Best overall

Versatility

4.5

Value

5.0

Ease of Use

5.0


Our Score

4.8

easiest to fold

Versatility

4.5

Value

4.7

Ease of Use

4.0


Our Score

4.4

Most compact

Versatility

4.0

Value

4.4

Ease of Use

4.7


Our Score

4.3

As a work-from-home fitness enthusiast, I am no stranger to walking pads, and I use my REVO walking pad every single day. 

In fact, walking pads are one of top pieces of equipment my clients ask me about, primarily because they are great for beginners and advanced users alike. In this guide, I share my top 5 favorite walking pads.

There are many walking pads on the market and most fall short when it comes to quality. These are my top picks for home exercise.

1. Best Overall Walking Pad - REVO

Workout Versatility

4.5

Value For Money

5.0

Ease Of Use

5.0

Ease Of Setup

4.8

Materials & Durability

4.6


Overall Rating

4.8

I love my REVO! It's got a 3.5HP motor and can go up to 4 mph, meaning I can lightly jog on it, although I do spend most my time walking.

Straight out of the box, this treadmill was ready to roll. Just plug it in, and you're good to go.

This walking pad is also relatively easy to move around. It's the lightest model on my list and this is a huge thumbs up for me.

This thing is a space-saver's dream. I primarily keep it in my living room, and it slides right under my couch when not in use.

The REVO is wider (16.5") and longer (42.5"), compared to other walking treadmills. 

For example, the Go Plus and GYMAX models are only 40" long, but that 2.5" makes a huge difference for taller people like myself with a longer stride. This extra surface area makes it more comfortable to use in a walk of especially a jog.

Motor (Max HP)

3.5 HP (*Most Powerful)

Deck Length (Belt Size)

42.5” X 16.5”

Weight Capacity

300 Lbs (*Largest Capacity)

Folded Dimensions

49.5"D X 21.26"W X 5.12"H

Min-Max Speed

0.5-4 Mph

Model Weight

50 Lbs

Programs

12

Display Type

LED

Warranty

2 Years (*Longest)

It's super quiet, which is perfect for use in my work setting.

The remote is a neat little feature that lets me adjust the speed without breaking my stride. I love how it counts steps, calories, distance, and time. No smartwatch needed.

I recommend oiling the belt every now and then, and to help it last longer. I’ve had mine for about 10 months at this point, and I’ve used it basically every day for two hours (sometimes more), and it still works flawlessly with minimal maintenance.

While it did cost me a little more than some similar models I have reviewed, the increased HP, surface area and weight capacity makes this an easy #1 pick for under the desk walking pad treadmills.

Pros

  • 2 year warranty
  • High max weight
  • Powerful motor
  • Very easy to move

Cons

  • No incline option

2. Easiest To Fold Walking Pad - GoPlus 2 In 1

Workout Versatility

4.5

Value For Money

4.7

Ease Of Use

4.0

Ease Of Setup

4.5

Materials & Durability

4.4


Overall Rating

4.4

This model from GoPlus makes a great under desk walking pad and also works well for jogging to get more of a leg workout, with the added on handrails that essentially turn it into a mini treadmill.  

When it's in "walking mode" with the rails folded down, the max speed is 2.5 MPH. I usually like to walk between 3.0 and 3.5 MPH when I'm watching TV on my REVO, but for the type of light workout many people look for at the office, 2.5 MPH is probably more suitable for an under-the-desk pace.

The GoPlus 2-in-1 has plenty of space to stand on, although perhaps not enough for people with exceptionally long gaits. For anyone over 6'3", I would recommend the longer belt of the REVO model.

There are built-in wheels to make it easy to move around or slide underneath a desk or couch. The GoPlus is a bit heavy at 70 lbs., but with the help of the wheels, I can certainly move this treadmill around the room without problem.

It’s not as easy to adjust as some other models, such as the BiFanuo, since you have to remove four screws to do it. Still, having two modes to choose from makes this machine very versatile considering the price.

Motor (Max HP)

2.25 HP

Deck Length (Belt Size)

39.3” X 16”

Weight Capacity

265 Lbs

Folded Dimensions

52” X 27” X 5”

Min-Max Speed

0.6-7.45 Mph Running, 0.6-2.5 Mph Walking

Model Weight

70 Lbs

Programs

GYMAX APP

Display Type

LED

Warranty

3 Months

I have a client who is training for a marathon. They use the GoPlus primarily for daily walking, but have had to convert it for a few long runs when the weather was bad, making this the right option for them.

For people who work near others, the motor on this treadmill is quiet, and there is enough padding in the belt to make footfalls nearly silent. Extra bonus features I love include a Bluetooth speaker, a cell phone holder, and remote control.

Pros

  • Stable design
  • Two operating speeds
  • Built-in wheels
  • Quiet motor

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Doesn’t convert easily

3. Best Incline Walking Pad - GoPlus Underdesk Electric

Workout Versatility

5.0

Value For Money

4.5

Ease Of Use

4.0

Ease Of Setup

4.0

Materials & Durability

4.3


Overall Rating

4.4

This GoPlus model is similar to my top choice walking pad, the REVO, in that both models are perfect for walking at speeds up to 4 MPH. 

The difference is that while the REVO has a powerful 3.5 HP motor ready for daily use, this GoPlus walking pad only has a 1 HP motor. It has a smaller weight limit of 220 lbs., and I recommend this one for more occasional use. 

For those who enjoy walking while working at a standing desk, I do love that this model has an incline that will have you sweating and burning extra calories even at a slow walking pace.[1]

One thing that makes this such a great under desk treadmill with incline is its sturdy construction. It's made out of steel so it can take a few dings and bumps.

Motor (Max HP)

1 HP

Deck Length (Belt Size)

41” X 17”

Weight Capacity

220 Lbs

Folded Dimensions

51.5” X 23.5” X 6.5”

Min-Max Speed

0.5-4 Mph

Model Weight

55.5 Lbs

Programs

12

Display Type

LED

Warranty

3 Months

I think it's solid construction makes up for its very limited 3 month warranty. In general, I recommend only purchasing products with at least 1 year of coverage. My top choice, the REVO, has a 2 year warranty.

This GoPlus model should last a good while, and it has extra safety features like a quick-stop button on the remote. There are two wheels to make transporting this treadmill a breeze.

You can also choose from 12 different workout programs depending on what kind of exercise you want to get. I have found that the track muffles footfalls very effectively, so you can still use this machine even when the conference call isn't on mute.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • LCD screen near feet
  • Incline for a harder workout
  • No wobble

Cons

  • Low max speed
  • Warranty only 3 months

4. Best Walking Pad Under $300 - GYMAX

Workout Versatility

4.8

Value For Money

4.7

Ease Of Use

4.0

Ease Of Setup

4.3

Materials & Durability

4.0


Overall Rating

4.3

This under desk walking pad has all the features available on similar models, and is very similar to the GoPlus 2-in-1 model. There’s a safety key, a remote, Bluetooth connectivity, a phone holder, and a removable armrest.

There’s the option of removing the vertical bracket to make it easier to fit underneath a standing desk so that you can use it while you work. However, this bracket is removed with a wrench and the procedure to do so is a bit complicated to do frequently.

However, I like that the bracket can be removed completely while I use the GYMAX walking pad under my desk. On the rare occasion I'll outfit it to a running pad, I just need to remember that the bracket is stored in my shed. 

Motor (Max HP)

2.25 HP

Deck Length (Belt Size)

40” X 16”

Weight Capacity

265 Lbs

Folded Dimensions

52” X 27” X 5”

Min-Max Speed

0.6-7.5 Mph

Model Weight

74 Lbs

Programs

App

Display Type

2 LEDs

Warranty

1 Year

I love that the GYMAX is app-controlled. Because let's face it: remotes are really nice until you can't remember where you placed them!

The app is super easy to use, and not only controls the walking pad, but allows you to choose between different training programs and show you stats such as distance walked or calories burned. 

Also included is a Bluetooth speaker. I tested it, and it worked great, but honestly I don't see myself using it much because I work in a quiet office environment. 

Pros

  • Wide track
  • Remote operation
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Perfect size for desks

Cons

  • Time-consuming disassembly

5. Most Compact Walking Pad - BiFanuo

Workout Versatility

4.0

Value For Money

4.4

Ease Of Use

4.7

Ease Of Setup

4.7

Materials & Durability

4.0


Overall Rating

4.3

The BiFanuo is a nice budget model walking pad that can go up to 7.5 MPH. So while it's not as durable as the GoPlus 2-in-1 or the GYMAX, it does provide a nice comparable pace, so this is the model I recommend to people who are looking to run indoors on a budget. 

Many appealing features are built into this walking pad that make it a valuable addition to a home office. For example, it fits under a standing desk without any trouble, and it doesn't need any assembly whatsoever.

The BiFanuo is a folding under desk treadmill that doesn't require a screwdriver or wrench to fold up the vertical handle like the other models on my list do.

Motor (Max HP)

2.25 HP

Deck Length (Belt Size)

41” X 16”

Weight Capacity

220 Lbs

Folded Dimensions

57.5” X 26” X 4.7”

Min-Max Speed

0.5-7.5 Mph

Model Weight

60 Lbs

Programs

N/A

Display Type

LCD

Warranty

1 Year

For those who think they would be swapping between the two modes often, the BiFanuo would be a good choice.

Having an LCD display like the one on this model makes it even easier to change up the settings and run the program you want. It has many of the same readouts, like speed and distance right at your fingertips when the vertical bracket is up. If the bracket is down, there's a screen above the running belt so you can still see how fast you’re walking and for how long.

Heavier users should note that the BiFanuo has a weight limit of 220 lbs., which I consider quite low for such a heavy model and decent motor size. 

If you're in the 220 lbs.+ category, I recommend looking into the REVO instead, which has a 300 lb. weight capacity.

Pros

  • No tools required
  • Lightweight
  • No wobble
  • Foldable bracket

Cons

  • Low weight capacity 

How I Tested These Walking Pad Treadmills

Core Components

  • Motor Capacity (Horsepower)
    The HP is the maximum amount of power a motor can produce at its peak. The motor capacity on an under desk walking pad is what determines the top speed. If you prefer to walk or jog, a low-HP under desk treadmill is fine, but a higher one will be needed to run. On my list, the HP ranges from 1.0 (the GoPlus Underdesk) to 3.5 with the Revo Walking Pad
  • Incline Selection
    Most under desk treadmills do not have an incline selection. Some do have a slightly natural incline built into them to make the workout more challenging. This is the case with the GoPlus Underdesk, which has a slightly fixed incline.
  • Durability & Longevity
    Obviously, a walking pad must stay in place and not wobble during use. This is especially important when the user is going at a fast clip and could be injured if the treadmill moves. I like to choose models with anti-slip feet to help with stability. As far as longevity goes, walking pads and under desk treadmills have some of the worst warranties in the fitness community, which surprises me because walking pads are becoming so popular. Most of the products on my list are covered for less than 1 year. However, the REVO walking pad is the exception, and comes with an excellent 2 year warranty.
  • Max Speed
    Walking pads tend to have a max speed of 2.5-4 MPH, while those with an adjustable bar for running, such as the GoPlus 2-in-1, can read speeds of up to 7.45 MPH. These speeds are much lower than standard treadmills, which can reach 10-12 MPH. The lower speed capacity is directly related to horsepower.
  • Deck Cushioning
    Not only will padding in the running belt reduce the noise of footfalls, but it can also cushion the joints and prevent running injuries. The cushioning should also be high-quality enough to last for a long time.[2]

Weight Capacity

Most walking pads are made with "standard adult size" in mind. On my list, I have only included models that can handle at least 200 lbs. or more. My top choice, the REVO walking pad, has a phenomenal weight capacity of 300 lbs., and is always my first choice recommendation for clients looking to add more steps into their day. 

Deck Length & Width

The people that I find struggle the most with walking pad size is those who are very tall, and therefore have a long walking stride. Most walking pads have a length of around 40 inches, and I definitively wouldn't recommend purchasing anything shorter. The REVO walking pad has the longest length belt on my list at 42.5". 

Width is also a consideration, but most people find standard belts of 16 inches to be just fine. The GoPlus Underdesk has an extra-wide belt of 17" for more support. 

Portability, Storage & Stowage

Having enough floor space is also a key component of using an under desk treadmill. Most under desk treadmills are built with wheels to transport them and are low-profile enough to store under a desk or couch. Models with running rails, such as the GYMAX, are just as easy to store, but do take a few minutes to disassemble. 

Noise

While some products like fans are measured in decibels by how loud they are, the walking pad industry isn't quite there yet, and obviously the sound level will be determined by the speed at which you're walking. To reduce noise, I recommend the following: 

  • Look for a walking pad with built-in shock absorbers, such as the REVO walking pad.
  • Place your walking pad on a low-pile rug or workout mat. 

Advantages & Drawbacks Of Under Desk Walking Pads

ADVANTAGES

  • Super compact for easy storage
  • Quieter than full-sized treadmills
  • Provide improved energy throughout the workday
  • Increases blood flow and movement
  • Fewer overall parts = less maintenance than full sized-treadmills

DRAWBACKS

  • Shorter belts not ideal for all strides
  • Fewer programs and features than most full-sized pieces of equipment

Walking Pad Treadmills Compared

Preview

Product Name

Deck Size

Weight Capacity

Max Speed

Motor

Warranty

Check Price

REVO Walking Pad

42.5” x 16.5”

300 lbs

(highest)

4 mph

3.5 HP

(biggest)

2 Years

(Longest)

Goplus 2 in 1 Folding Treadmill, 2.25HP Under...

40” x 16”

265 lbs

7.45 mph running, 2.5 mph walking

2.25 HP

3 Months

Goplus Under Desk Treadmill, Electric...

41” x 17”

220 lbs

4 mph

1 HP

3 Months

GYMAX Walking Pad, 2.25HP Dual Display...

40” x 16”

265 lbs

7.5 mph

2.25 HP

1 Year

Bifanuo 2 in 1 Folding Treadmill, Smart...

41” x 16”

220 lbs

7.5 mph

2.25 HP

1 Year


Common Walking Pad FAQs

Do walking pads work for losing weight?

Walking pads can help contribute to weight loss, especially when paired with a calorie deficit. 

Is it bad to walk on a treadmill every day?

It’s completely fine to walk on a treadmill, but your body may need to get used to it. Ease your way in by walking a few times a week in the beginning.

Do you work more efficiently when walking on an under desk treadmill?

Results vary in studies on the impact of under desk treadmills and productivity. For some people, getting the blood pumping is a great way to prevent the post-lunch slump, while for others, it helps them get energized at the beginning of the day.

Can you actually run on an under desk treadmill?

Most under desk treadmills aren't built for sprinting. They tend to max out around 7 MPH, and at that speed, you can certainly get up to a brisk pace safely, provided you have enough space to do so.

What are the best under desk treadmill brands?

REVO has quickly become the top walking pad brand, not only for their high-quality products but also for their customer service and warranty coverage.

Conclusion

Being a remote fitness professional, I find it challenging to stay active apart from my gym workouts. Without office strolls to meeting rooms or coffee breaks, my opportunities for movement are limited.

If you want some physical activity in your day, an under desk walking pad with enough horsepower, quiet operation, and fitness programs is ideal.

The REVO Walking Pad provides all that and is backed up by a one-year warranty, making it the best under desk treadmill.

RECOMMENDED WALKING PAD!