While the jury-rigged DIY treadmill desk may have been the best option in the past for someone with a running treadmill just collecting dust in the attic, and possessing of good garage workshop hacking skills, the office fitness industry has now caught up with demand by offering a wide array of quality products all across the price spectrum. We've compiled the specs of all the major treadmill desks on the market today, to easily compare them against each other so you can find the right treadmill for your walking workstation. For a comprehensive review of the many desk options for pairing with a walking base, see our Comparison Review of Adjustable-Height Standing Desks.
iMovR ThermoTread GT Office Treadmill Review
Much more than just another "retread" of a piece of gym equipment, the upcoming ThermoTread GT Treadmill Desk is designed from the ground up for today's offices. It's equipped with a smooth belt, a quiet motor, and an elegant touch screen controller. As the world's first smart treadmill desk, the GT will connect to the internet of things through iMovR's CloudStation™, providing new usability and safety features for individuals and corporations alike. Welcome to the next generation of treadmill desks.
LifeSpan TR1200-DT3 Treadmill Desk Review
TR1200 is reliable, well-designed, and relatively soft on the wallet—a combination of quality and cost-efficiency that we've found hard to beat. While other treadmills have it beat feature for feature, individuals looking for a basic, low-cost treadmill base that will last for years will find the TR1200 suits their needs perfectly. In the years since its introduction to the market the TR1200 has become the most popular base used in walking workstations, usually in concert with an adjustable height desk, such as a ThermoDesk Elite or Omega Everest.
LifeSpan Fitness TR5000-DT3 Treadmill Desk Review
In this review we'll go into greater detail on the TR5000 model - the most ruggedly built and capable of all walking treadmill bases in the market today. For a comparison between the three LifeSpan models click on the "Compare LifeSpan Models" tab. You can also read how these models compare to all the others in the market - including makers such as Steelcase (**), TreadDesk (*), Rebel Desk (*), Exerpeutic (*) and Woodway (*) - in our Comparison Review of Standalone Treadmill bases.
LifeSpan TR800-DT3 Treadmill Desk Review
The worst thing you can say about the TR800 is that it isn't the TR1200. This pocket-sized treadmill's bigger brother has cast a long shadow over an otherwise impressive product. On one hand, the TR800 holds a clear advantage over all other budget treadmills we've seen pass through the labs; on the other, a relatively low price ($200) nets you a considerable upgrade in terms of walking space and durability.
Within its price category the TR800 ($799.99) runs circles around its sub-$1,000 competitors, namely the TreadDesk ($855), the Rebel 1000 ($749), and the Exerpeutic Workfit 2000 ($700) -all three of which received 1-star reviews from our experts. The Rebel and TreadDesk treadmills [...]
Versadesk Ultra-Thin Office Treadmill Review
The Versadesk is the new bottom-of-the-pile choice in office treadmills, from a company with questionable marketing practices. While you may be tempted by the ultra-cheap price you'll be ultra-sorry to learn what it costs to ship the unit back for a refund if you don't like it. And we'd be very surprised if anyone found this ridiculous and dangerous design to their liking.
UnSit Walk-1 Treadmill Desk Review
UnSit Walk-1 is a shorter under desk treadmill for when you don't have enough space at your office or would like to mobilize your home office.
Rebel Desk Rebel Treadmill 1000 Review
The Rebel treadmill is targeted at the frugal customer who is looking for the lowest cost, smallest footprint solution, while attaining an attractive look that veers away from the “gym equipment” color scheme of traditional treadmills. The rub is that achieving a lower retail price point as a new, low-volume producer requires leaving out some popular features and reducing component quality cut in order to sustain a reasonable profit margin.
Woodway DeskMill Treadmill Desk Review
The editorial team of WorkWhileWalking recently had the distinct privilege of putting the $7,000 Woodway DeskMill treadmill base through our full lab test, including having it on the floor of our Bellevue WA Treadmill Desk Trialing Center to get feedback from real users. We tested only the base itself; the L-Desk shown in the picture was not provided. Following is our full report, and we have to say it was probably the most interesting device we’ve ever tested here, though our conclusion regarding its suitability for prime time treadmill desking was not a positive one.
TrueForm Walking Desk Review
This is the worst abomination of the treadmill desk concept we have ever seen, and we've seen some pretty bad ones before.
TreadDesk Treadmill Base Review
TreadDesk has been around for since 2006 and has been a popular unit in the absence of the kind of competition that has started to appear over the past couple of years. However, the product is past its prime. For just a little more money you can get a lot more features, a stronger unit, and stronger warranty with the LifeSpan TR1200-DT3.
Nike Grind Equipment Mat Review
Grinding up old shoes to serve a second life as a treadmill mat is brilliant, and we applaud it fully. However, the Nike Grind is an equipment mat designed for a gym environment. While it is thicker than flimsy 2 mm mats that are often sold as treadmill mats, it isn't as thick as we'd like, it's too large for any office treadmill base we've ever seen, and it has color flecks of old sneakers that make it just a bit gaudy for the office environment. The fact that no warranty is provided leaves us wondering how durable this mat will really be after a few years of use.
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