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5 Best Treadmills For Home Use – 2020

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If you are looking for the best treadmills for home use, read on…

Treadmills are a great tool for cardio, and a very popular exercise –  running, jogging or walking. They allow you to train from the comfort of your own home, whether in the spare room, garage or home gym, and regardless of the weather.

Choosing one to buy can seem overwhelming, especially if you are planning to purchase one online.

They can also vary in price quite drastically. You can expect to pay anything from £100 right up to the £5k range.

Whilst there are models available with rollers, which are powered by the user rather than a motor, it is not something I would recommend.

What could be useful, however, is a treadmill that has the ability to be folded to enable you to store it in a corner, taking up less space once you are done.

The more you can afford, the more features you can expect, such as preprogrammed exercise routines, additional tracking (heart rate, speed, distance and estimated calories burned) and more advanced screens.

Many treadmills have an incline feature, increasing the intensity of your workout by simulation walking or running uphill.

Make sure you look for one with an emergency stop button, and even better, a clip that you can attach to your clothing so, should you trip or fall over it will automatically stop.

Always consider who will be using your new gym equipment – taking into account their height for stride length, where you will using it – how much space it will require, and more importantly, what your budget is. Do not forget to check if the cost includes delivery (unless you plan to collect it, they are very heavy!), whether it requires assembling and if they offer that as a service, and what warranty is included.

As with any price of equipment, the price will usually have an indication of its quality. The dearer ones tend to be more sturdy and substantial, meaning a more comfortable use and increased longevity.

I always advise using comparison charts for the above mentioned features, size and other factors you may require from your treadmill.

Look at the item’s star rating and genuine customer reviews – but make sure you read a few and try not to focus on one negative comment, or positive for that matter.

If you know anyone that has one, ask them if they would recommend it. Find out what the better brands are.

You could look at what is installed in your local gym, but bear in mind that they may have bought all their equipment from a single supplier for ease or cost benefits, rather than handpicking each item individually.

Best Budget Treadmill:

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Starting with the lowest price treadmill in our line-up is the PrestigeSports XMPRO Dynamic Treadmill. Low price but still feature-full. Though it is recommended for beginners or light-use runners.

Features;

  • Programs: 16 pre-installed plus 1 manual
  • Top Speed: 14 km/h
  • Max. Incline: 3 Level Manual Incline
  • Motor: 1.5 CHP
  • Emergency shut-off facility: Yes
  • Display: Multi-Function LCD display with handrail controls
  • Speakers: Yes. Built-in with Bluetooth connectivity for music
  • Max. User Weight: 110 kg
  • Dimensions: 135 x 65 x 140 cm
  • Running Belt: 100 x 40 cm
  • Warranty: 2-Year Warranty on Motor, Frame and Parts

Best Treadmill Under £500:

Next up is the Reebok ZR8 Treadmill, the mid-price treadmill. It has a 2.0 HP motor giving a maximum speed of 16kph (10mph), 12 levels of electronic incline and up to 24 varied fitness programs.

Features;

  • Programs: 24 preset programmes with 7 user-defined options (31 in total)
  • Top Speed: 16 km/h (10mph)
  • Max. Incline: 12 levels
  • Motor: 2.0 HP
  • Emergency shut-off facility: Yes
  • Display: Multi-Function LCD display with handrail controls
  • Speakers: Yes. MP3 audio input for built-in speakers
  • Max. User Weight: 110 kg
  • Dimensions: 165 x 74 x 143 cm ; 67 Kg
  • Running Belt: 126 x 41cm
  • Warranty: Lifetime on Frame, and 10 years on motor
"I'm actually very very impressed with this treadmill. Love the presets which is 24 of them. I'm 45 and have the midlife hardly ever move kinda thing now........and so really glad with this purchase. Love the presets and the incline is wow wow wow! Just remember to take the red screw out at the bottom which on first incline I didn't oops! Just sooo happy with this item. Highly recommend it."
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Adam
Treadmill User

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Best Treadmill Under £1,000:

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For a budget of up to £1000, we recommend the JTX Sprint treadmill. A top speed of 20km/h and incline level of up to 15%. Foldable deck for easy storage. Ergonomic handrails and Pulse sensors

Features;

  • Programs: 24 personal trainer designed fitness programs with 8 quick start buttons
  • Top Speed: 20 km/h
  • Max. Incline: 15%
  • Motor: 6.0 HP (Peak)
  • Emergency shut-off facility: Yes
  • Display: Multi-Function LCD display with handrail controls
  • Speakers: Yes. Built-in speakers and MP3 input
  • Max. User Weight: 160 kg
  • Dimensions: 153cm(h) x 93cm(w) x 196cm(l). Folded: 93cm(w) x 111cm(d)
  • Running Belt: 145 x 52 cm
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame and 10 years motor warranty and 3 years in home repairs including parts and labour

Best Gym-Quality Treadmill:

Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Treadmill

For the more experienced runner, a gym-quality treadmill might be an option. A high ticket price, sure, but you certainly get what you pay for with this one. 20 km/h top speed and 15% incline.

Features;

  • Programs: 12 plus 2 custom workouts and 4 user profiles
  • Top Speed: 19 km/h
  • Max. Incline: 15%
  • Motor: 4.0 HP MagnaDrive™ motor
  • Emergency shut-off facility: Yes
  • Display: Multi-Function LCD display with handrail controls and heart rate monitoring
  • Speakers: Yes
  • Max. User Weight: 181 kg
  • Dimensions: 203 cm x 94 cm x 158 cm
  • Running Belt: 152 x 55 cm
  • Warranty: 3 years guarantee (parts and labour)

Best Treadmill Overall:

Life Fitness Elevation Series Treadmill

Last, but not least by any means is our top-rated treadmill by Life Fitness. The Elevation Series is the most expensive in our range but boasts a host of features. 

The premium Elevation Series Treadmill combines the comfort of FlexDeck technology with enhanced user engagement. A variety of intuitive console choices provide entertainment, workout tracking and detailed product use information.

With FlexDeck shock absorption included, the Treadmill’s large 22″ x 60″ DX3T belt reduces knee and joint stress by up to 30 percent more than non-cushioned surfaces. Eight incredibly durable LifespringT shock absorbers deliver consistent cushioning.

Features;

  • Programs: Up to 42
  • Top Speed: 0.5 – 14mph / 0.8 – 23kph
  • Max. Incline: 15%
  • Motor: 4-HP AC Continuous Duty (8-HP Peak Duty) Motor with MagnaDrive™ motor controller
  • Emergency shut-off facility: Yes
  • Display: TV, Internet, Bluetooth, Interactive Courses, Integrated Apps. Featuring streaming video and audio like Netflix, Hulu and Pandora Radio, Apple Watch connectivity, customised messages, easy connectivity,
  • Speakers: Yes
  • Max. User Weight: 181kg (28.5 st)
  • Dimensions: 204 x 94 x 159 cm / 80” x 37” x 62.25”
  • Running Belt: 55 cm x 152 cm (22×60”)
  • Warranty: 7-year warranty on Lifespring shock absorbers; 2-year on all electrical components; 1-year limited warranty on all mechanical components and labour

Conclusion - Best Treadmills For Home Use

best treadmills for home use

A treadmill is a great option for the home gym. For regular cardio or a run in the home when the weather is playing up, treadmills are a perfect option for beginners and professional runners alike.

There is something for all budgets. Just remember the old saying: ‘You get what you pay for’. Take particular note of the top speed, incline and motor power, and don’t forget to check the included warranty.

Hopefully, now you have found the best treadmills for home use.

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