The best treadmills for runners, starting at £100

Jane McGuire
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Photo credit: LightFieldStudios - Getty Images
Photo credit: LightFieldStudios - Getty Images

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. JLLT350

Best for: Runners looking for an affordable option on Amazon

Is Amazon’s best selling treadmill for a reason. There's a number of different built-in options on the console, it's got a good amount of cushioning and it folds away for easy storage, (that said, it is still pretty bulky). The treadmill has a top speed of 18 km/h, which is around a 5.20 minute mile pace, so should suit most runners.

3. DOMYOS T540C Treadmill

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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 16km/h, which is around a 6:02 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. Matrix Fitness Commercial T1X 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. The cushioned running surface is designed to be comfortable as you clock up the miles and has an adjustable incline of up to 15%. The max speed is a rapid 20km/h, which works out to be around a 4.48 minute mile pace.

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.

8. Domyos Treadmill Run 100

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Best selling treadmill on decathlon

Combining a wide running surface with a compact design, this is a good option for runners who want a comfortable indoor running experience, without the bulk. Once folded away, the Run 100 treadmill is only 38cm deep and can be stored horizontally or vertically. With a 14km/h top speed (6.54 minute mile pace), this should suit most runners, plus there's 30 different programmes already created on the treadmill to give you a challenge.

9. STILL IN STOCK - DOMYOS INTENSE RUN TREADMILL

With a top speed of 22km/h (4:33 minute mile pace) and an incline of 15%, this is a good choice for faster runners who want to do all of their intense training runs indoors. It can be folded away to save space and has a running deck built for longer strides.

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 so many runners dread indoor sessions is boredom. If logging your long run staring at the clock counting down is enough to put you off treadmills 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 combat 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 and the app and still feel like you're running with your crew.

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