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Best Compact Treadmills UK Reviews 

Updated April 2022

In this article we check out the best compact treadmills, currently available in the UK. If you are thinking about buying a treadmill, then space to actually use it, should of course be a major consideration. That is probably why you are looking at this specific article on this type of compact treadmill.

The good news is, that there are a few really good options, at a range of price points. Hopefully that means, you will be able to find one that suits your individual needs. 

Pros & Cons of Compact Treadmills

Most people will be familiar with the large professional style treadmills found ay gyms and fitness centres. There are also treadmills for home use that are similar, but will lack some of the more intricate features. Compact treadmills are smaller versions of these home type treadmills.

They are specifically designed for homes where space is at a premium. As such they tend to have a slim frame and can be easily folded and stored away post workout. Compact treadmills tend to be less expensive than premium gym standard treadmills.

Good quality compact treadmills will normally feature as a minimum:

  • Transport Wheels - although not as heavy as the larger treadmills, having wheels makes them easier to move around when setting them up or storing them away
  • Computer Interface - this is simply the LCD or LED screen that is on the treadmill. It should be easy to read and easy to make changes to. You also want to avoid over complicated programming
  • Foldable Frame - We think this is very important to make the treadmill easy to store when not in use.
  • Incline Adjustability - this allows you to create a slope or an incline on the treadmill for walking or running. There are not many compact treadmills with this feature so be aware of that.

PROS

  • Compact treadmills are usually slightly cheaper than normal treadmills
  • They are easier to put up and store away
  • They should all fold for easier storage

CONS

  • Compact treadmills will have a smaller running surface
  • They may lack some feature that you may want to have

Top 5 Best Rated Compact Treadmills

  1. Best Overall - PrestigeSports XM Pro III Treadmill
  2. Sportstech Treadmill for Home
  3. Citysports Folding Treadmill
  4. OVICX Q2S Treadmills for Home
  5. Best with incline settings - JLL S300 Digital Folding Treadmill
  6. Bluefin Fitness KICK 2.0 Innovative High-Speed Folding Treadmill
  7. Best under £200 - LONTEK Electric Treadmills for Home

Best Overall Compact Treadmill - XM Pro III Treadmill

The XM-PROIII Treadmill is our top compact selection. This treadmill offers a little bit of everything, with many excellent features for a reasonable price. Starting with workout features the XM-PROIII comes with 12 preprogramed workout modes.

This makes it incredibly easy to mix up your workout routine on a daily. If you would like to challenge yourself further, the XM-PROIII offers 3 levels of manual incline. This accurately simulates walking/running on a steep terrain, maximising muscle toning and calorie burn.

This treadmill has been designed to be as compact as possible. As such only weighs 30 Kg and can be transported easily using built in transport wheels. When you are finished using the product, it can be folded in two and stored away under a bed or in a wardrobe. Perfect, small apartments where space is at a premium.

Finally, the XM-PROIII Treadmill comes packed with some useful entertainment features. Namely its dual speakers that allow users to listen to music via their phone or MP3 device. Allowing you to listen to your favourite workout playlist without having to worry about annoying earphones.

Key Specifications:

Running Track Size: 1100x400mm

Motor: 1100W

Top Speed: 12 KPH

Best Incline Compact Treadmill - JLL S300 Digital Folding Treadmill Review

If you are trying to improve your fitness using an exercise bike, treadmill or rowing machine, the chances are you will come across a JLL product. The S300 is JLL’s entry level compact folding treadmill and is perfect for first time treadmill users.

The JLL S300 Digital Folding Treadmill features a large backlit display console that illustrates all of the users key performance metrics. These include, calories burned, speed and distance covered.

Perfect for maintaining workout intensity and assessing post workout performance. This display console also allows users to select from 15 pre-programmed workout routines and 20 levels of adjustable incline. For more bespoke workout routines 3 programs can be customised to your specific needs.

To maximise user comfort and minimise impact on knee and hip joints, the JLL S300 features 16-point shock absorption systems. This minimises noise and is provides a much safer running surface than outdoor running.

Finally, to keep you motivated throughout your workout the JLL S300 comes fitted with 2 high quality speakers. Simply connect your phone or Mp3 device via auxillary cord or USB connection to listen to your favourite workout playlist.

Key Specifications:

Running Track Size: 1230x410mm

Motor: 4.5 HP

Top Speed: 16 KPH

Compact Treadmill Buying Guide- What to look for

Size & Running Surface

Ideally you want a good quality piece of equipment, that can also quickly and easily fold away, when not in use. You may also be limited in space to actually make use of it.

The one thing that you should avoid, is getting one with a narrow running track. They are very easy to fall off. They need to be the right width, and also the right length. The size of the running surface is very important.

In most cases a compact treadmill is one that can fold up easily, and be put away for quick and easy storage. Treadmills are also really heavy. To take that into account, you will also want one that you can easily move about on your own.

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