Best Home Treadmills – Top 5 Options For Your House
A treadmill is an excellent investment for your home and your family’s health. As you will be paying a sizeable amount for a big piece of equipment, you understandably want to make sure that you make the right decision when choosing a model. That’s precisely what we will help you do with this product review.
We have gathered 6 of the top treadmills for home use. You might be surprised to learn that you don’t necessarily have to fork our a few hundred to a thousand pounds for a decent piece of equipment. If you don’t find one that you like, our buyer’s guide will give you the tools you need to pick the right one for you.
JLL S300 Digital Folding Treadmill
Unique cushioning and shock absorption system
Good value for money
PremierFit T100 – Motorised Electric Treadmill
Most affordable home treadmill
Branx Fitness Foldable Elite Runner Pro
Top end of home treadmills
FIT4HOME Unisex Ssjk-06 X-Lite Ii Treadmill
Balance between price and quality
Best 6 Treadmills for Your House
JLL is a popular and trusted manufacturer of home exercise equipment like spin bikes and treadmills. It has a few treadmill models, but we decided to go with the S300, which is one of its mid-range models. It’s also pretty much right in the middle when it comes to the price range of products we reviewed.
It has a number of impressive features for its price. Some of these include a sound system through which you can play music from a USB or aux cable, a 16-point shock absorption and cushioning system that makes it easier on your knees and reduces the sound of running, 15 pre-programmed running programs as well as space for 3 customisable programs and a hydraulic folding mechanism. As you can see, this is a lot of extra value for your money. The cushioning system is a unique and most welcome addition.
From a practical perspective, the speed ranges from 0.3 to 16 km/h. There are 20 incline settings, it has a 4.5 HP motor (more powerful than most), the maximum user weight is 120 kg and the machine itself weighs just under 60 kg. Another thing we really liked about this treadmill was its running belt. The surface offers quite a lot of grip, which makes you feel more secure and creates a more natural sensation while running.
The XM-PROIII is the second least expensive treadmill on our list. As such, it’s a bit more modest when it comes to specifications, though it still has all the essential elements. It’s powered by a 1.5CHP engine that can go max 12 km/h, and it has three (manual) incline settings. To make your workout easier, it comes with 12 preprogrammed running workouts. Or, if you want to set your own goals, you can create one manually.
The XM-PROIII Treadmill has an Auto Lube System which allows you to very quickly and easily lubricate the belt. Other features include speakers with aux audio input, a calorie counter, BMI measurement tool and multiple speed control locations (one control on each handrail and one on the central dashboard). It looks very basic from the outside, but the front station and rails are built with the user in mind. It also comes with a bunch of extras included as gifts.
The treadmill itself is 40 cm X 110 cm, weighs only 30 kg, and can be folded up very compactly. The least user-friendly thing about this treadmill is the fact that you have to adjust the incline manually while not on the treadmill. This means you can’t adjust it while you are running. You also shouldn’t expect the same stability as some of the more expensive models. Other than that, it’s a great home treadmill for those on a budget.
If you are budget-conscious in your search for a home treadmill, it’s time to perk up. The PremierFit T100 is our most affordable treadmill, yet you might be surprised at how much it has to offer. From the outside, it didn’t look as barebones as the other treadmills in our lower price ranges, however, we wanted to know whether this extended to its features as well.
It has a built-in 1.0 HP engine that can go up to 10 km/h. The maximum incline you can set it to is 4%. The running surface is also slightly smaller with a length of about 1.3 m. So, in these aspects, it certainly does fall a little behind its more expensive counterparts. However, it does come with 12 pre-programmed workouts and the ability to program 3 manual ones. You can play your music on the speakers through an aux cable and it also has pulse sensors. One major benefit is that it weighs a very low 34 kg.
The only thing you really sacrifice for the reduced price is a slightly lower maximum performance. It also doesn’t fold up as compact as some of the other smaller treadmills. Taking everything into account, it definitely deserves a spot on this list. It comes with most of the conveniences you can expect from a modern home treadmill, including cup holders, iPad holder, towel rail and an emergency stop cord.
Next up, we have the most expensive home treadmill on our list. From the outside, the Foldable Elite Runner Pro looks more like something you expect to find in a proper gym. It’s bigger, sturdier and looks a bit meatier. Of course, this translates to much better stability than the cheaper and lighter-weight treadmills. It also has a bigger belt, measuring 48 cm x 140 cm that gives you a bit more freedom of movement.
Other high-end features include Dual Shock 10-Point Absorption System, a super-high 23 km/h running speed, 22 incline settings, a touchscreen display, 19 pre-programmed workouts and speakers with a USB socket for music. With all this included, it’s not surprising that the entire rig weighs a massive 93 kg. It also doesn’t fold up as neatly as the other treadmills, so you are almost better off just leaving it as is.
This is a top quality product that’s quality control certified by CE/ROHS/EN957 and ISO9001 up to GS Standard. None of the other products will give you the same stability and smooth running experience that this machine does, and you will probably need to aim for a gym-grade treadmill to do any better.
Don’t worry about the unpronounceable name. We promise that the rest of this treadmill is much more user-friendly. The FIT4HOME is an exceptionally affordable treadmill that costs just a bit more than the PremierFit T100 and the XMP-PROIII, but comes with a lot more benefits.
It’s powered by a 1.5 HP motor that can reach up to 12 km/h top speed and has a maximum 7% incline. One of the selling points of this treadmill is that it’s ultra-compact. It weighs only 28 kg and measures 65 cm x 135 cm, which, when folded up, is extremely easy to move around. It comes preset with 14 running programs for all levels of fitness, and you can set one manual program. It has pulse/BMI readers on the handles and can give you some suggestions based on the readings.
Furthermore, FIT4HOME takes customer service very seriously. You get a fruit-infusion water bottle and access to the Salus Sports e-book for free as well as a two-year warranty on the frame and parts and a lifetime warranty on the motor. The running belt is a semi-commercial grade, and you can also input music. It’s not the same quality as the higher-end machines, but it’s highly portable and guaranteed to last.
The JTX Sprint-7 is another high-end home treadmill option. As you can see, it’s very sturdy and has more in common in structure with the Branx than the other products. Its prime feature might just be its Cushionstep™ running deck. While this type of technology is not something new, the Sprint-7 has one of the best decks when it comes to shock absorption and noise reduction.
It runs a 3 CHP motor that can go up to 6 HP that can take you up to a max 20 km/h. You can choose from 15 different incline levels, and the treadmill supports a max bodyweight of up to 160 kg, which is quite good. It also comes with 24 pre-programmed workouts (by far the most we’ve seen). As expected, it’s a large workout machine at 93 cm x 196 cm x 153 cm and weighs around 100 kg which makes it the heaviest treadmill. It’s big enough that you shouldn’t expect it to disappear into a corner once you fold it up.
It’s got all the bells and whistles from cup holders to phone/tablet holders to a sweat rack. The dashboard has a lot of quick-start options to get you to a certain pace quickly. Overall, the whole product just has that feel of quality. It even comes with an ABS braking system.
It’s best to look at these 6 treadmills by breaking them down into their price categories. First up, we have the lower-end and less expensive models: the XM-PROIII, PremierFit T100 and the FIT4HOME. All of these perform commendably and feature an attractive price tag. We thought that the XM-PROIII scraped past the other two because of its quality build and the fact that you get so many goodies for free.
We only have one mid-range model, the JLL S300. However, it’s also the best overall home treadmill in our books. It just represented the perfect balance of price and value that most of those looking for a home treadmill will appreciate. Let’s not forget that it was still priced relatively low for a mid-priced treadmill.
We then have our two big boys, the JTX SPRINT-7 and the Branx. Both can’t be considered affordable to those who just want to have an occasional jog at home, however, dedicated runners will want to spend the extra cash. We felt that the Branx brought a bit more overall quality to the table between the two and felt more deserving of its price tag.
Buyer’s Guide to Home Treadmills
Why you should buy a treadmill for your home
Running has long been considered one of the best forms of exercise. It engages most of your body from your legs to your core and even your back and shoulders. There’s also no sport quite as accessible as running—basically everyone can do it.
A treadmill can drastically reduce your chance of injury from running. A lot of the problems runners pick up is because they run on uneven surfaces. A treadmill is flat, stable and provides consistent grip. Some treadmills even have cushioning systems to provide even more impact protection.
What you should look for in a home treadmill
The motor of your treadmill affects the speed at which it can go. However, there are also a few other factors to consider. Some motors are eco-friendly and require less electricity and others are less noisy.
There are two measurements of a motor’s power: HP and CHP. HP is for horsepower, and these motors range from 1 HP (low-end/about 10 km/h max) to 6 HP (high-end/about 20+ km/h max). CHP stands for continuous horsepower. This is the safe HP that the motor can run at for an extended period. This is usually lower than the HP and should be taken into account.
Most treadmills come with a set number of pre-programmed workouts to help beginners get started and to provide a challenge to others. Also, look for the ability to create and save your own workouts manually.
A 15% incline can boost the intensity of your workout by almost double. It’s a crucial feature to have in any modern treadmill and will ensure that you always have another challenge to step up to. Usually, lower-end models only have a max incline of about 7% while higher-end models can go up to 12/15%.
Usually, the less expensive a treadmill is, the smaller engine it has. This results in a lower top speed. It goes without saying that the top speed determines the intensity of the workout you can get out of the treadmill. Refer back to the motor section for valuable information on the correlation between speed and a treadmill’s motor.
A treadmill will probably be the biggest and heaviest single piece of home gym equipment you own. Many like to run in a TV room, bedroom or garage. Ideally, this means that you would want to be able to pack it away when it’s not needed so that it doesn’t take up unnecessary space. However, you also have to balance this with the size of the track you feel comfortable running on. Luckily, most home treadmills can fold up and be stored away.
Weight isn’t just a concern for the delivery man who brings you your treadmill. The heavier a treadmill is, the harder it will be to pack up and move. Also, it will do more damage to your carpet or the floor on which it stands. If you choose a heavier treadmill, we strongly recommend you buy a heavy-duty gym mat to place underneath it.