Best Walking Treadmills of 2016
Are you searching for the right walking treadmill? You're in the right place! If you are more of a walker than a runner then a walking treadmill is the right choice. Walking treadmills are generally cheaper than running treadmills but can lack some of the higher-end features of a standard model.The table below compares the 5 best walking treadmills available:
X9i Incline Trainer
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|Speed||0 - 12 mph||0.5 - 12 mph||0.5 - 12 mph||0.5 - 12 mph||0.5 - 12 mph|
|Incline||-6 - 40%||0 - 15%||0 - 15%||0 - 12%||0 - 15%|
|Motor||3.0 CHP||2.75 CHP||2.75 CHP||2.5 CHP||3.0 CHP|
|Max. Weight||350 lbs||350 lbs||350 lbs||300 lbs||325 lbs|
|Deck||22" x 60"||20" x 60"||20" x 60"||20" x 55"||20" x 60"|
Walking Treadmills Buying Guide
The importance of walking should not be overlooked. Yes, jogging and running are excellent cardiovascular exercises but in a world that is increasingly making us less dependent on our feet and more dependent on other means to transport us around — walking is just as valued as ever.
Some people will say that you should only invest in a treadmill for jogging/running purposes, but we think that is just ludicrous. Walking is just as effective of a cardio workout with the proper focus and goals and if you really think that you’ll spend more time walking than jogging on your new treadmills, why not save a few hundred dollars by purchasing a treadmill designed more for walking?
While the 3.5 CHP motor of some of our highest rated treadmills are excellent for all ages and abilities it is not exactly necessary for primary walkers. You definitely want to invest in something that has some power, but in reality a lot of 3.0 CHP motors (and even a few 2.5 CHP models) can and will support walking.
So if you plan to be the only user of the treadmill and think that you’ll spend the majority of the time walking why not invest in a walking treadmill?
When you shop in this niche make sure you note the capacity of the motor first, but also consider other specs like speed and incline. Do you feel like a max speed of 10 mph will support your abilities? 12 mph? What about incline? Are you really looking to challenge yourself with intense simulations of hills or is a steady, flat surface ideal?
While a lot of great walking treadmills exist you should definitely be careful of budget treadmills trying to front as a walking treadmill. What we mean by this is some very low-end models may come across as outstanding candidates for walkers (lower powered motor, speed and incline not great), but are actually just poorly made treadmills with no hope for a long lifespan.
You should definitely note the max user weight, size and weight of the trainer, and the brand. Even though you may only intend to walk on the treadmill some models, even at that slower pace, ride a little shaky and feel like they’re about to break. Always invest in something that is stable!
The most important factors to consider when searching for appropriate walking treadmills are:
- Size of the treadmill
- Max user weight
- Power of motor
- Reputation of company
- Warranty and guarantee
Of course, added luxuries like iPod dock, built-in speakers, iFit Live and cooling fans never hurt either. In the end, walking treadmills do not require a ton of specs yet you definitely want something that is durable, sturdy and backed by a solid warranty and guarantee.
More Walking Treadmills
The following did not make the Top 5 Walking Treadmills, but are still worth a look:
The ProForm ZT8 is an entry-level walking treadmill that folds and is at a competitive price point.
Read the full ProForm ZT8 Review
The ProForm Performance 600i is a low-priced treadmill with a 2.75 CHP motor, 20" x 60" tread belt, ProShox cushioning and goes up to 12 MPH.
Read the full ProForm Performance 600i Review
The NordicTrack C 990 features iFit and iPod compatibility and also works with Bluetooth chest strap monitors to automatically adjust speed and/or incline to stay within your designated heart rate zone.
Read the full NordicTrack C 990 Review
The Adventure 5 is a quality starter running treadmill designed to give you a reliable workout. It has a 2.5 CHP motor, 35 workout programs and a 7.5" Blue LCD screen.
Read the full Horizon Fitness Adventure 5 Review
The ProForm Performance 600c is a low-priced treadmill with a 2.75 CHP motor, 20" x 60" running surface, a 6-inch backlit display and goes up to 12 MPH.
Read the full ProForm Performance 600c Review
The ProForm Performance 505 CST is a good entry-level walking treadmill for under $1,000 that features a 2.5 CHP Motor.
Read the full ProForm Performance 505 CST Review
The ProForm Premier 900 is an entry-level walking treadmill that folds and has a solid 3.0 CHP Mach Z Motor.
Read the full ProForm Premier 900 Review
The NordicTrack C 700 has decent feature options given the price point. While we'd encourage spending another couple hundred dollars for the next step up, this is an ok treadmill for the price.
Read the full NordicTrack C 700 Review
The ProForm 520 ZN is an entry-level walking treadmill at a competitive price point.
Read the full ProForm 520 ZN Review
The T101 is a quality budget treadmill designed mostly for walkers. While it's not the most stable or powerful machine the T101 does have some great features like mp3 input and built-in speakers.
Read the full Horizon Fitness T101 Review
The Schwinn 840 is a reliable treadmill, priced moderately, with all the standard features and little else. The 840 features a 2.5 HP motor, 20" x 55" running surface, 20 pre-defined workout programs and two methods to heart rate monitoring.
Read the full Schwinn 840 Review
The Merit 725T Plus is a dirt cheap treadmill that has noticeably cut some corners, yet still found a way to get people on a treadmill and exercising. The budget treadmill is ideal for smaller users searching for a light exercise experience.
Read the full Merit Fitness 725T Plus Review