iMovR Energize Treadmill Desk Review
- Lab tested
iMovR’s new Freedom Desk Line has already made a splash in the world of standing desks, combining American-made quality with low prices. Position an iMovR treadmill underneath one of its Energize Desks, and you have an electrifying new entrant in the treadmill desk world—one with more custom size, color and desktop shape options than any competitor.
|MSRP / List Price||
Starting at $2,392
Standard free shipping in the continental United States. Additional charges for AK, HI, Canada. DHL available for international.
All iMovR desks are made to order and shipped within 5-7 business days. Add up to 5 business days for freight delivery to anywhere in the continental US.
Energize Stand Up Desk Warranty Details:
ThermoTread GT Office Treadmill Warranty Details:
1.3″ per second
LCD with 2 Programmable Height Presets
All tops are available as SlimTops (3/4″ thick) or SelectTops (1-1/8″ thick):
Available standard woodgrain colors for the desktop include Mahogany, Hayward Cherry, Shaker Cherry, Almond Cherry, Light Maple and Urban Walnut, while Black, Designer (frosty) White, Warm White (beige), Haute Gray (putty) and a stunning Shark Gray are the available solid colors. Base legs are available in silver, black, or white.
XT Base: 22.4″ – 48.5″
Desk: 220 lbs.
|Walking Belt Size||
20″ x 50″
3.0 HP/ 4000 RPM
Treadmill: 42.7 dB
iMovR CloudStation adapter will be offered next year, connecting both the desk and treadmill to the cloud for easy integration with popular wearable devices and corporate wellness software platforms
|NEAT™ Certified by Mayo Clinic||
|Competition||Compare to All Top-Rated Office Treadmill Desks|
|Where to buy||
Buy on iMovR
|Quality and Aesthetics|
|Suitability for Treadmill Desking|
|Positives||100% American-made desk (treadmill manufactured in Taiwan, not China), easy assembly (as well as factory pre-assembly option), extra base color options (black, silver, and white), industry-leading warranty, extremely quiet operation, built-in click-wrap liability waiver and 2.5 mph speed limit (which passes muster with all major employers, even 911 dispatch centers).|
|Negatives||Taller users over 5’9” should purchase the 6” height extenders ($79), a popular add-on only available on iMovR desks. Desk width limited to 71” (for wider desktops see iMovR’s Lander Treadmill Desk, also made-in-USA).|
Full disclosure: iMovR and WorkWhileWalking have mutual ownership interest. Learn More
We’ve already reviewed the iMovR Energize Standing Desk in detail and were left mightily impressed by its variety of tabletop colors, shapes, and sizing options—the most of any standing desk we’ve reviewed to date—not to mention its American-made quality and highly competitive price point. As iMovR phases out their UpStage base desks, the Freedom Line is taking their place, and the Energize Treadmill Desk is replacing the sunsetting UpTown Treadmill Desk. With a better warranty on the desk, more size options, and a cleaner, more modern-looking base, the Energize delivers more value for the dollar, even while adding an all-American pedigree.
But how does the Energize translate into the world of treadmill desking? When we review treadmill desks, we look at several key factors (you can find them summarized in our article How We Conduct Treadmill Desk Reviews). In the case of the Energize, we’re starting with a full standing desk that has already received some of our highest marks for stability, quality, aesthetics, and value, among other criteria. So the question becomes, how does this high quality standing desk perform in a new context, with a treadmill residing underneath and the user walking and working for (perhaps) several hours a day?
Ergonomically Sound for Standing… and Walking?
The key to determining the Energize’s performance as a walking desk has to do with how well it ensures an ergonomic working experience for the user.
Vertical Challenge Accepted
The first and perhaps most important factor to consider is whether the desk can lift high enough to accommodate the extra five inches you’ll need to tack on to your height while standing on a treadmill base.
In fact, iMovR only offers their Energize Treadmill Desks with their greater height range base – the Freedom ‘XT’ model – for exactly this reason. Reaching from 22.4” to 48.5”, the Freedom XT Base can accommodate walking workers up to about 5’9” tall from our calculations. This height accommodates a large portion of the population, but clearly not everyone, so iMovR also offers 6” height extenders, which, when added to the Energize desk, bump the height limit up to 6’3” or so. For those even more vertically blessed, a quick hack is to toss on caster wheels to the desk feet—they’ll give you another 2.5 inches.
For reference, the premium iMovR Treadmill Desks, the Elite and Everest, lift up to 51” without height extenders, 55” with height extenders, and 57” with caster wheels included. That gives them a slight edge over the Freedom Desks in terms of top height limit. (You can see a further comparison between the Elite and Energize Treadmill Desks below.) The Energize Treadmill Desk accommodates an extraordinary range of heights, from the shortest to the tallest users. Even when raised to its highest height (with 6” height extenders included), it still offers a sturdy surface for working while walking without excessive shakiness.
Sufficient desk height ensures you can walk, type, and mouse comfortably without straining your hands, wrists, and arms. But keeping your eyeline at the proper height is another challenge entirely, and it’s also paramount to walking desk ergonomics. The classic solution for this problem is still the best one, and iMovR offers an assortment of monitor arms to go with their Energize Treadmill Desks (and with all their desks). With a tall pole monitor arm keeping the top of your monitor at a 0 degree eyeline, the Energize Treadmill Desk will accommodate monitor height needs for users of all heights.
A Treadmill for Walking in the Office
While the Energize performs well as a treadmill desk in general due to its ergonomic features, it performs spectacularly when partnered with iMovR’s treadmill, the ThermoTread GT. We’ve taken a close look at the ThermoTread GT before, the state-of-the-art treadmill designed for walking at work that accompanies all iMovR’s treadmill desks, and you can see our in-depth review of the treadmill itself here. But a quick rehash of the most salient points is in order, since we’re taking a look at the whole integrated Energize Treadmill Desk Workstation in this review.
User Weight Rating
Most office treadmills sold with standing desks are really just re-skinned running treadmills, and don’t take into account the new demands of walking for long periods during the day. It may seem counterintuitive, but walking on a treadmill designed for running speeds actually strains the motor more than running does. While running, your feet stay off the treadmill belt half the time, allowing the motor to run freely. The other half the time your feet are pushing the belt in the same direction the motor is running—for altogether less time with your full weight pressed against the machine. Walking at speeds of 1 – 2 mph, on the other hand, places a huge strain on a motor that must overcome the friction between the belt and the deck while pulling along what is effectively a dead weight (you).
This means that a good office treadmill must have high torque and low friction at speeds of 1-2 mph. Otherwise, it’s a recipe for premature motor or motor controller burnout, both of which cost as much to repair as buying a new treadmill. The ThermoTread GT was designed with just this in mind, with a powerful 3 HP / 4000 RPM motor, 24×7 duty cycle, and a certified user weight rating of 400 lbs.
A common concern of would-be treadmill deskers is how much noise the device will make. The last thing most people want is to aggravate their coworkers with the hum of their treadmill running during the day. That’s why noise level is so important when evaluating the best treadmill desks. When we tested, the ThermoTread GT was whisper quiet at 42.7dB (measured at ear height), that’s lower than the background HVAC noise of most offices, and far quieter than any other office treadmill on the market.
As always, warranty is usually a sign of the confidence a manufacturer places in their product quality. iMovR’s ThermoTread GT comes with an industry-leading warranty on motor, parts, and labor.
And, as icing on the cake, iMovR’s LCD touch-screen console tracks walking metrics, goals, and usage. It has internet connectivity, and will soon be connected to the iMovR CloudStation (which will permit fleet tracking and individual user stat tracking on the cloud), expected to be made available to consumers in 2018.
How does the Energize Compare to iMovR’s Premium Treadmill Desks?
Now that the Energize Treadmill Desk has come to replace the Uptown in iMovR’s desk arsenal, how does it compare to the top-of-the-line Elite? Both use the ThermoTread GT office treadmill, but the Freedom Line itself does have a couple small advantages over iMovR’s premium line, including a bit more customizability (the Energize for instance, comes in five widths from 47” to 71”, where the Elite comes in four widths, from 48” to 83”; and while both desks come with black or silver powder coated base colors, the Energize also offers white). The Freedom also has the premium line beat on ease of assembly and comes with its own wire management tray to keep your cords under control. Then there’s the kicker that it’s also substantially less expensive.
But the premium line, which uses the Reliant Base, has the Freedom Base beat on most specs including transit speed (1.5 in/sec vs. 1.3 in/sec) and lift capacity (265 lbs vs 220 lbs). The Reliant’s elegant, back-lit hand controller features four programmable height-presets compared to the Freedom’s lower-contrast LCD display and only two programmable height presets (which double as the Up and Down buttons).
Perhaps most importantly, the premium Reliant Base raises 3” higher than the Freedom XT, and is a better fit for taller workers. iMovR offers 4” height extenders for the Reliant, as well as caster wheels, to add a total of 6.5” to its already tall height, plenty for even tall treadmill deskers. Its longer feet (23 5/8” vs 29” long) create more stability for the desk, and its crossbars telescope to accommodate wider desktops, making it one of the few bases on the market that can stretch wide enough to fit a 7’ top with full stability.
Made-in-the-USA machining quality and warranty coverage are the same for both the Energize and the Elite. If your aim is to combine functionality with reliability, the Energize desk wins on value for the dollar and ease of assembly. If your aim is the ultimate in decor, and the extreme of stability at maximum height and width, the Elite is the clear choice, for not too much more money.
The Energize already earned our praise when we reviewed it as a standing desk, and with a high-quality treadmill underneath, we conclude it makes one of the best walking stations you can find on the market. While it doesn’t possess the built-in ergonomic keyboard tray of its sister-product the Cascade, its excellent height range, value, and rock solid stability make it an excellent option for any worker who wants to start walking at work.
If you’re thinking of buying or selling a used treadmill desk, be sure to check out our primer on used treadmill desks, and especially the conquest bonuses offered by some manufacturers to switch to their brand.
Full disclosure: iMovR and WorkWhileWalking have mutual ownership interest. Learn More
Energize Treadmill Desks are made to order and arrive within ten to fourteen business days from order placement. They are shipped palletized by freight from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The standard shipping price for Energize Treadmill Desks, including all optional items purchased at the same time, is free in the continental US. iMovR also offers a variety of delivery upgrades including room of choice delivery and, uniquely, factory pre-assembly.
Energize Stand Up Desk Warranty Details
- Lifetime warranty on the frame
- 10 years on all motors and electronics
- 5years on the 3D laminated tabletop
ThermoTread GT Office Treadmill Warranty Details
- 3 years on motor
- 2 years on parts
- 1 year on labor
|The Energize Tabletop|
|Grommets||All sizes have dual, fully-laminated, 80-mm grommet holes|
|Table Thickness||0.750″ SlimTop or 1.125″ SelectTop|
|Available Sizes||47″ x 30″
53″ x 30″
59″ x 30″
65″ x 30″
71″ x 30″Energize is also available with Compact 24″ depths and in a wide variety of corner models
|Available Standard Colors
See color samples
Designer White (frosty)
Warm White (beige)
|Special Features||Pre-drilled holes for attaching base to SlimTop
Insert nuts for attaching base to SelectTop
Pre-drilled holes for keyboard tray(s) and hand controller on both
|Country of Origin||Michigan, USA|
|The Freedom Base|
|Freedom Standard||Freedom XT|
|Rated Lifting Capacity||220 lbs.||220 lbs.|
|Stroke||460 mm||660 mm|
|Height Range||25.7″ – 43.8″ not including top or casters,
leveling feet fully closed
|21.3″ to 47.4″ not including top or casters,
leveling feet fully closed
|Product Weight||60 lbs.||66 lbs.|
|Average Travel Speed||1.3 inches per second||1.3 inches per second|
|Controller Type||Digital LCD Readout with two memory presets||Digital LCD Readout with two memory presets|
|Special Features||Acceleration and Deceleration Dampening||Acceleration and Deceleration Dampening|
|Country of Origin||Michigan, USA (some parts made in Europe)||Michigan, USA (some parts made in Europe)|
The ThermoTread GT Office Treadmill Base
|Fan||Ultra-quiet, automatic activation as needed|
|Deck Type||Bakelite 1″|
|Walking Belt Area||20″ x 50″|
|Deck Height||Under 5″|
|Deck Suspension||6 Compression Shocks|
|Belt Type||Ultra-quiet 2.5mm rubber plus 2-ply fabric|
|Noise Signature||Lowest of any walking treadmill – 42.7 dB (user’s ear height at 2.0 mph)|
|Speed Range||0.5-2.5 mph|
|User Weight Rating||400 lbs.|
|Side Rails||Non-scuffing aluminum|
|Desk Options||All ThermoDesk and Omega models in numerous sizes and colors, with all ergonomic accessories Omega GT models can be controlled from the touch-screen LCD desktop controller|
|Weight||Treadmill: 147 lbs Controller: 1.75 lbs
Gross shipping weight in box: 176 lbs (not including pallet)
|Overall Footprint||67.5″ x 28.35″ x 9.5″|
|Boxed Dimensions||72.6″ x 33″ x 12.4″|
|Lubrication||Easy-lift belt, no-mess lubrication takes 1 minute|
|Service Organizaiton||Spirit US|
|Voltage||120V / 60hz / 15 Amp circuit.
Pulls max of 7 amp in extreme weight 300 to 400 lbs and max speed.
More typical current draw at walking speed with average weight person is in the 1amp to 2.5amp.
Current draw increases if treadmill belt is not lubricated every 40 hours of usage.
|Power Cord Length||100″|
The ThermoTread GT Desktop Console
|Controller Type||High resolution, touch-screen LCD. Has a USB port for easy download of future software upgrades.|
|Basic Display Capabilities||
|Display Capabilities with Optional iMovR CloudStation||
|Internet Connectivity||Using iMovR CloudStation, 100% real-time connectivity to the iMovR Cloud. Uploads user and machine performance, downloads user preferences (for treadmill and desk settings), and other advanced software features.|
|Console Dimensions||7.25″x 4.125″ x 6″|
See how the Energize Treadmill Desk stacks up against the competition in our Treadmill Desk Comparison Review.