Best Treadmills of 2022
Whether you're looking for a compact, budget model or a high-end machine, we have you covered
It might be easier to go for a run than to take a trip to the gym, but there are still plenty of things that can derail your outdoor running plans: Winter snows or summer’s suffocating heat and humidity can make a run unappealing or even unsafe. Or perhaps you can’t leave your house because your kids are sleeping or you are waiting for a delivery.
Because of that, a treadmill can be a crucial addition your home—no trip to the gym or pleasant weather required. Buying one of the best treadmills for home use can help ensure that you can always get that run in. Consistency is essential, whether you’re trying to start exercising for the first time in a while, getting ready for a 5K or half-marathon, or just trying to hit your recommended levels of cardio exercise.
How We Test Treadmills
Our tests focus on ease of use, construction quality (including design, noise and feel, and durability), ergonomics (how well the machine accommodates different users), exercise range, and user safety.
Exercise range is an important one; that’s our assessment of whether a machine is suitable for a variety of fitness levels. It factors in the range of treadmill speeds, the incline range, stability, cushioning, and more.
Our user safety tests evaluate the security of folding models, the accessibility of the emergency stop button, the workings of the safety key (which stops the treadmill if you fall), and more.
We also perform a durability test using two custom rigs made of a giant metal drum covered in rubber “feet.” This runs along each treadmill for a total of 25 hours to simulate half a year of use. The results of that test are factored into our construction rating.
Best Home Treadmills
The roundup below includes some of our top picks or best buys from our tests of both nonfolding and folding treadmills. Members can see our full treadmill ratings and reviews.
Editor’s Note: Peloton recalled its Tread and Tread+ treadmills on May 5, 2021, after the Tread+ was linked to dozens of injuries, and the company said the Tread’s screen could detach and fall. Peloton is offering customers a full refund. Consumer Reports removed the Peloton Tread+ from its ratings and stopped recommending the product. It is no longer available for sale. The Tread in CR’s current ratings is an updated model. For more information, see our article about the Peloton treadmill recall.
Maintaining Your Exercise Equipment
No matter what kind of exercise equipment you have, a little regular cleaning helps prevent germs from spreading, and keeps your machine in tip-top shape.
The Rundown on Treadmills
Ready to lose those extra pounds? A former Consumer Reports expert, Peter Anzalone, shows “Consumer 101” TV host Jack Rico which treadmill features will give him a run for his money.