DIY Round-Up: What Brands of Running Treadmills are Most Popular with Treadmill Deskers?
If you’ve spent any time at all on WorkWhileWalking’s websites then you know how much we dislike the common DIY move of cannibalizing a running treadmill for use in a treadmill desking application. We won’t repeat the reasons why in this post, but if you don’t already know then read this article to learn why it’s a very bad idea.
So that said, at least half of all treadmill desks in use today were built with a Craiglist cheapie, or an old treadmill that had spent the last couple years collecting dust in the garage. Back in 2013 we surveyed over 1,100 early-adopting treadmill deskers to find out what brand of running treadmills have been most popular for this application, and here’s what we found to be the most popular makes for their walking workstation setups:
Remarkably, the most popular unit was TreadDesk, which has been around for more than eight years now. While TreadDesk has a teeny tiny sliver of market share in terms of current sales, they had a long run with no competition other than from the Steelcase Walkstation, which at $5,000 was targeted solely at the corporate market. Starting in 2011, however, LifeSpan Fitness entered the scene with the TR800, TR1200 and TR5000, the first reasonably-priced, commercially produced units. These were soon followed by RebelDesk and Exerpeutic. By 2015 the field become significantly more crowded with commercially produced unis such as the leading-edge iMovR ThermoTread GT, the $4,600 Steelcase knock-off InMovement Treadmill Desk, and two also-ran running treadmills with somewhat lame desk attachments from ProForm and NordicTrack.