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The Best Treadmills on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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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 incline treadmill for home

ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill

“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. I utilize it for moderate running, 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…”

Best compact readmill

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603 Electric Treadmill

“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. Overall, my wife and I are very pleased with this product, and compared to the prices of some other treadmills, this was an excellent value.”

Best folding treadmill overall

XTERRA Fitness TR150 Folding Treadmill Black

“I am not a ‘handy’ person at all, but the assembly out of the box was a breeze … and no swearing on my part. I was running on the treadmill in less than 30 minutes after receiving it. Both my wife and I use the treadmill daily and love it!! It is built solid, and the programs provide us with a different workout each time, helping to eliminate boredom. Perfect size because it is so compact.”

Best folding treadmill, $200 and under

Confidence Power Plus Motorized Fitness Treadmill Pink

“I wanted something portable that wouldn’t take up much space. I also didn’t want to pay tons of money for a bulky item. So this was perfect. This fits right under my bed. I’m five feet tall and this treadmill is perfect for me. When I use a speed of 3.9, I am out of breath within minutes. I guess I am sorely out of shape. I’m hoping this product will help to whip me back into shape after having children, with a combination of a healthy diet. I’m overall very pleased with this product and would purchase it again.”

Best manual treadmill

Confidence Fitness Magnetic Manual Treadmill

“I have used this treadmill for about nine months now and am very satisfied. I needed something light enough to move easily (I am over 60 now and can no longer schlep around 200-plus pounds of exercise equipment.) The incline gives you a nice workout — you really will be sweating after 30 minutes. For the price you’re paying, don’t expect a treadmill that you would see at the gym, though. This is a treadmill for walking, not running.”

Best under-desk treadmill

Rebel Treadmill 1000 Under Desk Treadmill

“This treadmill can be controlled at 0.1 speed increments. It’s not very loud, although it’s not silent, either. My husband is in video conferences all day and the sound doesn’t seem to be an issue. He walks 11 miles a day going at a very comfortable pace, and finds it much easier than standing at his desk. The footprint of the treadmill isn’t big either so it doesn’t take up an absurd amount of space in his office. So far, no complaints or regrets. It’s probably been his favorite purchase of the year and he’d do it again in a heartbeat!”

Best treadmill desk, overall

LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk

“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 stupidly-easy-to-assemble pieces. It’s not hard to adjust to get it to the right height. The controls at the front of the desk are fairly unobtrusive, quite intuitive, and easy enough for my 5-year-old to use. It works just as you’d expect, and feels solid under my feet. It plugs into the desk and the wires run almost entirely interior to the desk leg, an elegant solution. While in use, it’s very quiet. Definitely happy with it.”

Best treadmill desk under $700

TrekDesk Treadmill Desk

“I wish I hadn’t waited so long to buy this desk. It is sturdy and so ergonomically right-on. I can easily reach everything on my desk and it DOESN’T SHAKE! I’m burning hundreds of calories and walking five to seven miles a day. I have a swivel barstool I place on top of my treadmill during my non-walking time. I swivel around behind me where I have placed a six-foot craft table for my printer and more files. My legs feel great, I sleep better, and I don’t feel guilty for having that glass of wine at night. It’s a wonderful thing.”

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The Best Treadmills on Amazon, According to Reviewers