If you want a home gym so you can work out in your spare time, but only have limited space, you can still get a really good small, mini, or compact treadmill! Lots of people want to workout but don’t have the time to go to the gym or think they don’t have space for a treadmill. For those days when you don’t want to run outdoors, how about a small, mini or compact treadmill? With smaller dimensions than those you see in fitness centres but still offering high-quality features, these treadmills may be exactly what you are looking for!
Working out on a treadmill or running machine is great cardio exercise and can easily benefit outdoor runners when the weather is against you. The guide below has details on three compact running machines that will also give you an excellent workout.
Budget a concern? Have a look at our recommendations for the best cheap treadmill or running machine under £200.
This treadmill is at the top end of the scale for price, but it delivers with a gym machine spec. The large running area (140 x 48 cm) and shock absorption system means you get a smooth running experience and the top speed of 21 km/h (13 mph) means you can do HIIT type sprints as well as distance running to vary your activity every day. The treadmill also folds for easy storage and has wheels if you need to move it out of the way after your workout. The soft drop mechanism allows the running track to descend slowly to the floor.
The Elite Runner Pro treadmill has 22 levels of incline for hill running and training variation. Easy to access push buttons on the console or the handlebar change incline and speed seamlessly.
The LCD display is large and easy to read with a number of different metrics including speed, distance and time. The treadmill also has a number of different programs to choose from if you want to track your training goals.
Customer reviews on Amazon are very favourable with a 4.8 star rating from 311 comments.
“The treadmill is solid as concrete and runs like a swiss watch. Controls are simple to use, nothing too sophisticated that breaks easily or doesn’t survive a winter in the garage.”
“Running on this machine feels no different to some of the high end, very high priced, professional units I have used in gyms.”
The JLL S400 Folding Treadmill is a great mid-range piece of fitness equipment that will suit novices as well as more seasoned runners. The top speed of 16 km/h means you can do sprint sessions as well as longer more moderate runs. 20 levels of incline will also add variety and difficulty to your workout session.
The running area is a generous 135 cm by 45 cm for a stable base and the 16 point shock absorption deck will mean you’re joints are well supported as you ramp up the speed or distance. The machine has an easy to use folding and soft drop system so you can store it easily.
If you like doing programmed workouts then this machine has 15 to choose from included three that can be customized to suit how you are feeling on the day. These are all accessed, along with general metrics, from the treadmill screen. The treadmill has USB and AUX ports to plug in any device and listen to your own playlists or podcasts through the optimised speakers.
Reviews on Amazon are very favourable for this treadmill:
“all in all a great buy for the money and a perfect treadmill if you are thinking of buying one.”
“I have had a number of treadmills in the past and this one is very good in terms of surface space, incline and speed. If you run every day and want to push your self with regards to speed then this treadmill is worth considering.“
The F10 Treadmill by Sportstech is currently the cheapest on the list so if you’re on a bit of a smaller budget but still want a decent treadmill then this is the option for you.
If you are a fast runner than the top speed of 10 km/h may not be enough for you, however for most amateur runners this is plenty fast enough to get a good sweaty run. It’s also perfect if you prefer to do a more gentle walking/ slow jog workout and don’t need any sprint options.
The running surface is smaller than the others at 101 x 34.5 cm but still decent for the machine spec. The easy fold mechanism is perfect if you have a small space or it will be on show at all times.
The easy to use and see LCD display gives you access to a number of programs as well as all the usual treadmill metrics to keep track of your workout.
Customers on Amazon are happy with their purchase:
“I use it three times a week for 30 minutes and it really makes me sweat. I had it for a month now and it still looks brand new and work perfectly well.”
“I use this treadmill once a day with no issues whatsoever, It was very easy to assemble and set up, highly recommend this product.”
Small, Mini, and Compact Treadmills Round-Up
With all these compact treadmills why let space limits get in the way of your workout? Each one can be folded for easier storage and all provide good performance. If you have a larger budget and want a higher intensity run then go for the Reebok ZR8 Treadmill, if space is your major concern and you are happy with a gentler run then choose the Confidence Power Plus Treadmill or the Homcom Treadmill. You don’t need a big machine to have a good treadmill that still provides a brilliant cardio and calorie burning workout. So why look any further than these three select products?