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Best Compact Treadmills of 2021 (2)

Buying Guide

The only major drawback to owning a treadmill is that they are usually very large machines that take up quite a bit of floor space. There are many people who would love to own a treadmill, but they simply don’t have the extra space to accommodate it.

Compact treadmills are an ideal solution to this problem. As the name implies, compact treadmills are perfect for home owners who lack floor space or need a machine that is easily portable.

Designed with a lighter-than-average frame and transport wheels, compact treadmills are usually also foldable to ensure they take up even less space when not in use. However, there are downsides. Designers are forced to make sacrifices with some specs in order to produce light and foldable frames. Unfortunately, that means some compact treadmills simply aren’t strong or durable enough to support regular use. It’s important to research, compare, and consider all aspects of any compact treadmill before purchasing.

Compact Treadmills — Pros vs. Cons

If you’re thinking about buying a compact treadmill, it’s good to weigh up the pros and cons. Always make a comparative decision to ensure that a compact treadmill is the best fit for your needs. One big benefit of many compact treadmills is that they are typically more affordable. So if you are on a tight budget, consider leaning in this direction.

However, never let the price tag trump the functionality of any compact treadmill and your fitness goals. It’s important that your treadmill has the capabilities to support your goals and progression. Always factor in skill level when judging a machine and give yourself space to grow. If you’re a larger individual training for a marathon and plan to clock hours on the treadmill each week, you may find that a compact treadmill simply can’t provide the comfort level you’re looking for. While it’s great that compact treadmills in general take up little floor space and cost less, if they don’t get used or break down quickly, then the negatives start to weigh out the positives.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and Mobile: These small treadmills are typically equipped with wheels at the bottom for easy transport. Moving them around between use is easy and generally doesn’t even require a second person.
  • Smaller Footprint: Compact treadmills are smaller in length and width than regular treadmills, easily fitting into smaller spaces for users who can’t sacrifice an entire room for their exercise machine.
  • Foldable: Most compact treadmills are also foldable, taking up even less space when they aren’t in use.
  • Affordable: In general, foldable treadmills are far more affordable than standard treadmills.

Cons:

  • Fewer Features: With less space available, you won’t get as many bells and whistles on a compact model. For example, the screen console is generally quite a bit smaller and there usually isn’t room for fans or other similar add-ons.
  • Less Stable: Because these treadmills are compact, they also weigh less and likely won’t be as stable as their heavier counterparts. They will feel wobbly for heavy users or runners seeking high speeds.
  • Less Durable: Again, because of their smaller size and desire to be as compact as possible, the frames of compact treadmills typically aren’t as strong. So you may run into more issues with breakdown if you are using them regularly or doing high intensity exercise.

It’s important to consider exactly what you require from a treadmill to determine if a compact model will work for you. Not everyone is well suited to these treadmills, so despite their lower price and ease of home use, they aren’t always the best option. If you are lucky enough to have more space at home to store a piece of fitness equipment, you may be better off using one of the larger models and getting all those additional benefits they have to offer.

Do keep in mind that compact treadmills have come a long way in the last few years and aren’t always inferior to larger commercial models. There are now many impressive options available to consumers who want a smaller machine that still provides a great workout session.

In the end, it all depends on space. If space is a premium in your household, you’ll need a space-efficient treadmill. Just always be aware of what you give up to save that space.

26 NordicTrack X15i

NordicTrack Commercial X15i

Rating: 90%
Price: $3,499 - Best Price: $2,499

The NordicTrack Commercial X15i treadmill delivers a hefty volume of features for a fair price of entry. Read Review »

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Xterra TRX4500

Rating: 89.6%
Price: $1,599 - Best Price: $899

The XTERRA TRX4500 is a great new option for shoppers set on spending $1K or less. Read Review »

28 The AFG Sport 5.5 AT treadmill is one of the company’s lowest priced entry-level machines, designed specifically for at-home use.

AFG Sport 5.5AT Treadmill

Rating: 89.5%
Price: $999.99 - Best Price: $999.99

The AFG Sport 5.5 AT treadmill is one of the company’s lowest priced entry-level machines, designed specifically for at-home use. Read Review »

29 NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill

NordicTrack C 990

Rating: 89.4%
Price: $1,599 - Best Price: $999

The iFit-enabled NordicTrack C 990 treadmill with up to 12% incline is a great option for people seeking the benefits of a NordicTrack machine on a budget. Read Review »

30 ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill

ProForm Carbon T7

Rating: 89.1%
Price: $1403* - Best Price: $1403*

You can now get the ProForm Carbon T7 treadmill for free if you pay a monthly iFit membership for 3 years, making it an ideal machine for interactive training. Read Review »

31 Many treadmills get sale priced at $999 but few have the quality of Sole’s newest F63, a steel-framed folding unit designed for home use. Read our full review.

Sole F63

Rating: 88.6%
Price: $1,799 - Best Price: $999

Despite being an "entry-level" treadmill from Sole Fitness, the F63 is a surprisingly dependable treadmill and offered at a very reasonable price. Read Review »

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ProForm Performance 400i

Rating: 88.5%
Price: $999.00 - Best Price: $629.00

The ProForm Performance 400i is an entry-level treadmill with the basic specs required for a number of workout opportunities. Read Review »

33 Horizon T101 Treadmill

Horizon Fitness (2021) T101

Rating: 88%
Price: $599 - Best Price: $599

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 Bluetooth audio and built-in speakers. Read Review »

34 The ProForm Sport 7.5 is a beginners treadmill. Key specs include a 60" track with incline, a 2.75 CHP motor, a tablet computer dock and an iFit-enabled console.

ProForm Sport 7.5

Rating: 87.8%
Price: $1299 - Best Price: discontinued

The ProForm Sport 7.5 is a beginners treadmill. Key specs include a 60" track with incline, a 2.75 CHP motor, a tablet computer dock and an iFit-enabled console. Read Review »

35 ProForm Pro 1000

ProForm Pro 1000

Rating: 87.8%
Price: $1,999 - Best Price: Discontinued

The ProForm PRO 1000 is good entry-level folding treadmill with many features at a competitive price point. Read Review »

36 NordicTrack-Desk-Platinum-woodgrain-laminate-finish-and-steel-finish-with-adjustable-incline-with--stronger-motor-and-longer-track

NordicTrack Treadmill Desk Platinum

Rating: 87.8%
Price: $1,799 - Best Price: $629

Read Review »

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ProForm Performance 505 CST

Rating: 87.4%
Price: $999 - Best Price: $999

The ProForm Performance 505 CST is a good entry-level walking treadmill for under $1,000 that features a 2.5 CHP Motor. Read Review »

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Horizon Fitness Adventure 3

Rating: 87.3%
Price: discontinue - Best Price: $899

The Adventure 3 is an excellent value walking treadmill designed for reliability. It has a 2.5 CHP motor, 30 workout programs and a 5.75" Yellow-Green LCD display. Read Review »

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Matrix TF30

Rating: 87%
Price: $2,599 - Best Price: $2,599

The folding TF30 with 55” track provides the feel of club-quality treadmill training, but without big investments in space and cash. Highlights are the two-ply track, power incline and custom console. Read Review »

40 Diamondback 910T

Diamondback 910T

Rating: 87%
Price: $999 - Best Price: $999

The Diamondback 910T Treadmill is a new best buy among discount treadmills for runners. Read Review »

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Xterra TRX2500

Rating: 86.6%
Price: $1,299 - Best Price: $799

The new XTERRA TRX2500 is an economy-priced treadmill for home use. Designed especially for strolling and power walking, it has a 55” track and provides electronic incline (maximum 10 percent) to enhance your results. Read Review »

42 The ProForm Smart Performance 800i is a solid machine for walking; from the power and the decline/incline to the 14” screen.

Proform SMART Performance 800i

Rating: 86.6%
Price: $1,599 - Best Price: $629

Read Review »

43 Life Fitness F1 Smart

Life Fitness F1 Smart

Rating: 86.3%
Price: $2,598 - Best Price:

The F1 Smart Treadmill is a high quality folding treadmill option from Life Fitness. It has a lifetime warranty on its frame and deck, a 2.5 HP motor and a well-balanced built-in workout variety. Read Review »

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Matrix TF50

Rating: 86.3%
Price: $2,899 - Best Price: $2,899

A best buy among folding treadmills, the durable Matrix TF50 features custom programming and a two-ply 60” track to accommodate almost any runner or walker. Read Review »

45 Horizon Elite T5

Horizon Elite T5

Rating: 86.3%
Price: discontinue - Best Price: $1,199

The new Horizon Elite T5 treadmill is an entry-level model that's great for walkers and joggers. Plus, it's compatible with a Passport Player for virtual reality workout programs. Read Review »

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ProForm SMART Performance 400i

Rating: 86.2%
Price: $999 - Best Price: $629

Read Review »

47 sole td80 treadmill desk

Sole TD80 Treadmill Desk

Rating: 86%
Price: $2,799.99 - Best Price: $1,499.99

Read Review »

48 NordicTrack Treadmill Desk

NordicTrack Treadmill Desk

Rating: 85.4%
Price: $999 - Best Price: $999

Read Review »

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NordicTrack T 6.5 S and T 6.5 SI

Rating: 85.2%
Price: $979 - Best Price: $599

Read Review »

50

Nautilus T618

Rating: 84.5%
Price: $1279 - Best Price: $1,099

The Nautilus T618 is a new treadmill from Nautilus with some encouraging features. Read Review »

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ProForm SMART Performance 600i

Rating: 84.3%
Price: $1,299 - Best Price: $799

The ProForm SMART Performance 600i is a low-priced treadmill with a 2.75 CHP motor, 18" x 55" tread belt, ProShox cushioning and goes up to 10 MPH. Read Review »

52 schwinn-treadmill-870-power-incline-to-15-percent-heart-rate-controlled-workout-programs-compatible-with-runsocial-virtual-outdoor-paths

Schwinn 870

Rating: 84.2%
Price: $1,099 - Best Price: $1,099

The Schwinn 870 is among the best-equipped treadmills for its price. Read Review »

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Schwinn 830

Rating: 82.7%
Price: $949 - Best Price: $949

The Schwinn 830 is a cardio trainer that’s data-rich and feels comfortable for walking and jogging Read Review »

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LifeSpan Fitness TR5500i

Rating: 80.5%
Price: $1,899 - Best Price: $1899

The LifeSpan TR5500i Light Commercial Treadmill is a good buy for home gym at a solid price point at under $1,500. Read Review »

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LifeSpan Fitness TR4000i

Rating: 79.3%
Price: $1,699 - Best Price: $1699

The brand new LifeSpan Fitness TR4000i offers key features exclusive to LifeSpan Fitness and is a great buy at just under $1500. Read Review »

 
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