Best Folding Treadmills for Home Use & TOP 15 Treadmill Reviews 2019
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Love to run but its cold outside and you are tight on space?
Maybe you just want to burn off a few calories while walking in front of the TV?
Either way, a fold up treadmill may be the answer.
A lot has changed in the last few years, and the best folding treadmill for 2019 is more durable and has better features, not to mention lower price than folding treadmills from the past.
I am going to share with you a few things to keep in mind before you choose a folding treadmill and give you my review of 15 of the best folding treadmills for 2019 so you can see how they each stack up.
A treadmill built for running has three special features you may not find in lower end, less expensive treadmills.
Clearly, a treadmill designed for running needs a higher top speed. If you plan to use your treadmill for running, be sure and make note of the top speed of the treadmill you want.
Keep in mind, the average walking speed is about 3 miles per hour, give or take.
Speeds around 5 or 7 miles per hour are considered jogging, while running is above 7 miles per hour, generally.
If you are an avid runner, you may need a treadmill with a top speed of 12 mph or more.
Motor power goes hand in hand with top speed. The Horsepower of treadmills in this list range anywhere from 1 to 4, so be sure to check out the motor power before committing to the best running treadmill.
A treadmill with 1 to 1.75 horsepower motor is appropriate for walking and light jogging, but if you plan to use your treadmill for running it is best to search for a treadmill with a 2 HP motor or better.
If you plan to run on your treadmill look for a deck that is at least 50 inches long.
This is especially important if you are tall, have long legs or a long stride.
Don’t short yourself!
Some compact treadmills under 50” inches may be great for walking, but simply are not safe for running because the deck is too short.
Max User Weight
All treadmills are rated for max user weight so consider that before making your choice.
The max user weight varies between 220 lbs and up to 425 lbs, so be sure to make a note of the max user weight of your chosen treadmill before deciding.
There are two factors to consider when thinking about incline.
1st how high is the incline.
This will determine the challenge, and muscle engagement of the glutes in particular. Even a treadmill moving at a slow speed can give you an intense workout with a higher incline.
Auto incline is very convenient, and also allows you to change the incline mid-workout.
2nd is how the incline operates.
The easiest incline is auto incline, where you push a button and the treadmill inclines and declines. Usually, this feature is on more expensive models.
There are a few manual incline treadmills on this list. With a manual incline treadmill, you adjust the incline by hand, usually at the base or near the feet of the treadmill. With a manual incline treadmill you need to stop and get off the treadmill to adjust the incline.
How Compact or Space-Saving do You Need the Treadmill?
This really has to do with how much space you have and where you plan to store the treadmill. Some treadmills fold down, completely flat.
Others have a deck that folds up to a complete vertical position. Some treadmills have a deck that folds up at an angle saving just a few feet or floor space, while the ultra-compact models might fit in a closet or even under the bed.
Only you know exactly what you need, just be aware that not all folding treadmills are alike, some are more compact than others.
Review: This iFit compatible treadmill is a great value with quality you would expect from NordicTrack at a price you would see on a no-name brand. The features are great too.
An ample 55”deck allows you to walk or run, you can adjust the deck to feel like you are running on the road, or dial it up for a more shock absorbing ride, and for its size, it takes up little space when folded.
Incline: Up to 10%
Max Speed: 10 MPH
Electric or Manual: Electric 2.6 hp
Weight Limit: 300 lbs
Accommodates up to 300 lbs.
Suitable for both walking and running with 55” long belt.
Adjustable shock absorbing system for firmer or softer ride.
Speakers are not very good, no built in fan.
Best fold up treadmill for the money, Great quality and a great price make it a winner.
Spirit XT485 Treadmill
Review: This solidly built treadmill has a strong 3.5 hp motor and is sturdy enough for walkers and runners up to 425 lbs, the highest weight limit we have seen for a treadmill.
It also has a nice long deck at 60”long so running will not be a problem. The attention to detail and design quality set this treadmill apart.
It has cast motor mounts that will not shift and cause a belt that slips, and the engineering around the motor and electronics are designed to ventilate well and keep heat away from key components.
Incline: 0 to 15%
Max Speed: 12 MPH
Electric or Manual: Electric 3.5 HP motor
Weight Limit: 425 lbs
High weight limit, 425 lbs,
Stable cast motor mount for a slip free belt for a treadmill that will last for years,
Ample 60” belt designed for running or walking,
More expensive than others.
A premium, well-built folding treadmill designed to last and perfect for big, tall and heavy runners.
Review: This attractive treadmill by Reebok has a fair price point, is suitable for both running and walking, has a reasonable incline limit of 12 percent to get a serious hearty pumping workout, a solid 2 HP motor, and state of the art impact protection to cushion your stride.
A quality machine from a well-known fitness brand, this folding treadmill will not disappoint.
Incline: up to 12%
Max Speed: 16 MPH
Electric or Manual: Electric, 2HP Motor
Weight Limit: 242 lbs
Easy soft drop and lift hydraulic folding.
Air cushion technology reduces striking impact.
Smooth, quiet operation.
The fan does not put out much air.
A quality treadmill at a good price, among the best folding treadmills for home use.
Review: The Asuna SpaceFlex is good for walking or light jogging. It is one of the more compact folding treadmills in this list and it folds down to lie flat on the ground to tuck under a bed or can stand upright.
The compact size is possible because the console is very streamlined and takes up little space.
Incline: up to 5%
Max Speed: 8 MPH
Electric or Manual: Electric 1.25 HP
Weight Limit: 220 lbs
Built-in HR monitor in the handles.
Long and Wide 19” by 51” deck especially considering how compact the treadmill is overall.
Controls are very easy to use, even for those not technically inclined.
No frills console holds a tablet and not much else.
Large walking surface on a compact treadmill, a true space saver.