The 30-Second Review

The best treadmill for home use should offer you a sturdy run without taking up an entire room. We tested nine different treadmills that met our standards for power and design and tested the running experience of each. In the end, we found two that minimized space without sacrificing quality.

Best for Walkers

We loved its cleanly designed console for making it easy to change settings mid-workout. The ProForm 505 is a bit noisier than other treadmills, but it makes up for it in comfort and stability.

Best for Runners

Next-level programming and power for a manageable price. And while it carries a full-sized running belt, the machine’s overall footprint is the same size as our walking pick.

The Best Treadmill for Home Use

Working out from home shouldn’t mean sacrificing the quality of your exercise. Our top picks for home-use treadmills offer the same solid construction and fitness programming as their gym-use siblings.

For anyone wanting to do some walking or light jogging at home, we recommend the ProForm 505 CST. A strong motor and heavy-duty build allow it to keep up with higher speeds than our walking pick, despite the ProForm’s low, $599 price tag. We loved its intuitive console and slightly longer running deck, both of which lead to a more comfortable workout.

The NordicTrack C 990 is great for runners who want to log a few more miles at home. This compact, lightweight machine provides plenty of upscale features at a mid-range price ($999). The touch screen consolidates programming and adjustments, though the screen pretty is less responsive than we'd like.

Our Picks for the Best Treadmill for Home Use

Best for Walkers

ProForm 505 CSTThe 505 combines a clean console with a solidly constructed deck.

The ProForm 505 CST was our No. 1 walking pick in our Best Treadmill review, thanks to its sleek design and supportive deck. With its 2.5 CHP and increased max weight, 325 lbs, makes it a durable choice for walkers and light joggers.

Most treadmills in the sub-$800 price bucket are practically identical; the ProForm 505 CST’s sleek design is refreshingly unique. Beneath ProForm’s design innovations, its workout programs and functionality are essentially the same as its peers, but we found that design alone improved our workout experience. It helps that its design innovations include horizontally placed controls, allowing you to reach forward the same amount whether you’re hitting the 3 or 10 mph key. Because really, isn’t it hard enough to increase speed without making you work to punch buttons?

505 Console for Treadmill

Another offshoot of elevated design: more high-tech reliance. While you would be hard-pressed to find a new treadmill that didn’t have the ability to connect to an app, some rely on app control more than others. We found that prior to syncing with iFit, the 505 CST made it hard to access the programming and workout stats we wanted. It also has about half as many pre-programmed workouts as the average machine. This may make for a steeper learning curve when it comes to mastering the 505 CST. But whether or not you opt into all the extra iFit features this model offers, you can enjoy its substantial build and contemporary style.

505 CST for Treadmill

The only thing we didn't like was its noisy belt — but we had that complaint about most of the treadmills we tested. Overall, the ProForm 505 CST is an incredible value for its price.

Best for Runners

NordicTrack C990This treadmill offers a cushioned run and solid horsepower in a small package.

If you’re on the hunt for a running treadmill that won’t break the bank or commandeer your entire living room, the stats of the NordicTrack C 990 are about to make you sing. Its powerful motor and sturdy build are condensed into a less than a 3’ x 5’ space. Plus, it weighs in at just over 200 lbs — the lightest treadmill you can find with 3 CHP.

Where the ProForm 505 CST’s high-tech capabilities can only be accessed after syncing up with your smartphone, the C 990 puts all of its potential in one place by coming equipped with a small touchscreen. The touchscreen opens up the machine’s full functionality without making you pay for a console upgrade or fiddle with your phone for the right app.

Visually, the C 990’s console represents a happy medium between the Horizon and the ProForm: It's simple and straightforward enough that you never wonder what any button is going to do, and sleek enough to look like a freshly issued model. Of all the treadmills we tested, the NordicTrack C 990 got us from powering on to running personalized training programs the most quickly.

C 990 Console for Treadmill

And when it came to the running experience itself, we were pleased with the C 990’s excellent cushioning, which testers rated as more supportive and comfortable than the other running treadmills we brought in. We preferred a softer running surface, which is how the C 990 is set on arrival, but know that, like for most treadmills, you can adjust its cushioning density to match your preferences. Rule of thumb: The longer and faster you run, the more solid a surface you’ll want.

C990 for Treadmill

One drawback to the NordicTrack C 990 — its top incline is 12%, three fewer degrees than other equivalent running treadmills. If challenging yourself to those max inclines is more important to you than saving space, check out the top models in our Best Treadmill review.

The Best Treadmill for Home Use: Summed Up

Treadmill The Best
ProForm 505 CST
For Walkers
NordicTrack C 990
For Runners