Is the Tread loud? Will the sound level annoy other workers in the office? Probably not at all, unless you are walking at 3 or 4 mph and wearing shoes that make a lot of noise. In fact, hard sole shoes will make more noise than the Tread itself, no matter what speed it is operating at. When you go to a gym, listen closely to the sounds coming from the treadmills. You will predominately hear 2 sounds - the pounding of feet on the deck as the users run and the high pitched "whining" of the motor from the high rpms when running. However when using a TreadDesk, users are walking at much slower speeds so you do not hear the high pitched whining of the motor or the pounding of feet on the walking deck.  

The charts below should help illustrate the sound levels of our Tread when compared to other common noises.

We used an Extech Instruments sound meter to take the decibel level readings at the height of the work surface with the Tread operating at speeds ranging from 0.5 mph up to 4.0 mph. Those findings are listed on the left. On the right is a chart that illustrates noise levels of common things that we can all relate to. When compared to other treadmills on the market today, the TreadDesk is definitely on the quiet end of the spectrum.

Tread Decibel Readings Other Sound Levels    


0.5                    35
1.0                    38
2.0                    44
3.0                    49
4.0                    53  


Jet engine                    130
Subway                        90
Large retail store       60
Small office                 50
Whisper                       35 

"I've been using the TreadDesk for quite some time now and I can't say enough good things about it! The tread itself is quiet, responsive, compact, and sturdy. Working while standing up and walking has been an easy adjustment, and my base speed has increased steadily. I'm a college professor, and have spent the last twenty years sitting at my desk. I set up my computer at my TreadDesk so that when I'm working on it I'm standing or walking. I really wish I had this arrangement from the very beginning. I can't imagine ever going back!"

Alison S. - Bloomington, IL