When creating your own treadmill desk workstation, you may have certain preferences that aren’t met with a manufactured treadmill desk workstation. In this case, you may want to invest in an under desk treadmill and combine it with a standing desk. This is a wonderful solution for someone who is at an extreme end of the height spectrum or who wants a particular treadmill.
The first thing that you will want to do when deciding on your under desk treadmill is figure out your budget and decide what features that you can’t live without. Do you need your treadmill to measure distance and calories burned? Do you need it to go fast? Will a narrow or shorter walking space be acceptable to you?
Lifespan has probably the greatest variety of under desk treadmills. The Lifespan TR1200-DT3 comes fully assembled, ready to work with your standing desk. All you will need to do is roll the treadmill under your standing desk, connect the treadmill to the console, and begin walking. The Lifespan TR1200-DT3 allows you to choose the desk you want or use a desk you already own and turn your standing desk into a walking desk.
The portable console is 12.9 x 2 x 3.25-inches (W x D x H), the perfect size to discretely sit on your desktop so it will not get in the way of your work. The digital LED display shows steps taken, walking time, calories burned, distance traveled and walking belt speed. The weighted console has a safety key that shuts down the treadmill when removed.
Tailor the treadmill desk to meet your needs. Set your preferred maximum speed to either 2.0 or 4.0 MPH, silence beeps and alerts, resume previous speed, switch units of measure, and more.
This treadmill has a height of 7.25 inches, so when you buy a standing desk to go with it, you want to add 7.25 inches to the measurement between the floor and your waist to get the proper height for your standing desk.
Should you get the Lifespan TR1200-DT3 or the Lifespan TR800-DT3? That depends on your weight and comfort walking on a narrow surface. The TR1200 DT3 can handle up to 350 pounds and is wider, while the TR800-DT3 is narrower and can handle up to 300 pounds.
The Rebel desk is a great choice for your under desk treadmill especially if you have a tighter budget as it is a bit less expensive than the Lifespan treadmill desks. The Rebel desk does not come fully assembled and that may be the reason for a lower price tag. One reason to consider the Rebel desk when deciding on a desk is that there is a 30 day hassle free, money back guarantee. Therefore, you can try it out for 30 days and fall in love with it or learn that it just isn’t quite right for you.
The Rebel desk is the right choice for those feminists who are wanting to support a female owned company as well!
- Great value on this treadmill designed for walking while working – Comes fully assembled
- Speed range of 0.5 to 2.0 mph for a comfortable walking speed that lets you get work done without working up a sweat
- No maximum hours of usage per day so you can walk as long as you want without worrying about voiding the warranty
- High-quality, reliable, and quiet motor lets you walk and work without disturbing others
- 30-day full money back guarantee and easy, hassle-free returns makes for a no-risk purchase
- Wheels in the front of it, so it is easily portable and you can move it to where you need it!
Customers reportedly love their Lifespan treadmill and Rebel treadmill desks. The most common complaint was the noise level. While they are advertised as quiet, there always will be some noise from the motor and the belt going around. Typically, it is something that is easy to adjust to once you start walking and focusing on your work.
There are some people who have an even tighter budget than $700 for the treadmill portion of the desk. Luckily there are options for you too! The confidence treadmill is very inexpensive and if you are handy, you can unscrew the handles and remove the console. This treadmill is functional and gets the job done. It is the treadmill that I featured in Cheapest Treadmill Desk Workstation. One of the biggest complaints about the confidence treadmill is that it only works for half an hour and then you have to restart it. This is not too much of an inconvenience. After awhile, you get used to stretching and taking a break after 30 minutes of working.
For those of you who aren’t quite ready to make the jump from sitting all day to walking and working, there are some great options to help you move while you work without committing to a whole treadmill! At under $10, you can get the wiggles out with a sitting walker. The pros for this device is that you will work your calves and release some energy while sitting. The cons are that you are not really engaging the major muscles of your legs and that you must remember to keep moving or you won’t get the exercise.
At only $30, you can get a Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL. One of the benefits of this under desk cycler is the price tag. You can test out whether you even like to move while you work or not. It engages more leg muscles than the sitting walker, but you won’t really engage your core as you would on a treadmill. The benefits of this under desk cycler is that you can utilize the desk that you currently are working at. There is no need to invest in a taller standing desk as well. It is easy on the budget and a great alternative if you don’t have a few hundred dollars to spend on a treadmill desk.