RUNNING is a great form of exercise that will get you fit in no time at all.
However, if you run in the UK, you might have to face jogging in all sorts of conditions, including rain, wind and snow. Which is where a cheap treadmill can come in handy.
If you’ve ever been to a gym, you will have seen row-upon-row of treadmills.
The machine simulates walking and running thanks to a rotating belt that mimics the road, which allows you to move while staying stationary.
Although treadmills in most gyms can cost thousands of pounds, it is possible to get something similar for your home for a fraction of the cost.
Most budget treadmills are suitable for all but the fastest runners, with most reaching speeds of 20km/h.
They also generally have features such as incline, which simulates going uphill.
Before you wonder where you’d be able to keep a treadmill in your house, you don’t need to worry. Most can be folded away when not in use, preventing your living room turning into a home gym.
But what is the best cheap treadmill for you and your needs? Read on to find out our top picks for under £600.
1. Fitness Club Folding Electric Motorised Treadmill
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- Folding Electric Motorised Treadmill, £179.99 from Amazon – buy here
If you’re just getting into running and considering investing in your first treadmill, you probably don’t want to splash the cash just yet.
Fitness Club’s treadmill is a great entry-level piece of kit that, at less than £200, is one of the cheapest treadmills on the market.
The maximum speed is 10km/h, so it’s not ideal for the speediest runners out there, but it should be perfect for those just starting out.
2. Domyos T540B Treadmill
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- T540B Treadmill, £399.99 from Decathlon – buy here
For those looking at spending a bit more cash, the T540B Treadmill by Domyos is a great machine for the money.
The treadmill has a max speed of 16km/h and can be set at a variety of inclines from 0-10 per cent.
A great feature though is its in-built coaching programmes. There are 24 to choose from, ranging from those that ease you back into cardio, through to workouts aimed at marathon runners.
3. JLL T350 Treadmill
JLL T350 Treadmill[/caption]
- T350 Treadmill, £399.99 from Amazon – buy here
For the same price, it’s possible to bag yourself the T350 by JLL.
It too comes with a variety of training modes, a speed range between 0.3km/h and 18km/h, and a similar-sized running area.
So far, so similar. But that’s before you get to the treadmill’s built-in speakers. Simply connect your device (iPod, smartphone, MP3 player) via Bluetooth or USB and away you go.
What’s more, the T350 comes with a two-year parts and labour guarantee and five-year motor cover, so you’ve got peace of mind should anything go wrong.
4. York Fitness Active 120 Treadmill
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- Active 120 Treadmill, £450 from Amazon – buy here
York is a well-renowned fitness brand, and it’s likely that the American manufacturer supplies some of the weights and equipment at your local gym.
The manufacturer’s Active 120 Treadmill allows you to have that high-level quality within your home, without the premium price tag.
The machine has 13 different workout programmes, a 5” back-lit display that clearly shows all your data mid-workout and well-placed speed and incline controls on the handlebar to make altering your run that bit easier.
5. NordicTrack C100 Folding Treadmill
NordicTrack C100 Folding Treadmill[/caption]
- C100 Folding Treadmill, £599.99 from Fitness Superstore – buy here
Although it RRPs for £1,000, it’s currently possible to get the C100 by American brand NordicTrack for a penny under £600.
This is an absolute steal, with the machine featuring all of the best bits of those already mentioned and more.
The treadmill has 16 built-in workouts, can get up to speeds of 20km/h and has its own built-in sound system.
What’s more, its ‘FlexSelect Adjustable Cushioning’ enables you to switch between cushioned impact or firm like a road.
In fact, it might make actual road running a thing of the past for you.
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