Want to know what the best treadmills and running machines are in 2017? Then you’re reading the right article. With something for all budgets and abilities, you are sure to find a treadmill you want in our top picks guide.
A treadmill or running machine is one of the most accessible pieces of gym equipment for novices to the world of fitness machines, and a favourite among seasoned workout professionals. Even with mobility issues, a treadmill gives you the confidence to go for a gentle walk and build up to a faster pace when you are ready.
There are so many great benefits of owning a treadmill:
- Full body cardio workout
- Exercising when the weather is bad
- Conditioning exercise for most muscle groups
- No need for expensive an gym membership
- Easy tailoring of workout plans to your goals
- Good high intensity workout
- Transform your hill climbing potential
Running machines come with loads of different features such as being foldable, Bluetooth connectivity, and pre-set programmes, as well as being available at different price points. The choices below are all those we at CycleRunRow think are the best in their class.
If your budget is a bit smaller then check out the best cheap treadmills and running machines under £200 instead.
Best High-End Treadmill
The JTX Sprint-9 Commercial Foldable Treadmill is by far the most expensive treadmill of the 5 in this review but it’s worth it to get such a high quality piece of commercial equipment for your home gym. This really is for dedicated runners that have space for a fantastic running machine. The JTX Sprint-9 has a really large running deck and a dual hydraulic folding system for simple storage. A powerful 3 hp motor (up to 6 hp peak power) and Cushionstep™ Pro gym quality variable shock system makes for a smooth workout experience.
The machine really comes into its own with choice of workout levels and goals. The JTX Sprint-9 has a top speed of 20 km/h for the fastest of sprints, 15 incline levels and 24 unique interval, hill, and fitness programmes. The running machine has built-in speakers so you can easily connect your device.
“I’m really glad i forked out for a decent treadmill, it’s quiet, durable and has a wide range of programmes.”
“I am impressed and delighted with my treadmill and have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone considering buying. I must admit that I was a little worried about spending such a lot of money without knowing the supplier; but I needn’t have been they are an excellent company with superb customer care and high integrity.”
Best Folding Treadmill
The JTX Slim Line treadmill really does deliver when it comes to compact, foldable design and great running experience. The JTX folds completely flat and has wheels to make storage of the running machine after your workout a doddle. The JTX still delivers a decent size running belt with an 8 point shock suspension system to cushion your impact.
The treadmill has 15 levels of digital incline (controllable from the console) and will reach a top speed of 14 km/h. This is slightly less than the JLL S300 reviewed above, however, it is still great for a beginner or an intermediate runner and perfect for training runs to increase stamina. The large screen displays all the usual workout variables: time, distance, speed, incline and calories burnt. There are 7 programmes pre-set as well as hand pulse sensors and speakers to hook up to your music.
Users say about the JTX Slim Line Treadmill:
“It is very quiet and extremely easy to program, and understand.- the digital display is particularly effective.”
“I love this treadmill as it means I don’t have to go to the gym, I can use it for 5 mins or 30 mins whenever I want and that makes a big difference.”
Best Compact Treadmill
Well-respected manufacturer of sports equipment- Reebok- have used their development might to produce a treadmill ideal for the compact market. Focusing on providing a high-end performance running machine that also has smaller overall dimensions has delivered the ZR8 Compact Treadmill. This treadmill still has many of the premium features of their larger machines but in this smaller model at a more affordable price.
The ZigTech cushioning technology is absorbs impact from your foot striking the running deck and dissipates it across the full surface reducing the higher impacts on your joints. You should be able to workout for longer with the smoother running conditions.
The large motor gives a top speed of 16 km/h so you can really get a high intensity cardio workout using sprints as well as slower or moderate pace. Smooth transition between levels along with 15 inline levels mean you can easily vary your workout. Use one of the 24 pre-set programmes to make your workout easy and varied.
The running deck is a compact 126 x 41 cm so still providing a good stride length while being smaller when folding for storage.
Happy runners have this to say about the ZR8:
“great compact, easy to assemble and fantastic value for money”
“Good value (£439). Works well all functions are as detailed in item desription. The incline and speed can be controlled by bittons on the arms. Easy to assemble and quality is good, feels strong.”
Best Manual Treadmill
A manual treadmill works under your own power without electricity. These machines are usually cheaper than most treadmills as they have less technology involved and are easier to manufacture. A manual machine is good for people with more limited mobility who want a gentler workout or for those who prefer a walking workout to a full run.
One of the best manual treadmills on the market is the Confidence Fitness Manual Treadmill that retails on Amazon for around £100. This treadmill has 8 levels of magnetic resistance to give you a more intense workout experience as you move up the levels.
The console (battery operated) gives you good performance feedback on speed, distance, calories, odometer, time and scan.
Due to the lack of a motor, the Confidence Fitness Manual Treadmill folds really flat and is lighter than motorised treadmills so is a breeze to store under the bed or in a cupboard if space is tight.
Some owners of the treadmill have this to say:
“Very good treadmill hardly anything to set up and no problems with mine so far”
“Fantastic little treadmill doesn’t take up much space and very easy set up!”
Best Cheap Treadmill Under £200
The Confidence Power Plus Motorised Treadmill is a great machine for those wanting to start out on a new exercise regime, gradually building fitness and stamina. This treadmill has a top speed of 10 km/h so will give most people a good workout. If you need to have sprint sections or more high-intensity workouts then check out one of the more high-end options that we recommend.
For a small outlay, you are still getting a great machine that is suitable for users weighing up to 19 stone (120 kg). The LED screen gives you performance data such as speed, time, distance, and calories so you can log the different aspects of your training and continually improve your output.
The Confidence Power Plus Motorised Treadmill can easily fold to be compact for storage around the home if you don’t have the space to have a treadmill out all the time.
Buyers of the treadmill are happy with their purchase:
“Great machine for gentle to medium exercise. Bought as part of our new year resolution to keep fit and shift a few pounds. We are still using it regularly at the end of January!!”
“Great product – I use this every day. It’s easy to use. It stores away easily. I would recommend it!”
Best Treadmills and Running Machines Round-Up
Finding the best treadmills and running machines can be difficult with so many different models and types available. Hopefully, this article has narrowed down the search for you giving great options to cover all abilities, workout styles and budgets.