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Best under-desk treadmills 2022

Best under-desk treadmills: Pictured here, the Lifespan TR1200 on beige TechRadar background
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The best under-desk treadmills are often called walking treadmills, walkpads, or even lumped in with the term “treadmill desks”, even though most of them aren’t attached to a standing desk unit. However, whatever they’re referred as, under-desk treadmills are a convenient way to get more steps in at work or home, helping to reduce the risks of your sedentary lifestyle, move more, lose weight and stay healthy. Whether you want a slim unit to set up in your front room and walk while watching Netflix, or you want to walk while you type with a treadmill under a standing desk, we could all do with moving more at home. 

This type of treadmill requires either the best standing desks or a riser if you're going to use the treadmill for office work. Even if you don't have a standing desk, these slender treadmills are a great way to fit a low-intensity cardio machine in a small space, reducing the risks of too much sitting down. 

Research published in the American Journal of Public Health has found that sitting down an excessive amount – meaning more than eight hours a day – can increase the risk of premature death or the development of some chronic diseases by 10% to 20%. 

Many of the best cheap fitness trackers have the ability to give us a nudge if we’ve been slumped over our keyboards or on our sofas for too long. The under-desk treadmill provides an easy way to get those steps in while still being alert at your desk. 

We've rounded up some of the top choices for the best under-desk treadmills below, all of which can help you improve your daily step count and cardiovascular activity whilst in a restrictive environment. We are in the process of personally testing many of the entries below for full comprehensive reviews and will be updating the rankings regularly with our findings.

The best under-desk treadmills

Lifespan TR1200-DT3 in use

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The best under-desk treadmill overall

Specifications

Product dimensions: 63 x 28 x 7 in.
Maximum user weight: 400 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Fairly priced
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Higher weight limit of 350 lbs
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Lifetime warranty on the frame

Reasons to avoid

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Control console is on the larger size
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Bluetooth can be unreliable

The Lifespan TR1200-DT3 Under Desk Treadmill is one of the most popular products from the Lifespan home working range, designed to support single users or small teams for sessions up to six hours. The TR1200-DT3 has six impact-absorbing shocks to help dampen noise while walking and has an automatic stop when you step off the device, providing both safety and a swiftly quiet environment for taking calls.

This walking treadmill is fully assembled out of the box and can fit under most standing desks. The control console is a little on the large side but enables the user to control the Lifespan TR1200-DT3 with a few button touches and will display all the ongoing fitness stats such as calories, steps and distance. Bluetooth connectivity is also available to upload results into the LifeSpan Active Track fitness app, and a port is located at the rear of the control console for charging devices such as phones.

The Lifespan TR1200-DT3 Under Desk Treadmill will support up to 350lbs in user weight and has two wheels located on the front of the device, which will allow the treadmill to be moved like a wheelbarrow.

Read our full Lifespan TR1200-DT3 review

Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0 testing

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The best under-desk treadmill for those on a tight budget

Specifications

Products dimensions: 64 x 27 x 6 in.
Maximum user weight: 264 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Easy setup and storage
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Simple to use
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Good budget option

Reasons to avoid

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Not for serious runners
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Not particularly feature-rich

The Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0 under-desk treadmill is a wallet-friendly, slim and small offering, more than worthy of inclusion in our best under-desk treadmill list. It’s able to be assembled in a flash and can fit almost anywhere, even behind a sofa or in a cupboard, when not in use.

You can fold up the collapsible riser to get a more standard treadmill shape, for many people, this won’t be necessary: you can use it flat, essentially right out of the box.

In our full review, we mentioned how much we liked the belt: it’s long and wide enough to walk and perform gentle jogging, but with a top speed of eight kilometres an hour, it’s not the most practical for people who are into hardcore running training.

If you’re looking to get additional movement into your day, whether you want to walk while taking meetings or watching TV in the evenings, and think the way to do it is a space-saving, budget-friendly walking treadmill, this is the model for you. 

Read our full Bluefin Fitness Task 2.0 review

Sunny Health & Fitness Walkstation Slim Treadmill under desk treadmill on white background

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3. Sunny Health & Fitness Walkstation Slim Treadmill

Another excellent friendly cheap under-desk treadmill option

Specifications

Product Dimensions: 50L x 21.5W x 6.5H in
Max user weight: 220 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Budget-friendly
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Digital display for step count
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Built-in shock absorbers can ease joint pain

Reasons to avoid

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Remote control might be tricky to operate at a desk
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No incline option for uphill walking
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Digital display can be a little hard to read

The Sunny Health & Fitness Walkstation Slim Treadmill is the cheapest option on our list but comes with a plethora of features despite its low cost. The treadmill comes fully assembled and can be used right out of the box, with a built-in monitor to display your steps, calories burned, distance walked and current speed. It also has an automatic shut-off, so you can simply step away from the Walkstation Slim, knowing it'll power down after 10 minutes.

This treadmill has a weight limit of 220lbs and is the smallest option on our list, measuring in at 50 x 21.5 x 6.5 in and weighing 54lbs. Its smaller size means the Sunny Health & Fitness Walkstation Slim Treadmill can be stored under a bed or sofa, making this an excellent option for anyone who doesn't want a permanent set-up.

The Walkstation Slim is operated via remote control, which is fantastic if you can keep your hands free whilst working, though some people may find a desk-based control console more comfortable to use. The lack of a desk console also means your walking stats won't be at eye level, so you'll need to look down to check your progress. There also isn't any mention of whether the smaller size and low price would mean the Walkstation Slim shouldn't be used excessively, so we recommend this for light daily use.

iMovR ThermoTread GT Office Treadmill on white background

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4. iMovR ThermoTread GT Office Treadmill

The best premium under-desk treadmill

Specifications

Product dimensions: 67.5" x 28.35" x 9.5"
Max user weight : 400 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Purpose built for commercial office use
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Extremely robust with a good warranty
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400lbs weight limit

Reasons to avoid

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At 119lbs, its very heavy
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Expensive
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Top speed is only 2.5 mph

The iMovR ThermoTread GT Office Treadmill was created specifically for use as a walking desk in working environments in response to the rise in health issues caused by stationary office jobs. iMovR claims this is the first treadmill desk base designed from the ground up to live in an office environment rather than a gym.

The iMovR ThermoTread GT is one of the sturdiest choices on the market, supporting a max user weight of 400lbs and sporting a commercial-grade 3.0 HP motor that operates silently to avoid noisy distractions.

The treadmill also comes with a desk-mounted touch screen control console for ease of use while working and includes six compression shocks under the walking surface to support joints during walking sessions. You can also store data for up to five different users on the control console, making this an excellent choice for shared workspaces.

Currently advertised as one of the quietest walking treadmills on the market, the iMovR ThermoTread GT kicks out just 42.7 dB during operation and comes with a lifetime warranty on the treadmill frame and a 10-year warranty on motor and electronics.

Lifespan TR800-DT3 Under Desk Treadmill on white background

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5. Lifespan TR800-DT3 Under Desk Treadmill

The best under-desk treadmill for beginners

Specifications

Product dimensions: 60.5″ x 26″ x 6.5″
Max user weight: 300 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Great for single users
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Frame has a lifetime guarantee
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Pre-assembled

Reasons to avoid

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Only suitable for 3 hours of daily use
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Control console takes up room on the desk
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Very slim, unsuitable for larger users

The LifeSpan TR800 DT3 Treadmill is a fantastic option for anyone who already has a standing desk and is looking to introduce light exercise into their daily routine. The TR800 DT3 Treadmill can support up to 300 lbs in weight and features a quiet motor to prevent frustrating noises. The treadmill weighs in at 96 lbs but features two front-mounted wheels for easier movement around the home or office.

You won't be able to walk at an incline (which generally isn't recommended whilst working anyway), but the treadmill measures at just 60.5-inches in length and 26-inches in width, making this a compact choice that should fit snugly under any standing desk. The TR800 comes with the DT3 control console on your desk, displaying distance travelled, calories burned, steps taken and more. The Console also features a USB charging port for you to charge your mobile phone or similar devices.

Inmovement Unsit Under Desk Treadmill on white background

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6. Inmovement Unsit Under Desk Treadmill

Best under-desk treadmill for people with short stride length

Specifications

Product dimensions: 56" x 39" x 5"
Max user weight: 400 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Designed specifically for office use
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Automatically activates for users over 70lbs
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Free mobile tracking app

Reasons to avoid

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Shorter and wider than most products on the market
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162lbs in weight, too heavy for easy movement

The Inmovement Unsit Treadmill was also designed specifically for use in office spaces rather than gym environments, so you can expect a lot of features that focus on noise suppression and space utility. At just 42.9 dB while running at 2mph, this model is described as being 'library quiet' and is built wider than most other models on our list, which gives it 55% more usable space when working.

The treadmill can be controlled via a dial console that connects to your smartphone via an app, allowing for easy, one-touch changes. This app data can easily be transferred to other health-tracking apps such as Apple Health or Fitbit for anyone using another fitness ecosystem.

The Unsit Treadmill has a maximum weight capacity of 400 lbs and a lifetime guarantee on the frame (with a three-year warranty on parts), so this is built to last. It will also automatically switch off when no longer in use and will only activate if it registers a user that weighs over 70 lbs to prevent injury to pets or children.

How to choose the best under-desk treadmill for you

One of the first considerations you need to consider when buying an under-desk treadmill is the space you have. If you have the capacity for a standing desk, especially in a large office space, you might consider a heavy-duty under-desk treadmill such as the iMovR Thermotread or one of the LifeSpan models.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a slim treadmill to store behind the sofa when not in use, you might be better off looking at the Sunny Walkstation Slim or another model like the Xiaomi WalkingPad (not listed in this guide). 

Your second consideration should be price, which is closely tied to space, how much you intend to use the machine, and even your weight. Generally speaking, the more expensive the machine, the more punishment it will take. 

Looking to jump on it for an hour or so a day to increase your steps in the evening? Get a cheaper model. Will you be using it consistently, every day? It could be worth spending more and opting for a heavier duty model such as the Lifespan entries, which are more durable and have higher weight capacities. 

How we test

We’re currently testing lots of the best under-desk treadmills around. We’re walking (and running) on each treadmill for an extended period of time, testing it up to its top speed. We’re checking the response of the safety key, ensuring the treadmill halts in a timely manner, and any other features it might purport to have, such as Bluetooth capabilities and functions of the console. 

  • In this article, we give you the rundown of the best in under-desk treadmills - but also check out our guide on everything else you need to set up your home office.

Jess is a former TechRadar Computing writer, where she covered all aspects of Mac and PC hardware, including PC gaming and peripherals. She has been interviewed as an industry expert for the BBC, and while her educational background was in prosthetics and model-making, her true love is in tech and she has built numerous desktop computers over the last 10 years for gaming and content creation. Jess is now a journalist at The Verge.