Home Treadmills

What’s the weather like outside? Who cares!? With your own home treadmill you can go walking, jogging or running any time you like, no matter how horrific the UK weather is out there. (And it get’s pretty bad some days…) You don’t have to spend a fortune to buy a decent running machine these days, and whether you’re an avid runner or more leisurely stroller, there are many proven health benefits to this popular exercise. Below you’ll find our collection of reviews, guides and product round ups for UK treadmills.

Which Treadmill?

Treadmill Reviews

Citysports Folding WP1 Motorized Treadmill Review

Review Summary WP1 Treadmills Sleek, modern design Good value for money It’s well-made Super-compact Not ideal for sprints! “The WP1 is a brilliant little machine that anyone craving a treadmill but short on space will

Commercial X9i Review

NordicTrack X9i Review

What is the NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer The entry-level option in NordicTrack’s incline range, the X9i is a treadmill that’s been purposefully engineered to provide a massive incline, which gives it a completely different feel

NordicTrack T 7.5 S Treadmill Review

NordicTrack T 7.5 S Treadmill Review

Welcome to this review of the NordicTrack T 7.5 S running machine. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about this treadmill (including the good and the bad).  Along with who this

Sportstech FX300 Review

Sportstech FX300 Review

Give me the quick version! Welcome to our Sportstech FX300 (available on Amazon) treadmill review! OK, if you’re just looking for the quickest opinion on whether or not this treadmill is any good: The FX300

Dripex Treadmill Review

Dripex 2 Review

Review Summary Dripex 2 Good quality motor Robust and well-made Folds seriously flat Zero assembly No online connectivity “The Dripex is a good choice for anyone looking to get into some walking and light running

Bluefin Fitness Kick 2

Bluefin Fitness Kick 2.0 Review

Review Summary Kick 2 Treadmill Solid and well-made Good value for money Nothing to assemble Relatively quiet Not suited to tall runners “If you’re looking for a treadmill that’s easy to store but doesn’t suffer

Commercial 2950 Review

Commercial 2950 Review

Review Summary Commercial 2950 Powered incline AND decline A solid commercial-style machine Big, meaty motor iFit is fantastic Not cheap “Nordictrack’s 2950 treadmill is up there with some of the best machines we’ve seen. It’s

Sportstech F31 Review

F31 Treadmill Review

Today we’re taking a look at the SportsTech F31 treadmill in a new review for 2022. This is a new treadmill from the German company and offers a mid-priced treadmill available that’s available on Amazon

Nordictrack x32i Review

Nordictrack X32i Review

Welcome to our Nordictrack X32i Review. This guide goes deep on one of NordicTrack’s biggest and more expensive modern range of treadmills. We’ll be pulling the X32i, finding out who will love it, what it

Sportstech F17 Review

Sportstech F17 Treadmill Review

Welcome to our Sportstech F17 review (Available Amazon UK). In this in-depth guide, I’ll go over every detail of this treadmill, and go over what it does best and where it falls flat. By the

Sportstech F37 Review

Sportstech F37 Review

Welcome to our SportsTech F37 treadmill review, a mid-priced treadmill available on Amazon UK and other retailers. What’s this running machine got to offer? Is it worth the price and where does it fall short?

TX Sprint 5 Review

JTX Sprint 5 Review: Should You Buy It or Not?

Welcome to this review of the JTX Sprint 5. We’ll be taking apart this home treadmill, learning what it does well, and giving our opinion on whether or not it’s worth the asking price. We’ll

Reebok Jet 100 Review

Reebok Jet 100 Review – How Does This Treadmill Compare?

Review Summary Jet 100 Solid and well-made Great-looking ‘old-school’ panel Powerful motor Solid, weighty frame It’s really heavy! “A solid mid-price home treadmill from a good brand. Reebok’s machine offers an impressive level of power

Branx Cardio Pro Review

Branx Cardio Pro Review

Review Summary Cardio Pro Solid and heavy! The console is simple to use Full-size running track Low noise level No tablet holder “Offering a full-sized running machine at a decent price, this is a good

Elite Runner Pro Review

Branx Fitness Elite Runner Pro Review

Review Summary Elite Runner Pro Full-size running deck Smooth and quiet Good range of incline settings Powerful motor Fans and speakers could use a boost “The Elite Runner Pro is a step up from Branx’s

Nero Pro Treadmill Review

Bluetooth Nero Pro Treadmill Review

Review Summary Nero Pro Folds up to compact size Easy to use Google maps integrations is fun! Brill display panel Not suited to tall runners Manual incline only “For a treadmill under £300, you’re getting

Reebok ZR8 Review

Reebok ZR8 Treadmill Review

Welcome to our review of the Reebox ZR8 treadmill (available on Amazon UK).  The ZR8 sits comfortably at the mid end of Reebok’s running machine range, but it’s far from a budget model by any

JLL S400 Review

JLL S400 Folding Treadmill Review

This is a 2022 review of JLL’s S400 treadmill – a mid-priced, folding treadmill available in the UK. As always, be prepared for the good and the bad in this review! We’ll cover everything you

Home Running & Treadmill Guides

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Can You Count On Your Treadmill Calorie Counter?

Even the most basic treadmill will have an in-built calorie counter that will gauge how many calories a user burns in a session. However, given that some treadmills do this without asking for salient information,

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Are Folding Treadmills Do Any Good?

One of the main factors that hold people back from buying a treadmill is the pragmatic problem of where to put it. The machine itself is bulky, raising the question of where in the house

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What Is A Curved Treadmill And Is It Right For Me?

Different variations of the standard treadmill have developed this machine to suit the needs of modern living and diverse training goals. For example, a walkpad (hyperlink to walkpad article) is a compact version of a

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The ProForm Pro 9000

What is the ProForm Pro 9000 The most powerful and most expensive treadmill in the ProForm range, the Pro 9000 is a beast that’s designed to sit at a competitive level with some of the

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How To Build Endurance On A Treadmill

How do you gauge your treadmill performance? Are you someone who gets on and goes for as long as they can at a reasonable pace or do you have specific metrics in mind before you

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Can You Use Strava on a Treadmill?

One of the most impressive fitness tracking applications on the market today, Strava is purpose-built for runners and cyclists that want to train more intelligently. Providing detailed information and analytics about every run and cycling

Is a Treadmill Good for Losing Belly Fat?

Big tummy, love handles, and beer bellies beware! Today we’re taking a look at how effective running machines are at reducing your waistline and helping get back into those jeans. Stick with us while we

How Much Is A Decent Treadmill

How Much Is A Decent Treadmill?

In this guide, we’re looking at how much you should spend on a treadmill and what to expect at each price point. Anyone shopping for a good treadmill is going to be absolutely swamped with

Can You Play Music On NordicTrack Treadmills

Can You Play Music On NordicTrack Treadmills?

According to research, listening to music is one of the secrets to getting more out of your running workout. In this guide we’re looking at the different options you have to get music playing through

ProForm Pro 5000 vs NordicTrack 1750

ProForm Pro 5000 vs NordicTrack 1750

Who giants in the treadmill world: ProForm’s ‘pro’ 5000 and NordicTrack’s 1750. If you’re sick of trying to pick between these machines, hopefully, this guide will help make the decision easier. We’ll cover absolutely everything

Beginner HIIT Treadmill Workout Guide

Beginner HIIT Treadmill Workout Guide

In this post, we are going to explain what treadmill HIIT is all about, how it can benefit you, and give you some tips on how to create your own HIIT session on your running

Treadmills vs Running Outside

Treadmills vs Running Outside

When winter rolls around again, the season brings a change in conditions that can make exercise less enjoyable and even put some off jogging altogether. From a health and fitness point of view, the timing

Am I Too Old To Start Running At 60

Am I Too Old To Start Running At 60?

Whether You’re 16 or 60, it’s the perfect time to start jogging When social restrictions first came into place, there was a sudden shift in the nation’s relationship with jogging. Once seen as an activity

The BIG Treadmill Guide - start here

Anyone who has even the most basic knowledge of health and fitness has seen a treadmill. A way to mirror running, without having to leave the gym or the comfort of your own home, treadmills are the go to tool when people are looking to burn those calories, burn fat and get fit.

The major advantage of a treadmill is this: Everyone knows how to run, or at least walk, so everyone can use one without instructions. As long as you can get around on your own two feet, you can benefit from the health and fitness aspects of a treadmill.

Treadmills are great for:

  • Burning calories (around 100 calories per mile)
  • People who already run a lot, as treadmills are much safer and more controlled than the outside world
  • Cardiovascular (heart and lung) health and fitness
  • Bigger, stronger legs

Treadmills might not be so good if:

  • You have joint issues, as treadmills can be quite high impact if you use them regularly
  • You want to work more than your lower half

What are the different types of treadmill?

Standard treadmills

The standard treadmill is probably what comes to mind when when we say the name.

Most people picture a large running deck turning at high speed, surrounded by support bars for you to hold on to if necessary, with a large control suite (and maybe a screen) at the front.

Most, if not all decent treadmills follow this formula. Because it works.

What tends to change is the individual aspects of each treadmill. Things like:

  • Motor size – which affects maximum top speed
  • Frame construction and quality – which affects weight capacity, as well as how sturdy everything feels when it’s in use
  • The running deck – Better treadmills will have a much larger running deck, which is a lot more spacious and comfortable to run on, as well as adding more cushioning and sound dampening, so it also feels better to run on.
  • The controls and screen – including full HD touch screen control systems on more expensive models
  • Extras – like water bottle holder, heart rate monitors, and more.

Folding treadmills

The average treadmill takes about 18 square feet of floor space, being about 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. But because they need more space to the sides and rear to account for swinging arms, and just getting on and off of the thing, in reality storing your treadmill can take up to 80 square feet.

A lot of homes simple don’t have that space free, which is why a lot of manufacturers offer treadmills that have a running deck that folds up when they’re out of use, cutting the space it takes in half.

Incline treadmills

An incline treadmill is exactly what it sounds like. A treadmill that can incline the belt, as if you’re walking or running up (and sometimes down) a hill.

The benefits of this are huge. Raising the incline by as little as 5%, which barely counts as a hill, and you burn almost double the calories simply by walking.

Incline treadmills tend to be more expensive, both because of the extra machinery that goes into inclining the entire running deck, and the extra stability that it requires, and also because it takes a lot more power to run a belt upwards, so the onboard motors have to be much bigger and more powerful.

Walking machines or walk pads

The last type of treadmill, walking machines are designed for people who work from home or need to rehabilitate after an injury. They tend to be smaller, with a very low top speed and a low powered motor, and no guide rails.

How much do treadmills cost?

Like all health and fitness gear, there’s a wide variety of systems out there, ranging from simplistic walking machines all the way to commercial class monsters that cost more than a small car.

There are great options in all price ranges, and what you should spend depends entirely on what you need and what you want to get out of it.

Budget

Budget treadmills tend to sit at a maximum of around £200-300. At this level, expect slow, weaker motors and smaller running decks. This makes them more suitable for walking or a slow jog, rather than intense, heavy training.

At this level, expect simple LCD screens and very few training programs, with few to no concessions to luxury or convenience.

At the upper ends of the price range, you might expect to see the ability to link to a tablet or phone via USB or Bluetooth, and possibly interactive fitness apps.

Example budget treadmills include

The JLL T450

The Dripex 2

Mid-range runners

A mid range treadmill will strike a balance between cost and options. It’s surprisingly hard to generalise what to expect at this price, because it can vary wildly between manufacturers and the design choices that were made.

What can be expected is larger, more powerful motors that are comfortable running at high speeds for longer periods of time.

If you’re buying a treadmill aimed at runners and hard training, larger running decks, high quality heart rate monitors and even powered inclines might be standard.

On the other hand, a mid range treadmill aimed at the home fitness market might focus more on cushioning and running comfort, as well as a built-in HD flatscreen tablet for fitness classes (or Netflix!)

Example mid range treadmills include:

The Sportstech FX300

The NordicTrack T 7.5S

High-end ‘Commercial-style’ treadmills

Commercial class treadmills are the epitome of exercise systems. Top speeds in excess of 15mph, run by motors that put out several horsepower at a constant, comfortable speed. However, you pay for this, with the minimum price tag sitting at over £1000.

It’s common if not expected at this level to have a large HD screen, and most manufacturers also have bespoke fitness apps designed specifically for their systems that come at a monthly premium, but deliver targeted workouts directly to your machine.

It’s also common for the system to send your metrics directly to the PT running the training, so they can give you unique, personal fitness advice, just like your personal trainer at the gym.

While inclines aren’t expected at this level, it’s a common sight, with some of the most expensive systems out there putting out ridiculous numbers (like the Nordictrack X9i‘s ridiculous 40% powered incline.)

Finally, expect everything at this price to have a rock solid warranty, with some stretching to upwards of ten years.

Example commercial treadmills include:

The Peloton Tread

The NordicTrack X11i

How much should you spend on a treadmill?

The answer, as always, is to balance price against what you’re buying it for.

In general, more expensive treadmills are built much better, so expect a stronger motor that runs at higher speeds more comfortably, a stronger and far more stable frame that can handle more weight, and more built-in tech and widgets.

Very budget treadmills are generally only suitable for light, intermittent training. If you’re going to be serious about your cardio, you should at least be looking at mid-range prices, for the balance between features and cost.

The most expensive treadmills, for example the NordicTrack commercial series, are basically future proofed, with decade long warranties and enough tech

Running Machine FAQs

Are treadmills good for weight loss?

Like all forms of cardio, treadmills are great for weight loss, if you use them in the right way.

Weight loss tends to be a simple formula. Calories in less than calories out. Considering you can burn up to 1000 calories by running on a treadmill for an hour, regular treadmill use is a great way to lose weight.

Are treadmills bad for your knees?

One of the issues with treadmills is that over-running on them can cause aches and pains in your joints.

Ironically, treadmills, with all of their modern convenience, impact resistance running surfaces and cushioning, are actually softer on your joints than running on the road.

But because your body is being cushioned from a lot of the impact of long distance running, it can cause its own problems, including stress fractures and shin splints.

To avoid this, it’s recommended to start slow, cross train with weights and walking to strengthen the lower body, and warm up and down appropriately.

You might like our guide: Are Treadmills Bad For You?

Should you run on a treadmill with different shoes?

No. There’s absolutely no reason to run on a treadmill with the specific treadmill trainers you might have seen marketed by some sports companies.

In fact, doing this could do you damage in the long run, as your feet become conditioned to the cushioning and comfort of the indoor shoes, so they’re weaker and more prone to injury the next time you go for a run outside.

Are treadmills noisy?

Unfortunately, treadmills can be pretty noisy, especially at higher speeds. Thankfully, modern tech, and higher build quality, can make a huge difference here.

The noise comes from two things. One, the motor and spinning belt aren’t quiet, especially when you push your treadmill up to higher speeds and inclines so it has to work harder. You can mitigate this by buying a treadmill with a more powerful engine, especially a continuous horsepower (CHP) value much higher than you need, so it doesn’t have to work as hard.

The second cause is more obvious. You. As you run, you’re transferring force downwards into the treadmill. As you run, you can exert forces of up to three times your bodyweight downwards. Modern treadmills have cushioned running decks and impact absorbent surfaces to help deal with this, but it’s always going to be an issue.

Do treadmills use a lot of electricity?

A good treadmill can cost a hefty chunk of change, so wondering if it’s going to continue to cost you after you buy it is a fair consideration.

Thankfully, treadmills aren’t expensive to run, once you’ve bought them. While a treadmill can cost around 50p per hour to power, standard usage means that your treadmill is going to cost you a few quid per month, at best.

Is treadmill running better than running outside?

Established runners know that treadmill running is a very different beast to pounding the roads. Outside, you face wind resistance and roads that makes the surface and running experience unique moment to moment, which can help you burn more calories and learn to deal with different conditions.

If you’re interested in a more realistic indoor running experience, look for treadmills with an incline feature.

Inclines, especially powered inclines, are the best way to add a realistic feel and effect to your workouts, burning more calories and engaging all of the smaller supporting musculature that might not otherwise be used when you’re just running on a flat, level surface.

Are treadmills dangerous?

Like most exercise machines, treadmills can be dangerous, if you use them incorrectly.

Can treadmills be used upstairs?

Of course. Any floor that can hold you is going to be able to hold a treadmill. As long as the treadmill is put in a stable place, you’re going to have no issues with putting it upstairs.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that running on a treadmill generates a lot of noise, and there’s absolutely no way that other people in your home aren’t going to hear anyone running on a treadmill that’s been placed in an upstairs room.