Best treadmills at 2021


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#1 SUNNY HEALTH & FITNESS FOLDING TREADMILL

This 49-inch-long model has earned almost 2,500 five-star reviews from happy customers. “[I] figured after three years of use with usually anywhere [from] 4-5 30-plus minute workouts weekly it’s worth the review. Works great still!” writes one devoted user. This treadmill’s speed ranges from 0.5 to 9 MPH, and it has three different incline settings to help diversify your workouts. It also features an LCD display that shows your time, distance, speed, calories burned and heart rate. But our favorite component has to be the built-in device holder that’s perfect for resting your phone on while you exercise.

#2 SERENELIFE SLFTRD18 SMART FOLDING COMPACT TREADMILL

At less than $300, you might think this folding treadmill is going to fall apart after a few months or wobble with every step. But according to buyers, it’s actually pretty sturdy. “This treadmill is compact, light and easy to move, but at the same time sturdy,” explains one man. And the 39.3-inch-long base won’t take up much space in your home. Reviewers say it’s super easy to assemble (it takes 30 minutes or less) and really quiet when in use. What more could you ask for?

#3 NORDICTRACK T-SERIES TREADMILL

With more than 8,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, this is by far the most popular folding treadmill we’ve come across. What’s so great about it, you ask? Well, users say it’s incredibly sturdy, has a great sound system with Bluetooth connectivity and the belt runs really smoothly. And the EasyLift Assist function makes folding up the 75.3-inch-long deck a breeze. Just keep in mind that this model is pretty heavy, so carrying it in and assembling it is definitely a two-person job.

#4 SUNNY HEALTH & FITNESS SFT7917 FOLDING TREADMILL

This one is a great treadmill and very easy to assemble.

“I have two left hands when it comes to assembling, but this honestly couldn’t be any easier,” writes one woman. “You just have to unbox [it], screw four or six screws and oil the belt.” Other buyers agree, saying it comes basically already assembled. Choose from ten speeds, 15 inclines and 15 built-in workouts depending on what you’re in the mood for. Then when you’re done, just fold up the deck and wheel it against the wall (or wherever you plan to store it).

#5 MERAX L510C TREADMILL

Every treadmill on this list is a solid budget option, but we’ve chosen the Merax L510C as our best budget treadmill. The belt is slightly smaller than our top choice, at 43.3″ x 15.7″. But it should be all good for most runners, provided you can run in a fairly straight line!

Speaking of the running surface, it’s nicely cushioned and has a lawn-like texture that’s dense and sturdy. It’s also non-slip, so you’ll be perfectly safe on it.

It has a maximum weight capacity of 240lbs, which is a little less than some others. The 1.5 HP motor may be too small for those with serious training aspirations, but it would be great for those who simply want to get more steps in their day and enjoy a brisk walk or run.

It features a USB port that takes a flash drive, and an auxiliary port for connecting your phone. Dual speakers allow you to listen to your tunes while you run without having earphone cables flapping around.

It’s also super easy to fold and unfold, and becomes fairly compact so you can store it easily in a corner or cupboard.

#6 EFITMENT T012 AUTO INCLINE FOLDING TREADMILL W/BLUETOOTH

Raining on hill day? Not to fear. You’ve got the Efitment T012. Interval training can be far more effective at blasting away fat than steady-state cardio, but not all lower-end treadmills will come with an incline function. This one, however, has 2 adjustable incline levels so you can get a more challenging workout.

It has 9 built-in workout programs that all make use of interval training to help you torch fat. The maximum speed you’ll be able to hit is 7.5 mph, which may be a little slow for speedy runners but it’s great for short intervals.

Another feature we enjoyed was the retractable device holder, which secures your device firmly in place so there’s no chance of it falling off with the movement of the treadmill while you’re running.

Sync your phone to the machine via Bluetooth to have instant access to your music. Fold it up with ease when you’re done, and when you’re ready to train again, the soft-drop tech makes unfolding it safe and breezy.

#7 PROFORM PERFORMANCE 300I

Many treadmills fall short in one particular area – that is, having a dedicated tablet area that doesn’t block the main screen. It can be frustrating trying to sneak a look at your stats while you’re running, but they’re hidden behind your tablet.

The ProForm Performance 300i solves this problem. It has a dedicated tablet shelf at the top of the console, which is fantastic as it’s also roundabout eye-level, so you don’t have to run looking downwards.

ProShox cushioning tech keeps your joints as protected as possible, and the 50” x 16” running belt ensures a decent stride for runners of most heights.

Other features that make for a good experience are the 16 onboard workouts, a 10% digital incline, a maximum user weight of 300lbs, and the ability to fold it up for easy storing. Pairing the treadmill with an optional iFit account ups both the virtual running experience and the price. But don’t worry; you don’t need iFit to get a great workout out of this machine.

#8  WESLO CADENCE G 5.9 TREADMILL

The Weslo Cadence has a decently sized running area and can support 275lbs. It has an integrated tablet holder, which is useful for watching stuff while you run.

With 6 workout presets, 2 manual incline settings, and a thumb-pulse sensor, it’s minimalist but more than adequate.

You’ll get a free month’s access to iFit when you buy this treadmill. You can personalize your runs, stats, and training experience, join in-studio classes, and take part in interactive runs in exotic locations, with your treadmill automatically adjusting inclines to match the virtual terrain.


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