7 Best Under-Desk Treadmills For Running And Walking, Per Reviews

2022-10-15 00:44:44 By : Ms. Kitty Deng

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Now that's what I call multi-tasking.

Walking has gained major popularity as a source of cardio and brain health. Whether you're doing it to clear your mind or lose weight, there's no arguing that walking is a great way to stay active, no matter where you are—yup, even at your (home) office thanks to the invention of the under-desk treadmill.

It's no secret that a lot of us are living sedentary lifestyles, and as much as you know how important it is to stay active, it can be seriously hard to make the time to do so. That's what makes these under-desk treadmills so popular. Sure, a standing desk is great, but just imagine having your morning coffee, answering emails, or even getting on video calls while getting some steps in.

Peep some of the best tried-and-tested under-desk treadmills here:

I got my foldable treadmill a few months ago and have used it every single day since. Since it's so compact, I slide it right under my couch and since it's right there, I'll even pick it up to clock in a walk or run while I'm FaceTiming my sister or watching a movie. But, don't just take it from me—hundreds of thousands of reviewers are obsessed with them. You'll see more on each of the Internet's favorite under-desk treadmills below, but reviewers say that having one has saved them time and the worry of having to think about when they're going to be able to get some activity in to their day.

The great thing is that there are tons of options out there for under-desk treadmills, so it's all about considering what your priorities are, and I've organized them all by what's best for each lifestyle. But, one feature I made sure each one of these has is a remote control. Since most under-desk treadmills are completely flat, a remote will allow you to safely and easily adjust your tread's speed while you work.

If you have a baby at home, you probably want the quietest treadmill. Maybe you just want to build some strength with incline walking while talking work calls—there's a compact incline treadmill that people love. You'll also want to look out for the speed range on each. If you want to be able to use your treadmill for both walking and running, look for a machine that goes to at least a speed of four miles per hour.

Lastly, consider weight. Are you going to be keeping your treadmill under your desk all the time? If so, you'll be set with a heavier machine. But, if you're planning on moving it around or folding it up under your couch when you're not using it, opt for something that's under 50 pounds.

There are options below for every preference and lifestyle. See below for the best, most highly reviewed and rated under-desk treadmills in 2022.

Very few under-desk treadmills offer an incline, because the point is that they're supposed to be flat, but Egofit's slight 5 percent incline is perfect to be used for long periods of time, so you can be on it for hours without feeling a burn 10 minutes in to your weekly team meeting.

Rave Review: "I bought this treadmill for the summer since my husband and I are traveling around the US as digital nomads. I wanted something that fit into our Volkswagen Atlas and was easy to use. It's a life-changing item for me because I have a hard time working without walking and needed something small enough to work on-the-go. The slight incline also makes for a great workout and it's super quiet so no one hears it on zoom calls."

This treadmill's reportedly even quiet while you run on it, which is a major bonus if you plan on using it with a sleeping baby around. It even features an LED screen that measures distance and the amount of calories you've burned.

Rave Review: "Love this treadmill! It's quiet enough. When I'm on Zoom, nobody on the other end can hear it."

For being under $200, it's kind of a miracle that Sunny Health was able to pack so many features in to this treadmill. It's foldable, offers an incline up to 13 percent, tracks distance and calories, and does it all without needing to be plugged in so you can really take it anywhere.

Rave Review: "I’m a mom of two so I wanted something affordable and small that I can use at home to workout since I can’t always walk in the gym or park. Let me say I love this treadmill. It was easy to assemble and 15 minutes in, I’m already sweating. I try to use it daily for at least an hour. So far so good."

You can get a run in with many of the treadmills on this list, but this one has a non-slip belt and built-in shock absorption system, so it's great for long runs. It has wheels that make it easy to slide under your furniture when you're not using it, too.

Rave Review: "I received this about a week ago and am very happy with my decision to purchase. I looked at every single under-desk treadmill on Amazon and read a ton of reviews. The reason I went with this one (despite my dislike of the white color) is because this one goes up to running speeds without requiring you to put up handles. There are no handles on this one and I like how streamlined and minimalist it is. There is a metal bar underneath the treadmill that makes it easy to wheel around."

Those of you who've been doing some research know that WalkingPad is kinda the celeb of the under-desk treadmill world. People love how compact it can get—it literally folds to be just 32 inches wide.

Rave Review: "I got this WalkingPad because I miss walking and find it impossible with my four year-old. I chose this because of its size and price. I have a small apartment and I love that it folds and can go under my bed. It's pretty alright! The remote keeps track of the time, calories burned, etc. Great for brisk walking."

No standing desk? No problem! This all-inclusive foldable treadmill comes with a 50 inch-wide desk that even has a cupholder. Plus, it features bluetooth speakers that'll come in seriously handy when you're jamming to your fave playlist outside of work hours (or, during—I don't judge).

Rave Review: "This is small enough that I can have it in the bedroom and it doesn’t take up too much room. I like the desk setup on top because I can have my laptop set up while I work out. I really love it!"

Most under-desk treadmills don't feature handlebars or armrests because they tend to interfere with your work setup. This one features a super minimalist bar that's low enough not to get in the way, and it comes in especially handy if you like the security of something to hold on to while you walk or run.

Note: The remote requires a CR2450 lithium battery you'll have to purchase separately—it's just $5.

Rave Review: "I was looking for a working treadmill for my small apartment, something that is sturdy but not as heavy as a full professional treadmill. This was the lightest and widest option which looks slick, well-made, doesn’t require professional assembly, is good quality, quiet, and easy to use. So far, I am not disappointed. The bar folds down easily and it slides right under my bed. The bluetooth speaker is a nice extra piece and it is actually really good! I'm not very strong nor big, so I can't carry this up and down the stairs, but I can still move it around, especially because it has two wheels."