The best treadmills for runners, starting at £100

Jane McGuire
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From Runner's World

Whether you’re looking to up your miles from the comfort of your home, or are lucky enough to have a home gym, adding a treadmill to the mix can keep you training when you might not be able to get outside.

To save you scrolling, we’ve hand-picked the best treadmill deals on the internet:

1.Opti Non-Motorised Folding Treadmill

Best for: Runners who don’t want to spend more than £100

A super-affordable option, this isn’t like the treadmill you’d be used to in the gym - it’s non-motorised, meaning you need to start running or walking to make the belt move. There’s only one level of incline, and it’s set to 6%, so you’ll feel like you’re running up-hill. The treadmill does fold flat for easy storage. It’s probably not the easiest to do your long-run on, but it’s an affordable option.

2. Reebok ZR8 Treadmill

Best for: Runners looking for an affordable option on Amazon

Is Amazon’s best selling treadmill for a reason. It’s probably more like the treadmills you are used to in the gym - there’s different programmes on the console, a motorised belt and in-built cushioning to help you cope with the impact as you run. The downsides are that the treadmill has a maximum speed of 10mph (around 6 minute mile pace), so super speedy runners might find this frustrating. The treadmill folds away for easy storage, but is still pretty bulky.

3. DOMYOS T900C Treadmill

Best for: Runners looking for a gym experience for less than £500

One of Decathlon’s best-selling treadmills, it’s designed to be comfortable, compact and versatile. It’s got all the extras you might be used to - speakers, a jack to plug in your tech, a tablet holder and two smart pockets. The back-lit screen gives you a range of stats: time, distance, speed, average speed, calories burnt, bpm and a snapshot of your current run. The treadmill has a top speed of 18km/h, which is around a 5:22 minute mile pace. It folds away for easy storage.

4. Opti Folding Treadmill

Best for: Runners looking to click and collect from Argos today

Another affordable option that is popular with runners (Argos gives you the option to split your payments over a number of months), this treadmill has three levels of incline and a maximum speed of 12km/h (an 8:03 minute mile pace). The running surface is pretty narrow, but the treadmill folds away pretty small for easy storage which is handy.

5. NordicTrack C990 Treadmill

Best for: Runners looking for all the bells and whistles

If you want the full treadmill experience from your living room, this is the tread to buy. It’s got an in-built iFit coach, where you can join a community of other runners and trainers can coach you on demand, it’s designed to be quiet and has a longer belt than other treadmills to allow you to run freely. There’s a seven inch HD smart console, a tablet shelf and a workout fan. The max speed is a rapid 22km/h, which works out to be around a four minute mile pace. The machine can also fold away when you’re not using it.

6. Dynamax RunningPad Folding Treadmill

Best for: Runners looking for a treadmill they can keep under their sofa

Of course, not many of the treadmills on this list really ‘fold away’. If you’re not prepared (or not allowed) to have a treadmill in the corner of your living room 24/7, this is a great option. It’s the world’s most compact treadmill and can fold away into less than 0.5 meters squared. In order to be so compact, it lacks the screen you might be used to when running in the gym, but all your run data is displayed on the console. The downside is the treadmill only has a max speed of 9km/h, which works out to be a 10:44 minute mile pace.

7. Reebok Z-Power Treadmill

Best for: Runners who will need to move the treadmill from room to room

If you’re looking for a treadmill that’s going to be easy to transport, this Reebok tread is a best seller on John Lewis thanks to it’s handy transport wheels and soft drop folding mechanism for easy storage. There’s multiple incline modes and training programmes to play with, there’s a display console that gives you all the basics and there’s a built-in fan to keep you cool when running indoors. The treadmill has a max speed of 18km/h, which is around a 5:22 minute mile pace.

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