Are you ready to get in shape without leaving your apartment? Whether your goal is to work your exercise routine around a busy schedule or eliminate that expensive gym membership, a compact treadmill will do the trick. Smaller and portable, these treadmills can fit into tight spaces or move from room to room as needed. They still allow you to walk or run at full stride, delivering a calorie-burning workout at any time of the day or night.


Exercise is more convenient when you can do it on your own terms. You never have to worry about waiting for the treadmill when you have one in your apartment. You also never have to wipe off someone else's sweat.


Allow us to introduce you to some of the leading compact treadmills on the market right now. They have all the features you're looking for in a treadmill without the demanding foot space of larger models.


Our Top Small Treadmill Options

Product

Detail

Price

Rating

Nordictrack NTL17915

$$

4.5 out of 5

XTERRA Fitness TR150

$$

 4.5 out of 5

Goplus 2-in-1 Folding Treadmill

$

4 out of 5

Merax Electric Folding Treadmill

$$

 4 out of 5

SereneLife Smart Digital Folding Exercise Machine

$$

 4 out of 5

Merax Folding Electric Treadmill

$

 4 out of 5

Sunny Health & Fitness Folding Treadmill

$$$

 4.5 out of 5

ProGear 190 Manual Treadmill

$

 4 out of 5

1. ​Nordictrack NTL17915

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Brand

NordicTrack

Model

NTL17915

Weight

203 lbs

Dimensions

73" x 35.8" x 67.5"

Type

Treadmill

This is one of the best compact treadmills if you want to bring personal trainers right into your living room. It's equipped with iFit, which allows you to connect to personal trainers through a tablet. The tablet sits on a tray on the front of your treadmill, and the program takes control of your incline and speed to deliver a customized workout.


This Nordictrack treadmill doesn't come with a built-in screen. It does come with quality speakers and large cup holders in addition to adjustable incline and speed settings. The speed is adequate for walking and light jogging, and some users find it comfortable for faster running as well.


When you're done with your workout, the lift assist makes it fast and easy to fold the treadmill up. The motor is quiet, and the 20" x 55" tread belt is cushioned for comfort.

Pros

  • iFit compatible
  • Bluetooth
  • Built-in tablet holder
  • SpaceSaver design
  • 300-pound user capacity
  • Belt cushioning

Cons

  • iFit membership has a monthly fee

2. ​XTERRA Fitness TR150

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Brand

XTerra

Model

TR150

Weight

108 lbs

Dimensions

63.4" x 28.75" x 51.4"

Type

Treadmill

Are you worried that your compact treadmill won't have a large enough belt to allow comfortable walking or jogging? This Xterra treadmill comes with a 16" X 50" cushioned deck, so it's a bit larger than some competing treadmills featured here. It also comes with a 5-inch LCD display that makes it easy to track all aspects of your workout.


Sensors built into the hand grips allow you to check your pulse without missing a step of your workout. While you can adjust the speed up to 10 mph automatically, you do have to get off the treadmill to manually adjust the incline. There are three incline settings, but they aren't as steep as the automatic incline on many other treadmills.


This is a high-quality treadmill with a powerful motor that doesn't come with many advanced features. It's perfect for users who want to pay less for a treadmill that delivers basic workouts.

Pros

  • Speed up to 10 mph
  • 12 built-in workouts
  • Folding deck
  • Affordable pricing

Cons

  • Incline requires manual adjustment

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Brand

Goplus

Model

2 in 1

Weight

-

Dimensions

49" x 27" x 42"

Type

Treadmill

The first thing you might notice when looking at the Goplus treadmill is the lack of a large console on the front end. It's designed to go under a desk, allowing you to burn calories and increase circulation while working. It does come with a fold-up rail that holds a small console screen if you want to use it like an ordinary compact treadmill.


This walking desk treadmill is equipped with a quiet 2.25 HP motor and a shock absorption system that provides extra protection for your knees and joints. The speed is limited to 8 mph with the handrail pulled up. It's designed to go a bit slower when the handrail is down, which will limit you to walking workouts.


This is one of the most compact treadmills you'll find on the market today. You can also connect your phone to the console through Bluetooth.

Pros

  • Folding handrail
  • Doubles as walking desk
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Phone holder
  • Remote control

Cons

  • Limited to 8 mph

4. Merax Electric Folding Treadmill

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Brand

Merax

Model

-

Weight

64 lbs

Dimensions

55" x 23.5" x 43"

Type

Treadmill

If you're looking for a budget-friendly treadmill that folds up to save space, this Merax treadmill will do the job. With a 1.5 HP motor, it's best for walking rather than jogging or running. It's designed for fast installation, so you can set it up and start working out right away.


This isn't a high-tech treadmill, but it is easy to use. It's a good option if you have a limited budget and want a good treadmill that will allow you to walk at home. It does come with pre-programmed workouts, so you don't have to stick with auto mode all the time.

Pros

  • Budget-friendly
  • Folding deck
  • 12 workout programs
  • Automatic adjustable speeds
  • 240-pound user capacity

Cons

  • 1.5 HP motor
  • 7.5 mph maximum speed
  • Start/stop buttons are on handles

5. SereneLife Smart Digital Folding Exercise Machine

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Brand

SereneLife

Model

SLFTRD18

Weight

57.3 lbs

Dimensions

27.5" x 24" x 51.2"

Type

Treadmill

Do you want to bring personal trainers into your apartment for fun treadmill workouts without paying the price of iFit? The SereneLife treadmill gives you the opportunity to connect to FitShow sports-themed workouts that coordinate with your treadmill. The treadmill is under $300 even at full price, so it's one of the most budget-friendly compact treadmills you can buy.


You can also connect your phone, tablet, or computer to this treadmill through Bluetooth. That allows you to play your music through the machine's speakers rather than using earbuds or a headset. Keep in mind that the deck measures 39. 3'' x 13. 4'', so it doesn't give you as much room as you would have with other treadmills on this list.

Pros

  • Budget-friendly
  • Bluetooth
  • FitShow compatible
  • Folding deck
  • Bright LCD console
  • Max user weight 265 pounds

Cons

  • FitShow app is sometimes glitchy
  • Limited to 6 mph
  • Smaller walking surface

6. ​Merax Folding Electric Treadmill

Overview

Brand

Merax

Model

-

Weight

78.4 lbs

Dimensions

56.3 x 25.2 x 41.2

Type

Treadmill

Merax offers a basic folding treadmill that fits into compact spaces and easily folds up when out of use. The wheels allow you to push it out of the way quickly, so it's always convenient even in smaller apartments. It's designed with a 43.3" x 15.7" belt and is equipped with an anti-slip surface for stability.

If you're worried about your neighbors complaining, this treadmill has a quiet motor with reasonable power at 1.5 HP. There are more powerful motors in this price range, but this one is suitable for walking or possibly light jogging. The frame isn't as durable as many other treadmills, so we don't recommend this treadmill for fast running.

Pros

  • 5-inch LED display
  • Folding design
  • Fast, easy assembly
  • Under $300 full priced
  • 240-pound weight capacity

Cons

  • 1.5 HP motor
  • Not the most durable treadmill

7. ​Sunny Health & Fitness Folding Treadmill

Overview

Brand

Sunny Health

Model

-

Weight

103 lbs

Dimensions

36" x 25.5" x 58"

Type

Treadmill

When folded, this compact treadmill has a footprint of 3" x 3". It arrives with most parts already attached, so it's fast and easy to assemble. It folds and unfolds easily with a soft-drop system that doesn't require a lot of muscle to lower it gently to the ground. The belt measures 49" x 15.5", and the motor offers enough power for walks and light jogging.


While this Sunny Health treadmill has three incline levels, you have to get off the belt to manually adjust the deck. That rules out mid-workout adjustments, but you can adjust the speed up to 9 mph. The console also features nine pre-programmed workouts that allow you to shake up your walks to eliminate boredom.

Pros

  • Adjustable speed up to 9 mph
  • Soft drop folding system
  • 9 pre-programmed workouts
  • Ledge for phone, tablet, book
  • 240-pound maximum user capacity

Cons

  • Manual incline only

8. ​ProGear 190 Manual Treadmill

Overview

Brand

ProGear

Model

190

Weight

49 lbs

Dimensions

47" x 23" x 51"

Type

Treadmill

If you want to keep things simple, check out this ProGear compact treadmill. It's entirely manual, so you don't have to worry about complicated programs or settings. It comes with long handlebars designed to help you maintain stability, so we recommend this lightweight treadmill for seniors and anyone recovering from an injury or illness. It's simple to setup and even simpler to use.


This is an ultra-compact treadmill that weighs less than 50 pounds. It can incline up to 10 degrees, but you need to manually adjust the platform. It folds up between workouts and is easy to roll around with built-in wheels.

Pros

  • Under $150
  • Oversized belt rollers
  • Incline up to 10 degrees
  • Long handlebars

Cons

  • 100% manual operations

Final Thoughts


All eight treadmills on our list are compact and compatible with apartment living. They have reasonably quiet engines and smooth operations, and they have a small footprint compared to other treadmills on the market. Many are also quite affordable with price tags below $300. If you can catch them on sale, you can get an even better deal on a compact treadmill that will last for years.

Look over these treadmill options and check out the ones that may fit your needs best. Pay attention to the maximum user weight capacity if you're over 200 pounds. You may also want to think about how much technology you will use during your workouts because the iFit treadmills are more expensive than basic compact treadmills.

Our Top Pick: Nordictrack NTL17915