The 30-Second Review

The best treadmill for home use is substantial enough to offer a smooth and steady ride without taking up your entire living room. We brought in nine different treadmills that met our standards for power, tech, and reliability, and tested the user experience of each. In the end, we found a model for walkers and a model for runners that both pack a lot of quality into a manageable footprint.

Best for Walkers

We loved how the cleanly designed console made it easy to change settings mid-workout. The ProForm 505 may be 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. While the NordicTrack C 990 provides a well-cushioned, generously sized belt for a runner's strides, the machine’s overall dimensions are just as compact as our walking pick.

The Best Treadmill for Home Use

Working out from home shouldn’t mean sacrificing the quality of your exercise. Our favorite home-use treadmills offer the same solid construction and fitness programming as their gym-use siblings, but in a more affordable, more maneuverable package.

If you're looking to get in brisk walks or light jogs at home, we recommend the ProForm 505 CST. Its strong motor and heavy-duty build allow you to press into max speeds and inclines without shaking. And despite the ProForm’s low, $599 price tag, its programming and connectivity are on par with plenty of luxury picks. We loved its intuitive console and spacious feel, both of which led us to a more comfortable workout.

Do you log longer miles at faster speeds? The NordicTrack C 990 is great for runners who need a little more out of their treadmill motor. This compact, lightweight machine provides plenty of upscale features at a mid-range price ($999). Not least of which: a small, sharp touchscreen. The screen consolidates programming and adjustments, and opens up a ton of entertainment options, though it's 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 2.5 CHP and a lofty max weight of 325 lbs, the ProForm is a durable choice for walkers and light joggers. We appreciated that the console, the handles, and the deck remained solid even when we pumped up the speed and raised the incline.

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. Horizontally placed controls allow 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 the 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 tougher 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 C 990This 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-by-7-foot space. Plus, it weighs in at just over 200 lbs — the lightest treadmill we could find with 3 CHP. That weight is a boon for storage, and we didn't notice the lack of heft when we ran. Your running experience will benefit from 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.

And while 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.

C 990 Console for Treadmill

Visually, the C 990’s console represents a happy medium between a classic treadmill 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 quickest.

C990 for Treadmill

One drawback to the NordicTrack C 990 — its top incline is 12 percent, three percentage points fewer 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