Best under desk treadmills and walking pads: where to buy the TikTok trend
Fed up of desk life and fancy a more active 9 to 5? Liven up your working day with a desk treadmill, and walk while you work
If you're a sucker for a TikTok trend, whether it's a sunset lamp or a skincare fridge, the treadmill desk could be next on your wishlist.
Under desk treadmills, also known as walking pads, have been turning scrollers into strollers, giving desk-based workers a chance to get more active without cutting into leisure time. More compact, and with a slower speed range than a treadmill, walking pads slot under your desk, allowing you to rack up an impressive step count during your working day.
With many of us working from home, under desk treadmills are an easy way to make up for a missed walk to and from work. Plus, why not tick off your cardio training for the day, and free up your evening?
We've rounded up eight walking pads so you can find a suitable fit for your home office and fitness routine. So take a browse below, and try out the trend for yourself.
And make sure you stay hydrated whilst strolling with a stylish reusable water bottle.
Best under desk treadmills and walking pads for 2023
King Smith Walkingpad P1
This walking pad folds down to just 82 x 55 x 13cm, so it's a neat option that's perfect for small spaces.
To change the speed, you can use an app on your phone or a remote control. The app also also lets you track distances covered, step count and timings so you can keep an eye on your progress across the week.
The addition of an automatic mode is particularly appealing. You can change the walking pad's speed by altering your position on the pad. Walk closer to the front of the pad if you want to speed up, and to slow down, drop back - a nifty feature that lets you find your ideal pace.
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Offering a speed range of 0.5 to 6km/h, this model is suitable for walking and gentle jogging. There's no handle or bar option with this design so it's particularly slender and well-suited for under desk use.
King Smith Walkingpad A1 Pro
Another walking pad from King Smith to consider, and this one displays your time, distance and speed on a snazzy LED display so you can track your progress in real time. A second difference is the quiet, brushless motor - a nice touch if you're looking for a walking pad you can use whilst watching TV.
We like the sleek, understated appearance and it folds down to a height of 13cm for easy storage.
Just like the model above, you can control the speed through an app or by remote control, and there's also the option to try out the automatic mode.
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Costway 2 in 1 Under Desk Treadmill
If you're looking for a space-saving desk treadmill that can work for both your walking and running needs, this 2 in 1 model could do the trick. Fold the handrail down for a maximum speed of 4km/h, and enjoy a stroll whilst studying or working, or bring up the handrail for a more intense session. When the handrail is raised, you can run at speeds of up to 12km/h.
You can even hook up your phone and blast your favourite tunes as there's a Bluetooth speaker - perfect for when you're looking for a motivational banger to get you moving!
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THERUN Folding Treadmill
This is a very similar 2 in 1 design, but with a faster walking pace of up to 6km/h - an ideal pick if you prefer a brisker walk. The wheels on the bottom make for easy transportation, just fold down and roll under a sofa or bed whenever it's not in use. At just under five inches when folded down, this under desk treadmill is a slender pick.
We like the addition of the tablet holder. Join a work meeting, or watch a fitness video with ease.
Jarvis Desk Treadmill
- Buy now from Fully ($3,097.65)
This particularly stylish and suave mini treadmill comes with the desk too, so while it's quite an investment, it's a real statement piece for your home office setup. The brand Fully specialises in good-looking, ergonomic office furniture, and it's well worth a look if you're after a homey yet professional vibe.
This under desk treadmill features a short and wide platform which sits snuggly under the desk. Practical as well as chic, the fresh, minimalist look is perfect for any home office.
As this is the brand's US branch, if you're outside of the US, you may need to get a freight forwarder involved to get your hands on this beauty. You can however find plenty of other tempting office furniture including standing desks and office chairs on Fully's UK website.
2-in-1 Folding Walking Pad
- Buy now from The Range (£208.99)
For a budget-friendly walking pad, here's a 2-in-1 folding desk treadmill from The Range. We love the eye-catching pink design which helps this model stand out against the more commonly found black and silver models.
There are plenty of desirable features packed into this walking pad, including an LCD display for data and a running mode offering speeds of up to 10km/h.
It's worth noting, this design is not as compact as some of the other options - measuring 120cm lengthways when folded down - so it may need to go under your bed rather than the sofa.
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JTX MoveLight Walking Treadmill
- Buy now from JTX Fitness (
If you're not into the 2-in-1 designs, and know you're going to be using your desk treadmill for walking only, this design could be your winner. Featuring a maximum speed of 6km/h, and a large, easy-to-read display, this model offers an effortless way to increase your step count for the day.
This model doesn't fold away at all, but at roughly 143 x 55 x 13cm, it's slender enough to keep out of the way. You could even keep it under your desk and swivel it out when you start work.
Maxmass Under Desk Treadmill
We couldn't resist this dual-mode walking pad with its rather funky gold design. Switch between the walking and running modes - enjoy a gentle walk whilst reading notes, or work up more of a sweat with speeds up to 12km/h. There's a touch screen display which lets you alter your speed as well as a convenient phone holder so you can video call whilst walking.
Make use of the Bluetooth speaker and listen to your favourite podcasts and tunes as you stroll.
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Rachel Howatson is a digital writer who works across a range of Our Media’s special interest brands. Whatever your passion, whether it’s hillwalking, cooking, gardening, running, socialising or even sleeping, she'll likely have written about it.