With such a huge number of online retailers these days, it can be a real challenge to find a good treadmill that isn’t going to turn out being a waste of money or more than you need.
It’s important to do proper research, read treadmill reviews and have a clear picture of what features you need to consider before you buy. We have assembled and hands-on reviewed many of the most popular treadmills available in the UK – covering a wide variety of budgets, and fitness goals.
So if you are looking for a cheap treadmill, a gym quality treadmill, or something in between we can help find the right one for you.
Some treadmills come packed with a wide variety of features and gadgets; others will have nothing but the very basics, so it’s useful to know what features of treadmills actually do and how important they are based on how you want to use the treadmill.
Most treadmills come with this feature in some form or another, and to be blunt, I would stay clear of one that doesn’t have incline as it really limits the usefulness of your running machine in the long term.
Incline is perhaps one of the biggest variables that can affect how hard you train; even just a couple of degrees of incline can make a huge difference to how many calories you burn.
Inclines can be manual or electric; manual requires you to stop the treadmill get off and set the incline, whilst electric inclines can be changed while you are still running. A power incline is important if you want to mix flat and hill running in the same workout.
The running deck is one of the most overlooked parts of a treadmill, with a lot of buyers unaware that buying a treadmill with a running deck too small may cause them a lot of problems.
Knowing your stride length (whilst jogging) will give you a good idea of the minimum length running deck you can use. The wider and longer the running area the better.
This is important for anyone who:
Just remember to check the size of foldable treadmills in their folded up state (all our reviews show this), as many larger ones can still take up a lot of space even when folded.
This is my favourite part of any treadmill, even though some are much more advanced than others; you’ll find most come with the ability to track time, distance, speed and calories burned.
They also come with a variety of preset programs you can use for your workouts.
The more expensive models will normally have better displays, and the ability to connect to music or heart rate monitors.
Make sure to check out our treadmill reviews to see if the console on the model you’re interested in has the right capabilities, as it can really be a make or break part of the treadmill experience for many people.
Accidents can happen, but there are a few features of most modern running machines that can reduce the potential for injury, such as the emergency stop clip.
This works by attaching to the clothes of the user and will switch off the treadmill if you should trip and fall.
Other safety features include child proof controls with either a password or key required to start the treadmill.
There are two main types of treadmill, electric and manual. Electric or motorised treadmills are by far the most common, but manuals are still in demand for walking and light jogging.
Manual (sometimes called magnetic) treadmills are much cheaper overall due to the lack of motor, and often lower build quality.
I would recommend getting an electric in most cases as they will give a better workout in the long term.
It’s important to have a clear idea of what you want from a treadmill before you buy. You don’t want to spend a large amount of money on a treadmill and only use the basic features.
Decide on the following factors before you buy:
Below are a few of our favourite treadmills. Some of which we own ourselves! They all have solid reviews and will help you become a running machine.
Te York Active 120 treadmill is best described as mid or upper-range; ideal for new users who want a decent size treadmill with some extras too. The frame is solid and well designed supporting a 120cm X 41cm area running deck.
In terms of features it has all the usual stuff like workout programs (it has 13), emergency stop safety clip and up to 12 degrees of incline. The handlebars have incline and speed controls integrated into them and it has a top speed of 16kmph, and according to the treadmill reviews from other customers, it can challenge even the fittest of runners.
This is perhaps the most popular treadmill available online right now, and it has been for a couple of years now. It’s got all of the basics: 3 levels of incline (manual), folding design, emergency stop clip, 120kg (19 stone) max user weight, handlebar speed control, heart rate sensor and tracks speed, distance and calories burned.
It’s a fair bit cheaper than the many other treadmills reviewed, but still does well to come close to them in a number areas if you can only afford a budget model.