Run, jog, walk or even dance from the comfort of your own home, with the addition of a great treadmill for your home.
Finding the time to get to the gym, or waiting for the British weather to do something other than rain, can leave you not exercising as much as you would like. Investing in a treadmill for your home gym set-up, removes these irritating factors, and can make working out exciting again!
From the comfort of your own living room or dedicated home gym, you are free to sweat as much as you like and sing along to some Abba as loud as you like (not that there's anything wrong with doing this in the gym!). With no external factors, like weather or traffic, to limit you and your weekly workouts, you'll find yourself working out more than ever before.
Taking the plunge and buying a treadmill is no easy task, knowing what you need from a treadmill is the best place to start, think how often you will be using it and what for?
Here are some key things to consider when browsing treadmills:
• Performance – depending on how often you plan to use the treadmill, does it meet your standards as a runner? You want a useable running area big enough to accommodate your running style and speed. Things such as maximum speed and incline percentages are also good to make note of.
• Belt speed – this is different for everybody. If you’re looking to walk or lightly jog then speed is not a major factor, whereas if you are looking to run at a faster pace, maximum speeds are essential to look out for. Of course, the higher the speed, the higher the price.
• Belt sizes – belt length is an important factor to consider particularly for taller users. For the tall and long striders, try to steer towards treadmills with belt sizes of around 152cm/60 inches. Considering the maximum user weight is also an important factor.
• Programme functions – different functions and large display screens to work alongside online sessions are what some of you may be after for guided workouts. You can get a good range of programmes on entry-level machines, but of course, those who want an integrated screen should expect to pay more. One way around this is to simply use your tablet.
Now that you know what to look out for, we can get stuck in with our top picks of the best treadmills perfect for use at home. Keep reading to view our top seven picks and some great exercises to get you started on your new treadmill.
The best treadmills for your home
Yes, you’re right you can find treadmills for £100. Let us state unapologetically that we do not see the value in the super cheap treadmills; they tend to be flimsy and brittle, and usually cost you more in the medium-long term because they break and you end up buying one of these which you should have done in the first place.
What do you get with this treadmill? To start with, you get a 5-year warranty on the motor (2.5 CHP), a two-year warranty on parts and labour, and a lifetime warranty on the frame. What’s more, is that you're getting that warranty from a UK brand.
On the features front, you get a well-cushioned running belt, which can range between 0.3 and 16km/h (10mph). A selection of 15 programmes gives you fairly good flexibility for workouts, helped by the fact three of them are customisable. On the deck, you will find a surprising array of goodies. No big screen but there is a holder for your devices, and a USB and aux connection. Why? Because the JLL S300 has built-in speakers of course. The frame is alloy steel, and the maximum user weight is 120kgs.
• Size - 158 x 70 x 128 cm
• Speed ranges from 0.3 km/h to 16 km/h
• Incline ranges from 0 to 20 levels
• Running area size is 123 cm in length and 41 cm in width
• Maximum user weight is 120 kg
The JLL T450 Digital Folding Treadmill is similar to the S300 above, just with a little more oomph. You get a 2.5 CHP motor with 4.5 peak HP, a new and improved running belt that requires less maintenance, and a slight increase in top speed – 18km/h.
There is a 16-point cushion deck for shock absorption on the belt so it doesn’t feel like you’re running on granite. It’s foldable too, assisted by hydraulic struts. It’s the small things like this that make the JLL T450 a much wiser choice over a £200 cheap treadmill.
On the control panel there is an LCD screen with blue Sci-Fi luminescence but more importantly, a giant Start/Stop button and safety clip. It has 20 running programmes, pretty impressive, and this one comes with built-in entertainment so you can charge your phone or play your favourite running music with Bluetooth enabled and the same high powered speakers as the S300.
• Size - 168 x 72 x 133 cm
• 18Km/h Max Speed
• 0-20 level Auto incline
• 1270 x 420mm usable running area
• Maximum user weight is 120 kg
Still don’t think a £500 treadmill is in your price range? Decathlon has taken the prize for our super value treadmill with their Motorless Treadmill W100. If you’re looking for something that you can put in the comfort of your own home and get the job done, this treadmill is for you.
This treadmill is non-motorised with two flywheels and several resistance levels, as well as having an LCD console with five indicators: time, distance, speed, calories and steps - it's not too basic just because it's a super value treadmill. With a compact design, you can even fold down this treadmill with a safety locking mechanism, so it's not as chunky as our other treadmills.
Unfortunately, this treadmill has a non-adjustable incline, but at 15 per cent you know what you're getting. This is aimed at those who are in good physical condition but want to test themselves regularly. You might need help from a friend to get this assembled as it's a little heavy. Once you get going, though, you'll be off in no time.
• Size - 122 x 110 x 66 cm
• Non-motorised treadmill with a non-adjustable, fixed 15 per cent incline
• 115 x 38 cm usable running area
• Maximum user weight is 110 kg
Another great choice is the JTX Sprint-5 Home Treadmill, which is designed with regular runners in the mind, whether you're a beginner to running up to training for a half marathon. This is great value for money, with a power incline and 18kph top speed, so you get a proper bang for your buck.
There are 43 pre-set programmes on this home treadmill, so you can keep your fitness constantly improving with different options, or, if you already know what you want, you can save up to three custom programmes to keep yourself on track.
The features of this treadmill don't stop there, as it can fold away with a hydraulic assist lift and Soft Drop system. There's also Cushionstep suspension - meaning an 8-point rubber shock absorption reducing impact by up to 30 per cent - and a silent motor will keep noise to a minimum. If it's not a quiet workout you want, you can play music on a newly integrated speaker system through a Kinomap Bluetooth system and app made tailored to the treadmill.
• Size – 174 x 157 x 83 cm
• Driven by a 2.5 horsepower motor which delivers a smooth and consistent speed of up to 18 kph
• Digital incline system raises the deck over a range of 0-10 per cent, adjustable over 12 levels
• 140 x 48 cm usable running area
• Maximum user weight is 140 kg
The Branx and JLL machines present you with quality components without having to pay a four-figure sum. They are a huge step up from the cheap options and worth the extra upfront. By the same token, when you do move into that higher bracket around £1,000, you will notice a considerable step up once more.
The 2.75 CHP motor is a commercial DurX™ unit with heavy-duty, yet smooth-running components and has a 10-year warranty. The top speed is 22km/h (13.7mph); the running deck is bigger at 140cm/55in to cater for taller people and is rated up to 135kgs accordingly. It also has noticeable cushioning. The frame is foldable and comes with a lifetime warranty. In addition, one year's iFit membership is included, valued at £129. The S 25i is therefore designed with longevity in mind and aims to work for everyone no matter their level and to still cut it as people progress.
• Boxed Dimensions - 162 x 144 x 72 cm
• 0 – 22 km/h Speed
• 0 - 12 per cent Digital Incline
• 140 x 51 cm usable running area
• Maximum user weight is 135 kg
If you desire a treadmill with integrated interactive training, then we suggest sticking with NordicTrack with the 1750 Treadmill. It gives you an upgrade on the S 25i hardware and also a big 10-inch screen and speakers from which you can follow your iFit training. So while the 1750 is more than the S 25i, you do get more than merely a screen. It’s also great value compared with far more expensive models.
The upgraded hardware means a 3.75 CHP motor and a bigger 152cm running space. Top speed and maximum user weight remain the same, as do the frame and motor warranties. With the 10-inch HD screen, you’ll be integrated with on-demand workouts led by rather intense-looking trainers.
• Size – 186 x 178 x 89 cm
• Top speeds of 22kph
• Interchangeable incline from -3 per cent all the way up to 15 per cent
• 153 x 55 cm usable running area
• Maximum user weight is 135 kg
For our final recommendation, we focus on incline treadmills. In fairness, these will only be of use to those who are trail runners or are used to running on undulating surfaces. Also, because treadmills are currently being snapped up, the Nordictrack X9i is currently out of stock, but we have listed it here because it is our pick of specialist incline treadmills and we'll keep this page updated as it becomes available once more.
With this machine, the incline can range between –6 and 40 per cent and up to a top speed of 20km/h (12.4mph). Fiddling with this range of incline and speed during a run can be annoying, so the X9i has a smart motor. It means that your speed and incline levels are digitally adjusted during whichever iFit workout you’re undertaking. In essence, your intense-looking trainer on the 7-inch touch screen has control over your machine, so no cheating.
The X9i has a 3.6 CHP motor, a maximum user weight of 135kgs, a 152cm/61in running belt, one year’s iFit Family membership, and warranties in line with the Nordictrack models above.
• Size – 181 x 178 x 100 cm
• Speed up to 20 km/h
• Incline of - 3 to + 40 per cent
• 152 x 55 cm usable running area
• Maximum user weight is 135 kg
Getting started on your treadmill
Getting started on your treadmill should be pretty simple, with many brands offering great guidance on set-up and maintenance, should you have any issues. Of course, getting started you will want to get used to your treadmill with some slower jogs and low inclines (if included) to get a sense of your space and surroundings.
Once you feel comfortable with your new piece of equipment you can add some intensity and fun to your workouts with a few accessories.
Treadmill Mat Floor Protector
Protect your flooring and new treadmill with a floor protector mat.
Spot On 100% Silicone Treadmill Belt Lubricant
Lubrication is a crucial part of treadmill maintenance, JLL have a handy general treadmill maintenance video on YouTube with useful tips (lubrication is at 1 min 35).
Xn8 Neoprene Ankle Weights
If youu2019re looking to add some intensity to your treadmill workouts, weighted ankle straps are a great buy.
Fitbit Charge 4
Keep track of your progress and health with a Fitbit, perfect for recording heart rate and active minutes.
Once you're comfortable on your treadmill, you can turn your workouts full-body and up the intensity with some guided sessions. There are plenty of great ones to choose from on YouTube, here are a few of our favourites:
What a great way to make workouts exciting, because who doesn't love to dance.
One for the brave ones, this intense HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) 20-minute workout will definitely have you sweating.
This 35-minute guided video is great if you're looking to burn fat.