Treadmill Desk Reviews: TrekDesk vs LifeSpan vs TreadDesk

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It’s recommended that we walk 10,000 steps per day (that’s 5 miles). The average person only walks 2.5 miles per day. Unfortunately, not all of us have time for a 5 mile stroll everyday. We’ve got dinners to cook, we want to fit in some relaxation time, and don’t even mention making it to the gym! Our lives are busy and sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything we need to do. That’s where a walking desk can come in handy.

Treadmill Desk Benefits

The majority of us work at our desks all day long. With a treadmill desk, we can get those 5 miles in easily, walking while we work! Working and walking at the same time has numerous benefits. Here are a few of them:

  • Proven to increase concentration
  • Aid in weight loss
  • Lower risk of diabetes and heart disease
  • Increased work productivity
  • Higher energy levels
  • Reduced stress

Things To Know Before You Buy

Pay attention to the height and weight restrictions. Some desks may not be adjustable, so they may be too tall or too short for some people. Others might have a maximum weight restriction, so make sure the desk you buy fits your body.

Some of these treadmills don’t come with a standing desk. While some of the companies offer them at an additional price, others do not provide them whatsoever. Check out this article if you’re looking for the best adjustable standing desk.

Bike Desk vs Treadmill Desk

Ever heard of a desk you can bike at? They’re pretty cool and they do many of the same things that a walking desk can do. So if you’re more of a biking fan than a walking fan, be sure to jump down and review the FitDesk. Or keep reading for our desk treadmill reviews.

LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Review

LifeSpan TR1200-DT5#1

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The LifeSpan treadmill with desk is our number one pick for best treadmill desk. It has high quality construction and includes both treadmill and desk components. Even so, It is a bit expensive. The LifeSpan desk fits people who are 4’10” to 6’8″ tall, so it fits a wide range of heights. This is a great all-in-on treadmill workstation for those who aren’t overly concerned with price. Those on a more restricted budget, might find one of the options below will better suit their needs.

Pros

Cons

  • Console displays step count, calories, time and distance traveled
  • Comes with the desk and treadmill
  • Armrests, cable tray and Bluetooth
  • Tons of positive reviews on Amazon
  • Expensive

Price & Tech Specs

  • Price: $1,499.00
  • Desktop Range: 36″ to 52″
  • Desktop Dimensions: 31″ x 46.5″
  • Belt Size: 20″ x 56″
  • Speed: 0.4 – 4.0 MPH
  • Maximum User Weight: 300 pounds
  • Warranty Details:
    • Frame: Lifetime
    • Motor: 3 Years
    • Parts: 2 Years
    • Labor: 1 Year

NextDesk Fit Review

NextDesk Fit#2

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Our best under desk treadmill is NextDesk Fit which has some really cool features to keep you informed on your activity but also keep you safe. The Intelli-Step keeps track of the number of steps you have taken and displays it on the digital display. It also tracks other data like calories, distance and time. It is Bluetooth enabled so all your data can be synced to your smartphone. You can pull up your stats and see real-time progress while you’re walking. Auto-Sense can detect when you stop walking on the NextDesk belt. After 20 seconds the treadmill will stop moving so you don’t have to worry about leaving your treadmill running (or strolling). You can turn the Next Desk into your own “DIY treadmill desk” since you have to purchase the desk separately (maybe you could even make one?!).

Pros

Cons

  • USB port to charge portable devices
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Safety key shuts off treadmill when removed
  • Console displays distance, calories, time and step count
  • Must purchase desk separately

Price & Tech Specs

  • $999 (Treadmill Only) and $237 for Shipping
  • Belt Size: 20″ x 56″
  • Treadmill Dimensions: 70.5″ L x 29″ W x 9.5″ H
  • Speed: 0.4 – 4.0 MPH
  • Maximum User Weight: 350 pounds
  • Warranty Details:
    • Frame: Lifetime
    • Motor: 3 Years
    • Parts: 2 Years
    • Labor: 1 Year

RebelDesk Review

Rebel Desk Treadmill#3

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The RebelDesk offers one of the less expensive treadmills at $699. You can purchase your desk through RebelDesk as well, or you can purchase your desk from somewhere else. They claim that the treadmill should work with most standing desks. Even if you decide to purchase the treadmill and desk from RebelDesk you’re not paying much more than you would by buying just a treadmill from another company because most competitors charge around $1,000 for the treadmill alone.

Pros

Cons

  • Option to buy the standing desk from Rebel Desk or elsewhere
  • If restarted within 20 minutes it will resume to the most recent speed
  • Control console displays time, speed and distance
  • Wheels allow for easy mobility
  • Electric charging station, organizing trays and cable collars included
  • Speed doesn’t go as high as others
  • Only a 250 pound max user weight

Price & Tech Specs

  • Treadmill: $599.00
  • Desk: Out of stock
  • Treadmill Belt Dimensions: 49.6” long x 18.1” wide
  • Speed: 0.5 – 2.0 MPH’
  • Maximum User Weight: 250 pounds
  • Warranty Details:
    • Motor: 2 Years
    • Parts, Labor, Electronics: 1 Year
    • Frame: 20 Years

Other Treadmill Desk Reviews

Below are some other walking desks we reviewed. You can click on a link below to jump straight to a review.

Exerpeutic | FitDesk | TreadDesk | TrekDesk

Exerpeutic Review

ExerpeuticView on Amazon

This Exerpeutic treadmill workstation comes all-in-one. It can be folded up to save space so you have more room for other activities (i.e. if your home office doubles as a guest room). However, this desk cannot be raised or lowered. It is stationary with the treadmill and desktop 4 feet apart. Reviews show that customers who are shorter than 5′ 8″ have to reach to use this desk, so we recommend that people shorter than 5’8″ look elsewhere . People who are 5′ 9″ to 6′ 4″ say the desk fits them perfectly.

Pros

Cons

  • Display shows elapsed time, calories, distance, speed and heart rate monitoring
  • Folds up to save space
  • Includes desk and treadmill
  • Desk cannot be raised/lowered
  • Only fits comfortably for people 5′ 9″ to 6′ 4″

Price & Tech Specs

  • Price: $671.99
  • Desktop Dimensions: 48″ x 24″
  • Distance from Treadmill to Desktop is 4 Feet
  • Speed: 0.4 – 4.0 MPH
  • Maximum User Weight: 400 pounds
  • Warranty Details:
    • Motor: 5 Years
    • Frame: Lifetime

FitDesk Review (Biking Desk)

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Looking for a quiet treadmill for office? FitDesk isn’t an under desk treadmill, instead, it’s a biking desk. We wanted to add this one in here because we thought it was another cool idea to “get fit” while you work and it may be an option that you haven’t considered, or even knew existed! If you aren’t crazy about the idea of walking, and enjoy biking more, the FitDesk is a great option for you. Know that a desktop should not be placed on the bike desk but people have placed the bike in front of their already existing desk setup and placed the keyboard and mouse on the bike desk to have access to their desktop computer.

Pros

Cons

  • Comfortable
  • People are raving about them on Amazon reviews
  • Folds up
  • Quiet
  • Drawer for desk items
  • Desktops are not meant to be used on this
  • Poor customer service

Price & Tech Specs

  • Price: Check on Amazon
  • Dimensions: 45″ x 28″ x 16″
  • Maximum User Weight: 300 pounds
  • Warranty: 1 Year

TreadDesk Review

TreadDesk Tred LSVisit Website

The Tread LS has a control panel that displays your distance, time, speed, steps and calories burned. The assembly process is pretty simple. Plug the control panel into the Tread and set it on top of your desk, place the Tread’s power cord into an outlet and you’re all set. Unfortunately we couldn’t find very much information about the Tread Desk LS so we can’t include it in our top 3, but if you have used it, please let us know your thoughts.

Pros

Cons

  • Safety key cord shuts off desk when removed
  • Must purchase desk separately

Price & Tech Specs

  • $1,095 and Free Shipping
  • Belt Size: 18″ x 52″
  • Treadmill Dimensions: 66″ x 29″ x 6″
  • Speed: 0.4 – 4.0 MPH
  • Maximum User Weight: 350 pounds
  • Warranty Details:
    • Frame: Lifetime
    • Motor: 2 Years
    • Other Parts and Labor: 1 Year

TrekDesk Review (Does Not Include Treadmill)

TrekDeskView on Amazon

Already have a treadmill but need a desk to go over it? That’s exactly why TrekDesk was created. TrekDesk claims to attach to almost any treadmill. The workspace measures 72″ x 34″ and it includes two cup holders. It fits people with heights ranging from 5′ 4″ to 6′ 4″ tall. Trek Desk can support up to 55 pounds of equipment and it has a 2 year warranty. TrekDesk was sold out at the time of writing but they will be adding more to their Amazon page.

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Is Sitting Really That Bad for You?

Now that you’ve read our walking desk reviews, are you convinced? If not, here are some facts that will make you want to jump (or walk) on the bandwagon. The average person walks at a pace of 3.5 mph when they are just walking to get/do something. You may not want to walk that fast when you’re also trying to focus on your work. So when you hop on your treadmill don’t focus on the speed you’re going. Focus and being productive even if you’re going slower than a tortoise.

Video: The Hidden Risks of Sitting

Why are so many people changing to standing or walking desks? Because sitting for 8 hours (or more) a day isn’t good for your health! Watch the video below or click here to learn more about the dangers of physical inactivity.

Which do you think you’d prefer, a walking desk, a biking desk, a sitting desk or something else?

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Kimberly has always enjoyed testing out the latest tech gadgets and loves seeing how things evolve. She’s a fast learner when it comes to the latest fads and likes sharing her findings with others. Although she loves technology, she also enjoys escaping the online world and likes to spend time outside away from the gadgets.

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8 Comments on "Treadmill Desk Reviews: TrekDesk vs LifeSpan vs TreadDesk"

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Angry customer
Angry customer

I have been trying to reach Jerry Carr and Treaddesk customer service for the last 3 months. I was able to reach Jerry Carr once 6 months ago at which time he said to send my defective loud buzzing circuit board to him for repairs. I finally got ahold of him a few months later and he and said it was repaired however he has ignored all my emails since and will not return my circuit board to me. I have sent 10 emails and left multiple voice mails and he refuses to respond. I am shocked by his lack of professionalism. Ignoring customers is a very passive aggressive way of treating people. I have been doing business with people for the last 30 years and have never encountered a company owner who treats customers with such apathy.

Kristin Boone
Kristin Boone

Did you ever hear anything? My story is the same! He told me to send in the circuit board, confirmed they got it, and now I can’t get a hold of them! Voice mail is full, email is now bouncing back, and I have a stupid shell of a treadmill at work with no circuit board! What can we do?

Jane F.
Jane F.

I bought my first Treaddesk in 2011 and had been pleased with it, but it died a month ago, finally after about 3 months of being very noisy. I reordered a new treadmill only from them, and despite repeated attempts at trying to get them to give me shipment confirmation, I get no responses to email or phone messages left. Now that I have read all these reviews, I realize they are probably close to or out of business, even though the website order was quickly charged to my credit card. Now I am wondering if I will ever get my money back. Maybe all of us who have been duped can form a class action suit.

kurt.wagner.jd@gmail.com
kurt.wagner.jd@gmail.com

TREADDESK HAS TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE!! TERRIBLE UNRELIABLE PRODUCT!! Purchased the tread desk 6 months and it stopped functioning. I have tried calling and emailing the owner, Jerry Carr, 5 times over the last month and he ignores all my requests for a simple replacement part needed to fix the tread desk. Secretary says the treadmill is no longer under warranty. What a waste of money. Product is made in China and ships from China. A COMPANY THAT IGNORES ITS CUSTOMERS AND DOES NOT HONOR ITS WARRANTY IS UNACCEPTABLE. SHAME ON YOU TREADDESK INC! I will be buying from another company NEXT TIME. The reviews on treaddesks website are clearly hand selected and/or fabricated. It is a red flag when customers are not able to post actual reviews on the treaddesk website. I am considering litigation against the company for poor business practices.

Joe Konstan
Joe Konstan

I have had a TreadDesk treadmill for more than 3 years. For the first 18 months, it was fantastic. After that it got a bit noisy, but still worked well. Unfortunately, now that it died, I’m learning what poor support the company provides. It takes a week to get a response (to email, have never been called back on phone calls — and they never seem to answer). And they simply aren’t taking care of the problem (I had a repairman diagnose it — he found that the motor had seized; Jerry Carr at TreadDesk insisted it was probably a circuit board problem, so I removed that and shipped it in. So far they can’t find anything, but have neither returned the board nor been willing to send a replacement motor — not even a quote of a cost). This company isn’t set up to actually service these devices, and I clearly made a mistake buying it from them. I’m now shopping for a replacement and am losing hope that this one will ever get repaired.

DylanG2
DylanG2

I’ve heard/seen of treadmill desks but not biking desks! Personally I like to ride bikes versus walk/run anyways, plus that way I can stay sitting down and not have to stand and do exercise both while working. Will get my butt into action at the office this summer!

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