As you shop around for a home treadmill, you'll have to choose between folding and non-folding treadmills. The folding models are very popular these days and for good reason. They take up less space so you have more room. They are equally as stable as their non-folding counterparts to ensure an enjoyable workout experience. Finally, they save you money because they are less expensive. Let's take a look at each of these benefits.

Have More Room with Space Saving Ability

When you decide to buy a treadmill, the first thing you'll need to determine is the space you have for it. Most people do not have a lot of space or simply don't want it to be a permanent feature in the room. Non-folding treadmills can take up as much as 4 feet by 6 feet of floor space. The sheer footprint of the treadmill alone requires that it becomes a permanent fixture - nevermind how difficult they are to move.

Folding treadmills are obviously the better choice if space is a concern. They will almost cut the footprint in half when folded up. While they can still be difficult to move, they are easier to move than non-folding models. Most folding treadmills will have wheels so that you can roll it to the side when you're done with your exercise routine. This is one of the main reasons why they are so popular. You can simply fold them up to reduce the amount of space they take up and even move it aside if you want.

Stability for an Enjoyable Workout

In the past, folding treadmills were much less stable than their stationary counterparts and as a result were not the best treadmills. They would shake violently during your workout and didn't provide a quality exercise experience. In addition, since they were made to fold up, they were often not as durable because the frames were built differently. Luckily, those days are gone. With advancements in technology, folding treadmills have become just as sturdy as the non-folding variety. Stability is not an issue anymore and neither is the durability of the machines. In fact, most folding treadmills have the same frame as the non-folding variety with just some added modifications.

Save Money

If you're looking for a sturdy treadmill, whether it folds or not, you should be concerned with the price you pay. Anything less than $1,000 will not be sturdy enough to provide a great workout. If you plan to do a lot of running, you'll want to find a model in the $1,500 to $2,000 price range.

Folding treadmills have a slight price advantage over the non-folding machines. You'll be hard-pressed to find a quality non-folding treadmill for less than $1,500. High-quality folding treadmills, on the other hand, start at around $1,000.


The warranty on your treadmill is very important regardless of what you decide to buy. It indicates the quality of your exercise equipment. If the company offers a long term warranty on the key components, such as the motor and frame, this is a clear sign that they are confident in their product. There are companies that offer lifetime warranties on the motors and frames of their machines. Contrast that with other companies who only offer 90 day warranties on the entire machine! Which do you think is the higher quality product?

As you can see, there are clear advantages to folding treadmills. They take up less space giving you more room, can be easier to move, are just as stable and durable as their non-folding counterparts, and are less expensive. If you are thinking about buying a treadmill but don't have a lot of space or money, then folding treadmills should be on the top of your list!

By Travis Van Slooten (Archive)

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