Best Treadmills for Marathon Training: 2021 Edition

Treadmills can be an excellent tool for getting the miles in during your marathon training; in this post, we look at the best treadmills for marathon training.

While most runners prefer to get outdoors, sometimes it’s simply not that easy. Weather, temperature, and time constraints can make it impractical to go outside – so naturally runners look for other options.

Having a treadmill in the garage or basement can allow you to train efficiently at home, without having to take the extra steps required to train outdoors or at the gym.

A treadmill can also help you train effectively – while following a training plan – such as for a half marathon or full marathon, you will have specific miles and paces to hit.

How better to follow this plan than by measuring these metrics precisely on a treadmill?

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best treadmill for marathon training

I’ve spent a lot of time on treadmills (I once did an 8-hr treadmill run) – whether it’s due to poor weather outside, travelling, or just trying to squeeze in a quick run – treadmill running can be an awesome tool for any distance runners-in-training.

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Best Treadmills for Marathon Training

Here’s my run-down of some of the best treadmill options for marathon training.   

Bestseller No. 1
Reebok ZR8 Treadmill
  • Powered by a 2.0HP motor, the ZR8 has a maximum speed of 16kph (10mph), which makes it ideal for both short, high-intensity sprints and long endurance runs. The intensity of the run can be further tailored by the 12 levels of electronic incline. The unique ZigTech cushioning system will take care of dispersing the impact energy across the length of the running deck, helping to protect your joints.
  • To ensure you are kept motivated and challenged, the treadmill console can deliver up to 24 varied fitness programs designed by our master trainers to take you from a gentle jog to a mountainous hill climb, depending on how far you want to take it. To help you reach your fitness goal you can plug your mobile phone into the integrated speakers and blast out your favourite motivational tracks.
  • The console will help you keep track of how you are progressing by providing detailed feedback on your calories burned, duration of the run, distance travelled, current speed, elevation and heart rate – using the integrated hand pulse sensor built into the hand rests.
  • Even though the ZR8 is a relatively compact treadmill, it’s running area of 126 x 41cm is more than spacious enough for runners over 6’3”. The running deck has been rigorously tested to provide a maximum user weight of 120kg. To make the treadmill even more space conscious, the soft drop folding technology allows you to fold the running deck up when not in use.
  • The ZR8 comes with a peace of mind Reebok 10-year motor, lifetime frame, and 2-year parts and labour warranty as standard. The treadmill comes with easy to follow assembly instructions and a dedicated Reebok UK freephone helpline and online chat, should you require any assistance.
SaleBestseller No. 2
Mobvoi Home Treadmill, Built-in Bluetooth Speaker, Remote Control, Walking and Running Machine for Home Fitness Exercise Indoor Black
  • Walking and Running Mode: Two exercise modes and adjustable speed of up to 12km/h to meet your preference
  • Remote and Touch Control: You can turn on/off the machine or adjust the speed by using the remote control or touch control panel
  • Foldable Design for Easy Storage: Save space by storing the machine under the bed or sofa
  • Built-In Bluetooth Speaker: Make the workout more enjoyable by playing your favorite musics while exercising through the integrated bluetooth speaker
  • We provide one year warranty for this product. Return within 30 days of purchase is accepted.
SaleBestseller No. 3
BTM W501 Electric Treadmill Folding │USB & Speakers │12KM/H │Motorized Running Jogging Walking Machine for Home Use │Digital Control │99% Pre-assembled │15 Pre-Programs │2 Years Guarantee
  • 【Powerful 1.5 HP Motor】A smooth and quiet 1.5HP treadmill motor supports speeds ranging from 0.8 – 12 KM/H (0.5 – 7.5 MPH), with minimal noise and maximum power, ideal for home workouts without disturbing your family or neighbors.12 preset programs and 3 count-down modes will help you meet a variety of fitness goals. You will enjoy jogging, walking, running & cardio workout at home.
  • 【Functional & Large Console with Speakers】The BTM W501 electric treadmill is equipped with clear digital LCD display at the front, allowing you to easily monitor your time, calories, distance, speed and heart rate. The walking and running machine Includes entertainment device shelf, a USB port, AUX port, two speakers and two cup holders.
  • 【Convinient Quick Buttons & Secure Workout】Use the console and handrail controls to instantly start or stop the running machine and make swift adjustments to speed while you’re working out. Built-in safety key ensures instant shut off in emergencies.
  • 【Anti-slip Lawn Texture Running Belt】Designed with a high-density lawn texture belt that absorbs shock for premium comfort with non-slip feature for maximum safety. The large 4-layer running belt (size: 1100 x 400 mm) leaves users with plenty of space to comfortably walk, run or sprint. Max user weight: 110kg.
  • ★【Quality Assurance】BTM fitness treadmill is built with high quality materials designed to last for years to come. It comes in a flat package with clear instructions provided. You can set up it effortlessly in just 2 minutes. We offer a 2-year guarantee. Product size: L140*W60*H109cm; Folding size: H124cm*L75*W60; Product weight: 29kg.
Bestseller No. 4
Dripex 2 in 1 Folding Treadmill, 2.25HP Under-Desk Motorized Treadmill w/Bluetooth Speaker, Remote Control, LED Display, Easy Assembly, for Home Office Cardio Fitness, Indoor Walking Running (Silver)
  • 【2 IN 1 DUAL MODES FOLDABLE TREADMILL】 Our stylish Dripex 2-in-1 treadmill has two modes to meet your different fitness needs. When the uprights unfold, the treadmill is set as “running mode” with a speed range from 1 km/h to 12km/h. You can jog or run at your desired speed to achieve your fitness goal. When the uprights fold down, it is set as “walking” mode and becomes an under-desk walking pad with a maximum speed of 4km/h. You can store it under a desk and walk while you work.
  • 【QUIET POWERFUL 2.25HP MOTOR & SHOCK-DEDUCTIVE RUNNING PLATFORM】 With a quiet and powerful 2.25HP brushless motor, this treadmill allows you to do your daily workouts without disturbing others, making it a good running machine for home and office use. It features a sturdy durable steel frame with a sleek finish, and a multi-layer shock-absorptive running belt, making your running experience more comfortable.
  • 【BUILT-IN BLUETOOTH SPEAKER & REMOTE CONTROL】 With built-in speaker, you can easily connect your phone with the treadmill via Bluetooth, enjoy your favourite song or music while walking or running. The phone holder on the top of the uprights allows the you to watch your favourite TV series and movie. The remote control makes speed adjustment quickly by easily pressing the “+/-” button.
  • 【COMPACT DESIGN, EASY TO MOVE & CONVENIENCE STORAGE】 This stylish treadmill features a compact folding design and a 5 inch thickness, which makes storage easily. When it is folded, it can be put under the sofa, TV stand or bed. With a space-saving design, it is perfect for apartment or room with limited space. The two transportation wheels on the front makes it easy and convenience to wheel away and move from room to room.
  • 【DUAL DISPLAY $ SIMPLY ASSEMBLY】 Dual display system allows you to read your data effortless by displaying time, distance, speed and calories burned under both modes.The treadmill come almost fully assembled and you just need to install the handrails and the phone holder, which takes less than 15 minutes. Come with a safety clip for protection. Please make sure the safety clip is put in place while start the treadmill and always remove it when you finish your routines.
SaleBestseller No. 5
Evolve B1 Motorized Electric treadmill 3 level manual inclination & Foldable running machine with 12 programs - Bluetooth, speaker, USB Port, AUX - Fitness App for smart phone
  • Free 3 eBooks, Contact the seller to receive it.
  • Connects iPhone, iPad & Android
  • Log training activity indoor & Outdoor via Fitness App
  • Free Smartphone Application
  • 3 level manual incline

Which features are important to you when looking for a treadmill? Which model are you currently checking out? Anything to recommend to me – what do you think the best treadmills for marathon training are?

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Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson is an ultra-runner, UESCA-certified running coach, and the founder of MarathonHandbook.com. His work has been featured in Runner's World, Livestrong.com, MapMyRun, and many other running publications. He likes running interesting races and good beer. More at his bio.

1 thought on “Best Treadmills for Marathon Training: 2021 Edition”

  1. I’m in training for a 50k marathon later this year. Thanks for the advice using the treadmill to increase my milage!

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