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Last Updated: April 9, 2022
Part of what drives people to workout at home is to escape the noise of a commercial gym, full of people chatting, answering phone calls, and the normal sounds of exercising. Rather than try and work out in this environment, it makes sense to enjoy running at home.
As most runners have experienced, there is a peaceful, almost meditative state that can be achieved while running. But if you choose a home treadmill that clanks or is loud, it can be tough to release your stress enough to reach that happy running place.
Also, if you have a noisy treadmill, it is almost guaranteed that your workouts will disturb other family members. Plenty of our readers are parents who are looking for ways to exercise at home so that they don’t have to find childcare for their young children and don’t want to disrupt naptime. Well, Treadmill Guru is here to tell you that it is entirely possible to find the best quiet treadmill.
While there are hundreds—if not thousands—of treadmills available, we have sorted through these treadmills and have a list of ten of 2022’s quietest treadmills for you to choose from.
Quietest Treadmills – Our Top Recommendations For 2022
Why You Should Trust Us
At Treadmill Review Guru, we’re here to test out treadmills and provide you with our experience using them. We know that noise is a huge factor to consider when buying a treadmill for your home whether you’re in a shared space or not. A treadmill that makes an excessive amount of noise can interrupt your workout and even ruin it entirely.
When you’re ready to order your new treadmill, we want you to feel confident that your treadmill will be high in quality as well as quiet. You can trust that we’ve taken each of these treadmills through our in-depth process above and determined that these are the quietest treadmills that we’ve tested.
Sneak Peak Of Quietest Treadmills:
Quiet Treadmills – Our Top Recommendations
1. NordicTrack X22i Incline Treadmill
The NordicTrack x22i incline trainer is the quietest treadmill on our list. It has a steel frame, solid uprights and a very shock absorbent deck which reduces overall noise output. The x22i has a 3.6 horsepower motor which is both powerful and quiet and will support intense running as well as walking.
The NordicTrack X22i is also at the top of our list of best treadmills overall.
We measured the following decibel levels on the NordicTrack x22:
- 66 Decibels: 3mph, belt on only (3% grade)
- 67 Decibels: 3mph, with a person walking (3% grade)
- 71 Decibels: 6mph, belt on only (3% grade)
- 73 Decibels: 6mph, with a person running (3% grade)
Incline trainers lift higher than standard treadmills, so the x22i inclines to a 40% grade and declines to a -6%. Incline training is more challenging and allows users to either run or walk on an incline for a higher calorie burn with more posterior engagement. We love that the incline training feature allows users to stay low impact. If you are a person who has mobility limitations or joint issues, you don’t have to run to get a good workout on the NordicTrack x22i.
I absolutely love the 22” touchscreen on the x22i! NordicTrack’s subscription program, iFit, is included free for the first month so you can try it out without having to pay at first. iFit has over 16,000 classes both indoor and outdoor with routes all over the world. Since the x22i has extended cushioning in the deck, it gently descends with each step.
The NordicTrack x22i does not fold, so it has a firmer frame and is heavier than a folding treadmill. This increases stability and reduces noise output. However, this machine is large and doesn’t fold up — so if size is also a consideration, make sure to look at the folding treadmills listed below.
- Extensive Reflex Cushioning in the deck helps absorb much of the impact noise
- Belt and motor are nearly silent
- Large rollers and 2-ply belt make the surface feel comfortable underfoot
- Impressive 22” touchscreen is easy to see and use
- Has multiple handlebars to target different muscles as you run/walk
- Large, easy to use buttons for speed and incline
- 3.6 HP Motor
- Has a large 22’ wide and 60” long belt
- Will sync with Bluetooth headphones
- Has a large footprint and is heavy
- Doesn’t fold up – requires a dedicated space
2. NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill
The 1750 is one of NordicTrack’s most popular treadmills. It has the right balance of features like a 14” touchscreen, cushioned folding deck, full library of iFit content, and a great price. This treadmill is also impressively quiet when in use. While all treadmills create just a bit of noise, the 1750 has the same general construction as the 2450, so it rivals these high-ranking treads as another quiet option that is slightly less expensive.
We measured the following decibel levels on the NordicTrack 1750:
- 69 Decibels: 3mph, belt on only (3% grade)
- 73 Decibels: 3mph, with a person walking (3% grade)
- 80 Decibels: 6mph, belt on only (3% grade)
- 84 Decibels: 6mph, with a person running (3% grade)
We were impressed with the fact that the noise output on the NordicTrack 1750 was very consistent. We only detected a 4 decibel increase at each level when we cranked up the speed. Unlike other treadmills that are very quiet as long as no one is on them, we didn’t notice a huge increase in noise output when we walked on the 1750. The 3.5 horsepower motor operates smoothly and the belt and rollers also help absorb much of the noise when you are on the treadmill.
Like its sister machines, the 1750 also inclines to 15% and declines to a -3% grade. This adds training options to your workout regimen. Your purchase of a 1750 treadmill also includes iFit free for the first month.
- Runners Flex Cushioning is soft underfoot and helps absorb noise
- Has a 3.5 hp motor that is smooth and quiet
- Comes with iFit free for the first 30 days
- Folds up and locks into place when not in use
- Has a nicely powered fan with four settings
- Inclines to 15% and declines to -3%
- Slightly noisier than the 2450, but also more affordable
- 10” touchscreen is not the largest
3. Horizon 7.8 AT Treadmill
For the first time, the Horizon 7.8 AT has made our Quietest List and we are super impressed with the nearly silent motor. This treadmill is built with quality materials, from the heavy-duty steel frame to the thicker plastic that doesn’t vibrate and carry sound the way that other treadmills would.
We measured the following decibel levels on the Horizon 7.8 AT:
- 65 Decibels: 3mph, belt on only (3% grade)
- 71 Decibels: 3mph, with a person walking (3% grade)
- 73 Decibels: 6mph, belt on only (3% grade)
- 76 Decibels: 6mph, with a person running (3% grade)
Even at the highest speeds that the Horizon 7.8 AT treadmill can reach—ranging from 0.5 to 12 MPH—this treadmill won’t bother the neighbors or family members who are in the next room. The Horizon 7.8 AT has extensive deck cushioning, which assists in dampening sounds while protecting your joints from injuries due to the motions of walking and running.
The motor in the Horizon 7.8 AT is both powerful and quiet when operating. This commercial 4.0 CHP motor will power you through your workouts. The 7.8 AT also has preloaded programs that include hill work, calorie burn and even the Sprint 8 HIIT training program.
Also, as you shift between programs, use the speed and incline buttons, and select things on the touchscreen, you are giving an audible beep to help notify you that the Horizon 7.8 AT has received input from you.
- Provides a wide variety of features for its price.
- Exercise programs are built into the console.
- The strong motor provides smooth workouts for users of all fitness levels.
- Can support a user who weighs up to 350 lbs.
- There is room to move on the 60” long by 22” wide treadmill belt.
- Does not require a subscription
- Fan isn’t super powerful
- Console not as tech enhanced as the NordicTrack treadmills
4. Sole F80 Treadmill
With the highest weight limit, the Sole F80 treadmill is already impressive in its ability to accommodate users who weigh up to 375 lbs. Users who are around this weight and lower can enjoy the fact that the durable F80 remains quiet even when operating under a high load.
We measured the following decibel levels on the Sole F80:
- 67 Decibels: 3mph, belt on only (3% grade)
- 72 Decibels: 3mph, with a person walking (3% grade)
- 75 Decibels: 6mph, belt on only (3% grade)
- 80 Decibels: 6mph, with a person running (3% grade)
A hallmark of Sole treadmills helps to reduce the sound produced by the F80. As Sole treadmills are welded together, there are fewer parts that need connecting with bolts. With fewer bolted sections, the F80 is able to stay quieter and not vibrate noisy bits of metal.
Along with the solid frame that comes with the Sole F80, you have a solid 3.5 CHP motor under the hood of this treadmill. While some of the budget Sole models can acquire a whine when ran at the higher speeds, the F80’s powerful motor runs evenly without any annoying sounds to break into the even hum of the running motor.
With the rest of these sound-dampening treadmill features, the F80 also comes with Cushion Flex Whisper Deck cushioning built into it, bringing both quietness and cushioning to your home. While it is not as soft as a deck where you can adjust the cushioning, with the cushioning on the Sole F80, you can reduce the impact your body takes up to 40% according to Sole.
There is also no extra noise when you change speeds or inclines on the F80, which is great since you have an incline range of 0% to 15% and a speed range of 0.5 to 12 MPH. The console does beep when you press buttons to choose one of the 10 built-in programs or changing the speed or incline. You may want to turn down the volume on the buttons so that you don’t get startled by a loud beep.
- Chest strap included with F80 for heart rate monitoring.
- A strong motor that operates quietly.
- EasyAssist folding comes with the F80 to make it simpler to fold up this machine and save on space.
- Has a wide treadmill belt of 22” in width and 60” in length.
- The F80 has a top user weight of 375 lbs, far more generous than many treadmills.
- Bluetooth speakers are built into the console of the F80.
- Incline range goes from 0% to 15%.
- The F80 has excellent warranty coverage.
- Very heavy machine that can be tough to move.
- Arm rails can be a bit on the short side.
- Assembling the the F80 can be difficult.
5. NordicTrack Commercial 2450 Treadmill
The NordicTrack 2450 treadmill is very close in specs to the 1750 treadmill only this one is slightly less expensive since it has a 22” touchscreen rather than a 14” touchscreen. The NordicTrack 2450 also has a 3.6 HP motor which is very smooth and quiet.
We registered the following decibel readings on the 2450 treadmill:
- 69 Decibels: 3mph, belt on only (3% grade)
- 73 Decibels: 3mph, with a person walking (3% grade)
- 77 Decibels: 6mph, belt on only (3% grade)
- 82 Decibels: 6mph, with a person running (3% grade)
Generally, you should hear nothing but your footsteps and the gentle hum of the motor when you workout on the NordicTrack 2450. This treadmill is ideal for indoor training as it provides both Runner’sFlex cushioning and a solid motor. The 2450 will fold up when you are finished using it making it an ideal option for serious runners with limited space.
This treadmill also comes with a commercial tread belt that measures 22” wide by 60” long. It also inclines to 15% and declines to -3% so you can train for both uphill and gentle downhill events. iFit is included free for the first month and this has an automation feature where the treadmill will automatically adjust as you move through the program. There is no need to manually adjust speed or incline yourself (unless you want to).
The NordicTrack 2450 is consistently one of our best treadmills for running because it offers great features at an affordable price and folds up when you are finished. This machine is also quieter and more cushioned than comparable models.
- Affordable pricing for a quality machine.
- Excellent for runners
- Quiet 3.6 HP motor is powerful enough for long distances or multiple users
- Has a 22” touchscreen and includes iFit free for the first month
- Folds up when not in use
- Has a full 22” wide by 60” long belt
- One of the most popular treadmills due to balance of features, cushion, tech and price
- Cushioning is not quite as extensive as the NordicTrack x22i.
6. Horizon T101 Treadmill
An entry-level treadmill that also operates quietly, the Horizon T101 treadmill is a great choice if you are on a budget but still want a quality treadmill. This treadmill is sturdy, which helps to reduce the sound the treadmill would make with vibrations when you workout. You may want to monthly tighten up the bolts on the T101 treadmill to ensure that they don’t work loose to make a bunch of noise as you exercise.
We measured the following decibel levels on the Horizon T101:
- 68 Decibels: 3mph, belt on only (3% grade)
- 71 Decibels: 3mph, with a person walking (3% grade)
- 78 Decibels: 6mph, belt on only (3% grade)
- 83 Decibels: 6mph, with a person running (3% grade)
Powering your workout, you have a 2.5 CHP motor that runs quietly. This compact motor is plenty strong enough to take you smoothly through the various incline levels on this treadmill, which range from 0% to 10%. You have a lot of variety when it comes to speed on the T101, as it can go up to 10 MPH, all without making much noise.
This treadmill also comes with cushioning, which helps protect you and dampen noise. As with all Horizon treadmills, the T101 treadmill comes with 3-Zone Variable Response cushioning. With this cushioning, there are three different zones of cushioning that are designed to provide the right amount of cushioning and rigidity depending where in your stride you strike the deck.
Funny enough, the fan on the T101 can be a bit louder than the motor, especially if you are walking. However, the sound isn’t enough to disturb anyone. And for when you aren’t worried about your treadmill noise levels, you can make use of the Bluetooth speakers.
Also, as you make your choices on the Horizon T101, whether you are choosing one of the many exercise programs or using the one-touch keys to switch speeds or inclines, be sure to turn down the button volume. The default setting is pretty loud, but you can turn it down so that the sound doesn’t bother you or anyone else.
- Affordable pricing for a good quality machine.
- The T101 has a decent motor that works well for walkers and joggers.
- Has a max user weight of 300 lbs.
- Can be easily folded up and moved since the T101 is a light treadmill.
- Good warranty coverage comes with this machine.
- There is a USB port available.
- Bluetooth speakers provide easy connectivity and sound quality.
- The Horizon T101 is not meant for serious runners and intense workouts.
- The built-in fan is fairly weak.
7. Sole F63 Treadmill
The Sole F63 is one of the quietest treadmills under $1000. This sturdy treadmill supports running, jogging and walking. Sole treadmills are consistently impressive with both their low no