Best Treadmill Desks

Studies have shown that sitting all day has numerous negative affects on our health. That is why treadmill desks are seen as a perfect solution since they combat the sedentary lifestyle by letting users walk while they work. Some of the benefits include preventing diseases, burning more calories and thus losing weight, preventing back and neck pain from poor posture, users are more productive and creative, and they cure that afternoon sluggishness.

Treadmill desks are just now catching on in the workplace with many businesses trying them out. They are typically sold as one unit that is made up of the treadmill component and the table component. They normally are not attached to each other, although in some models they can be. You can find just tables that are designed to be used with any existing treadmill, while you also can find just treadmills that don’t have large consoles or arms that are designed to be used with a table.

Performance is not as big of a factor as you would look for in a normal treadmill since the primary use is just for walking. Normal models also quite often do not work as well in this situation since they are designed to work for shorter periods of time at a faster pace. Many companies will not honor warranties on units used to walk for 6 hours or more a day because it is hard on the motor and drive system. That is why buying one that is designed to be used specifically for walking for a long period of time as a treadmill desk is preferred.

Below we review our choices for the best treadmill desks. At the bottom of this article we also have a comparison table so you can check one model versus another.


LifeSpan TR1200-DT7

We chose the $1499 LifeSpan TR1200-DT7 as the best treadmill desk. The desk itself has a steel base that can be adjusted electronically from a height of 40″ to 53″. It has a 38″ x 29″ workspace area with built-in controls for the treadmill and an armrest. However, that steel base means it is really heavy at 102 lbs.

The treadmill portion of the LifeSpan TR1200-DT7 has a 2.25hp motor and ranges in speed from 0.4 – 4 mph. It is very reliable and has a comfortable walking surface of 20″ x 50″ that can hold up to 350 lbs.

Overall we highly recommend this LifeSpan model for all users, especially in a shared office environment with multiple users since the electronic height adjustment makes it easy to switch the height for different users.


LifeSpan TR1200-DT5

The LifeSpan Fitness TR1200-DT5 is a great overall value of performance versus the price of $1299 and one of the most popular office treadmill desks. The treadmill component is the same as the TR1200-DT7 with its 2.25 hp motor that powers the 20″ x 56″ belt surface at a speed of .4 to 4 mph which is the most you would probably ever use while working.

The table portion is different, however. The surface area is 38″ x 29″ which gives you plenty of space to work. The height can be adjusted manually from 33.5″ to 52.5″. The manual adjustment is fine if only one user uses the desk, but it can be a bit of a pain if multiple people are using it in an office environment.


NordicTrack NTL99115 Desk Treadmill

The $1090 NordicTrack NTL99115 Desk Treadmill has some positives and some negatives. One nice feature is that the treadmill folds up to save space and you can then use the desk as a standard sit-down desk in this position. The mahogany laminate desk looks attractive and is 40″ x 18″ which is not very deep. The height can be adjusted manually, but might be too short for someone very tall. It has controls built into the desktop and an LCD display that shows readouts of time, distance, calories, calories per hour, and speed.

The treadmill portion has a 2.6hp motor that powers the 20″ x 55″ belt from 0-6mph. It has a cushioned deck that is pretty well built and can support someone up to 300 pounds.

For anyone who is over 6 feet tall we recommend you look elsewhere. Also all buyers should consider if that desktop space is enough for you – if it is then the NordicTrack NTL99115 is a good choice for you.

Visit the Official Site for the NordicTrack NTL99115.


LifeSpan TR1200-DT3

If you have a table that you can use and just need a treadmill without the console and arms in the way then we recommend the $999 LifeSpan TR1200-DT3. This is the same model as our #1 rated unit just without the table. It works great for walking with speeds ranging from .4 to 4 mph.

Just remember that you cannot run on this machine so don’t plan on using for anything other than walking while you work.


LifeSpan TR800-DT3

When compared to the TR1200-DT3, the LifeSpan TR800-DT3 is an even more affordable treadmill minus the desk which sells for $799.99. It is built with slightly cheaper components like a 2 hp motor and can support a user up to 300 pounds. The speed ranges from .4-4mph while the walking surface is 18″ x 52″.

All you need to do is add your own desk and you can be walking while you work for a decent price.


Rebel Treadmill 1000 Desk Treadmill

The cheapest desk treadmill on our list is the Rebel Treadmill 1000 Desk Treadmill which sells for $749. Again this model is just a walking treadmill and you will have to provide your own desk to use it. The components are not up to par with the LifeSpan models, but for most average users they will still hold up.

The Rebel Treadmill 1000 Desk Treadmill has a 1.5 hp motor that powers the 18″ x 50″ belt from .5 – 2 mph. It can support users up to 250 pounds.

We recommend the Rebel Treadmill 1000 Desk Treadmill for anyone under about 225 pounds. Above that weight can start to put stress on the machine to which it might not endure and break down.

Best Desk Treadmill Comparison Chart

Desk Treadmill Rating Price Motor
Belt Surface
Incline Weight Capacity
Desk Surface
(WxD Inches)
LifeSpan TR1200-DT7 9.2 $1,499.00 2.25 20 x 50 .4-4 0 350 38 x 29
LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 9.1 $1,298.99 2.25 20 x 50 .4-4 0 350 38 x 29
NordicTrack NTL99115 8.9 $1,090.39 2.6 20 x 55 0-6 0 300 40 x 18
LifeSpan TR1200-DT3 8.8 $999.00 2.25 20 x 50 .4-4 0 350 Not Included
LifeSpan TR800-DT3 8.6 $799.99 2 18 x 52 .4-4 0 300 Not Included
Rebel Treadmill 1000 8.4 $749.00 1.5 18 x 50 .5-2 0 250 Not Included

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