Revised January 2016
This folding treadmill is one of the most popular ever produced by Sole Fitness, has been rated the “best folding treadmill on the planet” by some enthusiastic reviewers, and is highly regarded by most of it’s users.
To qualify as #1 in our Top 10 Folding Treadmills, this machine has to be suitable for almost all users, and to tick most of the boxes, with regard to strength, power, size, comfort, functionality and warranty.
And the Sole Fitness F85 does just that.
Top treadmills require power, and this folding treadmill boasts a powerful 4.0 CHP (Continuous Horsepower) motor, producing a top running speed of 12 mph (19KPH) , which puts it into the very fast bracket for the more assertive user, but operates anywhere from 0.5 MPH up.
It has a Direct Current (Dc) Electric motor, which is quiet and uses less power than its AC equivalents.
This power is coupled with a generous running belt measuring 60 inches long (150cm) and 22 inches (55cm) wide, accommodating uses up to 6’7” (200cm) tall
With Sole’s “Cushion Flex Whisper deck”, this unit is claimed to offer shock absorption which reduces impact on joints by 40% when compared to running outside on asphalt. This electric treadmill is said to accommodate users up to 400 lbs (182KG)
The sturdy frame comes with a lifetime guarantee, and folds up easily, (but be aware that the folded treadmill is still 6ft tall), and when opening it up again the heavy running deck is quietly lowered hydraulically, removing all chance of injury or accident.
The Sole 85 moves through a range of zero to 15%, allowing for carried terrain simulations.
This machine comes pre- programmed with 10 different workouts, (6 standard, 2 heart rate programs and 2 Custom programs). The heat rate programs include both a cardiovascular and a weight control option.
Additional features include:
A 9 inch (22cm) LCD display providing info on distance covered, incline, calories, and pulse. Once you have completed your workout, there is an integrated report screen of your session
Both speed and incline settings can be readily changed via buttons on the console hand rail, or by directly entering the numerical selection on the left hand side of the console itself.
Heart rates can be monitored either via the included “wireless” chest strap, or through the pulse hand grips.
The unit has built in speakers with I-Pod connection
Built in Fans come standard
Arm rests have built in speed and incline controls.
As we should demand when buying top rated treadmills, this machine comes with an extensive warranty. The motor, deck and frame are all guaranteed for life, Electronics and parts for 5 years, and there is a two year labor warranty as well.
- The 4.0CHP motor is as strong as any available for home use
- Large rollers make for greater longevity for the treadmill and make it quieter
- The extra wide belt is a bonus for all users.
- Easy adjustment of both speed and incline settings
- LCD display gives you all the information at one glance
- This folding treadmill is just short of commercial specs, sturdy, will last a lifetime.
Conclusion: You will be hard pressed to find a better option under $2,000. If speed, durability and power are your criteria, this is your best folding Treadmill. You can read our full review here.
#2 Lifespan TR1200i
If our #1 Folding treadmill was the best available under $2000, this one holds the mantle as the best you will find under $1000
As you might expect, given the lower price point, the Lifespan TR1200i is not quite as strong, not quite as powerful and not as big as the Sole 85, but at half the price it goes a long way to meeting the needs of most users, and in our opinion beats most of the best folding treadmills on the market for value.
Our second best folding treadmill has a 2.25 CHP (Continuous Horsepower) motor, producing a top running speed of 11 mph (16KPH) , which leaves it just short of the very fast bracket, but will still deliver a very rapid daily workout for a committed user. It runs all the way from 0.5 MPH up to the maximum 11MPH.
Again it has a Direct Current (DC) Electric motor, which is quieter and more efficient than an AC equivalent.
A slightly smaller, but still generous running belt measures 57 inches long (140cm) and 20 inches (50cm) wide, accommodating uses up to 6’4” (290cm) tall
The Lifespan TR1200i features a running deck supported by 6 compression shock absorbers, providing cushioning and protection for knee and ankle joints as well as your back. Manufactures claim this treadmill is suitable for users up to 300 lbs (136KG)
Again a sturdy frame that comes with a lifetime guarantee, folds easily, (5ft 6” or 165cm high when folded) .
Users can choose from 15 different incline settings from zero through 15%.
If variety is important to you, the 17 preset workout programs should satisfy your needs. Including 2 heart rate programs and two customizable options, these programs have been designed by exercise physiologists, for optimum effectiveness and safety.
Additional features include:
The Intelli-Guard™ Safety Feature automatically stops the treadmill belt if no foot strike is recorded for 20 seconds.
Intelli-Step™ Safety automatically counts the steps throughout your session, displaying the results on the console, and storing the data to be synced with your online membership data (more on that later).
Large (oversize) silicon control buttons on the console make adjusting settings on the run so much easier.
The console itself is a LCD, with multi colored, simultaneous readouts, interacting with the built in USB device.Info displayed includes Time, calories, distance, steps, heart rate, speed, and incline level.
USB Data Port provides a link to your online data storage, saving your minutes, calories, heart rate, distance, and step count for upload to your included Club account. (keep reading)
Audio Center…comes with on board speakers and headphone jack.
Comes with contact heart rate monitors in the handles, and has a chest strap receiver although the chest strap monitor itself is not included
One defining feature is that the LifespanTR1200i comes with a full membership in the Lifespan Club. This account connects with the on board USB to collect all of your data,and provides it in visual form via your PC.
This folding treadmill comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, along with three years on parts and One year on labor. You can also select 3 year and 5 year extended warranty plans via the manufactures website at additional cost
- The 2.25 CHP motor gives a good solid workout.
- Accommodates users to 6;5’ and 300 pounds
- Generous belt width suits serious joggers and runners.
- Both speed and incline settings easily adjusted from handles
- Multi color LCD display.
- Innovative USB system
- Generous warranty for a unit in this price range
- Interactive, complimentary Lifespan Club membership benefits
Conclusion: You simply can’t expect a $1000 folding treadmill to have all the features of the more expensive models, but this one comes power packed for the price. If your budget is $1000 look no further than the Lifespan TR1200i. This is a worthy member of our Top 10 Folding Treadmills for this year.
#3 ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill
The Proform Pro 2000 clearly belongs among the top rated treadmills, and offers access to the wonders of interactive training via the iFit technology .
Enjoy the functionality of unlimited workout variations, use Google maps to plot your route and monitor your progress seamlessly, even compete with your friends. This top 10 treadmill puts an end to boredom and repetition in your workouts..
The Mach Z Commercial Pro motor produces 3.25 CHP (Continuous Horsepower), producing a top running speed of 12 mph (19KPH) , which qualifies a very fast running treadmill. As is the norm it functions from 0.5 MPH up, and speed can be varied at the touch of a button.
It has a Direct Current (DC) Electric motor, which is quiet and uses less power than its AC equivalents.
The Proform Pro 2000 has a full size belt measuring 60 inches long (150cm) and 20 inches (50cm) wide, safely accommodating the stride of a user over 6’3 (190cm) tall
Using ProShox™ Cushioning, this treadmill has cushioning throughout the entire length and width of the Belt, the intention being that you can workout for longer, and recover more quickly due to reduced stress, all the way from your hips to your toes. This treadmill is accommodates runners up to 350 lbs (160KG)
The frame comes with a lifetime warranty and folds up with the easiest of pushes..
Proform recognize that incline training takes your workout to another level, burning more calories, and developing muscle tone by adding resistance to your training. The Proform 2000 Pro not only moves through a range of 0 to 15 %, with instant, motorized adjustments, but it simulates downhill to -3 %.
32 built in workout apps get you started, but with iFit wireless technology built in, you can, for an extra fee, directly access an ever increasing range of workouts designed by qualifies trainers, or down load Goggle Maps and create your own. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, or a marathon runner, your workouts should never be boring again. To access iFit, you will need the wireless adapter which is sold separately.
A 8 inch, backlit screen displays all of your stats , with calories burned, speed, mileage, elapsed time and heart rate all right there in front of you.
You can instantly alter speed and incline settings with the push of a button.
The heart rate display we mentioned earlier is via an included, wireless Polar chest strap, but dual hand grip sensors do the same job, if you prefer that method..
The console features two, inbuilt CoolAire™ Workout Fans, for instant comfort.
Sound comes from two, 3inch inbuilt speakers, with your music delivered via the I-Pod dock, or MP3 connection.
The large, 2.5’ rear rollers reduce noise, as well as the wear and tear on the machine
To finish it off, a convenient, multi compartment storage tray, rests between the upright and below the console so you can keep all your stuff organized.
As befits a top rated treadmill, there is a lifetime frame and motor warranty, supported by a 5 year parts warranty, and two years cover for labor.
- The 3.5CHP motor delivers a powerful workout every time.
- Large rollers make for greater longevity for the treadmill and make it quieter
- Easy assembly.
- Rapid adjustment of both speed and incline settings
- 2 cup holders.
Conclusion: Not all users were happy with the unit “out of the box” but the Proform Pro 2000 receives 4 stars from Amazon consumers, rating it above the majority of treadmills available..
#4 LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i Folding Treadmill
Number 4 in our Top 10 Folding Treadmills category is the Lifespan Fitness TR3000i
This is a mid priced treadmill, but is often available at prices that make it extremely good value for your money.
In isolation, it is neither the strongest, fastest or the quietest of our top rated treadmills, but as a package, at its price, we think it deserves consideration.
This machine has a 2.75 CHP (Continuous Horsepower) motor, producing a top running speed of 12 mph (19KPH) , which brings it into the fast bracket..
A slightly smaller, but still generous running belt measures 56 inches long (138cm) and 20 inches (50cm) wide, accommodating uses up to 6’3” (288cm) tall
The Lifespan TR 3000i features a running deck supported by 8 shock absorbers, creating a deck which is bio-mechanically correct for a runner up to 350 lbs (160KG)
As is the norm with Lifespan treadmills, the frame is very sturdy and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Like the TR1200i, users have the choice of 15 different incline settings from zero through 15%., with a robust incline motor capable of an 800lb lift.
This machine comes with 21 built in workout programs, of which 2 are heart rate programs, two customizable options, 5 are for weight loss, 7 for sports training, and another 5 for uphill programs.
Additional features include:
The handlebars provide easy adjustment of both speed and inclines, proving extra safety.
The console is LCD, with multi colored, simultaneous readouts. This Console allows you directly input your personal details, (name, sex, weight, height and age), stores your workout information and provides you direct feedback on speed, calories, incline, pulse rate, distance covered and step count.
Stored information can be transferred to your Lifespan Club account, which is part of your automatic (included) membership in the Lifespan Fitness Club.
The Audio Center…comes with built in speakers and headphone jack, and is I-Pod compatible.
The TR3000i has heart rate monitors in the handles, and the option of using a chest strap monitor, but the chest strap monitor itself is not included
The Intelli-Guard™ Safety Feature is also included on this machine, monitoring footfall, and automatically stopping the treadmill belt if no contact is made over
This folding treadmill comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, along with a full five years on parts and One year on labor.
- The 2.75 CHP motor is very quiet and gives a strong, fast workout.
- Accommodates users to 6;3’ and 350 pounds
- Belt is generous is size, 2 ply and 1 inch thick.
- Speed and incline settings easily adjusted from handles
- Multi color LCD display provides updated feedback every 20 seconds.
- Lifespan’s USB system provides interaction with your online club membership
- Extensive warranty
- Interactive, complimentary Lifespan Club membership Privileges.
Conclusion: This treadmill was judged the best treadmill under $1500 by the Fitness Professor. At this price it is a great value treadmill, with overwhelmingly positive reviews from it owners.Read our review
#5 ProForm Boston Marathon Treadmill
The Proform Boston Marathon treadmill has been developed in conjunction with the Boston Athletic Club and is the official training treadmill of the Boston Marathon, not only providing access to the simulated Boston Marathon route, but endless others via use of the interactive iFit technology .
This provides endless combinations of workouts via Google maps, allowing you to vary your training, compete with your friends, and monitor your progress via the console. Put an end to repetition in your training with this top rated folding treadmill.
The Commercial Pro motor produces 4.25 CHP (Continuous Horsepower), producing an amazing top speed of 15 mph (24KPH) , which would have given Bannister a real workout. It functions from 0.5 MPH to the full 15MPH. The motor is strong enough to deliver this super fast speed, whilst remaining both cool and quiet.
The running belt is one of the longest, measuring 62 inches long (155cm) and 20 inches (50cm) wide, safely accommodating the stride of a taller user, engineered to easily handle the 400lb ((180KG) user weight without stretching.
You have the safety of a lifetime warranty.
Proform’s commitment to incline training is obvious here, with an operating range of 0-20 % for inclines, and an impressive 0 to -6 % downhill. This produces greater resistance to your training, with more rapid results.
The core of this machine is its inbuilt, high definition video training for the Boston Marathon. You can choose between a 16 week or a twenty week preparation, at either advanced, intermediate or beginner standard. Obviously not everyone buying this machine will be running the Boston, so iFit access also provides endless alternative training routines, designed by qualified trainers, and downloaded at the touch of a button. This treadmill is “iFit enabled”, but you will need to pay the membership fee.
A full 10 inch, full color, touch screen allows you to swipe trough all of the key training stats, Incline, distance, time, speed, heart rate, and calorie burn.It is also equipped with an Android browser.
Fully adjustable, automatic and instant incline/decline capability..
The unit even has an inbuilt, audible Cadence Coach, to help you maintain your rhythm to help you get to the finish line.
The console has two, inbuilt 8 inch, dual speed CoolAire™ Workout Fans, for your comfort.
The on board sound system is I-Pod and MP# compatible, via two, 3 inch speakers.
A top line warranty includes lifetime cover on frame and motor, supported by a 6 years on parts and Electronics, and warranty, and three years for labor.
- The 4.25 CHP motor can deliver an extremely fast paced workout.
- Motor runs cool and quiet adding longer life.
- High quality, 10 inch full color screen with swipe displays.
- Rapid adjustment of both speed and incline settings
- Internet connectivity.
Conclusion: This is a robust, quiet and very fast treadmill for serious users, with the dual function of specific marathon training, and the endless workout guidance available from iFit membership. Read More
#6 Free Motion 860 Treadmill
At number 6 is the Free Motion 860.
Another treadmill fitted with iFit technology built in,, this unit also has 34 built in programs.
The motor produces 3.8 CHP (Continuous Horsepower), producing a top running speed of 12 mph (19KPH) , qualifying as a very fast running treadmill, with speed variable throughout . the range.
The Freemotion 860 features has a belt measuring 60 inches long (150cm) and 22 inches (55cm) wide, accommodating the stride of a user over 6’3 (190cm) tall with extra elbow room
Features Freemotion’s “Surface Response Suspension to accommodate users up to 375 lbs (170KG)
The frame has a lifetime warranty and folds up easily with the aid of a strong Shock.
This treadmill supports inclines from 0 to 15%, motor assisted, and a decline of -3 %.
34 in built workouts designed by a certified personal trainer, plus the flexibility of iFit if you choose to pay the subscription.
A 7 inch, touch screen displays all of your stats ,(distance, speed, time. Calories) and heart rate monitored via Hand grips or the included chest strap..
The unit comes with an inbuilt Fan, and is MP3 and I-Pod compatible.
Rear rollers are the large, 2.5’ size, to reduce noise and the wear and tear on the machine
It also has a storage tray to hold your jewelry, wallet,phone etc.
Warranty is lifetime for Frame and Motor, 5 years for parts, and 2 years for labor.
- Fast, 3.8 CHP motor..
- Large rollers for greater longevity and quieter running
- Incline/Decline from 15Degrees to -3 degrees, motor assisted.
- Easily operated controls
- iFit option built in
- Highly rated by users.
Conclusion: Another very solid, mid priced Home Treadmill befitting our Top 10 Folding Treadmills mantle. Read more
#7 Reebok ZigTech 910 Treadmill
Our number 7 is the Reebok ZigTec 910
Whilst we would normally recommend spending closer to $2,000 for a quality treadmill, this Reebok model makes our Top 10 as a solid, cheaper option. The manufacturer claims it to be a good running treadmill, but we have doubts about its longevity if used extensively for running, but we do see it as a very good option for users wanting an electric, Folding Treadmill for Walking, or jogging predominantly.
The motor produces 3.0 CHP (Continuous Horsepower), which gives it a top running speed of 12 mph (19KPH) , qualifying as a very fast treadmill. Using Reebok’s QuickSpeed™ controls, give you finger tip control and you can adjust speed.
Your belt is 60 inches long (150cm) and 20 inches (50cm) wide, accommodating the stride of a user over 6’3 (190cm) tall.
is built on Reebok’s patented ZiG Tec suspension system, producing a deck to support users up to 350 lbs (160KG)
The frame has a lifetime warranty, with Easylift assist, to quickly and effortlessly fold the unit away.
Reebok’s finger tip controls instantly adjust the deck through a range of 0 to 15 %, in seconds.
This Treadmill has 30 in built workouts and the Console is iFit compatible offering endless options if you are an iFit subscriber.
The Console features a backlit,7 inch,Display, providing all the key information on speed, time pulse, distance and Calories.Heart rate is monitored through dual hand grip monitors or via the included Chest Strap.
There is an adjustable inbuilt Fan.
Reebok have dual 3” speakers and connections for your I-Pod and MP3 player.
The motor is self cooling to reduce noise levels and extend the life of the unit
Warranty is lifetime for Frame and Motor, 3 years for parts, and 1 year for labor.
- Fast, 3.0 CHP motor..
- Self cooling motor
- Incline from 0-15 Degrees to -3 degrees, motor assisted.
- Fingertip Controls
- iFit compatible
- Great fans
- Improved sound system.
Conclusion: A very strong treadmill in this price range.
#8 Proform Power 995i Folding Treadmill
At number 8, we have the Proform Power 995i, which is very similar in price and performance to the Reebok, but often available at a substantial discount.
This treadmill features a 3.0 CHP Mach Z motor, and a top running speed of 12 mph (19KPH) , so it can support a very fast workout. The motor is a powerful Direct Current (DC) unit, which meets all the industry standards..
This power is coupled with a generous running belt measuring 60 inches long (150cm) and 20 inches (50cm) wide, accommodating users up to 6’7” (200cm) tall
ProShox™ Cushioning extends throughout the deck, providing reduced impact stress from your feet to your hips, and claims to support a runner of 350 lbs (160KG)
The frame comes with a lifetime guarantee, folds readily with the help of “Easy Lift Assist”
The 15% incline range adds the benefit of resistance and extra conditioning to your legs.
There a 30, professionally designed workout programs built in, and as this unit is also fully iFit compatible, you have the option of unlimited training routines.
Additional features include:
The display is 7” backlit, with a track display and all the usual stats at your fingertips.
Has a secure but removable Tablet shelf so your training time can be multitask if you chose.
Heart rate monitoring is via the two hand grip sensors.
The QuickSpeed feature gives you instant speed control.
There are two, 2” speakers with I-Pod and MP-3 connections
The CoolAire fan has two speed settings.
Comes with Proform,s larger 2.5” non Flex rear roller for quieter performance and longer belt life.
Warranty is lifetime on Motor and Frame, 3 years on parts and one year on labor.
- The 3.0CHP motor is suitable for the needs of most users.
- Large rear roller improves longevity of the treadmill
- Removable Tablet tray..
- Ready adjustment of incline and speed settings.
- Comprehensive 7” backlit display console.
- iFit ready
Conclusion: Another very reliable treadmill in the $1,000 range, once you have it assembled and configured.
#9 Yowza Fitness Sebring Transformer Treadmill
Our #9 is the Yowza Fitness Sebring Transformer Treadmill, which is 100% produced in the United States.
Yowza have fitted 3.00.CHP motor, with a top running speed of 11 mph (17KPH). And in our opinion this treadmill is more about walking or jogging, than full out running.
The belt is shorter than many of its competitors, but many features of this treadmill focus on users with weight issues, so a shorter deck, for walking and jogging is entirely consistent.The belt measures 55 inches long (140cm) and 20 inches (50cm) wide, so taller Runners will have a problem here.
The suspension is based on a swing arm, which provides variable cushioning that you can adjust yourself, based on your workout. The result is a strong treadmill that supports a user of 300 lbs (136KG)
The “Transformer” name relates to its unique frame which changes the way that folding treadmills fold, and the gas assisted folding system makes it very easy. Of course it has a lifetime warranty.
Limited to 12%, Uphill only.
A total of 16 workouts are programmed, many with multiple intensity settings within them. One area of the programming is the patented Intelligent Weight Management technology which measures your weight, body mass etc and wirelessly transfers that information to the units computer, for use in program maintenance.
This machine stores personal data for up to 9 users, and allows the creation of 7 different user profiles.
Heart rate monitoring is via the two hand grip sensors, or via chest strap (not included).
Console features the IWM button among others, and has a quick start and a cool down mode.
Hi-Fidelity speakers with MP 3 connectivity
Push button speed and incline control
High quality construction throughout.
Warranty is lifetime on Motor and Frame, 5 years on parts and Electronics, two years on labor.
- The 3.0CHP motor is strong enough to easily reach the top speed offered.
- Revolutionary folding technology
- First of its kind Weight Management systems.
- Clear and easy to use console.
- Adjustable Cushioning.
- Comprehensive “Multi user” interfaces
- iFit ready
Conclusion: This is a unique treadmill geared at those managing their weight rather than full on fitness training. It is packed with first of a kind features, is quality built throughout, and is receiving outstanding reviews from its owners.
#10 Freemotion 890 Treadmill
Rounding out our list of the Top 10 Folding Treadmills is the Freemotion 890
As you will see, this Treadmill comes with everything you could want, and the reason it’s not higher up the list, simply, it costs more than many above….in fact it is more like the price you would normally be looking to pay for a quality folding treadmill.
The 890, has a 4.25CHP, motor, (one of the strongest in this price range), producing a variable running speed from 0 to 12 MPH
With the power comes a 60 inch (150cm) long, by 22 inch (55cm) belt, which will work for the tallest of users, and it is commercial quality, and the extra width provides additional mobility.
Freemotion uses and advanced suspension system which it calls “SRS”, or Surface Response Suspension. It is intended to provide running conditions that come as close as possible to running outside, while protecting your body. The system works very well, and accommodates runners up to 400 lbs (160KG)
Like the rest of this machine, the frame is robust, and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Freemotion treadmills are known for their incline workouts, and this machine provides variable incline from 0-15% uphill, and from 0% to -3% downhill .
Loaded with 40 pre-programmed, professionally designed workouts, this treadmill really has no limit to workout variety, as it is iFit equipped, allowing you to design you own routes, via Goggle maps. Once created the treadmill automatically adjusts descents and inclines to mirror the train you selected, displaying your progress on the 10 full color’, swipe screen.
The obvious stand out feature here is the15”, high definition television screen. Link it to an antenna, Cable, DVD, Laptop etc, to access whatever programming you desire.
Heart rate monitoring comes from the two hand grip sensors, or via Polar chest strap included with the unit.
As mentioned the console is full color , 10inch, touch sensitive. With not only iFit capatibility, but also an inbuilt Android Browser.
Inbuilt CoolAire fan, and I-Pod jack
- Massive 4.25CHP motor.
- Full size running Belt
- iFit and Android enabled
- Full 10” color, touch sensitive console
- Advanced Suspension
- Both Incline and decline built in
- 15” Color TV
Conclusion: This is a sturdy, powerful treadmill at or just short of commercial standard. The large console, and TV are a clear indication of its desire to keep you motivated and entertained .Obviously the inclusion of the TV means savings on components elsewhere, but for private use, the buyer is not likely to be disappointed.
So those are our Top 10 Folding Treadmills for this year. We have tried to balance features, quality and price to provide a selection to suit most users. As always it comes down to your personal preferences. What value do you place on each of the features, given your workout style? What is your price range? Generally a quality, non commercial treadmill runs close to $2,000 but we have found some great deals to provide you lower price points if needed.
All of these meet the criteria we outlined on our homepage, and hopefully it makes you quest for the Best Folding Treadmill a little easier.