The 9 Best Treadmills of 2024, According to a Trainer

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Echelon Stride Auto-Fold Connected Treadmill
Sunny Health and Fitness Foldable Walking Treadmill
Woodway 4Front
GoPlus 2 in 1 Folding Treadmill
NordicTrack Commercial X22i
Bowflex Treadmill 22
Peloton Tread Essentials
Unsit Under Desk Treadmill
Assault Fitness AssaultRunner
Pro-Form Pro 2000
The best treadmill for your home fits your space requirements, budget and tech preferences.
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If you're building your home gym from the ground up or looking to upgrade to some new equipment, buying a treadmill for home use is the perfect place to start.

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After all, treadmills offer endless at-home workout options for runners, joggers, walkers and HIIT fanatics — especially considering today's technology. But even if high-tech features make your workouts more fun, they can also make shopping more confusing.

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Do you need a model that includes on-demand workout programs, or do you just want to track your speed and distance? What is the best treadmill for beginners versus runners in marathon training? What if you have joint issues or are working with tight spaces?

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We've done the research on your behalf. Read on to find the best treadmill for your home.

Our Picks

  • Best Overall:‌ Echelon Stride Auto-Fold Connected Treadmill ($1,299.99, Echelon)
  • Best Budget:‌ Sunny Health & Fitness Folding Incline Treadmill ($382.03, Amazon)
  • Best for Competitive Runners:‌ Woodway 4Front (price varies, Woodway)
  • Best for Small Spaces: ‌GoPlus 2 in 1 Folding Treadmill ($289.99, Amazon)
  • Best for Quiet Workouts:‌ NordicTrack Commercial X22i ($3,499, NordicTrack)
  • Best for Larger Bodies: ‌BowFlex Treadmill 22 ($2,799, BowFlex)
  • Best for Your Office: ‌UnSit Treadmill Desk ($3,190, Inmovement)
  • Best Cord-Free Model:‌ Assault Fitness AssaultRunner Pro ($2,999, Amazon)
  • Best for Beginners:‌ Pro-Form Pro 2000 ($1,799, Proform)

How We Chose

To help you find your best machine, we chatted with a physical therapist and personal trainer to better understand what to look for in the best treadmills. We chose our top picks based on his criteria, including:

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  • Durability
  • Belt quality
  • Size
  • Price

1. Echelon Stride Auto-Fold Connected Treadmill

Best Overall

Echelon Stride Auto-Fold Treadmill

If you want a treadmill that won't take up a ton of space but still performs for a mid-level price, the Echelon is our best overall pick.

Pros

  • Folds up
  • Not too heavy
  • Workout classes
  • Mid-range pricing

Cons

  • Tablet not included
  • Not very cushioned

Which treadmill is best overall for home use? If we had to pick one, it would be the Echelon Stride.

If you're looking for a machine that has it all, Echelon is a top treadmill brand. Made for convenience, this model easily folds up to save you workout space when not in use. And its sleek, lightweight frame makes it easy to move around your home.

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It's also a great buy for fitness class fans. "Echelon has world-class instructors teaching live and on-demand classes on this compact and easily transportable machine," says New York-based physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist Sam Becourtney, DPT, CSCS. The fitness classes are easy to follow and cover every part of the workout, from warm-up to cool-down.

Plus, the machine allows you to easily adjust incline and speed without breaking your stride.

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If the price range is too high for your budget, the machine's available with multiple financing options to help you space out the costs, Becourtney says.

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2. Sunny Health & Fitness Folding Incline Treadmill

Best Budget Pick

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T4400 Folding Incline Treadmill

If you need a machine to help you get your steps in but don't want to spend a lot, this foldable treadmill with 4.4 stars over 9,000 ratings is a great option.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Foldable

Cons

  • Less durable
  • Basic features
  • Incline is manual

Want a top-rated home treadmill that doesn't break the bank? Look no further than this foldable and affordable piece of equipment. It has three possible incline settings and its speed starts at 0.5 mph and builds up to 9 mph, making it a solid option for walkers and joggers.

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While inexpensive, it more than has your basics covered, Becourtney says. It has a digital LCD screen that tracks speed, time, distance, calories and pulse. It also has safety handlebars and an emergency stop clip.

The machine's transportation wheels help you easily roll and store the machine between workouts, and it has a "soft-drop" system to help you unfold the machine without damaging your floors. Bonus: The frame comes with a three-year warranty

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3. Woodway 4Front

Best for Competitive Athletes

Woodway 4Front

If you're logging lots of miles as part of your career (or you compete on the side), the Woodway is the gold standard in treadmills.

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Pros

  • Shock-absorbing
  • Belt lasts 150,000 miles

Cons

  • Expensive

Woodway's 4Front can handle all the miles you can, and has garnered a cult following for its stylish durability.

The 4Front has a strong rubber belt that can last for more than 150,000 miles (10 times longer than you find with most machines). The belt surface is also gentle on the joints, making it one of the best treadmills for bad knees.

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"The 4Front is specially designed with shock-absorbing slats to decrease the impact and stress on the joints when running compared to other, less shock-absorbent machines," Becourtney says. "The design also allows for use of 50 percent less electricity."

The 4Front's dynamic mode enables you to run on the belt like a non-motorized treadmill — a great option for your sprint interval workouts. Plus, it has a 19-inch, Bluetooth-compatible screen you can connect to your favorite running apps.

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You'll pay for the privilege, though: This is far and away the most expensive pick on our list, even refurbished.

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4. GoPlus 2 in 1 Folding Treadmill

Best for Small Spaces

Goplus 2-in-1 Folding Treadmill

With its compact and foldable design, this 2-in-1 treadmill (either for jogging or walking) fits in tight spaces and stores well.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Small and compact
  • Folds down

Cons

  • Not for intense running
  • Can't use on carpet

Who doesn't love multi-use products? This 2-in-1 folding treadmill is a fun example. This machine can be used with the frame up for walking and jogging. Or, you can fold the handrail and place the machine under your standing desk to sneak in some movement throughout the day.

And because you can fold the handrail, it's easy to store under your couch or bed or prop against a wall in your closet.

Space-friendly when folded, this machine has Bluetooth so you can play music during your run. Its remote-control start makes controlling the speed and stopping on demand a breeze, Becourtney says.

5. NordicTrack Commercial X22i

Best for Quiet Workouts

NordicTrack Commercial X22i

Need to minimize the noise while you run? Want to train on a steep incline? This highly rated machine from NordicTrack is your best bet.

Pros

  • 40% incline and 6% decline
  • iFit subscription included for first month
  • Large touch screen

Cons

  • Higher-end pricing
  • Quite large
  • Doesn't fold up

NordicTrack is a well-known brand and this model really outdoes itself for home use. It's complete with new quiet-drive, sound-absorbing technology, which includes an elevated belt, so you don't wake your household.

This machine is also built with a push bar and sled grips, meaning its a perfect HIIT-style machine. You can even adjust the incline ‌and‌ decline, making it the perfect hiking or race prep companion.

"This machine has digital control of incline up to 40 percent as well as decline up to 6 percent, which replicates the demands of outdoor running with uphill and downhill segments," Becourtney says. "Plus, it offers a high-quality, large screen for improved user experience."

It also comes with an iFit subscription for the first month, so you can get tons of trainer-led workouts beyond just running.

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6. BowFlex Treadmill 22

Best for Larger Bodies

BowFlex Treadmill 22

Because it's sightly bigger than the typical tread and has a higher weight maximum (400 pounds), this is the best pick for runners in bigger bodies.

Pros

  • 400-lb. weight limit
  • Incline and decline
  • Cushioned belt

Cons

  • Bulky
  • More expensive

BowFlex's 22 is built with a wide, Comfort Tech cushion deck, and can support up to 400 pounds, thanks to its sturdy frame. And while most treadmills have a 20-inch running path, Bowflex's track is 22 inches wide.

"The comfort tech deck cushioning makes it great for larger bodies and also lessens the load through the joints," Becourtney says. (Consider this another ideal treadmill for bad knees.)

Plus, you can take it on both inclines and declines to feel like you're hiking or jogging on uneven terrain.

The machine even offers personalized voice-coach workouts that automatically adjust as your fitness improves. Adjust your settings to watch worldwide landscapes or your favorite Netflix shows during your workouts.

7. Unsit Under Desk Treadmill

Best for Your Office

InMovement UnSit Treadmill Desk

Need to stop sitting all day while you work? The Treadmill Desk from UnSit is sturdy, well-made and quiet enough for shared spaces.

Pros

  • Quiet
  • 400-lb. weight capacity

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Only for walking

This under-desk treadmill and desk combo is made specifically for use in the office, not the gym. So if you want to keep moving while you're working, this machine is perfect.

Unlike most treadmills, Unsit's Under Desk Treadmill is built close to the ground, giving you plenty of space underneath your desk. The machine's short design also helps reduce wasted space behind you.

It's got a wider belt, too, and a max weight capacity of 400 pounds, easily one of the highest for under-desk treadmills. And if you don't need the desk and tread combo, you can purchase the treadmill separately for less money.

8. Assault Fitness AssaultRunner Pro

Best Cord-Free Model

Assault Fitness AssaultRunner Pro

If you like to self-propel your runs, an AssaultRunner is the treadmill for you.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Indoor/outdoor
  • Great for pushing yourself

Cons

  • Pricey

The AssaultRunner Pro is a totally motorless treadmill, meaning your legs do all of the work. This allows you to speed up and slow down according to your body, not by adjusting anything on the tread.

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Thanks to its lack of motor, this treadmill is one of the lightest available. And because it has built-in wheels and a cord-free design, you can actually move your treadmill workouts outdoors in warmer weather, according to Assault Fitness.

"This a curve treadmill, which means it is self-propelled and the resistance and belt speed are a direct result of the force provided — aka the speed someone is running," Becourtney says. "This is great for pushing your limits, working on maximum speed and doing short sprint intervals."

Unlike other machines, this treadmill is also built with weather-resistant materials, so you won't have to worry about doing damage if you take it to the deck for an outdoor treadmill session.

9. Pro-Form Pro 2000

Best for Beginners

Pro-Form Pro 2000

You'll get extra motivation from the recorded stats and built-in trainer in this tread that can go up to 12 mph.

Pros

  • iFit subscription included for first month
  • Built-in fan
  • Mid-range pricing

Cons

  • Not great for longer distances

Created with iFit, a training platform that enables you to work with personal coaches, the Pro-Form Pro 2000 is the ideal machine for new runners and treadmill users.

Unlike other standard treadmills, the Pro 2000 can track and record your stats, allowing you to track your progress over time. And new runners will love the built-in personal trainer. Through iFit technology, your trainer can adjust your speed, incline and decline remotely.

This beginner treadmill also features a built-in fan to keep you cool. And it even folds in half to save space. The motor is a little smaller than the previous model's, though, and will do best with walking and jogging vs. heavy, long-distance running.

5 Tips for Finding the Best Treadmill for Your Home

Before you buy a treadmill for home use, familiarize yourself with some machine basics to ensure you're getting the best machine that caters to your goals, fitness level and available space.

1. Pick Within Your Price Range

After some scrolling online, you'll notice that there are some pretty expensive treadmills on the market. But you don't need to break the bank to find a good machine.

Some brands do offer financing options. Just remember you will still pay the same amount of money (if not more) over the long term.

2. Choose a Continuous Motor

As you've probably guessed, the motor powers the treadmill and helps move the belt in circles, Becourtney says. When you're buying your new treadmill, look for a machine that's built with a continuous horsepower motor.

"This will ensure there is always a minimum horsepower so that the belt runs smoothly and there is less likelihood of the belt stopping or stuttering during a workout," he says. Luckily, most machines are built with continuous horsepower — but you'll want to double-check nevertheless.

Of course, if you decide on a self-powered, motor-less treadmill (like the Assault), you can ignore this tip.

3. Look for a Non-Slip Belt

The belt is the part of the machine you run on, so choose one that's built with a strong, non-slippery rubber, Becourtney says. If you're an avid runner who's logging a ton of miles, look for a treadmill that has a belt warranty (just in case you need a replacement belt).

If you have knee problems but your doctor clears you for treadmill use, you can get the benefits of low-impact, brisk walking with a simple treadmill, as long as it provides a cushioned belt and stability. A cushioned track reduces the impact on your knees and other joints. Some top-rated treadmills even have adjustable cushioning settings.

Typically belts are either single-ply, two-ply or three-ply (yep, kind of like toilet paper), with each having different levels of cushioning. If you have any joint concerns, you may want to opt for a thicker, two- or three-ply belt for heavy-duty shock absorption. Higher-ply machines are the best treadmills for knees.

4. Prioritize a Durable Deck

The deck of the machine will determine how durable and functional your treadmill is, Becourtney says. It also enables you to adjust the incline or decline of your machine.

"You want to choose a deck that can support your body weight and is long and wide enough to meet your stride length and anticipated weekly mileage," he says. A medium-thickness fiberboard treadmill deck is a solid choice for its longevity.

5. Buy Tech That Will Keep You Motivated

The treadmill can help build cardiovascular and muscular strength, but it isn't always the most interesting cardio machine. If boredom is a concern, look for options that offer interactive technology and training programs, Becourtney suggests.

At the very least, look for a treadmill with a built-in tablet holder.

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