Trying to find a decent treadmill on a budget is hard. Especially since there is a price point which you definitely shouldn’t cross. However, we have managed to find one exception. Spotrill Portable Treadmill represents about as cheap as you want to go. Even so, it is one of the best affordable treadmills you can get. As expected, it is acompromise between tight budgetary limitations and practical functionality. Lets take a good look.
Once you decide to spend the very least amount of money you can on a treadmill, you have to come to terms with some compromises. One of those being that aesthetics won’t be included in your bargain. Spotrill’s Portable Treadmill features a rather utilitarian design that is aimed at delivering performance, stability and not much more. We have a pretty standard frame that is made of good quality steel tubing. Spotrill has included several cross members for both the bottom and top part of the frame. In other words, this thing isn’t going anywhere nor will it move when used. The belt is some 39″ by 13″ making it among the smaller ones in its class. One of the things we were most interested in was the motor. Just as we expected, we have found another compromise. Spotrill went with a 600 Watt unit that is capable of reaching some 6 mph. For the most part that is the upper limit of this treadmill.
Looking at the control interface, we see a very small unit that is mounted onto the frame. Interestingly enough, the module comes packed with a number of training routines which you can access. There is also manual speed control for those who have an already developed regimen. Additionally, Spotrill also includes a magnetic safety key that comes with a lanyard. When it comes to feasible applications for a treadmill such as this one, you are looking at speed walking or light jogging at best. However, what such a minimalist designs allows you to do is take off the whole upper portion of the frame, unbolt that control module and adapt this treadmill to your standing desk. If that is the application you have in mind, Spotrill’s portable treadmill might just be the perfect choice. In terms of space saving, the entire thing folds up quite nicely and takes virtually no space.