Looking for the best budget treadmill for home use

If you like to walk or run, or if you’re just starting out on your quest for greater fitness and you think a good walk or a bit of a jog is the way to go, then buying a treadmill is the obvious choice for a home exercise machine. If you don’t know much about them, click here for an introduction to treadmills.

Helping you decide what is the best treadmill for you to buy, we’re looking at a range of treadmills at the budget end of the price range, which I’ve set fairly arbitrarily at up to £200.

Budget Treadmills – TOP PICK

best cheap treadmill - the x-lite II?At the upper end of the ‘Budget’ range, the X-LITE II treadmill is currently the best-selling treadmill on Amazon.co.uk and it’s not hard to see why as it has lots of attractive features for the price and gives extremely good value.

The X-LITE II has a 1100Kw motor able to push the belt along at up to 12kph – which equates to a mile in about 8 minutes or a marathon in 3.5 hours. The slowest speed is 0.8kph. There is an emergency Stop cord which you can clip to your clothing so that, if you fell the belt would stop.

The X-LITE II treadmill has 12 automatic programmes and 1 manual programme. It also has pulse sensors on the handlebars and a BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator.

You can set 3 levels of incline, which done manually before use. These are set at

  1. Flat;     2. 3.5º     3. 7º

For increased usability, there are drinks holders built in and, a good addition, hi-fi speakers and a connector into which you can plug an iPod or other mp3 player.

Physically, it’s dimensions are: 140 x 28 x 71 cm and it weighs just 28 Kg. It also folds up when not in use.
The running surface is 15 inches wide and 43 inches long.

The maximum user weight is 120Kg.

In case you’re wondering how it compares with its predecessor, the X-LITE I, this is an update and upgrade and worth the difference. Differences include:

  •  more pre set programs
  • faster
  • higher max user weight
  • built in speakers for your phone or MP3 player
  • wider running track
  • manual incline.

For peace of mind, the X-LITE II comes with a Lifetime Motor Warranty + 2 Years Warranty on Frame + Parts.

As if all of this wasn’t enough, it comes with free resistance bands and a set of useful fitness eBooks.

Useful Treadmill Extras

Fitness Rubber Mat

100% Silicone Oil for Treadmills

Treadmills for less than £100

Confidence Fitness Magnetic Manual Treadmill Running Machine

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Confidence Treadmill

If you don’t want to stretch to the £200 mark, starting us off at the bottom end of the range is a fairly basic but highly regarded manual treadmill. That is, there is no motor propelling the belt at a certain speed. With this one you walk or run as fast or slowly as you want to and the belt moves accordingly. You can however, make it a bit harder (or easier) on yourself by altering the magnetic resistance level. There are 8 settings for this. It is suitable for a max user weight of 100Kg.

The belt itself isn’t flat – there is a small incline but it’s fixed, not adjustable, so you’re always walking or running slightly uphill, which increases the workout.

It may be basic but it still has a multi-function computer showing: speed, distance, calories, odometer, time and scan functions

An important feature for those who lack space or just don’t want a treadmill permanently erected in their living room, is that it folds quickly and easily. One user with a broken arm reported that he could do it with just the good arm. It has wheels to help move it.

There are many user reviews of this machine and the average star rating is over 4, so those who have bought this machine speak highly of it.

Treadmills between £100 – £200

Homcom Motorised Electric Treadmill (/NEW)

Homcom Motorised Electric Treadmill Running MachineHomcom Motorised Electric Treadmill Running Machine

There appear to be two versions of the this treadmill – one with open-ended handlebars and one with closed loop which has the same title with the word “NEW” added. Otherwise, there’s not much difference. They’re the same price, have the same same features generally and the same console – a Square LED Sreen on which you can read Time, Speed, Distance and Calories – so take your pick.

The big difference between this and the Confidence treadmill is that this one has a motor with which you can set the belt speed between 1 – 10kph, altered using + and – buttons. There are also 3 preset workout programmes to choose from.

The max user weight is a bit higher, at 120Kg.

Budget Price Treadmills – Feature Comparison table

Product Feature
Confidence Fitness Magnetic Manual Treadmill N/A
Homcom Motorised Electric Treadmill N/A

 Conclusion – What is the best treadmill for you?

If you are convinced that a treadmill is something you’ll use regularly, and can afford it, the X-LITE II is probably the best cheap treadmill for home use on the market and the recommended choice in the budget range. Of course, there are dearer ones with even more features, which may well be worth the difference. However, if you’d rather ‘dip your toe’ into using a treadmill, then either of the cheaper models, the Confidence or the HomCom treadmills are both considered by users to be worth their price.