Best treadmills for the home 2022

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  August 1, 2022

A treadmill can be a really useful bit of kit for a runner to add to their home. Here's our pick of the best treadmills 2022

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. The trouble is, it can be hard to choose one to buy – especially as you often need to order without seeing it first.

Luckily, we’re here to share our pick of the best treadmills for the home.

Keep scrolling for our in-depth reviews of each treadmill. If you’re still not sure on what you’re looking for, head to our Treadmill Buying Guide or learn more about the Benefits of Treadmill Training at the bottom of the page.

The benefits of having a treadmill at home

Having a treadmill at home is about more than just being able to avoid running outside in the winter. Though 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 best treadmills for the home

Best treadmill for beginner runners: BH Fitness SlimRun Fold Flat Treadmill

BH Fitness SlimRun Fold Flat best treadmills for the home 2022

Technical details

  • 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 great 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. That’s perfect for beginners, but won’t be enough for super speedy runners. It also has nine in-built programmes to add structure to some of your runs.

Best treadmill for experienced runners: Domyos Treadmill Intense Run Connected

Domyos Treadmill Intense Run Connected best treadmills for the home 2022

Technical details:

  • Price: £1,099.99
  • Top speed: 13.7 mph
  • Size: length 178cm x width 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 be used for 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 treadmill for small spaces: BH Fitness TRBS9 Folding Treadmill

BH Fitness TRBS9 Folding Treadmill best treadmills for the home 2022

Technical details

  • 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), which is 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%.

Best cheap treadmill: JLL S300 Folding Treadmill

JLL S300 Folding Treadmill best treadmills for the home 2022

Technical details

  • 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.

Best treadmill for app-based workouts: NoblePro Elite 8.0

Best treadmill for app-based workouts: NoblePro Elite 8.0

Technical details

  • Price: £1549 or from £48 per month
  • Top speed: 20kph
  • Size: length 188cm x width 86cm
  • Running area: 152cm x 53cm
  • Connects with: Zwift, Rouvy, Peloton, BitGym and Kinomap apps

This clever treadmill has a higher price point than the others but for good reason: Kinni. No, that’s not a woman who will come to your living room and make you run (sadly), but it’s not far off. Kinni is an app that allows you to create your own running workouts. It controls your speed and incline automatically, so you can just get on and run. And it connects to a multitude of other apps to make your run easier, better and more interactive. There are loads of different settings to make the most of your training time. It’s also really easy to move around, but still sturdy enough to stand up to a sprint.

Best treadmill for heart rate monitoring: JLL T450 Folding Treadmill

Best treadmill for small spaces: JLL T450 Folding Treadmill

Technical details

  • 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. It 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.

Best treadmill for live classes: Peloton Tread treadmill

Peloton Tread best treadmills for the home 2022

Technical details:

  • Price: £2,545
  • Top speed: 12.4 mph
  • Size: length 173cm x width 84cm x height 157cm
  • Running area: 150cm x 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 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 treadmill training, you can get your pace perfect every time, and enjoy the benefits of that.

Treadmill Buying Guide

Treadmill cost

The first thing to consider when you’re buying a treadmill is the cost. A top-end treadmill with all the bells and whistles will set you back some thousands of pounds. But, 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, or have more than one runner in the family, then we recommend investing 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 great running shoes.

Treadmill size

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. Others need to be up all the time. Make sure you triple check the measurements before you order.

Treadmill running area

Another key thing to think about is the running area of your treadmill. This is how much space you’ll have on the belt when you’re actually running. If you’re an averagely-sized person, most treadmills will have an adequate running area. If you’re taller than most, you’ll definitely want to investigate treadmills with a larger running area, as your stride length will undoubtedly be longer.

Treadmill speed

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 the fastest speeds you’ll be running at – remember to factor in sprinting intervals. You also ideally want to leave a bit of scope for improvement! If you’re not sure how your outdoor speed converts to treadmill speed, try a treadmill at a gym to note how fast you run.

Treadmill connectivity

Some treadmills are nice and simple: they allow you run, change your speed and incline. But if you want more from your treadmill, you need to check out what it connects to. These days, lots of treadmills allow you to use training apps such as Zwift or Peloton, which offer workout programming and motivation.

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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