The best treadmill for apartment reviews guide for 2017

What’s The Quietest Treadmill You Can Buy For Your Apartment?

Staying fit and healthy when you live in an apartment can present other challenges beyond the workout. Space restrictions and the need to keep noise levels down can limit your options. This is particularly true with treadmills, but there are still a number of quiet and compact alternatives.

LifeSpan TR1200i Folding Treadmill

Our favorite for 2017

Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill

A great value option

Yowza Fitness Lido Treadmill with IWM

Compact and quiet!

If your main concern is noise, there are quiet treadmills for home use with features designed to address this. Examine the cushion on the running surface and treadmill shock absorber system, since this will be stressed on some treadmills more than others.

Motorized treadmills will generate varying levels and frequencies of sound, so be aware of what will more easily travel through the walls or floor. Deep, low vibrations will tend to penetrate the furthest. Some treadmills have a flywheel in place of a motor. These are especially quiet and do not use electricity, which is a plus for some.

Those with thicker walls but less square footage will have that to consider. Any treadmill for the apartment should be one that folds up or can be put away after your workout is over. Lightweight options are just as sturdy and even easier store and move. If you have stairs in your home or live several floors up, then this may be a factor to consider.

Reviewed here five examples of apartment-friendly treadmills, starting with the most fully featured and ending with simple but solid. This will give you a better idea of what you require as well as filter out anything that may not be necessary.


Lifespan TR1200i Folding Treadmill – This award-winning treadmill from Lifespan has a thoughtful design embodying all the qualities and features desired in exercise gear for the apartment. A cushioned deck and shock absorbers minimize noise and impacts so neighbors are not disturbed. The 2.5 horsepower motor is quiet but powerful with a top speed of 11 mph along with sizable 20 x 56 inch running surface for taller joggers.

There are a range of workouts to select and progress can be tracked with the multicolor LCD display. A motorized incline adjusts the intensity of the exercise. It supports up to 300 pounds and folds up vertically for easy storage. There is a limited warranty on parts and labor but the frame and motor are covered for life.

Yowza Fitness Lido Treadmill – This is a wonderful option for those who are looking for a way to get fit in their home. It can be especially beneficial for anyone in an apartment or those who have limited space because the unit is small, yet it offers all the fitness benefits of the larger machines.

The unit is easy to use and it comes fully assembled, allowing the user to begin running within 5-10 minutes of removing it from the box. Another great benefit of this particular unit is the quietness of the machine while in use. It can easily be used in an apartment without the worry of disturbing neighbors.

The Lido Treadmill from Yowza is lightweight and it folds up compactly for storage. It has a locking mechanism to keep the deck folded up and out of the way when not in use. The handlebars actually fold in, a rare feature on treadmills, making the unit around 12″ deep when folded.

The machine has two different incline settings that can be adjusted manually. It also has a monitor that allows you to keep up with your workout progress. Plus, it comes with a scale that was designed to be used with the machine to maximize benefits.

Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill – This treadmill is a popular option for those looking for an option low in price that still has many useful features. The 2.25 horsepower motor can reach speed up to 10 mph while still running quietly. Thumb sensors in the handles monitor heart rate and six different workouts can be chosen from the LCD display, which also tracks progress.

The cushioned running surface is 16 x 50 inches, more ideal for those medium height or less and below 200 pounds in weight. It has a manually adjustable incline and folds away for convenient storage. The warranty covers parts and labor for 90 days and the motor for one year.

Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill – This is an inexpensive and more basic option for those trying to stay in shape on a budget. It is lightweight, compact and easy to assemble. Though it is very durable can support up to 250 pounds, the running surface is relatively small and not suited for those taller than six feet. It has a maximum speed of 10 mph and the 600 watt motor runs quietly. It shuts off automatically to prevent overheating and has an emergency stop feature. There is a multifunction LED display for selecting preset workouts as well as monitoring distance, speed, time and calories burned while exercising.

Welso Crosswalk 5.2T Treadmill – Here is another great entry-level treadmill from Weslo that provides additional exercise for the upper body along with the legs and core. The crosswalk arms emulate the motion of cross country skiing without excessive resistance so a comfortable pace can be maintained when in use. The 2.25 horsepower impulse motor is quiet and Comfort Cell Cushioning reduces impact and noise.

The LCD display has four programmable presets and monitors heart rate through thumb pulse detectors. When not in use the compact design folds for unobtrusive storage and is sturdy enough to support a person weighing up to 250 pounds. It is guaranteed by a 90 day parts and labor warranty.

Ancheer Running Folding Treadmill – For those preferring an alternative to motorized treadmills, this one from Ancheer instead uses a reliable flywheel design that generates very little noise and will keep pace with the user at any speed. It is an ideal choice for those trying to minimize their energy bills and the battery powered LED display is simple to use.

The running surface is about 14 x 40 inches and cushioned for increased comfort. While less ideal for those taller than six feet, it can support up to 300 pounds and a manual incline adjusts the level of difficulty. The wheeled base and collapsable frame allows for quick and easy storage when the workout is complete.

Buyer’s Guide – How To Choose The Right Apartment Exercise Equipment For You

After examining the selections above it becomes more clear what most have in common as well as what the variables are. Every example had a folding design to accommodate smaller living spaces. There is some variance among the running surface, mostly size. This is not only a spatial concern, which is important, but another significant consideration would be height. While a wider area is more comfortable, taller people should opt for a longer running surface if they want to achieve a longer stride and faster pace. If you will just be walking instead of running, then a treadmill with less length might be acceptable.

feet on a treadmillThe weight limit is a factor that contributes not only to durability, but also noise reduction. Treadmills with higher weight limits are built with more structural integrity and usually a larger or more resilient shock absorption system. Treadmills with lower weight tolerances are still sturdy enough but more stripped down models may transfer enough impact noise and vibrations through walls and floors to still elicit complaints from the neighbors.

Another thing you may or may not require in an elaborate LCD display. Some offer a greater variety of workouts, detailed monitoring of your workout and charting of progress over time. Others just go for the basics and provide only basic data like distance, time and speed. The choice may depend on your level of commitment or whether you find these features helpful or distracting.

The most important thing to remember is your desire to be more healthy. If you stay focused on that, you will make the right decision.