Quiet Treadmill? Fact or Fantasy?
Given the choice between a noisy or quiet treadmill, who wouldn’t pick a quiet treadmill every time? The thing to keep in mind is that every treadmill makes some noise. There’s no such thing as a piece of exercise equipment this size with a powerful electric motor driving it that’s going to be silent.
Another important point is that “quiet” and “noisy” are subjective terms. What’s quiet to one person may be bothersome to another and there are varying degrees of sound emitted by all treadmills. But if you’re looking for a relatively quiet treadmill, we will cover our top choices here.
It’s also important to realize that the very act of walking, jogging, or running can be noisy in and of itself. The slower you walk, the quieter it tends to be. But once you get up to a brisk walking pace or even a jog, it gets a little noisier as each foot hits the treadmill track that much harder.
When you check out other reviews of treadmills you’ll often find that people comment that what they hear above the treadmill itself is the thumping of their feet as it hits the tread. That’s something to keep in mind as you shop around for a treadmill that’s quiet, yet strong enough to meet your needs.
How Much Noise Does a Treadmill Make?
As a general rule, you’ll find that most treadmills run between 40 dB and 70 dB – somewhere in that range. That’s a significant range in which the human ear can pick up differences in sound in a single decibel.
No matter what treadmill you buy, it will be quieter when you walk on it as opposed to jogging or running. After all, you’re moving at a slower pace and striking the track with less impact.
At a running speed of 7.5 miles an hour, the typical treadmill would generate a noise reading at the higher end of the sound scale. At these speeds, there’s a significant amount of noise generated.
What Makes a Treadmill Quiet?
Apart from the speed of the motor, there are other factors involved. Some are built-in, and some, like a rubber mat under the treadmill, need to be added by the buyer.
Built-in features include a motor that runs quieter than others. Padded tracking can also absorb some of the sound and another factor is the frame structure itself. A rickety frame is naturally going to be noisier than one that’s solidly constructed.
5 Simple Steps to Minimize Noise
1. Be sure that your treadmill -whatever brand or model – is assembled correctly. Follow all the steps as stated or illustrated in the manual. And be sure to tighten all screws, nuts, and bolts.
2. Choose the best possible location in your home or office. Preferably it’s one that will cause less of an impact from any noise produced. It’s best to place it on carpet or on thick and heavy rubber pads on a solid part of the building’s structure – where there’s no creaking.
3. Lubricate the treadmill belt frequently. Once every three months is usually ideal, though this may vary depending on your brand of treadmill.
4. Walk instead of run. While many treadmills allow for a full range of exercise, if noise transference is an issue, stick to walking. A brisk walk can provide tremendous benefits to your health.
5. Make sure the floor is relatively level. If the treadmill is not sitting evenly, try moving it slightly near the selected area until you find a level spot on the floor. Shims can also be used to level a treadmill. You want it to eliminate any added vibration that occurs when a treadmill is not flat on the floor.
Pro Gear HCXL 4000
The Pro Gear HCXL 4000 is built to handle any user up to 400 pounds in weight. It features an extra wide treadmill belt (20 inches) – similar to the size you would find in a fitness club.
It also features a 1.5 hp, high-torque motor that utilizes “quiet drive” technology to reduce the noise output of the motor. The speed of the Pro Gear is limited to 4 mph, which is more than enough for brisk walking.
You can even work your way up to a light jog at around the 4 mph range to burn extra calories, lose body fat and tone muscles. But walking at a good pace for 30 – 60 minutes per day will help pretty much anyone improve their fitness level.
The Pro Gear HCXL is 32 inches wide by 51.2 inches long and 63 inches high, fully assembled. It weighs around 120 pounds.
At 18 inches in length, its safety handles are about twice as long as most competitors. And it features a reinforced frame. That’s what allows the Pro Gear to accommodate users up to 400 pounds. Most other treadmills in its class don’t get near this weight capacity.
There’s also a two-position manual incline adjustment. Speed controls and the on/off switch are located on the handlebars for added convenience. The track size measures 20 inches wide by 40 inches long – which is perfect for walking.
When you’re done with your workout, you can fold up your Pro Gear. You can also move it out of the way, although it’s not something you would likely want to do on a regular basis.
The bright LCD display shows you the time, distance walked, how many calories you’ve burned, the speed of your stride, and it monitors your pulse as well.
The warranty includes five years on the motor – which is exceptional in the treadmill industry – particularly at its reasonable price point.
Most users like the fact that the belt is wider than other models and that the machine is solidly built. It also runs quietly.
Rebel Treadmill 1000 Desk Treadmill
If you’re lazy like me, you’ll love the fact that the Rebel treadmill comes fully assembled. Just take it out of the box, set it up, and away you go.
The speed range of the Rebel is limited from .5 mph up to 2 mph so it’s strictly for slower walking while you work. That’s certainly not a bad thing since many healthcare professionals consider walking to be the best kind of exercise for most people.
It’s somewhat of a lightweight treadmill weighing in at just 88 pounds. All you have to do is take the treadmill out of the box. Using the front wheels, you can roll it into position under the standing desk or a tall counter, and you’re ready to walk while you take care of your office work.
The Rebel Treadmill 1000 Desk Treadmill is built to support users of up to 250 pounds. This treadmill is 24 inches wide by 63 inches long and it features a 1.5 hp continuous duty motor. This is equivalent to a 2 1/4 hp peak motor.
The speed range of the Rebel is ideal for doing typical office tasks such as talking on the phone, checking things off your to-do list, typing on the keyboard, and many other computer related tasks.
Some people find it perfectly comfortable to walk in regular work clothes and they don’t worry about working up a sweat. I suppose it depends on the individual and the speed and duration of your walking, so your mileage may vary here.
The console is small and easy to use; it’s nice that it’s not the focal point of the treadmill since your purpose is to walk while you work. At the same time, it’s fully capable of tracking time, distance, and speed.
Imagine burning up to 800 calories in a single day – simply by walking as you get important work completed.
It’s a fantastic way to improve your overall health and fitness level and increase productivity at the same time. Walking on a treadmill releases endorphins and that makes you feel happier and more alert. It gets you up and out of your chair and that’s a good thing, according to the experts.
The warranty for the Rebel covers you for one year on parts, labor, and electronics, two years on the motor, and twenty years on the frame.
Users find it very quiet. As with every treadmill at any speed, there is a constant “hum” from the motor. But this “white noise” is easy to get used to. It’s not the kind of noise that’s going to distract others around you, so it’s perfectly good in an office setting.
When you’re not walking, you can always try using a yoga ball on top of the treadmill, or simply move to a regular desk.
With the Rebel 1000 Desk Treadmill, it’s easy to spend a good portion of your day strolling at 1.2 to 1.5 mph. You’ll find that you automatically get into a rhythm where it’s easier to maintain focus on your work.
Proform 505 CST Treadmill
The Proform is another treadmill that folds up vertically to save floor space. It features a weight capacity of up to 300 pounds and its “Proshox” cushioning helps to ease the stress on your joints and back. It also comes with iPod compatible audio and a quick incline adjustment of between 0 to 10%.
What’s notable about the Proform is that it’s a treadmill that can be used for virtually any purpose. With a strong 2.5 continuous horsepower motor, it’s built for both speed and endurance. So it can handle virtually any type of workout.
The motor itself is a commercial grade device, built from quality components. It stays cool through even the toughest workouts and provides a smooth yet powerful treadmill experience every time.
Overall dimensions are 35.75 inches wide by 73.3 inches long by 68 inches high. But it folds up to save you about half that floor space.
Cushioning provided makes it easier on the body as a whole, whether you’re walking, jogging, or running. With less stress on your ankles, knees, hips, and feet, you’ll tend to use your treadmill for longer periods of time, reaping the rewards of additional exercise you might not have gotten any other way.
The Proform 505 CST Treadmill also comes with 18 built-in workout apps, brilliantly displayed on a 6-inch screen. It offers speeds of up to 10 mph.
This is a treadmill that’s not particularly noisy, although you will notice it at higher speeds, naturally. For its price, it offers very good value in a solid treadmill.
Lifespan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill
The Lifespan is another folding treadmill you might want to consider. It measures 33 inches wide by 70 inches long by 54 inches high, fully assembled. It features a 2.5 hp motor and a large track of 20″ x 56″ – making it ideal for jogging and running.
It supports users up to 300 pounds and it’s multicolored LCD console tracks speed, distance traveled, calories burned, and the time you’ve spent on the treadmill. It also offers numerous weight loss, sports training, and heart rate programs to improve your overall fitness.
What’s most notable about the Lifespan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill is the lifetime warranty on the frame and motor.
The manufacturer claims that it’s the highest quality motor in its class. 2.5 hp of continuous duty is significant since the motor inside is a major factor when choosing a quality treadmill.
The large track area is ideal for whatever type of exercise you prefer whether it’s walking, jogging, or running. You can train in comfort with the shock absorbers that have been built-in under the track to provide safe and responsive cushioning.
It’s definitely softer and safer than running on a paved road. You probably won’t have to worry about your knees and other joints, something that becomes increasingly important the older we get.
The Lifespan Treadmill is relatively quiet. It’s not silent, though – no treadmill is. But for the size and capacity, it’s a solid purchase you’ll likely be delighted to make.
To find a treadmill that’s noticeably better than this one, you should be prepared to spend at least 2 to 3 times as much money.
There you have it – our top choices for a quiet treadmill. Don’t be fooled by any vendor or brand claiming a “whisper-quiet” experience. Every treadmill makes some noise. But take the steps suggested and buy any of the recommended models and you’ll be in for a satisfying experience.