The year 2020 has been a wild ride. Most of us spent the time shacked up at homes during the pandemic, having to adapt to working-from-home. For a lot of those who were reliant on gyms to meet their fitness targets, they suddenly had to make do without them with gyms closing. With the changing dynamics of the world, however, exercise machine sales have boosted significantly as people have been ordering them in order to stay fit at home.
Because of their popularity, treadmills also had a significant upsurge in sales. In this review, I am going to highlight five of the best folding treadmills of this year that are bound to give you a full-throttle cardio workout and whose portability and features will ensure that you will never have to be as reliant on a gym ever again.
Best Folding Treadmills 2021
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Sole F80 Treadmill
A commercial 3.5 HP motor is responsible for powering the Sole F80 while you also get the option to adjust the incline as high as up to 15%. A 9 inch LCD display on the console allows you to choose between 10 preset workout programs, with the additional perks of connecting via Bluetooth to the Sole Fitness App, which also allows users to connect to apps such as FitBit, Record, and Apple Health to name just a few. If you want more speed, you can use the incremental speed buttons to go up to 12 mph.
Some other perks include built-in audio Bluetooth speakers with crystal clear sound, bottle holders, and a USB charging port. If there’s only one thing I’d change about this otherwise terrific treadmill, it would be by giving them longer siderails for easier gripping.
That one con notwithstanding, if you do choose the Sole F80 treadmill, you won’t have any excuses for not being in tip-top shape.
The Sole F80 treadmill improves upon previous models with an improved screen design, secure tablet computer holders, mobile fitness app integration, extra workout room and other upgrades that make this an all-in-one treadmill.
Horizon Fitness 7.4 AT Treadmill
An effective treadmill for runners that packs some strong punches from a function, features, and build quality standpoint while delivering ample value for an affordable entry price.
NordicTrack Commercial 1750
The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is powered by a robust 3.75 HP motor and utilizes a wide 10” HD touchscreen that allows you to interact with different functions of the treadmill with a single touch. The machine has 50 built-in workout apps that provide a diverse range of exercise options to choose from and a game-changing iFit Coach connectivity that allows access to a limitless number of workouts that are regularly updated. It also integrates Google Map Viewer to accurately simulate terrains of different kinds with its WhisperDeck cushioning technology, by softening the belt or hardening it, depending on what the terrain is.
All in all, the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is a quintessential modern treadmill that utilizes great tech with high-quality ergonomics to give you some quality workouts.
The 1750 may be among the cheapest in NordicTrack’s Commercial Series, but it has features far superior to entry level machines of the same price. This cardio trainer is a luxurious option that accommodates runners and power walkers on its commercial-grade track. Definitely one of the best of the year.
NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill
Finally we close off this list with the exceptional NordicTrack T 6.5 S model folding treadmill. This is one of the most inexpensive models currently offered by NordicTrack who, for the simple price tag, offer a wide range of great features. The T 6.5 S model is powered by a 2.6 HP motor and has assembled dimensions measuring at 73” x 35.75” x 67.5”. A 55-inch-long and 20-inch wide running belt affords you vital space to both run and jog, helping you inch closer to your fitness targets. The running belt is equipped with FlexCushioning technology allows you to select the belt’s level of tension, which can absorb your strides upon impact and allow your muscles, joints, and tendons to recover faster after you have completed your workout.
The T 6.5 S also incorporates an EasyLift Assist Technology that uses hydraulic shocks providing an effectively secure way of folding or releasing the treadmill whenever you want. Built-in wheels at the base of the treadmill makes it easier to transport it from one room to another.
A 5” inch LCD back display tracks necessary readings such as elapsed time, total speed, distance covered, heart rate, and total number of calories burned. The console features 20 preset workout programs that give you default modes that can vary or simplify the intensity of your workout. There is also an option to connect to the iFit app which opens up new horizons on this treadmill, allowing you to take part in customized workouts tailored to your stats, and you can even choose from the hundreds and thousands of available online workouts.
If you’re not willing to pay the subscription once the free-period runs out then you can make do with the 20 preset programs and even adjust the treadmill’s speed up to 10 MPH with an option to increase the incline to 10%. CardioGrip heart rate sensors found on the handlebars relay the reading of your pulse to the display so you can track your heart rate too.
To make working out on the NordicTrack T 6.5 S more interesting, the treadmill also comes with Bluetooth compatible dual speakers with clean sound. Just hoot it to music or use your phone/tablet in the integrated holder to keep yourself entertained while you work out.
Again, the best thing the NordicTrack T 6.5 S has going for it is the sweet amount of features you’ll get for the nominal price-tag. Definitely recommended!
The NordicTrack T 6.5 S is an admirable treadmill for light-joggers and power walkers in the way it personalizes fitness as an integral part of your daily life. A good value for money purchase.
Horizon T202 Treadmill
The Horizon T202 ranks as among the bestselling machines in entry level exercise treadmills, providing a range of features that exceed its affordable price-tag. From a line of econo-friendly treadmills, the Horizon T202 is powered by a decent 2.75 HP motor with a top speed of 12 mph which is ripe for speed walking or light jogging. Dimensions-wise, the treadmill measures at 75″ x 34” x 58″ with a spacious 60-inch x 20-inch running area that supports max weight to an impressive 325 lbs. The running area features a single-ply belt which is thinner than contemporary treadmills, so be cautious before committing it to heavy use. In terms of portability, the Horizon T202 features a FeatherLight Folding system which integrates a one-step folding hydraulic mechanism to easily release or fold the machine whenever you want. You can also move the treadmill from one room to the next with its transport wheels found at the deck.
The console features a 3” LCD display which gives you a basic readings of your workout progress such as time elapsed, calories burned, distance covered, heart-rate etc. 12 built-in workout programs are preinstalled into the console and you also get an automated 12% incline which is ideal to increase the intensity of your workout. You also find pulse-sensor handlebars that monitor your heart-rate and allow you to oversee the nitty gritty details of your cardiovascular progress. What’s more, the T202 also comes with a free, Sport App that doesn’t require any subscription and is designed to integrate with other fitness programs.
To add extra flavor, Horizon has also fitted the T202 with a Surround Sound speaker system to allow you a premium music-listening experience while you work out. An ecofriendly Energy Saver Mode conserves surplus energy when the treadmill is not being in use. You also have a rack to place your tablet in as well as a bottle holder.
To show their faith in their machine, Horizon also include a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, as well as a one-year warranty on the labor and parts.
For the amount of money you’re paying for the Horizon T202, you’re getting more than your fair share of compensation.
A great all-purpose budget treadmill that provides more preset programs, a steeper incline, better cushioning and a better standard warranty than your everyday machine.
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