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.
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.
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.
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.
Just remember that you cannot run on this machine so don’t plan on using for anything other than walking while you work.
All you need to do is add your own desk and you can be walking while you work for a decent price.
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
|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|