I have talked about how to reduce noise from treadmill using these sound absorbing treadmill mats. Another solution is to just get the quietest home treadmill in the market. We have spent a lot of time pouring over data and reviews to come up with this 2 list of the best quiet treadmill for the money in 2016: one is for the regular running treadmill while the other is for the desk treadmill. If you are looking for the quietest treadmill, you can’t go wrong with this list!
How loud is loud
Before looking into the reviews, it is important to have a benchmark on what is considered loud. Since sound is invisible, the best way is through relative comparison.
- Whisper: 20 dB
- Library: 40 dB
- Conversion in home: 50 dB
- Conversion in office: 60 dB
One thing to note is that dB is a logarithmic scale. This means the difference between 40 dB and 41 dB is not just one level. It can be a few levels apart due to the log scale. Our ears can hear this difference so don’t think a couple of dB points is not a lot.
Quietest running treadmill for home
Having a quiet running treadmill for our apartment not only is beneficial to ourselves but also prevents irritation to our neighbor. I can imagine someone screaming hell at you if you are pounding on your treadmill and causing vibration and noise pollution above him.
On average, a running treadmill is more noisy than a walking desk treadmill. At the speed of around 7.5 miles per hour, an average treadmill can produce 7–70 dB noise signature, which is louder than a car traveling at 65mph if you are standing 50 feet from the road.
|Noise Signature at 6 mph
Smooth 800 treadmill
True cs200 treadmill
|71 dB||Most stable
|71 dB||Lowest score in both stability and cushioning||$2000|
Smooth 800 treadmill review
By noise alone, Smooth 800 is one of the best treadmill as it is the quietest according to a test done by Runnerworld.com. Although there are some objections for the test (which lead to the article being done), it is still one of the only source of testing being done so at least there is a reference point.
Besides the quietest, Smooth 800 also score the second highest in the stability department as well as the third highest in the cushioning area. Overall, it is a great treadmill that is quiet, stable and nice to run on.
True cs200 treadmill review
The true treadmill came in second at the DB test but provides the most stable experience for the runner. It also has a powerful console that has wifi connectivity. Unfortunately, the price for this machine is really steep as it is around 5 times the times of a smooth 800. If noise is your most important factor, I advice you to get the smooth 800 and forget about the rest of the bells and whistles that might not even be useful to you.
Although the Tunturi has the same dB score as the True model, it is severly lacking in other aspects such as stability and cushioning. In fact, this model came in last at the Runnerworld’s testing of other aspect of the treadmill beyond noise. I will not recommend you to buy this.
Best quiet treadmill for office i.e. walking desk
Being quiet is even more important in an office environment, where slight noise can affect the productivity of the person sitting beside you.
We have put together a comparison chart to show the sound levels emitted by the different desk treamill when being used. Since it is not possible to buy all the equipment, what we did is to take our sound measurement device and went into the stores to record the noise made when we demo the product. We recorded these measurements to produce the chart below for your convenience.
iMovR ThermoTread GT
|42.7 dB||Falls apart easily
|57 dB||Original desk treadmill
Durable but lacks
|57 dB|| Same model as TR1200
with adjustable height
|58 dB|| Self lubricating belt
Belt replacement cost is high
iMovR ThermoTread GT review
From the chart, it is clear that the none of the walking treadmill is whisper quiet. The quietest model has a dB of 42, which is the equivalent of a library. This is good enough for most office environment and is our top pick, despite not being the cheapest.
The iMovR ThermoTread GT has outstanding features in other departments beside beyond silent. Of note is the fact that this walking treadmill has been built from the ground up to be used in the office environment. Things like gearing ratio has been optimised such that the belt works smoothly even under low walking speeds. It is also easy to lubricate and uses high quality material such as a 1″ thick board, compared to the TR 1200’s 3/4″ thickness. Finally, it is also one of the first smart walking desk as its console is connected to the cloud and uses a common protocol to tie in other smart office furniture.
In term of quality, we would say it is equal or even better than the TR5000, which is the premium line at Lifespan and at a $500 cheaper price.
Lifespan TR 1200 review
The next alternate choice for the budget conscious is the Lifespan TR 1200. On the noise signature front, it is already behind the iMovR ThermoTread GT by a wide margin. As mentioned, the difference is in logarithm scale so a 13 point difference is quite the gap.
Quality wise, the TR 1200 is a durable machine that can withstand long usage. However, it is not height adjustable so fitting under certain desks might impose some challenges. Also, the connectivity is spotty and is nowhere near the quality of the iMovR.
To summarize, you get what you pay for. For $500 less, you are getting a noisy desk treadmill that has poor connectivity, materials and height adjust ability.
The Nextdesk fit is actually a TR 1200 combined with a adjustable height desk that is rebranded under Nextdesk. As such, it is basically the same machine so I wouldn’t review it here. Same fro TR 5000, which a premium version of the TR 1200, with more features and functions but at a higher cost.
Having a quiet treadmill goes a long way to reduce noise coming from your running. This article has selected and ranked treadmill according to their noise signature such that it is easier for those who wants only the quietest treadmill in the marekt.