Best Folding Treadmills for Small Space – Top 10 (Compact Treadmill) 2018

Purchasing a treadmill can be a wise investment to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can have a great workout by having a treadmill at home. It helps you to experience an amazing cardiovascular exercise.

But a treadmill will occupy a big amount of space of your home unnecessarily as it remains free all the day after finishing your workout.

In this case, a folding treadmill can help you to save a ton of space in your room. They have the same features as a normal treadmill with the extra one of breaking them out and keep in a suitable place after using.

If you have a small space but want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, a folding treadmill can be the best option for you.

But choosing the best one can be a tough job to do. Because all of them are not equally able to serve your purpose!

So you must need to consider your requirement and look for some basic feature in the treadmill you are going to buy.

In this guideline, I’ve tried to gather all the necessary information you may need to buy one for your home. You can just go through it and pick the one for you.

Preview

Product

Specification

Dimensions

Price

NordicTrack T 6.5

Editor’s Choice

73 x 35.8 x 67.5 inches

NordicTrack NTL11219

Best for athletes

Not specified

Sole F85

Comes with a heart rate monitor

85.4 x 37 x 17.3 inches

LifeSpan TR1200i

Suitable for jogging

70 x 33 x 54 inches

ProForm Pro 2000

Large walking belt

82 x 35 x 16.5 inches

Sunny Health & Fitness

Perfect for light running

62.2 x 26.8 x 47.3 inches

Weslo Cadence G 5.9

Suitable for beginners

68 x 31 x 10 inches

Goplus 2.5HP Folding

Emergency stop button for safety

66 x 30 x 54.5 inches

Horizon Fitness T101-04

Suitable for tall figured ones

70 x 33.5 x 55 inches

Merax JK1603E

Perfect for people with smaller body frame

52.8 x 23.6 x 44.5 inches

Top 10 Folding (Compact) Treadmills - Reviews 2018

1. NordicTrack Treadmill (Model No T 6.5 S) - Editor’s Choice

Features

  • Walking belt 20"X55"
  • Display size: 5 inches;
  • Speed: 0-10 MPH;
  • Incline: 0-10%, adjustable;
  • user capacity: 300 lb.

Review

T 6.5 S model treadmill is the affordable version of Nordic T 8.5 S model. Its belt is smaller in size and have reduced capacity. It's 5 inches display, displays your workout time, speed, heart rate, distance and calories burned. However, it does its job perfectly.

It has built-in apps, designed by professional trainers. These apps will automatically set your workout time and speed depending your goal. Besides, upon installation of Ifit, you will get the benefit of experiencing outdoor workout and directions from world class trainers.

For me, it is a good option for people who cannot avail Nordic T 8.5 S but wants to have the benefit of Ifit. you have to pay almost the cost of this treadmill to subscribe iFit; that’s the only drawback. If you include the cost of iFit, this treadmill still costs almost half of the T 8.5 S from Nordic.

Things We Liked

  • Affordable;
  • Easy to operate;
  • Runs Ifit on purchase;
  • Powerful motor;
  • Durable and portable.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Installing iFit is costly.

2. NordicTrack Treadmill (Model No NTL11219) T 8.5 S

Features

  • Walking belt 20 x 60;
  • Display size: 10 inches;
  • Speed: 0-12 MPH;
  • Incline: 0-12%, adjustable;
  • User capacity: 300 lb.

Review

 The latest launch 8.5T from NordicTrack is meant to give you an outdoor workout experience, led by your own world class trainers at home. Its Ifit technology not only lets you see 16k+ workouts, it also controls the incline and speed of the treadmill to automatically adjust.

In this treadmill, you can choose to run to the peaks of mountains or in the terrain of grasslands at the evening depending on your mood. Its Ifit lets you choose among the endless variety of outdoor workouts and adjusts your machine’s incline accordingly. You will never be bored or alone while working out; your trainers will always be with you to make sure you reach your target on time.

It also takes a little space of your studio apartment; just unfold before you work out. Its heave, hence, not portable. Besides, you have to pay a lot to enjoy all the amazing facilities of this treadmill. But you will never regret buying it.

Things We Liked

  • Free personal training by world class trainers;
  • Amazing outdoor Workout experience;
  • Easy to store;
  • Best for athletes;
  • Achieving goal is more certain in this treadmill. 

Things We Didn't Like

  • High price.

3. Sole Treadmill (Model No F85)

Features

  • Walking belt 22"X60"
  • Display size: 9 inches;
  • Speed:  0.5-to-12 MPH;
  • Incline: 0-15%, adjustable;
  • User capacity: 400 lb.

Review

F85 from SOLE is perfect for big frame bodies. It comes with the highest capacity and equipped with a longer and wider runway to fit big size person. It offers you the highest incline for heart blasting cardio.

You can choose from a range of 6 built in programs or 2 custom programs for yourself. The large monitor, attached to it constantly shows your heart rate, pulse, speed. Time, calorie burned and so on.

Apart from pulse reading handles, it comes with a chest heart monitor. You will have less joint pains after working out, as it reduces impact up to 40%. It is easy to fold and unfold, but difficult to move. If you are looking for treadmill you can roll from one room to another, this one is not for you.

Things We Liked

  • Large running surface;
  • High capacity;
  • Comes with a heart rate monitor.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Not portable;
  • Pricey.

4. LifeSpan Folding Treadmill (Model No TR1200i)

Features

  • Walking belt 20"X 50"
  • Display size: 5 inches;
  • Speed:  0.5-to-11 MPH;
  • Incline: 15 adjustable positions;
  • User capacity: 350 lb.

Review 

Preparing for an upcoming marathon event? Leave the responsibility of your regular improvement on this treadmill from lifespan. Set your target and let the treadmill monitor and save your daily progress. This way, attaining your goals will be more reliable.

This machine is equipped with a powerful motor with lifetime warranty. But a few users, who bought this item for daily heavy use complained about other things like the belt or frame. In my opinion, this treadmill will last longer if used for walking, jogging and light running.

You will hear your favorite tracks without any noise; as, the motor runs quietly. However, The data saving mechanism after every workout is unique and useful for weight loss. For a portable treadmill, this one is a good choice to get in shape without hitting the gym.

Things We Liked

  • Can save and update workout details daily;
  • Suitable for jogging;
  • Comes with preset programs.

Things We Didn't Like

  • May not be for heavy use.

5. ProForm Treadmill (Model No Pro 2000)

Features

  • Walking belt 22"X 60"
  • Display size: 7 inches;
  • Speed:  0-to-12 MPH;
  • Incline: -3 – 15%, adjustable;
  • User capacity: 300 lb.

Review 

PROFORM has incorporated the features of high end treadmills in this model. But the unique part is, the walking belt can decline to 3%; whereas other machines only have incline functionality. This feature is a life saver for terrain runners to prepare for downhill race.

With every change of speed and incline settings, the changes are done smoothly yet quickly. Besides, it is totally noise free, all you will hear is thumping of your racing heart. This model comes with iFIt compatibility. So, you will get endless features to keep your boredom at bay.

It may seem a bit pricey if you are on budget, but considering the features, this beast worths every penny.

Things We Liked

  • Quiet;
  • Large walking belt;
  • With 3% decline;
  • iFit compatibility.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Pricey.

6. Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill

Features

  • Walking belt 15.75"X 48.8"
  • Display size: N/A;
  • Speed:  0.5-to-9 MPH;
  • Incline: 0%, 2%, 4.37% adjustable;
  • User capacity: 220 lb.

Review 

I recommend SUNNY treadmill for oldies and old school buddies. Its easy operation and basic functions are perfect for people who are not great fan of the latest gadgets or high profile gears, but still wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The incline is kept within 4.37% considering the health conditions of aged people. Besides, it comes with a lower mileage and low capacity. It is lightweight, hence, even old ones can easily fold, unfold and move from one place to another.

Those, who wants the touch of hi tech features can use your tab or smartphone in the built in phone holder. Its LCD screen will always monitor and display basic info like heart rate, your pace, distance and many other things. This treadmill is a budget gear, you can order this one for yourself, or present it to your parents to maintain their fitness.

Things We Liked

  • Portable;
  • Economic;
  • Perfect for light running;
  • Easy, basic function.

Things We Didn't Like

  • No advanced features.

7. Weslo Cadence Treadmill (Model no G 5.9)

Features

  • Walking belt 16"X 50"
  • Display size: N/A;
  • Speed:  0.5-to-10 MPH;
  • Incline: manual;
  • User capacity: 250 lb.

Review 

 Thinking of starting your weight loss regime for years, but can’t start the process? Well, start by choosing this G 5.9 treadmill from Weslo Cadence. It is neither fancy, nor high profile, yet good enough to help you start running and hold on to it.

For me, its lack of advanced features is good to keep you focused, creates less distraction. There are six preset workout programs installed in it, you can choose one to start the change. The walking belt is somewhat small, so, it is not suitable for person with big paws.

Another thing may seem problematic to you is, its manual incline. This feature is necessary and can be found even in budget treadmills; can’t get why they did not incorporate it in this machine. Some users complained about the ugly noise from the treadmill, but most of the users were pleased about its silent operation. Noise can result from defective motor, so, needs to send for replacement. Overall, this treadmill is a good choice for ‘not so demanding’ workout routine at home.

Things We Liked

  • Basic features;
  • Suitable for beginners;
  • Takes less space even when folded;
  • Easy assembly.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Manual incline.

8. Goplus Folding Running Fitness Machine

Features

  • Walking belt 18"X 50"
  • Display size: 5 inches;
  • Speed:  1-to-11 MPH;
  • Incline: 0-15% auto adjustable;
  • User capacity: 286 lb.

Review 

 This one is a high performance treadmill with basic features. You don’t have to be a brainier to operate the basic features of GOPLUS treadmill.

The best (and important to some) option is, it has safety key and emergency shut off button to power off the motor immediately whenever you don’t feel right. Patients with heart disease and unstable blood pressure needs to invest in emergency power off treadmills for home use, to ensure extra safety measures when they are training alone.

12 easy exercise programs are set in this machine. Its auto incline and high mileage in a low price helped to gain this machine gain popularity among users. Some complained about jerking motion of walk belt when the speed is set to the highest level. I recommend to oil the machine often to minimize such incidents.

Things We Liked

  • Emergency stop button for safety;
  • Reasonable price;
  • Quick assembly;
  • Silent motor.

Things We Didn't Like

  • The belt may jerk while set in the highest MPH.

9. Horizon Fitness Treadmill (Model no T101-04)

Features

  • Walking belt 20"X 55"
  • Display size: 5 inches;
  • Speed:  1-to-10 MPH;
  • Incline: 0-10% auto adjustable;
  • User capacity: 300 lb.

Review 

Treadmills with large walking belt and high capacity is made to make house for gigantic humans. A total of 30 programs of 6 variety of workouts are installed, so that you can choose to consider your health conditions and the goals you have to achieve.

Its assembly can be done one handed and takes only half an hour. Once you take your first step on it, you will realize the cushioning deck makes running or walking stress free. Besides, the LCD display lets you know how much calorie have you burned, distance covered, and time spent on the machine.

The sonic surround speakers will literally blow your mind with the songs, stored in your MP3. This amazing sound quality helped me to stay motivated throughout your workout.

Things We Liked

  • Excellent sound quality;
  • Suitable for tall figured ones;
  • Heavy duty.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Expensive.

10. Merax Easy Assembly Running Machine (Model No JK1603E)

Features

  • Walking belt 14"X 44"
  • Display size: 5 inches
  • Speed: 0.62-to-6.2 MPH;
  • Incline: Three incline positions;
  • User capacity: 220 lb.

Review 

Little adjustments and maintenance will make this treadmill last longer. The manual comes with instruction on how to adjust the walking belt if gets tight or loose, for fixing according to your requirements.

It is a miniature yet high quality equipment to keep you healthy if used daily and sincerely. For every day at home workout to start the day, this kind of treadmill is good option to invest. Its mileage, incline, walking belt all the made lower compared to other machines of this list. Hence, I recommend to purchase this only to small size people.

It is an economic yet quality machine, will fit in majority of the buyer’s range. However, not everyone needs a high profile gadget for light workout. This one will serve all your purpose on purchase.

Things We Liked

  • Budget friendly;
  • Perfect for people with smaller body frame;
  • Suitable for regular light workout.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Not for demanding applications.

Conclusion:

So while buying a treadmill, just remember those tips I’ve mentioned above. These tips will help you to get the perfect one for you.

You only need to select the one that is appropriate for your current level of health and the size that you can move easily when needed.

Having a perfect compact treadmill can help you to get to the goal of the perfectly shaped body.

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