A treadmill is an invaluable investment if you’re a serious runner. No matter the time of day, the weather, or whatever the reason, you can still get your miles in.
If you use your treadmill often, you may find yourself wishing there was more space for your tablet to stand, or that your water bottle could fit better into the cup holder. The good news is these things and more are available as treadmill accessories. Once you’ve made an investment in a treadmill for your home gym, customize it so it meets your needs, even as they change over the years.
Today we’re reviewing the best treadmill accessories. These are the little, useful things you can purchase to add to your treadmill to maximize the experience and make it more convenient, or just more fun.
From treadmill mats to workout books, these are our favorites.
Top 3 Best and Favorites
1. BalanceFrom GoFit Equipment Mat
A treadmill mat may seem like a bit of a silly accessory, but trust me, it’s more valuable than you may think!
Whatever surface you’ve set up your treadmill on, chances are the treadmill is going to leave marks. Nobody wants to have to replace flooring (even in a few years’ time) because their treadmill ruined the hardwood!
This mat can help with this. Even if you fold and store your treadmill in between uses, it can still cause damage over time. This mat if also foldable, so you can simply put it in the cupboard so your living room doesn’t look like an exercise studio. While a foldability might seem obvious is a mat, it’s not – exercise mats are often made from an inflexible foam for durability’s sake, so the ability to pick this one up and stow it easily is fairly unique.
It’s super versatile too. If your treadmill is in the corner closet, use the mat for other exercise equipment, yoga, free weights, stretching, and many more activities.
As well as protecting your flooring, the rubber also absorbs vibration and helps to reduce noise coming from exercise machines. Especially as time goes by and your treadmill gets more and more wear and tear, using a high-quality mat can reduce those rattles.
- Easy foldable design
- Absorbs vibration and reduces sound
- Protects floors
- Easy to clean with a damp cloth
- Water-resistant, but not completely waterproof
Cleaning and Maintenance Kit
2. Impresa Treadmill Lubricant
Maintaining and cleaning your treadmill regularly can significantly increase its lifespan. Like any machine, failing to clean it and make sure it’s operating as it should be can lead to it breaking down due to unnecessary wear and tear.
The most important part of your treadmill that you need to maintain is the belt. This is the most action-heavy part of the machine!
This little 2-pack of treadmill lubricant is designed to keep that belt running smoothly. The lubricant is 100% silicone, has no scent, and the twist-off lid makes it simple to apply.
- 100% silicone
- No scent
- Easy to apply
- For all brands of treadmill
- The bottles seem to leak, so take care to store them well
3. TACKFORM Tablet Holder
If you enjoy reading or watching something while you run and your treadmill doesn’t already have a tablet holder, this is a worthwhile purchase.
The only thing that may be difficult is to find a bar on the treadmill that allows you to clamp it in a position where it would be easy to see. It may work better for stationary bikes or ellipticals, but some treadmills would work. You’d need to consider your own before buying. Even if you treadmill does have a well-placed handlebar, that doesn’t mean it will be a great place to have your tablet. After all, handlebars are meant to be in the ideal place for your hands, not in the ideal place for reading material.
If you discover that it fits nicely on your treadmill, you can rotate it to be either vertically or horizontally oriented so you can watch or read whatever you wish.
It works well on bars between 0.6 and 1.5 inches in diameter, and for tablets with a screen size of 7 to 18 inches.
- Compatible with tablets with a screen size between 7 and 18 inches
- Sturdy mounting bracket with rubberized grip
- 360-degree swivel for horizontal or vertical screen
- Fits most handlebars
- May be difficult to find a bar to clamp it to on a treadmill
Water Bottle Holder
4. J.L. Childress Cup ‘N Stuff Stroller Cup Holder
Although this is advertised as a stroller cup holder, it works perfectly as a treadmill cup or bottle holder. Hydration is important even on a treadmill.
Both square and round bottles will fit nicely in it, and even if your drink is ice-cold, it won’t drip onto the floor thanks to the fully enclosed bottom.
The strap is fully adjustable so you can tighten it to your treadmill in just about any place that would be within your reach.
If you’re only going to be using this on a treadmill, the pockets may not be very useful. But if you’re planning on using it in a variety of settings, they could be helpful for storing keys or small items.
Some customers report the strap being a little too loose to be able to hold a full bottle sturdily. If you test it with a full bottle and this is the case, you won’t be able to use it with an open cup.
The beauty of this little cup holder is that it’s super easy to take it off your treadmill for use on a stroller, in the car, on other exercise equipment, a bicycle, or anywhere else you can hook it!
- Fits round and square bottles
- Adjustable strap to secure it tightly
- Enclosed bottom prevents dripping
- Added pockets
- Not suitable for open cups
5. CamelBak Chute Mag Bottle
Now that you’ve got the cool bottle holder, you may need to up your bottle game. This stylish bottle will make you feel like a real pro.
It comes in a large variety of sizes, so no matter what your preference, you should be able to find something suitable, from 12 ounces to 50 ounces.
With a double-walled design, your chosen drink will be able to maintain its temperature for ages.
Not only is it leakproof and features a magnetic cap that won’t get lost easily, but it’s also free from common toxins found in other bottles.
It also comes in nearly 30 different colors, so you can find something that you like!
- Magnetic cap for ease of use
- Multitude of sizes available
- Double-wall insulation
- The larger sizes may not fit in a bottle holder
6. Source One 11″ x 11″ Large Full-Size Treadmill Book Holder
There’s nothing fancy about this book holder, but it’s sleek, fits most treadmills, and does exactly what it’s meant to.
It’s made from thick, strong, clear plastic, so it’s pretty sturdy and will hold thick books, tablets, iPods, phones, or whatever else you wish to put on it.
Be warned, though – if your treadmill’s display is thicker than about 2.5 inches, the book holder may not fit over it.
- Lightweight, at 4.8 ounces
- Can be used on other machines too
- Strong, thick plastic
- The “hook” part is only about 2.5 inches wide – may not fit over all treadmills
- May obscure controls on some treadmills
7. HumanCentric Treadmill Desk Attachment
Many of us work in sedentary jobs that keep us anchored to a desk. While standing desks are increasing in popularity, even simply standing all day is not great for the health. So if you are looking to be a bit more active while logging work hours, (and you don’t already have a treadmill desk), why not get yourself a desk attachment so you can work and walk at the same time?
It’s super easy to attach to any treadmill, as long as the treadmill arms are less than 33 inches apart. Simply lay it on top of the arms and secure it with the quick-fastening Velcro straps.
The desk attachment has a rubberized surface, which keeps your laptop safe and sturdy while you’re moving on the belt.
There’s more than enough space for a laptop and a mouse, and it can even be used just for a notepad and pen if you do less digital work.
- Easy Velcro attachment
- 34” x 14.4” in size
- Rubber surface for extreme grip
- Doesn’t obscure treadmill controls
- Won’t work on treadmills where the arms are more than 33 inches apart
8. Opolar 10000mAh Rechargeable Battery-Operated Clip-on Fan
One of the big realizations when you start running on a treadmill is just how much a little bit of breeze cools you down outside. Simply moving through the air at your normal running speed has dramatic cooling effect by evaporting sweat from your skin. Inside, that doesn’t happen, and things can get pretty sweaty pretty quickly. Many treadmill makers know this fact of running life, and build fans into their machines. But some don’t, which can be a downside for some runners who like to feel the wind in their hair. This little clip-on fan can remedy that!
It can clip onto virtually anything, so it’s great for everyday use and not just on the treadmill. With three modes – low, mid, and high – it’s suitable for a variety of situations.
On a 4-hour charge, you’ll get up to 20 hours of run time out of this little fan. This could be less if you’re using it on the highest setting, but that’s still quite impressive.
It doesn’t come with a charger, but you probably already have a bevy of micro-USB cables and wall adapters to handle this function.
- Clips onto almost anything
- Three speed settings
- Up to 20 hours run time
- Charges fully in 4 hours
- No battery life indicator
9. VIVO Stand-TDML1 Universal Laptop Treadmill Desk
If the full desk attachment is too much for you, this minimalist laptop treadmill desk could work better.
It’s fully adjustable, so it can fit on treadmills of any size and work for people of any height.
The sturdy steel frame is well-made and is backed by a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty. It can also tilt up to 10 degrees, forward or backward, and rotate 360-degrees.
The platform features ventilation holes underneath to keep your laptop from overheating. Two small but effective lips in the metal keep your laptop from sliding forward.
- Tough steel construction
- Customizable width and height
- 3-year manufacturer warranty
- Not likely to stand up to a run on the treadmill – best suited for easy walking
Treadmill Workout Book
10. The Ultimate Treadmill Workout: Run Right, Hurt Less, and Burn More with Treadmill Interval Training – David Siik
If you’re new to running on a treadmill or simply looking for new ways to supercharge your treadmill workouts, this is the book to buy.
It introduces the treadmill runner to a new, unique way of training, known as the BITE method – Balanced Interval Training Experience.
The author, David Siik, is an accomplished fitness trainer and elite runner, so this method is built upon many years’ worth of knowledge and testing.
As its name says, the book is designed to give you one heck of a workout, get you burning a whole lot of calories, losing fat, and bumping up your PR more often than you realized you could.
It’s incredibly detailed in terms of the workouts, and if you’ve been wondering how to challenge yourself on the treadmill, this book will do it for you.
But if you’re new to running, still learning, or taking it easy because of knee or ankle issues, you may struggle with it.
- Available in paperback and Kindle
- Written by a renowned elite runner
- Detailed regime
- May be too complicated for beginners
If you aren’t too sure about buying some treadmill extras, here are some questions we see often that could help you decide.
What Should a Treadmill Kit Contain?
The most basic kit to keep a treadmill functioning at its best should include:
A Treadmill Mat
A mat is super useful for reducing noise and improving stability. Every step you take on the treadmill causes it to move slightly against the surface it’s on, and when you’ve got it on a wooden floor, or even tiles, it can become a little noisy. A mat dampens that sound quite effectively.
It also adds an extra element of safety. If your treadmill is on a slippery surface, it could move slightly each time you land on it, which shouldn’t be a huge problem, but having a non-slip surface beneath it makes it slightly more stable.
The treadmill belt takes a bit of beating every time the machine is used! That’s the thing you run directly on, and in order to stay in top shape, it should be lubricated regularly. If the lubrication isn’t up to standard, the belt could stick or shudder, and a treadmill that isn’t smooth can really hamper your progress and increase your frustration. A properly lubricated belt also reduces the strain on the motor, ensuring a longer life for your investment.
What Accessories Should I Invest In?
The accessories that would work best for you really depends on you! You’ll need to figure out exactly how you like your environment while you’re running on the treadmill.
If you like to listen to music, watch something on TV, or study or read while you run, a tablet or book holder could be a worthwhile choice for you.
If you work often from home and would like to walk on the treadmill while working, a desk attachment or laptop holder could be an awesome addition.
Some treadmills might not come with things that you consider to be useful, like a cup holder.
But in the end, it’s really up to you as to what would enhance your treadmill experience and be worth buying!