The 6 best under-desk treadmills 2024: Tested and reviewed

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Why not add one of the best under-desk treadmills to your home and take a walk without leaving the house? Most of us love to get outdoors for a walk around our local neighborhood or in nature, but it's not always possible.

Whether you're working at home or it's bad weather outside, these minimalist treadmills are ideal for taking a quick stroll. Unlike the best treadmills for running, these under-desk versions don't have handles, a large display, or virtual classes, and have slower maximum speeds. Instead, the walking platform is designed to keep you moving steadily to clock up some steps and can be tucked away between sessions. 

To help you find the right model for your setup, we put the best under-desk treadmills to the test, setting them up at home and using them alongside a standing desk for walking workouts, and some movement during work calls. 

The Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0 is our top under-desk treadmill, thanks to its easy setup and ease of use. But it's not your only choice, as we've also included budget-friendly machines, and foldable treadmills to help you get started. 

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Best under-desk treadmill overall

The belt on the Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0 Treadmill

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Best under-desk treadmill for most people

Specifications

Size: 64.17 x 27.17 x 6.3 inches
Weight: 68 lbs
Max. weight: 265 lbs
Top speed: 5mph
Remote control: Yes
Wheels : Yes

Reasons to buy

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Affordable 
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Handlebar for additional support
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Quick set up 

Reasons to avoid

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Narrow belt 
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Low top speed for running 

The Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0 under-desk treadmill is affordable, easy to install, and has a small handlebar for when you pick up the speed. It can reach 5mph (making it faster than others on this list), so it's ideal if you're into brisk indoor walks. 

We found it was pretty easy to use — there’s an LCD screen at the top of the treadmill that shows you your pace, calories, distance walked, and time, plus you can connect the treadmill to the Kinomapp app on your phone via Bluetooth. 

The treadmill can be controlled by its remote, which comes on a wristband that you can wear as you walk, or by the phone app. There are also six pre-set programs you can choose to follow, but we found these a little confusing, and all very similar.

The downside with this treadmill is the smaller belt, which might not be suitable for taller users. Our tester was 5'2" and found that when she wasn’t concentrating on walking, she tripped on the side panels once or twice, so taller users might need to look elsewhere.

Best budget under-desk treadmill

Someone walking on the WalkingPad P1

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Best budget under-desk treadmill

Specifications

Size: 21.5 x 56.37 x 5 inches
Weight: 62 lbs
Max. weight: 220 lbs
Top speed: 3.72mph
Remote control: Yes
Wheels : Yes

Reasons to buy

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Easy to set up 
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Easy to use 
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Can be folded away 

Reasons to avoid

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No display
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Remote is glitchy 

WalkingPad makes several great under-desk treadmills, but the P1 is the most budget-friendly option. It doesn't have a display for your workout metrics, and the motor is a little less powerful than others in the range, but it's a great option for the price. 

It can be folded in half for easy storage, but since it has a fairly short power cord (six feet), you'll need to position it somewhere near an electrical outlet. And, despite the lack of a built-in display, you can adjust the settings with the remote, which has a small screen. 

In theory, the motor is a little louder than on other WalkingPad models, but we couldn't notice the difference, and it's not noisy enough to disturb others. The companion smartphone app was a little buggy, although an update appeared to resolve most of our issues during testing. 

Best folding under-desk treadmill

The WalkingPad A1 Pro's display

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Best folding under-desk treadmill

Specifications

Size: 56.5 x 21.5 x 5 inches
Weight: 60 lbs
Max. weight: 220 lbs
Top speed: 3.72mph
Remote control: Yes
Wheels : Yes

Reasons to buy

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Fast set up
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Remote is easy to use
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Foldable design

Reasons to avoid

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App is glitchy 
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Switches between miles and kilometres 

The WalkingPad A1 Pro has a foldable design, so you can easily store it away between uses, making it a great option if you're tight on space or need it out of sight when not in use. But that's not all it has going for it. 

The machine is fast to set up, has a remote control, and a screen on the front for workout metrics like distance walked, time, and speed. There are two modes; manual and automatic. In manual mode, you change the speed using the remote or KS Fit app on your smartphone. 

In automatic mode, the belt speeds up or slows down depending on where you position yourself. Walk closer to the front, it speeds up; walk closer to the back, it slows down. Whichever mode you use, the treadmill is fairly quiet too. 

During testing, we found the sound of the plastic end of our shoelaces smacking the belt during a walk was louder than the belt and motor in operation. While we’d still recommend headphones if you plan to walk while you’re on a call, the walking pad won’t disturb people in other rooms of the house.

Overall, this is a great option, although during testing we did find that the KS Fit app was a little glitchy, which was irritating. If you’re not all that bothered about recording your work walks, however, don’t let this put you off.

Best under-desk treadmill for workouts

Person walking on the GoPlus 1HP Walking Treadmill

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Best under-desk treadmill for workouts

Specifications

Size: 51.5 x 23.5 x 6 inches
Weight: 55.5 lbs
Max. weight: 220 lbs
Top speed: 4mph
Remote control: Yes
Wheels : Yes

Reasons to buy

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Preassembled 
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12 built-in programs 
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LED screen 

Reasons to avoid

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220-pound weight limit
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One of the loudest treadmills on test - won't be suitable to all

The GoPlus 1HP Walking Treadmill is great for anyone looking to push themselves a little harder when walking, as there are 12 built-in programs. These programs automatically change the speed of the treadmill as you walk over 30 minutes, pushing you to pick up the pace as you work. 

The treadmill also comes ready assembled, and located at the front of the treadmill is an easy-to-read LED touchscreen that displays time, speed, distance, and calories burned when using the tread. This LED touchscreen also allows you to operate the treadmill if you don't have the remote control to hand.

The downside here is that both the treadmill and the belt are pretty noisy. We found during testing that the belt was one of the loudest, and that the treadmill emitted a loud beep every time it turned on, or changed speed (we couldn’t find a way to turn this beep down).

If you’re working alone, this might not bother you too much, but if you’re planning on walking in an apartment block, or while other people are sleeping, you might want to look at some of the other options on this list. 

Best compact under-desk treadmill

WalkingPad C2 unfolded in a living room

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The best compact under-desk treadmill

Specifications

Size: 32.5 x 21.5 x 5 inches
Weight: 62 lbs
Max user weight: 220 lbs
Top speed: 3.7mph
Remote control: Yes
Wheels : Yes

Reasons to buy

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Easy to store 
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Can be folded away 
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Good size walking belt 

Reasons to avoid

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Low maximum speed 
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App is glitchy 
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The automatic mode is confusing 

The main selling point when it comes to WalkingPad’s range of under-desk treadmills is the ability to, quite literally, fold the treadmill away when you’re not using it. Yet compared to the WalkingPad A1 Pro, it’s slightly smaller and slightly lighter. Unlike the WalkingPad P1, it has got a screen to show you all of your metrics on the move.

The WalkingPad C2 is pretty compact. Yet don’t let the size of the box fool you — the treadmill is heavy, and you’ll probably need a hand when it comes to wiggling it out of its packaging and moving it to your home office. Once it’s in situ, all you need to do is unfold it and plug it into the wall, and you’re ready to walk.

Compared to the WalkingPad A1 Pro, the WalkingPad C2 feels a little flimsier — hence the cheaper price. It’s got a thinner plastic border between the edge of the belt and the edge of the treadmill, although the belt didn’t feel too narrow when walking.

During testing, like the other WalkingPad treadmills, we found the app to be a little glitchy, and the automatic mode to be extremely difficult to grasp. It's a decent option for anyone short on space, but there are cheaper models on the market if you’re not bothered about it folding. 

Best premium under-desk treadmill

The LifeSpan Under Desk Treadmill TR1200-DT3 in a testing center

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Best premium under-desk treadmill

Specifications

Size: 63 x 28.5 x 7.25 inches
Weight: 114 lbs
Max. weight: 350 lbs
Top speed: 4mph
Remote control: Yes
Wheels : Yes

Reasons to buy

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Quiet in use
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Comfortable belt 
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Large deck

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Console isn't reliable

If you have the budget for it, the Lifespan TR1200-DT3 Under Desk Treadmill is one of the best on the market. At double the price of most of the other treadmills on this list, it doesn’t come cheap, and while it’s a great piece of equipment, we’d argue you’re better off spending your money on one of the best treadmills that give you some more versatility in your workouts. 

That said, as an under-desk treadmill, the Lifespan is fantastic. It has a higher weight limit of 350 pounds, a top speed of four miles per hour, and has wheels that allow you to move the treadmill when you’re not using it. It also has a large console with big buttons that make changing the speed as you work easier. The console also acts as the treadmill’s screen, displaying all the stats you need, such as distance, steps taken, and calories burned. 

The major selling point here is how quiet the treadmill is — the treadmill has six impact-absorbing zones on the belt to minimize sound as you walk. During testing, we found this was definitely one of the quietest. We also liked the Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to upload your walks onto the LifeSpan Active Track fitness app, helping you to get a better idea of your progress at the end of the working day. 

If you can afford it, this is a brilliant under-desk treadmill, with a quiet belt, and a heavier maximum weight allowance. 

How we test the best under-desk treadmills

Each of our testers used the treadmills in their homes, walking on them during work. Our testers used the treadmills with a standing desk, to see how easy it was to walk when typing, as well as during phone calls and meetings, to see how disruptive it was for colleagues. 

As walking treadmills are designed to be used in the home, we asked our testers for comments on how easy the treadmills were to assemble. We also asked for feedback on how easy they were to store or fold away, when they weren’t in use, and how safe they felt to walk on in the home.

How to choose the best under-desk treadmill

The best under-desk treadmill will be the one that fits your lifestyle and actually use regularly. To pick the right model for your goals, home, and needs, there are few factors to keep in mind before you buy. 

Storage is an important consideration, as if you're juggling a work from home space alongside living areas, then you want a machine that'll tidy away between sessions. Generally, under-desk treadmills are easier to store than standard ones, but some models may also fold away or have a slimmer design if you're tight on space. 

And if you want to use the treadmill while you're on a work call or when others are in the house, you'll need a machine that isn't too noisy. As under-desk treadmills don't reach very high speeds, they're not that loud, though we did think that the GoPlus 1HP was generated too much noise for shared spaces. 

And, of course, you'll want to factor in the machine's top speed. None of the treadmills in our roundup go faster than 4mph, which is slightly faster than the average walking speed, but they're not really set up for jogging or running. 

FAQs

Are under-desk treadmills worth it?

Under-desk treadmills are best-suited to low-impact, low-intensity activities, like gentle walks and uphill strolls. They're a great way to move your body throughout the day, especially if you have a desk-based job. 

To get the most benefit, you'd need to pair the under-desk treadmills with one of the best standing desks, as you can adjust your workstation to the correct height so that you don't have to slouch or bend over. 

They're not very versatile machines, though. Unlike regular treadmills, they can't pull double-duty for high-intensity runs, although they do store away easier since they don't have large displays or handlebars. 

But if you're looking for a more multi-functional machine for low-intensity walks and high-intensity sprints, you may be better off with a regular treadmill instead.

Should I buy an under-desk treadmill or a treadmill?

Whether you opt for a walking pad or a treadmill depends on your use case. The best treadmills are larger, more expensive, and much more feature-rich. They have handles and often built-in screens that show exercise classes you can follow, and treadmills have a much higher top speed (usually 8-12mph) than under-desk treadmills, along with a large incline range to simulate uphill and even downhill running. Treadmills also have bigger motors to power all these features.

If you’re a keen runner looking to do your training at home, a treadmill is the better buy, but you will have to spend more and think about where you’re going to put it — even a folding treadmill is not as compact as an under-desk treadmill that lies completely flat.

Under-desk treadmills are more convenient and cheaper, and if you’re aiming to rack up some steps through brisk walks they are a great option. They also run more quietly than treadmills, so you can use them for walking during meetings — in general under-desk treadmills are better for multitasking during your walk. Then once you’re done an under-desk treadmill is thinner, lighter and much easier to tuck away somewhere than a full home treadmill.

Jane McGuire
Fitness editor

Jane McGuire is Tom's Guide's Fitness editor, which means she looks after everything fitness related - from running gear to yoga mats. An avid runner, Jane has tested and reviewed fitness products for the past five years, so knows what to look for when finding a good running watch or a pair of shorts with pockets big enough for your smartphone. When she's not pounding the pavements, you'll find Jane striding round the Surrey Hills, taking far too many photos of her puppy. 

  • JuliusMD
    Hi,
    you mention 'quiet' and 'loud' but do not state dB numbers. Could you please add them to the article so that we can compare the numbers?
    Reply