August 9, 2022

The 10 best treadmills of 2021 for any home gym

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Looking to start your New Year’s fitness resolution early?

Goals are great to list and follow-through at all times of the year (especially if you’re keeping things organized in a Papier planner, a.k.a. my cherished WFH essential). But naturally, the New Year is the honorary time to get your fitness groove on.

So, what better way to amp up your home gym setup than with a convenient treadmill to go on inclined power-walks and paced runs?

With some gym memberships on pandemic-driven lockdown, we’ve learned to redefine fitness from the comfort of our bedrooms, living rooms and basements. And, some of the best treadmills on the market are just as adaptable.

For runners on a budget, we found stellar treadmills for less than $100. For apartment-dwelling runners, we found the most legendary folding treadmills to get a sweat in under small living spaces.

Essentially, we ran through the mill of ready-to-order machines to find the 10 best treadmills for every style of runner, preference and budget. With one of our top picks, it’ll be your go-to equipment to train for 5Ks or half marathons, too.

As someone who loves to stay active at home (much thanks to obé Fitness, Knix activewear and my Veja Venturis), my home’s treadmill has been the perfect after-work equipment to get me moving after hours of sitting in front of a desk.

Plus, I spoke with a Texas-based treadmill fitness instructor on how to properly use a treadmill during my first editorial internship — tips I continue to follow to this day, and tips you ought to follow after purchasing one of the best treadmills we found.

The best treadmill we found

Bowflex Treadmill Series, $1,499 (originally $2,399)

  • Dimensions: 85 x 36.5 x 55.5″

Bowflex’s Treadmill offers a thick platformed ComfortTech base that’ll make you feel like you’re running on top of the world. Plus, the included screen creates daily adaptive workouts that adjusts with over-time improvement.

That said, you’ll have built-in motivation to get you on the treadmill and running to your next goal. You can also watch Disney+, Hulu, Netflix and more with the 7″ touchscreen and follow more than 50 global routes to guide you on your workout.

The best treadmill for running

NordicTrack T Series 6.5 Treadmill, $649

NordicTrack T Series 6.5 Treadmill
  • Dimensions: 73 x 35.8 x 67.5″

Designed for consistent runners, the fan-favorite and Amazon’s Choice NordicTrack T Series 6.5 Treadmill includes a free one-month iFit membership to stream on-demand workouts right from your machine. Plus, the training system auto-adjusts your speed and incline through Bluetooth.

Most impressively, it folds up compactly for easy storage. While it’s not an under-desk treadmill by any means, it’s still space-saving when not in use. The included auxiliary music port and dual 2-inch speakers provide some running entertainment, too.

The best folding treadmill

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603 Motorized Folding Treadmill, $449.99 (originally $799.99)

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603 Motorized Folding Treadmill
  • Dimensions: 62 x 27 x 47″

The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603 Motorized Folding Treadmill is perfect if you’re running on small space — pun totally intended. Or, if you don’t want your treadmill to be an eyesore.

The LCD screen monitors your heart and pulse rate, tracks distance and time and includes nine workout programs to switch up your cardio and strive toward increased improvement.

Not to mention, the built-in treadmill cushioning means less impact on your joints and legs when challenging yourself on an incline. And, to spotlight the star of the show: its easy foldup design with two transportation wheels makes it perfect to store without damaging your floors.

The best budget treadmill under $500

Stamina Avari Adjustable Treadmill, $299.99

Stamina Avari Adjustable Treadmill
  • Dimensions: 50 x 27 x 50.3″

The Stamina Avari Adjustable Treadmill is one to grab if you don’t want to spend upwards of $500 for a few reasons: it has three manual incline settings for its compact size, its padded handlebar is ultra-comfortable to use during your workouts and it really doesn’t take up much space.

What’s more, this small but mighty machine has, impressively, eight different resistance levels to challenge yourself. For $300, you can’t go wrong.

The best treadmill to splurge on

Sole TT8 Treadmill, $2,499.99 (originally $3,499.99)

Sole TT8 Treadmill
  • Dimensions: 81 x 38 x 15″

If you’re looking to splurge on a treadmill for your at-home gym, Sole’s TT8 Treadmill is a premier option.

The model has an extra-wide running surface, two motors to operate the incline and decline and Bluetooth connectivity (with an included tablet), it’s superb, to say the least.

The best treadmill with a modern screen

Reebok A6.0 Treadmill + Bluetooth, $899.99

Reebok A6.0 Treadmill + Bluetooth
  • Dimensions: 69.3 x 33.2 x 58.1″

For a treadmill that has one of the sleekest aesthetics we’ve ever seen, look no further than Reebok A6.0 Treadmill. With Bluetooth capability, you’ll have access to detailed feedback, including distance, time, pulse and speed.

Also, with built-in pulse data, you’ll receive live heart rate data, which will be great when you’re running with this model’s 36 preset workouts.

The best treadmill with no outlet required

InMotion T900 Manual Treadmill, $149.99 (originally $199.99)

InMotion T900 Manual Treadmill
  • Dimensions: 47 x 22 x 45″

As an alternative to the standard at-home treadmills, the InMotion T900 Manual Treadmill requires no outlet or motor maintenance — which is so convenient, especially for small spaces.

With this model, you’ll have a smooth walk or run. And, it still provides distance tracking, workout time, speed and calories burned — all at an affordable $150 price point.

The best treadmill to stream workouts

ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill, $1,399.99 (originally $1,499.99)

ProFrom Pro 2000 Treadmill
  • Dimensions: 77.3 x 35.3 x 59.6″

Transform your at-home gym into a centralized fitness hub with the ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill. With an included 30-day iFit membership, it’s ideal to stream live and on-demand studio classes. And, to take a trip around the world — from African savannahs and frozen arctic peaks.

Additionally, the ProForm Pro 2000 has a comfortable tread belt and quick incline control, among other impressive features.

The best under-desk treadmill

LHCFS Corp Portable Under-Desk Treadmill, $192.90 (originally $527.22)

LHCFS Corp Portable Under-Desk Treadmill
  • Dimensions: 57.3 x 23.6 x 8.9″

Oh yes, we found a treadmill that slides easily underneath your desk for your school and work breaks.

The LHCFS Corp Portable Under-Desk Treadmill is your next go-to walking pad that gets a quick sweat in. Plus, it has six speed options and a noise-free motor (which is great if you live with roommates).

The best treadmill for incline workouts

Echelon Stride Treadmill, $1,299.99

Echelon Stride Treadmill
  • Dimensions: 57.3 x 23.6 x 8.9″

Secure a solid stride with the Echelon Stride Treadmill, an Amazon’s Choice product that has a metal safety bar underneath to protect objects from being pulled under. Plus, it has an oversized running deck and Bluetooth connectivity for personalized, convenient running.

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