Are you searching for a compact treadmill? These models are a fantastic option when space is an issue, especially if you're planning to run regularly in an apartment, small condo, or small bonus room in your house. To save even more space, most of these treadmills fold up as well. The table below compares the 5 best compact treadmills available:


Treadmill Smooth
9.65LC
NordicTrack
C970
Smooth
5.65
LifeSpan
TR1200i
ProForm
590T
Photo Smooth 9.65LC Thumbnail NordicTrack C900 Thumbnail Smooth 5.65 Treadmill Thumbnail LifeSpan Fitness TR1200i Thumbnail ProForm 590T Thumbnail
Rating

Our custom rating considers all of the treadmill's features, specs, warranties, and 100's of user & expert reviews, to save you time!

Rating: 96.5%
Rating: 86.1%
Rating: 82.6%
Rating: 78.9%
Rating: 71.4%
Full Review

This table compares the top 5 treadmills. Click Read Review to learn more about one Treadmill.

Read Review Read Review Read Review Read Review Read Review
Compact?

Compact treadmills are no more than 72 inches long and 36 inches wide, and many models fold-up as well to save even more space.

Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0.6 - 12 mph 0 - 12 mph 0.5 - 10 mph 0.5 - 11 mph 0 - 10 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

1 - 15% 0 - 15% 0 - 15% 15 Levels 0 - 10%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

4.0 CHP 3.0 CHP 2.75 CHP 2.5 CHP 2.25 CHP
Max. Weight

Treadmill Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

400 lbs 350 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs
Folding?

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

21" x 64" 20" x 60" 20" x 55" 20" x 56" 20" x 55"
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$3,999.00 $1,999.00 $1,999.00 $1,499.00 $799.00
Best Price

Since prices change daily, this link goes to our preferred retailer for the current best price. Note: MSRP stands for Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price.

$1,999.00 $999.00 $999.00 $999.00 $799.00
Visit Site

After carefully evaluating each online retailer that offers this Treadmill, this is the website we recommend purchasing from.


Compact Treadmills Buying Guide

The only major drawback to owning a treadmill is that the fitness wonder does take up a lot of space. Quite often, you will run across people who would absolutely love to buy a treadmill, but they are concerned as to where they may put the trainer. Or, they may not quite be settled and are planning a move in the next year or two.

Thankfully, compact treadmills are the answer to all of those concerns. Constructed for those individuals in mind, compact treadmills (like the name implies) are perfect for home owners who lack a lot of space or need something that is easily portable. Designed with a lighter-than-average frame and transport wheels, compact treadmills also fold to provide even more floor space when not in use.

While they are ideal for their light weight and space needed to house the machine, compact treadmills are forced to make sacrifices with some specs. Unfortunately, this can at times equate to a treadmill that is simply not strong and durable enough to support a lot of adult users. However, if the primary user(s) will be teenagers and/or adults who weigh 150 lbs. or less this is probably not a huge concern.

The great thing about compact treadmills is that they are also usually very affordable and are a terrific selection for that very first treadmill. Compact treadmills will always remain a fantastic bargain just as long as they can support your fitness and exercise means. Remember, the whole point you invested in a treadmill is to improve your health, not to buy something that is unusable but will look good in storage because it takes up very little space.

Compact Treadmills — Pros vs. Cons

  • Lightweight, easy to transport if you move often
  • Require less floor space in tightly condensed rooms
  • Often fold to create extra room
  • Regularly equipped with transport wheels for additional mobility
  • Traditionally affordable
  • Since the trainer is smaller, compact treadmills may sacrifice specs
  • Stability of the frame may not be as consistent
  • Arguably not as well produced

In the end, it all depends on availability. If space is a premium in your household, you need a space efficient treadmill. However, if you have the extra storage compact treadmills might not provide the most attractive option.

The stereotype inside the fitness world for years has been that compact treadmills (like other compact home gyms) are inferior to other treadmills that are not as concerned about saving space but performance. While true to an extent, compact treadmills have actually traveled miles in terms of quality production.

Thus, the final decision is up to you. Can you afford the extra space large commercial treadmills require? Do you need something that is lightweight and portable? Compact treadmills have an awful lot to offer.


More Compact Treadmills


The following did not make the Top 5 Compact Treadmills, but are still worth a look:
6) ProForm Performance 400 Thumbnail

ProForm Performance 400

    List Price: $799.00   -   Best Price: $599.00

The ProForm Performance 400 is an entry-level treadmill with the basic specs required for a number of workout opportunities. The treadmill provides ProShox Lite Cushioning which is intended to produce less stress on vital muscles and joints.
Read the full ProForm Performance 400 Review

7) Horizon T202 Treadmill Thumbnail

Horizon Fitness T202

    List Price: $999.00   -   Best Price: $799.00

The Horizon Fitness T202 treadmill is an upgraded version of last year's T102. Consumers will appreciate their collaboration with Nike, evident with the workout programs and exercise customization. The treadmill is also compatible with iPod players and offers rich SonicSurround speakers.
Read the full Horizon Fitness T202 Review

8) horizon-t101

Horizon Fitness T101

    List Price: $829.99   -   Best Price: $629.99

The T101 is a quality budget treadmill designed mostly for walkers. While it's not the most stable or powerful machine the T101 does have some great features like mp3 input and built-in speakers.
Read the full Horizon Fitness T101 Review

9) Merit Fitness 725T Thumbnail

Merit Fitness 725T Plus

    List Price: $599.00   -   Best Price: $495.00

The Merit 725T Plus is a dirt cheap treadmill that has noticeably cut some corners, yet still found a way to get people on a treadmill and exercising. The budget treadmill is ideal for smaller users searching for a light exercise experience.
Read the full Merit Fitness 725T Plus Review

10) Merit Fitness 715T Treadmill Thumbnail

Merit Fitness 715T

    List Price: $450.00   -   Best Price: $374.98

The Merit Fitness 715T is an entry-level treadmill with a smaller-than-average motor and undersized running surface. It's extremely affordable, but not suitable for all body types.
Read the full Merit Fitness 715T Review

11) Horizon Evolve SG Treadmill Thumbnail

Horizon Evolve SG

    List Price: $799.99   -   Best Price: $749.97

The Horizon Evolve SG is quite possibly the most compact treadmill we have ever seen. It's a great buy for those who absolutely need something that does not take up a lot of space, and are not expecting a lot in terms of pre-defined workout programs.
Read the full Horizon Evolve SG Review

12) Lifespan Fitness LS 5T Thumbnail

LifeSpan Fitness LS-5T

    List Price: Discontinued   -   Best Price: Discontinued

LifeSpan LS-5T is an ultra-compact and very cheap treadmill. While it's not loaded with many extra features (or power for that matter) it does provide an easy way for walkers to exercise.
Read the full LifeSpan Fitness LS-5T Review

13) LiveStrong LS8.0T Thumbnail

LiveStrong LS8.0T

    List Price: Discontinued   -   Best Price: Discontinued

The LiveStrong LS8.0T is an entry-level treadmill with some luxurious features like LiveTrack Interactive Technology and MaxComfort Adjustable Cushioning. A portion of each purchase also goes to the LiveStrong Foundation to fight cancer.
Read the full LiveStrong LS8.0T Review

14) ProForm 380 CS Treadmill Thumbnail

ProForm 380 CS

    List Price: Discontinued   -   Best Price: Discontinued

The ProForm 380 CS is a very cheap, entry-level treadmill with a few luxuries like an iPod dock, Dual-Grip EKG heart rate monitor, and LCD display. The ProForm 380 CS is ideal for smaller users that need a treadmill for walking purposes.
Read the full ProForm 380 CS Review

15) ProForm Power 1080 Treadmill Thumbnail

ProForm Power 1080

    List Price: Discontinued   -   Best Price: Discontinued

The ProForm Power 1080 is a rather powerful treadmill with a 3.25 CHP motor and 20" x 60" deck. Along with the quality specs, the ProForm Power 1080 also supports iFit Live and iPod/mp3 players.
Read the full ProForm Power 1080 Review

16) Weslo CrossWalk S 7.9 Treadmill Thumbnail

Weslo CrossWalk S 7.9

    List Price: Discontinued   -   Best Price: Discontinued

Priced at $399, the Weslo CrossWalk S 7.9 is one of the cheapest treadmills on the market. The compact treadmill features a 2.5 HP motor, 18" x 50" running surface and CrossWalk arm trainer.
Read the full Weslo CrossWalk S 7.9 Review

17) Gold's Gym Crosswalk 570 Treadmill Thumbnail

Gold's Gym Crosswalk 570

    List Price: Discontinued   -   Best Price: Discontinued

The Gold's Gym Crosswalk 570 is equipped with CrossWalk Upper Body Arms, a new way of burning extra calories. In addition to finding a way to include your upper body into the workout routine, the Crosswalk 570 also features a Dual-Grip Heart Rate Monitor and QuickSelect speed/incline controls.
Read the full Gold's Gym Crosswalk 570 Review

18) NordicTrack T7 si Thumbnail

NordicTrack T7 si

    List Price: Discontinued   -   Best Price: Discontinued

The NordicTrack T7 si is an upgrade from the C2155 treadmill, equipped with iFit and iPod compatibility. The treadmill also sports a 2.25 HP motor and 20" x 55" running surface.
Read the full NordicTrack T7 si Review