Best Zwift Compatible Treadmills 🏃

Written by Noleen Arendse

Finding the best treadmill for Zwift can be a time-consuming challenge. But it doesn’t have to be that way — we’ve searched for you and found 5 treadmills that connect to Zwift so there’s no need to wear a foot pod or smartwatch.

Although these 5 treadmills will transmit your data to Zwift, there isn’t a single UK treadmill that shows Zwift video on the treadmill screen itself. So when looking for a treadmill for Zwift, remember that you will also need a separate device to view the app and we have a recommendation for this.

Best Treadmill for Zwift

Best treadmill for Zwift overall

Price:

Pros:

NoblePro Elite E8i seamlessly integrates with Zwift via FTMS (the latest Bluetooth standard used to control fitness equipment). It has a virtual footpod that transmits your data to Zwift and other apps. It also has an HD touchscreen with built-in entertainment apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Spotify - no need for any additional subscription. One of the fastest treadmills available so you won't fall behind on race day.

Cons:

The speakers are a bit faint and the fan could be stronger

Best treadmill for Zwift for heavier users

Pros:

Transmits your data to Zwift. Has a large 22" HD touchscreen that will record your metrics but you'll need an additional device to view your avatar on Zwift. If you have a subscription to JRNY, you can also stream entertainment apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime etc. The maximum user weight is 180kg.

Cons:

To access streaming apps you need a subscription to JRNY.

Best budget treadmill for Zwift

Pros:

Integrates with Zwift and Kinomap via Bluetooth and transmits your data to the app. The top speed is 18 km/h. It has an ergonomically positioned tablet holder so that you can follow on Zwift.

Cons:

It doesn't have a built-in HD screen. Slightly less powerful motor.

Best treadmill for Zwift that's foldable

Pros:

Integrates with Zwift, SOLE fitness app, Studio, FitBit, iHealth, Record and Kinomap. Ergonomically positioned phone or tablet holder. Foldable with a roomy running surface.

Cons:

No HD touchscreen

Most affordable treadmill for Zwift for serious runners

Price:

Pros:

Seamless integration with Zwift, Kinomap, Bitgym, and more via FTMS Bluetooth via a virtual foot pod. Fastest treadmill at 22km/h (13.6 mph / 4 min 23 sec mile). Lifetime free membership to the Kinni app.

Cons:

Speakers and fan could be stronger

Contents

What is a Zwift treadmill?

A Zwift treadmill — also known as a smart treadmill — is a treadmill that transmits your run data directly to Zwift via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), ANT+ or both instead of via a foot pod or smartwatch. 

To use Zwift, you’ll need to pair your treadmill to the app which is fairly easy to do by selecting the treadmill on the paired devices screen as shown below. 

What data does Zwift read?

Zwift is able to read your heart rate data and speed from the treadmill. This data is then used to control your avatar. 

Zwift currently does not detect incline and also doesn’t control your treadmill for safety reasons. You’ll need to use the controls to manually operate your treadmill.

Does Zwift show on the treadmill screen?

Sadly a Zwift-compatible treadmill does not display the video of the Zwift virtual world onto the HD screen of the treadmill. It only transmits the data from the tread to Zwift, so you’ll need a separate device such as a phone, a tablet or a mounted screen to view the video.

Most setups that we saw for all the treadmills in this article had a mounted screen above the treadmill.

Although it’s disappointing that the video doesn’t project onto the HD touchscreen itself, most users mentioned that having a large screen — like this 32-inch Android TV — was a much better idea in any case.

The reason for this is that a mounted screen is in a better running position (no craning of the neck) plus you get a more immersive online gaming experience with a bigger screen.

What if I want a really good treadmill screen anyway?

Running on a treadmill can be a bit boring… especially if the only place you have to set it up is in the corner of a room or garage.

There are a number that have TV screens built in and some are pretty huge. Take a look at Best Treadmill with TV Screen 

What do you need for Zwift treadmill?

Getting started with Zwift is very easy, but there are a few things you’ll need:

A free Zwift account — you’ll need to sign up to Zwift run before you can start using Zwift. Fortunately, this is really simple and easy to do! Simply create an account and download the app onto the device you’ll be using to watch your avatar.

A stable internet connection — to get the most out of Zwift, you’ll need a good, stable internet connection as it is an online platform. 

A device to run Zwift on — A computer, Smart TV, tablet or mobile phone that’s in front of you either on the treadmill or mounted on the wall so that you can view your avatar and the virtual world as you run. 

A treadmill — while a Zwift-compatible treadmill is ideal, it’s not essential if you want to use Zwift. You can also use a foot pod or smartwatch to connect to the app. We recommend a foot pod that has a speed and distance sensor that will allow you to control your avatar’s movements as you explore the virtual worlds. 

What treadmill can I use with Zwift?

Any of the treadmills for Zwift on this list will connect to the app and transmit your data.

However, out of all of them, NoblePro treadmills are recommended by elite runners because of the excellent connectivity to Zwift.

But if you have a foot pod  like this Polar Stride Sensoror smartwatch, then you can literally use any treadmill for Zwift.

The foot pod or smartwatch transmits the data via Bluetooth or ANT+ to Zwift which controls your avatar. 

Are there other costs after buying the treadmill?

A number of treadmill brands integrate their treadmills with their custom workout programs.

These treadmills then require an ongoing subscription to access the workout plans. Subscriptions range in price but are typically around £20 – £40 per month.

While you can use the machines for running without the subscription, they often have limited functionality once you stop paying.

Check out Best Treadmill Without Subscription

What other entertainment is available while running?

There are a select few treadmills that allow you to stream internet services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, YouTube and BBC iPlayer.

We’ve compiled a list of the top ones over at Best UK Treadmills with Netflix

Short on storage space?

Everyone of the treadmills featured here fold up to some degree.

If you’re short on storage space and are looking specifically for compact treadmills, check our guide on best folding treadmills.

Best treadmill for Zwift

Best treadmill for Zwift overall

Read our detailed Noble Pro Elite e8i review

Pros:

NoblePro Elite E8i seamlessly integrates with Zwift via FTMS (the latest Bluetooth standard used to control fitness equipment). It uses a virtual foot pod to transmit your data to Zwift. It also has an HD touchscreen with built-in entertainment apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Spotify. One of the fastest treadmills available so you won't fall behind on race day.

Cons:

Fan and speakers are not that powerful

The NoblePro Elite E8i is an exceptional treadmill that stands out for its built-in entertainment features and FTMS connectivity to fitness apps such as Zwift, Bitgym, Peloton, Rouvy, Kinomap and more. The NoblePro treadmill has a virtual foot pod that is automatically activated and transmits to the apps via Bluetooth.

The NoblePro virtual foot pod transmits the following data:

  • Speed
  • Cadence
  • Stride length
  • Distance

You can also stream built-in entertainment apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and BBC iPlayer — with no additional subscription required (other than the subscription to the streaming service itself.) 

The NoblePro Elite E8i is designed for high performance — so you’ll have no trouble completing or competing in races on Zwift. All NoblePro treadmills have a maximum speed of 22 km/h and incline levels ranging from 0-20. Additionally, it offers 40 custom training programs that cater to all fitness levels and goals. The 4.2 continuous horsepower motor is powerful enough for serious runners, yet quiet enough for home use.

The only downside that we found to the NoblePro Elite E8i was that the fan and the speakers were not that strong. But there is an easy workaround with this Bluetooth dongle that allows you to stream audio to earpods or an external speaker.

Dimensions: 185.5 x 85 x 142.5 cm (73 x 33.5 x 56.1 inches)

Running area: 150 x 52 cm (59 inches x 20.5 inches)

Maximum user weight: 135 kilograms (300 pounds or 21 stone)

All NoblePro treadmills come with a free lifetime membership to the popular running Kinni app, which allows you to run a multitude of training plans while it controls the treadmill automatically so that you can run hands-free. Kinni also integrates with Zwift via FitCast which allows your data to sync to Zwift. For more information see the Kinni app review.

How to connect a NoblePro Elite E8.0 and E8i treadmill to Zwift

Download the Zwift app — compatible devices include iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, PC or an Android device.

Check that the treadmill has the latest Bluetooth updates — check that you’ve installed the latest FTMS firmware.

Make sure Zwift has given the needed Bluetooth permissions

Place the iPad, tablet or phone on the treadmill dash on the tablet holder and open Zwift. Turn on the treadmill and launch Zwift. 

Open the Zwift pairing screen, look for your treadmill, select it and connect. 

All-in-all the NoblePro Elite E8i is possibly the best treadmill for Zwift due to the easy connectivity. Although Zwift currently does not project onto the touchscreen, you can always monitor your progress on your device and use the HD touchscreen to catch up on a few movies or series.

Specs:

  • Screen: 10.1″ touchscreen, smart interface, supports streaming apps (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer) and the NoblePro app
  • Max speed: 22 km/h (13.6mph / 4:23 per mile)
  • Incline: 0-20 levels of automatic incline
  • Motor: 4.2 continual horsepower
  • Dimensions: 185.5 x 85 x 142.5 cm (73 x 33.5 x 56.1 inches)
  • Running area: 150 x 52 cm (59 inches x 20.5 inches)
  • Max user weight: 135 kilograms (300 pounds or 21 stone)
  • Warranty: 5 years on frame and motor, 2 years parts, 1-year labour

Best treadmill for Zwift for heavier users

Pros:

Compatible with Zwift. Has a large 22" HD touchscreen. You can also stream entertainment apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. Comes with a free 1-year membership of JRNY so that you can get the most out of your treadmill. The maximum user weight is 180kg.

Cons:

To access streaming apps you need a subscription to JRNY.

The Bowflex Treadmill 56 is a large, heavy-duty treadmill that is suitable for bigger athletes or those who prefer extra space. One of the standout features of this treadmill is its large 22-inch HD touchscreen that is adjustable for the perfect viewing angle.

It’s fully compatible with Zwift (and other fitness apps) which means it will transmit your data to Zwift in real time. However, you’ll only be able to view your metrics on the HD touchscreen, you’ll need a separate device to view your avatar cruising through the virtual worlds on Zwift.

The Bowflex Treadmill 56 boasts a powerful 3HP motor, allowing users to reach a maximum speed of 20 km/h, and a motorized incline that ranges from -5 to 20%. Included is a Bluetooth wireless armband and powerful Bluetooth speakers.

Dimensions: 215.9cm L X 100.6cm W X 177.8cm H (85 X 39.6 X 70 inches)

Running area: 152cm L X 56cm W (59.8 X 22.04 inches)

Max user weight: 181.4kg (400 pounds or 28.6 stone)

To make the most of the treadmill, users need a membership to JRNY, a fitness program that provides access to hundreds of adaptive workouts, trainer-led workouts, virtual courses, and entertainment apps.

The Bowflex Treadmill 56 comes with a free 1-year JRNY membership, after which it costs approximately £13.99 per month or £139.99 per year.

All-in-all the Bowflex Treadmill 56 is a fantastic treadmill for Zwift but keep in mind that after the year’s membership has expired, you’ll need to subscribe to JRNY to get the most out of your machine.

Specs:

  • Screen: 22″ HD touchscreen with popular entertainment apps (on subscription)
  • Max speed: Max speed 20 km/h (12.49mph or 4 min 50 seconds per mile)
  • Incline: 5% – 20% motorized incline
  • Motor: 3HP
  • Dimensions: 215.9cm L X 100.6cm W X 177.8cm H (85 X 39.6 X 70 inches)
  • Running area: 152cm L X 56cm W (59.8 X 22.04 inches)
  • Max user weight: 181.4kg (400 pounds or 28.6 stone)
  • Warranty: 10 years motor warranty

Best budget treadmill for Zwift

Pros:

Fully compatible with Zwift and Kinomap via Bluetooth. Top speed is 18 km/h. It has an ergonomically positioned tablet holder so that you can follow on Zwift.

Cons:

It doesn't have a built-in HD screen. Slightly less powerful motor.

The JTX Fitness Foldable Treadmill is a great treadmill that’s perfect for a decent run or workout. While it might not seem as robust as some of the other treadmills on this list, it’s suitable for beginner to half-marathon training and is light on the pocket!

The JTX Sprint-5 treadmill is designed to enhance your training experience with its compatibility with Zwift and Kinomap. The treadmill can connect to the app via Bluetooth, allowing you to take advantage of Zwift’s features that make serious training more enjoyable.

One of the key features of this treadmill is its foldable design, which includes a hydraulic assist lift and soft drop system for your convenience. The JTX Cushionstep running deck features an 8-point suspension system for added comfort. The top speed of 18kph is powered by a 2.5 horsepower motor and the treadmill also has 12 levels of electrically adjustable incline. 

Dimensions: 83 (W) x 174 (L) x 157 (H) cm – 32.7(W)x 68.5(L)x 61.8(H) inches

Running area: 140cm L x 48cm W (55 x 18.9 inches)

Max user weight: 120kg (264 pounds or 18.9 stone)

The JTX Fitness Foldable Treadmill comes with a user manual and is easy to assemble. You can also opt to pay a bit extra to have it assembled for you.

The company also offers an outstanding warranty, including a lifetime frame and 10 years motor warranty and 2 years of in-home repairs including parts and labour.

Overall, the JTX Fitness Foldable Treadmill is an excellent choice for anyone who is on a budget and would like to get in some serious runs on Zwift or even its built-in programs. With its impressive specs, foldable design, and compatibility with Zwift and Kinomap, this treadmill offers a wide range of features to enhance your training experience.

Specs:

  • Screen: Large LCD monitor plus ergonomically positioned tablet holder
  • Compatibility: Zwift and Kinomap connect via Bluetooth
  • Speed: 18 km/h (11.18 mph or 5.4 minutes per mile)
  • Incline: 12 levels of electrically adjustable incline
  • Motor: 2.5 hp
  • Dimensions: 83 (w) x 174 (l) x 157 (h) cm – 32.7(w)x 68.5(l)x 61.8(h) inches
  • Running area: 140 (l) x 48 (w) cm
  • Max user weight: 120 kg max user

Best treadmill for Zwift that's foldable

Pros:

Fully compatible with Zwift, SOLE fitness app, Studio, FitBit, iHealth, Record and Kinomap. Ergonomically positioned phone or tablet holder. Foldable with a roomy running surface.

Cons:

No HD touchscreen. Requires annual membership to access SOLE fitness app.

Sole Treadmills are known for their high-quality construction and durability. The Sole Fitness F65 is no different and you’ll have ample room to run and train. It’s also fully compatible with Zwift and Kinomap and has a handy tablet holder that’s ergonomically positioned in front of you. You’ll see your treadmill data updated in real-time on the device that you’re using to run Zwift on.

This model features a powerful 3.25 horsepower motor and a speed range of up to 20 kilometres per hour. It also has a USB charging port, 15 levels of power incline, and a user-friendly LCD display. It has a Cushion Flex Whisper Deck cushioning system and a folding frame to maximise space. 

Dimensions: 93 (W) x 208 (L) x 168 (H) cm – 93(W)x 82(L)x 66(H) inches

Running area: 152cm L x 56cm W (60 x 22 inches)

Max user weight: 120kg (264 pounds or 18.9 stone)

The Sole Fitness F56 is also compatible with the following fitness apps: SOLE Fitness App, Studio, FitBit, iHealth, Record, and Kinomap. You’ll need a yearly subscription to access SOLE fitness. 

You can also monitor your stats such as heart rate via hand pulse sensors or the Bluetooth Smart wireless receiver (using a chest strap). Lastly, the Sole Fitness F56 has Bluetooth Audio speakers and a music port for iPod/mp3 player.

We liked the Sole Fitness F56 because it’s robust and has a wide running area but is easy to fold up if you’re needing the space.  

Specs:

  • Screen: LCD monitor plus ergonomically positioned tablet holder
  • Compatibility: Zwift and Kinomap connect via Bluetooth
  • Speed:  Max speed 20 km/h (12.49mph or 4 min 50 seconds per mile)
  • Incline: 15 levels of power incline with Quick-Incline controls on the console and handlebars
  • Motor: 3.25 HP, DC type
  • Dimensions: 93 (W) x 208 (L) x 168 (H) cm – 93(W)x 82(L)x 66(H) inches
  • Running area: 152cm L x 56cm W (60 x 22 inches)
  • Max user weight: 150kg (331lbs)

Most affordable treadmill for Zwift for serious runners

Pros:

Seamless integration with Zwift, Kinomap, Bitgym, and more via FTMS Bluetooth. Fastest treadmill at 22km/h (13.6 mph / 4 min 23 sec mile). Lifetime free membership to Kinni app.

Cons:

Speakers and fan could be stronger

The NoblePro Elite E8.0 has the same base and features as the Elite E8i and is designed with elite runners in mind. The main difference is that it doesn’t have an HD touchscreen but a LED screen with buttons. You also don’t have internet access or access to entertainment apps. However, the Elite E8.0 has a tablet holder so that you can follow your Zwift progress or mount a flat-screen TV above your treadmill.

Thanks to FTMS Bluetooth capability, all NoblePro treadmills have exceptional integration with Zwift and other fitness apps such as Rouvy, Bitgym, Peloton, Training Peaks, and Strava. Plus they come with a free lifetime membership to the popular running app Kinni. 

The NoblePro treadmill has a virtual foot pod that is automatically activated and transmits to the apps via Bluetooth.

The NoblePro virtual foot pod transmits the following data:

  • Speed
  • Cadence
  • Stride length
  • Distance

Dimensions: 185.5 x 85 x 142.5 cm (73 x 33.5 x 56.1 inches)

Running area: 150 x 52 cm (59 inches x 20.5 inches)

Maximum user weight: 135 kilograms (300 pounds or 21 stone)

The E8.0 only has 17 onboard custom training programs but with lifetime access to Kinni, you can add your own programs as well. Kinni also integrates with Zwift and you can transfer your data and progress to Zwift.

How to connect the NoblePro Elite E8.0 to Zwift

Download the Zwift app — compatible devices include iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, PC or an Android device.

Check that the treadmill has the latest Bluetooth updates — check that you’ve installed the latest FTMS firmware.

Make sure Zwift has given the needed Bluetooth permissions

Place the iPad, tablet or phone on the treadmill dash on the tablet holder and open Zwift. Turn on the treadmill and launch Zwift. 

Open the Zwift pairing screen, look for your treadmill, select it and connect. 

If you’re looking for a solid treadmill for Zwift in the UK that is designed with elite runners in mind, then the NoblePro Elite E8.0 is a great option. Its affordable price and excellent connectivity to Zwift make it one of the best treadmills on this list. 

Specs:

  • Screen: 8″ LED with buttons
  • Max speed: 20 km/h (12.4mph 4:50 min/mile)
  • Incline: 0-20 levels of automatic incline
  • Motor: 4.2 continual horsepower
  • Dimensions: 185.5 x 85 x 142.5 cm (73 x 33.5 x 56.1 inches)
  • Running area: 150 x 52 cm (59 inches x 20.5 inches)
  • Max user weight: 135 kilograms (300 pounds or 21 stone)
  • Warranty: 5 years on frame and motor, 2 years parts, 1 year labour

FAQs

Zwift is a popular online training app for cyclists and runners. It’s like an online game that allows users to ride or run with other Zwifters from around the world through virtual worlds in real-time.

Yes, Zwift Run is a multiplayer virtual world designed specifically for runners. As you run on your treadmill, your run data is used to power and control your avatar through virtual worlds that are mostly based on real-life destinations. 

Users can connect to the app via a Zwift-compatible treadmill, Bluetooth, a foot pod or even their smartwatch. Your data such as speed, cadence and pace, is displayed in real-time and your workouts are saved to Zwift.

Similar to gaming, as you run, your avatar will explore the virtual Zwift world that’s displayed on your phone or tablet or a mounted screen. 

Zwift Run is currently free! 

You can use any treadmill with Zwift if you have a foot pod or smartwatch. You’ll also need a device or tablet to watch your avatar move through the virtual world. The best treadmill for Zwift is one that is Zwift-compatible so that your data is automatically updated on Zwift as you run.

No, Zwift doesn’t control your treadmill, you’ll need to control the treadmill yourself. The reason why it doesn’t control it is for safety reasons. 

No, Nordictrack treadmills are not compatible with Zwift. You can use a foot pod or smartwatch to connect to Zwift if you do have a Nordictrack treadmill. 

Yes, you’ll need a treadmill to run on while you’re connected to Zwift. You can either use a Zwift-compatible treadmill or a foot pod or smartwatch.

On average, Zwift transfers about 16,000 B/s, or about 55 MB/h.