There is a huge choice of treadmills so finding the perfect one for you can be tricky. However, to make life easier we have selected our top 3 treadmills for 2014, covering 3 different price brackets. As the treadmills become more expensive you will generally get more features and a more sturdy build. Also, the top speed that you can run at also increases with price.
Best Treadmill Under £200
Confidence Gtr Power Pro Motorised Treadmill
This is a hugely popular treadmill that goes up to a maximum speed of 12km/h, which is approximately 7.5mph. This is a good running speed that will give most a very good workout. Also, the speed of this treadmill can be set anywhere from 1km/h to 12km/h meaning it can be used by anyone wanting to start their fitness workout all the way to people who need a really challenging session.
There is a multi-function display so that you can see your speed, distance traveled, workout time, and estimated calories burned. There is also a heart rate monitor. Along with adjustable speed there is an incline function that you can set at 3 different levels, and when not in use the Confidence treadmill can be folded for easy storage.
People who own this treadmill say this it folds to an almost vertical position and is therefore very compact. They also state that even tall people can use the treadmill comfortably (i.e. a 6ft 5″ and 16 stone man). Others stats that the machine is quiet, excellent value for money, and would highly recommend.
Best Treadmill Under £500
JTX Sprint-3 motorised folding treadmill
For a slightly higher price than the Confidence Treadmill above you get a lot more features. Most notably the top speed of the TX Sprint-3 is 14km/h (approximately 8.8mph) and there is a motorised incline function that allows 16 different incline levels up to 8 degrees. In total there are 48 individual programmes to workout too and a large display shows your speed, distance traveled, time, and also your current pulse (heart rate). You heart rate is monitored via hand grip sensors and speed and incline can be easily controlled via the handlebar.
This is a fully foldable treadmill for easy storage when not in use and has a recommend maximum use weight of 120kgs (close to 19 stones). People that own this treadmill say that it has a rock solid feel with no creaking or swaying even under a weight of a 17 stone man. It is easy to assemble and use and folds away and does not take up much room. Even the people who are slightly older (i.e. 65+) praise this treadmill, saying that even though it is not the cheapest it is very sturdy and compact and reliable. Others are very impressed and state it is well worth the cost.
Best Treadmill Under £1500
Branx Fitness Semi-Commercial ‘Gym Run Pro’ Treadmill
This Branx Fitness treadmill is for the more serious runner who wants a gym standard treadmill for home use. The maximum speed is an impressive 22km/hr (approximately 13mph) which is a very fast pace that most of us will never be able to reach. The higher maximum speed means that the performance at other speeds is extremely reliable. It uses a powerful 3hp semi-commercial motor to generate these speeds, and there is a potential maximum incline of 15% that will push you even harder as you work out.
In total there are 36 professionally developed workout programs, pause feature and the maximum user weight is 200kg (approximately 31.5 stones) so it can take some serious pounding. This treadmill comes with a free Polar chest strap for continuous heart rate monitoring.
Since this is a semi-commercial treadmill for home use it does not fold because this would compromise its stability and capacity to withstand the high loads it is designed for. It comes with a suspension and absorption system for more comfortable running, and has a large 1500x500mm running area. The Branx Fitness treadmill has a large LCD display for distance, speed, time, heart rate, incline, and calories. There is even a body fat work out program. Because this is a high quality product with a high price it comes with a 3 year parts and labour warranty, and a huge 10 years warranty on the frame.
People who own the Branx Fitness treadmill say that it is an excellent treadmill and the customer service is above and beyond. It is a robust, powerful treadmill with an excellent running area and would happily recommend. Incline and variable speed are smooth. For a long distance runner (marathon standard) this treadmill stood up to all tests without faltering. I cannot think of any bad points and the warranty is fantastic.