Best Folding Treadmills of 2017
Could your home fit a traditional treadmill? And if so… would a folding treadmill make more sense anyway?
The big advantage of choosing a folding treadmill is conserving floor space. A typical home treadmill has a footprint about 3’ wide and 7’ long. If its deck can be folded upward after exercise, then the footprint length might be cut in half. For instance, the popular ProForm 1750 provides a long track for running but the machine’s folded footprint is just 42 inches long.
Typically these cardio trainers have attached transport wheels. A high quality folding treadmill is heavy, but with wheels it can easily be rolled to a corner until your next session.
Until recently even the best folding treadmills had shortcomings for their price classes. Compared with non-folding machines they had less power, lower quality cushioning and/or other drawbacks. But in 2017 new folding treadmills can hold their own! Starting with the chart below, you can find great values whether your workout objective is light strolling or heavy marathon training.:
Top 5 Best Rated Folding Treadmills
|Motor||3.8 CHP||3.5 CHP||4.25 CHP||3.5 CHP||4.0 CHP|
|Speed||0 - 12 mph||0.5 - 12 mph||0 - 12 mph||0 - 12 mph||0.5 - 12 mph|
|Incline||-3 - 15%||0 - 15%||-3 - 15%||-3 - 15%||0 - 15%|
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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.