The Best Treadmills for 2019 – Your Ultimate Treadmill Buyer’s Guide

Welcome to our Best Treadmills for 2018 Buyer’s Guide! We are glad you made it here and we are really excited to be able to present you with industry-leading information to help you make informed decisions when considering purchasing a treadmill.

Whether for home use, office use or gym use, we are sure you will find information here that will help you decide on the best treadmills in your budget range.

Through our expert knowledge, we have devised a list of the 16 best treadmills for 2018 across three different price categories.


Quick FYI – you might also be interested in any of our following other Buyer’s Guides:


This guide was created with the help of knowledgeable fitness experts and we are proud to present you this comprehensive list. Treadmills are amazing in-home or gym machines that can help you get into incredible shape if you know how to purchase the correct one.

As you will discover, each price range will have certain features that might be better for your needs. For example, as we will discuss, treadmills under $1000 can mostly not work for running especially for heavier individuals.

Spending a little bit more will get you a treadmill that you can comfortably walk and run on, can be connected to your music or home entertainment of your choosing, and has a plethora of program options, incline options and are feature-rich to suit your needs.

Some other key takeaways from this article will be brand status, warranty for each treadmill as well as information regarding the ease of set-up and installation.
bf0000Let’s have a quick overview of what you can expect from treadmills in the sub-$1000 category. You will get certain features such as fold-ability and a light-weight design, however, these features will come at the expense of certain other features as we will describe below.

The most obvious feature you will be missing out on in this price range will be a motor strong enough to be able to do jogging or running, but we’ll talk more about that below.

Along with a generally weaker motor, you will be looking at a smaller track size (skinnier and shorter) which would make jogging and running not only uncomfortable and restrictive, but also dangerous.

For safe running, generally, a motor of at least 3 CHP* (continuous horsepower) is necessary along with a slightly larger track size.

You will also find that the warranties are shorter in this

*Please note that this is our minimum recommendation and it is always advised to go slightly higher in CHP in order to preserve the motor’s life.

In addition to the horsepower rating, please keep in mind the user’s weight in order to plan motor strength accordingly.

It’s always safest to go slightly higher than what you might think is necessary when it comes to the treadmill’s power rating if you’re planning on doing any jogging or running. This is something you will have to determine.

If running is your primary motivator for buying a treadmill, your best option will be something more expensive and durable.

For long-term reliability and longevity of your treadmill is going to be one in at least the $1000-$2000+ range, and ideally the $3000+ price range as you will be offered a much better motor, way better warranties and a much more durable design and build quality that you just cannot get in a cheaper treadmill.


 

NordicTrack T 6.5 S

NordicTrack NTL17915 T 6.5 S Treadmill
  • Go to ifit.com/activate to redeem your one month iFit membership and activate your equipment for unlimited workout programs and experiences
  • IFit provides a vast library of workouts and programs available for download
  • Get the training you want with 20 built-in workouts designed by a Certified personal trainer to help you achieve your fitness goals
  • Digitally adjust your incline up to 10 percent to add intensity to your workout and target specific muscle groups
  • Create your own custom workout using Google Maps; 300 pounds User Weight Capacity
from $779.99

There may be certain treadmills that lend themselves better to running (especially the more expensive they get) but this will depend greatly on the treadmill’s power output (as rated by its CHP as discussed above), track size and the user’s weight.

A balance between these factors will determine whether you can safely walk and/or run on your treadmill. For obvious reasons, the lighter a person is, the better jogging experience one will have in this price range and the longer the motor will last.

Along with a small, compact and light-weight design, you can expect to get some models with manual incline capabilities, various speed controls, a few different options for programming and EKG heart rate monitoring via handrails. 

It goes without saying that treadmills under $1000 are aimed at those people looking to get a space-saving treadmill that can easily be stored away when not in use. This price range is perfect for this. However, other features will be sacrificed such as the ability to jog on it.

Feel free to browse around below to get a good overview of different features available in the sub-$1000 treadmill price-range. We will take a more in-depth look at each treadmill below.

Let’s take a closer look at each treadmill in the following section below.*

*The treadmills are in no particular order and do not represent our own views, opinions or recommendations on which one to particularly aim for. However, we do provide our over-all recommended treadmill in each category which can be viewed above.


#1: Goplus 2.25 HP Folding Treadmill

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Goplus 2.25HP Folding Treadmill Electric Support Motorized Power Running Fitness Jogging Incline Machine g Fitness Jogging Incline Machine Fitness Jogging Incline Machine Black Jaguar Ⅱ(Classic)
  • 【2.25 HP Impulse Max Motor & Weight Capacity】2.25 horsepower quite impulse motor deliver power for interval, speed, or endurance training. Don't worry it will make big noise, this treadmill is perfect for any room in your house. Weight capacity is 220LBs, as far as possible to meet your needs.
  • 【Foldable & Adjustable Incline Design 】Easy folding mechanism and a soft drop system to help you fold and unfold your treadmill safely and with ease. 3 levels incline change design help you burn more calories, tone more muscle, and build greater endurance.
  • 【0.5-7.5 MPH Speed levels & P01-P12 Programs 】With 0.5 to 7.5 MPH Speed levels available, you can select different speed base on your physical condition and exercise based. There are also 12 programs available for you to choose, these easy-to-use exercise programs help to improve your cardiovascular fitness, boost your health, and burn fat.
  • 【5" Blue-Ray LCD Display & 16" X 47" Rubber Tread Belt】5" blue-ray LCD display screen and 16" X 47" big runing belt give you best workout experience. With Ipad/ mobile phone holder you can talk with your friend or watch wonderful video while you working out.
  • 【Safety Design and Cushioning Design】Safety Key connect you and the machine, emergency stop button on the handrail, which double protect you while working out. Cushioning design on both side of treadmill will reduce noise and descrese vibration to your floor, provide you best and quite workout experience.
$399.99

The Goplus 2.25 HP motorised treadmill is a great fit for someone looking to get an affordable treadmill to use in small spaces. It features a 2.25 HP motor which is great for brisk walking at a decent pace. Along with a small footprint, this treadmill features an Easy-Release Folding Design and an Easy-Storage Design as well which makes it convenient for small spaces.

The Easy-Fold System and Soft-Drop System makes it exceptionally well-suited for those wishing to store it away when not in use. It’s easier than ever to get it out of the closet, set it up, and put it back away when you don’t need it anymore thanks to the one-handed foldability design.

The Goplus 2.25 HP Treadmill is designed for affordable walking indoors with the ability to easily be stored away. You aren’t going to be training for an upcoming marathon on this thing or running any serious distances – probably not even jogging, but for a little quick walking during inclement weather, this machine is perfect!

Key Features:

  • 2.25 HP motor
  • Easily foldable and soft-dropping mechanism for hands-free unfolding
  • 5″ LCD display with 5 display options
  • 5 button controls
  • Hand-rail controls and heart-rate monitoring
  • 3 levels of incline depending on your needs
  • Dimensions: 62L x 26W x 50H
  • Track dimensions: 16 x 47
  • Weight capacity: 220lbs
  • WARRANTY: Goplus warranties are not publicly available. The information will be inside of the owner’s manual. However, we believe it’s a 90-Day Parts & Labour

 


#2: Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603

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Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603 Electric Treadmill w/ 9 Programs, 3 Manual Incline, Easy Handrail Controls & Preset Button Speeds, Soft Drop System
  • 2.2HP peak DC motor with a 16x49 inch running surface
  • Easy Folding mechanism and a soft drop System to help you fold and unfold your Treadmill safely and with ease
  • Handrail controls allow you to Control start, Stop, adjust speeds, and measure your Pulse rate
  • 9 built-in user programs with 3 Adjustable levels of incline.Speed range: 0.5 to 9 mph
  • Max. User weight of 220 lbs; Less impact force on your legs and joints, treadmill cushioning allows you to work out longer with less fatigue versus running outside on hard asphalt.
from $326.25


If you’re after a treadmill that can be stored away somewhere out of sight when you’re not using it, Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603 might be the best option for you. Although not strong enough to be able to do any running or jogging, we think this is an excellent choice. It didn’t quite receive our prestigious Editor’s Top Pick Award… but nearly!

Featuring a light-weight chassis and easy-folding and soft-dropping mechanisms, your treadmill experience will not only be an enjoyable one but a convenient one. We like this treadmill because it comes from a brand that generally features high-quality equipment you can trust.

Fold up your treadmill with ease when you’re not using it (can even be folded up one-handed) and bust it out to the party when you’re ready to get a quick workout in. It’s never been easier to get a fast workout at home and forget it ever happened afterwards!

Key Features:

  • 2.2 HP motor
  • Easily foldable and soft-dropping mechanism for hands-free unfolding
  • 9 built-in user programs
  • 3 incline levels (manually adjusted)
  • Hand-rail controls and heart-rate monitoring
  • Overall dimensions: 62L x 27W x 47H
  • Track dimensions: 16 x 49
  • Weight capacity: 220lbs
  • WARRANTY: 1-Year Frame, 90-Day Everything Else

 


#3: AFG Sport 5.5AT

AFG Sport HTM1102-01 5.5AT Treadmill, Gray
  • Industry-leading Motor: heavy duty 2.5 continuous-duty Motor is quiet, powerful and backed by a Lifetime Warranty
  • Power-incline: premium incline Motor adjusts from 0-10% quickly and quietly. Running Area: 20 x 55 Inches
  • Easy set-up: simple design is quick and easy to assemble. Electrical requirements: 110 volts
  • Comfort: 20'' by 55 inch running surface with variable-response cushioning to replicate a natural running surface
  • Features: multiple user accounts, ez-assist Folding, fan, speakers, hr monitoring, 3 LED displays and 20 quick-touch keys. Warranty: Lifetime frame/Motor, 1 Year parts and labor; capacity: 300 lbs
from $999.99

The AFG Sport 5.5AT Folding Treadmill comes feature-packed with one of the only two 2.5 CHP rated continuous duty motors in this category (see the NordicTrack T 6.5 S below for the other CHP-rated motor)  and it will easily fold up and unfold with the EZ-Assist Folding Mechanism for your convenience!

In addition to the stronger motor, the maximum weight capacity is 300lbs which means this treadmill is perfectly suited for jogging – although our editors still do not recommend any running on anything less than 3 – 3.5 CHP. 

We picked this treadmill to be featured in this article due to the enormously positive reception its received from thousands of happy users, its durable design, awesome folding features and the ability to go up to a 10% incline. Let’s have a closer look at the key features of this treadmill below.

Key Features:

  • 2.5 CHP continuous duty motor for brisk walking and light jogging/running
  • Button-controlled incline up to 10%
  • 9 Pre-programmed expert-designed workouts
  • Folding for easy and convenient storage
  • EZ-Assist Folding Mechanism
  • Variable-Response cushioning for a natural feeling running surface
  • Comes with cooling fan to keep you cool during your most strenuous jogs and walks
  • 3 LED displays with 20 quick-touch keys for various controls
  • Dimensions: 71L x 34W x 57H
  • Track Dimensions: 20 x 55
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame & Motor, 1-Year Parts & Labour

 


#4: Sunny Health & Fitness T7643

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Sunny Health & Fitness T7643 Heavy Duty Walking Treadmill with 350 lb High Weight Capacity, Wide Walking Area and Folding for Storage
  • Burn BIG calories with the SF-T7643 Heavy Duty Folding Walking Treadmill. Big walking surface, big button, big handrails. Did I say big!
  • High weight capacity of a 350 lbs with a big treadmill walking space (43.3L X 20W) that can be moved easily with the transportation wheels. Safe and easy folding and unfolding with soft drop mechanism
  • Big buttons, so you don't squint looking for the start or stop. Big easy to read quick speed buttons (1, 3, 5 mph) and big sturdy handrails give you the confidence to walk fast.
  • Big cup holders for hydration and the biggest integrated tablet holder variety of phones, 2 in 1 laptops up to 13" inches.
  • Keep track of gains and losses with easy to read backlit multi-display console. Displays: calories burned, speed, distance
$585.94

The Sunny Health & Fitness T7643 is by far one of our favorite treadmills in this category, so much so that it almost received our prestigious 5-Star Rating! We love the T7643 because of its great rigid and durable design, but yet small enough to comfortably use and then stow away in your home when you don’t need it.

Folding and unfolding is made easy with its Soft-Dropping Mechanism and Easy-Folding Mechanism featuring wheels to be able to move it anywhere you desire with ease. The Sunny Health & Fitness T7643 also features a multi-functional display with the ability to mount a tablet or a laptop up to 13 inches in size!

As one of the most feature-packed treadmills in this category, we couldn’t help but include it here for you to review. As always, let us know if you have any questions surrounding any aspect of this article!

Key Features:

  • 2.5 HP motor for longevity and comfort
  • LCD display with the ability to mount a tablet or up to a 13 inch laptop
  • Scan-mode displays progress and can assist in attaining fitness goals
  • Heart rate monitoring is built in
  • Easy-Moving transportation wheels
  • Soft-dropping system for convenient usage
  • Dimensions: 61L x 33W x 53H
  • Track Dimensions: 43 x 20
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: 3-Year Frame, 90-Day Other Parts & Components

 


#5: NordicTrack T 6.5 S

NordicTrack NTL17915 T 6.5 S Treadmill
  • Go to ifit.com/activate to redeem your one month iFit membership and activate your equipment for unlimited workout programs and experiences
  • IFit provides a vast library of workouts and programs available for download
  • Get the training you want with 20 built-in workouts designed by a Certified personal trainer to help you achieve your fitness goals
  • Digitally adjust your incline up to 10 percent to add intensity to your workout and target specific muscle groups
  • Create your own custom workout using Google Maps; 300 pounds User Weight Capacity
from $779.99

The NordicTrack T 6.5 S gets our Editor’s Top Pick Award which isn’t easily handed out. This amazing piece of equipment comes packed with a bunch of features for the price and comes with one of the only two CHP-Rated Motors in this price-range which could make it a suitable fit for some light jogging sessions.

Featuring a 2.6 CHP motor (which is the only other CHP-rated treadmill in this category) and a slightly larger tread belt, this would be one of our only recommendations for safe jogging at home. Although you still might not be able to run very fast or continuously on this treadmill, we strongly believe that it will last longer than any other option on this list.

Along with a stronger motor it will come with the ability to plug in your mp3 device, features up to 20 Personal Trainer Certified workout programs and can be inclined with the touch of a button (which is a step up from manual adjustment!) That’s just unheard of in this category so far.

Key Features:

  • 2.6 CHP motor for longer life and the ability to jog comfortably
  • 20 built-in personal trainer certified training programs
  • Digitally adjustable incline up to 10%
  • 5″ LCD display for ease of use
  • iFit compatibility for connectivity expandability for more workouts, GOogle Maps training routes and automatic stats tracking
  • OneTouch allows you to adjust speed and incline settings at the simple touch of a button
  • Your preferred MP3 player (iPod or Phone) can connect to the built-in 2-speaker sound system
  • EKG handlebar heart rate monitoring
  • Dimensions: 68L x 36W x 73H
  • Track dimensions: 20 x 55
  • Weight capacity: 300lbs
  • WARRANTY: 25-Year Motor and 1-Year Parts & Labour

 


Lontek T600 Folding

Lontek T600 Easy Assembly Folding Electric Treadmill with Inclines Motorized Running Machine with MP3 Bluetooth App and Heart Rate Monitor
  • 16.5*48.5 running surface with quiet motor brush-less DC motor
  • Additional functions available when connected with Gfit at no cost. Running coach, performance monitoring, etc. 12 Build-in workout programs
  • Handrail controls that allow you to control speed and monitor your heart rate
  • Easy folding mechanism and soft drop system to help you unfold your treadmill safely
  • 3 manual incline levels 0%, 3% and 5%; Max user weight: 220 Lbs
from $630.00

Although this section is wrapped up, we would like to present an honorable mention to the Lontek T600 Folding Treadmill.

The T600 did not make our list of the 5 best treadmills under $1000, but we thought it deserved a special mention due to the enormous value you get and its great universal reviews it has been enjoying.

Featuring a 3 HP motor, a 16.5 x 48.5 tread belt,12 built-in programs, 2-position adjustable incline, a 220lbs weight capacity and a 6-Year Motor & 2-Year Frame & Parts Warranty, we thought this treadmill would be worth a look if you wanted to learn more about it.

The reason it didn’t make our list of 5 is because it’s too similar to the other ones we’ve already covered above and didn’t stand out on its own in any spectacular ways.

The universal high-praise it’s been receiving is the main reason we are giving this guy a shout-out. Click below to view this treadmill and to learn more about it.

 


This wraps up the best treadmills under $1000. Continue reading the article to learn more about the next two main price-tiers and how they will be a benefit to you more so than the cheaper treadmills.


Part II: Best Treadmills Over $1000 – $2000

Alright, you’ve made it this far in our Best Treadmills of 2018 article! That was a long section, we know, and we’re glad you’re here because we’re going to be taking an in-depth look at what you can expect from a $1000-$2000+ treadmill. 

By the way, if this is out of your budget range, just hit the button below and we’ll take you right back to the previous (and cheaper) section – no questions asked!

As you will find out, purchasing a treadmill in this price-range will net you a far better feature-set, better quality, more durable motors, longer and more thorough warranties, higher user-reviews and a host of additional features.

Whereas the sub-$1000 treadmill category doesn’t lend itself very nicely to running or jogging, the same cannot be said for this category.

However, we understand that budget can be the deciding factor when making the decision to make such a large investment into home exercise equipment.


 

ProForm Pro 2000


If you decide to spend a few hundred dollars more than the cheapest variants above, you will be getting something of higher quality and equipment that will last you much longer.

As you may have noticed above, the treadmills in the sub-$1000 category feature mainly “HP” motors and are not the continuous horsepower motors that you need for running and jogging (aside from the two we discussed).

The $1000-$2000+ price range is entirely different – most treadmills you will find feature a higher-powered, CHP-rated motor that will last much longer under a continuous load (especially for running and interval training).

As always, some sacrifices will have to be made. The major sacrifice in the previous section would be durability and motor power; in this category, it will be ease-of-use, the physical weight of the treadmill will be higher and the amount of floor space it takes up will also be larger.

Why don’t we dive right in and find out what’s happening here.


#1: Nautilus 618 Treadmill

Nautilus T618 Treadmill Machine
  • Bluetooth connectivity offers a seamless transition of workout data to Supported Smart devices so you can Track your progress via the free Nautilus Connect app or to other fitness Apps
  • Dual Track two blue backlit LCD screen System offers increased visibility to programs and Goal tracking
  • 20" x 60" running surface, 3.5 motor and rebound cushioning System
  • Robust 2.75 inch Crowned rollers - extend belt life and contribute to smoothness and balance of the belt
  • Performance handrails with integrated incline and resistance buttons, 26 programs, heart RATE chest strap, speakers, charging USB port, folding soft drop deck System, 350lbs load capacity
$1,299.99

We really love the Nautilus 618 Treadmill because it offers you a feature-rich, user-first design that makes it not only reliable and practical, but enjoyable as well.

The strong 3.5 CHP motor and the large 20 x 60 treadbelt surface will be sure to deliver a top-quality walking, jogging or running experience. Couple those two features with an incredible 26 programs and speakers for your music, the Nautilus 618 Treadmill will deliver a superb user experience.

This treadmill also offers USB charging for your iPod or iPhone and EKG heart rate monitoring to keep track of your workout’s progress!

Key Features:

  • Power: 3.5 CHP motor
  • Dual Track backlit LCD screens offer visibility to programs and goal-tracking simultaneously
  • Heavy-Duty crowned rollers for extended belt life and smoothness
  • Foldable treadmill design for easy storage
  • Exclusive Rebound™ Cushioning System for soft-dropping of the belt
  • Performance Handrails with buttons for incline and resistance and EKG heart-rate monitoring
  • 26 built-in programs designed by personal training experts
  • Speakers for your music and entertainment
  • Wireless chest strap for heart rate monitoring is optional
  • USB charging port for your favorite devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod compatible)
  • Dimensions: 77L x 35W x 58H
  • Track Dimensions: 20 x 60
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: An incredible 15-Year Frame & Motor, 5-Year Parts, 2-Year Labour

 


#2: 3G Cardio Pro Runner

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3G Cardio Pro Runner Treadmill
  • Small enough to fold up and store in the corner of a room with a 40" x 35" dimension without having to disassemble.
  • Has a built in heart rate interactive pulse monitor and an optional wireless HR chest belt.
  • Our Orthopedic Belt will get you moving with it's large 20.5″ x 58″ running space.
  • 3.0 Horsepower. Continuous Duty DC Motor. 2 Inch Roller. 20.5 Inch x 58 Inch orthopedic belt. 350 lb max user weight.
$1,799.00

The 3G Cardio Pro Runner treadmill is not our personal top pick in this list, but we gave it a shot in our list because of the great motor and awesome folding and space-saving design it features. It’s now easier than ever to hide your treadmill away when it’s not in use and bring it out only when you need it!

Keeping up with the rest of the treadmills in this category, the 3 CHP continuous-duty motor will be sure to deliver a safe and long-lasting jogging, walking or running experience. Couple the powerful motor with a 21 x 58 belt size and running has never been more enjoyable indoors.

You will get a soft orthopaedic belt for comfortable long-distance running, heart rate monitoring, up to a 10% incline, 8 built-in programs designed by fitness professionals, and up to a 350lbs weight capacity.

Key Features:

  • 3 CHP motor
  • Built-In Interactive Plus heart rate monitoring
  • Folding, Space Saving design
  • Up to 10% incline capability
  • 8 Built-In programs
  • Heart rate monitoring ability via hand-rails (with optional chest belt for wireless monitoring)
  • Soft orthopaedic belt for comfortable and safe jogging and/or running
  • Dimensions: 74L x 35W x 59H
  • Track Dimensions: 21 x 58
  • Weight Capacity: 350 lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 5-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour

 


#3: 3G Cardio 80i
[Best In-Class Folding Treadmill]

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3G Cardio 80i Fold Flat Treadmill
  • It is the only Fold FlatTM Treadmill on the market built exclusively for runners.
  • It can fold flat to a height of just 9.75 inches and easily be rolled under the bed for storage.
  • It also can be folded vertically, and another set of wheels allows it to easily be pushed out of the way when not in use. Whether you're just trying to save space in your house, or really have very little room in your condo, this treadmill will go where no running treadmill has gone before.... under your bed! In addition to the convenience, the 3G Cardio 80i Fold FlatTM Treadmill also has a top quality design.
  • Fold Flat Dimensions: 74"x33"x9.75"
  • Fold Up Dimensions: 39"L x 33"W x 70"H
$1,615.00

The 3G Cardio 80i Folding Treadmill gets a 4-star rating from us because it’s the best in-class folding treadmill. Featuring 3G’s Fold Flat™ Technology, this treadmill can be stowed away folded with a maximum height of only 10 inches! Now that’s pretty thin!

The Cardio 80i gets a special place in our list this year not only because it’s the best folding treadmill in this class, but also because it is pretty feature-packed. Along with a 3 CHP continuous duty motor, many other features are available including the ability to incline up to 15%.

Although the Cardio 80i it features a track size that is slightly smaller than other treadmills in this category, you still get 8 built-in programs, 4 customizable programs, an Easy To Read display, heart rate monitoring, and also the ability to fold it up vertically. A small sacrifice had to be made to be able to let you stow this thing away wherever it’s most convenient for you.

Key Features:

  • 3 CHP motor
  • 8 built-in program options; 4 custom programs available
  • Has the ability to incline up to 15%
  • The only Fold Flat™ treadmill with a folded-up height of under 10 inches for easy storage
  • Can also be folded vertically for closet-storage (includes wheels for easy moving)
  • Heart rate monitoring via handrails
  • Easy To Read display for vital information
  • Dimensions: 74L x 33W x 49H
  • Track Dimensions: 18.5 x 58
  • Weight Capacity: 325 lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 5-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour

 


#4: Endurance T10HRC

Endurance T10HRC Commercial Treadmill with Heart Rate Control
  • Lifetime tread belt and shock absorbent, low-maintenance deck
  • Extra-thick and durable treadbelt; multi-ply treadbelt is fusion-seamed for strength
  • Safety key stop system
  • Case-hardened steel rollers feature a large diameter design with a wide radius
  • Floor Space: 32 by 77 by 57 inches (W x D x H)
$2,699.00

Featuring a slightly different design regarding the tread belt than the other options above, the Endurance T10HRC Commercial Treadmill stands out on its own in this category as a fully commercial treadmill that is also suitable for home users with slightly more space to spare.

The 3 CHP continuous output motor will be sure to deliver a long-lasting running experience. The tread belt is multi-ply and is fusion-seamed for strength and durability.

You will get 25 personal trainer certified workout programs to go along with this beast, a bright LED display, a 20 x 60 tread belt and hardened steel rollers for ultra-smooth and durable tread belt operation and longevity.

Key Features:

  • 3.0 CHP motor
  • Hardened steel rollers for smooth and durable treadbelt life
  • Safety-key stop system for ultimate safety during operation
  • Bright LED display shows you monitor vital information (heart rate, speed, elevation, time, distance and calories burned)
  • 25 personal-trainer certified programs for your enjoyment including cardio, endurance, distance, fat burning and many more
  • State-of-the-art, commercial-grade treadmill with super-strength construction and design
  • Dimensions: 77L x 32W x 57H
  • Track Dimensions: 20 x 60
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

#5: ProForm Pro 2000
[Our Only 5-Star Rated Treadmill!]

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ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill (2016 Model)
  • 7" backlit oversized LCD with racetrack display, iFit compatible; integrated device shelf; ipod compatible, (2) 3" digitally amplified long-throw speakers with Digital volume control
  • 3.5 chp Mach Z commercial, 0 - 12 MPH QuickSpeed, 0 - 15% quick incline, 0 - 3% quick decline, EKG grip pulse, dual band (Bluetooth Smart + ANT plus) wireless chest strap
  • 350 lb. Weight capacity, solid steel construction, 2.5" rear, 1.9" front, precision balanced non-flex
  • 22" x 60" deck, commercial 1-ply non-stretch tread belt, proshox cushioning
  • Lifetime frame & Motor Warranty, 5-year parts, 2-year labor Warranty
$1,199.99

The ProForm Pro 2000 is our favorite treadmill in this category and gets not only our Editor’s Top Pick Award – it’s the only treadmill in this entire article that gets our highly prestigious 5-Star Rating for the most features, most powerful and reliable motor, largest track size and incline AND decline abilities allowing you to train for a variety of terrain conditions.

The ProForm 2000 has been a favorite amongst households and gyms and ProForm themselves have been one of the most rock-solid, reliable and durable manufacturers of treadmills for over 25 years. User reviews on the Pro 2000 have been absolutely incredible and we’ll discuss why below.

The popular iFit Coach offers unlimited workouts for your convenience. All you have to do is load up the program you want – and start on your fitness journey easily and effortlessly today! Likely the most stand-out feature you would have noticed from the image above is the ability to connect your tablet to the top of the treadmill to stay updated on your latest movies, shows, music and more.

The tread belt features a non-stretch design for ultra-durability along with a proshox cushioning system for continued comfort during your most strenuous runs. Along with the above, the ProForm Pro 2000 features a lifetime Frame & Motor Warranty because ProForm stands behind their products.

Key Features:

  • 3.5 CHP Mach Z Commercial Motor
  • 7” Backlit LCD Display, iFit compatible, 3” speakers (iPod compatible)
  • Connectivity options for your iPad or other tablets to watch your favorite shows or movies
  • EKG grips for heart rate monitoring
  • Bluetooth wireless chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring
  • Up to 15% quick incline; up to 3% quick decline
  • iFit Coach compatibility offers unlimited workouts (examples: 30-Day Fresh Start for Treadmills or the 60-Day Weight Loss Challenge)
  • Dimensions: 80L x 40W x 63H
  • Track Dimensions: 22 x 60
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame & Motor Warranty, 5-year parts, 2-year labour Warranty

 


LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk

LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk
  • The tr1200-dt5 treadmill desk workstation is a combination of LifeSpan's under desk treadmill base and manual height adjustable standing desk.
  • The compact and motorized running machine measures 68.5" x 28.5" (L x W) with a large desktop surface area of 38" x 29" (W x D), providing an ergonomic boost to computer and laptop work.
  • High capacity and quiet 2.25 HP electric motor with a 20-by-50-inch walking surface. Portable wheels for lightweight mobility providing space saving and storable versatility.
  • Console readouts include: distance traveled, calories burned, walk and run time, step count and adjustable belt speed of 0.4 to 4 MPH.
  • Bluetooth capability allows you to sync your activity data to an iPhone or Android using LifeSpan's free Active Trac app to track your progress over time.
$2,376.05

We don’t rate our Physique Authority’s Honourable Mentions because we hand-pick one stand-out product that might interest you. As you may have noticed, this LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Standing Treadmill Desk is a very special one to us for a very special reason…

We’ve been seeing offices and individuals gravitating more and more towards the types of treadmills you can use as a desk because it takes the strain off of your back while you’re working.

Studies have found there to be little difference between sitting and standing all day to work (in a static way, anyway) but when it comes to walking – that’s a whole different story – and you’re still getting movement which is critical.

It is therefore that we are offering up a special spot for the TR1200-DT5 as it is an exceptional quality piece of equipment featuring (of course) a desk, a 2.25 CHP motor (which is quite adequate for gentle walking while you’re working), a 38 x 29 inch desktop to fit your laptop and monitors, on-board wireless Intelli-Step Bluetooth step-tracking so you can keep track of your activity (you can view your progress right on your phone) and much more.

Learn more about the TR1200-DT5 by clicking below.

 


Part III: Best Treadmills Over $3000

Phew, we’ve made it this far, and I am sure you’re just dying to know what exactly you’re going to get with treadmills in the next price-tier. 

When it comes to deciding upon a treadmill purchase, we understand this can be a frustrating experience and one that leaves you more confused than before. We’re going to aim at alleviating your confusion so you can make a more educated purchasing decision for your next treadmill for home or professional use.

What you will find in the $3000+ price-range are professional-grade treadmills packed with features, ultra-strong and durable motors and above and beyond incredible warranties, build quality, size, construction, user reviews and feedback.

Again, if you just want to go back to the last category, simply click below. We’ll understand 🙂

This price-range generally delivers you treadmills that are absolutely rock-solid, reliable, comfortable and incredibly feature-rich. You simply cannot go wrong with any of our recommendations here (unlike the previous two categories where some options are better than others).

When you’re preparing to spend $3000+ on a treadmill, you’re getting what you pay for – and this list below is our top treadmills over $3000 recommendations. This category features 4 absolutely incredible machines that have nothing but the highest of praise, user reviews, features, motor strength and warranty periods.

There aren’t nearly as many options when it comes to the $3000+ price range but we’re sure you’re going to find information here that will help you make the most informed decision.

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3G Cardio Elite Runner


When it comes to power output, the stronger the motor the better – and the longer it will last for you to continue to enjoy your treadmill. Why would somebody spend so much money on a piece of equipment that just is not good quality?

We’re going to dive deep in and explore exactly what it takes to receive our highly prestigious Editor’s Top Pick Award for the Best Treadmill Over 3000 Dollars.

You’re also going to get great cushioning, a nice suspension system, ultra-durable rollers for treadbelt smoothness and longevity, super easy controls, a feature-packed console with preset and highly customisable running programs.

And, best of all – you can walk, jog and even run in this category, you can do high-intensity training, interval training all while having peace of mind with insanely long warranties and super durable motor designs.

Let’s get this section rolling because we’re super excited to offer you this information.


#1: Sole F85

Sole Fitness F85 Folding Treadmill
  • Treadmill offers an industry-leading warranty and a proprietary Cushion Flex Whisper Deck, shown in a study to reduce impact on your joints by up to 40% compared to running on asphalt
  • 4.0 CHP, DC Type motor with 0.5-to-12 MPH speed range, 0-to-15% rack-and-pinion gear design incline, two-ply belt, pulse grip and chest strap heart rate monitoring
  • Six standard programs, two custom programs, and two heart programs; cooling fans and MP3-compatible sound system; nine-inch LCD workout display
  • Measures 35 by 58 by 80 inches (W x H x D); deck measures 35 by 80 inches (W x D) and running surface measures 22 by 60 inches (W x D); 265-pound weight and 400-pound weight limit; 2.75-inch rollers
  • Includes the following manufacturer's warranties against defects in materials and workmanship: lifetime on frame, motor, and deck; five years on electronics; and two years on labor
from $3,899.99

The Sole F85 Runner’s Treadmill offers up one of the most powerful motors out of all our treadmills this year. Its feature-dense design, elegant styling and solid construction makes this machine a favorite amongst running enthusiasts at home or in the gym. Let’s learn more about it below.

What you get with this treadmill matches up nicely with its price range as well. We like to see treadmills in this price category have strong motors and wireless heart rate monitoring because we believe that anything less than that is just not a right fit for the price.

Luckily with the Sole F85 you get some incredible hardware with the right feature set which sets this machine apart from the competition in a few different ways. Check out some of the details below to get started learning about this beast of a machine.

Key Features:

  • 4 CHP motor will prove to last you a very long time
  • 0-15% incline so you can train for a variety of conditions
  • Vibrant and bright display showing feedback and instructions regarding your workout and heart rate
  • 6 built-in programs, 2 custom programs, and 2 heart programs
  • Built-in fan for a cool and comfortable run
  • Two-Ply Belt for comfort and durability
  • EKG grip heart rate monitoring or wireless chest strap heart rate monitoring
  • A sound system to support your favorite music or entertainment media
  • Dimensions: 80L x 35W x 58H
  • Track Dimensions: 22 x 60
  • Weight Capacity: 400lbs
  • Warranty: Industry-Leading Lifetime Frame, Motor & Deck, 5-Year Electronics and 2-Year Labour

 


#2: True Performance 300

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True Performance 300 Treadmill
  • The TRUE PS300 treadmill is manufactured with commercial-grade materials and the finest components for extreme durability
  • The PS300 treadmill offers one of the largest running surfaces in the industry
  • Our PS300 model has an orthopedic belt for those who want the ultimate reduction of impact on the joints and knees
  • TRUE HRC Cruise Control allows you to lock in on your targeted heart rate. Once your target is entered, one touch HRC Cruise Control will adjust your workout automatically to maintain your target heart rate for the duration of your workout.
  • Features 9 Preset Workouts and 2 Saved Workouts
$2,999.00

The True Performance 300 delivers one of the most user-friendly designs we’ve ever seen in a treadmill in this price-range. Featuring an awesome commercial grade build quality and a solid 3 HP motor (featuring a 30-Year Warranty) we’re certain this treadmill is willing and ready to deliver you a superb user experience.

With heart rate monitoring via hand rails, wirelessly or via Bluetooth, 2 water bottle holsters, a tablet and/or book holder and an orthopaedic belt designed to ease stress on joints, the True Performance 300 is a fantastic choice for the enthusiast home runner.

You’re going to love the 9 built in programs offering different workouts such as weight loss, distance and speed, and the TRUE HCR Cruise Control feature which monitors your heart rate and automatically adjusts settings to keep your maximal heart rate where you need it!

You might be thinking that this treadmill only has a 3 HP motor (not CHP-rated), however, as you will see, True Performance stands behind their products. Not only has the 300 been one of their top-sellers over the years, they stand behind the motor with a 30-Year Warranty! Now that’s unbeatable.

Key Features:

  • 3 HP motor
  • Commercial-grade design and component selection make this one of our most reliable choices in this category
  • 2x water bottle holsters
  • Tablet holder and/or book holder
  • True Mobile App workout summaries via Bluetooth
  • Features an orthopaedic belt designed to reduce impact and stress on your joints and knees
  • TRUE HCR Cruise Control lets you lock right in on your target heart rate to keep your workouts at the precise level you need
  • 9 built-in programs and 2 customisable programs for your enjoyment
  • Dimensions: 79L x 32W x 56H
  • Track Dimensions: 60 x 21
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 30-Year Motor, 7-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour

 


#3: 3G Cardio Elite Runner

3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill
  • Start with an upgraded, commercial Ortho Flex ShockTM suspension system and an oversized 22" x 62" running platform, a club rated 4.0 HP motor and 386lbs of muscle under your feet and experience the amazing feel of a 3G Cardio Treadmill in the privacy of your own home.
  • The 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill gives you the peace of mind that not only will you have a spectacular treadmill for the long run but an unrivaled 10 year parts warranty and 2 years in home labor. The last thing you should have to worry about is your treadmill's performance, now you can focus on your performance.
  • Simple and effective is the 3G Cardio motto. You will have all the necessary built in programs you need and nothing you don't! With several pre-programmed courses, fitness tests, one touch speed and elevation settings, heart rate control and the ability to custom create your own workouts, you will never become bored or overwhelmed when it comes to your programming options.
  • Enjoy your music through the built in speakers and cool down with our multi speed fan! Want more? Try connecting your tablet and enjoying surround sound while watching your favorite movie or TV show. The 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill can help to create your own private sanctuary.
  • Whether you are a casual walker or an avid runner, the 3G Cardio Elite Runner treadmill has you covered! A club rated treadmill with a 10 year parts warranty in your home, what more could you ask for?
$3,399.00

The 3G Cardio Elite Runner is the most-awarded treadmill under $3500 and has won BestBuy’s #1 Rated Treadmill Award in 2018. User reviews are raving about this product and for a very good reason. Featuring a 4 CHP continuous output motor and a second-to-none warranty, this is by-far our Editor’s Top Pick Award Winner.

3G Cardio is known to make some incredible treadmills, and their Elite Runner is no different. Featuring an ultra-strong, durable motor, an oversized treadbelt measuring in at 22 x 62 inches, a cooling fan with two speeds, and wireless heart rate monitoring it’s no wonder that this is one of the most loved treadmills for runners.

You’ll be fully backed by an incredible warranty whether you’re using this piece in your home or commercially (more information about the two warranty types can be found below so make sure to check that out). 3G has your back – so you can spend more time running and less time dealing with broken-down equipment.

Key Features:

  • 4 CHP motor for ultra-longevity and reliability
  • Commercial Ortho Flex Shock™ Suspension System
  • Oversized 22 x 62 inch running platform
  • EKG hand-grip heart rate monitoring
  • Wireless chest-belt heart rate monitoring (comes included)
  • Cooling fan to keep you cool while you’re working out (with High and Low settings)
  • One-Touch Speed and One-Touch Incline (incline up to 15%)
  • 8 Built-In professionally designed programs with 2 customisable programs
  • Various fitness tests are available at the touch of a finger
  • Dimensions: 84L x 36W x 58H
  • Track Dimensions: 22 x 62
  • Weight Capacity: 400lbs
  • Residential Warranty: Lifetime Motor & Frame, 10-Year Parts, 2-Year In-Home Labour
  • Commercial Warranty 5-Year Motor & Frame, 5-Year Parts, 1-Year In-Gym Labour

 


#4: ProForm Pro 9000

ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill
  • 4.25 CHP Mach Z Commercial Plus Motor, ProShox Cushioning, 2.5" Balanced Rollers, 300 Lb. Weight Capacity
  • 10" Full-Color Touchscreen, iFit Enabled, 38 Workout Apps, iPod Compatible Audio
  • 15% Incline, -3% Decline, 22" x 60" Tread Belt, 0-12 MPH Quick Speed Control, Integrated Cross Fit Tray, Integrated Tablet Holder
  • EKG Heart Rate Monitor with Wireless Chest Strap, Dual CoolAire Workout Fans, Space Saver Design with Easy Lift Assist
  • The PRO 9000 is protected with a Lifetime Frame & Motor Warranty, 5-Year Parts Warranty, and 2-Year Labor Warranty
$1,795.00

The ProForm Pro 9000 is like the big sister to the ProForm Pro 2000 as described above – and gets equally as praised. An absolutely astonishing 4.25 CHP Mach Z Commercial Plus Motor with a lifetime warranty is sure to deliver you one of the most enjoyable running experiences you’ve ever had.

This puppy is well-suited for home or even commercial use. The motor is strong enough to handle multiple daily runners, has a 300lbs weight capacity and an ultra-large track size to keep your runs comfortable and safe.

Featuring an iFit® Coach Ready™ design with integrated SpaceSaver® and EasyLift™ Assist technology, a 10″ full colour touchscreen, a holder for your tablet, 38 workout apps and the ability to incline and decline, and two CoolAire™ fans, this treadmill will leave no stones left unturned.

A half-star was docked from our rating based on the slightly higher than anticipated price-point compared with other treadmills in this category. However, the extreme motor and warranty more than makes up for this.

Key Features:

  • 4.25 CHP Mach Z Commercial Plus Motor
  • ProShox Cushioning for ultra-running comfort
  • Can incline up to 15% and decline up to -3%
  • 2.5” Balanced Rollers for extreme smoothness and reliability
  • 10” full colour touchscreen
  • iFit® Coach Ready™
  • Integrated tablet holder for your multimedia convenience
  • 38 Workout Apps
  • mp3 player compatible audio
  • EKG heart rate monitoring; wireless chest strap heart rate monitoring;
  • Dual CoolAire™ fans to keep you cool
  • SpaceSaver® Design with EasyLift™ Assist
  • Dimensions: 77L x 39W x 70H
  • Track Dimensions: 22 x 60
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame & Motor, 5-Year Parts, 2-Year Labour

 


Well folks, this wraps up our overview of the Best Treadmills for 2018 article. By the way, if you want to head back up and go over all of your options again you can do so using the buttons below to have another overview of each price-range.

Whether you’re here to do some light walking on a budget, do some moderate walking with the ability to throw in some jogging as well or if you’re after a fully-fledged treadmill on which you can do high-intensity training and running, you’ve come to the right place.


Some key takeaways for this article will be the following:

  • In order to safely jog and run, you want to look at motors that are at least 3 CHP continuous duty certified
  • The larger the track size, the better for jogging and running because it will keep you safer
  • Treadmills in the sub-1000 dollar category are not ideally suited for anything other than walking
  • The $1000+ range will get you something much better suited for mild jogging
  • $3000+ and you can guarantee a safe, enjoyable and long lasting running experience
  • Warranty lengths directly coincide with the price of the treadmill – the cheaper the device the poorer the warranty will be.

Final Note:

If you have any questions regarding any of the information we have presented you with here or if you have discovered any errors, treadmills that are discontinued or you wish to share your thoughts, opinions or if you have any other questions, please use our contact form and we will be happy to answer anything you have to say!

Thank you so much for tuning in and we hope to see you again soon.

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