Best Running Machine For The Home Gym

Updated: Feb 25, 2021

A review of 3 affordable home running machines.

people running on running machines keeping fit

Twenty years ago only A-lister film stars or CEOs of Fortune 500 companies could or would have a home running machine. They were as rare as rocking horse shit and you had to have some serious wedge if you wanted one.

Back then (twenty years ago) owning a running machine is the contemporary equivalent of having a Bentley parked on the drive or swimming pool parked in the back garden. They were just that decadent, unnecessary and unobtainable for anyone not in the 1%.

And they were monstrous in size as well. A pre-millennial treadmill looked more like a launching pad for an intercontinental ballistic missile. Which, as I’m sure you can appreciate, was a massive limitation. If you didn’t own a mansion, castle, country estate or illegally annexed satrap you just wouldn’t have the space to store the damn thing.

But, you’ll be glad to know, things have changed. Changed in a big way.

Nowadays you’ll find running machines in spare bedrooms, dining rooms and/or garages right across the country. Thanks to free market capitalism and conspicuous consumerism the price of the running machine has dropped precipitously making them affordable for all.

Doesn’t matter from which demography you hail or which tax bracket you’re boxed in; doesn’t matter if you live on a council estate or in one of those papier-mâché new builds; doesn’t matter if you drive a Ford Cortina or fancy pantsy Teslar. YOU! Yes you can have your very own running machine.

‘But,’ I hear you thinking, ‘but I don’t have me a county estate or six-figure salary. So how can I afford a running machine?’

Listen, I told you, thanks to trickle-down economics anyone – and I mean anyone – can afford a rolling road. Don’t believe me? Then read on . . .

woman running on a running machine keeping fit

A review of 3 affordable running machines suitable for the home gym

1: JLL’s T350 digital folding treadmill (£529.99)

Product Overview (click image for availability)

  • Speed ranges from 0.3 km/h to 18 km/h; Incline ranges from 0 to 20 levels.