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Best treadmills for the home 2022

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  May 10, 2022

Training expert Laura Fountain tests the best treadmills for the home

Treadmills are a game-changing tool for runners. If you have one in your home, it opens up more opportunities to train and smarter ways to train. If you’re in the market for a treadmill, we have some tips for buying and using them.

The benefits of having a treadmill at home

Having a treadmill at home is about more than just being able to avoid running in the rain, wind or snow. Although that is a big plus point. It gives you more freedom to train. If you have children or other caring responsibilities that mean you can’t be away from home, you can still get your run done. And if you’re concerned about your safety running outside, you can train in the comfort of your home.

The benefits of treadmill training

Treadmills are more than just a convenience tool. They’re also a training tool that can help you execute training sessions that you’d find difficult to do outside. As the treadmill dictates your pace (once you’ve told it which pace you want to run that is) it takes the guess work out of tempo runs and speed intervals – all you have to do is keep up. It might not make it easier to run at that pace, but it makes it simpler.

It’s possible that you’re finding your interval training hard because you’re going off too fast. Hit the treadmill and the pacing is taken care of for you. Many runners also struggle to slow down enough to make their easy runs truly easy and are therefore missing out on all the benefits of training in their aerobic zone. With a treadmill, there’s no chance of you going off too fast.

How to find your perfect treadmill for the home

The first thing to consider when you’re buying a treadmill is the cost. While a top end treadmill with all the bells and whistles will set you back more than £3,000, depending on how often you’ll be using it and what specifications you need, you could be happily running from your front room for a few hundred quid.

If you see yourself using it regularly all year round, then invest a little more in your treadmill. This will give you a more durable model that will be able to cope with the higher load and the options of connectivity to live classes and training tools that will help add more variety into your training runs.

Some treadmill features such as live classes and group training will require an additional subscription on top of the price of the treadmill itself. Peloton’s All Access Membership, for example, is £39 per month. So make sure you factor this in.

If, however, you plan to do most of your training outside and see the treadmill as a last resort when the weather is truly terrible, you probably don’t need the highest spec treadmill on the market. Save yourself some cash and spend it on another pair of running shoes.

The size of your treadmill is a big factor in which one you buy. Some treadmills will fold up and pack away if you’re short on space and don’t want it out full time.

While you might not be planning to set any world records on your treadmill, make sure you check its top speed. You’ll need to make sure that it can cope with your speedwork and has enough speed in it to cope when you, inevitably, get a bit faster.

The best treadmills for the home

Need some help choosing the right treadmill for you? Whatever your budget and training level and however much space you have, there’s plenty of options. We’ve picked the best home treadmills for runners looking to take their training indoors.

The best treadmills for beginner runners

BH Fitness SlimRun Fold Flat best treadmills for the home 2022

BH Fitness SlimRun Fold Flat Treadmill

Price: £699
Top Speed:
10mph
Size:
Length 159.5cm x Width 74.5cm x Height 122cm
Running area:
120cm x 51cm
Max user weight:
115kg/18 stone

This is a good option for those at the beginning of their running journey. The controls on this treadmill are simple and easy to use and the display gives you the essential information you might want to know including distance, time, pace and calories. Its top speed is 10mph which is 6 min/mile or 3:45 min/km, perfect for beginners, but not for super speedy runners. It also has nine inbuilt programmes to add structure to some of your runs.

Domyos Treadmill T540C Connected best treadmills for the home 2022

Domyos Treadmill T540C Connected

Price: £549.99
Top Speed: 10 mph
Size: Length 177cm x Width 79cm x Height 141cm
Running area: 125 cm x 45 cm
Max user weight: 130kg/20 stone

This treadmill comes with 24 workouts with pre-set goals that adjust according to your skill level. So as you get fitter, it will respond and make your workouts harder. It’s compatible with the Domyos E-Connected app which will allow you to track your workouts. It’s suitable for training on for up to 5 hours per week. And when you’re not running, it folds away to use just 114 cm x 79 cm of floor space.

The best treadmill for experienced runners

Domyos Treadmill Intense Run Connected best treadmills for the home 2022

Domyos Treadmill Intense Run Connected

Price: £1,099.99
Top Speed: 13.7 mph
Size: Length 178cm x Weight 89cm x Height 151cm
Running area: 150cm x 51cm
Max user weight: 150kg/23 stone

This is a serious treadmill built to handle high training volumes. It can handle up to 35 hours of running per week, so it will cope if there’s more than one marathon runner in the house. It has one of the fastest top speeds on the market at 13.7mph and a maximum incline of 15%. As well as the 40 pre-set sessions, you can create and program your own interval training.

Best treadmills for small spaces

BH Fitness TRBS9 Folding Treadmill best treadmills for the home 2022

BH Fitness TRBS9 Folding Treadmill

Price: £999
Size: Length 172cm x Width 87cm x Height 145cm
Top Speed: 13.7 mph
Running area: 140cm x 51cm
Max user weight: 130 kg/20.5 Stone

This treadmill folds away and will even help you do it – the vertical folding mechanism is assisted by an opening system called SDS (Soft Drop System) designed to help prevent back injuries. It also has wheels to move it from wherever you choose to store it. Its top speed of 13.7 miles per hour is fast enough to cope with even experienced runners’ training paces and the incline can be adjusted up to a slope of 12%.

JLL T450 Folding Treadmill best treadmills for the home 2022

JLL T450 Folding Treadmill

Price: £699
Top Speed: 11.2mph
Size: Length 168cm x Width 72cm x Height 133cm
Running area: 127cm x 42cm
Max user weight: 120kg /18.8 Stone

This treadmill comes with a chest strap for more accurate measurement of your heart rate while training. This uses Bluetooth to display your heart rate on the display panel of the treadmill. The Bluetooth connectivity will also let you connect your phone or tablet to the treadmill’s inbuilt speakers.

The best treadmill for live classes

Peloton Tread best treadmills for the home 2022

Peloton Tread treadmill

Price: £2,545
Top Speed: 12.4 mph
Size: Length 173cm x Width 84cm x Height 157cm
Running area: Length 150cm x Width 50cm
Max user weight: 136 kg/21.4 stone

Peloton has become one of the leading names in at-home fitness over the past few years, first with their bike and more recently the treadmill. The Peloton treadmill has a large touchscreen built-in through which you can access thousands of live and on-demand classes. It has simple control knobs to adjust the speed and incline as well as a ‘jump’ button that speeds up the pace by 1km/h and the incline by 1%, reducing the lag.

The best cheap treadmills for the home

JLL S300 Folding Treadmill best treadmills for the home 2022

JLL S300 Folding Treadmill

Price: £499
Top Speed: 10mph
Size: Length 158cm x Width 70cm x Height 128cm
Running area: 123cm x 41cm
Max user weight: 120kg /18.8 Stone

This compact treadmill has one of the smallest footprints when in use, and folds away easily when you’re not using it. The speed and incline buttons are built into the handrails to make them easily accessible while running. It also comes with 15 programmes to follow which should provide plenty of variety and guidance for those new to running.

Domyos Treadmill T900C Connected best treadmills for the home 2022

Domyos Treadmill T900C Connected

Price: £699.99
Top Speed: 11.2 mph
Size: Length 185cm x Width 88cm x Height 147cm
Running area: 143cm x 50cm wide
Max user weight: 130kg/20 stone

This treadmill comes with a lot of features for the price. There’s 32 pre-set workouts to choose from with goals that adjust according to your fitness. There are eight speed and incline shortcuts that make it quick and easy to start your run and pick up the pace. The T900 treadmill comes with a heart rate monitor belt as well as manual sensors.

Written by

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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