In this extensive guide, we’ll rank & compare the best treadmills in 2017. The guide separates 21 different treadmills by price point & features so that you don’t have to spend hours reading treadmill reviews to find the best one for your needs.
|ProForm Boston Marathon||20″ x 62″||350lbs.||9.5/10|
|ProForm Power 1495||20″ x 60″||350lbs.||8.5/10|
|ProForm Power 995i||20″ x 60″||350lbs.||7.6/10|
|Sunny Health SF-T7514||20″ x 46″||350lbs.||6.4/10|
In this extensive treadmill buyer’s guide, I’m going to take a look at some of the best treadmills for sale. The top treadmills chosen for this guide are based off of a number of criteria, as well as influenced by user reviews and expert reviews.
Ultimately, this buyer guide should help anyone—first-time buyers, or experienced users—sort through the best treadmills for their budget. The guide is broken down by price range, offering multiple options for different budget ranges. And, we’ve provided a brief review and rated each treadmill to further help you identify the best option for your needs.
The common sentiment among experts is that, if you are serious about getting a treadmill (meaning you want one that can withstand heavy use, including running at higher speeds), you should probably spend at least $1,000.
However, there are a ton of treadmill options to choose between that come in under $1,000. And, in fact, there are even quite a few $500 treadmills out there as well.
Ultimately, though, the common sentiment is somewhat correct and it is probably in your best interest to stay away from treadmills under $500. You can find some decent options in the ~$700 or higher range, but the sub-$500 options are really subpar.
There is an exception, though.
If all you plan on using your treadmill for is to walk or get in some very light jogging, then you can get by with a sub-$500 treadmill. It’s not ideal, but it is an option if you have a limited budget.
And, if you are limited to choosing a $500 treadmill, the options below are probably your best bet.
Treadmill Comparison Chart (Click “Read Review” to Expand)As the market for treadmills has grown, it seems like the $500-$1,000 price range is where the bulk majority of the machines sit. So, it’s no surprise that this price range has by far the most options.
And, while you typically don’t see a really great treadmill under $1,000, there are definitely some worthy considerations in the $500-$1,000 range.
Ultimately, what you should be expecting out of the treadmills in this range is a decent option for jogging and walking on the low-end, and an entry-level option for moderate running on the high end.
None of these machines are powerhouses, but there are a few that can definitely meet the specific needs of individuals that are either looking more for something geared to walkers, or for those who only plan to do some mild running.
Treadmill Comparison Chart (Click “Read Review” to Expand)In the under $2,000 price range ($1,000-$2,000), that’s when you really start separating the lower-tier treadmills from the machines that can really serve as high-end exercising options.
This price range is full of options that have reliable motors, impressive warranties, decent-sized tracks, and the ability to hit ~12 MPH max speed and ~12-15% inclines.
And, on the high-end, you have an option like the FreeMotion 890, which is definitely one of the best options on this entire list, especially when you consider price. Essentially, it’s a commercial grade treadmill for under $2,000.
Overall, all of these treadmills will serve beginners, to moderate users, to extreme users fairly well.
Treadmill Comparison Chart (Click “Read Review” to Expand)If you’re really looking for something high-end you have a few different solid options in the $2,000-$4,000 price range.
While there are definitely better options than the Reebok ZigTech 1910 on this list, it is still a great all-around option. And, if the price ever drops, it would deserve consideration.
However, the really attractive options in this price range are the ProForm Boston Marathon treadmill and the 3G Cardio Elite Runner. Both bring a unique angle to the treadmill to the table.
The Boston Marathon treadmill, which I think is the best option on this list, is more geared towards extreme users who want to utilize its ridiculous incline settings. While, on the other hand, the 3G Cardio Elite Runner is more geared towards anyone who is looking for a high-performing, but very reliable, commercial-grade treadmill.
In the end, though, both options are phenomenal choices if you have the budget to get them.