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If you think a treadmill is too big for your home, think again. A foldable treadmill could be a great solution for your space versus a traditional, non-folding option. When not in use, foldable treadmills are made to do what their name implies: fold and store. Not only are these treadmills convenient, but some of them still have the bells and whistles you’d expect from a non-folding option. 

The team here at Garage Gym Reviews have personally used and tested more than 50 treadmills: foldable ones, non-motorized ones, ones made for walkers, ones made for runners. We have used the best treadmills for a home gym, and we have used ones we wouldn’t recommend.

When rating the best folding treadmills, we looked at factors that include:

  • Construction: We look at the materials used for the machine, including the quality of the belt and overall stability
  • Durability: We prefer treadmills that have high weight capacities of 300 pounds or more, and strong motors of 2.5 CHP or better 
  • Programming: We rate treadmills higher when they provide built-in workouts
  • Warranty: We favor machines that come with solid warranties on frame, motor, and parts

Based on our personal use of the machines below and our in-depth fitness equipment testing methodology, we arrived at this list of the best folding treadmills.

The Best Folding Treadmills

Best Foldable Treadmills Video Review

Best Folding Treadmill Overall: NordicTrack Commercial 1750

Good for: People who want a folding treadmill with stellar interactive workout programs

Best Overall

NordicTrack Commercial 1750

GGR Score: 4.5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Spacious running deck
  • Compatible with iFIT
  • 14-inch touchscreen
  • Incline and decline training
  • Financing available

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Compatible with iFIT
  • 3.5 CHP motor
  • Free trial of iFIT subscription with purchase
  • Treadmill with incline and decline training
  • Foldable to save space (EasyLift Assist)
  • Run that feels similar to road running
  • Financing options available through NordicTrack
  • Generous speed range
  • Wide running deck
  • Cooling fan

Cons

  • Big footprint
  • Heavy and not the easiest to move
  • Price is around $2,000
  • Warranty is voided if the treadmill is used/stored in a garage

Bottom Line

If you’re looking to add a workhorse of a treadmill to your home gym, we recommend the NordicTrack Commercial 1750.

The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is one of the best cardio machines for the price. Not only do you get a 10-inch touchscreen with which you can view iFIT programming, but this foldable treadmill has dual functionality—it has both incline and decline options. Want to pretend you’re running downhill? Sure, sounds good! Interested in training for a big hike you have coming up? Yup, the Commercial 1750 has you covered there, too.

Several members of our team have used the 1750 for workouts that include long runs and sprint workouts. We gave this machine perfect ratings on durability, customizations, ergonomics, tech capabilities, conveniences, and dynamic programming.

“Even after personally using more than two dozen treadmills, the 1750 is still my favorite,” says Kate Meier, GGR head of content and two-time marathon runner. “The cushioning feels great, and the iFIT programming with automatic trainer control makes for incredibly smooth workouts.”

If you’re a serious runner, the 1750 is a great option to consider. The 3.5 CHP motor is above what you’d want for a solid running treadmill (I’d expect at least a 3.0 CHP motor) and doesn’t shake even if you’re going pretty hard. If you’re someone who likes interactive programming, iFIT has great classes that are fun and easy to follow. You do get a free 30-day trial period when you purchase the 1750, but after that it’ll cost you – $396 per year for a family plan, $39 per month for a family plan, or $180 per year for an individual plan. 

RELATED: iFIT Review

Coop running on the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill

The 1750 has all the bells and whistles you’d hope for on a nicer treadmill. Expect to see Bluetooth connectivity, a holder for your water bottle, device holder, extra storage, speakers, and two fans to keep you cool while you workout. 

One important note: This treadmill is a mammoth. Even though it can be folded up and stored away, it is a process, as the treadmill deck itself is heavy. Not only is the 1750 upwards of 350 pounds, but it also has a very large footprint. If you have a small apartment or limited space, this might not be the foldable treadmill for you. 

“I personally assembled this, and it took me about 90 minutes,” Kate says. “It requires two people to attach the console with all the wiring and to add the hydraulics equipment under the deck. Using your own socket wrench and screwdriver is advisable!”

Check out our full NordicTrack 1750 Treadmill review

Footprint81.25” L x 39.25” W x 62.75” H
Running Deck Size22” W x 60” L
Weight 339 lbs
Speed0-12 MPH
Incline -3% decline to 15% incline
Motor3.5 CHP DurX Commercial Plus Motor
Weight Capacity300 pounds

Best Folding Treadmill for Running: Horizon 7.4 AT Studio Treadmill

Good for: Those who want a foldable treadmill specifically geared towards runners

Best for Running

Horizon 7.4 AT Treadmill

GGR Score: 4.2 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Foldable design
  • Deck cushioning
  • 12 mph top speed
  • Incline up to 15%
  • 350 lb use weight capacity
  • 22" W x 60" L running area
  • Built-in workout programs
  • Lifetime frame and motor warranty

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Generously sized running deck of 60 inches
  • User weight capacity of 350 lbs
  • Foldable
  • Sturdy and doesn't shake much while in use
  • Powerful 3.5 CHP motor

Cons

  • Large and not made for compact spaces
  • Heavy at 318 lbs
  • Lack of touchscreen/interactive programming

Bottom Line

If you're a serious runner and want a foldable treadmill you can trust, I would strongly recommend the Horizon 7.4. Although it doesn't have all the extra technology features (like interactive programming or a touchscreen) it is a well-build machine with a powerful motor.

Calling all HIIT treadmill workout enthusiasts: The Horizon 7.4 AT Studio Treadmill is a great option for those who want to quickly change their speed or incline mid-run. The quick dial adjustment feature allows the runner to easily switch between speeds or inclines without wasting precious seconds off an all out sprint. 

“The quick dial adjustments make customizing this thing a breeze,” says Anthony O’Reilly, expert product tester and performance editor at GGR. “The custom interval keys are also great for designing your own workouts, which is something you don’t always see on treadmills.”

With a 3.5 CHP motor, the 7.4 hits well above the industry standard for a powerful motor that can withstand intense running. Whether you’re into steady state cardio or love to sprint, the Horizon 7.4 is able to support you. There are also 10 pre-set workout programs to choose from if you just want to hit a button and get your sweat on without much thought. 

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Man running on Horizon 7.4 Studio Tread

On the downside, this powerful treadmill is heavy and big. “Even folded, it takes up more than 3 feet in width, and close to 6 feet in height,” Anthony notes, giving it a 3.5 out of 5 for its footprint and portability.

While Anthony didn’t struggle too much to move this machine, he did note that it may not be easy for everyone because it’s than 300 pounds assembled. In terms of assembly, we put this together ourselves, and it took more than an hour. With a heavy treadmill does come the benefit of an increased user weight capacity. The Horizon 7.4 can hold a runner (or walker) of up to 350 pounds, which is above average for a treadmill.

If you’re someone who needs or wants interactive programming, it isn’t built in to this machine. However, you can stream apps like iFIT or Peloton on your device and watch it while using the 7.4. You’re definitely paying for the quality of the machine and not all the technology extras.

Like the idea of the Horizon 7.4 AT but think it might be slightly out of your budget? No worries! Horizon makes a less expensive version called the Horizon 7.0 AT. At just $999, this machine has the majority of the same features, but with some caveats. Although both decks clock in at 60 inches long, which is generous, the Horizon 7.0 has a 20-inch deck width versus the 7.4’s 22-inch deck width.

The Horizon 7.0 also is slightly less heavy with a lower max weight capacity of 325 pounds. Lastly, the lifetime frame warranty is consistent between the two, but the parts and labor warranties are slightly reduced for the 7.0.

Check out our full Horizon 7.4 AT review.

Footprint76” L x 37” W x 63” H 
Folded Dimensions42” L x 37” W x 71” H
Weight318 lbs
Motor3.5 continuous horsepower (CHP) DC motor
Running Surface60” L x 22” W
Speed 0-12 mph
Incline Levels0 – 15%
Weight Capacity350 lbs

Best Folding Treadmill for Walking: Sole F63 Treadmill

Best for Walking

Sole F63

GGR Score: 4.3 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Folding treadmill
  • Costs around $1,000
  • Heart rate chest strap included
  • Bluetooth speakers, USB port, and cooling fan
  • Powerful 3.0 HP motor

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Financing is available
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • USB port
  • Device holder
  • 15 different levels of incline
  • Cushioned deck
  • 20" W x 60" L belt
  • 325-lb weight capacity
  • Lifetime frame and motor warranty

Cons

  • Heavy machine
  • No touchscreen

Bottom Line

The Sole F63 Treadmill is an affordable option for people who want a powerful, reliable machine without breaking their budget.

For home gym owners who want one of the best treadmills for walking, look no further than the Sole F63 Treadmill. The stats alone are impressive: It’s a foldable treadmill with incline, has a 3.0 CHP motor, and it has and a 60-inch long deck, which makes it an ideal option for those with a longer stride or people over 6 feet tall. Also, a 3.0 CHP motor means that if you want to use this treadmill for running, it can definitely accommodate you.

GGR head of content and running enthusiast Kate Meier assembled and used the Sole F63 over the course of a week. She noted that walking workouts were fantastic, though “It shakes when you run on it,” she says. “It’s not a deal-breaking shake, but isn’t smooth, either.”

Sole Fitness offers a lifetime warranty on both the motor and frame. It also has cushioning on the running deck to “help reduce the impact on joints by 40%” as claimed by the Sole website. We can’t tell you if it actually does reduce joint impact, but Kate said liked it and found it comfortable to use. She rated the Sole a 4.5 out of 5 for ergonomics thanks to the feel of the belt and the fact that this is a roomy deck at 20 inches wide by 60 inches long.

Coop running on the Sole F63 Treadmill

Although there isn’t a fancy touchscreen to view workout classes on, there is an LCD display that shows you things like heart rate, incline, speed, and preset programs. All Sole treadmills now connect to Studio, which provides interactive programming, though it requires a subscription. The F63 even comes with a free heart rate monitor strap, which is a nice extra that can be connected to the treadmill. 

For being a budget option, the F63 really shines with its extras. Expect to see Bluetooth speakers, a cooling fan, USB port for charging devices, and an integrated tablet holder. “I was surprised at the quality of the speakers and how easy they were to connect with my phone,” Kate says.

While this treadmill is a great budget foldable option, it isn’t perfect. Note that it doesn’t fold flat, and it’s still a large machine, weighing more than 250 pounds. Therefore, it isn’t easy to move around your space.

Read more about this great machine in our in-depth Sole F63 Treadmill review.

Footprint66” H x 82” L x 35” W
Weight254 lbs
Speed.5-12 MPH
Incline15 levels
Motor3.0 HP, DC Type
Running Deck20″ W X 60″ L
Weight Capacity325 pounds

Best Smart Folding Treadmill: ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill

Good for: People who want great interactive programming and the latest technology 

Best Smart Folding Treadmill

ProForm Pro 9000

GGR Score: 4.5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Compatible with iFIT
  • Powerful motor
  • Foldable treadmill
  • Large 22-inch HD displays
  • Handsfree incline/speed adjustments

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Large 22-inch display
  • Compatible with iFIT
  • Incline and decline training available
  • Cushioned deck
  • Fan and water bottle holder
  • Bluetooth speakers

Cons

  • Priced around $1,800
  • iFIT subscription is an additional cost
  • Heavy machine with a big footprint
  • You cannot store or use this treadmill in your garage without voiding the warranty

Bottom Line

The ProForm Pro 9000 is a powerful, pricey treadmill great for those who want interactive programming from a reliable machine.

If you love the latest technology combined with a very solidly constructed piece of equipment, you’ll likely love one of the best smart treadmills, the ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill. With a gleaming 22-inch screen and compatible iFIT programming, this treadmill hits all the marks for an excellent smart compact treadmill. iFIT compatibility means you can run through gorgeous beaches or mountains (virtually, of course) while the machine automatically adjusts your incline/decline and speed.

Kate Meier, GGR’s head of content, gave this machine a 4.5 out of 5 for its technology. “I’m docking it because it struggled to connect with the WiFi, and I couldn’t get it to connect to iFIT,” Kate says. “However, months later, once we did some additional troubleshooting, we were able to get it up and running.”

The ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill has a 3.6 CHP motor and 12 different speed options, which means you can feel good about jogging, running, sprinting, or even doing intervals. When Kate tested this treadmill, she was very pleased with its durability. “It felt pretty stable even when I had the incline level up and was sprinting,” she says.

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The Pro 9000 features both incline and decline options (-3% to 12%), which is ideal for runners who want to simulate outdoor exercise or people training for a hilly race. 

Coop running on the Proform Pro 9000 treadmill

Kate assembled the ProForm Pro 9000 herself, and she said it took less than an hour. “It definitely requires two people: one to hold the console while the other attaches the wiring, and one person has to hold up the deck so the other can attach the hydraulics,” she says. “Have a socket wrench handy! It sped up the process.” You can also choose professional assembly for an additional cost of $199.

The customer service, in our experience, was surprisingly not stellar. Although the ProForm website does have a live chat option, they often refer you to a separate email or phone number and don’t really answer your questions. When we emailed the brand, it took them almost a week to respond, which isn’t great if you need tech support or assistance with another urgent matter.

Read all my thoughts on the ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill

Footprint77.3″ L x 35.5″ W x 59.6″ H
Weight263 lbs
Speed0 to 12 MPH
Incline/decline range-3 to 12%
Motor3.6 CHP Mach Z™
Running deck60″ L x 20″ W
Weight Capacity300 lbs

Best Compact Treadmill For Small Space: Echelon Fitness Stride 6

Good for: People who need to store their compact treadmill upright when it isn’t in use

Best Compact

Echelon Stride-6

Product Highlights

  • Auto-fold
  • 12.5 incline levels
  • No assembly required
  • Cushioned running deck
  • 300-lb user weight capacity

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Folds and unfolds with the push of a button
  • No assembly
  • Vertical and horizontal transport wheels
  • Bluetooth compatible

Cons

  • Screen not included
  • 1-year warranty for most customers (Echelon Premier members get a 5-year warranty)

Bottom Line

The Echelon Stride 6 has all the features you'd expect in a heavy-duty treadmill, along with auto-fold technology and zero assembly.

If you’re searching for a folding treadmill for small spaces, the Echelon Fitness Stride 6 is a great choice. The footprint unfolded is smaller than most treadmills, but the real draw for this machine is the depth when folded. Capable of folding completely in half, the Stride 6 is a solid option for people who need to store their treadmill vertically or against the wall. 

GGR Head of Content Kate Meier has had the original Echelon Stride — which shares many of the same features as the Stride 6 — on her screened-in porch for about a year. “I love that I can fold it up and put it against the wall when I’m not using it,” she says. “It would also fit under my bed if I ever decide to bring it in the house.”

Echelon Stride stored upright on a porch
The original Echelon Fitness Stride, which shares many of the same features as the Echelon Stride 6

Kate says the Stride incredibly easy to fold (“you push a button on the handles and step on a lever on the side, and it’s down”). While we haven’t tested the Stride 6, Echelon’s website shows it also has this feature.

At just under $1,700, we would’ve liked a touchscreen display to view interactive programming. However, there is a device holder where you can put your smartphone to watch Netflix or follow along with a workout.

Although this small foldable treadmill doesn’t have a built-in screen, you can connect your own smart device to the Echelon United programming. This costs $39.99 per month and gives you access to thousands of classes including treadmill runs, yoga, strength training, and cycling. 

The motor isn’t very powerful – at 2.5 CHP, this is less than the 3.0 CHP minimum we recommend for people who plan on running on the treadmill at least 3-4 times a week. However, we would recommend the Stride 6 to someone looking for a decent treadmill for casual running and walking workouts. Kate has run on the original Stride more than a dozen times and says it feels “sturdy enough.”

This is one of the few treadmills that gets a 5 out of 5, perfect score from us on assembly. The treadmill comes completely assembled, aside from plugging in the emergency stop. All you have to do is unfold it and move it.

Kate says the original Echelon Stride took her less than 10 minutes to get running once she got it out of the box.

Footprint64.8″ L x 32.4″ W x 57″ H (unfolded)
Running deck size60″ L x 20.5″ W
Speed0-12.4 MPH
Incline12 levels of incline
Motor2.5 CHP
Weight capacity300 lbs

Best Folding Treadmill for Tall Runners: Bowflex Treadmill 10

Good for: People who have a long stride and need a good-sized deck

Best for Tall Runners

Bowflex Treadmill 10

GGR Score: 3.7 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  •  -5% decline to 15% incline
  • Speeds up to 12 MPH
  • Compatible with JRNY, Bowflex’s online fitness platform
  • 10" interactive console
  • Cushioned running deck
  • Soft-drop folding system

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • 1-year JRNY subscription included with curated playlists and training content
  • 22” x 60” running deck
  • Convenient speed and incline knobs
  • Max user weight of 400 pounds
  • Decline capabilities
  • Interactive screen
  • Heart rate armband included
  • Ability to stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max with subscription

Cons

  • At their own admission, Bowflex states it does not disclose information on motor power
  • Heavy
  • Some users found the screen to be too small
  • Some connectivity issues reported

Bottom Line

The Bowflex Treadmill 10 has a lot to offer users when it comes to technology and performance. It comes with a roomy, cushioned running surface, an interactive touchscreen display and it is heavy-duty. Keep in mind that Bowflex does not disclose their horsepower for the motor but users rave over the powerful feel.

The Bowflex Treadmill 10 is a great option for those on the taller side who have a long stride. Why? For starters, its running deck is an incredibly spacious 60 inches long by 22 inches wide. That’s among the biggest belts on machines like this. It’s suitable for even people over 6 feet, as we have tall testers on our team who have taken it for a spin.

Coop Mitchell, founder of GGR, rated this a 4.5 out of 5 for ergonomics. “This is a comfortable treadmill to use. The belt has shock absorption, it’s a wide and long deck that should work for any stride,” he says. “It’s big, but that allows for a lot of features. Reminds me of a Buick Car.”

Features include an impressive -5% decline to 15% incline, speed range of 0 to 12 MPH, Bluetooth speakers and heart rate monitor, and HD touchscreen that is adjustable. When we tested the Bowflex 10, the screen didn’t tilt. In fact, Coop said, “I’m knocking a point off the tech score here, because the screen doesn’t tilt and it’s annoying to have to look down at a small screen when running or walking.” However, it appears Bowflex has since updated the machine to include an adjustable screen.

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We really like the durability of this machine. It has a max user weight of 400 pounds, which accommodates a range of runners (and walkers and joggers). In our testing, we sprinted hard on the Treadmill 10, and we didn’t notice hardly any wobble at all.

Man running on treadmill

This machine has a built-in 10-inch touchscreen that is compatible with JRNY, the interactive programming that Bowflex uses. One cool feature about JRNY is that, if you pay for the subscription, you can also stream your favorite apps, like Netflix and Disney+. That’s a feature that you won’t find on many treadmills today.

There are a few downsides to this machine; for example, its price tag is over $2,000, though financing is available. And while it does fold, it still has a considerably large footprint and is quite heavy and hard to move.

“The huge size isn’t good for the amount of space it takes up, obviously, but it does lead to a more stable device,” Coop says. “If you’re planning on folding up your treadmille and moving it around a bunch, I wouldn’t recommend this one as the wheels are pretty small and don’t roll well on carpet.”

Learn more in our full Bowflex Treadmill 10 review.

Footprint85″ L x 39.6″ W x 65.3″ H
Running deck size60″ L x 22″ W
Weight323 lbs
Speed0-12 MPH
Incline-5% to 15%
MotorUnlisted
Weight capacity400 lbs

Best Budget Compact Treadmill: UREVO 2 in 1 Under Desk Treadmill

Good for: People who want a foldable treadmill but are on a strict budget

Best Budget Compact

UREVO 2-in-1 Under Desk Treadmill

GGR Score: 3.6 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Folds flat to fit under beds and couches
  • Comes ready to go; no assembly required
  • Easy to move
  • Can also be used under a standing desk
  • No incline

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Under $400
  • Handle can be folded under to use under a desk
  • Easy to store and good for people in tight spaces

Cons

  • Short and skinny deck not ideal for running
  • User weight capacity below industry standard at 265 lbs
  • Max speed of 7.6 mph

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a foldable treadmill for under $500, the UREVO 2 in 1 is a great option for you.

Tight on space and on money? The UREVO 2 in 1 Under Desk Treadmill is a great solution for both issues at under $400 and with a folded footprint of 54.7 inches by 26.4 inches by 5.1 inches. I personally used this machine and found it extremely easy to move around because it’s only 59 pounds. In fact, I made the comment during testing that you could store this in your car if you needed to, it’s that compact.

This lends itself to being a great option for people who need to move their machine from room to room without much strain. I’d go so far as to say this is the best small folding treadmill for most people who just want to walk—particularly those in search of the best under-desk treadmill.

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I would recommend using the UREVO only for walking, unless you have a really short stride. I’m 5’9” and had to make a conscious effort to shorten my stride to avoid falling off this treadmill while jogging. That’s one of the reasons I gave this machine just a 3 out of 5 on ergonomics. This treadmill has a really small deck. At 16.9 inches by 42.5 inches, the UREVO is hitting well below the expected standard of at least a 50-inch long deck (although preferably for running, you want it above 55 inches). 

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Nathan running on the UREVO treadmill.

The motor of the UREVO is impressive (for the price) at 2.5 CHP. If only the deck was longer and wider, this treadmill would be a good option for consistent jogging. I do like that you’re able to fold down the handle to stick this compact machine under a standing desk, which is super convenient for those of us who work from home. 

I know I struggle to always hit my daily step goal, especially if I’m swamped at work. The UREVO can help keep you moving throughout the day at a slow and steady pace. Although the machine does have a max speed of 7.6 MPH, I wasn’t able to run at that pace due to the length of the deck. However, that doesn’t mean the treadmill isn’t a good buy. In fact, I think it does exactly what it was designed to do: be a great budget compact treadmill ideal for walking. 

Check out my full UREVO 2-in-1 Under Desk Treadmill review.  

Motor2.5 HP motor
Speed Range0.6-7.6 MPH
Running deck42.5” L x 16.9″ W
InclineNone
Dimensions52.6” L x 26.4” W x 39.7” H (54.7” L x 26.4” W x 5.1” H folded)
Weight Capacity265 lbs

Best Folding Treadmill for Beginners: GoPlus 2-in-1 Folding Treadmill

Good for: Those looking for an easy-to-use and compact folding treadmill

Best for Beginners

GoPlus 2-in-1 Folding Treadmill

GGR Score: 3.5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Fits seamlessly under most standing desks
  • Quick assembly
  • Folds extremely flat for storage
  • Comes with remote to change speed with ease

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Easily portable and stored
  • Emits minimal noise
  • Very easy assembly
  • Bluetooth speaker on console
  • Phone mount
  • Remote control
  • Safety key
  • Ideal for use in small spaces and those who are casual joggers/walkers
  • Transport wheels

Cons

  • Not intended for sustained or fast running
  • Smaller than typical running surface
  • Does not fold once handrails are installed
  • Handrails do not adjust and are at a fixed 3.5 feet (not ideal for taller individuals)
  • Only two modes available
  • Max speed is 8 miles per hour
  • No incline/decline
  • Can not mount a tablet

Bottom Line

The GoPlus 2-in-1 Folding Treadmill is a great value purchase for any walker or casual jogger looking to save space while still getting in a solid cardio session. If you are looking for a treadmill to train for your next marathon on, this is not the one for you.

What you see is what you get with the GoPlus 2-in-1 Folding Treadmill, which is why it’s a great choice for beginners. Yeah, it doesn’t have many of the fancy tech features that more expensive options have but when you’re first getting started you don’t need any of those.

Coop Mitchell, founder of GGR, gave it a 4 out of 5 on workout performance. “It’s a simple device that just works,” he says. “I use it for a couple hours every day during the work week, and I don’t have to think about it.”

To be clear, this isn’t a good choice if you’re looking to work on your running form. For one, the max speed is only 8 MPH and due to its compact nature there’s not much running surface. But you have to learn how to walk before you can run, and you’ll certainly be able to do that on this treadmill.

Coop walking on the Goplus treadmill.

If you’re someone who works from home, you’ll be happy to know that this treadmill can fit under a desk so you can get a quick jaunt in during your next Zoom meeting.

We should note that this treadmill comes with optional handlebars, but you can’t fold the treadmill if you add those on so it kind of defeats the purpose. And it doesn’t have the gas shock folding mechanism that other folding treadmills have, but because it’s so small that won’t be much of a problem.

Read our full GoPlus 2-in-1 Folding Treadmill review for more thoughts on this machine.

Dimensions49”L x 27” W x 42”H
Weight69.5 lbs
Weight capacity265 lbs
Horsepower2.25 HP
Speed range1-8 MPH
Running surface40″ L x 16″ W

Best Folding Treadmill Under $500: XTERRA TR150

Good for: A super budget-friendly treadmill option that folds for easy storage.

Best Under $500

XTERRA Fitness TR150 Folding Treadmill

GGR Score: 3.5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Simple to use
  • Lifetime warranty on the frame
  • Easy to build
  • 12 preset programs
  • Deck has sub-par cushioning

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Foldable
  • Portable with transport wheels
  • Ideal for beginner walkers to speed walkers
  • Lightweight
  • Great warranty
  • Easy-to-read 5-inch LED display
  • 12 preset programs onboard

Cons

  • Only 2.25 horsepower motor
  • Some reviewers report it is noisy
  • Water bottle holders on console reportedly do not fit normal bottle sizes
  • Users claim they received an error code after one use
  • Several reviews reported that the dimensions provided are inaccurate
  • Not suited for experienced and heavy users

Bottom Line

The XTERRA TR150 is a starter treadmill available on the lower end of the budget scale offering a commendable lifetime frame warranty and features comparable to competitive models. If you are just beginning your fitness journey, this is a great option for you.

We typically don’t think you should go cheap on gym equipment, because it usually means you’ll be sacrificing quality. However, if you’re counting your pennies to buy one of the best budget treadmills, you’ll likely appreciate the XTERRA TR150. On Amazon, you can purchase this ultra-budget friendly machine for around $400 with free shipping.

Coop, founder of GGR and expert product tester, used this machine himself and noted its value. “Currently around $350 for a treadmill that goes up to 10 MPH,” he says. “If you plan on walking or lightly jogging and not putting a TON of use on it, I don’t mind recommending it.”

Obviously, with a really inexpensive option like the TR150, you’ll be sacrificing some features like a longer deck length or a built-in display. Though, as Coop points out, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“I like the simplicity,” he says. “It’s easy to assemble, as it took us just 30 minutes. And it’s easy to use, not at all complicated to just get on and go.”

We love the lifetime frame warranty XTERRA has on the TR150. It makes me feel like the brand is confident in their product and durability.

coop walking on the XTERRA TR150 folding treadmill

Something to be aware of: the lack of gas shock on the folding mechanism. Hide yo kids, hide yo poodles, because this can be dangerous if they’re around. This doesn’t mean don’t purchase this machine, but be aware of your surroundings when lowering the deck to the ground. You won’t be able to just release the deck and let it drop, because it will slam to the floor. Pro tip: gently lower the deck to the floor, and don’t let any little hands or paws around.

Check out our full XTERRA Fitness TR150 review.

Footprint63.4″ L x 28.75″ W x 51.4″ H
Weight108 lbs
Incline3 manual settings
Weight capacity250 lbs
Motor2.25 HP motor
Speed range.5-10 MPH
Deck50″ L x 16″ W

Best Folding Treadmill for Seniors: ProForm Carbon TLX

Good for: Seniors looking for a treadmill with shock absorption

Best for Seniors

ProForm Carbon TLX

Product Highlights

  • Affordable folding treadmill
  • 3.0 CHP motor
  • 60" belt
  • 0-12 mph speed range
  • 12% incline
  • 7-inch display
  • iFIT-enabled

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Durable with a 3.0 CHP motor
  • 300-lb weight capacity
  • 60-inch belt length
  • 12% incline
  • Cushioned running deck
  • iFIT-enabled
  • Foldable

Cons

  • Only a 1-year parts warranty
  • No touchscreen display

Bottom Line

The ProForm Carbon TLX is an affordable folding treadmill that would be suitable for a small space. It's durable, with a 300-pound weight capacity and 3.0 CHP motor, plus it offers up to 12% incline.

The reason we picked the ProForm Carbon TLX for seniors is due to the company’s “ProShox” cushioning, which provides some shock absorption. I’ve had ankle reconstruction surgery, and I felt fine using machines with this type of cushioning, so I think it will be great for anyone looking to protect their legs and knees.

Another reason is due to the EasyLift assist technology. Even though this treadmill weighs a whopping 249 pounds, folding and unfolding it is a breeze and the gas shock means you won’t hear it slam on the ground when you’re ready to use it. You simply pull a knob on the side of the machine, raise or lower the deck, and you’re in business.

proform carbon tlx unfolding treadmill

If you’re a senior who still loves to run, and we mean really go at it, you might want to look for a treadmill with more durable cushioning. “For a budget-friendly treadmill, it was fine,” says certified personal trainer and Garage Gym Reviews Everything lead reviewer Lindsay Scheele, who rated the ergonomics a 3.5 out of 5 in our ProForm Carbon TLX review.

One flaw is that the Carbon TLX doesn’t come with floor stabilizers, and for that reason should also not be placed on carpet. But if you’re just using it to walk or go on indoor jogs, it’ll do just fine.

If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, we recommend the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7515 Auto-Incline Treadmill, which is under $600. The ProForm is just under $1,000, but it’s a little more durable than the Sunny Health & Fitness option.

Dimensions35.1″ W x 74.3″ D x 59.1″ H
Weight249 lbs
Weight capacity300 lbs
Horsepower3.0 CHP motor
PriceUnder $1,000
Speed range0 – 12 MPH
Running surface60″ L x 20″ W

Other Treadmills We Researched or Tested

We have yet to get our hands on these treadmills, but did some research and read reviews on them to give you additional options: 

Sole vs Horizon treadmill

 ProForm Carbon T10: Looking for the best folding treadmill with guided programming? The ProForm Carbon T10 has a 10-inch touchscreen with which you can view hundreds of iFIT classes from the comfort of your home. Read more about it in our ProForm Carbon T10 treadmill review.

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603: This budget friendly compact treadmill doesn’t have lots of bells and whistles, but if you’re okay with that, this machine is a good option. Since the deck is on the smaller side, it would be best used for those who simply want to walk or lightly jog. Read all of our thoughts in our Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603 treadmill review.

Horizon Fitness T101 Treadmill: While not quite the best smart folding treadmill, the Horizon Fitness T101 does have Bluetooth connectivity to sync your device to the machine. At under $800, you get the best of both worlds—some smart capabilities without the hefty price tag. Our Horizon Fitness T101 treadmill review details all there is to like—and what we don’t—about this machine.

Woman folding down handrail of LifePro PacerMini treadmill

How We Picked and Tested the Best Folding Treadmills

Each foldable treadmill was put through a variety of different workouts – walking, running, jogging, sprinting, and intervals. We tried out all the features available on each including things like the Bluetooth speakers, USB ports, touch screens, fans, and quick select buttons. It was also important to me to see how easily each of these treadmills could be folded (since that’s a big reason one might purchase a foldable treadmill) and stored away. 

We use an in-depth equipment testing methodology for every product category we review. For treadmills, we have researched countless machines and personally tested more than 50. Our specific rating system scores machines on a scale of 1 to 5, looking at factors that include the following:

Footprint and Portability

Size does matter. If you own a home gym, then odds are you need to know how large a machine is, and how easy it is to move. We favor machines that offer flexibility with its footprint, either it’s a compact machine, or, if it’s a large one, it folds. We also like to see the ability to move the treadmill with ease, scoring machines higher if they come with handles and transport wheels.

Delivery and Setup

You can certainly assemble a treadmill yourself. We do it all the time. We look for machines that have straightforward directions and can be assembled with just one person. If it’s a more intricate process, then we look for the availability of affordable professional assembly.

Durability

Our standards for high durability scores include:

  • A strong motor of 2.5 CHP or higher
  • A weight capacity of 300 pounds or more
  • Little to no movement while in use

Customizations

Each treadmill may be scored a little differently on customizations, because some machines are made just for walking or under-desk use. However, some key factors we look for in our scoring include:

  • Speed ranges that go up to 10 MPH or higher (for running treadmills)
  • Automatic incline settings that go up to 10%
  • Bonus points for decline

Adjustability and Ergonomics

One way a treadmill gets a good score in this category is to offer deck cushioning that you can actually feel. We also like to see touchscreens that are adjustable, and running decks of 20 inches wide and 60 inches long to accommodate most people.

Workout Experience 

We recognize that rating a workout experience is highly subjective. We aim to stay as impartial as possible, rating the treadmill of its ease of use and its ability to deliver a workout.

pro form carbon t10 treadmill touch screen

Technology Capabilities

The machines that score perfect or near-perfect in this category offer the best of the best in technology, including:

  • Large touchscreens
  • Bluetooth capabilities
  • Heart rate monitors
  • Quick-adjust buttons

Conveniences

To score high in this area, treadmills have the bells and whistles like cooling fans, cup holders, and device holders.

Dynamic Programming

We put these treadmills through all types of running and walking workouts. To score perfectly in this category, a treadmill offers a wide range of workouts for all fitness levels. A score of 3 out of 5 would be applied to a machine that offers at least eight built-in workout options that include hills, intervals, and HIIT.

Customer Reviews

We scour the internet to find out what other users are saying about the machine. Often, we pull these ratings directly from the brand site, but we factor in reviews on sites like Amazon, Consumer Affairs, and Trust Pilot.

Value

Using our market knowledge, we assess whether or not the treadmill is priced fairly. Are you getting a good deal on a machine, or are you getting robbed? To score high, a treadmill must fall within market standards and be a quality machine.

Financing, Returns, and Warranty

We rate machines high when the brand:

  • Offers some type of financing on high-ticket items
  • Has an easy-to-use return policy that is reasonable for home gym owners
  • Provides a warranty of at least 10 years on the frame, 5 years on the motor, and 1 to 2 years on parts.

Customer Service

We personally contact brands with questions to assess their responsiveness.

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What Is a Folding Treadmill?

It’s exactly what it sounds like: a foldable treadmill. However, compared to ordinary treadmills, these models have less strong frames and may not be able to sustain the more severe exercises you are used to. When you’re not using it, a foldable treadmill’s running deck pivots up and locks, taking up less room. It also includes wheels, making it easy to transport to and from storage.

Folding Treadmill Safety

Before folding or unfolding a new treadmill, it is important to note whether or not the machine has a gas shock. A gas shock will allow the treadmill deck to slowly and gently lower to the ground once released. If your treadmill is foldable but does not have a gas shock (like the XTERRA TR150), be aware of your surroundings. A machine like the XTERRA will not unfold gently and will instead slam to the ground when released. Make sure to watch out for little hands, paws, and your own feet.

Benefits of Folding Treadmills

You might be asking yourself, “Why the heck should I choose a folding treadmill over a regular one for my home?” This is a valid question, and one I can hopefully answer for you pretty quickly and easily.

Easy Storage 

One of the main reasons people prefer to purchase foldable treadmills over regular ones often has to do with being able to store the machine. If you need to be able to constantly store your treadmill away for whatever reason, it makes sense to purchase one that folds.

Space Saver

If you have a small space, getting a foldable option is helpful to alleviate some of the worry about where you’ll put it. Regular treadmills can be bulky and have to be left out all the time. If you purchase a folding treadmill, you’ll have less space concerns. 

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Quality

Gone are the days of all folding treadmills being low-quality – today’s options that fold can be just as durable and long lasting as their non-foldable counterparts. If you have the option to pay the same price for a treadmill that folds versus doesn’t fold, why wouldn’t you choose the one that provides an easy storage solution?

What to Look for in a Folding Treadmill

Picking out a compact treadmill can be daunting – with hundreds of options on the market, how are you supposed to know which ones are best? Garage Gym Reviews has you covered with the things you should think about before purchasing.

Dimensions

Because they’re easy to stow between exercises, folding treadmills are a popular choice for compact rooms. However, when unfurled, a folding treadmill can be nearly the same size as a standard treadmill, so be sure to check the unfolded measurements of a compact treadmill before purchasing.

Running or Walking

Depending on what you plan to use your treadmill for, you’ll want to check on two factors: the horsepower the motor is capable of and the size of the deck. If you’re only planning to power walk and occasionally throw in a jog here and there, a motor with 2.0-2.5 chp will do just fine. However, if you’re a serious runner, you’ll want to look for a folding treadmill with over 2.5 chp. This will let you know the treadmill is powerful enough to support routine running. 

In terms of deck size, if you’re planning to frequently run or sprint, you’ll want a deck size that exceeds 55 inches long and 20 inches wide. This will ensure you’re able to take normal/natural strides when running. The last thing you want is to be mid-run and falling off your compact treadmill because the deck wasn’t long or wide enough to support you. 

NordicTrack Commercial X32i Treadmill incline in use

Incline 

Not all folding treadmills have incline capabilities, but generally the more expensive options do. You’ll have to decide if this is worth the extra cash for you. For those who particularly like to power walk uphill, you may decide this feature is a must. 

Easy Collapse

Some of the heavier foldable treadmills can be a pain to actually fold, and may even require two people to do the job. If you don’t have another person available to help, you may want to make sure your new treadmill has an easy collapse feature. 

Weight Capacity

Some treadmills have a higher weight capacity than others. So, when you buy a treadmill, be sure it can support you along with any extra weight you might be wearing or using while exercising.

Warranty

The gold standard for warranties in the treadmill space is as follows: 1 year for labor, 2 years for parts, and 15 years to life for the frame. Obviously, not all compact treadmills will have the best of the best, but this is something to keep in mind. 

Budget 

When determining which foldable treadmill is best for you, it is crucial to look at what your ideal price point is ahead of time. If you decide to spend under $1,500, you may not get things like a touchscreen display for programming or dual cooling fans. Having realistic expectations based on your budget is important to know in advance so you aren’t disappointed. However, spending less than $500 on a treadmill is generally not worth it because the quality of the machine just won’t be there. It makes more sense to save a bit longer to get a treadmill that will last. 

Features

What does your ideal folding treadmill look like? Does it need to have a device holder, a touch screen built-in, or two water bottle holders? Decide what the non-negotiable features are for you. Your ideal foldable treadmill may need to have horsepower higher than 3.0. It may also be important to you to check what the weight capacity is – anything less than 250 pounds is something to be concerned about.

Speed

Treadmills can vary in top speed from 8 miles per hour all the way to15. Generally speaking, most people will not need to go past 10 miles per hour. However, if you are someone who does a lot of sprinting or is particularly fast, make sure the treadmill you choose can accommodate what you need. 

Size

Even though foldable treadmills are made to be compact than a traditional treadmill, they can still vary wildly in size. Determine how much floor space you have to spare for the treadmill both fully extended and folded. Don’t forget to account for things like the running belt moving or an HD touchscreen jutting out when calculating how much space you need.

Technology

Some people go nuts for high-quality, interactive programming (like that of the Peloton and Peloton alternatives) because it makes working out easier for them. Others prefer to make their own workouts and don’t really need to pay extra for something that can stream interactive programming to their treadmill if they’ll never use it. Another option is to purchase a monthly subscription to a fitness app and simply use the attached tablet holder to place your device and watch programming. 

Best Folding Treadmill FAQs

Which folding treadmill is best?

This is going to depend on a number of factors, most notably your training goals, budget, and home gym space. Here are our top picks for the best home folding treadmills:

Best Folding Treadmill Overall: NordicTrack Commercial 1750
Best Folding Treadmill for Running: Horizon 7.4 Treadmill
Best Folding Treadmill for Walking: Sole F63 Treadmill
Best Smart Folding Treadmill: ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill
Best Compact Treadmill for Small Space: Echelon Fitness Stride 6
Best Folding Treadmill for Tall Runners: Bowflex Treadmill 10
Best Budget Compact Treadmill: UREVO 2 in 1 Under Desk Treadmill
Best Folding Treadmill for Beginners: GoPlus 2-in-1 Folding Treadmill
Best Folding Treadmill Under $500: XTERRA TR150 Treadmill
Best Folding Treadmill for Seniors: ProForm Carbon TLX

Do folding treadmills work well?

Yes, folding treadmills can be a great option for home gym owners. Generally speaking, foldable treadmills are easier to store and more, making them an ideal choice for those low on space.

What is the best most compact treadmill?

Our pick for the best, most compact treadmill is the Echelon Fitness Stride because it’s smaller than most treadmills and when folded is only 10 inches deep. If you’re looking for an under-desk treadmill, we’d recommend the UREVO 2 in 1 Under Desk Treadmill or the GoPlus 2-in-1 Folding Treadmill.

What is the best folding treadmill with incline?

Our pick for the best folding treadmill with incline is the NordicTrack Commercial 1750, which has an incline of up to 15%.

Are folding treadmills more expensive than traditional treadmills?

Not necessarily. In fact, a large number of treadmills on the market, ranging from those that cost just a few hundred dollars to those that are a few thousand dollars, offer folding capabilities.

On the more affordable folding treadmills, you may find that the handlebars and the console fold down onto the deck. On more expensive machines, hydraulics enable you to lift the deck and lock it into place.

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