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Best Folding Treadmills of 2019 (2)

Buying Guide


When you first decide you want to buy a treadmill, one of the first questions you need to ask yourself is whether you want a folding or regular model. To help you decide, you need to evaluate your space and determine whether or not it would be beneficial to be able to fold your treadmill up after each use, or whether you have the room to just leave the treadmill laid out.

One might think that everyone opts for a folding treadmill simply because it’s easier, but that isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, many people prefer the simplicity of getting a treadmill and just letting it sit where it needs to be. Where the folding treadmill really shines is if you just don’t have the space to put a regular treadmill, and therefore have no other option.

The good news is that folding treadmill options have significantly improved over the past few years, so now you can get one that folds up incredibly easily and may also be lighter than the ones that don’t fold. This makes them easier for getting into your house as well, which is something to factor in if that could be a concern for you.

Compact Folding Treadmills


When on the hunt for a folding treadmill, compact folding treadmills tend to be the smallest in both size and weight and therefore are the best option if you want to move the treadmill from room to room. Some people just fold up the treadmill and leave it in the same room, using the extra space to complete their free weight training. Others prefer to fold their treadmill up and move it into storage. It’s a good idea to figure out what you plan to do with the treadmill once it’s folded, before making your purchase.

The biggest drawback you’re going to find with folding treadmills is that they sometimes don’t offer all the functions that a regular treadmill does. For instance, if you look at the under $500 budget treadmills you’ll see that they do fold and are very nicely priced, but they have a lower power motor, a smaller deck, and just aren’t as fancy as some of the other models on the market. If you just want to get on it and walk, this type of treadmill will definitely do the trick. But if you want to run on it regularly or you are a taller individual, it’s likely not going to be in your best interests to purchase this variety.

This doesn’t mean that a folding treadmill is not for you; just that one in this price range is not. When you increase your price range you’ll find that there are plenty of great folding treadmills that are very comparable to other non-folding treadmills on the market. You just need to spend to get that.

If you’re a larger individual, just be sure that you do pay attention to the maximum weight listed on the treadmill as this will typically tell you whether it can support your own weight or not. In addition to this, always look at how much the treadmill actually weighs. Some treadmills are advertised to be the smallest folding treadmill on the market, but they may also be very heavy and not by any means easy to move. You need to be realistic in how much weight you are actually going to lug from room to room.

Here’s a quick checklist to help ensure you make smart purchasing decisions:

  • Where will my treadmill be placed? What are the dimensions of the room? What room will I have it in? Will I ever move it?
  • What is the size and weight of the treadmill I want to buy?
  • Is the treadmill already built or will I need to build it myself?
  • Once the treadmill is built, will I be able to easily move it or will I always require the help of someone else?

If you still feel uncertain about whether you truly need a folding treadmill or not, it never hurts to get a lower priced model and see how you like it. If you find it isn’t doing the job and you don’t use the folding feature as much as you thought, you can upgrade to a regular, higher priced, fancier model in the future.

26 The Sole F65 offers a 3.25 CHP motor, 20" x 60" deck, 350 lbs. max user weight frame, 10 pre-defined workout programs and pulse grip heart rate monitoring.

Sole F65

Rating: 89.6%
Price: $,2399 - Best Price: $1,299

The Sole F65 offers a 3.25 CHP motor, 20" x 60" deck, 350 lbs. max user weight frame, 10 pre-defined workout programs and pulse grip heart rate monitoring presented nicely on a vibration free running surface. 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 »

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Horizon Fitness 7.0 AT

Rating: 89.5%
Price: $1999 - Best Price: $999

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29 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 »

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NordicTrack C 990

Rating: 89.4%
Price: $1059 - Best Price: $999

The NordicTrack C 990 features iFit and iPod compatibility and also works with Bluetooth chest strap monitors to automatically adjust speed and/or incline to stay within your designated heart rate zone. Read Review »

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ProForm Power 995i

Rating: 89%
Price: $1,999 - Best Price: $899

The ProForm Power 995i is a quality treadmill in a very competitive price range. The ProForm Power 995i features a strong motor, spacious running surface and iFit workout technology. It's also compatible with smartphones and music sounds decent on Intermix Acoustics 3.0 built-in speakers. Read Review »

32 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 »

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Horizon Fitness (2019) T101

Rating: 88%
Price: $999 - 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 »

35 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 »

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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 »

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NordicTrack Treadmill Desk Platinum

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

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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: $1,299 - 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 »

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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 »

43 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

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Life Fitness F1 Smart

Rating: 86.3%
Price: $2,598 - Best Price: $2,298

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 »

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Horizon Elite T5

Rating: 86.3%
Price: $1,599 - 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 »

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Sole TD80 Treadmill Desk

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

Read Review »

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NordicTrack Treadmill Desk

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

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NordicTrack T 6.5 S

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

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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 »

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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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Horizon T202

Rating: 83.2%
Price: $1,299 - Best Price: $799

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 »