The 7 best manual treadmills for the home


If you are asked to imagine a treadmill, chances are you are thinking of the motorized type found in most gyms.

However, several brands also offer manual treadmills, which are driven by your effort rather than electricity.

Because they require extra power, or ‘punch’, manual treadmills can help you build strength, improve your balance, and may even cause you to burn more calories than you would with their motorized counterparts (1).

To help you select a manual treadmill that best suits your fitness needs, we’ve considered the following features:

  • Value. Although the cost of manual treadmills varies widely, all of the products included provide value for a range of budgets.
  • Client satisfaction. To make sure that the products we have included are liked and well rated, we read countless datasheets, summaries and reviews.
  • Company reputation. A brand of trust goes a long way, especially in the fitness industry. All brands included have been checked to ensure they meet Healthline’s commercial standards.

Here are the 7 best manual treadmills for 2022.

Best overall

SpeedFit Speedboard Pro XL

  • Price: $$$$
  • Cut: 67 × 33 × 72 inches (170.2 × 83.8 × 182.9 cm)
  • Weight Limit: 400 lbs (181.4 kg) running, 800 lbs (363.6 kg) walking
  • Race bridge: 66 × 17 inches (167.6 × 43.2 cm)
  • Guarantee: Frame 10 years, belt 5 years
  • Particularities: 5,000 workouts, curved running platform, LED display

The SpeedFit Speedboard Pro XL is a hidden gem in the world of manual treadmills.

While not as well-known as the others on our list, it gets the top spot thanks to its roomy curved waistband, which can support up to 400 pounds (181.4 kg) of running and 800 pounds (363, 6 kg) of walking, which makes it suitable for all. sizes and fitness levels.

The tread also absorbs shock, which helps protect your joints.

Plus, the machine comes with 5,000 built-in workouts, so you’ll never get bored.

Reviews rave about the SpeedFit Speedboard Pro XL being smooth, quiet and stable.

These factors, combined with a 10 year warranty on the frame, make it truly reliable home gym equipment.

However, keep in mind that aside from being one of the more expensive options on our list, at 265 pounds (120.5 kg), the SpeedFit Speedboard Pro XL is heavy and difficult to move around.

Ideal for interval training

Assault Fitness AssaultRunner Pro

  • Price: $$$
  • Cut: 69.9 × 31.7 × 64.4 inch (177.5 × 80.5 × 163.6cm)
  • Weight Limit: 350 pounds (159 kg)
  • Race bridge: 62.2 × 17.1 inch (158 × 43.5cm)
  • Guarantee: 1 year labor, 3 years parts, 5 years framework
  • Particularities: ANT + battery-powered LCD and Bluetooth

Arguably one of the most popular non-motorized treadmill trainers out there, the Assault AirRunner Pro is loved by many – and for good reason.

With its reinforced solid steel construction, the treadmill is known to be safe, stable and reliable. It is also fully manual and requires no electricity.

The AirRuner Pro is designed with a shock-absorbing curved top, as well as a wide base, allowing it to respond well to the cadence of your foot.

At the center of the machine is an LCD console to display performance metrics and select from four workout modes, including quick start, competition mode, intervals, and goals (time, distance, heart rate, and calories burned). ).

According to the company’s website, the AirRunner Pro’s belt is expected to last up to 150,000 miles (241,401.6 km), making it a great investment.

Ideal for serious athletes

TrueForm Runner

  • Price: $$$$
  • Cut: 64 × 36 × 63 inch (162.6 × 91.4 × 160cm)
  • Weight Limit: 500 pounds (227 kg)
  • Race bridge: not disclosed on manufacturer’s website
  • Guarantee: 2 years
  • Particularities: 7 gauge steel, formed and welded; Battery powered LCD

If you are looking for an extra challenge, the Trueform Runner is your best bet thanks to its curved design.

With a wide waistband, LED display, responsive surface, quiet system, and several customizable options – including paint colors and “turf” treads – the TrueForm is truly something special.

In fact, TrueForm claims the Runner is the most responsive non-motorized treadmill on the market. The company also claims that it burns up to 44% more calories than standard treadmills thanks to its comfortable curve.

That said, it’s important to note that some runners don’t like the feel of curved treadmills because curved treads require better balance and core support.

Nonetheless, if you are looking for a curved treadmill, the TruForm trainer is a well-designed option, ideal for long runs and sprints.

Ideal for walking

Sunny Health & Fitness Force Fitmill Manual Treadmill

  • Price: $$
  • Cut: 59 × 27 × 55 inches (150 × 68.6 × 139.7cm)
  • Weight Limit: 300 pounds (136 kg)
  • Race bridge: 53 × 16 inches (134.6 × 40.6 cm)
  • Guarantee: 90 days
  • Particularities: multi-grip handlebars, 16 resistance levels, fixed 13.5 degree tilt

With a fixed 13.5% incline and 16 levels of magnetic resistance, the Sunny Health & Fitness Force Fitmill manual treadmill is perfect if you’re looking to make your walking routine more challenging.

It also includes multi-grip handrails designed to resist sweat and prevent your hands from slipping.

With a relatively large deck and a maximum user weight of 300 pounds (136 kg), customers note that this is a stable and sturdy machine, especially for the price.

However, since the machine’s dual flywheel system takes a fair bit of effort to start, many reviewers don’t recommend it for long runs or sprints.

Best hybrid

NordicTrack x32i Treadmill

  • Price: $$$$
  • Cut: 76 × 40 × 73 inches (193 × 101.6 × 185.4cm)
  • Weight Limit: 300 pounds (136 kg)
  • Race bridge: 65 × 22 inches (165 × 55.9 cm)
  • Guarantee: 1 year labor, 2 years parts, 10 years framework
  • Particularities: 4.25 HP motor, built-in fans, 1-year iFit subscription, 50 built-in workouts, 81.3 cm (32 inch) touchscreen, tilt up to 40 degrees

Unlike the other treadmills on this list, the NordicTrack x32i has a motor. Yes, the NordicTrack x32i is where the manual treadmill meets the motorized treadmill.

Hybrid options are especially ideal for households with multiple runners, or if you prefer the option of a motorized or manual drive.

In manual mode, the x32i belt disengages from the motor, relying instead on the force in your lower body to move it.

According to NordicTrack, the manual mode is not designed for long distance races or sprints. Instead, it’s intended for low-speed resistance work.

For motorized runs, the treadmill offers speeds of up to 12 miles per hour (19 km per hour) and up to 40 degrees of incline.

In addition to giving you a more versatile workout, the NordicTrack x32i features a cushioned running platform, sturdy steel construction, and a 32-inch (81.3 cm) touchscreen for streaming workout lessons on iFit.

Best affordable

Fitness Reality TR1000 Manual Treadmill

  • Price: $
  • Cut: 47 × 23 × 51 inches (119.4 × 58.4 × 129.5cm)
  • Weight Limit: 230 lbs (104.3 kg)
  • Race bridge: 43 × 13.25 inches (109.2 × 33.6 cm)
  • Guarantee: 1 year
  • Particularities: foldable, transport wheels

If you are looking for an economical, quiet and easy to use manual treadmill, the Fitness Reality TR1000 Space Saver is a great choice.

With two recline positions, two cast iron flywheels and space-saving technology, it’s also a good option if you’re short on space.

However, with a maximum weight of just 230 pounds (104.3 kg), this isn’t the toughest or toughest machine on our list.

Best Basic

Exerpeutic 100XL High Capacity Manual Treadmill

  • Price: $
  • Cut: 50 × 29 × 50 inches (127 × 73.7 × 127 cm)
  • Weight Limit: 325 lbs (147.4 kg)
  • Race bridge: 45 × 16 inches (114.3 × 40.5cm)
  • Guarantee: 3 years
  • Particularities: foldable, LCD, extra long handles, 8 resistance levels, tilt up to 15 degrees

If you’re looking for a compact treadmill without the bells and whistles of more expensive models, the Exerpeutic 100XL high capacity manual treadmill is worth considering.

With a weight capacity of up to 325 pounds (147.4 kg), 8 resistance levels and up to 15 degrees of incline, the treadmill is ideal for walkers and occasional athletes.

In addition, the treadmill is foldable and comes pre-assembled.

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