Getting a good cardio workout in an apartment can be a real challenge. Even though performing strength exercises doesn’t usually produce much noise, cardio training is, by nature, pretty loud. So if you like to burn calories by doing jumping jacks or running on a treadmill, you’ll need to figure out a way to do it quietly. Fortunately, my comprehensive guide to quiet treadmills for apartments can help with at least a part of that equation.
After I show you the features you ought to consider when shopping for a quiet treadmill, I’ll recommend six machines that clear those checkmarks. In addition, I’ll also add some bonus options from the same manufacturers.
However, since even the quietest machines might develop problems later on, I’ll throw in some tips that could help you reduce the noise even more.
What to Consider When Shopping for a Quiet Treadmill
Some treadmills come with built-in solutions that reduce noise. So if you want to find the quietest treadmill for your apartment, there are some features you’ll want to watch out for.
As is the case with other motorized quiet equipment I’ve reviewed, a more powerful motor is usually much louder than a weaker one. Fortunately, in this case, you’d be able to choose the speed of the motor, which should make it easy to keep it at a quiet purr. Maintaining a slower pace while you’re running typically produces less noise as well.
Usually, a decent treadmill should be able to achieve walking, jogging, and running speeds. So it should take you from half a mile per hour to upwards of 10 mph. Now, if you’re someone who enjoys a brisk run, keeping a slow pace may not be enough of a challenge. So what else can you do?
Well, you could also make sure that your machine has some incline options. That will make even a slower pace impactful and let you work up a good runner’s appetite.
Most treadmill product descriptions will either tell you the number of incline options the machine is working with or the range of angles you’ll be able to use. However, if you’re a real-life Sonic the Hedgehog, there are other ways to make your treadmill stable enough for sprinting.
If you’re planning on really making use of your treadmill’s speed settings, you’ll want it to have a nice, sturdy build. Specifically, you’re looking for a heavy, stable base that’s not going to shift and creak as you run.
To make sure that the treadmill you’re looking at is sturdy, check its weight. Many of them will advertise their light build as a positive. However, despite the fact that you’d be able to move them easily, you should avoid those lighter machines. Instead, aim for something with a sturdy-looking base.
Rubber feet are another base feature that can be helpful in apartments since they can prevent the machine from skidding across the floor. Still, if you don’t happen to find a machine with anti-vibration feet, you can always just buy some.
While anti-vibration mats can lessen the impact your treadmill has on the floor below, the machine should also come with additional shock absorption features. In my experience, those are often located inside of the belt itself. Typically, you’d see these kinds of features listed as “deck suspension.”
The suspension is what makes the belt of your treadmill responsive — kind of like running on regular ground. A good treadmill should definitely not be too hard under your feet. That would potentially cause a lot of excess noise. However, it shouldn’t be too soft either, as that would force your body into an awkward and improper running posture.
Finally, while this feature isn’t necessarily related to the amount of noise a machine makes, it’s still a pretty important one to consider when shopping for an apartment treadmill. Many of the options on the market are foldable, so you could just lift the base into an upright position when you finish your session.
However, those lighter options typically aren’t great for people past a certain size. Furthermore, they usually don’t have the sturdy base you want to see in an apartment treadmill.
So before you choose a treadmill, check its dimensions and find a suitable spot in your apartment. Speaking of which, if you want to know more about the best treadmill placement in an apartment, I’ll have some tips for you after my reviews.
Best Quiet Treadmills on the Market
When I went looking for the quietest treadmills on the market, I came across many products that would fit into that category. However, while I was researching, I realized that certain brands kept popping up.
Eventually, I narrowed my list down to six products from different manufacturers. Still, since some brands are famous for making relatively silent treadmills, I’ve also decided to include other machines from their lineup that fit the bill in a separate section. That being said, let’s get into my reviews!
1. LifeSpan TR3000i Folding Treadmill
LifeSpan Fitness is one of the most popular treadmill manufacturers I’ve come across in my search for the quietest machine on the market. The TS3000i is a folding model that’s pretty compact when you pull the deck up toward the handles. In that position, the machine comes in at 60 inches tall, taking up only 42 by 33 inches of floor space. You can actually tip the whole machine toward you and wheel it to where you want to store it.
But, obviously, you’re not looking to buy a treadmill to keep it stashed away under your bed or against a wall. You’ll want to use it! When you have the deck parallel to the floor, the length of the machine will come in at 71 inches. The belt itself is 20 inches wide and 56 inches long — so that’s the space you’ll be working with. It’ll also be easy on the knees and pretty quiet thanks to 8 compression absorbers inside the deck.
The 2.75 horsepower motor will easily take you from 0.5 to 12 mph. In fact, the product actually comes with 21 preinstalled exercise programs, and you can add your own pretty easily. The built-in computer is accessible through a touch-enabled control console, and it even has Bluetooth connectivity and data transfer features.
Even though this machine is one of the quietest ones on the market, its non-slip rubber feet won’t prevent the impact noise from seeping through the floor. In fact, the treadmill’s tiny circular rubber pads can only prevent it from sliding. Still, you can always get a thicker mat.
- Foldable treadmill with 21 preinstalled exercise programs
- 71 inches long, 33 inches wide, and 56 inches tall
- 5–12 mph adjustable speed
- 15 levels of incline
- 350 lbs max user weight
More LifeSpan Treadmills
In terms of alternative choices from this manufacturer, I’ve found two products that would fit two different types of people. If you’re a more serious athlete, the LifeSpan Fitness TR4000i machine packs a more powerful punch than its predecessor.
It’s still foldable, though it’s slightly larger, with the belt size being 60 by 20 inches. The other specs are pretty much the same as the previous model’s, except that it runs on a 3.25 horsepower motor. I can only imagine this model is somewhat louder than the previous one, which is why I’ve decided to feature the TR3000i as my main choice.
The other LifeSpan option I’ve got for you would be perfect for people who are looking to exercise while getting some work done. The TR1200-DT5 treadmill desk is a walking treadmill that’s only capable of reaching speeds up to 4 miles per hour with its 2.25 horsepower motor. The belt itself is 20 by 50 inches long, and it can withstand 350 lbs, like the other products I’ve recommended. However, it only has 6 impact absorbers.
The standing desk that comes with the treadmill is detachable, so you can use it on its own as well. You can even adjust its height, up to 52.5 inches. There’s also a small, Bluetooth-enabled computer on the edge of the desk that allows you to control the treadmill.
2. Goplus Electric Folding Treadmill with Incline Features
Goplus is another brand that kept popping up as I was researching this topic. The treadmill I’ve chosen to feature is another folding machine, though it’s a bit smaller than the ones we previously saw. When the machine is unfolded, it stands at just under 50 inches tall and 62 inches long. Additionally, the treadmill comes in at 26.5 inches wide — which means that your running surface is actually about 16.5 inches wide.
Furthermore, the machine also has an excellent shock absorption system that should lessen some of the impact noise. However, I did have one concern as to the sturdiness of the base itself. I believed the additional wheels on the deck would make the machine slide. Yet after hearing from other users, I realized that the machine would stay put.
In my opinion, this machine would be ideal for more casual joggers and runners alike. Its 2.5 horsepower motor can spin the belt at a maximum of 7.5 mph, which is a brisk pace in my book. And if you want to make your workout even more challenging, you can also adjust the incline up to 15%.
Of course, if you don’t want to think about it too hard, you can also choose one of the 12 preprogrammed workout options. And after you’re done with your workout, the built-in computer will send your health report to your Google Fit app to help you track your progress.
- Foldable treadmill with 12 workout programs
- 62 inches long, 26.5 inches wide, and 49.5 inches tall
- 5–7.5 mph adjustable speed
- 0–15% incline
- 220 lbs max user weight
More Goplus Treadmills
In addition to the treadmill I reviewed above, I found three other options I believe are fairly quiet. If you need a smaller machine for your apartment, this one takes up only 25.5 inches by 24 inches of floor space when you fold it up. It can reach speeds of up to 6.5 mph, so it’s nothing special, but it has a solid build that won’t budge. In addition to the regular gray model, the treadmill also comes in white and pink.
The next treadmill I want to recommend is the Black Jaguar IV, which boasts a quiet engine. That very engine can actually manage speeds of up to 9 mph at 3 levels of incline, which is nothing to scoff at. Furthermore, the Black Jaguar treadmills have plenty of shock absorbance in the base with the express purpose of keeping the noise down for indoor running.
Still, since the Black Jaguar line is frequently sold out, I also want to point out that this little treadmill is another one that should be pretty ideal for home use. In fact, the treadmill in question also claims to have a quiet engine and features an impressively elastic belt as well.
3. Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill
The Sole Fitness F80 folding treadmill has been on every fitness junkie’s wish list since it first hit the market. It’s certainly one of the most visually impressive folding treadmills I’ve ever seen, measuring 35 inches wide, 80 inches long, and 58 inches tall. The machine itself weighs 265 pounds, which should keep it on the ground when you run.
Despite its sturdy build, it won’t be harsh on your knees, thanks to the manufacturer’s Cushion Flex deck technology. That same technology also serves to decrease the amount of impact noise you’re making. The size of the belt is impressive as well, giving you a running area of 22 by 60 inches.
The treadmill runs on a 3.5 horsepower motor that can take you up to 12 miles per hour. In fact, there are 6 set workout programs and 2 options you can customize yourself.
The control dash looks a bit complicated at first, but it’s pretty easy to master once you get into it. It even has a speaker system, so you can stay on beat while you run. The system will also keep track of your vitals, which is pretty standard. However, this machine does it with pulse grips as well as the complimentary chest strap.
- Foldable treadmill with 6 standard and 2 custom programs
- 80 inches long, 35 inches wide, and 58 inches tall
- 5–12 mph adjustable speed
- 0–15% incline
- 375 lbs max user weight
More Sole Fitness Treadmills
If you happen to live in a large apartment, or you happen to be a large person, I want to point you to the Sole Fitness TT8 model as well. The machine in question is truly enormous at 32 by 80 inches. It has a maximum user weight of 425 pounds, and the product itself weighs 300 pounds. Since the treadmill is also a non-folding model, you can trust that its weight will keep it bolted to the ground.
4. DAEYEGIM 2-In-1 Walking Pad Desk Treadmill
The dimensions of this model are 49.2 x 19.3 x 5.3 inches. As such, you can store it neatly under a bed or sofa if you don’t have enough space to keep it as it is. Alternatively, you can also prop it upright and put it behind a closet or door.
With speeds ranging from 0.5 to 5 mph, this treadmill is the perfect choice for anyone who likes walks and semi-intense runs. I’ll also note that the maximum weight capacity is 265 pounds, which is slightly more than most of the models discussed on this list.
The perk of the treadmill is that it comes with a digital monitor. You can use it to keep track of your speed, number of steps, and time. In addition, you can also turn on the calorie counter, which comes in handy if you want to know exactly how much energy you’ve spent during your run.
As for turning on the treadmill, the machine comes with a compact smart remote control. Besides powering the treadmill on and off, the remote also helps you adjust your speed depending on your needs.
Since the treadmill has no handles, you can use it even while working from home if you have a desk riser. Simply place it on your desk, get all your necessities, and put the treadmill close enough so that you can reach the desk.
- Small and portable desk treadmill
- 49 inches long, 19.3 inches wide, and 5.3 inches tall
- 0.5–5 mph adjustable speed
- Transportation wheels for easy moving
- 265 lbs weight capacity
5. Xterra Fitness TR Folding Treadmill
The Fitness TR model offers you a speed range of 0.5 to 10 mph. You can also take advantage of the power incline options, which go up to 10 degrees. So, the treadmill can sustain light walks and heavy running sessions alike, making it a fantastic choice for any runner.
If you like using third-party fitness apps to track your workouts or to participate in different challenges and classes, this treadmill will work wonders for you. You can connect it to any app you like via Bluetooth and access your data or workout plan on the smart digital panel.
The treadmill comes with handlebars that you can use for safety and convenience. Moreover, they can also help you control the speed and incline of the treadmill, as well as turn it on and off.
Speaking of the handlebars — they can be easily folded. In addition, the upper half of the treadmill has sturdy wheels. So, you will be able to store the machine somewhere safe while you aren’t using it and need the extra space.
Made using the XTRASoft Deck Cushioning technology, the treadmill is whisper-quiet. Still, I advise you to get a sturdy mat and place it under the treadmill if you have downstairs neighbors who aren’t big fans of the vibrations and faint whirring.
- XTRASoft Deck Cushioning technology
- 64.6 inches long, 29.3 inches wide, and 51.7 inches tall
- 0.5–10 mph adjustable speed
- 0–10% incline
- 250 lbs max user weight
6. Sunny Health & Fitness Sf-T7515 Smart Treadmill
If you’re into high-intensity runs with steep inclines, this model will suit you perfectly. It has 12 incline levels, ranging from 0 to 12. Pair that with the 1 to 8 mph speed range, and you get a true treadmill superstar.
Since the treadmill has Bluetooth wireless connectivity, you can hook it up to any app you want. In addition, the mp3 cord lets you play music as you work out without having to wear earphones and worrying about them slipping out.
The treadmill display has 3 countdown models: one for speed, one for calories, and one for time. So, you can keep track of all the most important stats while you run.
Thanks to the wheels attached to the upper base of the treadmill, you can easily move it wherever you want. The handlebars are also foldable, so you can make sure the treadmill takes up as little space as possible in your apartment or house.
Made of alloy steel, the treadmill is quite heavy — it weighs around 123.5 pounds. As such, the machine is incredibly sturdy and can sustain regular use for years. The choice of material also allows for a larger maximum weight capacity, which, in this case, is 240 pounds.
- Comes in a sleek gray, white, and black combination
- 28 inches wide, 64.5 inches long, and 50.5 inches tall
- 1–8 mph adjustable speed
- 0–12% incline
- Maximum weight capacity of 240 lbs
How to Make Your Treadmill Even Quieter
All treadmills, even ones that are brand new, tend to make a certain amount of noise. Obviously, the very act of running is going to cause some impact noise. Still, there are certain adjustments you can make to silence your treadmill.
Know Where to Put the Treadmill
If you’re going to keep a treadmill in an apartment, you’ll want to know the right place to put it. First and foremost, you’ll want to have a chat with your downstairs neighbor, or whoever your workout would bother. Ask them when it would be okay for you to use the treadmill, and which rooms they spend the least time in. Then, figure out what the corresponding room in your apartment is and set the machine there.
Many people discourage hopeful treadmill owners from setting their treadmills in the corner of the room if they’re looking for silence. After all, noise is amplified by corners, which is why bass traps exist. However, the strongest part of the floor in an apartment building is usually near the corner of an exterior wall.
Typically, those areas tend to have less creaking, so they might be a good place to set up shop. Besides, if you’re worried about the walls bouncing the noise and amplifying it, you can always cover them with blankets or acoustic panels.
Wherever you decide to place your treadmill, you’ll want it to be on a flat surface to avoid wobbling. So, either place it entirely on the floor or entirely on a carpet. If your floors aren’t flat, you can slip a rubber mat under the machine that will hopefully level the ground.
Use Anti-Vibration Mats
Anti-vibration mats are basically rubber pieces you can slide under your treadmill. If your main issue is with sliding, you can go for a thinner one. However, if you’re worried about noise, I recommend using a thicker mat.
I’ve previously talked about anti-vibration mats in the context of washing machines and air compressors. In this case, you can either look for a treadmill mat or just buy a thick stretch of rubber.
Alternately, or even additionally, you can use carpets to absorb some of the impact noise. However, you’ll want to make sure that the carpet in question has some kind of grip. That way, your machine won’t slip and slide while you’re exercising.
Lubricate the Treadmill Belt
Most treadmills need to get regular maintenance checks in order to remain quiet. You should aim to check the treadmill belt every few months.
Basically, the belt needs lubrication to avoid the friction noises that may occur with constant use. Usually, the manual will tell you how often you should lubricate the belt and which products you should use. In this case, WD-40 probably isn’t going to cut it — you’ll have to get special treadmill lubricants.
While you’re at it, ensure that all of the joints of the machine are well lubricated as well. Furthermore, if you suspect the treadmill is making knocking or creaking sounds because some parts are a bit loose, now’s the time to tighten the bolts.
Adjust Your Pace
Finally, the simplest way to avoid noise complaints is to go slow. Use your treadmill for walking at an incline or soft jogging.
If your running form is correct, you shouldn’t be producing slapping noises with your feet anyway. When you’re running, you shouldn’t be hitting the treadmill with your heel. Instead, try to aim at the ground with the middle of your foot. And get some proper footwear while you’re at it.
Reasons to Get a Quiet Treadmill for Your Apartment
As someone who’s gone through more fitness phases than I can count, I can tell you that having a treadmill in your apartment can be pretty convenient. There are plenty of excellent reasons one might want to invest in a treadmill:
- Running is one of the best and most comprehensive workouts. It can get your heart rate up, which can improve circulation and speed up your metabolism, even leading to weight loss. Additionally, running can strengthen your muscles and bones, which can help you handle your weight better, no matter how much you actually weigh.
- Treadmills are huge time-savers as they allow you to get your workout in at home. Consequently, you don’t have to slather on sunscreen or pack water and other necessities before going on a run.
- Having a home treadmill also lets you have your privacy. Many beginner runners are shy about exercising with other people around. Yet, no matter how shy you are, you still need to get some exercise in.
- You can take your time and adjust your exercise regimen. Treadmills allow you to set your own pace and incline as you please. Besides, if you don’t live in a neighborhood with many running paths, a treadmill would allow you to run without worrying about obstacles.
- Finally, owning a treadmill could also save you money — especially if you’re already sinking cash into a gym membership you’re not using.
Still, even with all of these numerous advantages to having a treadmill at home, there are some drawbacks. Now at least, you won’t have to worry about the noise and angry neighbors.
Exercise in Silence!
So now you know what the quietest treadmills on the market are and how to silence the treadmill you may currently have. To summarize, it comes down to two factors:
- The sound of the motor inside of the treadmill, which you can avoid by purchasing a motorless treadmill.
- The sound of your feet hitting the belt, which produces any number of noises. Your downstairs neighbors can probably hear everything, from the impact of your footsteps to the squeaking of the base slipping across the floor.
Still, with a few adjustments, you’ll find that reducing treadmill noise can be pretty easy. Additionally, if you’re looking for almost completely quiet cardio workouts, there are other machines you can try.
For example, exercise bicycles don’t require you to shake the ground you’re standing on. Punching bags can get a bit noisy. However, the good thing about them is that you usually get what you’re looking for within a few minutes. And there are also all sorts of weighted cardio exercises that will get you sweating while building muscle mass.
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