Best Under Desk Treadmills of 2020

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Ryan the authorRyan Fiorenzi, B.A.
Updated: September 13, 2020

What is an Under Desk Treadmill Base?

There are two main types of treadmills. The most common is the treadmill that's used for running that has 2 support arms on the side and a console in the front that you can grab onto or rest your arms on. The other is a under-desk treadmill base that doesn't have the arms or the console in front of you because it is designed to slide under your desk. These usually have a console that controls the treadmill that you set on top of your desk.

Why use an Under Desk Treadmill?

Under-desk treadmills are for people that already have a desk and don't need to buy a treadmill base/standing desk combination. Now that standing desks are becoming more popular, even more people are using treadmills to work. Many people have found that using a treadmill while working is a great way to burn extra calories, increase productivity, avoid back pain from sitting for long periods, and improve their mood.

Using a Regular Treadmill

Running or jogging treadmills are designed to be used at medium to fast speeds. Using them at lower speeds stresses the motor and increases the chances of the motor failing.

Under-desk treadmills are designed for use at low speeds and if maintained, should last for a long time.

Our Process

Treadmill bases can get expensive and we understand that most buyers aren't looking to spend thousands, so we use the following criteria to find the best overall value.

  1. Motor
  2. Belt length & width
  3. Console
  4. Customer rating
  5. Max user weight
  6. Warranty
  7. Customer service

Our Experience

We have spent thousands of hours in the non-sedentary lifestyle space. For several years we have been testing treadmills, treadmill desks, standing desks, standing desk converters, stool, chairs, leaning chairs, bike desks, keyboards, and other ergonomic products.

Our team spends a lot of time using products, reading others reviews, watching videos, speaking to manufacturers, and comparing products so you don't have to.

Best Under-Desk Treadmills

We tested many under-desk treadmill bases and found 3 winners.

    Rhythm Fun

    Best Base Under $1,000

    • Extremely slim profile, easy to slip under a desk for use, or to store under a couch or bed
    • 0.5-3.7 MPH
    • Air shock and noise reduction system
    • Large LED display
    • Smart Remote controls treadmill
    • Smart workout app
    • No assembly required
    • Walking/running belt is 47" x 18"
    • 59" long x 24" wide x 3" high
    • 78 lbs total weight- easy to move
    • Accommodates users up to 220 lbs
    • Warranty: frame 10 years, motor 2 years, parts 1 year

    Best Display

    • Heavy-duty construction
    • 0.5-4 MPH
    • Touch-controlled LED display
    • Wireless remote
    • No assembly required
    • Walking/running belt is 41" x 17"
    • 51.5" long x 23.5" wide x 6" high
    • 55 lbs total weight-wheels make it easy to move
    • Easily stores upright
    • Accommodates users up to 220 lbs
    • 1 year warranty

    Can be Used Walking or Running

    • Can be used with the arms upright for running at 7.46 MPH, or with the arms down at 2.49 MPH
    • 2.25 HP motor
    • 40" long x 16" wide belt
    • Bluetooth speaker and remote control
    • No assembly required
    • Wheels on the front makes it easy to move
    • Available in black, white, silver, gold, green, navy, and red
    • 74 lbs total weight
    • Shock absorption system
    • Accommodates users up to 265 lbs
    • 1 year warranty

    How to Use a Treadmill Desk

    • It's recommended that you walk 1-2 mph while working. Walking faster than that can make it difficult to type of use a mouse, and you could get sweaty while at work.
    • Use shoes that promote good posture, that are comfortable, and won't damage the treadmill belt.
    • Many users will rotate between walking on their treadmill, sitting, and standing in a normal work day. Some activities lend themselves more to walking, such as talking on the phone, reading, or watching videos, and others that require more intense concentration are better done sitting or standing.
    • Another option is to purchase a standing mat that you can place on top of your treadmill so you can stand when not walking. Keep in mind that this will often add 2" or more to your height, so make sure your desk can accommodate the extra height. If you have to look down at your monitor because the desk is too low, or lean forward to type, you could end up with back and/or neck pain.

    Under Desk Treadmill Frequently Asked Questions

    Here are our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about under desk treadmills.

    Can you run on an under desk treadmill?

    Yes, but it's recommended that you use an under desk treadmill that has 2 support arms on the side and the console in front so you can grab onto or rest your arms on.

    What is the best under desk treadmill?

    It depends on your budget. Criteria you can use to evaluate one can include the motor, belt length and width, console, customer rating, maximum user weight, warranty, and customer service.

    Can you lose weight with a treadmill desk?

    Yes. Walking at even slow speeds burns more calories than sitting. If you walk or run at higher speeds, you will burn more calories which can lead to weight loss.

    Do treadmill desks really work?

    Treadmills are an effective way to increase cardiovascular health. You can walk at very slow speeds for a gentle, low-impact workout, or get a more intense workout by increasing your speed.

    Is it bad to walk on treadmill everyday?

    Walking on a treadmill is no more dangerous than regular walking. If you have concerns, peak to your doctor to find out if you should limit the length or intensity of your workouts.