if you're a serious runner, the Treadmill 10 will be a worthy investment. You can adjust your speed and incline on the fly with handlebar buttons, or let your virtual coach take the wheel and adjust for you with the JRNY app (subscription required) via an adjustable HD touchscreen display. Treadmill 10 can reach 12 mph and boasts an incline range that's one of the broadest you'll see—a 5% decline to 15% incline—making the Bowflex fantastically versatile for training. The Treadmill 10 is one of the bulkier treadmills on this list and can handle a heavier weight limit than most at 400 pounds. Fortunately, to mitigate the larger size, the Bowflex Treadmill 10 is also foldable, so you can save room if there are floor space limitations in your home gym. There's also a pretty extensive warranty that has you covered if anything's amiss, including 15-year coverage for the motor and frame.
Best Treadmill for Walking: Lifepro Pacer
Walking on a treadmill is a great way to stay healthy, keep sweat off your brow between Zoom meetings and avoid the pitfalls of walking outside if you're multitasking. We love the Lifepro Pacer for walkers who prefer a slower stride, though the treadmill has a top speed of 9 mph if you prefer to go a little faster. Another home gym-friendly aspect of the Lifepro Pacer is its appealing price point at just under $1,200. Structure your workout with 36 preset training programs, or go rogue with a manual workout that's adjustable by time, distance or calorie-burning goals. If you need a distraction while you walk (or run), the Bluetooth-connected speakers allow you to bring your own content from your smart device. Finally, wrap up your home workout by folding the Lifepro Pacer for a more unassuming footprint when not in use.
Best Treadmill Under $1,000: Horizon Fitness T202
If you're on a budget and want a home gym treadmill with high-end features, the Horizon Fitness T202 treadmill boasts luxury attributes at an impressive $899 price tag. It incorporates a nicely sized 60-inch running belt that's cushioned for shock absorption, plus a quiet motor so you can get your Netflix fix while you run via Bluetooth speakers. We noted a basic monitor that you can track performance metrics on, as well as the belt being on the thinner side—making it susceptible to wear and tear with lots of use. But even though there's no provided screen to stream classes, this treadmill works with all workout apps, like Aaptiv and Peloton. When it's time to put this treadmill away, there's one-step hydraulic folding to make storage even easier. When it comes to the full treadmill package, the Horizon Fitness T202 is hard to beat for under $1,000.
Best Compact Treadmill: Echelon Stride
If size is a deal-breaker in your humble home gym, Echelon Stride is your solution. The Echelon Stride packs a sleek punch at 69.3 inches long and 31 inches wide. Hardcore runners can hit speeds up to 12 mph, plus utilize 12 incline levels. Echelon's handlebar heart rate sensors will help you decide your stride in real time. One of the coolest aspects is its sophisticated auto-folding function that flattens your treadmill—no bending and lifting involved. It's 10 inches wide when in use, and when folded it's designed to only stick out 10 inches from the wall it's propped up against. This smart treadmill pairs with the Echelon app, so you'll have access to a myriad of classes and trainers. Just pop your smart device on the monitor, sync up a class and get moving. For a compact smart treadmill, you get quite a lot for its less-than-$1,500 price tag.
Best Treadmill Desk to Work from Home: LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk
Your home office at times may double as your home gym. With LifeSpan's TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk, you can simultaneously squeeze in a workout while you're working from home. The LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 combines a 20-inch x 50-inch walking zone with an adjustable-height desktop. The running surface is sound-absorbing to minimize distractions. The treadmill also has an LCD display for time, distance and calories-burned tracking. You can customize the color with eight different selections for the machine's base and desktop. Walking while working is not for everyone, as the motion can be distracting. However, if you don't have a lot of time to leave your desk or want to feel like a TV drama star doing a walk-and-talk during your next Zoom presentation, the LifeSpan Treadmill Desk could be a solid addition to your hybrid home gym-home office. Be aware that this treadmill can't double as a piece of high-intensity aerobic equipment: The belt's speed maxes out at 4 mph, and there are no adjustable incline settings.
What Factors Make a Treadmill Suited for Home Use?
If you have ample space for home gym equipment, the treadmill's footprint is a lesser concern. But for many, square footage will certainly be a factor. While some treadmills will usurp more floor space, others are compact and even foldable, so they can be neatly tucked away when not in use.
You'll also want to consider durability when it comes to the size and weight of a home gym treadmill. If high-quality materials aren't used, some treadmill models might feel frailer beneath you. If your runs tend to be more intense and fast-paced, consider a model comprised of heavy-duty materials, like a steel frame and PVC belt. A treadmill's weight capacity is also a crucial factor, and often budget treadmills can't hold over 200 pounds. If you're a taller or plus-size runner, check out each treadmill's weight capacity before hitting "add to cart."
Access to dynamic cardio workout programs at home used to mean ordering a Jane Fonda workout VHS from a 1-800 number. Nowadays, interactive programming is a feature available in a substantial share of the treadmill market. For treadmills that don't come with programming integrated, many will often provide Bluetooth connectivity and a screen or stand for your smart device to stream a workout or scenic view to run to.
There's a high-quality treadmill that our reviewers stand behind in every budget bracket, so don't be dissuaded by sticker shock when looking at treadmills. Just make sure that the budget-friendly models don't compromise in the areas that are deal-breakers when selecting the best treadmill for home use. Avoid treadmills under $500, as quality and durability can easily be compromised after some use. Our experts agree that the best treadmills for home use range between $800 to $2,000—plenty of affordable options to select within that bracket.
You can't get a burn without some noisy friction, so quality treadmills will still certainly emit their share of sound. However, treadmills aren't created equal when it comes to noise pollution. If you're looking for a quieter treadmill in your home gym, pay attention to the size of the motor. A powerful motor doesn't guarantee tons of noise but is generally a good indicator of how loud the treadmill will be. You can assess the treadmill based on its "CHP motor" for continuous horsepower, and the CHP motor range encompassing most models will be between 1.5 and 5 CHP. If you're a runner through and through, go for 3 CHP and above so the motor can keep up with your pace. Anything below that and you're at risk for cashing in the motor's warranty. On the other hand, walkers can benefit from the 1.5 to 3 CHP range as it matches their tempo (and affordable price point) perfectly.
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