Best Folding Treadmills

Brian Boyce | Last Updated - Aug 4, 2021

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Compact and reliable are two traits that don’t always go hand-in-hand when it comes to folding treadmills. That’s why our list of the best foldable treadmills currently available contains durable models designed with innovative folding features and reliable, sturdy frames. They’re ideal for in-home use where space is a concern, but just because they’re easily foldable and compact doesn’t mean they cut corners on reliability or stability.

As fans of the category know, one of the compromises made with the purchase of a folding treadmill is typically belt size and running area. Stability and durability are also concerns for those seeking a unit which can fold up in the middle. The machines are also typically a bit larger, and so when considering the size of a machine, remember that it will be either stood upright or laid out flat at some point. Figure at minimum 70 to 80 inches in length here.

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Treadmill users are certainly familiar with the Sole family of machines, and there’s little surprise that our pick for Best Overall Folding Treadmill is the Sole F80. A great mid-range option between the F63 and F85, its high-quality components are designed for durability. And more importantly, it folds easily for convenient space-saving. The foldable treadmill design of the F80 actually originated from the demand of hotels for a treadmill as mobile as a service cart, yet still stable and effective. Thus, the Folding Deck Design – Easy Assist was born. With a patented all-gear rack and pin system, complete with a safety lock which secures the unit in place when upright, the F80 allows users to simply release the deck, step back, and watch it effortless unfold itself in a vertical manner, as opposed to out flat. Other great features include a roomy 22-inch x 60-inch running deck, a 3.5 HP motor which supports both running and walking, as well as a power incline up to 15%. A 9-inch LCD display brings 10 preset programs to the action, along with the included Sole Fitness App which allows users to sync up with FitBit, Record, Apple Health. In addition to the screen, the unit has a built-in tablet holder and Bluetooth connectivity. All in all, quite a bit for a folding treadmill.

ProsCons
  • 3.5 HP Motor
  • Sole Fitness App
  • 9″ LCD Display
  • Shorter Rails

KEY SPECS

Motor3.5 CHP Motor
Incline0 — 15%
Running Area22″ x 60″
FoldingYes
Top Speed12 MPH
Weight Capacity375 LBS
Dimensions82″ L x 37″ W x 66″ H
Screen9″ Smart LCD Touchscreen
WarrantyLifetime Frame/Motor/Deck, 5-Year Electronics/Parts, 2-Year Labor

2. Best for Small Spaces – Echelon Stride

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With the ability to fold down to just 10 inches high, the Echelon Stride makes for easy storage. Featuring easy auto-fold technology, the folded dimensions are just 69.3 inches x 31 inches x 10.25 inches, with the unit popping upright to a height of 49.2 inches. The 156-pound frame is yet able to carry a maximum user weight of 300 lbs. Like other members of the Echelon family of fitness machines, the Stride comes with membership access to the Echelon Fit app, complete with a diverse range of programming spanning scenic runs to boxing, all led by top-notch instructors. That said, the machine is engineered to perform with fitness in mind. With speeds up to 12 mph, the treadmill features 12 levels of incline up to 10%. The running surface measures 55 inches x 20 inches. Mechanically, the motor offers 2.50 horsepower at peak, with 1.75 CHP. The Stride features an 18.5-inch touchscreen which displays: Calories, distance, incline, time, pace, pulse, speed, steps, and the unit’s controls.

 

ProsCons
  • Great folding level
  • Solid speed offering
  • Integrated heartrate sensors in handlebars
  • Smaller motor
  • 1-year limited warranty

KEY SPECS

Motor1.75 CHP
Incline0 — 10%
Running Area20″ x 55″
FoldingYes
Top Speed12 MPH
Weight Capacity300 LBS
Dimensions69.3″ x 31″ x 49.2″
Screen18″ Touchscreen
Warranty1-Year Parts/Labor

3. Best Budget Pick – Horizon 7.0 AT

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It’s the more pocketbook friendly brother of the top-rated 7.8 AT, and after its last refresh it wasn’t all that difficult for the Horizon 7.0 AT to take position as our favorite budget buy. Its console is basic, as it’s designed for users who want to run training apps on their iPad or tablet, just as much as for those who just want to throw on some music and get running. Like its bigger brother, its incline and drive motors adjust faster than much of its competition, making it a great option for those who love HIIT sprints.

The treadmill has a steel frame, which gives it a strong foundation—sturdy and durable enough to handle more intense runs. Its 3.0 CHP motor is quite powerful, not to mention steady and quiet, and comes with a lifetime warranty. The 60″ running deck is a bit longer than the standard 55″, making it a good choice for taller runners and those with a longer stride. It is offered with a lifetime warranty on its frame, 3 years on its motor, parts, and electronics, and 1 year on labor.

 

ProCons
  • Great price
  • Roller-style speed and incline adjusters are very user-friendly
  • Limited warranty
  • Basic screen/console

KEY SPECS

Motor3.0 CHP
Incline0% – 15%
Running Area20” x 60”
FoldingYes
Top Speed12 MPH
Weight Capacity325 LBS
Dimensions76.5″ x 36″ x 59″
ScreenThree LED windows and aback-lit LCD screen
WarrantyLifetime Frame, 3-Year Motor/Electronics/Parts, 1-Year Labor

 

4. Best Folding Treadmill with Premium Features – NordicTrack Commercial 1750

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Yet more proof that a foldable treadmill doesn’t mean skimpy on the options, the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 brings a dynamic set of workout options to your home. Yet, even with all the bells and whistles aboard, the strapping 78-inch L x 39.2-inch W x 63-inch H treadmill folds up easily in under 10 seconds by way of the patented EasyLift Assist mechanism. Operating off a 3.75 CHP motor, the unit features both a 15% incline as well as a 3% decline to help heighten intensity. The belt itself is 60-inches x 22-inches, quite roomy considering the unit can be folded up and stored in a closet when not in use. But real NordicTrack fans know the brand comes part-and-parcel with the iFit universe of interactive training. Like it’s sibling units, the 1750 has a 10-inch HD touchscreen the iFit Coaching system, the iFit Google Maps feature, in addition to 50 other built-in programs. Live trainers from remote locations can take over the treadmill to help you adjust to workouts as varied as your imagination and fitness goals. Meanwhile, the 1750 is also equipped with an integrated tablet holder, Bluetooth capabilities, and two 3-inch digitally amplified wireless speakers. Heart rate monitoring can be performed by way of the integrated sensors in the handlebars, or the Bluetooth unit, which requires a separately sold chest strap.

ProsCons
  • 10-inch HD touchscreen
  • iFit Coaching
  • Incline/Decline Option
  • Large unit might require
  • assistance with assembly

KEY SPECS

Motor3.75 CHP
Incline-3% — 15%
Running Area22″ x 60″
FoldingYes
Top Speed12 MPH
Weight Capacity300 LBS
Dimensions81.25″ L x 39.25″ W x 62.75″ H
Screen10” HD touch screen
Warranty10-Year Frame, 2-Year Parts, 1-Year Labor

5. Best for Guided Workouts – ProForm Carbon T10

An iFit-enabled treadmill that nearly pays for itself, purchase of the ProForm Carbon T10 comes with a 3-year iFit Family Membership valued at $1,188. Designed with the ProForm SpaceSaver Design and EasyLift Assist, the unit folds upright with a very easy push. Definitely designed with live workouts in mind, the 10-inch Smart HD Touchscreen comes ready to work with iFit, and the machine is designed for trainer-controlled workouts meaning live instructors can govern the speed and incline while users work out. Measuring 35.24 inches x 74.62 inches x 64.39 inches, the machine has a 300 lb weight maximum. Powered by a 2.75 CHP motor, speeds go up to 10 mph with incline up to 12%. In addition to cushioning technology, the treadmill features a CoolAire Fan, and an audio auxiliary port with 2-inch speakers. The running deck measures 20 inches x 55 inches.

In addition to a free 30-day money-back guarantee, the unit comes with 10-year frame warranty, with 1-year for parts and labor.

 

ProsCons
  • iFit package
  • Smaller unit
  • Easy Folding
  • No heartrate sensors
  • No built-in programs

KEY SPECS

Motor2.75 CHP
Incline0 — 12%
Running Area20″ X 55″
FoldingYes
Top Speed10 MPH
Weight Capacity300 LBS
Dimensions74.62″ L x 35.24″ W x 64.39″ H
Screen10″ HD Screen
Warranty10-Year Frame; 1-Year Parts/Labor

 

Want to compare these models to see which one is best for you? Try our comparison tool. To use it, just check off any treadmill you want to look at in more detail and then click ‘compare’. Learn more about what to look for when shopping for a new home treadmill below.

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SHOPPING FOR A NEW FOLDING TREADMILL

WILL YOU WALK OR RUN ON YOUR TREADMILL?

One of the first questions you should ask yourself when searching for a treadmill is whether you plan to use it for walking or running. If you’re a hard-core runner, look for a 3.0 CHP motor at minimum, otherwise the a future of maintenance might be yours. Machines with higher motor power typically usually require less maintenance, and also afford faster paces. If you’re primarily interested in walking, then the motor speed simply isn’t as crucial. Keep in mind that running on a treadmill designed primarily for walking will wear it out quickly.

WHAT’S A GOOD TREADMILL SIZE FOR YOUR HOME?

If you’re shopping for a foldable treadmill, the size definitely matters to you. You’ll typically find that home treadmills are designed with space-saving features in mind and are much more compact than those found in big gyms. A standard home-treadmill footprint is around six feet long and three feet wide. If this isn’t going to work day and night, then definitely consider a foldable treadmill, as high-quality models are available.

WHICH TREADMILL EXTRAS MATTER TO YOU?

Special features on this year’s best home treadmills range from built-in workout programs to touch screens to tablet holders. You can find all of these features and more on the treadmills described above, and these are only machines in the moderate price range! Shoppers who are ready to shell out for even more luxury features can get treadmills with extra-large touch screens and other classy amenities.

Recent Updates

June 30, 2021: Numerous specs have been updated for accuracy and to reflect changes made for 2021 models.

July 22, 2021: Added the ProForm Carbon T10 and Echelon Stride, while removing the Carbon T7, and Horizon 7.4 AT.

Best Folding Treadmills FAQs

WHAT IS THE BEST FOLDING TREADMILL FOR HOME USE?

Our experts recommend the Sole F80 as the best folding treadmill currently on the market. There are plenty of different options for folding treadmills with different price points and specs. See our full list above to choose the right one for you.

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SIZE OF A FOLDING TREADMILL?

On average, a folded up treadmill is about 40” - 45" in length and around 70” in height. Dimensions vary between different treadmills.

ARE FOLDING TREADMILLS HARD TO ASSEMBLE?

Folding treadmills require some basic assembly that can be done by just one or two people. Most retailers offer in-home assembly services at an additional cost.

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