Folding Treadmills Comparison
Are you looking for a folding treadmill? Great choice! The ability to fold up your treadmill will save a ton of space. The only thing to watch out for is a reduction in features, similar to buying a smaller car or gadget; the fact that it becomes compact means you might be sacrificing on some specs. The table below compares the 5 best folding treadmills:
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|Speed||0.5 - 12 mph||0.5 - 12 mph||0 - 12 mph||0 - 12 mph||0.5 - 12 mph|
|Incline||0 - 15%||0 - 15%||-3 - 15%||0 - 15%||0 - 15%|
|Motor||4.0 CHP||3.5 CHP||3.5 CHP||4.0 CHP||2.75 CHP|
|Max. Weight||400 lbs||375 lbs||400 lbs||375 lbs||350 lbs|
|Deck||22" x 60"||22" x 60"||20" x 60"||22" x 60"||20" x 60"|
Folding Treadmills Buying Guide
Generally the first major decision consumers have to make when shopping for a new treadmill is what would fit my individual needs better — a folding or non-folding treadmill?
Folding treadmills might be slightly more popular but in all honesty it’s a very close race. A lot of individuals prefer folding treadmills simply because of the ability to save space when the treadmill is not in use. We are a very consumer-driven society and as our opportunities to buy more and more products become plausible so does our storage space dwindle.
That is why folding treadmills are a match made in treadmill heaven. Generally, these treadmills not only fold but feature some form of assist mechanism to make unfolding and folding a breeze. Additionally, they share similar characteristics of being lighter and smaller than their non-folding brethren.
Compact folding treadmills are the smallest (both in size and weight) treadmills on the market and are really great if you plan to move the machine from room to room or any other scenario where you cannot afford to let it sit in just one place.
The major disadvantage with treadmills that fold up is sometimes the manufacture has to sacrifice a few specs in order for the machine to fold properly. The under $500 budget treadmills are great examples of folding treadmills that are sacrificing a lower powered motor, smaller deck and other traditional features in order to offer something that is completely compact and affordable.
When you increase the treadmill price range, though, you will discover a lot of great folding treadmills that are very comparable to other, non-folding treadmills in that price range.
If you’re an larger adult your biggest concern is to simply find something that is durable and stable enough to support large frames. Paying attention to the max user weight as well as the size of the running surface and motor will automatically tell you if the product can support your frame.
One trick that we have found a lot of manufactures to attempt is advertise a particular treadmill as ultra-compact with amazing space saving abilities. Sure, the treadmill may fold but when it weighs 250-300 lbs. are you honestly going to be able and transport it often? Therefore, you should designate a room for the treadmill before you even begin shopping.
Here is a fantastic checklist for ultimately deciding whether or not you need a folding treadmill:
- What room will house my treadmill (dimensions, square feet, other objects in room, etc)?
- What is the size and weight of the treadmill(s) I’m interested in buying?
- Is the treadmill already constructed when shipped or do I need to put it together myself?
- Once the treadmill is constructed, would it be convenient and beneficial to fold while not in use?
- Will I also have to transport it to another room? (Then, you need transport wheels, lighter weight)
If you are still not quite sure, it never hurts to invest in a folding treadmill and one day upgrade to a better non-folding treadmill if it turns out that the folding aspect is not as important as you originally believed.
More Folding Treadmills
The following did not make the Top 5 Folding Treadmills, but are still worth a look:
The ProForm Power 995 is a quality treadmill in a very competive price range. The ProForm Power 995 features a strong motor, spacious running surface and iFit workout technology. It's also compatible with iPod players and music sounds decent on Intermix Acoustics 3.0 built-in speakers.
Read the full ProForm Power 995 Review
Despite being an "entry-level" treadmill of the prestigious Sole Fitness manufacture, the F63 is a surprisingly dependable treadmill and offered at a very reasonable price.
Read the full Sole F63 Review
The NordicTrack C900 is equipped with a 3.0 CHP motor and iFit Live. The C900 also features a 20" x 60" running surface, LCD display and iPod dock, including 32 workout apps.
Read the full NordicTrack C 900 Review
The Smooth 6.75 treadmill offers an industry standard motor (3.0 CHP) and large running surface (20"x 60") as well as built-in speakers and mp3 dock. It's a good buy in the $1,000 - $1,500 range with a few extras like adjustable belt cushioning and quick controls for speed and incline.
Read the full Smooth Fitness 6.75 Review
The Bowflex Series 7 is a very efficient treadmill designed to provide the tools needed for a productive workout and little else in terms of added luxuries (iPod dock, TV, etc.) to reduce cost. The trainer offers a 3.0 CHP motor, 20" x 60" running surface, The Strike Zone Cushioning and Backlite Skylight LCD display.
Read the full Bowflex Series 7 Review
The Sole F65 offers a 2.75 CHP motor, 20" x 58" deck, 350 lbs. max user weight frame, 6 pre-defined workout programs and pulse grip heart rate monitoring presented nicely on a vibration free running surface.
Read the full Sole F65 Review
The Yowza Sebring is a trainer that has many of the same features as other treadmills produced by Yowza Fitness, but also offers Intelligent Weight Management (IWM).
Read the full Yowza Fitness Sebring Review
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
The Smooth 5.65 is a budget treadmill that is ideal for consumers with little storage space. The treadmill also features Im-Pression Shock Absorption Cushioning, LED & LCD display and mp3 compatibility.
Read the full Smooth Fitness 5.65 Review
The LiveStrong LS10.0T is a sound treadmill with the basic specs needed to achieve a healthier lifestyle. The LS10.0T features LiveTrack Interactive workout technology and heart rate monitoring.
Read the full LiveStrong LS10.0T Review
The LifeSpan Fitness TR1200i is an affordable treadmill with iPod dock and USB data storage. The TR1200i treadmill also features heart rate programs and LCD display.
Read the full LifeSpan Fitness TR1200i Review
The Schwinn 860 is a folding threadmill with a 3.0 CHP motor and large (20" x 58") running surface. The 860 also offers 20 pre-defined workout programs, pulse grips and wireless chest strap heart rate monitoring as well as an integrated cooling fan.
Read the full Schwinn 860 Review
The Natilus T514 features a 2.75 HP motor, 20" x 55" running surface, 350 lbs. max user weight frame and 19 workout programs. The smooth performance of this treadmill will keep you comfortable with Nautilus' SoftTrack cushioning system.
Read the full Nautilus T514 Review
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
The ProForm 590T is a moderately priced treadmill with a 2.25 CHP motor, 20" x 55" running surface, LCD display and iFit Live. The workout experience is further enhanced with Google Maps compatibility.
Read the full ProForm 590T Review
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
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
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
The Schwinn 840 is a reliable treadmill, priced moderately, with all the standard features and little else. The 840 features a 2.5 HP motor, 20" x 55" running surface, 20 pre-defined workout programs and two methods to heart rate monitoring.
Read the full Schwinn 840 Review
The Yowza Fitness Lido features Intelligent Weight Management (IWM) a digital scale and virtual fitness trainer which logs weight into the console and creates workouts based on readings.
Read the full Yowza Fitness Lido Review
The Yowza Fitness Osprey is an entry-level "transformer" treadmill that is designed to save space while not sacrificing performance on a solid, non-shaking frame for the price paid.
Read the full Yowza Fitness Osprey Review
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
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
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
The Weslo Cadence G-40 is a budget treadmill with basic specs like a 2.25 HP motor, 16" x 50" running surface, 250 lbs. max user weight and EasyPulse heart rate monitoring. The treadmill is ideal for smaller users who need something for basic walking/light jogging exercises.
Read the full Weslo Cadence G-40 Review
The NordicTrack A2550 Pro is compatible with iPod players (with built-in speakers), and also supports iFit Live. The 2.5 CHP motor, 20" x 55" running surface, and 350 lbs. max user weight accommodates just about any user.
Read the full NordicTrack A2550 Pro Review
The Gold's Gym GG480 is a Walmart treadmill, very affordable and compact. The treadmill offers eight individual workouts and AirStride Plus Cushioning. Two 1lb. hand weights are also included with each purchase, and the console tells you when to incorporate the weights into your exercise routine.
Read the full Gold's Gym GG480 Review
The NordicTrack A2750 PRO is a quality treadmill, equipped with a durable 2.8 HP motor and spacious running surface (20" x 60") while offering Touch-Screen display and music compatibilities. The A2750 PRO is also compatible with iFit Live (wireless adapter sold separately).
Read the full NordicTrack A2750 PRO Review
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
The Yowza Biscayne is quite simply a treadmill for anybody. It is both highly durable as well as folds.
Read the full Yowza Fitness Biscayne Review
The NordicTrack C1250 is one of the best treadmills on the market, with a powerful 3.5 CHP motor and 10" Full-Color TouchScreen display. The C1250 is also compatible with iFit Live and iPod, including built-in Intermix Acoustics 3.0 speakers.
Read the full NordicTrack C1250 Review
The Yowza Keewadin is one of the best treadmills from 2010. The treadmill was produced with high quality parts and attention and comes from one of the most reputable brands in the business.
Read the full Yowza Fitness Keewadin Review
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
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
The Nautilus T516 has expanded on what the T514 was already doing well, presenting consumers with a bigger motor, bigger frame and more luxuries. The T516 is equipped with a 3.2 CHP motor, 20" x 58" running surface, 26 workout programs and built-in cooling fan.
Read the full Nautilus T516 Review
The Yowza Fitness Siesta is unavailable, so the closest current model in the Yowza folding treadmill line is the Yowza Fitness Biscayne. It's very close in price, and is a highly-rated folding option.
Read the full Yowza Fitness Siesta Review
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