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.
Overall we highly recommend this LifeSpan model for anyone who is looking for a treadmill desk and only plans on using it for walking while working.
The desk has integrated display and controls to easily track your progress and adjust incline and speed very easily. It also has 18 inches of adjustability for height that changes with just a touch of a button. It has a surface area of 38″ x 21″, which is not super deep and may limit some people. The treadmill portion also folds up vertically which allows you to still use the desk portion with a chair as a normal desk.
Overall the treadmill is overkill for those of you who will just need something to walk on, while the desk is not the most spacious. However, if you want a model that not only provides a desk, but one you can also use for a full cardio running workout then this thing will be great for you.
However, the biggest negative is the lack of desktop space. The normal console has an integrated tablet holder if you just want to play around on your tablet, but for more serious work the console folds down and provides a work surface you can place a laptop or computer monitor on. Unfortunately that is about all you can place on it.
Therefore we really don’t recommend this ProForm model in an office environment where your primary use would be for walking while getting work done. But if you only need to use a laptop for work and also want to be able to get a more serious workout in at home then this thing is perfect for you.
We recommend the TR800-DT5 for shorter (under 5’10”) and lightweight (under 200 lbs) people who don’t need the larger walking surface or bigger motor.
Just remember that you cannot run on this machine so don’t plan on using for anything other than walking while you work.
On the downside it is quite expensive at $499 for just a table. It is also takes up quite a bit of space, so if you only really need a laptop to do work then this thing is really more that you need.