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Best treadmills 2022

Best treadmills: Image shows woman on treadmill in bright apartment
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Having one of the best treadmills in your home gym set-up can really elevate your workouts. No longer will you have to miss a run because of poor weather, as you’ll be able to jump on the indoor tread and sprint as much as you want. 

These machines are incredibly efficient when it comes to burning calories. One study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that they came out top in energy expenditure when compared with other indoor gym machines. The only thing that might burn up more of your energy is a HIIT session.

Modern machines also offer innovative ways to work out, with virtual running tours of other countries or competitive live classes. The more expensive models even let your instructors manually adjust the speed and incline on your treadmill, so that you’re matching the required rhythms and energy of the class.

All this comes at an expense though, which is why it’s worth considering if you need all the bells and whistles. If you’re just as happy to skip the classes and listen to some music with a pair of the best running headphones, you can get a great budget treadmill that will do all the basics. We'd recommend the Horizon Fitness T101, if you're looking for a machine that's under $650.

Need more advice on running gear? We’ve also rounded up the best running watches and best sports bras for running. But if you’re just here to find out the top treadmills from the past year, then read on. 

Best treadmills

NordicTrack X22i collage of images

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Our top-rated treadmill packs in all the features you need to improve your running performance.

Specifications

Dimensions: 81” x 39” x 76”
Weight: 505lbs (in-box weight)
Tread belt size: 22” x 60”
Max user weight: 297lbs / 135kg
Display: 22” HD touchscreen
Speed: 0-12mph
Incline: -5 - 40%
Other features: Bluetooth connectivity, dual speakers, Runners Flex cushioning, 30-day iFit Family Membership

Reasons to buy

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High-end features
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Great incline and decline range

Reasons to avoid

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 Bulky 
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 Needs iFit subscription 
What the users say

The NordicTrack X22i scores 4.8 out of five stars on NordicTrack. Positive reviews praise the incredible incline on the machine along with the cheery fitness classes. 

The first thing you have to flag when talking about this model is the price: it’s going to set you back by $3999/£3999. That’s a hefty sum, but after testing out several different models we found that this one definitely came out tops.

It’s a huge machine, measuring 81” x 39” x 76”, so you’ll need a lot of space to install it. But stepping onto this it is an entirely different experience to other smaller treadmills.

The belt is luxuriously wide and long, so you’ll never feel crowded. It’s surprisingly quiet; when we tested it, we found that a steady-paced run only caused the machine to reach 75 decibels, which is about equivalent to the noise of a vacuum cleaner. 

The speed, incline and decline options are brilliant – at its highest incline option, the machine feels almost vertical, which is a great challenge for the legs – and the slick 22” touchscreen screen is super responsive, so you can make quick changes.

The machine also packs a 3.6 CHP motor, which delivers the smoothest movement that we’ve experienced across any treadmill. 

It’s certainly not a budget option, but it was a clear winner in our testing. 


Peloton Tread collage images

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The Peloton Tread model has a sleek, pared-back design and offers some seriously high-energy classes.

Specifications

Dimensions: 173cm L x 84cm W x 157cm
Weight: 291lbs / 132kg
Tread size: 150cm x 50cm
Max user weight: 304lbs / 136kg
Display: 23.8” HD touchscreen
Speed: 0-12.5mph (20kph)
Incline: 0-12.5% grade (no decline)
Other features: Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility, Tread Lock (prevents unauthorized access), 16 GB internal flash storage, front-facing stereo speakers, 2.2 Channel with rear-facing woofers, USB-C charging port, 3.5 mm headphone jack

Reasons to buy

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 Crisp HD touchscreen 
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 Huge array of live and on-demand classes 

Reasons to avoid

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 Expensive 
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 Doesn’t fold or decline
User reviews

The Peloton Tread scores 4.2 out of five stars on Peloton. Positive reviews praise the choice of workouts, as well as off-treadmill classes, guided runs and the motivational Peloton instructors. Negative reviews wished for a steeper incline option to make workouts more challenging. 

The Peloton Tread is a sleek and well-made treadmill that offers a satisfying running experience for all fitness abilities. It comes in Peloton's signature black and red colors and has a striking minimalist design. We particularly liked the machine's fuss-free touchscreen, which is easy to navigate. 

Speed and incline dials are positioned on the handrails, so there is really very little to distract you from that shiny display. It doesn't have any kind of base at the front of the tread, so you can run along its full length—useful if you have a particularly long stride. 

The machine doesn’t have quite as many features as we'd like to see at this price point, as it's lacking a decline option or in-built fan, both of which you can find in the slightly cheaper NordicTrack model above. You will also need a Peloton app subscription to access those famous virtual classes. All of that aside, it is a satisfyingly compact, stylish and quiet machine for runners of all ability. 


Proform Pro 9000 collage image

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A marginally more affordable option that's brilliant for hill training.

Specifications

Dimensions: 59.6” x 77.3” x 35.3”
Weight: 263 lbs (in box)
Tread belt size: 20” x 60”
Max user weight: 300 lbs
Display: 22” Smart HD Touchscreen
Speed: 0-22 km/h
Incline: -3%- +12%
Other features: Bluetooth audio, wireless headphone connectivity, 2” dual speakers, iFit access, heart rate sensors, CoolAire™ fans.

Reasons to buy

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Tons of interactive workouts via the iFit app
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Foldable for easy storage
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Challenging max speeds, and incline/decline settings

Reasons to avoid

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Noisy at top speed and during incline/decline transitions
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Some minor tech and Wifi issues
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Bluetooth audio only
What the users say

There aren’t many reviews available for the ProForm Pro 9000, as it's relatively new. But a few happy reviewers on the ProForm site have commended the machine for its usability, its large display and the fun mix of classes. 

ProForm has taken a minimalist approach to design with the ProForm Pro 9000, using a black and silver palette that gives the tread a slick and subtle look. There’s nothing subtle about the size or price tag of this model though, so you’ll need some cash and space to house it.

The 9000 comes complete with inbuilt dual speakers, fans, and iFit capability which provides access to a vast array of workouts and classes from top-notch coaches and trainers in the game. The 22” eye-catching crisp color touchscreen display will certainly suck you in, and with so much workout choice available, this tread can quench the thirst of even the fittest of running fanatics. The speed and incline quick controls are splashed across the dashboard to offer fuss-free on-the-go adjustments, and you can choose between -3% to +12% incline/decline, as well as up to 22 km/h of speed – all of which can be automated by your trainer during workouts. 

While this treadmill does offer an immersive training experience, we found some of the tech tricky to master –  although thankfully, we could connect our headphones. There are a couple of tech fixes that could make this model more competitive for the top spot, especially when pitched against models like the NordicTrack X22i. 


Best treadmills: Horizon Fitness T101 treadmill

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Horizon Fitness T101

Our favorite budget option, this model is fairly quiet and comes with an in-built fan.

Specifications

Dimensions: 70" x 34" x 55"
Weight: 165lbs / 74kg
Max user weight: 300lbs / 136kg
Tread belt size: 20” x 55”
Display: No screen
Speed: 0-10mph
Incline: 0-10%
Other features: Dual grip heart rate monitoring, 30 inbuilt workouts, Bluetooth speakers, rapid-charge USB charging port, headphone jack, one-touch controls, fan, foldable

Reasons to buy

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 Very quiet 
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 Affordable 

Reasons to avoid

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No touchscreen 
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Not suitable for taller / heavier people 
What the users say

The Horizon Fitness T101 treadmill scores 3.2 out of five stars on Amazon, with 33 percent giving it 5 out of 5. Fans of the running machine praised it for being good value, quiet, sturdy and comfortable. One reviewer liked its no-frills design: “For walking or running, it just works. Nothing fancy; does the job great.” Negative reviews complained that the fan was “useless” and you can’t adjust its position and that the heart rate monitor was inaccurate. 

The Horizon Fitness T101 is a budget-friendly entry-level treadmill ideal for anyone new to fitness who wants to build up strength and endurance slowly. It has a rather small 2.5 HP motor so is probably better suited to smaller users, walking and light jogging, but on the plus side it’s super quiet – just 56 decibels (dB) at 5mph, about the same as an electric toothbrush.

We love that despite its low price tag it has a 10% incline, which is more than enough to work up a sweat and it’s compact and it’s foldable, so you can store it away when you’re not using it. It comes with a decent Bluetooth speaker system, inbuilt workouts and lifetime warranty on the frame and motor (1 year on parts and labor). It has an 8” step up height which makes it easy to get on and off especially for people with joint issues.

Our main complaints are that the tread belt is not long enough for tall people, and it’s not recommended for heavier individuals, people who want to run long distances or do interval training. It also doesn’t have an inbuilt screen or access to live or on-demand classes. It comes with shock absorbers, but we found the deck wasn’t super thick. 

Note: This machine is currently being tested and reviewed and this buying guide will be updated once the review is complete.


Best treadmills: Image of Echelon Stride treadmill

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Echelon Stride

This space-saving model is great for anyone who needs something compact for their living space.

Specifications

Dimensions: 69.3” x 31” x 49.2”
Weight: 156lbs / 70kg
Tread belt size: 20” x 55”
Max user weight: 300lbs / 136kg
Display: No screen, digital touch console
Speed: 0-12mph
Incline: 0-10%
Other features: Bluetooth connectivity, live and on-demand classes via Echelon Fit app (subscription needed), USB charging port, foldable

Reasons to buy

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  Compact 
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  Motivating exercise programming 

Reasons to avoid

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 Small motor 
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 No screen 
What the users say

The Echelon Stride scores 3.6 out of five stars on Best Buy, with only two reviewers giving it a full five stars. Positive reviews said the treadmill was very easy to set up, quiet and compact. However, negative reviews complain it’s overpriced and the deck is quite hard. One reviewer said: “This is just one step above walking on pavement. I’ve owned $1200 treadmills with great suspension and soft decks so it’s a bit frustrating it’s like this for the price.” 

The Echelon Stride is a compact and foldable treadmill, which is ideal for people short on space. It measures 69.3” x 31” x 10.25” when folded and can even fit under a bed (if you have 11 inches of height to spare).

As with all Echelon products, to access the virtual classes you need to subscribe to the Echelon Fit app ($26.45pm for two years). These are Peloton-style workouts that have motivating and engaging instructors and tons of variety to challenge you.

The Echelon Stride doesn’t come with an in-built touchscreen but it has a touch console with key metrics including speed, distance, steps and heart rate. It also has pulse monitors. The running deck is slightly shorter than average, but if you’re under 6ft it’s adequate enough. The treadmill also lacks a bit of oomph thanks to the small 1.75 HP motor, but this makes it a quiet machine – also useful for those living in apartment blocks.

Note: This machine is currently being tested and reviewed and this buying guide will be updated once the review is complete.


Best treadmills: Lifespan Fitness treadmill

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Lifespan TR3000i

Easy to fold up and store, this smaller machine is very compact but probably best-suited to people under 6ft.

Specifications

Dimensions: 33” x 42” x 67”
Weight: 211lbs / 96kg
Tread belt size: 20” x 56”
Max user weight: 350lbs / 159kg
Display: 7” TFT touchscreen
Speed: 0-12mph
Incline: 0.5-15%
Other features: Bluetooth connectivity, heart rate monitoring, USB port, audio jack, 3-speed fans, speakers, iPod and MP3 compatible sound system, device holder, 21 pre-programmed workouts, shock absorbers, foldable

Reasons to buy

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 Well made 
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 Easy to use console 

Reasons to avoid

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 Small treadmill belt 
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 Short handrails 
What the users say

The Lifespan TR3000i gets lots of five star reviews on Lifespan with fans praising it for its excellent cushioning, perfect size and easy assembly. Negative reviews cited issues with it being very heavy, and that the display doesn’t show pace. One reviewer said: “The console is pretty simple and doesn’t have an overabundance of features.”

The Lifespan TR3000i is a budget-friendly, space saving machine with a quiet 2.75 CHP motor. It has EZfold technology, which makes it, you guessed it, easy to fold up and store away. It comes with a good range of pre-programmed workouts and a 15% incline.

A total of eight shock absorbers help cushion bones and joints from the impact of running, and you can measure your heart rate through the pulse grip and wireless chest strap (not included). Handlebar controls make it easy to change speed and incline mid-run and you can enjoy your playlists by connecting your iPod, MP3 or other smart devices.

It doesn’t have a touchscreen but the LCD display provides all the key metrics from distance, steps, calories, speed, incline and heart rate. It also has an ‘intelli guard’ safety feature which automatically pauses the running belt if you step off the treadmill. The handrails are short and the deck itself is quite small which makes it a better choice for people under 6ft.

Note: This machine is currently being tested and reviewed and this buying guide will be updated once the review is complete.


How to choose the best treadmill for you

Buying a running machine is a big expense so will need to make sure you choose something that has everything you are looking for.

"Before buying, take a free taster session at your local gym to try out the treadmills to see if you enjoy running on one, as they are very different to road running." Personal trainer Lucy Arnold told Live Science. "Treadmills are a great investment for home workouts, especially if you have limited time, can’t get outside or don’t like running in the dark."  

So what features should you look for in a treadmill? “Depends on what you want to achieve and how often you’ll use it,” says Lucy. “If it’s going to be your main exercise as you can’t get outside much, then a treadmill with all the bells and whistles may benefit you - screen, inbuilt classes, inclines, speed options, motorized belt… but with this comes expense. If it’s for the odd occasion, consider buying a foldaway, non-motorized treadmill. They’re cheaper and take up less space.”

What should you do first if you want to buy the best treadmill? Lucy says: “Do your research: decide what features you want and set a budget. Also, measure your space to make sure you can fit one in.”

Another consideration is noise. The bigger the motor, the louder the treadmill but if you’re a serious runner you’ll want a decent size motor for it to power the belt. Also, check the weight capacity. Larger individuals will require a treadmill with a higher max weight.

Running belt size is another consideration. Look for at least 48’ by 18” for running, and if you are over 182cms (6ft) then you will need at least a 52-inch belt for walking, and a 54” one for running.

Maddy is a freelance journalist and Level 3 personal trainer specializing in fitness, health and wellbeing content. She has been a writer and editor for 22 years, and has worked for some of the UK's bestselling newspapers and women’s magazines, including Marie Claire, The Sunday Times and Women's Health. Maddy loves HIIT training and can often be found working out while her two young daughters do matching burpees or star jumps. As a massive foodie, she loves cooking and trying out new healthy recipes (especially ones with hidden vegetables so the kids eat them).