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If the Oxford Dictionary had a definition for “treadmill desk,” it would simply state, “The combination of a treadmill designed for low walking speeds and an adjustable-height standing desk.” Treadmill desks are like stereo systems—you can mix and match components to build a workstation completely customized to you and your environment, or you can buy an all-in-one system. If you’re going to put together a customized walking workstation, we highly recommend reading our Comparison Reviews of Standalone Office Treadmill BasesElectric Adjustable-Height Standing Desks, and Manual Adjustable-Height Standing Desks.

What Constitutes an Integrated Treadmill Desk?

Treadmill Desk

In this review, we compare all integrated treadmill desks that are sold as a desk and office treadmill base combo.

In this roundup, we look specifically at all-in-one integrated treadmill desk workstations that pair a desk and treadmill together. There is a wide array of different desk and treadmill options available, though some manufacturers offer more choices than others. Some, like the Steelcase, InMovement, ProformNordicTrack and Exerpeutic Treadmill Desks, are only available as combined workstations.

Other vendors offer their treadmill bases for sale either standalone or coupled with a desk. LifeSpan, TreadDesk, and Rebel Desk have  one or two desk options available with their treadmills. iMovR offers six different desk models that can be used with any walking treadmill to create thousands of treadmill desk configurations.

Office treadmills vary wildly in quality. Steelcase’s model is an aging machine that no longer justifies the Walkstation’s exorbitant price tag. The Lifespan TR1200-DT3 and TR5000-DT3 walking treadmills, based on their running treadmills, have long been the popular choice but now face stiff competition. iMovR’s all-digital, state-of-the-art ThermoTread GT. The ThermoTread GT is the first and only office treadmill built for the office environment and features unique capabilities not available in the earlier generation of treadmills like a touch screen, LCD console, and cloud connection options.

Since we get a lot of questions about it, we’ll toss in here that there is no such thing as an Ikea Treadmill Desk, despite the buzz among DIY enthusiasts on the internet. If you are looking to hack together your own treadmill desk workstation from a cannibalized running treadmill and something like an Ikea Bekant Standing Desk, be sure to read our DIY Guide on How to Build Your Own Treadmill Desk, and our DIY Guide to Standalone Adjustable-Height Desk Bases.

Our Unique Integrated Treadmill Desk Review Process

With the sheer number of choices available to treadmill desk workstation consumers, it can be daunting to find the right one. That’s why we’ve done the leg work to compile the specifications and create apples-to-apples comparisons of the different products in the market today.

As we explain in our Integrated Treadmill Desk Review Criteria, we look at a number of qualities and attributes to review these workstations. These include user weight rating, maximum desk height, stability, noise, ergonomics, customizable options, and assembly. To learn more about our review process in general, visit our Anatomy of a Review primer.

Integrated Treadmill Desk Product Categories

To separate treadmill desks into meaningful blocks for comparison, we’ve created two categories:

  1. Treadmill desk workstations with built-in SteadyType™ ergonomic keyboard trays
  2. Treadmill desk workstations without SteadyType™

There is a third group of combo treadmill desk workstations offered by desk makers who merely resell the LifeSpan TR1200-DT3 treadmill base together with one of their desks. Because these desks are in no way integrated with the base—electronically, mechanically, or even aesthetically—we did not include them in this comparison review of integrated treadmill desk workstations. However, you can read our detailed reviews of the Multitable ModTable Treadmill Desk and TreadDesk Treadmill Desk.

Below, you’ll find abstracts of each product review by category.

Click on the product name to read the full review, or the button “Add to Comparison Table” (then ‘Go’ in the bottom right) to see their features side by side.

Treadmill Desk Workstations with SteadyType™ Keyboard Tray

The first generation of treadmill desks generally combined a converted running treadmill with an adjustable height standing desk. While these fledgling workstations did the important work to start the active office revolution, they were not ergonomically-sensible. They left a lot to be desired in height reach and stability, with some models displaying a tendency to get very shaky as soon as the user started walking or touching the keyboard.

We’re now solidly in the second generation of the treadmill desk industry with desks that were designed specifically for the ergonomic requirements of a walking computer user. Omega desks are the only models on the market that feature a built-in SteadyType™ keyboard tray that allows users to assume the proper ergonomic position while walking and working to avoid strain of the back, neck, shoulder, and wrist muscles.

Omega desks are rock solid, where other two-legged standing desks can be quite shaky, especially if those other desks have an ergonomic keyboard tray that increases the “moment lever” on the fulcrum. Watch this video for a demonstration of the difference in stability between an Omega desk and any other two-legged adjustable-height desk.

In the quest for achieving the most neutral posture possible, keep in mind that conventional ergonomic keyboard trays were designed for sitting users, and thus only go to -15° of tilt adjustment. However, the highest typing productivity, greatest comfort, and least exposure to repetitive strain injury are known to be achieved at keyboard tray tilt angles of -30° to -45°. These SteadyType-equipped desks can hold onto their keyboards even at extremes of up to -85°of tilt and are typically used at 20° to 35° when standing, or 30°-45° when walking.

Such angles simply cannot be achieved by conventional under-desk mounted keyboard trays. Furthermore, conventional keyboard trays can’t even be mounted on the vast majority of standing desks because the crossbars of the desk frame interfere with the slide-in rail of the retractable keyboard tray. Hence the novelty of the SteadyType tray that is currently found only on iMovR Omega desks, and why they get their own grouping in this comparison review.

 

iMovR Omega Everest Treadmill Desk

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ThermoTread_Everest1200x1368Experts’ Rating:
5 stars 
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Starts at: $2,773

Pros: The Everest is quite arguably the very best treadmill desk available on the market today. All of the iMovR Omega Desk models (Everest, Olympus and Denali) feature the patented SteadyType Keyboard Tray that gives them superior ergonomics for typing while walking. Combining the exceptional performance, reliability, and aesthetics of the Everest desk with the state-of-the-art, all-digital ThermoTread GT office treadmill makes this our #1 recommended walking desk workstation. The desk’s ability to reach an astounding 55″ in height means that even the tallest users can still enjoy a highly stable desk platform. Like all iMovR desk products, the Everest can be ordered in any of eleven standard 3D-laminate colors, and can be pre-assembled before delivery. This is the top selling workstation into professional offices (e.g. legal and financial firms) where high consideration is given to decor matching and trouble-free reliability. The ThermoTread GT is the quietest, strongest, and most reliable office treadmill made today, with future-proofing features like downloadable software upgrades and a future CloudStation adapter option for uploading data to the cloud, your favorite wearable devices, and popular corporate wellness software platforms.

Cons: The Everest desk is made entirely in America and features the most extensive warranty on any treadmill desk workstation, but there’s a cost. If you want to save a few bucks definitely check out iMovR’s mid-tier Omega system, the iMovR Olympus Treadmill Desk. Or, if you can live with a manual desk (crank-up) instead of electric, save even more with the iMovR Denali Treadmill Desk. The Everest’s 265 lb. lifting capacity is actually less than the Olympus’s 360 lb. capacity. Although the motors are equally powerful, they are governed to the lower lift capacity all in the name of electric power conservation, which is particularly important to large enterprise customers in key markets like California.

 

iMovR Omega Olympus Treadmill Desk

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iMovR Olympus Treadmill DeskExperts’ Rating: 5 stars 
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Starts at: $2,523

Pros: Of the many treadmill desk configurations you can buy, the best value is clearly the iMovR Olympus Treadmill Desk combo. It is also the quietest of all treadmill desks on the market, with a noise signature of under 41 dB. Uniquely, the Olympus can be ordered with any of five different tabletop sizes—in eleven standard 3D-laminate colors—making it arguably the most customizable adjustable-height desk in the world. All of the iMovR Omega Desk models (Everest, Olympus and Denali) feature the patented SteadyType Keyboard Tray that gives them superior ergonomics for typing while walking. Combining the exceptional performance, reliability and aesthetics of the Olympus desk with the state-of-the-art, all-digital, ThermoTread GT office treadmill makes this our top pick for value for your money.  Like all iMovR desk products, the Olympus can be delivered after being pre-assembled at the factory for minimum disruption to your productivity. With a 360 lb. lifting capacity it is one of the strongest standing desks made—even stronger than iMovR’s top-of-the-line Everest. The ThermoTread GT is the quietest, strongest, and most reliable office treadmill made today, with future-proofing features like downloadable software upgrades and a future CloudStation adapter option for uploading data to the cloud, your favorite wearable devices, and popular corporate wellness software platforms.

Cons: It all boils down to a few relatively minor differences between the Olympus and its more upscale sister product—the Everest—including a shorter warranty, and having only three programmable preset heights in the digital hand controller instead of four. While maxing out at a height of 51″ already makes it more stable and taller-reaching than 99% of the desks out there, the Olympus does not presently have the option of 4″ leg extenders like the Everest does, so very tall users may want to stick with the Everest for now (iMovR says these extenders will eventually be offered for the Olympus as well). The base is made in China, albeit to the highest manufacturing tolerances and production quality, as compared to the made-in-USA base of the Everest.

 

iMovR Omega Denali Treadmill Desk

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Omega Denali Treadmill Desk with ThermoTread GT Office TreadmillExperts’ Rating: 4.5 stars 
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Starts at: $2,363

Pros: If optimal ergonomics are a prerequisite for you, then it’s hard to beat the Denali for the money. With the built-in SteadyType keyboard tray that comes with all of the iMovR Omega desk models (Everest, Olympus and Denali), stability and typing proficiency are assured. The hand crank on this manually-adjustable desk is extremely efficient at only 3 turns-per-inch (compared to the 5 – 10 turns most crank desks require), and its 200 lb. lifting capacity is impressive given the low force required to turn the handle. Like all iMovR desk products, the Denali can be ordered in any of eleven standard 3D laminate colors, and can be purchased as components to assemble on your own, or factory pre-assembled. The ThermoTread GT is the quietest, strongest, and most reliable office treadmill made today, with future-proofing features like downloadable software upgrades and a future CloudStation adapter option for uploading data to the cloud, your favorite wearable devices, and popular corporate wellness software platforms.

Cons: Manual (crank) desks are still quite popular in Europe and elsewhere in the world, but in the US the market has shifted to almost entirely electric nowadays. With increased production volume, the costs of electric desks have come down so much in the past couple of years that manual just isn’t as popular as it once was. The Denali is also more limited in top height (48″ compared to 51″ on the electrics, or 55″ with their leg extension kits), meaning that it really isn’t going to work for users over 5’9″ tall when working at the treadmill’s step-up height. The option for a “sit-stand-walk” workstation is also limited to the other two iMovR Omega treadmill desk workstations, the Everest and the Olympus.

Comparison Chart: Treadmill Desk with SteadyType™

Integrated Treadmill Desk - with SteadyType

 

Treadmill Desk Workstations without SteadyType™ Keyboard Tray

The following products are listed in order of their respective Experts’ Ratings, from highest to lowest.

 

ThermoDesk Elite Treadmill Desk

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ThermoDesk Elite with ThermoTread GT Office TreadmillExperts’ Rating: 4.5 stars 
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Starts at: $2,498

Pros: Similar to the Omega Everest model above, but without the built-in SteadyType keyboard tray. Powerful, stealthy motors can hoist heavy loads, while sipping only the bare minimum of electricity. The Elite is made entirely in American, and backed by a stellar warranty—an Elite’s 3D-laminated tabletop actually carries the same warranty as some other desks’ steel frames. A large range of base width adjustment makes the Elite ideally suited to sit-stand-walk applications. Unique features like recessed, threaded nuts for aligning and installing the base, and pre-drilled pilot holes for installing keyboard trays make the Elite easy to put together, and take apart. Durable and elegant 3D-laminated desktops set the Elite table tops ahead of the competition by providing the appearance and durability of natural hardwood, yet at a cost equal to or even less than conventional high-pressure laminate offered by most desk makers. The ThermoTread GT is the quietest, strongest, and most reliable office treadmill made today, with future-proofing features like downloadable software upgrades and a future CloudStation adapter option for uploading data to the cloud, your favorite wearable devices, and popular corporate wellness software platforms.

Cons: Aiming for a super low power consumption profile (easily a third as much as other desks) and a long life under warranty, the powerful motors on the Elite base have been de-rated to a maximum lift capacity of 265 lbs. Minor gripe given the miniscule weight of modern computers and monitors.

ThermoDesk UpTown Treadmill Desk

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Treadmill Desk UpTownExperts’ Rating: 4.5 stars 
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Starts at: $2,218

Pros: Similar to the Omega Olympus model above, but without the built-in SteadyType keyboard tray. UpTown is the most configurable desk in the world, giving the UpTown Treadmill Desk Combo some 200 decor options (desktop size and thickness, laminate color, and base color). It is also categorically the quietest treadmill desk made, with the desk motors operating at under 41 dB and the ThermoTread GT office treadmill putting out 42.7 dB at 2.0 mp running speed. Powerful, dual precision motors provide 360 lbs. of lift. A large range of base width adjustment makes the UpTown ideally suited to sit-stand-walk applications, with six-foot and seven-foot wide desk sizes available. Unique features like recessed threaded nuts for aligning and installing the base (on the five SelectTop desktops), and pre-drilled pilot holes for installing keyboard trays make the UpTown easy to put together, and take apart. Durable and elegant 3D-laminated desktops set the UpTown tabletops ahead of the competition by providing the appearance and durability of natural hardwood, yet at a cost equal to or even less than conventional high-pressure laminate offered by most desk makers, and carry the same warranty as other desks’ steel frames. The ThermoTread GT is the quietest, strongest, and most reliable office treadmill made today, with future-proofing features like downloadable software upgrades and a future CloudStation adapter option for uploading data to the cloud, your favorite wearable devices, and popular corporate wellness software platforms.

Cons: Compared to the ThermoDesk Elite, which is made in America and comes with the industry’s longest warranty, the UpTown has a shorter 5-year warranty on all components (lifetime on frame), and a slightly less fancy digital hand controller.

ThermoDesk Ellure Treadmill Desk

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ThermoTread Ellure Treadmill Desk from iMovRExperts’ Rating: 4 stars 
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Starts at: $2,118

Pros: Similar to the Omega Denali model above, but without the built-in SteadyType keyboard tray. The ThermoDesk Ellure Treadmill Desk combines the very best office treadmill on the market—the ThermoTread GT—with the elegant yet frugally-priced Ellure manual (crank) desk. Durable and elegant 3D-laminated desktops set the iMovR tabletops ahead of the competition by providing the appearance and durability of natural hardwood, yet at a cost equal to or even less than conventional high-pressure laminate offered by most desk makers, and carry the same warranty as other desks’ steel frames. The extra-thick tabletops have unique features like recessed threaded nuts for aligning and installing the base (and pre-drilled pilot holes for installing the optional Stowaway Ergonomic Keyboard Tray) that make the Ellure easy to put together and take apart. Durable and elegant 3D-laminated desktops set the Ellure tabletops ahead of the competition by providing the appearance and durability of natural hardwood, yet at a cost equal to or even less than conventional high-pressure laminate offered by most desk makers, and carry the same warranty as other desks’ steel frames. The ThermoTread GT is the quietest, strongest, and most reliable office treadmill made today, with future-proofing features like downloadable software upgrades and a future CloudStation adapter option for uploading data to the cloud, your favorite wearable devices, and popular corporate wellness software platforms.

Cons: Manual (crank) desks are still quite popular in Europe and elsewhere in the world, but in the US the market has shifted to almost entirely electric nowadays. The Ellure is also more limited in top height, 48″ compared to 51″ on the electrics (or 55″ with their leg extension kits), meaning that it really isn’t going to work for users over 5’9″ tall when working at the treadmill’s step-up height. The option for a “sit-stand-walk” workstation is also limited to the other two iMovR ThermoDesk treadmill desk workstations, the Elite and the UpTown.

 

InMovement Treadmill Desk

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InMovement Integrated Treadmill DeskExperts’ Rating: 2 stars 
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Starts at: $4,599

Pros: If comparing to a 2007-vintage Steelcase Walkstation the InMovement Treadmill Desk features a more updated control console setup using a small LCD screen embedded on the left side of the desk instead of a membrane keypad console that slides out from the center of the desk. It also has a fancy connector bar and cable management channel integrated into the desktop.

Cons: Despite its Rolls Royce price tag this product lacks a proper ergonomic design, and offers an extremely limited option of one desktop size. It’s a one-size-fits-all design that’s got even fewer options than the 2007-vintage Steelcase Walkstation treadmill desk that it attempts to replicate. Unfortunately, InMovement also copied the WalkStation’s poor ergonomic desk setup, which means it will exacerbate “computer hunch” and increase the potential for repetitive strain injuries. Sure, there are some improvements with the embedded LCD control console and an integrated plug bar at the back edge of the desktop, but nothing remotely worth the outlandish ticket price.

 

LifeSpan TR5000-DT7 Treadmill Desk

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Experts’ Rating: 2 stars 
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Starts at: $2,499

Pros: The TR5000-DT7 is LifeSpan’s top-of-the-line, multi-user treadmill desk, with a 400 lbs user weight capacity and “self-lubrication” feature. The TR5000 treadmill base has a robust AC motor that is built to endure a lot of abuse, designated for up to 10 hours of use per day. The aluminum finish is much nicer than the TR1200’s plastic side rails, which are prone to scuffing. The DT7 desk is very solidly built and has a decent height reach.

Cons: The desktop of Lifespan’s DT7 electric desk—the design of which is a copy of the original 2007-vintage Steelcase Walkstation—is the least ergonomic desk on the market due to the extreme distance it places between the user and their keyboard, plus its inability to accommodate any sort of ergonomic keyboard tray. It’s a formula for “computer hunch” and repetitive strain injuries. For the $1,000 price tag you can find much nicer desks that will work much better with a treadmill, with many size and color options besides this one-size-and-color-fits-all unit that was obviously designed by gym equipment engineers.

The treadmill, representing 60% of the cost of this workstation, is very yesteryear. It lacks the silent operation, smaller footprint, higher-quality components, all-digital console and future cloud connection option (CloudStation™) of the equally priced iMovR ThermoTread GT. Self-lubrication is nice but once the impregnated wax has all worn off the belt you’re facing an expensive service call for replacing it. With a continuous fan running on the TR5000’s AC inverter it is by far the noisiest treadmill you can put in an office.

 

LifeSpan TR1200-DT7 Treadmill Desk

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LifeSpan-TR1200-DT7Experts’ Rating: 2 stars 
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Starts at: $1,999

Pros: Prior to the introduction of iMovR’s ThermoTread GT based treadmill desks, the TR1200-DT7 was one of the most popular walking workstations sold. It combines the economy and quality of Lifespan’s most mainstream office treadmill base with their one and only model of electric height adjustable desk. The TR1200 is well-built, and the quietest of the Lifespan office treadmill bases—with a decent 350 lb. user weight rating. The DT7 desk is very solidly built and has a decent height reach.

Cons: The TR1200 treadmill base was modern when it was first launched in 2011 but has since been eclipsed by much more advanced models—in particular the iMovR ThermoTread GT—that offer quieter operation, a smaller footprint, higher-quality components, an all-digital, smartphone-like control console, and robust software and cloud connectivity features and options. The yesteryear design is not one that StrengthMaster, Lifespan’s Taiwanese brand licensor, is planning to upgrade anytime soon.

The desktop of Lifespan’s DT7 electric desk—the design of which is a copy of the original, 2007-vintage Steelcase Walkstation—is the least ergonomic desk on the market due to the extreme distance it places between the user and their keyboard, plus its inability to accommodate any sort of ergonomic keyboard tray. It’s a formula for “computer hunch” and repetitive strain injuries. For the $1,000 price tag you can find much nicer desks that will work much better with a treadmill, with many size and color options besides this one-size-and-color-fits-all unit that was obviously designed by gym equipment engineers.

 

Steelcase Walkstation Treadmill Desk

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Steelcase Walkstation Treadmill DeskExperts’ Rating: 1.5 stars
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Starts at: $4,599

Pros: Back when treadmill desks were virtually unknwon Steelcase was the only game in town, and the Walkstation helped to spark a revolution in office fitness.

Cons: The granddaddy of commercial treadmill desks, Steelcase’s vintage-2007 design is becoming antiquated compared to what can be purchased from top-rated walking treadmill and adjustable-height desk manufacturers. Steelcase pricing has fluctuated over the past year in response to ankle biting from competitors, but has remained extremely high for such outdated technology. Much better values can be had by combining iMovR or LifeSpan treadmill bases with any number of gorgeous and functional adjustable-height desks in order to achieve the perfect workstation for your needs, for $2,000 less. Steelcase is just too lazy to kill this product, and yet new competitors like InMovement (Life Fitness) are still imitating its egregiously non-ergonomic design and trying to sell their products at the same price.

 

LifeSpan TR5000-DT5 Treadmill Desk

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Experts’ Rating: 1.5 stars
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Starts at: $2,499

Pros: The TR5000 treadmill base has a robust AC motor that is built to endure a lot of abuse, designated for up to 10 hours of use per day. The aluminum finish is much nicer than the TR1200’s plastic side rails, which are prone to scuffing. The DT5 desk is very solidly built and has a decent height reach.

Cons: The TR5000-DT5 is a platypus that combines Lifespan’s 400-lb user rated, multi-user treadmill with desk that is only “height-adjustable” when two people remove the pins in both legs so you can change the desk height. The DT5 desks cannot be adjusted by a single person, making it completely unsuitable as a multi-user workstation. The desktop of Lifespan’s pin-adjustable DT5 desk—like the design of their DT7 electric desk—is a copy of the original 2007-vintage Steelcase Walkstation. It is the least ergonomic desk on the market due to the extreme distance it places between the user and their keyboard, plus its inability to accommodate any sort of ergonomic keyboard tray. It’s a formula for “computer hunch” and repetitive strain injuries. For the $500 price tag, or just slightly more, you can find much nicer desks that will work much better with a treadmill, with many size and color options besides this one-size-and-color-fits-all unit that was obviously designed by gym equipment engineers.

The treadmill, representing 60% of the cost of this workstation, is very yesteryear. It lacks the silent operation, smaller footprint, higher-quality components, all-digital console and future cloud connection option (CloudStation™) of the equally priced iMovR ThermoTread GT. Self-lubrication is nice but once the impregnated wax has all worn off the belt you’re facing an expensive service call for replacing it. With a continuous fan running on the TR5000’s AC inverter it is by far the noisiest treadmill you can put in an office.

 

LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk

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LifeSpan-TR1200-DT5Experts’ Rating: 1.5 stars 
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Starts at: $1,499

Pros: This Lifespan bundle combines the economy and quality of their mainstream office treadmill base with their pin-adjustable desk. The TR1200 is well-built, and the quietest of the Lifespan office treadmill bases—with a decent 350 lb. user weight rating. The DT5 desk is very solidly built and has a decent height reach.

Cons: The TR1200 treadmill base was modern when it was first launched in 2011 but has since been eclipsed by much more advanced models—in particular the iMovR ThermoTread GT—that offer quieter operation, a smaller footprint, higher-quality components, an all-digital, smartphone-like control console, and robust software and cloud connectivity features and options. The yesteryear design is not one that StrengthMaster, Lifespan’s Taiwanese brand licensor, is planning to upgrade anytime soon.

The desktop of Lifespan’s pin-adjustable DT5 desk—like the design of their DT7 electric desk—is a copy of the original, 2007-vintage Steelcase Walkstation. It is the least ergonomic desk on the market due to the extreme distance it places between the user and their keyboard, plus its inability to accommodate any sort of ergonomic keyboard tray. It’s a formula for “computer hunch” and repetitive strain injuries. For the $500 price tag, or just slightly more, you can find much nicer desks that will work much better with a treadmill, with many size and color options besides this one-size-and-color-fits-all unit that was obviously designed by gym equipment engineers.

 

LifeSpan TR800-DT5 Treadmill Desk

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Experts’ Rating: 1 star 
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Starts at: $1,299

Pros: This is the lowest-cost Lifespan treadmill desk combo, you’ll get what you pay for.

Cons: The TR800 base is made in China, not in Taiwan like Lifespan’s other units, and it shows. The quality is not on par, and for $200 more we’d strongly urge any prospective Lifespan customer to upgrade to the TR1200 for its better componentry, quieter operation, and longer warranty. The 18″ wide walking belt is constraining, gritty and noisy. It’s 300 lb. user weight limit might be a stretch; we’d recommend this unit only for fairly slight individuals with a narrow-set gait. That said, it’s stronger walking base than you’ll find on the Rebel, Tread Desk or anything else you’ll find in a DIY-hacked consumer running treadmill.

The desktop of Lifespan’s pin-adjustable DT5 desk—like the design of their DT7 electric desk—is a knock-off of the original, 2007-vintage Steelcase Walkstation. It is the least ergonomic desk on the market due to the extreme distance it places between the user and their keyboard, plus its inability to accommodate any sort of ergonomic keyboard tray. It’s a formula for “computer hunch” and repetitive strain injuries. For the $500 price tag, or just slightly more, you can find much nicer desks that will work much better with a treadmill, with many size and color options besides this one-size-and-color-fits-all unit that was obviously designed by gym equipment engineers.

 

NordicTrack Treadmill Desk

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NordicTrack Treadmill Desk Height AdjustabilityExperts’ Rating: 1 star
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Starts at: $1,599

Pros: Desk top and treadmill deck have an attractive cherry laminate. Treadmill folds up vertically to save space.

Cons: Desk must be swiveled to the side to fold up treadmill. Desk has too low height adjustability to be used comfortably as a sit/walk desk. Small desk top can’t support monitor arms or keyboard trays, making for poor ergonomics. More of a running treadmill fitted with a desk surface, the NordicTrack Treadmill Desk—despite being a decent running treadmill—doesn’t meet the minimum criteria for an office-ready treadmill desk. If you’re searching for a new treadmill desk, look elsewhere.

 

ProForm Thinline Treadmill Desk

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Proform Thinline Desk TreadmillExperts’ Rating:
1 star
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Starts at: $1,599

Pros: Sturdy exercise treadmill (though this is not useful in an office setting).

Cons: The ProForm Thinline and Thinline Pro “desk treadmill” models both fall far short of our criteria for a treadmill desk, lacking the office aesthetics, work-surface stability, and ergonomic adjustability, that we expect in this category.

 

Rebel Treadmill Desk

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Experts’ Rating: 1 star
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Starts at: $1,299

Pros: The treadmill is very lightweight, so the company positions it as a “portable” treadmill.

Cons: The Rebel 1000 treadmill truly is “lightweight” in every sense of the word. Thin steel and corner-cutting componentry, designed to be cheap to produce and ship, but not designed to last. As of now, we cannot recommend the Rebel Treadmill 1000. Two days of lab testing left us with a severely malfunctioning unit. We like the company, and we like some of their design choices, but their first go at a walking treadmill has come up very short. In this review update two years after our first test of the product, nothing has changed to improve the quality of the product.

 

Comparison Chart of Integrated Treadmill Desks without SteadyType

Integrated Treadmill Desk Comparison Review - No Tray

 

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