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Top 10 Best Small Compact Folding Treadmills

- August 2019

Results based on 650 Reviews

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Rebel Treadmill 1000 Under Desk Treadmill Rebel Desk
Rebel Desk
Rebel Treadmill 1000 Under Desk Treadmill
  • ⭐ RELIABLE & STYLISH ⭐ Quality, reliability, eye-catching design and a proven-track record: the Rebel Treadmill 1000 has it all. This treadmill base fits under a standing-height desk and lets you walk at a leisurely pace while you work. You can be more productive, tone your muscles, burn more calories, and feel less tired. Imagine logging several miles and thousands of steps everyday!
  • ✔️ SIMPLE SETUP - The treadmill base ships for free and arrives fully assembled. At just 88lbs, this lightweight treadmill makes for easy setup. Simply remove it from the box and use the front wheels to roll it into place under a standing-height desk or tall counter. Place the treadmill console on the desktop, hit "Start" and you can start walking and working!
  • 👍 WORRY-FREE WARRANTY - On the Rebel Treadmill, there is NO maximum hours of usage per day so you can walk as long as you want without worrying about voiding the warranty (2 years for any parts and labor and 20 years for the frame). Rebel Desk prides itself on prompt and attentive customer service for as long as you are walking and working on your Rebel Treadmill.
  • 👞 QUIET & SAFE WALKING - The treadmill base has a high-quality, ultra quiet motor that lets you walk and work without disturbing others. The Rebel Treadmill's speed range of 0.5 to 2.0 mph allows for a comfortable walking speed that lets you get work done without working up a sweat. That's because this treadmill base is specially designed to be an office treadmill. At 63 inches in length, you can walk safely and comfortably using your normal walking stride.
  • 🛡️OUR PROMISE - Rebel Desk's promise to you is a 100% moneyback guarantee up to 30 days after receipt of the treadmill. No hidden fees, no questions asked - making this a no-risk purchase for you.
  • EAN: 0861516000003
  • UPC: 861516000003
  • MPN: 1000
  • Part Number: 1000
  • Size: 64 inches long x 24 inches wide
  • Width: 25 Inches
  • Length: 64 Inches
  • Width: 25 Inches
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AKONZA 1.2 Peak HP 1100W Folding Electric Treadmill Fitness Power Motorized Jogging Walking Running Machine, Black Akonza
AKONZA 1.2 Peak HP 1100W Folding Electric Treadmill Fitness Power Motorized Jogging Walking Running Machine, Black
  • Amazingly Low Noise Motor & Safety Emergency - Provide safe & quiet workout experience. The foldable treadmill comes w/ built-in safety key to ensure instant shut-off under emergency situation. The motor ensures perfect performance for walking, jogging, cardio & running workout at home
  • 12 Preset Training Plans - To burn calories more effectively, we specially programmed 12 different running setting, with the help of these preset training plans
  • Folable & Easy to Storage - Easy folding mechanism and a soft drop system to help you fold and unfold your treadmill safely and with ease. Transport wheels help you move the treadmill easily
  • Built-In Cup Holder - 2 water bottle holders on both side of control panel
  • Heavy-duty Construction - Frame is made of quality steel, max 225lbs weight capacity, anti-slip lawn texture belt safe and durable
  • EAN: 0192928008944
  • UPC: 192928008944
  • MPN: 049-FTM-355
  • Part Number: 049-FTM-355
  • Height: 4650 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2400 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 4925 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2400 hundredths-inches
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Smart Digital Foldable Fitness Treadmill - Compact Slim Folding Electric Indoor Home Gym Exercise Running Machine with 50.0 x 18.0 belt, Automatic Speed Adjustment, Safety Key - SereneLife SLFTRD60 Sound Around
Sound Around
Smart Digital Foldable Fitness Treadmill - Compact Slim Folding Electric Indoor Home Gym Exercise Running Machine with 50.0" x 18.0" belt, Automatic Speed Adjustment, Safety Key - SereneLife SLFTRD60
  • DIGITAL LCD DISPLAY: This smart treadmill is equipped with a unique floor panel mounted computer control system with digital LCD display screen and touch button controls that displays speed, time, step count, distance, calories burned
  • FOLDING STYLE: Features a simple electric plug in next generation low profile design with hassle free operation. This compact slim running machine is portable, foldable, and has wheels for easy setup / storage for a home gym
  • AUTOMATIC SPEED CONTROL: The indoor lightweight treadmill features a low speed cardio training for walking and it automatically senses speed and adjusts accordingly so the runner can control the intensity of workout.
  • SOLID CONSTRUCTION: Made with powder coated steel, ABS construction, this exercise machine has 265 lbs weight capacity, motorized power of 735 watt and the (L x W) 50.0" x 18.0" running belt size provides a comfortable workout experience
  • SAFETY KEY: Get an effective workout while staying safe with its integrated safety key emergency shut off function to cut power instantly. Used for walking, jogging, running endurance / stamina training and perfect for weight loss, cardio fitness
  • EAN: 0842893111742
  • UPC: 842893111742
  • Model Number: SLFTRD60
  • Part Number: SLFTRD60
  • Size: 0
  • Warrenty: 1 YEAR HASSLE FREE
  • Height: 4449 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2835 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 6162 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2835 hundredths-inches
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XTERRA Fitness TR150 Folding Treadmill Black Spirit Fitness
Spirit Fitness
XTERRA Fitness TR150 Folding Treadmill Black
  • Large 16" X 50" Walking/running surface
  • Large 5 inch LCD display is easy to read and keeps you updated on speed, incline, time, distance, calories, and pulse
  • Speed range 0. 5 -10 MPH allows for users of all fitness levels
  • 12 preset programs offer unmatched variety for your workouts
  • 3 Manual incline settings allow for maximum variety. Side rails: plastic. Belt: 1 ply, 1. 4mm
  • Prop 65: this product can expose you to chemicals including toluene and acrylamide which are known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
  • EAN: 0795447115867
  • UPC: 795447115867
  • MPN: TR150
  • Model Number: TR150
  • Part Number: TR150
  • Warrenty: Manufacturer Supplied
  • Height: 5140 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2875 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 6340 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2875 hundredths-inches
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Titan Fitness Under Desk Walking Treadmill Titan Fitness
Titan Fitness
Titan Fitness Under Desk Walking Treadmill
  • WORK OUT WHILE YOU WORK: Sitting at a desk all day can wreak havoc on your health and fitness goals. Fortunately, there's a simple solution: stop sitting and start walking! With our miniature treadmill, you can get your steps in while working. This treadmill goes up to 4 mph, so you can walk to your heart's content. This is multitasking at its finest.
  • GREAT FOR STANDING DESKS: With this treadmill, you can have the best of both worlds! It's compatible with standing desks, so you can stay active all day long. Type at your computer, make phone calls, and hold business meetings as you walk. Jump-start your fitness goals by purchasing this treadmill today.
  • CONVENIENT CONSOLE: This treadmill comes with a handy console that fits nicely on your desktop. It allows you to adjust and track your speed. The console records your overall time, steps taken, and how many laps you've walked. It also estimates how many calories you've lost while walking at your desk.
  • SAFETY FEATURES: Working out is about improving your body, not hurting it! At Titan Fitness, we take safety seriously. That's why this treadmill system comes with a safety key that you can clip onto your shirt. Once the key is disengaged from the console, it automatically shuts off the treadmill, preventing injury.
  • DIMENSIONS: This compact and lightweight treadmill weighs approximately 114 lbs. It measures at 65" L x 25" W x 8" H, making it the perfect size for storing under your desk. The belt has a length of 53" and a width of 18". The treadmill has a walking platform height of 6". This small treadmill can support a weight capacity of up to 250 lbs.
  • EAN: 0049008264588
  • UPC: 049008264588
  • Part Number: UDWALK
  • Height: 800 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2500 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 6500 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2500 hundredths-inches
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Confidence Fitness TP-1 Electric Treadmill Folding Motorised Running Machine Pink Golf Outlets of America, Inc.
Golf Outlets of America, Inc.
Confidence Fitness TP-1 Electric Treadmill Folding Motorised Running Machine Pink
  • FOLDING FRAME - Easily folds up and away for easy storage
  • SMOOTH MOTOR WITH 12 MONTH - Powerful motor provides drive for users up to 250lbs
  • 12 PRESET PROGRAMS - Keep your workout varied with the 12 expert fitness programs
  • LARGE BACKLIT LCD - Easy to read display so you can keep your workout on track
  • EAN: 5051401466600
  • MPN: NHCFT-2002
  • Model Number: NHCFT-2002
  • Part Number: NHCFT-2002
  • Warrenty: 12 months
  • Height: 1100 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2400 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 4900 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2400 hundredths-inches
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Goplus 2.25HP Electric Folding Treadmill with Incline, Walking Running Jogging Fitness Machine with Blue Backlit LCD Display for Home & Gym Cardio Fitness (Black Jaguar Ⅲ) Superbuy
Goplus 2.25HP Electric Folding Treadmill with Incline, Walking Running Jogging Fitness Machine with Blue Backlit LCD Display for Home & Gym Cardio Fitness (Black Jaguar Ⅲ)
  • 【Heavy Duty Construction & 2.25 HP Impulse Max Motor】Made from high quality steel, the capacity of the treadmill is up to 250lbs, as far as possible to meet your needs. 2.25 horsepower quite impulse motor deliver power for interval, speed, or endurance training. Don't worry it will make big noise to bother people downstairs.
  • 【5" Blue-Ray LCD Display & 17" X 47" Rubber Running Belt】Features with 5" blue-ray LCD display, this treadmill provides better watching experience. It shows Time, Distance, Calories, Speed, Pulse and Incline. 17" X 47" big rubber running belt provides more comfortable and more stable workout experience.
  • 【Adjustable Incline Level& Speed】The inclination of this treadmill could be manually adjusted in 3 levels, helps you burn more calories, tone more muscle, and build greater endurance. Running speed of this treadmill could be adjusted from 0.5-7.5MPH.You could choose different speed base on different workout purposes.
  • 【Foldable design & Cushioning Design】Easy folding mechanism and a soft drop system to help you fold and unfold your treadmill safely and with ease. This treadmill also feature with 4 silicone pads, 2 on each side of the machine, which can reduce noise and descrease vibration to your floor efficiently.
  • 【Safety Key & 12 Built-in Workout Programs】Safety Key connect you and the machine, emergency stop button on the handrail, which double protect you while working out. 12 built-in programs are available for you to choose, these easy-to-use exercise programs help to improve your cardiovascular fitness, boost your health, and burn fat.
  • EAN: 6940350816736
  • MPN: SU-36091US-PS
  • Part Number: SU-36091US-PS
  • Height: 5200 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2800 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 6100 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2800 hundredths-inches
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Goplus Electric Folding Treadmill, Free-Install Design, with APP Control and Touch Screen, Adjustable Incline and 90° Folding Running Machine, Perfect for Home use (Black) Superbuy
Goplus Electric Folding Treadmill, Free-Install Design, with APP Control and Touch Screen, Adjustable Incline and 90° Folding Running Machine, Perfect for Home use (Black)
  • 〖No Installation Required & Portable Design〗Quickly expanding and folding in seconds, there is no installation work required, you only need to screw a black cap screw to set it up and fold it as you want. Also the flexible wheels make it easy to roll and move, keep upright, save space and store.
  • 〖APP Control〗This treadmill support bluetooth smart phone APP connect. Wireless connectivity for your treadmill. Just scan the two-dimension (QR) code at vertical panel and download the software.
  • 〖90° Folding Design & Adjustable Incline〗The vertical folding design make it save more space than classic treadmill, and make it easy to store. You also could incline the treadmill by adjusting the rubber screw in the bottom of the deck edge. Incline change design will help you burn more calories, tone more muscle, and build greater endurance.
  • 〖3 Count-down Modes & 99 Built-in Programs〗There are 3 count down motion mode ready for you, you could set the default distance, time and calories for your every day work out. Experiencing the motion model with specified amount of exercise. We also prepare different 99 running programs are set in the treadmill. You could check the instruct for more details.
  • 〖LED Touching Screen & Hi-fi Sound System〗You could track your process by this 11" LED touch display, which will show you the time, speed, distance, heart rate and calories burned. It will be more high-tech by using the touching screen to set the mode or the speed. Also the Hi-fi sound system will offer you relaxed atmosphere by connecting the player and the board jack through the spring connection line when you work out. LED touch screen and Hi-fi sound system give you best workout experience.
  • MPN: SU-35897BK-PS
  • Part Number: SU-35897BK-PS
  • Height: 2200 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 5000 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 4700 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 5000 hundredths-inches
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SereneLife Folding Digital Portable Electric Treadmill - Large Running Surface - Compact Slim Fitness Training Cardio Equipment for Home Workouts, walking Exercise - Minimal Profile Running Machine Sound Around
Sound Around
SereneLife Folding Digital Portable Electric Treadmill - Large Running Surface - Compact Slim Fitness Training Cardio Equipment for Home Workouts, walking Exercise - Minimal Profile Running Machine
  • SLIM DESIGN WITH LARGE RUNING SURFACE: Featuring a slimmer & more streamlined design than usual + fitted with wheels that lock in place & roll as needed, this motorized low speed treadmill is the easy move cardio solution. Belt size 18. 3" X 51".
  • HANDLE FOLDS FOR DISCREET STORING: Handle folds down to conveniently slide under furniture, in closets, etc. Fold & roll when done to keep the treadmill out of sight until next time. It's a hassle-free home workout machine!
  • DIGITAL LCD TOUCHSCREEN CONTROLS: Records Speed, Step Count, Distance, Calories Burned. 5ft power cord, 220lb maximum weight support 350 watt digital treadmill. Keep track of your fitness with training technology.
  • ADJUSTABLE WALKING, JOGGING SPEED: Adjust speed settings using state-of-the-art touch controls. Treadmill comes with REMOTE CONTROL & integrated safety key. Emergency Power Off can be quickly activated to prevent accidents.
  • BEST CHOICE FOR EXERCISING AT HOME: Weighing only 78. 25 lbs., this adjustable speed treadmill is a popular pick for men & women who exercise at home or at the office. Portable but nonetheless powerful, it's #1 for personal fitness.
  • material type: Aluminum
  • EAN: 0842893111759
  • UPC: 842893111759
  • Model Number: SLFTRD70
  • Part Number: SLFTRD70
  • Warrenty: 1 YEAR HASSLE FREE
  • Height: 4449 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2835 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 6162 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2835 hundredths-inches
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Sunny Health & Fitness Electric Walking Folding Treadmill with LCD Display and Tablet Holder, 220 LB Max Weight Sunny Distributor Inc.
Sunny Distributor Inc.
Sunny Health & Fitness Electric Walking Folding Treadmill with LCD Display and Tablet Holder, 220 LB Max Weight
  • Running space: 39.5 x 14 inches with integrated shock Absorption System
  • 1.25 HP peak DC motor providing a speed range of 0.5 to 5 MPH
  • Transportation wheels allow for easy mobility and storage
  • LCD computer displays time, distance, speed, calories and Scan
  • Countdown start and pause feature
  • EAN: 0815749011268
  • UPC: 815749011268
  • MPN: SF-T7610
  • Model Number: SF-T7610
  • Part Number: SF-T7610
  • Height: 4700 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2700 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 4960 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 2700 hundredths-inches
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Table of Contents

  • Best Compact Treadmills Buying Guide: How to Buy a Compact Treadmill
  • Best Compact Treadmill Reviews

    Need to exercise but have a small space? Want to go to the gym, but are stopped by poor weather? A small, compact treadmill might be the exercise machine for you!


    We at Top10.today have an in-depth guide below that will show you how to buy the best compact treadmill for your own needs and purposes. However, if you'd like to see a few product reviews at a glance, we have that, too!

    The following three products all receive solid 9.0 ratings from us. Each features some standard items, like a safety key that will automatically shut everything off should the user fall off the running belt. Prices listed for these products are for self-assembly options; those who want an expert to assemble their unit will have to pay an extra $102.21.

    Smart Digital Foldable Treadmill from SereneLife



    This machine is roughly 50 inches long and 18 inches wide, and can support up to 265 pounds of weight, fairly standard for the industry. Joggers can adjust their speed anywhere from 0.8 to 5 miles per hour, which is slightly lower than the average 6 mph jogging speed. There's a front rail where exercisers can place their hands for added support. The control center is on the floor panel of this machine, which makes it stand out, as most include this panel at the railing level. The control panel features a digital LCD display, and there is also a remote control to adjust the speed, as well as turn the unit on or off.




    Akonza Folding Electric Compact Foldable Treadmill


    This is the best priced portable, compact treadmill on our top 3 list. This can make it a great entry-level treadmill for those just getting started in on a new exercise routine.


    This treadmill may be small but it has a lot to offer! The motor is low noise, so joggers won't be as likely to disturb their neighbors in an apartment complex. This compact treadmill also has a slightly wider speed range than the SereneLife unit, with options ranging from 0.5 to 6 mph. However, its weight capacity is a little lower, capable of withstanding 225 lbs, and it's also a bit wider, with a length and width of 49.25" by 24."


    Some great features on this product include 12 pre-set training plans, as well as 2 cup holders on either side of the control panel.




    Miageek Fitness Folding Treadmill with Smartphone APP Control


    This low-noise folding treadmill has the best speed range on our top 3 list, with joggers being able to go anywhere from 0.8 to 12 km/h (roughly 0.5 to 7.5 mph). The weight capacity is a standard 256 lbs.


    This machine has a lot of features that set it apart from its competitors. Firstly, this small treadmill comes in four color options, so you can easily find one to match the aesthetic of your apartment. It also comes with a heart monitor, cup holders, 12 pre-set workout plans, as well as a 3-level manual incline. What's really great about this product is its app-control smart system, being Bluetooth, Android, and IOS compatible.


    However, this unit won’t save much space, as it features a roughly 47 by nearly16 inch tread belt (W x L), and the board itself extends to almost 22 inches.




    Bonus: Standard-sized Foldable Treadmill Reviews

    Those who want to still save space but would like a full-size piece of equipment to perform more high-intensity workouts might want to consider full-sized foldable options. The following 3 products are quite popular at the moment, so let’s take a look to see what each has to offer:

    Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Folding Treadmill


    This mid-range folding treadmill features built-in bluetooth connectivity allowing you to connect a device and track our fitness using the ifit app. Being a larger piece of equipment, the Cadence has a higher weight capacity of 275 pounds, and a longer tread belt of 64.5 inches. The whole unit weighs a little over 130 pounds.


    The longer tread belt is great for those with a longer stride. Even better, the company promises cushioning for added comfort through its "comfort cell cushioning" design. As such, runners may enjoy the Cadence. What’s also nice here is that there are two incline levels, although these are manual (meaning you would have to adjust these before starting up the treadmill). There are also six different pre-programmed workouts included, which can be accessed using the unit’s central LCD console.


    Overall, we give this product an 8.1 rating.




    Sunny Health & Fitness Compact Foldable Treadmill


    This model goes for great price on Amazon for the standard gray-colored, self-assembly option, while the pink-colored option comes at a premium.


    This product might just be the solution for those looking for an easy-to-store device that’s also packed with technological features. Its LCD screen is easy to read and lets users easily adjust their speed. Those who don’t want to design their own workout can rest easy and choose one of nine pre-set programs.


    This unit has a nice speed range, starting at 0.5 mph and reaching up to 9 mph. This device’s tread belt is relatively small at nearly 50 by 16 in. (L x W). Unfortunately, the maximum weight is a bit low, set at only 220 lbs.


    Overall, we give this product an 8.5 rating.




    Best Compact Treadmills Buying Guide: How to Buy a Compact Treadmill

    Wellness today is a central part of many people's lifestyles. Lifestyle changes and the emergence of fast foods often necessitates the need for exercise to maintain good health. Running, jogging, and walking are among the most popular exercise practices. However, it is sometimes hard to exercise on a daily basis due to the many challenges. Some challenges include lousy weather and the distance between the gym and people's homes.


    These reasons are why many people prefer to exercise in the comfort of their homes. However, given the small nature of most apartments and condos, it is not possible to have large, bulky pieces of exercise equipment laying around. Compact treadmills can therefore come in handy to help fitness enthusiasts work out regularly.


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    What Are the Benefits of a Compact Treadmill?

    There's a lot of benefits to these incredible machines, some more obvious than others. Some great reasons to switch to a compact treadmill include:

    It's Portable, Foldable, and Simple

    Space is the most significant factor that can motivate someone to buy a compact treadmill. A small space or corner is all that is needed to have one of these machines. As such, no one needs to waste a lot of time and resources dedicating a large section of a room for a treadmill. This space-saving attribute can also help people save additional costs, as there is no need to rent a bigger house.


    The small size also makes the compact treadmill portable, so it can be easily situated and re-situated within a living space. Many are also foldable and come with wheels, making the act of moving these bad boys around even easier! These traits make these machines great options for people who move around a lot.

    Joggers Can Monitor Their Heart Rate

    Many compact treadmills come with heart-rate monitors, allowing individuals with heart issues to track their heart rate while exercising. This element is vital in promoting cardiovascular health. Low- to moderate-intensity activities on these machines can help promote heart health through increasing blood circulation and lowering the blood pressure.

    It Burns Calories

    Research findings show that some people can burn up to a few hundred calories an hour doing low-impact activities.

    What Are the Different Types of Compact Treadmills?

    Just as with anything else, there's several varieties of these exercise machines on the market today. Let's break down what types of compact treadmills are out there, so you can better decide which variety is best for you!

    A silhouette of a woman runs on a treadmill
    The best home treadmill for an apartment, small home, or otherwise limited workout space might just be a compact model.

    Manual Treadmills versus Electric Treadmills

    All About the Manual Treadmill

    Money should not become a hindrance to attaining your fitness goal; manual treadmills are an inexpensive option for fitness enthusiasts on a low budget. Most people run for the motorized treadmill while overlooking the benefits that the manual treadmill brings to the table.


    Importantly, these little machines are safe when used properly. Safety is an important aspect that we all need to watch out for while in the house. The good thing with a manual treadmill is that you don’t need to worry about safety quite as much as you would with an electric model. When you have pets around or small children, you can rest assured they are safe. When you stop the treadmill, it immediately does as well, and thus you will not experience incidences of slip and fall as those in motorized treadmills. (Although low-quality ones might not have good tread, which could result in slippage.)


    These machines are also a little smaller than their motorized counterparts. Space is what many do not have in these hard economic times. A manual treadmill is more compact than a motorized one regarding size. There are usually no other extra features added to the manual treadmill like an over-engineered frame that can increase the size. It is thus easy to store on a limited space.


    Those wanting to build strong leg muscles can do so easily with these guys! One needs to put forth a lot of energy using these pieces of equipment, as the body is solely powering it. They are therefore useful in developing strong leg muscles.


    Perhaps the ability to save electricity is the biggest draw for these types of treadmill. Because these machines are powered manually, there is no need to incur additional costs in paying for electricity bills. After the initial purchase, that's it—no more bills to use this item! These are also great options because they can still be used in case of power outage.



    There are, however, a few drawbacks to consider when using a manual machine. First and foremost, for the individuals with low body weight and muscles, it becomes hard to power the machine. Powering this device for some people can bring about joint issues. For the individuals who may have conditions such as knee or hip arthritis, this variety might not be the best option.


    Secondly, the construction of the treadmill limits its use. A manual treadmill is only used for low-impact activities, as the short belt does not also allow for longer strides. Furthermore, many units have poor construction, so harder steps can damage them, and they generally have a low weight capacity. Poorer construction may also mean the equipment makes noises or even cause slippage.

    Someone clutches their knee, highlighted in red
    It's important to find an exercise machine and workout routine that suits your own health needs; this way, you'll be less likely to become injured.
    All About the Motorized Electric Treadmill

    Motorized or electric treadmills are quite popular, and for good reason! There's plenty of benefits to be had with these units.


    Perhaps the most obvious differences between this type and its manual counterpart are the benefits that electricity provides to users. The motor powers the machine, so there is no need to strain in order to start the equipment. The motor itself sets it in motion, which can be helpful for joints when walking and running.


    Furthermore, the electric treadmill has many technological features. There are various applications and workout programs that users can enjoy, like pre-set workout routines. These programs can make working out exciting and fun by providing multiple options to realize fitness goals. Additionally, the motor-powered treadmill enhances the pace of work out due to less train. It's often possible to adjust inclination during the workout!


    Plus, a motorized electric treadmill will also usually have a longer belt, which allows people to take longer strides.



    Just like the manual option, this variety also has its own share of drawbacks. Firstly, apart from the high cost you incur in purchasing an electric treadmill, you also incur electricity bills. In case of a power outage, you will also not be able to work out.


    Safety might also be a concern if there is no safety key included. A safety key typically clips onto the jogger on one end and plugs into the machine at the other. If the jogger falls off the machine, the key will rip out of the treadmill, which will shut it down. Machines missing this key, or those who don't use the key, are at a greater risk for injury. Also, because pets and children can sometimes cause mischief, it is important toto switch the treadmill off and disconnect it when it is not in use. This way, they will be protected from accidentally starting the machine and hurting themselves on the moving belt.


    Folding versus Unfolding Compact Treadmills

    After deciding if a manual or electric compact treadmill is right for you, it will be time to look at another crucial factor: whether or not the treadmill can fold.

    All About the Foldable Treadmill

    Perhaps the greatest benefit of the folding treadmill is how easy it is to move and store. Compact treadmills are especially easy to pack away for storage purposes. Moreover, if you are relocating or moving from place to place, it becomes more comfortable to carry when folded into a smaller size. The lightness of these smaller machines also makes them easier to move around. Most varieties also have wheels. Transport wheels are instrumental when helping one move the foldable treadmill around.



    Drawbacks to the folding compact treadmill include the fewer features it offers in comparison to a standard, non-folding option. Simply put, due to the reduction the size and weight of this treadmill, many manufacturers have eliminated some features. For example, belt length is usually shorter, which can prevent some users from making the optimal use of the machine.


    The fact that this machine will need to be constantly folded and unfolded can also become strenuous for some, and downright annoying for many. Sometimes, they will also be a bit less sturdy than their stationary counterparts. (Tip: To maximize folding treadmill lifespan, opt for lower intensity exercise.)

    All About the Stationary Treadmill

    A sturdy, traditional non-folding treadmill offers several benefits to users. Perhaps the best benefit to using these machines is that they are convenient; the unfolding choice provides the user with the comfort of using an already installed treadmill. You do not, therefore, need to inconvenience yourself folding/unfolding or moving the treadmill from place to place.


    Features also abound in this variety. Unlike the folding treadmill, which sacrifices features to create the folding property, the unfolding one does not. The stationary treadmill provides quality features, as there is no need to make reductions for the ability to fold. For example, the belt length is long enough to allow one to take longer strides.



    The downsides to using this variety include, obviously, the lack of portability. The fact that you cannot fold the treadmill makes it hard to transport from one place to another. Its other physical characteristics do not make it possible to move the machine conveniently. While wheels are present on some, it is still harder to move these units than their folding counterparts. Additionally, since the non-folding treadmill has more features, it is oftentimes heavier. You will have to seek for a transport system that can safely move the treadmill as a whole; this process can be time-consuming and costly.


    The large size and non-folding nature of this machine also poses a challenge to the users who live in small apartments. It occupies space on a permanent basis, which takes up a lot of space.


    Other Things to Look for When Buying a Compact Treadmill

    All right—you've learned all about the different types of compact treadmills. Now let's take a look at some other considerations to keep in mind when shopping for that perfect piece of exercise equipment.

    Technological Features and Ease of Use

    Find out the number of features the device has that can help you. You can look for treadmills that have features like pre-set programs, heart monitors, and digital displays. The controls should be practical and easy to implement. Usually, tech-forward treadmill just has a front-facing console, where you can choose things like the speed or incline of the treadmill.


    Heart rate monitoring is an especially great feature to keep in mind when looking for compact treadmills. Those who have concern about their cardiovascular health can find this tool to be valuable, so they won’t overdo it as they exercise. However, it’s still just a handy tool for anyone to have so they can make sure they are not over-exerting themselves.


    Note that sometimes it is also possible to find even a manual treadmill with added tech features. This will oftentimes come in the form of an inbuilt, battery-powered detail. This feature allows you to track your distance, the calories you burn, and the time you work out. However, you will not have access to other built-in workout programs and applications when using the manual treadmill.

    Stride Length

    The size and weight of the treadmill will affect the quality of other aspects, including the stride length. Folding treadmills tend to have shorter belts than the unfolding and electric alternatives. In case you have longer strides, find a treadmill that will meet your needs, as you may not find these smaller machines to be comfortable for running (and some are not designed to withstand the impact, anyway). A compact treadmill for running is harder to find, will usually be bulkier, and more expensive. However, don’t opt for a cheaper model with poor construction to cut costs; have a sturdy piece of equipment is necessary to reduce hazard risks.


    The main focus when buying a treadmill is to look for one that will serve your needs. Find out if the programs, applications, and all other features can perform optimally to maximize your time and money. It's also critical to find out how much weight that the machine accommodates; remember, these machines often have a lower maximum weight capacity than standard-sized treadmills.

    Motor Strength

    The horsepower has a significant, direct impact on the overall functionality of the treadmill. Find the treadmill with enough power to sufficiently sustain your exercise requirements. Regular users should look for bigger horsepower that will last longer and sustain their weight.

    Check the Price

    It’s also quite important to establish a price range when you review fitness equipment. The price of compact treadmills varies widely, with some only being around one or two hundred dollars. A fancier model might cost you several hundred dollars. The choice is yours to make, but putting a spending limit can help you find something to fit within a budget.

    Speed and Workout Intensity

    Even the best compact treadmill has its limits. Be honest with yourself when you are looking at your options. Will you primarily be walking, jogging, or running? Compact treadmills usually have a motor maximum speed of 10 mph, although sometimes it can be even less than that. Furthermore, they often have a maximum user weight of 220 pounds to 260 pounds. As such, these devices are more suited to walkers and joggers looking for a casual workout.


    If you want to engage in high-intensity workouts to maximize weight loss, standard-sized treadmills are a great option, as they are designed to withstand more. Larger models also usually come with better compression shock absorbers, meaning they are better at cushioning your step to reduce joint strain.

    Read a Review

    Always do your research! Check out some compact treadmill reviews on Amazon or another online retailer to see what other fitness enthusiasts have to say. Taking the time to do this simple step can really help you find the best treadmills.

    Final Thoughts

    An apple and measuring tape lay on a weight scaleA treadmill for home use can help a lot of people meet their wellness goals.


    Research reveals that over 25 million U.S. citizens exercised their homes in recent years. As such, finding the perfect piece of exercise equipment is critical to ensure that you stay in optimal health.


    Small compact treadmills are a great alternative to the bulky machines you might find at the gym down the street. These units are lightweight, portable, and can still help you achieve fitness results. Armed with this new knowledge, you'll be better able to find something that is perfectly suited to your needs!

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