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Run Like a Hamster With the Best Low-Profile, Foldable Treadmills That Won’t Take up Space

Top Pick: Echelon Stride

Spring is basically here, but that still won’t stop you from working out indoors, at least for a little white. And well, I don’t know if people know this, but some of us don’t have a huge space to get our hearts pumping. Space is a commodity, especially with city living, which means exercise machines have to be as flexible as our schedules. I’ve rounded up the best treadmills that are compact and won’t be an eyesore to the rest of your decor. Let’s get into it!

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Best Overall: Horizon Fitness T101 Treadmill

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With speeds up to 10pmh and an added incline motor, you can run fast and as high as you want. But what’s cool about this pick is you’ll get Bluetooth speakers and a fan for when things get a little sweaty. Heavier folk can get on this baby, as the maximum weight is about 300lbs. And like the rest of the picks, anyone can fold this up and out of the way if your live space is low on... space! I think this is an all-around option that is perfect for immediate fitness needs. Oh, and it’s also on sale, bringing the price down to $650 from its original $1000, so you can save a couple of bucks.

Best Folding for Home: UREVO 2.5HP Portable Compact

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Some of us don’t have the luxury of having a huge apartment. So, our home gym has to be very easily and seamlessly stored. The UREVO Foldable Treadmill has a space-saving design with a soft drop system, so you can unfold your machine safely. It also comes with 12 pre-set training programs designed to simulate natural terrain, and its LCD screen will display time, distance, speed, and calories burned. This product is included with all the necessary hardware and a 6PCS nonslip mat. Note that it’s not recommended to use on thick carpets.

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Best Under $500: Sunny Health & Fitness Folding Treadmill

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With 4.4 stars on Amazon and about 5,500 reviews, people are loving this Sunny Health & Fitness treadmill. It only goes up to 9 miles per hour, but it has all the little extras you’d get if you were still going to the gym (digital monitor, phone holder, quick speed buttons, pulse sensors, and a bottle holder). The total weight is about 103 pounds, but it’s totally foldable and has a shock absorption deck, so you can really go hard, as well as an adjustable incline. This baby also has wheels for easy transportation around your apartment. It’s also cheaper than Xterra, coming in at $386, rather than over $500. A great budget option with most of the bells and whistles you’d expect for a higher-end piece of exercise machinery.

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Best Splurge: Echelon Stride

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This option is sleek and modern, but you’ll be paying for it. At around $1,700, the Echelon Stride is the most expensive pick. You’ll be able to go up to 12 miles per hour and it’s Bluetooth compatible, so you can pair your phone to track your miles and play music at the same time. Of course, all the bells and whistles are included, like two cup holders, a LED screen to track progress, easy pulse trackers, an incline of ten percent, a safety pull cord, and speed buttons on the sides for simple access. But the best part is its auto-fold technology that basically does all the work for you. It’s even got wheels so that you can transport it over to the corner when you’re done.

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Best for Athletes: Bowflex Treadmill 22

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Do you work out like a professional athlete? Well, it might be time to add the Bowflex Treadmill 22 to your home gym! This machine comes with an adjustable touchscreen and can go up to 12 mph. The running path is five feet in length and is designed with Comfort Tech™ deck cushioning and a SoftDrop™ folding system to protect your joints. As a bonus, this treadmill has a motorized incline that varies from negative five percent to 20 percent.

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Editor’s Choice: Treadly 2

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I recently wrote up a hands-on review of the Treadly 2 and, all in all, had a great great time. Here’s an excerpt of my experience:

Weighing about 77 pounds and measuring 3.5" wide, this makes it ideal for smaller spaces as you can slide it underneath a couch or lay it against an open wall. I will say the treadmill itself is more cumbersome than the site claims, but only by a little. I guess that’s to be expected of a body made from reinforced aluminum.

The top speed on the Treadly is about 5 miles per hour, so it is fast enough for a brisk jog and a feeling of accomplishment. On the bottom, near the treadmill belt, you’ll also see a screen with the distance, time, and current speed. You can toggle the speed easily with buttons on the balance bar, and there’s a fairly obvious “STOP” button just in case you have to, well, stop.

The way I would describe the Treadly 2, besides extremely thin and durable, is just enough. It is just fast enough to work out with, just small enough to slide underneath a couch or lean against a wall, and just loud enough to get you pumped. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this, but depending on your typical workout cadence and intensity, it might not be up to snuff. While Treadly users won’t be running on an incline anytime soon, folks with busy schedules will benefit from the extra mileage.

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This story was originally published by Ignacia Fulcher on 03/10/2021 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 03/26/2021.

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