In this guide, you will not only find a selection of the best treadmills around, but also get to know them better. It is indeed essential to understand the specificities of this type of equipment so as not to regret not having chosen an indoor rower or even an exercise bike . We also give you all the essential elements to compare the different products for yourself.
And if you want to save more time, do not hesitate to consult our favorite treadmill, the ISE Madrid / SY-1001 as a priority .
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For beginners and walkers, this treadmill goes from 1 to 10 km / h and allows an easy handling, via among other 3 pre-recorded programs. Foldable, with wheels, it is also quick to store.
Versatile, this treadmill and walking machine includes 12 programs and a manual start, with a maximum incline of 18 ° and a speed of up to 10 km / h.
Designed for amateurs, it allows you to run up to 18 km / h and with an incline of 10 ° maximum. There are 18 built-in programs, speakers, and Bluetooth for tracking iFIT.
Rank #1: SY-1001: the best cheap
✓ Easy to fold
✓ Speed from 1 to 10 km / h
✓ Good cushioning on the carpet
✓ Lubricating oil offered
✓ 3 pre-set programs
✓ Not for long strides
Here is an ISE treadmill for beginners or for walking enthusiasts . It allows you to run slowly or walk at a speed ranging from 1 to 10 km / h . It is also a space-saving device that is easy to set up and store. It accepts a maximum weight of 120 kg.
Concretely, this treadmill measures 1.25 m high (at screen level), 1.21 m long and 0.54 m wide. It weighs 27 kg . It is sold pre-assembled, i.e. there are just two screws to tighten. For storage it is possible to fold it in half and lock it. You can slide it flat under a sofa or stand behind a door or in a cupboard. To move it, it has a few wheels that make everything easier.
In terms of the race itself, we benefit from a 34 × 102 cm carpet and a 750 watt motor. The running canvas is comfortable, as it is designed in 5 different layers to provide good cushioning. When switching on, we press a button, then a 3 second countdown allows us to prepare well and not be taken by surprise. For safety, a contact switch is included, to be kept on your person, allowing the mat to automatically stop if you fall. The LCD screen tracks speed, distance, time and calories burned.
Rank #2: Newgen medical NC5442
✓ 3 programs or manual mode
✓ Non-slip mat
✓ Automatic shut-off included
✓ Large screen
✓ Running and walking
✓ Frame a bit far from the mat
✓ Not for long strides
This model is also for beginners and for people looking for a mat for running and walking. Indeed we can freely choose these two modes . It supports a maximum weight of 150 kg, which is a lot compared to the competition.
The Newgen medical treadmill NC5442 is a really simple, sturdy and lightweight device . Everything tends towards the ease of handling. So it is delivered already assembled, you just have to unfold it and press a fixing button. It weighs only 22 kg and is 125 cm long, 60 cm wide and 120 cm high . When folded up, it measures only 125x60x25 cm, which allows it to be stored behind a piece of furniture or any other easily accessible place. The non-slip mat measures 36 × 96 cm , which is perfect for walking. On the other hand for running, it is a model for those who take short strides and therefore rather for beginners and those who were still resistant to the sport a little while ago.
The start-up screen is also simple while providing good visibility into time, speed, distance and calories burned. Right at the bottom of this screen is an emergency stop cord, to be pulled in the event of a fall. You can choose between three training programs and a manual mode. The available speed goes up to 10 km / h . An automatic shutdown is scheduled after 30 minutes, even if you are running. It can just serve as a reminder to have a drink before resuming if you want to run longer.
Rank #1: Sportstech F10
✓ 12 training programs
✓ Self-lubrication system
✓ WiFi compatible
✓ Tablet and cup holder
✓ 34 × 101 cm mat
✓ Belt not easy to use
This German product is a treadmill and walking machine for people who are just starting out, or rather for people who are starting to run again. Indeed, compared to the cheaper models presented above, we have a longer treadmill (101 cm in all) and the possibility of modifying the incline manually and up to 18 ° . Suffice to say that real beginners are not fans of uphill races …
It is a powerful treadmill (7 HP!) With 12 included programs and a manual mode. You can run and walk, flat or uphill. It is possible to go up to 10 km / h. The settings are made with a large multimedia console and its backlit LCD screen . On this console it is possible to position a tablet or a smartphone and even up to two cups. In addition, it can be connected to the Kinomap system which works with Smart-TV and therefore have the television as a screen.
As for the device itself, it is a 27 kg model with transport wheels. It measures 124x62x134cm and when folded in half it measures only 55x62x134cm. Folding is quick thanks to a hydraulic device. The maximum accepted weight is 120 kg . The running surface is 34 × 101 cm and it is delimited by side safety strips. A self-lubrication system simplifies maintenance of the device.
Rank #1: ISE Genève / SY-T2702
✓ Walking and running
✓ Maximum 12.8 km / h
✓ Transport wheels
✓ Smartphone and cup holder
✓ 12 programs included
✓ Unclear notice
✓ Not for confirmed athlete
ISE presents this treadmill and walking machine as a semi-pro model. We prefer to tell you right away that we do not agree with this name at all and that it is its main flaw. It is a great mat that is easy to use and get started. It offers 12 training programs and it really allows you to maintain your shape according to everyone’s expectations, but also desires depending on the day. On the other hand in terms of speed, to run, you can only go at most at 12 km / h . For beginners, this offers significant room for improvement. But for athletes, there is the risk of being quickly limited and therefore frustrated.
In detail, when you are on the mat you have in front of you a complete LCD screen from which you choose a program, a countdown mode (there are 3 of them) and a speed. Then we can follow, the duration of his training, the distance covered, the speed, the calories burned and even his pulse. There is also a space to put a cup or a bottle of water and something to put your smartphone. The treadmill itself, the scrolling part measures 40 × 100 cm and consists of 5 layers for a good cushioning system protecting the joints. On the other hand, there is no incline, we run strictly flat.
The device is 66 cm wide, 127 cm long and 120 cm high. It folds in half quite easily. It weighs 32 kg and is equipped with transport wheels for storage. The max. allowed is 120 kg.
Rank #1: Proform Performance 400i
✓ For long stride
✓ Incline from 0 to 10 °
✓ Speed from 0 to 18 km / h
✓ 18 programs included
✓ Compatible with iFit with Bluetooth
✓ Be 2 for the assembly
✓ Quite bulky
This Proform Performance treadmill is a real pleasure to use for running enthusiasts, that is, for those who are used to running and even for those who like to vary their workouts. There are indeed 18 pre-recorded programs , some suitable even for great beginners who want to get started with seriousness and comfort. The maximum speed is 18 km / h and there is even an incline of up to 10 °.
On the other hand, you should know that to offer such modularity and real comfort of use, this treadmill is more bulky than the less expensive models. You need to have a little space to install and store it even if it is foldable. Thus it is 151 cm high, 188 cm long and 91 cm wide. When folded, it measures 101x167x91 cm. It weighs 79 kg (yes, it is heavy, but there are wheels to move it). The strictly for running mat measures 51 × 140 cm . This is why it even allows you to take quite long strides.
It is equipped with an engine with a power of 2.5 HP , rising up to 3.5 HP during peak performance. It is possible to connect the treadmill via Bluetooth with your smartphone or tablet in order to follow the coaching of the iFIT program (sold separately). There is a tablet holder at the right height for running without lowering your head, as well as two speakers to listen to the music of your choice.
Rank #1: Sportstech F37
✓ 7 HP power
✓ Up to 20 km / h
✓ 15 °
incline ✓ 12 programs included
✓ Connected with Bluetooth, USB and MP3
✓ Quite bulky even when folded
This is the second Sportstech model of our selection and if we find certain elements in common (specific to the brand such as access to Kinomap).
This is a treadmill for athletes. Indeed the power is really high and this allows you to run fast and long, flat or uphill. The maximum speed is therefore 20 km / h and the maximum incline is 15 ° . For that the power is still 7 CV !
Everything is regulated thanks to the intelligent and practical console . From there, we have access to the twelve programs. You can install your smartphone, tablet or MP3 to listen to music through the integrated speakers. There is also the display of the pulse thanks to a heart rate monitor installed both on one of the handles and in the pulse belt included. Finally, the set is compatible thanks to Bluetooth with the Kinomap application (which still requires to have Smart TV).
Once in place, this rug measures 83cm wide, 171cm long and 138cm high. It weighs 77 kg. Its flaw is that when it is folded it remains quite bulky since it measures 83x112x149 cm. On the other hand there is a hydraulic system to fold it quickly and well and wheels to transport it from one point to another. Its strength allows it to support a maximum weight of 150 kg. The tread consists of 5 layers. It measures 50 × 130 cm which is very wide and long enough to accommodate several types of strides.
And why not…
Here are some more treadmills, models in various price brackets, which are not necessarily the best around, but offer good quality and could make it easier for you to shop if you wait until the sales. or Black Friday.
Rank #1: Klarfit Pacemaker X3
This black treadmill is a fairly complete model that also incorporates a pulse sensor and a heart rate monitor. It offers 12 different training programs, a variable slope (3%, 5% or 7%) and a speed of 0.8 to 12 km / h . An LCD screen and quick-grip buttons (on the side for more practical use) allow you to manage everything when starting up and then during the race. This displays the distance, speed, duration and heart rate.
This is a 28 kg model, the conveyor belt of which measures 40 × 110 cm. It is possible to fold it up to store it without getting in the way. The power of the belt is 1.5 hp . It is equipped with a security system operating with a magnetic chip allowing the unlocking of the carpet. The chip must be carried on you so in the event of a fall, the chip is moved away from the mat which will slow down and stop. Finally, the maximum weight supported by this Klarfit model is 120 kg.
Rank #1: Proform 205 CST
Here is another foldable treadmill that is quite understated and easy to put aside when you’re done working out.
Continuous power is 1.75 HP and it rises to 2.5 HP during peaks. The maximum speed available is 16 km / h which is not bad at all. We also have access to a large amplitude for the inclination. The latter is motorized and can be easily adjusted from 0 to 10% . There are 16 different programs present in the console. However, the interest of this mat is the use possible with an iFIT subscription (via smartphone). Thus we have access to a coach and the mat is connected to your subscription, including for monitoring heart rate.
Without the subscription, we use the backlit display and the various buttons at hand. It remains easy to handle and it is suitable for those who are completely new to racing as well as for those who already have some experience. It is only the great sportsmen who could be limited with this product.
Rank #1: CITYSPORTS CS-WP2
This latest model in our selection of treadmills is not exactly a treadmill despite its name. It is strictly a walking mat. It allows to move forward at a speed ranging from 1 to 6 km / h . In addition, it is designed to be extremely discreet (it makes very little noise), so that it can be used both in an office and at home. It does not fold, but it is very thin, to slip discreetly under a sofa. For this, it even has wheels.
The walking surface measures 43 × 109 cm , which is very comfortable. There is no bar in front or to the side and that is why it can be put in front of a sit-stand desk. All the useful information is therefore at ground level, but a remote control allows it to be started. Finally it is equipped with Bluetooth speakers to allow you to move forward with the music of your choice or even a podcast.
Why are our treadmill reviews reliable?
As an independent site ( find out more ), we think above all about the readers at each stage of selection of the different products. Indeed, since we have the freedom to study and compare absolutely any existing treadmill, we have to make our choice with what you, readers and future buyers, would like to know and be able to use.
So we do not favor any brand, on the other hand we know that many of us are looking as much as possible for a cheap fitness device. So we check the quality-price ratios, the opinions of online users (on Amazon or on discussion forums), the prices attributed to certain products.
We are also looking for how easy it is to get started and what are the technical specificities. And we replicate this little survey on every product we feature, as small as a lap belt or as bulky as a spinning bike .
How to choose your treadmill?
To play sports at home, there are several choices. In general, we buy a single electric cardio-fitness device for reasons of space and we must therefore ask in advance the question of the relevance of a treadmill compared to an elliptical trainer or even a simple one. mini stepper .
Here, it is not a question of helping you decide on the choice of the device among the different types of possible sports at home, but of helping you to strictly compare the treadmills between them to know which to choose and therefore to know the characteristics that make the difference.
⇨ Engine power
Expressed in horses, the variation is small, but significant. For someone who is used to running, you need a device with ideally at least 2 CV. For beginners between 1 and 2 HP, this is quite sufficient.
⇨ Running speed
Each treadmill has a minimum and maximum running speed. It’s really variable and if you have no idea your speed, feel free to measure yourself using an app the next time you run and before buying a treadmill. If you are a beginner, choose a device that gives you room for improvement.
⇨ The inclination
While budget treadmills only allow you to run flat, more complete models often offer a small incline for running uphill. You have to compare the percentage of slope and how you get that slope.
⇨ The dimension of the conveyor belt
This is the dimension of the space on which we run. It should be comfortable and non-stressful. You have to look at both the length and the width.
⇨ The dimension of the device
This time you have to look at the total dimensions of the device to get an idea of the space it will occupy in your home. If you want to move it for storage, you must also check its weight.
It is ideal to keep the treadmill in place at all times. It promotes motivation. But in small spaces, you have to be able to store it between two uses and for that, you can often fold it and move it on wheels.
⇨ The supported weight
For anyone over 100 kg, it is essential to check the maximum weight supported by the desired treadmill, as this varies from 100 to 150 kg depending on the quality and brand of the treadmill.
⇨ The programs
Again, the difference is between the first prices and the mid or high end treadmills. On a cheap treadmill, there will be no programs, just the speed setting. But on a high-performance treadmill, there will be programs you can follow, such as advice from a coach. It’s up to you to choose what suits you best.
⇨ Getting started
It is a matter of looking at where the buttons are, the size of the screen, if you can control with your smartphone, if the progress is recorded and how, etc.
It does not seem important, however it is preferable to have a device that stops in the event of a fall and that a child will not be able to start on their own.
⇨ The price
There is a huge price disparity between treadmills, from a hundred dollars to several thousand. Do not try to buy the cheapest at all costs, because it would not necessarily be profitable over time. It is better to have a budget of at least 250 EUR.
⇨ The brand
For this kind of fitness product, when you’re just starting out, it’s not easy to get an idea of the best brands. But take the time to educate yourself about durability, reputation and access to effective after-sales service.
s 66 cm wide, 127 cm long and 120 cm high. It folds in half quite easily. It weighs 32 kg and is equipped with transport wheels for storage. The max. allowed is 120 kg.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How fast can I run on a treadmill?
The important thing is to be at a speed that is physically suitable for you and that is well adjusted on your mat to prevent you from falling. Then there are ideal speeds according to your fitness objective. You have to run between 4 to 7 km / h for muscular work and exceed 7 km / h to lose fat. For endurance, being between 5 and 8 km / h is fine. But again, the important thing is that you are, especially when you start, on a speed that allows you to go to the end of your session and start again a few days later.
What to choose: elliptical trainer or treadmill?
Both devices are in demand in the gym because they really work a large part of the body. However, they don’t do it the same way. If the treadmill is the most versatile device and offers better muscle building, it is also the one that weakens the joints the most. Conversely, the elliptical trainer avoids feeling tired too quickly and allows more gentle work. Either way, the number of calories burned will be the same.
How to lose weight with a treadmill?
To lose weight, you shouldn’t think of the treadmill as a quick fix. You have to plan a program over the week with several sessions. Regularity really takes precedence. It is therefore not useful to run with all your strength the first time and then do nothing for 10 days. Few, but often is a more effective choice than many in exceptional cases. In addition, you have to remember to hydrate yourself well and include changes in your eating habits.
Which treadmill or treadmill to buy?
Both running and walking burn calories and take care of your body shape and shape. Both have advantages and disadvantages. For anyone with weak knees or backs, running can be too aggressive. So the treadmill may be a better choice. On the other hand, the race allows a real physical progression and therefore a greater loss of calories. The choice of one or the other is therefore made according to your state of health and your sporting goals.
Conclusion: which treadmill to choose in our opinion?
After this comparative study, you should normally have found the model that is best for you. However, if you still have doubts, note that for starters our favorite is the ISE Madrid / SY-1001 treadmill which offers good value for money. Although there is no incline, it is just as good for walking as it is for running.
For greater versatility, and especially for running uphill, we recommend the Sportstech F10 treadmill . If you want to alternate long and short strides and exceed 10 km / h, then you will have to choose a high-end model like the Preform Performance 400i treadmill .
In this guide, you will not only find a selection of the best treadmills around, but also get to know them better.
It is indeed essential to understand the specificities of this type of equipment so as not to regret not having chosen an indoor rower or even an exercise bike .
We also give you all the essential elements to compare the different products for yourself.
And if you want to save more time, do not hesitate to consult our favorite treadmill, the ISE Madrid / SY-1001 as a priority .
Why are our treadmill reviews reliable?
As an independent site ( find out more ), we think above all about the readers at each stage of selection of the different products.
Indeed, since we have the freedom to study and compare absolutely any existing treadmill, we have to make our choice with what you, readers and future buyers, would like to know and be able to use.
So we do not favor any brand, on the other hand we know that many of us are looking as much as possible for a cheap fitness device.
So we check the quality-price ratios, the opinions of online users (on Amazon or on discussion forums), the prices attributed to certain products.
We are also looking for how easy it is to get started and what are the technical specificities.
And we replicate this little survey on every product we feature, as small as a lap belt or as bulky as a spinning bike .