Best Foldable Treadmills
A folding treadmill can be a good option for an apartment or a smaller home
If you want to make sure you can always fit in a run—no matter the weather outside—a home treadmill can be a great investment, one that easily pays for itself over time compared with a gym membership. But fitting a treadmill into an apartment or smaller home can be a challenge. If you’re concerned about the footprint of a larger home workout device, it’s worth considering a foldable treadmill, says John Galeotafiore, associate director of product testing at Consumer Reports.
Some of our top-scoring foldable treadmills rate nearly or just as well as some of the top non-foldable options. And while foldable treadmills still take up space, they are generally about half as long when stored. Still, some folding treadmills can have a pretty large footprint, Galeotafiore says, so make sure to measure your space to see what will fit.
And remember that whether the machine folds or not, you will still need adequate room around the treadmill while it’s in use. For safety’s sake, you should have 2 to 3 feet on either side of the treadmill and 6 to 8 feet of space behind it.