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The Best Treadmills for Your Home Gym in 2023

Here are the best treadmills for your home gym broken out by experience level, health goals, space in your home and price point.
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Home gym treadmills are a great way to walk and jog to better health from the comfort and privacy of your own space. But not all of them are on level footing. There are all kinds of treadmills on the market today. They come in a wide assortment of shapes and sizes, and they boast a varying array of features. All treadmills have pros and cons depending on your fitness level, health goals, personal preferences, space in your home and other factors. Some treadmills are smaller and perfect for walkers, but they can’t withstand the wear and tear that a marathon runner would deliver. Other treadmills are large and look a lot like models you’d see in the gym, but they might not be the best fit for someone with limited space.

Basically, there’s no shortage of treadmill models to choose from if you want to purchase one for your home gym. Taking the time to learn about what’s available is likely to increase your chances of selecting the treadmill that’s right for you. Dive in and buy a home treadmill without enough time looking around and you might just miss out on a better deal on a treadmill better suited to your needs and tastes.

To help you find the perfect fit, we’ve done the leg work for you. We’ve reviewed and made our picks for the best treadmills for home use.

Our top picks for the best home gym treadmills:

Best Overall Treadmill: NordicTrack Commercial 2450

NordicTrack Commercial 2450

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 78.5 inches x 35.6 inches x 65 inches
  • Speed range: Zero to 12 miles per hour
  • Incline range: Negative three percent decline to 12 percent incline
  • Motor: 3.6 CHP
  • Running deck size: 60 inches x 20 inches
  • Max user weight: 300 pounds
  • Foldable?: Yes

Running towards your fitness goals? The NordicTrack Commercial 2450, complete with a 3.6 CHP motor that reaches speeds up to 12 miles per hour, is here to help. Swivel the 22-inch HD touchscreen side to side if you’re doing a quick core routine alongside the treadmill, or tilt down towards you as you go full incline. You’ll also get to try out iFIT for 30 days with this treadmill, so try out the plethora of running, hiking, strength and global workouts the platform has to offer. NordicTrack has programmed this treadmill with AutoAdjust, where trainers can modify your speed and incline to match the workout intensity.

The Commercial 2450 is outfitted with a fan, tray, speakers and Bluetooth compatibility for your headphones and heart rate monitor. One of the most impressive features is its SpaceSaver construction, where the deck folds upright for storage.

Pros:

  • Foldable, luxury construction
  • Works alongside iFIT programming with AutoAdjust enablement
  • Wide range of incline, decline and speed settings

Cons:

  • Elevated price point
  • iFIT membership does not come with treadmill, just 30-day trial

Best Treadmill for Running: Sole Fitness F85

F85 Treadmill_Sole Fitness

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 82 inches x 37 inches x 66 inches
  • Speed range: 0.5 to 12 miles per hour
  • Incline range: Zero decline to 15 percent incline
  • Motor: 4.0 HP
  • Running deck size: 60 inches x 22 inches
  • Max user weight: 400 pounds
  • Foldable?: Yes

Whether you’re training for your next race day, marathon or morning jog, set the pace with Sole Fitness F85 treadmill. Outfitted with a powerful 4.0 horsepower (HP) motor and rollers situated at the front and back of the machine, you can work your way up from a brisk walk to a full-on sprint at 12 miles per hour. You can also up the ante with up to 15 incline levels; adjust speed and incline via center console with the press of a button on the side rails.

In terms of programming, the F85 offers preset and streamed workouts for you to choose from. Opt for a pre-programmed HIIT, hill or fat burning session, or use STUDIO to stream an on-demand class to the 10.1-inch touchscreen. If you’re in the mood to stream your favorite TV program instead, you can do so via screen mirroring or the preset streaming services. When it’s all said and done, fold up the F85 and stow it away for next time.

Pros:

  • Offers preset programs along with streaming capabilities
  • Fast 4.0 horsepower motor for extra speed
  • 15 incline levels
  • Foldable design

Cons:

  • Bigger investment price
  • STUDIO membership requires additional fee

Best Treadmill for Walking: NordicTrack EXP 14i

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 79.9 inches x 35.08 inches x 59.25 inches
  • Speed range: Zero to 12 miles per hour
  • Incline range: Negative three decline to 12 percent incline
  • Motor: 3.5 CHP
  • Running deck size: 60 inches x 22 inches
  • Max user weight: 300 pounds
  • Foldable?: Yes

Walking through the park has its perks, but walking through the Himalayan mountains, off the Iberian coast or through the rainforest is a whole different adventure. NordicTrack’s EXP14i is interconnected with iFIT, which uses Google Maps and expert trainers to bring you workouts from around the world. The EXP14i has a wide decline and incline range, so you can practice hiking up mountains and down steep paths as you walk. Take it all in via a 14-inch HD touchscreen, which can also be used to stream a variety of workouts through the platform.

A cushioned running deck is designed to keep your joints protected, while a device shelf, tray, fan, speakers and Bluetooth connectivity are included for convenience.

Pros:

  • Reaches up to 12 miles per hour
  • Variety of program options via iFIT
  • Can be folded up

Cons:

  • iFIT only included on trial basis

Best Compact Treadmill: Echelon Fitness Stride

Echelon Stride Treadmill

Specs

  • Dimensions: 69 inches long x 31 inches wide x 63 inches tall
  • Speed range: Zero to 12 miles per hour
  • Incline range: 10 levels
  • Motor: 1.75 CHP (2.5 Peak HP)
  • Running deck size: 20 inches wide x 55 inches long
  • Max user weight: 300 pounds
  • Foldable?: Yes

Moving away from curved treadmills, the Echelon Stride treadmill takes us to the opposite end of the workout spectrum. This model is meant for easy storage and convenience. After a walk or run, you can hop off the Echelon, press a pedal with your foot and watch as its console and handrails automatically fold down onto the track. Then you just raise the slim and compact design off the floor and against the wall. When in use, the Echelon reaches a top speed of 12 mph and has 12 incline levels. But the other stand-out feature that earned the Echelon a spot on this list is its membership content feature. You can choose between eight programmable cardio workouts on its console or access any one of Echelon’s 3,000 on-demand treadmill workouts and 40+ daily classes from your smart device (with a membership). Typically, treadmills that are this slim forgo certain features like a shock-absorbing running deck, which is important for bone and muscular health. However, Echelon designed a home gym treadmill that provides plenty of cushion and support without sacrificing its compact design.

Check out our in-depth Echelon Stride review!

Pros:

  • Folds to just 10 inches tall, making it easy for quick storage
  • On-demand classes featuring scenic workouts available daily
  • Built for walking and running

Cons:

  • Incline is limited to 10 levels
  • Only one year warranty on parts and electronics

Best Value Treadmill: Sole F63

Sole f63

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 82 inches long x 35 inches wide x 82 inches tall
  • Speed range: 0.5 to 12 miles per hour 
  • Incline range: 15 levels
  • Motor: 3.0 HP
  • Running deck size: 20 inches wide x 60 inches long
  • Max user weight: 325 pounds
  • Foldable?: Yes

The Sole F63 treadmill is a well-rounded home workout machine perfect for anyone just starting a fitness journey. But it’s also built to offer (and withstand) the kind of exercise that more advanced users want—with a running track that’s 60 inches long, 20 inches wide, shock absorbing and built on a durable steel frame. In fact, it might be one of the highest quality folding treadmills we’ve seen at this price. It has a top speed of 12 mph and an incline range up 15%, making it ideal for high intensity interval training. Overall, the Sole F63 is very versatile: It can fold up when not in use, offers 10 preset cardio workout programs on its 6.5-inch LCD console to accommodate walkers and runners of all levels, and comes with modern features like Bluetooth speakers and wireless chest strap connections for heart rate monitoring. And on the warranty front, the Sole F63 comes with a lifetime warranty on its motor and frame and a 30-day money back guarantee.

Pros:

  • Offers 10 preset cardio workout programs
  • Easy Assist folding 
  • Included chest straps
  • Lifetime warranty on motor and frame

Cons:

  • Reviewers say the screen is too small 

For more information about this treadmill, check out our in-depth Sole F63 review.

Best Foldable Treadmill: Echelon Fitness Stride-s

echelon stride-s treadmill

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 74 inches x 31 inches x 53 inches
  • Speed range: Zero to 12 miles per hour
  • Incline range: Zero percent decline to 10 percent incline
  • Motor: 3.5 HP
  • Running deck size: 59 inches x 22 inches
  • Max user weight: 300 pounds
  • Foldable?: Yes

If square footage is hard to come by in your home, it may limit the options for home gym equipment, especially treadmills. The good news is that the Echelon Fitness Stride-s was made with space-saving in mind, using Echelon’s patented Auto-Fold to collapse the machine flat for storage. It ends up being 10 inches tall, so you can slide it under a table, couch or into a closet until it’s time to work out again.

Fully set up, the 3.5 horsepower motor can push you up to 12 miles per hour, with an incline capacity of 10 percent. Download workouts to the 10-inch high definition touchscreen, like on-demand studio sessions with Echelon trainers.

Pros:

  • Auto-Fold design helps to save space
  • User weight capacity of 300 pounds
  • Powerful motor

Cons:

  • Echelon membership only offered as initial trial

Best Under Desk Treadmill: Walking Pad A1

Walking Pad Pro Foldable

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 56.37 inches x 21.5 inches x 5.0 inches
  • Speed range: 0.5 to 3.72 miles per hour
  • Incline range: None
  • Motor: Brushless
  • Running deck size: 47 inches x 16.5 inches
  • Max user weight: 300 pounds
  • Foldable?: Yes

Trying to get in some extra steps while working at your desk? The WalkingPad uses a cushioned deck surface designed for extra grip while walking, along with its unique proprietary three-zone speed settings. If you’re ready to move faster, walk towards the front of the deck; stay at the middle zone to maintain your speed; or step to the end to slow down. A wireless remote control can also be used to modify your speed.

You can watch how much time you have spent walking via the LED panel at the top of the treadmill, and use the WalkingPad app to keep track of your workout stats. WalkingPad treadmills are also designed for easy storage, with double fold technology that folds the back half of the machine over the top to compress it.

Pros:

  • Made for walking at your desk and saving space
  • Track stats via LED panel or app
  • Can support up to 300 pounds

Cons:

  • Not for running
  • No handrails, must use desk as brace

Best Affordable Treadmill: Proform Carbon T7

proform carbon t7

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 66 inches x 33.5 inches x 57 inches
  • Speed range: Zero to 10 miles per hour
  • Incline range: Zero to 10 percent incline
  • Motor: 2.6 CHP
  • Running deck size: 55 inches x 20 inches
  • Max user weight: 300 pounds
  • Foldable?: Yes

When it comes to checking the boxes of luxury features for an affordable price, the ProForm Carbon T7 is hard to beat. Designed with a ProShox-branded cushioned deck for joint protection, 2.6 CHP motor and a foldable frame, the Carbon T7 is designed to withstand wear and tear of challenging workouts. To further the value, it comes with a iFIT three-year family membership, giving you access to on-demand workouts with iFIT’s top trainers.

Pros:

  • Three-year iFIT Family Plan membership included
  • Foldable
  • Cushioned running deck

Cons:

  • Smaller screen at seven inches
  • 10 percent incline and speed capacity may not be enough for some users

Best Treadmill with Dynamic Programming: ProForm Pro 9000

ProForm Pro 9000

Specs

  • Dimensions: 77.16 inches long x 39.15 inches wide x 70 inches tall
  • Speed range: Zero to 12 miles per hour
  • Incline range: Negative three to 12 percent
  • Motor: 3.6 CHP
  • Running deck size: 20 inches wide x 60 inches long
  • Max user weight: 300 pounds
  • Foldable?: Yes

The ProForm Pro 9000 blurs the line between a gym quality treadmill and a treadmill suited for your home. Somehow, it offers all the benefits of both without making any serious compromises. For starters, its 3.6 CHP motor packs a punch that you just don’t find in very many home treadmill models. And when you reach its top speed of 12 mph, the treadmill remains sturdy. Some treadmills advertising 12 mph speeds can wobble to the point you might start to sweat for reasons other than your workout. But there are plenty of other reasons why we declared the ProForm Pro 9000 the best treadmill for running. The belt is 20 inches wide and 60 inches long, so you have plenty of room. And sitting below its 22-inch HD touchscreen display are “quick speed” buttons that let you instantly adjust speed and incline (up to 12 percent, by the way). The ProForm Pro 9000 also features a patented shock absorption cushion that minimizes stress on feet, ankles, knees and hips. It even comes with a 30-day iFIT family membership, so you’ll have access to studio classes, interactive training and scenic locations for your workouts.

For more in-depth information about this treadmill, check out our ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill review.

Pros

  • All steel frame which is designed to have a sturdy feel
  • 30-day iFit membership included
  • Immersive 22-inch HD touchscreen
  • Rebound Pro™ cushioning is designed to create a soft landing

Cons

  • Large footprint compared to other brands
  • Limited maximum weight capacity may not be suitable for heavier users

Best Treadmill for Incline: NordicTrack Elite Treadmill

Elite

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 81 inches x 38 inches x 80 inches
  • Speed range: Zero to 12 miles per hour
  • Incline range: Negative five percent decline to 40 percent incline
  • Motor: 3.6 CHP
  • Running deck size: 60 inches x 22 inches
  • Max user weight: 300 pounds
  • Foldable?: No

If you’re a fan of walking at an incline to get your legs burning and heart pumping, this treadmill is an excellent option for you. NordicTrack’s Elite treadmill can go from negative five decline up to a 40 percent incline, and is designed to do so quickly and quietly. To enhance the uphill experience, iFIT classes include trainer-led virtual journeys across hilly landscapes and up picturesque mountains that you can take in with the 32-inch smart HD touchscreen. The Elite comes with NordicTrack’s proprietary features, including AutoAdjust tech for trainers to make modifications mid-workout to your treadmill, and Google Map routes that you can plug into the treadmill.

Pros:

  • Whopping 40 percent incline
  • 32-inch graphic-enhanced touchscreen
  • iFIT enabled for AutoAdjust

Cons:

  • iFIT membership required to access classes
  • Treadmill can’t be folded up
  • Heavy machine at 520 pounds in-box

Why Buy a Treadmill for Your Home?

Nothing beats being able to squeeze in a quick walk or run right in your living room without having to make the trek to the gym. Be it a matter of preferring a little privacy when you work out or you find yourself a little too crunched for time to commute to and from a gym, both are great reasons to invest in a treadmill for your home. And that’s not even considering how much you’d save in monthly gym membership fees. Sure, a home treadmill carries an upfront cost, but it has the potential to quickly save you time and money.

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How We Chose the Best Treadmills

First and foremost, we considered what most users could want out of a home treadmill. We reviewed treadmills of all kinds—those that can be used for daily walkers as well as hardcore marathon trainers. We also evaluated treadmills based on speed, cost, high-tech features, size, compactness and square footage, Finally, we chose those with the best customer reviewers and happiest users. 

What To Look for In a Treadmill

Size

Generally, the more compact a treadmill, the smaller its running deck is going to be. This isn’t a problem for people who plan to use their treadmill for walking or even light jogging. But if you’re a runner, taller person or like to do high-intensity interval training, you might want to think about the size of the running deck before you look at the overall size of the treadmill itself. A great running deck for runners spans around 20 inches wide and 60 inches long.

Portability

If you have a limited amount of space in your home for a treadmill, this is where portability comes into play for both runners and walkers alike. There are many folding treadmills on the market today, with several of them making our list, such as the LifePro Pacer Folding treadmill. Other treadmills that aren’t foldable are still designed to be wheeled out of the way in between your workouts. Of course, these still command a respectable portion of real estate. If you’re eyeing a folding treadmill, then you have plenty of options to choose from, like models with hydraulic release systems and one-touch folding.

Power

A treadmill’s motor determines its maximum speed. A treadmill that reaches up to 12 mph will have more horsepower than a motor that reaches up to 8 mph, and the horsepower of a motor also determines responsiveness. Think of this as the number of seconds it takes for a treadmill to make your speed and incline position adjustments. If you suddenly wanted to jump up multiple speed and incline levels, how many seconds does it take for the motor to reach that speed and achieve that incline? A 3.6 CHP motor will take less time than a 1.75 CHP motor. If you’re attending Peloton classes or want to do high-intensity training, responsiveness is a must.

Features / programs

More than ever before, membership programs to on-demand classes and all sorts of streaming workouts are offered with a variety of treadmills. Some are also smart treadmills, with the ability to connect to your favorite apps and streaming services. Short of this, the tried-and-true workout programs are still available in most treadmills on the market—preset workouts for things like interval training, weight loss, time/distance and others. There’s no right or wrong answer here. Treadmills with access to membership-based classes aren’t necessarily better than ones with standard workout programs. What’s important is that you find a treadmill that provides the kinds of workout options you want.

Bluetooth connectivity

Bluetooth is also becoming more common on treadmill spec lists everywhere, even in more affordable treadmill models. Treadmills can utilize Bluetooth in a couple of different ways. Some treadmills feature built-in Bluetooth speakers, so you can listen to music or other media. Others use Bluetooth to connect to and communicate with your fitness app, so it can carry your information back and forth and help you track your fitness goals.

FAQs

Which is better, a flat or incline treadmill? 

Although incline walking requires more effort, it also burns more calories and activates (strengthens) more leg muscles. There are a number of benefits to walking flat, though, including improving bone strength and slowing muscle loss. Most importantly, the movement you do should be the one that you enjoy and that you can do safely.

Is it worth buying a treadmill for home use? 

Treadmills are a convenient way to get in your daily cardio activity without ever leaving home. Plus, many treadmills today offer a variety of additional features that allow you to mix up your workout routine with full-body training and interactive classes. 

How much should I spend on a treadmill?

How much you should spend on a treadmill depends on what you're looking for and your budget. The price of treadmills with higher speeds, programming options and high-end features usually exceeds $3,000. For light activity and limited options, you can find one for around $800. It's likely you'll have to spend around $1,000 if you're looking for a decently versatile and high-quality treadmill. 

Prices are accurate and items in stock at time of publishing.