Our expert advice and complete buyer’s guide will help you find the best treadmill for your home. Whether you’re looking for a budget pick or an interactive powerhouse, we’ve got you covered.
Buying a treadmill is not an easy task.For starters, all treadmills look virtually the same — dark-colored, oversized, mechanical conveyor belts. Trying to decipher between makes and models is all but impossible for most. Digging into some of the specs requires nothing short of a degree in mechanical engineering.
To help sort through the options, we tested multiple treadmills, completed hours of research, and reached out to four experts for advice on what people should look for in a treadmill.
我们的员工都是有经验的跑步者we’ve collectively logged years running both on treadmills and outside, on road and trail, garnering context and perspective in the category.
We know that the best treadmill for home use needs to fit your space, perform consistently, and stay within budget. And depending on your fitness goals and style, it’s important to find a treadmill with the proper speed, incline, and power.
Plus, thegrowing market of connected fitness将普通跑步机转化为在线健身工作室。虽然没有适合每个用户的单个跑步机，但我们将此列表折叠成有用的类别，以帮助您找到最佳选择。
- Best Overall Treadmill
- Best Folding Treadmill
- More Great Treadmills for Home Use
整体最佳：NordicTrack T 6.5 Si
对于一般用途的步行和跑步NordicTrack T 6.5 Si（1299美元）是我们的首选。首先，NordicTrack是最值得信赖的健身器材品牌之一。其母公司ICON是全球最大的健身器材生产商，占总销售额的67%。
The T 6.5 S has a 2.6-CHP (continuous horsepower) motor with NordicTrack’s Smart Delivery Drive System. This delivers plenty of power for smooth belt motion and a maximum speed of 10 mph. This is a lot of motor for the money and really makes the T 6.5 S stand out.
在连接的健身方面，NordicTrack’s iFitis hard to beat. With a Bluetooth connection and a 10-inch HD screen, you can stream tons of on-demand workouts, take live interactive cardio workouts from world-class trainers, and even map out custom street-view routes via Google Maps.
Runner-Up Best Overall:鞋底F65跑步机
If you’re not overly interested in the connected fitness experience, this is hands down the best price-to-performance running machine. The specs for a $1,400 treadmill are phenomenal.
It has a 3.25-CHP motor with a maximum speed of 12 mph. And what really surprised us was the 22-inch-wide running deck. Most treadmills, by contrast, offer just 20 inches.
Sole treadmills aren’t the most technically advanced, but this one does offer some cool features. Atop the 7.5-inch LCD console sits a tablet holder with USB-charging capabilities.
The console comes standard with Bluetooth speakers that give you the ability to connect your tablet or phone to listen to your music directly off the console. Another strong selling point is Sole’s rock-solid lifetime motor and frame warranty.
Schwinn is part of the Nautilus and Bowflex family, so it has corporate support behind it. As an entry-level treadmill, it features a 2.6-CHP motor that maxes out at 10 mph. Serious runners may want more power and speed for some workouts.
使用平板电脑或手机，您可以在世界任何地方运行路线。其集成的蓝牙数据流意味着您可以连接到流行的第三方应用程序 - 允许您乘坐或与培训师从Peloton一起运行。您也可以互动，火车，并竞争其他人Zwift.
This electric treadmill features a solid 3-horsepower motor that tops out at 12 mph with a 15% incline. It also folds up for easy space-saving storage.
最佳斜面跑步机：NordicTrack Commercial x22i
Training for your next trail run, mountain traverse, or big hike? Then, you should consider an incline treadmill.
Outfitted with a powerful 4CHP motor, this treadmill delivers a smooth, continuous ride even at the steepest of inclines. Just like our top overall pick (theNordicTrack T 8.5秒), the Commercial x22i ($2,999) comes with one-touch speed control for easy speed adjustments and the full suite of connected fitness from NordicTrack. Plus, it has a huge 22-inch built-in HD screen.
Best Folding Treadmill:Life Fitness F3 Folding
Unfortunately, folding treadmills often sacrifice frame stability for compactness. But not the Life Fitness F3 folding treadmill ($2,599-3,199). As one user review noted, “I’m beyond impressed with its sturdiness and how quiet it is.”
In terms of power, the F3 puts out 3 horsepower continuously with a peak of 6 horsepower, making it a great option for both walkers and runners. One downside is that the maximum speed tops out at 10 mph, which is a 6-minute-mile pace. This presents a limit for the fastest runners.
Life Fitness gives you the choice to pick between two consoles depending on how many preloaded and custom workouts you want. The more expensive one, Track Connect, will connect with a mobile device for real-time tracking.
Both consoles are clean and uncomplicated, making them very user-friendly. But if you’re looking for an HD screen and a fully featured connected experience, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
Most Durable:TrueForm Trainer
It’s no coincidence that the most durable treadmill also happens to be the onewithout a motor.As one user review so aptly said, “It’s built like a tank.” Manual treadmills use a curved running belt, and the power of your feet moves the belt. This means fewer parts and less need for repair.
Woodway’s patented running surface is made from interlocking slats of vulcanized rubber instead of the typical single piece of material that other manufacturers use. The 4Front’s deck claims to hold up for up to 150,000 miles. While this treadmill is much more expensive than other options, you’ll probably never need to replace it.
Underfoot, the running surface is roomy at 22 inches wide and 68 inches long. The 4Front comes equipped with three different training modes including traditional, dynamic, and resistance.
Popular Connected Fitness Model:Peloton Tread
如果参与生活类由健康,attractive, world-class instructors motivates you to put on your running shoes and get it done, then check out the Peloton Tread ($2,495+). More commonly known for its Peloton Bike, the company launched the Tread model to bring its connected-fitness concept to running.
Broadcast through a beautiful 32-inch 1080p HD screen, the Peloton model is one of the best-looking treadmills we found. Access to a full suite of live and archived classes is an additional $39 per month on top of the cost of the treadmill.
这为重型跑步者，快速跑步者和更大的跑步者提出了一些寿命和性能问题。如果出现问题，Peloton’s limited warrantyis the shortest of all the treadmills we researched (5 years on the frame and one year on parts and labor).
The faster the speed and heavier the use, you’ll need the higher-class treadmill to keep pace without the likelihood of having issues. If you have multiple people using the treadmill or are a larger-bodied user, you’ll want a higher-class treadmill to handle the additional load.
Start With the Specs
Once you’ve answered the above questions about how you’re going to use the treadmill, it’s time to dig into the ever-intimidating treadmill specs. Don’t worry — you don’t need to look at all of them, just a few key ones.
I recommend going directly to the manufacturer’s website to find the weight capacity and other specs, rather than a middleman like Amazon or a distributor, to ensure that they are accurate.
This may seem obvious, but before you even start your research, make sure you measure out the entire space you have for your treadmill. Perhaps the biggest unknown when determining if a treadmill will fit is the head height from the ceiling.
跑步机的电机功率。几乎每一个treadmill expert I spoke with recommended a 3- to 4-horsepower motor for runners, and at least 2.6 horsepower for walking only. Runners will start to see performance issues and premature mechanical problems on anything less than 3 horsepower.
If the specs don’t list horsepower in either CHP or HP continuous duty, odds are it’s not rated for continuous duty.
Rollers are what the belt is wrapped around on either end. Generally, the larger the roller, the better. The higher diameter means less tension is created. This results in a smoother, longer-lasting belt and motor.
The belt size determines your running surface, or how much ground you’ll have under you. Small belts can make your run feel cramped or even cause you to step off the belt.
Larger, taller people require wider and longer belt sizes because their strides are longer and wider. An average person’s foot stance width is roughly 16 inches, so choose a belt size no narrower than 20 inches.
Generally speaking, 20 x 55 inches is considered the entry-level ideal for walking and light jogging, with 22 x 60 inches being a standard size for the average-height runners. Extra-tall runners with a long stride may need even more than 60 inches, such as theLandice L8, which has a 22 x 63-inch belt.
Choosing Between Brands
坚持不懈品牌。这并不是那么较小的品牌必然是糟糕的 - 这只是较大的品牌提供更多功能，如果有些东西会更容易修复。
Buying New vs. Used
Buying a used treadmill can be tempting due to the lower price, but in general, I would avoid buying used treadmills if possible.
Unlike a car, where the odometer clearly identifies how often it’s been used, it’s not as clear to tell how much a treadmill has been used. Furthermore, manufacturers’ warranties are only valid to the original buyer — they don’t pass through.
Connected Fitness Is the Trend
Some treadmills have preloaded cardio workouts or courses in the console. But in most cases, access to the full content is an additional subscription fee on top of the purchase of the treadmill. Usually, the more expensive the treadmill is, the more you get bundled with the purchase price.
Nowadays, the virtually accessible content is pretty impressive — so much so thatGearJunkie’s founder, a diehard outside trail runner, became a convert.
If you skimp on cost upfront, there’s a good chance you’ll spend more on repairs or end up with a shortened lifespan for your treadmill. Generally speaking, a quality entry-level treadmill will retail around $800. And a higher-end treadmill will reach above $2,000.
I would highly recommend buying your treadmill directly from the manufacturer to ensure that it doesn’t get broken in transit. Given the large size, weight, and number of mechanical parts, treadmills are not an easy item to ship and require special handling care.
Treadmills Rule Home Fitness Equipment
Despite the rise in popularity of Peloton bikes, home treadmills still rule the personal fitness equipment universe. According to the National Sporting Goods Association, treadmill purchases accounted for 54% of all home fitness equipment sales in 2018.
On an instinctual level, this makes sense. As Colleen Logan, vice president of marketing at ICON Health & Fitness, explained, “Treadmills are a natural motion. We are human, we are upright, walking, jogging, and running. These are all natural motions we do. Other fitness category equipment is great (i.e., rowing, cycling, elliptical), but it’s not how we walk down the street. Treadmills are the most popular for that reason.”
Moreover, in terms of accessible home fitness, running remains one of the highest calorie-burners per hour.
Our selection for the best overall treadmill for home use is theNordicTrack T 6.5 Si.在平易近的价格点，这款跑步机提供标准但可靠的功能，并在多年来定期使用。
We recommend all of the treadmills on this list. The best treadmill for at-home use is the one that perfectly fits your budget, training needs, and available space.
如果一个家庭跑步机可以让你满足你training needs in a way that fits your lifestyle, it may be a worthwhile investment. That said, treadmills are not cheap.
So, it’s important to be sure that a treadmill fits (both literally and figuratively) into your life. A good-quality treadmill is built to last for many years and can be considered a long-term investment.
Can You Use a Yoga Mat as a Treadmill Mat?
A treadmill mat prevents dust from building up underneath the machine. Also, a treadmill mat protects your floor and helps reduce vibration and noise. Many people use a yoga mat for this purpose.
While a yoga mat may do a decent job as a treadmill mat in the short term, yoga mats are generally softer and thinner than treadmill mats and will flatten over time. Look for a treadmill mat that is around ¼ inch thick and large enough to accommodate the entire footprint of your machine.
While some treadmills are more likely to damage your floor than others, it’s always a good idea to use a treadmill mat between your floor and your machine to prevent damage. A treadmill mat is roughly ¼ inch thick and dense enough to protect your floor from scratches and dents.
Additionally, a treadmill should always be set up on a level surface. Use a level to ensure that your floor surface is level. An uneven surface can affect your running or walking form, and it can also lead to floor damage.
跑步on a treadmill and indoor cycling both have their own advantages. Before choosing one over the other, consider your budget, training goals, and physical ability.
The quality of the workout depends on the intention and intensity of the user. Both of these kinds of equipment can offer a great workout and help you burn lots of calories.
Spinning is much easier on the joints. Running creates more impact than spinning and may not be the best option for those who deal with joint pain. That said, spinning can harm your posture, and those who sit at a desk all day may want to be upright during their workouts.
In the end, neither is necessarily better. Both activities offer a great workout that can be done at home. The choice comes down to the needs of the user and personal preference.
How Long Do Treadmills Last?
A good-quality treadmill should last at least 7 or so years, even with very heavy use. Many users report owning treadmills that last well over 10 years. Before you buy, check the treadmill’s warranty.
On this list, the鞋底F63跑步机is our pick for the best budget treadmill warranty because it is backed by a lifetime warranty for the frame and motor. It also has a solid 3-year warranty for the running deck.
Cory Smith is a Santa Barbara, California-based athlete,在线跑步教练，以及专门从事跑步和攀岩相关内容和装备评论的自由记者。他从25年的精英跑步者和攀岩者身上汲取灵感、灵感和专业知识。
His work has been featured in Outside Magazine, Trail Runner, GearJunkie, Gear Patrol, Philadelphia Magazine, and Gear Institute. Check out his portfolio atwww.storiesbycory.com.