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Treadmills are commonly associated with running, but they’re also a great tool to get a walking workout in if you’d prefer not to go outside because of weather, safety, or other reasons.

While there aren’t many treadmills specifically made for walking, some affordable treadmills are available that may be more suitable for walking than running.

At the same time, several running treadmills are also good options for walking, especially if you know you’d like to mix things up occasionally with the incline or take some interactive classes. Below are our picks of the best treadmills for walking.

Choosing a treadmill can be challenging with so many products on the market. That’s why we’ve narrowed down some options based on the following criteria:

  • Features and training options. We chose treadmills based on price, features, and class options, as well as basic components like weight capacity, max speed, and incline.
  • Quality. All the treadmills below are designed to be durable and reliable with standard safety features.
  • Price. We included treadmills to suit a variety of budgets.
  • Vetting. All the products included have been vetted to ensure that they meet Healthline’s safety and business standards.

A note on price

General price ranges with dollar signs ($–$$$$) are indicated below. One dollar sign means that the product is on the budget-friendly side, whereas four dollar signs indicate a more expensive option.

Note that prices may vary depending on where you shop and that discounts, add-ons, packages, subscriptions, and delivery and installation fees may add to your final cost.

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $400
  • $$ = $400–$1,000
  • $$$ = $1,001–$3,000
  • $$$$ = over $3,000

Best overall treadmill for walking

Sole F63

  • Price: $$
  • Specs/size: 82 x 35 x 66 inches (208 x 89 x 167 cm)
  • Screen size/display quality: 6-inch LCD screen
  • Weight capacity: 325 pounds (147 kg)
  • Max speed: 12 mph (19 kph)
  • Max incline: 15 levels

The Sole F63 is a great option if you’re looking for a mostly no-frills walking treadmill. It costs less than some higher end options but still comes with all the standard features of a treadmill and the ability to stream classes. It’s also foldable in case you’re tight on space.

While it doesn’t include a touch screen to stream classes, it does have some built-in programmed workouts, as well as a media rack to hold an external tablet if you want to stream classes that way.

Your purchase comes with a free 30-day trial of Studio, Sole’s streaming platform. After 30 days, it costs $39 per month or $399 per year.

Shipping isn’t free, but there’s a lifetime warranty on the motor and frame.

Pros

  • easy to assemble
  • competitively priced with modern features
  • foldable

Cons

  • no touch screen
  • few programmed workout options
  • requires external tablet to stream classes

Best incline range

NordicTrack EXP 10i

  • Price: $$$
  • Specs/size: 80 x 35 x 59.25 inches (203 x 89 x 95.4 cm)
  • Screen size/display quality: 10-inch HD smart touch screen
  • Weight capacity: 300 pounds (136 kg)
  • Max speed: 12 mph (19 kph)
    • Max incline: 12%

This treadmill is a great option for those who are limited on space but seeking plenty of interactive options to mix up their treadmill walking routine.

In addition to a high definition touch screen, it has the ability to stream a wide range of classes with experienced elite trainers from iFit, which you can try for free for 30 days before you’ll be required to renew at $39 per month.

It offers several incline levels, similar to other treadmills on the market, but has a unique ability to go down to a -3% decline for downhill walking or running. This can be beneficial for building strength, as it activates the quads, glutes, shins, and shorter calf muscles.

Downhill walking allows eccentric contraction in the leg muscles (also known as lengthening of the muscles), which research has shown to be beneficial for preventing muscle deterioration and decreased muscle function (1, 2).

It comes with free shipping and a warranty of 10 years for the frame, 2 years for parts, and 1 year for labor.

Pros

  • built-in touch screen with the ability to stream classes
  • incline and decline capability

Cons

  • can’t sync or stream music from the machine
  • separate membership required to access classes

Best budget-friendly treadmill for walking

ProForm City L6

  • Price: $$
  • Specs/size: 29 x 70.25 x 44.5 inches (74 x 178 x 113 cm)
  • Screen size/display quality: no built-in screen, includes tablet holder
  • Weight capacity: 250 pounds
  • Max speed: 8 mph
  • Max incline: N/A

In addition to being easily foldable, this treadmill is easy to stow away and has wheels. Aside from the under-desk option, it’s the most affordable treadmill on our list.

While it doesn’t have a touch screen, it does have a tablet holder and offers the same iFit 30-day trial as the NordicTrack model before a subscription is required.

It’s also Bluetooth-enabled to sync your headphones. Lastly, it offers free shipping and a warranty of 10 years for the frame and 1 year for parts and labor.

Pros

  • affordable
  • compact
  • foldable

Cons

  • no built-in touch screen
  • no incline
  • low max speed — not ideal if you also want to jog or run

Best treadmill for walking in small spaces

Echelon Stride Auto-Fold Connected Treadmill

  • Price: $$$
  • Specs/size: 69.3 × 31 × 49.2 inches (176 x 78.7 x 125 cm)
  • Screen size/display quality: N/A
  • Weight capacity: 300 pounds (136 kg)
  • Max speed: 12 mph
  • Max incline: 12 levels

With its auto-folding technology, the Echelon Stride treadmill is an ideal compact option for small spaces.

Beyond that, it’s a great basic option with eight programmed workouts and manually adjustable speed and incline. The handlebars have integrated sensors for monitoring heart rate.

Users have access to a wide range of workouts through the Echelon Fit app, though it requires an Echelon United membership, which costs $34.99 per month or $399.99 per year. You’ll also need a separate tablet because there is no built-in screen.

One drawback is its short running deck (55 x 20 inches, compared to 60 x 22 inches on the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 and most other treadmills), which may not be ideal for tall people. It’s also less powerful and has a shorter warranty than many competitors — 1 year for parts and labor.

Pros

  • compact
  • foldable
  • trainer-led workouts available (however, they require a membership cost)

Cons

  • shorter running deck
  • short warranty
  • no built-in touch screen

Best under-desk treadmill for walking

GOYOUTH 2 in 1 Under Desk Electric Treadmill

  • Price: $
  • Specs/size: 50.1 x 22.44 x 5.5 inches
  • Screen size/display quality: N/A
  • Weight capacity: 220 pounds
  • Max speed: 6 mph
  • Max incline: N/A

If you’re looking for a no-frills, budget-friendly treadmill to stick under your desk and multitask while you work, this one is a great option. While the max speed is lower than on most other models, it shouldn’t be an issue if you’re looking to use it only for walking at your desk.

It doesn’t have a display screen but is equipped with Bluetooth speakers to play music while you work.

Pros

  • budget-friendly
  • fits under desk
  • includes Bluetooth speakers

Cons

  • low weight capacity
  • no screen or option to stream classes

Best treadmill for walking beginners

Horizon T101

  • Price: $$
  • Specs/size: 70 x 34 x 55 inches (178 x 86 x 140 cm)
  • Screen size/display quality: N/A
  • Weight capacity: 350 pounds (159 kg)
  • Max speed: 10 mph (16 kph)
  • Max incline: 10%

The Horizon T101 is a good option for those wanting a more modern treadmill without too many bells and whistles and at a reasonable price point.

Designed with beginners in mind, it’s equipped with a device holder, a cooling fan, a USB port, and Bluetooth speakers. It’s foldable and easy to assemble.

While it doesn’t have a screen, you can stream classes from other apps to your tablet or another device. This treadmill also comes with free shipping, a lifetime warranty for the frame and motor, and a 1-year warranty for parts and labor.

Pros

  • affordable
  • easy to assemble
  • foldable

Cons

  • no built-in screen
  • smaller running deck, which may not be ideal for tall people
  • no built-in touch screen; separate membership and tablet required for streaming classes or entertainment

Best treadmill for walking if you want studio-style classes

Peloton Tread

  • Price: $$$
  • Specs/size: 68 x 33 x 62 inches (172 x 84 x 157 cm)
  • Screen size/display quality: 23.8-inch (60-cm) HD touch screen
  • Weight capacity: 300 pounds (136 kg)
  • Max speed: 12.5 mph (20 kph)
  • Max incline: 12.5%

Peloton is hard to beat when it comes to classes and instructors. And they’re not all high intensity. The Tread regularly offers new walking and hiking classes on its live schedule and in the on-demand library.

You have to pay an extra monthly fee of $44 for the membership, but it also includes instructor-led strength training, stretching, barre, boxing, meditation, and yoga classes.

This treadmill comes with a large built-in touch screen. However, it doesn’t have the ability to automatically adjust your speed or incline — you do so manually.

Your purchase includes expert assembly as well as free shipping, a 5-year warranty on the frame, and a 12-month limited warranty on parts and labor.

Pros

  • wide range of classes with experienced trainers
  • large touch screen
  • large running deck

Cons

  • on the expensive side
  • have to manually adjust speed and incline
  • subscription required

Best manual treadmill for walking

TrueForm Trainer

  • Price: $$$$
  • Specs/size: 64 x 36 x 63 inches (162.6 x 91.4 x 160 cm)
  • Screen size/display quality: N/A
  • Weight capacity: 400 pounds
  • Max speed: N/A
  • Max incline: N/A

If you’re looking for an energy-friendly option, you might consider a manual treadmill. It will require a bit more exertion than a motorized one, but a curved treadmill like the Trueform Trainer is great for providing a muscle-powered workout for your lower body, even when simply walking.

It also promotes a healthy gait more effectively than a motorized treadmill, which is helpful for good form.

However, it may be more challenging and requires more strength and balance to use, so tread (pun intended) carefully. You’ll want to maintain a consistent stride, which can make fatigue set in more quickly when you’re first getting used to it.

The treadmill will come to a stop when you’re done, and there’s no need for an emergency safety cord. As a bonus, it’s quieter than a motorized treadmill when in use. This treadmill comes with a warranty for 5 years on the frame and parts and 1 year on labor.

Pros

  • curved surface to promote better gait and form
  • high weight capacity

Cons

  • expensive
  • no incline
  • no touch screen or tablet holder

Best no-frills treadmill for walking

Sunny Health and Fitness Premium Folding Auto-Incline Smart Treadmill

  • Price: $$
  • Specs/size: 63 x 26.2 x 50.2 inches (160 x 66.5 x 127.5 cm)
  • Screen size/display quality: N/A
  • Weight capacity: 220 pounds
  • Max speed: 9 mph (4 kg)
  • Max incline: 11.9%

This treadmill is a great option if you want something easy to fold and wheel away for storage.

It doesn’t have a touch screen to stream classes and doesn’t get up to high speeds, but these qualities likely will not be an issue if you want a no-frills treadmill. You can connect to the Sunny Health App for customized workouts using an external tablet, if you want to.

The treadmill’s digital monitor shows basic metrics such as speed, calories burned, steps, and body fat percentage, and its pulse grips can track your heart rate in real time. It also comes with the ability to auto-adjust incline.

It comes with a warranty of 3 years on the structural frame and 180 days on parts and components.

Pros

  • affordable
  • compact
  • Bluetooth-enabled

Cons

  • very limited warranty on parts
  • can’t stream classes
  • lower weight capacity

PriceScreen size and displayStreaming abilityBluetooth capabilityWeight capacityMax speed and incline
Sole F63$$6-inch LCD screenno, but includes 6 preset workout options and a tablet holder for the option to stream classes externallyyes325 pounds• 12 mph
• 15 incline levels
NordicTrack EXP 10i$$$10-inch HD smart touch screenavailable through built-in touch screen if you subscribe to iFit yes300 pounds• 12 mph
• -3 decline to 12% incline
ProForm City L6$$no built-in screen; includes tablet holder available with iFit subscription; separate tablet requiredyes250 pounds• 8 mph
• no incline
Echelon Stride Auto-Fold Connected Treadmill$$$no built-in screen; includes tablet holder no, but includes 8 preset workouts and a tablet holder for the option to stream classes externallyyes300 pounds• 12 mph
• 12 incline levels
GOYOUTH 2 in 1 Under Desk Electric Treadmill$nonenoyes220 pounds• 6 mph
• no incline
Horizon T101$$no built-in screen; includes tablet holder available through external tabletyes350 pounds• 10 mph
• 10% incline
Peloton Tread
$$$23.8-inch (60-cm) HD touch screenyesyes300 pounds• 12.5 mph
• 12.5% incline
TrueForm Trainer$$$$LED display (shows workout stats only)noneno400 pounds• manual speed
• no incline
Sunny Health and Fitness Premium Folding Auto-Incline Smart Treadmill$$no built-in touch screennone, but includes 9 preset workout programsyes220 poundsN/A

When shopping for a treadmill for walking, consider which features are important to you and which you could live without. Do you want something more fun, like the live classes some treadmills can offer, or would you prefer a no-frills, basic option?

If you want the option to stream live classes, is it also important to you to be able to stream shows and movies? If so, an option such as Peloton may not be the best fit, because it supports only Peloton programs.

Instead, opt for a treadmill that includes a tablet holder so you can access third-party apps.

Do you want to challenge yourself with an incline, or are you hoping to multitask while you work and essentially just need a moving belt? These are all features to keep in mind. This should help you narrow down your budget as well.

Even if you’re using a treadmill just for walking, it’s important to keep safety in mind.

  • If you’re using a motorized treadmill, make sure it has an emergency stop pull cord.
  • If your treadmill is motorized and in a room frequented by kids or pets, you may want to keep it unplugged you’re not using it.
  • It’s important to maintain your machine and make any repairs as needed.
  • Don’t ever step off your treadmill while it’s moving.

How long should I walk on a treadmill per day?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends fitting in 150 minutes of moderate to intense exercise per week, but there’s no hard and fast rule for how long a treadmill workout should be (3).

You can opt to walk as long as you would outdoors, which is likely to be 30 minutes to 1 hour to avoid boredom and time constraints. If you’re just starting a walking routine, start small (even if it’s 10 minutes per day) and begin to increase your time as your body adapts.

Is it OK to walk on the treadmill every day?

Just as with walking outdoors, you can walk on the treadmill every day. If you’re concerned about an injury or mobility issue that might limit your ability to walk, a recumbent bike may be a better option for you.

What does walking on a treadmill do for your body?

Generally speaking, experts say walking on a treadmill is just as good a form of exercise as walking outside.

While you might be able to burn more calories outside with tougher obstacles like wind resistance and varied terrain, the treadmill offers an extra challenge by allowing you to increase the incline and pace.

A manual treadmill requires more effort than a motorized one and may offer a similar challenge to walking outside.

If you’re looking to step up your walking and overall health and fitness routine, purchasing a home treadmill for walking can be a great alternative when walking outdoors isn’t a feasible option. By narrowing down your budget and desired features, you can find a walking treadmill that is right for you.