It’s important to do your 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 I can help find the right one for you.
Below are a few of my favourite treadmills. Some of which I own myself! They all have solid reviews and will help you become a running machine.
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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.
Think about the following factors before you buy:
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 limits the usefulness of your running machine in the long term.
The 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, while electric powered 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 (while 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 folding 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. Read my article on the best folding treadmills.
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 generally 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 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 childproof controls with either a password or key required to start the treadmill.
There are two main types of treadmill, motorised and manual. Electric or motorised treadmills are by far the most common, but manual treadmills are still in demand for walking and light jogging.
Manual (sometimes called magnetic or self-powered) treadmills are much cheaper overall due to the lack of motor, and often lower build quality.
I would recommend getting an electric treadmill in most cases as they will give a better workout in the long term.