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Get HUGE savings on treadmills this Black Friday

If the weather puts you off heading out for a run – or you have children at home and are unable to get out of the door at certain times – a treadmill is an extremely convenient option.

These running machines are also a great tool for completing structured workouts, as they create a controlled environment. On an electric treadmill, you can more accurately control your pace, incline, interval and recovery time. You may also feel more motivated to complete these types of sessions in this environment vs. attempting them unaided outside, especially if you sign up to apps like Zwift or Run Social, which allow you to run alongside others in a virtual world. (Fans of Zwift may also be interested in our round-up of the best turbo trainers.)

Admittedly, the best treadmills can be on the expensive side. So, what better time to take the plunge than during the 2022 Black Friday sales?

Right now, you can enjoy:

We’ll be updating this page regularly with the best treadmill discounts on leading brands, so keep checking back to nab yourself a bargain.

What to look for in a treadmill

  • Size: Unless you're lucky enough to have a home gym or spare room where you can leave the treadmill permanently unfolded, the chances are, you'll need a folding treadmill that can be stored away when you're not using it. Some of the options on this list are small enough to fit under the sofa when you're not using them.

  • Top speed: Sure, you're probably not running as fast as Dina Asher-Smith, but you don't want to find yourself frustrated by the top speed of the treadmill, unable to run to your full potential. We've rounded up the top speeds for each treadmill on our list to help you make the right decision.

  • Cost: If you've been browsing for a while, you'll know that the affordable treadmills are often out of stock. That said, don't let the bigger price tag put you off; a treadmill is an investment and many brands allow you to split the payments over a year. Think of it like paying for a gym membership.

  • Tech: If you’re simply after a solid treadmill for some recovery runs, tech probably isn’t at the forefront of your mind. But, with recent releases offering the likes of live classes and even access to TV streaming services via touchscreens, it’s worth taking a look at what each machine has to offer before making your mind up.

Do you need to subscribe to an app to use a treadmill?

Some treadmills can link to apps that offer a host of features, including a huge library of workouts at your fingertips, stat-tracking, live classes and leaderboards showing how fellow members are faring.

You will need to pay a monthly subscription fee to gain access to these, which will vary depending on which app your treadmill links to.

The treadmills on our list that require subscriptions are: the Peloton Tread’s Peloton All-Access Membership, which costs £39 per month, or £12.99 per month for new app members; the NordicTrack Commercial X32i, which links to the iFit app available from £24.99 per month; and the Echelon Stride Auto-Fold Connected Treadmill with its £39.99 per month Echelon Fit app.

Runner's World Expert Tested

Treadmills on this list that are stamped with the Runner's World Expert Tested logo have been tested by our Runner's World Lab team of experts.

They asked a panel of novice runners and ardent athletes alike to lace up their trainers and hit the belt, testing each treadmill at all speeds and levels of incline to check that it offers a comfortable, smooth and stable run.

They also judged each running machine's ease of use by navigating its touchscreens and control panels to find a suitable workout.

Each model was then given a score, with only the best earning our Runner’s World Expert Tested seal of approval.

You’ll also find recommendations from the Runner’s World editorial team in our roundup. These treadmills have all been used thoroughly by one or more of our highly experienced editors, and there’s a machine for every fitness level and budget.

The best treadmills on the market for 2022:

Ready to run? Here are the treadmills to invest in – all available to buy in the UK.

1. NordicTrack X32i

Best for: A realistic running experience at home

Bringing the Lake District into your living room may seem like a logistical nightmare, but with this NordicTrack treadmill you can at least enjoy the national park’s testing topography from home. Its unmatched 40% incline is a real bragging point, and allows it to provide realistic virtual runs via the iFit app – we enjoyed a trainer-led jaunt along a Hawaiian beach.

If you fancy a change of pace, you can also stream on-demand studio classes. In some sessions, the machine is programmed to automatically adjust your speed and incline as you go, leaving you free to focus on your run without the usual toggling process.

There was no wobbling at any speed and the belt provided plenty of bounce (something our long-suffering knees definitely appreciated), and our running stats were clearly displayed on the screen during classes, too. The touchscreen could have been a bit more responsive, sometimes lagging slightly, and you’ll need plenty of space to accommodate this hefty treadmill, but if it’s a realistic running experience you’re after then this is your best bet.

This machine’s impressive top speed of 13.7mph, which is around a 4.23min/mile pace, is also capable of testing even seasoned athletes.

2. Echelon Stride Auto-Fold Connected Treadmill

Best for: People looking for a compact treadmill that's super easy to fold away

Though we found our tablet did cover the control panel, and some of our workout stats as a result, the app impressed our testers with its huge selection of workouts. Most found there was plenty of choice when it came to finding a class that set their pulses racing, though more experienced runners said they would have liked more of a challenge than the limited 10% max incline it could offer.

Nevertheless, the folding design and substantial offering of sessions from the app make this a top pick for first-time treadmill buyers. And its top speed of 12mph (a 5.00min/mile pace) will be ample for most owners.

3. Peloton Tread Basics

Best for: Live classes and motivational instructors

BLACK FRIDAY: £500 off Tread packages, from £3,095

This Peloton machine will do more for your morale than most, with a plethora of instructor-led running sessions (as well as strength, yoga and even meditation classes) available through the brand’s app. Trainers beaming through a bright touchscreen provide tips and limitless energy to help you grind through pre-work workouts. You can also see how fellow members of the Peloton clan have performed thanks to live leaderboards – something that quickly unearthed our thinly veiled competitive side.

The belt balanced bounce with firmness, allowing us to generate plenty of power with each stride while providing a comfortable amount of cushioning. Testers also raved about the inclusion of easy-access adjustable speed and incline dials on the arms, rather than the usual buttons on the control panel.

The max speed of 12.4mph, a 4.50min/mile pace, is more than fast enough for most runners, too.

Best treadmills for 2022 chosen by our editors:

1. JTX Pro Professional

Best for: Runners who use Zwift

If you're someone who dreads the treadmill and needs every distraction possible to get through the session, this is a good option. It's compatible with Zwift and Run Social and has a ledge to allow you to rest your phone or iPad. It has a top speed of 22 km/h, which is faster than 4:33 min/mile pace, so should be suitable for all runners. The best part? It's currently on sale.

2. DOMYOS T540C Treadmill

Best for: Runners looking for a gym experience on a budget

One of Decathlon’s bestselling treadmills, this is 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 backlit 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 16km/h, which is a 6:02min/mile pace. It folds away for easy storage.

3. Life Fitness T5 Treadmill

Best for: Those who aren't too bothered about folding the treadmill

If you're not worried about folding the treadmill away, or moving it from room to room, this Life Fitness T5 treadmill is a good option. It's easy to assemble, you can set up two user profiles, to make jumping on simpler if you are sharing with another runner with different training needs, and there's a handy energy-saving mode for when you're not using it. There's a top speed of 12mph, which is about a 4:59min/mile pace.

4. JTX Sprint-5 Electric Treadmill

Best for: Value for money

This JTX treadmill has got all the features you really need from a treadmill: a g00d-sized running deck (140x 48cm), durability thanks to its heavy gauge steel frame, built for stability under the pressure of daily use, bluetooth compatibility and an incline of up to 10%, which will auto-adjust according to the terrain (if following a virtual workout via the likes of Zwift).

It has a top speed of 18 km/h, which works out to be a 5:22min/mile pace, so should be fast enough for most. For speedsters, though, JTX also has the Sprint-9 Folding Gym Treadmill or Pro Professional which are able to reach higher speeds.

5. JTX Sprint-9 Folding Gym Treadmill

Best for: Runners looking for gym-quality

If you can afford it and you've got the space, this folding gym treadmill is a great piece of kit. It's got a large deck (153 x 52cm) weighing 100kg, and this provides a firm, steady base, making it feel similar to the high-quality treadmills you'd find at your gym. It integrates directly with Kinomap via Bluetooth – an app you can purchase for your phone or tablet, which allows you to run stunning routes from all over the world, using Google Maps.

It's got a decent maximum incline of 15% and a top speed of 20 km/h, which is a 4:50 min/mile pace, so should be fast enough for most, but faster runners might want to look at JTX's Pro Professional, which reaches speeds of 4:33 min/miles.

6. Opti Folding Treadmill

Best for: Runners on a budget – and 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 several months), this has three levels of incline and a maximum speed of 12km/h (an 8:03min/mile pace). The running surface is pretty narrow, but the treadmill folds away small for easy storage, which is handy.

7. Opti Non-Motorised Folding Treadmill

Best for: Runners who want to spend less than £200

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 uphill. The treadmill folds flat for easy storage. It’s probably not the best for your long run, but it’s an affordable option.

8. HOMCOM Electric Treadmill

Best for: Runners who want a treadmill they can store behind the sofa

One of the most impressive features on this treadmill is how compactly it folds away – great for runners who are short on space. The treadmill has everything you need for a comfortable run, plus it comes fully assembled, meaning you'll be up and running in no time. It's got a top speed of 10 km/h, which is around a 9.40 min/mile pace.

9. Viavito LunaRun Fold Flat Treadmill

Best for: Speedier runners looking for a treadmill in the next 3 weeks

This treadmill has a top speed of 16km/h, which is a 6:02min/mile pace. As well as everything you'd expect from a treadmill (programmed workouts, a varied incline and easy assembly and folding), it's already 90% pre-assembled in the box, so you won't have to spend hours putting it together.

10. Mobvoi Home Treadmill

Best for: Those who love blasting music while running

If you’re in the market for a bargain treadmill, this folding option from Mobvoi is one of Amazon’s best-sellers, with over 1,200 4.5-star ratings. It’s popularity perhaps comes in its simplicity: you’ve got two modes, one for walking, one for running, there’s an in-built Bluetooth speaker for playing your favourite tunes and it has a high-quality running belt to protect your joints. And all at an affordable price point. Plus, it packs down so small you can shove it under your sofa when you’re done!

Running on a treadmill – the tools to help

Of course, the treadmill doesn't really compare to miles outside, but if you are taking your training indoors, there's a few tools that can help.

  • Treadmill pace converter chart – if you're used to running in miles per hour, it might take a bit of getting used to converting your session into kilometres. A pace-conversion chart can be a handy tool to screenshot.

  • Avoiding injury on the treadmill – Running on a moving belt, especially if it's too fast for your fitness level, can affect your stride. Indeed, experts see specific injury patterns in those who use the machine as their main training ground. Have a read of their advice to avoid injury when logging your miles indoors.

  • Building a workout – One of the main reasons many runners dread indoor sessions is boredom. If logging your long run while staring at the clock is enough to put you off forever, why not try one of our treadmill workouts?

  • Connecting with others – If you're used to running with friends or with a club, solo miles on the treadmill can be lonely. One app trying to address this is Zwift. If your treadmill isn't compatible, you can buy a NPE Runn – a treadmill sensor you can add to almost any treadmill that transmits the belt’s speed in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). If you don't want to buy the sensor, you can use the Runpod, which attaches to your shoe and measures your speed, cadence and distance and pairs with Zwift via Bluetooth.



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