Best Folding Treadmills 2020

Brian Boyce | Last Updated - Oct 5, 2020

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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 folding 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.

Learn more about how to choose the right folding treadmill for you with our expert advice and handy list of the best folding treadmills on the market below.

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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 folding 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. 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 57″ H
Screen9″ Smart LCD Touchscreen
WarrantyLifetime frame/motor/deck; 5 years on electronics/parts; 2 years on labor.

2. BEST RUNNER-UP FOLDING TREADMILL – HORIZON 7.4 AT

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Great interactive training on a solid treadmill with a folding feature that allows you to keep your home a home, the 7.4 AT is consistently a top-rated machine. Featuring a patented FeatherLight folding design and transport wheels for easy moving, it’s frame can still support up to 325 lbs. Like other members of the Horizon family, the 7.4 AT comes equipped with it’s proprietary HIIT workout, Sprint 8, as well as 10 pre-loaded programs. The treadmill also has the ability to sync with any on-demand workout app such as Peloton, Daily Burn, Aaptiv, or the free AFG Pro Fitness App. Horizon also affords customers a number of discounts on these outside workout apps and subscriptions.  The machine itself features a large 60-inch x 22-inch track, Bluetooth heart-rate monitoring, and a variable-rate cushioning program all in a 76-inch long by 37-inch wide by 63-inch high frame.

ProsCons
  • Roomy Track
  • Workout variety
  • Built-in Sprint 8 training program
  • Still requires a tablet

KEY SPECS

Motor3.5 CHP
Incline0 — 15%
Running Area22″ x 60″
FoldingYes
Top Speed12 MPH
Weight Capacity325 LBS
Dimensions76″ x 37″ x 63″
Screen16 Digit Alphanumeric LED & 8.25″ LCD Screen
WarrantyLifetime frame/motor; 5 years; 2 years labor

3. Best Options-Loaded Folding Treadmill – NordicTrack Commercial 1750

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Yet more proof that a folding 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 Assit 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
Dimensions78.8″ L x 39.2″ W x 63″ H
Screen10” HD touch screen
Warranty10-year frame; 2-year parts; 1-year labor

4. Best Budget Pick – Horizon T202

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When the budget is tight but the specs are right, you might be looking at the Horizon T202. Among the line-up’s more econo-friendly models, the T202 comes in online at prices below $800, and is fully equipped with one-step hydraulic folding by way of Horizon’s FeatherLight Folding system. Running off a 2.75 HP motor, the treadmill can handle runners well enough, but is probably best for speed walking. At 75″” L x 34″” W x 58″ H the treadmill features a 60-inch x 20-inch running area and maximum speed of 12mph. On that note, the treadmill’s belt is single-ply, a little thinner than its peers, and something to consider if planning hard and heavy use. With 12 built-in workout programs, the T202 also comes with the free, no-subscription Sport App, designed to integrate into other on-demand fitness programs. The unit’s display operates off three LED windows and a back-lit LCD screen. Other features include Bluetooth speakers, Energy Saver Mode, a tablet rack, and water bottle holder. Contact grips in the handlebars offer heart rate monitoring, and the machine comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, as well as a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

 

ProCons
  • Great price
  • Free Sport App
  • Limited warranty
  • Smaller motor

KEY SPECS

Motor2.75 CHP
Incline0% – 12%
Running Area20” x 60”
FoldingYes
Top Speed12 MPH
Weight Capacity325 LBS
Dimensions75″ x 34″ x 58″
ScreenThree LED windows and aback-lit LCD screen
WarrantyLifetime Frame/Motor, 1-Year Parts/Labor

5. Smallest When Folded Treadmill – Proform Carbon T7

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If workout space is at a premium, then the Proform Carbon T7 might be the pick for you. Definitely designed with walkers and joggers in mind, the 74.62-inch L x 35.24-inch W x 64.39-inch L treadmill comes with a 55-inch x 20-inch runway, meaning it folds into one of the most easily stored units around. And thanks to ProForm financing specials, customers can actually get the treadmill for free when purchaProForm Carbon T7 Treadmillsing a 3-year iFit membership package. With a maximum incline of 12% and speed of 12mph, the unit is powered by a 2.75 CHP motor, the T7 features a 7-inch Smart HD Touchscreen, and a set of 2-inch speakers and audio auxiliary port. For those unfamiliar with the iFit program, members have at their screen a dynamic workout community with, real-time trainers in remote locations who can control the speed and incline of the machine.

With nearly unlimited workout options, the user can access maps and routines of their own choosing, or simply follow along. Meanwhile, workout data and personal health information is dynamically stored into the program for later usage and incorporation into your plans. Heart rate data is collected by way of EKG Grip Pulse Heart Rate Sensors and also stored for later use. The machine comes with a warranty covering 10 years on the frame, two years for parts, and one year for labor.

 

ProsCons
  • iFit package
  • Smaller unit
  • Easy Folding
  • Lower warranty offering
  • No built-in programs

KEY SPECS

Motor2.75 CHP
Incline0 — 12%
Running Area20″ X 55″
FoldingYes
Top Speed12 MPH
Weight Capacity300 LBS
Dimensions74.62″ L x 35.24″ W x 64.39″ H
Screen7″ HD Screen
Warranty10 years frame; 2 parts; 1 year 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 folding 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 folding 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.

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.