The advantages of running or getting aerobic exercise are well documented. Depending on what kind of runner you are, you may prefer to run outside or on a treadmill. They each have their own advantages and disadvantages.
If you’re looking at this article you probably like the following about having your own treadmill:
- It saves on gym membership fees
- You don’t have to wait for open treadmills at the gym
- You don’t have to worry about germs from other people
- You enjoy the convenience of being able to run indoors at home
The list above is pretty short but you get the picture. Fill in your own reason why you prefer to have access to a treadmill.
The restraint of having a limited amount of space is obviously a big concern you have. I’ll touch on other important factors you should look at later on.
To put your mind at ease, over time the durability and quality of treadmills have significantly improved over the years. It’s no secret that treadmills can be found collecting a lot of dust in someone’s basement or garage because they didn’t use the machines nearly as much as they first intended. Or the machines are broken. Either way, it’s not a good use of funds.
Best Treadmills for Under Bed
Without further adieu, here are the best compact treadmills that will fit under your bed.
- Walking/running surface of 16″x 40″
- 2.25 HP motor
- Only 5″ in height when folded down
- Bluetooth speaker compatible
What we like
- It has a shock-absorbing belt that is easy on joints
- The 2.25 motor is ultra-quiet. Great for not disturbing the family or neighbors
- Comes assembled, so not cost or time for assembly
- Wheels make it easy to access
- The remote control is handy
- Folds down to 9.5″
- Low noise motor
- 12 workout programs
- LCD shows time, distance, calories, speed and pulse
What we like
- Comes with auto-stop function which is great for beginners
- The full LCD display makes it easy to see how you’re doing
- Minimal assemble but takes only about 15 minutes
- Can fold up if you find that fits your space better
- Heart rate sensors to ensure you’re not overdoing it
- Running belt surface of 14″ x 41″
- The motor of 1.5 HP
- Max weight capacity of 220 lbs
- 12 preset training modes
What we like
- The “mute” motor is ultra-quiet. Great for home and apartment use
- Can stand up on end, so great for storage options
- The LCD clearly shows your performance so you can track progress
- Only 57 lbs, so not too bad to move around
- Soft-drop system is easy to maneuver
- A 2.25 Hp motor
- Weight capacity of 220 lbs
- Folds down to 5″
- Built-in reading/phone rack
What we like
- The 5″ height is super convenient for storage and truly fits under your bed.
- The running belt is comprised of 7 layers for durability and long-lasting quality
- Not too heavy, but not flimsy either
- Bluetooth speaker for music to keep me motivated to push myself
5) Nordic Track T Series Treadmills – The 4 mentioned above range from 5″-9.5″ in height when collapsed, which can be stored under a bed. Obviously, this will depend on the bed. It would be dismissive to exclude Nordic Track as they are a premiere brand in the treadmill industry. They have a suite of treadmills that could fit your needs. That being said, they don’t fold up as well as the previously mentioned treadmills.
- Larger running belt
- FlexSelect cushioning
- Weight capacity of 300lbs
What we like
- This really depends on the model you get. These all are a higher quality treadmill, and you’ll pay for that quality. Again, if you have room to stand up your treadmill, the NordicTrack brand has something that can fit your needs.
What to Consider
Everybody has different goals, restrictions, and needs when it comes to finding the perfect treadmill for small spaces. Here are a few things that everybody should consider before making a decision.
Size and Height
You need to make sure the compact treadmill will fit in your desired space. Not all treadmills compress down to the same size. Make sure you’re actually measuring your space it the treadmill you select will fit.
These treadmills aren’t exactly feather-light, but they’re definitely not as heavy as the regular stand up treadmills. You can get these setup on your own, but you probably don’t want to be moving them from room to room much. The last thing you want is to assume the treadmill will fit. This goes for vertical measurements and length and width.
It would be dismissive to think that your flush with cash and price is of no concern. Post-purchase dissonance is when you regret your purchase.
The goal of this post is so that you can make an informed decision.
Neither of us would be happy with an unsatisfied outcome. I’ve worked with clients that didn’t stick with their routine because they didn’t consider the full scope. It sucks! Take a look at what you want and what you need. Let those guide your decision.
Treadmills these days are almost all user-friendly. They tend to be intuitive and they can be simple to use. But technology has increased and these technologies might be incorporated into the machines.
Some people just want simple speed control, up & down platform, and heart rate readings. Others want pre-programmed routes, Bluetooth connectivity, large screens, and all the bells/whistles. The high level of technology incorporated into some of the machines may or may not be something you need.
This is fairly straight-forward. the bigger the motor, the more durable, faster, and capable the treadmill can be. If you’ll be using this treadmill for your leisurely Sunday strolls, a smaller motor will suffice. If you’re training for competitions or a running lifestyle, a larger motor might fit your end-goals better.
Conclusion of Foldable Treadmills
A treadmill at home can be a great asset. It’s best to consider it an asset and understand the value you’ll get from a treadmill. Don’t let analysis paralysis prevent you from making a decision (one of the reasons I don’t fill the page with a ton of different treadmills). Take a minute to write down what is important for you and choose something that will fulfill that need. The number of studies showing the benefits of exercise is overwhelming. No matter if you like to run outside or on a treadmill, you won’t regret starting a life of fitness. Take your first step today.
What is the smallest treadmill you can buy?
There are plenty of very small treadmills, but you want to make sure you’re getting something will work for you. Size, while important, shouldn’t be the only thing you consider. Consider all your needs and go from there.
Are folding treadmills any good?
Yes. Stability and durability are important aspects of treadmills. While a standard treadmill will likely be more stable and durable, manufacturers have made leaps and bounds on incorporating stability into compact treadmills.
What is the best compact treadmill?
NordicTrack is a leader in treadmills: both standard and compact treadmills. If you have the room, they are the premier brand. If it needs to go under the bed, one of the Ancheer models would be a good fit.
How long should a treadmill last?
This will depend on usage. Obviously, a treadmill being used daily will likely wear and tear at a greater rate than one being used 3-4 times a week. Currently, the average treadmill should last about 10 years give or take a couple of years.
Is it better to use a treadmill or walk outside?
When walking outside, you’re doing all the work or propelling yourself. With a treadmill, it’s doing the propelling and you’re keeping up with it. More energy will be exerted outside.
Do you still use your treadmill? Leave a comment about why you love your treadmill.