Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve talked with New York trainers about the best workout gear and foam rollers, and to workout professionals about the best home-gym equipment, we’ve gone deep here on the best treadmills you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best at-home electric treadmill, overall
4.2 stars, 275 reviews
“I love this treadmill! I have purchased several other pieces of at-home workout equipment, and this is by far the best purchase I have made. I would even compare this model to one that I run on in a professional gym, it definitely takes a beating. I like the built-in fans, as I have it in a place where I can’t open up any windows for a breeze.
Overall, this machine was built very solid, and it will definitely stand the test of time. I utilize it for moderate running (6 mph for a 45-minute period most days), while my brother has utilized it for more intense running (7.5 mph for 90-plus minutes at a time), and he has not burned out the motor … Trust me, he has done that before in professional gyms!”
Note: There is a newer model of this treadmill that costs $1,199 — but it doesn’t have as many reviews.
Best at-home electric treadmill under $500
4.2 stars, 147 reviews
“This is a great purchase if you are just getting into treadmills. I knew very little going in, and this was my first treadmill. Extremely easy assembly — don’t waste the extra money. Literally six screws, and that is really only for the hand bars and display … It goes up to 9 mph, but I wasn’t brave enough to tempt my fate. It’s not heavy, and it is easy to move around. It is extremely easy to use. It has quick speed buttons of 2, 4, and 6 mph, but you can also fine-tune it in increments of 0.1 mph with convenient buttons on the handles. The only very minor flaw I would say is that the incline options are very subtle. They do increase the difficultly, but not by a lot. Overall, my wife and I are extremely pleased with this product, and compared to the prices of some other treadmills, this was an excellent value. I highly recommend this product.”
Best folding electric treadmill under $500
4 stars, 634 reviews
“I am a full-time student, so there is not much time to get outside and away from my books. This treadmill has a large area to place my textbooks on (which is something I really needed). Overall, the treadmill folds up easily; I am able to fold it up and roll it away every day after I am done using it. Although it only has six workouts, I find that they are really all I need, and are simple and easy to follow because the treadmill beeps at you, giving you a three-second warning when it is about to change to a different speed. I do not find that I need a mat for underneath the treadmill, and my neighbors say they can’t hear me when I am using it (I live on the top floor and have hardwood), so this is nice. The treadmill is quiet when using it and becomes slightly louder when I am running. Overall, I love this purchase and I would recommend it to anyone. Another bonus about this product is that the assembly only took about 15 minutes, the belt and everything are preassembled, and it comes with all of the tools you will need to assemble your treadmill.”
Best at-home electric treadmill under $250
4 stars, 142 reviews
“Let’s be clear: This is not a ‘go to the gym and prepare for a marathon’ kind of treadmill. It’s small, compact, and the belt area is large enough to run on, but barely. It’s clearly designed for someone who prefers to walk, and who needs to fold it up between sessions. That someone is me. For that purpose, it works great. It folds up easily, folds down just as great, and the ‘computer’ is easy to manage. It has four preset speeds (metric only), but you can easily adjust to what makes your walk comfortable. There are 12 preset programs for interval training, varying from various walking speeds to various running speeds. It has three angled slopes, I have not tried them all yet, but they are easy to change … All in all, this is a great value for a budget, small electric treadmill. It lets me get my exercise without being dependent on outdoor climate, or wasting time commuting to the gym.”
Best folding electric treadmill under $250
4.2 stars, 119 reviews
“This product is an excellent machine that I have used for very fast walking every day now for six weeks. The track is wide enough that I don’t hit the sides while walking, though I might worry about this if I were to try fast running. Assembly was a piece of cake, only four screws and done. Only 70 pounds, so I was able to drag it easily from across the street (delivered to wrong address) and into my house by myself. It’s about half the size of my previous treadmill, which I like, but the engine seems to have plenty of power and is fairly quiet. No skipping, runs smoothly. All in all, this machine is an incredible value at the $188 I paid for it. Love it!”
Best pink at-home electric treadmill
4 stars, 410 reviews
“I can only say great things about this treadmill. It has exceeded my expectations. It’s well worth it for the price, although I splurged on the pink one. I felt like having a pink treadmill would encourage me to use it more, and it does. It arrived in perfect condition when I unboxed it, and aside from it being heavier than I expected, it was a little bit of work getting it up two flights of stairs alone. I did need help, even though I tried. Assembly is quick. There are a few nuts and washers, but it only took me about ten minutes and I was ready to walk. I’ve been using it for about two months and I do love it. The only things I could see being a problem are if you are tall. I am only five-two and I have a very short stride, so the length of the belt is perfect for me, but I could see it maybe being a little too short if you are tall and take long strides. I have begun to run (max at 4.2 [mph] — and that is running, it’s those damn short legs). I have had no issues running or walking, and I guess my only complaint is that I think the cup holders are a little too small. Overall for the price, you really can’t beat this, it’s perfect for amateurs and beginner runners.”
Best treadmill desk
4.4 stars, 244 reviews
“I type this as I walk at 2 mph on the treadmill in my home office. The desk is a fairly solid unit that comes in five almost-stupidly-easy-to-assemble pieces (not counting nuts [and] bolts). It’s not hard to adjust to get it to the right height, though changing it regularly for multiple users would be a real pain. The controls at the front of the desk are fairly unobtrusive, quite intuitive, and quite literally easy enough for my 5-year-old to use. (He thinks it’s cool, and keeps asking to use it before school for five or ten minutes — he hops on, starts it up with me nearby, walks and trots for a little while, stops it, and says, ‘Thanks, Dad.’) … It seems to work just as you’d expect, and feels solid under my feet. It plugs into the desk with a really simple, only-one-possible-way-to-plug-it-together plug to connect it to the desk controls. The wires run almost entirely interior to the desk leg, an elegant solution. While in use, it’s very quiet … Definitely happy with the purchase, and would recommend it to others.”
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