Treadmills are one of the most popular types of exercise equipment because they are one of the easiest to use.
Treadmills are one of the most popular types of exercise equipment because they are one of the easiest to use. They provide significant health benefits without requiring a major investment or intense cardio. They don’t take up too much space in your home, and they’re easy to use while performing other activities.
In fact, one of the treadmills on this list is connected to a desk that allows you to get exercise while you work.
Treadmills have a tremendous amount of diversity, so it can be difficult to know what treadmill you should buy. Fortunately, there are guides like this one to help you make just such a decision.
Things to Consider
Before you make the plunge, there are some things you should consider. How big is your treadmill going to be? Where are you going to put it? What kind of advanced features do you want? Here are five things you need to know before you buy a treadmill.
Some treadmills can be set at an incline, either fixed or variable. These intensify the workout and also allow you to prepare for hikes by simulating the slope of a hill or mountain. This is typically available in more expensive treadmills.
Most treadmills have different speed settings on their motor. This allows them to provide a customized workout based on cardio or calories. You want a treadmill that has a decent motor, preferably 2.0-3.0 horsepower.
It isn’t enough to decide whether you have the room for a treadmill. You should also consider how large you want it to be. Standard treadmills are seven feet long; some are shorter, and others are longer. Shorter treadmills don’t take up as much room but also require a lot more work not to lose your balance.
You can buy a cheap treadmill for around $100, while expensive models cost upwards of two grand. How much use do you expect to get out of your treadmill? You don’t want to spend $1000 on something you’ll only use once a week.
Before you get down to the basics of a budget, you need to know how much room you have available in your house and how large of a treadmill you want. Try to find a space that can house your treadmill, whether it’s a living room, a bedroom or the garage.
The Best In-Home Treadmills
- Measuring just 38 inches x 29 inches
- Treadmill is equipped with standard tracking technology
- PRICE RANGE: Under $1500
- Measuring just 38 inches x 29 inches
- Treadmill is equipped with standard tracking technology
- PRICE RANGE: Under $1500
Best In-Home Treadmills Under $200
Phoenix 98510 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill
If you don’t have a lot of room in your home – or your budget is hard-pressed – the Phoenix 98510 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill might be just what you’re looking for. It saves you money by forgoing the expensive motor instead of old-fashioned manpower. In this case, the manpower is you.
The 98510 uses a manual belt that reacts to your movement. The faster you walk (or run), the faster the belt spins to keep up with you. It is quite small, with a bed that is less than four feet long. Although its standard setup is a slight incline, it’s possible to set it up to walk more or less flat, which eases the workout. Two AA batteries power the onboard computer, which tracks your speed, distance, time and calories burned.
Storage is easy too, as the treadmill folds for upright storage, making it easy to store away in a closet. This makes it an ideal treadmill for use in a personal office space or small apartment. It weighs just 45 pounds and comes with a one-year warranty on the frame and a 90-day warranty on parts.
If you’re expecting a sophisticated workout, you’d best look elsewhere. But if you want an affordable, back-to-basics piece of equipment, the price is right.
Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill
The Confidence Power Plus Treadmill is a small, office-sized treadmill that one-ups the Phoenix 98510 by adding a 600-watt motor. It is small, with a runway just over three feet long, but it’s perfect for a small office, apartment or even a home that just doesn’t have a lot of extra space.
The treadmill doesn’t have a lot of customization options – this is a pretty barebones budget model – and runs continuously for up to 30 minutes. It is suitable for users up to 250 pounds, and it folds down for easy storage. Because of the low price, it is a popular choice for people who want to make a homemade treadmill desk.
There aren’t a lot of customization options here, and it can’t be set at an incline. The biggest downside of the treadmill is that it doesn’t seem to be covered by a kind of warranty. This isn’t a deal breaker, considering its low price, but it’s something to keep in mind.
Best In-Home Treadmills Under $350
Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Cadence Folding Treadmill
Although the Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Treadmill is a little larger than the last two treadmills, it is still primarily a space-saving design and doesn’t feature a full-length runway. That said, it offers a lot more customization than the Confidence Power Plus.
Like the other two treadmills, the G 5.9i can fold up, making it ideal for smaller spaces. However, it has a much more sophisticated computer program that includes six preset workouts to help you focus and refine your exercise. It also has a two-position incline, which enables you to enjoy a more intense workout.
An LCD keeps track of your distance, calories, time and speed, and a pulse sensor makes it easy to get a reading on your pulse for more careful cardio training. The treadmill is rated for up to 275 pounds, and it comes with a one-year warranty on the motor and 90 days for parts and labour. This isn’t an amazing treadmill, and if you’re serious about fitness, this may not be the best pick. But if you just want something to help you get in shape, this is a good and inexpensive choice.
Best In-Home Treadmills Under $400
Goplus Folding Treadmill Electric Support Motorized Power
Although we’re starting to get into the realm of more serious and capable treadmills, there is a huge jump from the GoPlus Treadmill and the Exerpeutic TF1000 than the five treadmills that follow.
As indicted in the name, this treadmill has a 2.25 horsepower motor, so its capable of giving you quite a workout. The motor runs at speeds form 0.5 mph all the way up to 7.5 mph and comes with 12 preset workout programs for a more guided experience. There are three different levels of incline to increase the intensity of your workouts, and the treadmill folds down for easy storage.
This is still a compact model, however. The belt is less than four feet long, so if you have a huge stride or want something larger, this isn’t the treadmill for you. However, for the price, it’s quite excellent, with an advanced LCD screen that displays an abundance of information and a mobile phone holder so you can watch movies or listen to music with ease. However, it has a maximum weight of just 220 pounds, and I’m unclear what kind of warranty is provided.
Best In-Home Treadmills Under $500
Exerpeutic TF1000 Walk to Fitness Electric Treadmill
With 1.5 horsepower, the motor on the Exerpeutic TF1000 is not as capable as the motor on the GoPlus, and the runway isn’t as long. However, it is covered by a solid warranty, and you can’t put a price on peace of mind.
The motor can run at a speed of up to 4 mph, which isn’t suitable for anything other than light jogging. However, the treadmill is rated to support up to 400 pounds, which makes it an excellent choice if you’re overweight and trying to get healthier. It has an on-board computer that tracks vital statistic and folds down for easy storage.
The warranty is also excellent, with five years on the frame and motor and one year for parts. The motor here isn’t strong enough to appeal to runners, but if you’re trying to get in shape, this is one of the best treadmills on the market for the price.
Best In-Home Treadmills Under $1000
LifeSpan TR1200i Folding Treadmill
The price jump from the Exerpeutic TF1000 and the LifeSpan TR 1200i Treadmill is huge, but there’s also a significant increase in quality, such as a 2.75 horsepower motor.
The suspension is designed according to accurate biomechanical specifications designed to support up to 300 pounds of weight. It has an advanced LCD screen that tracks your important statistics, as well as additional programs designed to work with your heart rate or body mass. The motor can run at speeds of up to 12 miles an hour so that you can get an excellent jog in.
The treadmill is backed by a comprehensive warranty that includes lifetime coverage for the frame and motor, as well as a five-year warranty on the parts and one year for labour. This is a full-size treadmill with an extra-long runway. If it has one drawback, it’s the fact that it weighs 220 pounds. You’re not going to be able to put this thing together or move it without help.
Best In-Home Treadmills Under $1300
ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill
The ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill improves on the 995i in just about every way, from a more powerful 3.5 horsepower motor to its chest strap for better readings on your heart rate.
Like the 995i, you can run at speeds up to 12 mph, and the solid steel construction can support a weight of up to 350 pounds. Like the ProForm 995i, it is protected by a comprehensive warranty that extends labour coverage to two years instead of one year. It is compatible with it and ha built-in speakers as well as Bluetooth technology. In addition to its 15% incline, it can also decline up to 3%, allowing you to run downhill as well as uphill.
I don’t have a lot of bad things to say about it, except one: it weighs an extraordinary 320 pounds. This, coupled with its prohibitive size, makes it extremely difficult to move even with two people. Still, it provides an excellent workout, and the warranty is exemplary.
ProForm Power 995i Treadmill
The ProForm Power 995i Treadmill is another example of a high-powered technological marvel, featuring a powerful 3.0 horsepower industrial-strength motor protected by a lifetime warranty.
Everything about this treadmill is bigger and better, including its five-foot long belt. The treadmill has two 2-inch speakers built in and is iPod compatible and ready. It’s got a fan built in to keep you cool while you work out, as well as an advanced digital screen that provides you with a ton of important information and customization. The frame and motor both come with a lifetime warranty, as well as a three-year warranty for parts and one year for labour.
The treadmill can also move fast, with speeds up to 12 mph, and an incline of up to 15 degrees. It is compatible with your first app, and it even folds down for better storage. If I have one problem with it, it’s too dependent on the built-in CPU. If the computer ever goes down, it will have to be repaired, or the treadmill is useless. Still, this is a powerful treadmill that can give you an excellent workout.
Best In-Home Treadmills Under $1500
LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk
I’ve mentioned walking treadmill desks before, both in the introduction and in one of the reviews. Although users have transformed several of the treadmills on this list into walking desks, the LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill is the first one to do it for you.
The treadmill is designed to be compact, with a runway measuring 68.5 inches x 28.5 inches. The desk isn’t particularly large, measuring just 38 inches x 29 inches, but it’s more than large enough to set up a lap top and keyboard on or to utilize during video conferences.
The treadmill is equipped with standard tracking technology and is also connected wirelessly, communicating with LifeSpan’s Active Trac app to provide with important metrics and information throughout the day.
The TR1200-DT5 is not cheap, and if you’re on a limited budget, you might want to consider buying a cheaper treadmill and making your treadmill desk. There is one significant advantage to this model, however: unlike underpowered treadmills, this one moves continuously, so you don’t have to worry about jarring stops. It has a maximum weight of 350 pounds and is covered with a lifetime frame warranty, three-year motor warranty, two-year parts warranty and one-year labour warranty.
Best In-Home Treadmills Under $2200
Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill
Although it comes with a premium price tag, the Sole Fitness F80 Treadmill is a hyper-advanced piece of training technology that will revolutionize the way you run. Its space-age computer gives you an extraordinary amount of control over your exercise experience.
With a 3.5 horsepower motor, the F80 runs up to 12 mph, the same speed as the last three treadmills on this list. That’s not what separates this treadmill from the competition, however; nor is it the six standard exercise programs built into the program. The runway has been specially designed to minimize the joint impact by 40%, reducing an already-low impact exercise even more.
The F80 is also backed by a significant warranty, offering a lifetime warranty on the frame, motor and deck, as well as a five-year warranty on electronics and a two-year warranty on labour. The only real downside is that, like the ProForm 995i, this treadmill is dependent on the on-board computer. If the motherboard or some other component is DOA, the treadmill won’t work, and you’ll have to wait for replacement parts.
This one problem aside, this is a fantastic treadmill, and if you have the money (and a little bit of patience if something goes wrong), this is an excellent purchase.
There are a lot of great treadmills on the market, as well as a lot of so-so treadmills. Knowing the good from the bad isn’t easy, but it’s my hope that this guide will help you make a good decision and a smart purchase. If you have any questions or comments, let us know. We’d love to hear from you!
*All prices mentioned above are at the time of publishing.