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Five Best Treadmills for Home Use 2020

Model Rating

Our custom rating considers all of the treadmill's features, specs, warranties, and 100's of user & expert reviews, to save you time!

Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

Folding?

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

Pricing

Since prices change daily, this link goes to our preferred retailer for the current best price. Note: MSRP stands for Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price.

1 NordicTrack 1750 treadmill

NordicTrack
Commercial 1750

Rating: 98%
3.75 CHP0 - 12 mph-3 - 15%$2,299See Best Price
2 Man Running on the Sole F80 Treadmill

Sole
F80

Rating: 97.1%
3.5 CHP0.5 - 12 mph0 - 15%$2,799See Best Price
3

NordicTrack
Commercial 2950

Rating: 96.8%
4.25 CHP0 - 12 mph-3 - 15%$3,599See Best Price
4 The ProForm SMART Pro 2000 treadmill is part of  ProForm’s elite collection. It has all the features one would expect with home fitness machines of today and more.

ProForm
SMART Pro 2000

Rating: 96.6%
3.5 CHP0 - 12 mph-3 - 15%$1,999See Best Price
5 horizon 7.8 at treadmill

Horizon
7.8 AT

Rating: 96.4%
3.0 CHP0.5 - 12 mph0-15%$2,499See Best Price

A Guide to Treadmill Parts and Warranties

Shopping for a home treadmill is easier when you understand the "big picture." Here we describe standards for track sizes, motors and other treadmill features. This article can help you choose the best value for your budget, style and exercise needs.

Size of Walking/Running Area

The size of a treadmill workout surface is a key consideration for careful shoppers. If the workout surface is too small, you won't be able to take full strides. If the workout surface is too large, you'll have paid for unused space.


Health club treadmills typically have track workout areas measuring 20" wide and 60" long. Sometimes they have another 2-inches in one or both directions (22" wide and 62" long). These standard dimensions provide enough room for just about anyone to run at top speed. The best home treadmills for runners have these dimensions too. But if you just want a treadmill for walking, you could opt for a treadmill with a shorter track to save money. Good treadmills for walkers generally have walking surfaces that measure 20” wide and 55” long.


Got limited space? You could still get the benefits of a 60" long track by choosing a folding treadmill. The best folding treadmills are equipped with comfortable cushioning, powerful motors and automated inclines, just like the best non-folding alternatives.


Track Incline

The best home treadmills let you benefit from incline training. Exercising on a slanted track, you can rev up your metabolism and get more intense cardio workouts. Simulated hill training also helps sculpt your lower body because at each different angle, your muscles work in different ways. And there’s a fourth benefit too: Walking or running even with a slight incline removes some pressure from over your knees and ankles. Your weight naturally shifts to allow exercise that's gentler on your joints.


The quality of inclines varies. On the cheapest treadmills with incline, the angle can only be adjusted manually. Typically there are two or three settings. On better treadmills with incline, the angle is power-adjustable and has many settings. The incline can be automated by preset programs and also controlled with buttons on the console. Additionally the best treadmills have incline controls built into their handlebars.


A common maximum incline setting is 15% or 20%. Low-budget treadmills sometimes max out at 10%. The steepest slopes are available on treadmills built specifically for incline training, such as Bowflex Max Trainers. Max Trainers have maximum 40% inclines. With that steep a slope, you can actually just walk to get the same calorie burn rate as a runner.


Finally, shoppers should know that a small minority of treadmills support downhill training too. Their maximum declines are rarely greater than 6%. A popular mid-priced example of a treadmill with incline and decline is the ProForm Pro 2000.


Heart Rate Monitoring

Most treadmills support heart rate monitoring. Some are more accurate than others. With better accuracy you can be sure to exercise your heart within a target heart rate zone, which is important for making the most of each session. Also with better accuracy you’ll be able to track your cardio improvement over weeks, months and years.


The best treadmills have wireless heart rate receivers. These tend to be more than 99% accurate. Usually a wireless receiver works with a chest strap, which could be included with the treadmill price or sold separately for about $50-$100.


Treadmills can also measure heart rate through contact sensors. On cardio trainers at all price points, contact sensors are built into the handgrips. Some contact sensor systems are better than others. Accuracy varies by brand, plus it tends to decrease as you exercise at higher speeds.


The wireless option is of course most convenient for people seeking continuous feedback. Besides that advantage, some of the best treadmills with wireless heart rate monitoring can actually be controlled by your pulse data. In response to your heart rate information, these machines can increase or decrease the speed and/or incline to help you maintain exercise at a preferred intensity.


Treadmill Display Screens and Workout Programs

Treadmills are the most popular home fitness machines in America, but some owners lose motivation to follow through with exercise plans. A treadmill's display and workout programs can make the difference! Even among cheap treadmills, many options support digital entertainment and give you lots of training guidance. An increasing number of treadmill brands have Bluetooth connections for exporting your workout data too - and by tracking your stats, you can see results that keep you moving.


With smaller budgets you might need to choose between getting a great workout console and a powerful treadmill motor. If you spend more, you can get a treadmill that scores well in both areas.


The Display: This year’s most advanced treadmill displays have full-color touchscreens. Screen widths of 7" and 10" are most common. Many of these screens can show the Internet as well as workout programs.


The less cutting-edge treadmill displays use older LCD or LED screen technologies. Some have very small data windows but some have large screens. The best LCD/LED displays have backlighting for easy reading. Although these windows won't support the web or video, many modern treadmills provide a "media shelf" for docking your own tablet computer at eye level.


The Workouts: Treadmill workout programs can make your exercise time more efficient and interesting. They’re designed according to fitness pros' recommendations to automate the workout challenge (speed, incline and duration) to help you meet goals for calorie burn, endurance, interval training and more.


Just about every home treadmill has built-in training programs. The quantity, quality and variety vary greatly. Some treadmills let you design and save your own programs too.


Additionally some treadmills let you add new workout programs, usually through web downloads. Some let you train with virtual reality or mixed reality for simulated outdoor exercise around the world. The best-known virtual video workout platforms in our treadmill reviews are iFit (see NordicTrack and ProForm), Passport Video (Horizon Fitness), and RunFit (compatible with Nautilus treadmills).


Durability

With durability in mind, we recommend choosing a treadmill with a two-ply belt or thicker. Low-priced home treadmills tend to have single-ply workout belts. These might be just one millimeter thick. One disadvantage is that these belts wear out quickly. Sometimes they snap or rip. More common is belt stretching, which leads to your needing to recalibrate the machine. A second disadvantage of a thin belt is more potential for noise; when a belt is heavier, it has less opportunity to make a "flappity-flap" sound as it moves. And a third disadvantage is the need for regular maintenance. You might need to wax the belt often to help keep it running smoothly.


Other durability-related components to consider are the rollers, which help move the tread belt. Better treadmills have more rollers and larger rollers. On budget treadmills the rollers might be smaller than 2" in diameter. On better home treadmills they're about 2.5" in diameter or larger.


A third component to consider for durability is the belt motor. Treadmill motors are usually under lifetime warranty, yet a 2.0 CHP motor with lifetime warranty still isn't as durable as one with a 4.0 CHP motor. Our standard is 3.0 CHP for jogging and 4.0 CHP for more than casual running. The larger the user, and the more frequent or intense the training, the more important the motor becomes.

Warranty

Treadmill warranties can be great hints about durability. They shouldn't be your only reference, but basically a warranty shows how much confidence the factory's insurance company shows in the product.


The most important part of a treadmill warranty is the "parts" section. For some brands, the parts section includes the workout console and other electronics. Electronics coverage is valuable, as a console could cost hundreds of dollars to replace. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Very cheap treadmills have parts warranties valid for one year or less.
  • Many entry-level treadmills for home gyms are protected for one or two years.
  • For treadmills priced around $1000 or more, parts warranties of three years or longer are common.

Most treadmill warranties provide lifetime coverage for the motor and frame. The deck or running surface might also have a lifetime guarantee.


The last section of a treadmill warranty is for labor. Very cheap treadmills are sold with six months or less of free repairs. As prices increase, the labor warranties become more generous but rarely exceed three years. Some manufacturers, such as Sole Fitness, provide labor in-home. Others will require you to ship a broken machine for repairs… so choosing a durable treadmill from a reputable manufacturer can really help you avoid hassles.

Final Word on Finding the Best Treadmill for You

Knowing the parts of a treadmill can help you make a wise buy. Remember though that a treadmill is more than the sum of its parts. To get an idea of how well the components work together, and how they might stand up over time, be sure to check reputable sources for treadmill reviews before you make your choice.

List of Treadmills by Review Score

The following list includes choices for all budgets. The products are organized according to review score, with the highest-scoring models shown first. The links lead to FitRated treadmill reviews that include pros, cons, comparisons and factory-direct shopping links.

6

Life Fitness Platinum Club Series

Rating: 96.3%
Price: $8,999 - Best Price: $8,999

The Platinum Club Series Treadmill is one of the best available health club quality treadmills for home use. Read Review »

7

Nordictrack Commercial X22i Treadmill

Rating: 96.1%
Price: $3,999 - Best Price: $2,999

A treadmill that will without a doubt take your fitness level up a notch, the Commercial X22i by NordicTrack is made to help you see faster success with any workout program plan. Read Review »

8 The Sole F85 is advertised as “The Best Folding Treadmill On the Planet” and lives up to high expectations.

Sole F85

Rating: 96%
Price: $3,799 - Best Price: $1,999

Available in Hilton hotels all over the world, Sole Fitness continues to build some of the best treadmills on the market including the extremely versatile Sole F85. The treadmill is equipped with a 4.0 CHP motor, 22" x 60" running surface, Custom Flex Adjustable Cushioning and iPod/mp3 dock. Read Review »

9

NordicTrack Commercial 2450

Rating: 95.9%
Price: $2,999 - Best Price: $1,999

The NordicTrack Commercial 2450 is one of the most popular feature-rich treadmills on the market. Read Review »

10

NordicTrack Commercial X32i

Rating: 95.4%
Price: $4,999 - Best Price: $4,299

If you’re looking for a lot of programming options, you’ll really love what the NordicTrack Commercial X32i treadmill has to offer. Read Review »

11 The ProForm SMART Pro 5000 is a solid folding treadmill with many features at a competitive price point.

ProForm SMART PRO 5000

Rating: 95.3%
Price: $2,499 - Best Price: $1,499

The ProForm SMART Pro 5000 is a solid folding treadmill with many features at a competitive price point. Read Review »

12

NordicTrack Commercial X11i

Rating: 95%
Price: $2,999 - Best Price: $2,499

Want a treadmill that gives you a great user experience but is also built to last at the same time? You might want to check out the Commercial X11i by NordicTrack. Read Review »

13 A highly-rated and powerful non-folding treadmill, Sole's TT8 is a force to be reckoned with.

Sole TT8

Rating: 94.5%
Price: $4,799 - Best Price: $2,499

A highly-rated and powerful non-folding treadmill, Sole's TT8 is a force to be reckoned with. The Sole TT8 features a spacious 22" x 60" running surface, 4.0 CHP motor, Custom Flex Adjustable Cushioning and polar heart rate monitoring. Read Review »

14

Precor TRM 425

Rating: 94.3%
Price: $4,999 - Best Price: $4799

The Precor TRM 425 is a is a world-class treadmill with a 10-year parts warranty. It also has a 3.0 CHP motor, 9 workout programs and a 2 percent decline option. Read Review »

15

NordicTrack T 9.5 S

Rating: 94%
Price: $2,299 - Best Price: $1,599

If you are looking for an entry level NordicTrack commercial treadmill to use in your home or in a gym environment, take a close look at the NordicTrack T 9.5 S model. Read Review »

16 If you want to get into a commercial grade treadmill that’s a good choice for beginners up to more advanced runners, the NordicTrack T8.5S might be the choice for you.

NordicTrack T8.5S

Rating: 93.8%
Price: $1,999 - Best Price: $1,399

If you want to get into a commercial grade treadmill that’s a good choice for beginners up to more advanced runners, the NordicTrack T8.5S might be the choice for you. Read Review »

17 Landice L8

Landice L8

Rating: 93.7%
Price: $5,199 - Best Price: $5,199

A king among home treadmills, the Landice L8 is built for a lifetime of service. Read Review »

18

Precor TRM 243

Rating: 93.7%
Price: $3,499 - Best Price: $2999

The TRM 243 is top of its class in Precor's Energy Series. It features an Energy Stride shock absorption system, 23 workout programs, a 3.0 CHP motor and an excellent warranty. Read Review »

19 The Sole S77 provides a powerful motor (4.0 CHP), spacious running surface (22" x 60"), durable frame (max user weight 400 lbs.), 10 workout programs and 9" LCD display all for under $2,000

Sole S77

Rating: 93.5%
Price: $3,599.00 - Best Price: $1,899

The Sole S77 provides a powerful motor (4.0 CHP), spacious running surface (22" x 60"), durable frame (max user weight 400 lbs.), 10 workout programs and 9" LCD display all for under $2,000. It's one of the best values on the market. Read Review »

20 Horizon 7.4 AT Treadmill

Horizon 7.4 AT Treadmill

Rating: 93.5%
Price: $2,299 - Best Price: $1399

Read Review »

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Bowflex BXT216

Rating: 93.5%
Price: $2,999 - Best Price: $1799

The BXT216 is a treadmill by Bowflex designed to provide you the tools needed for a great workout. It has a 4.0 CHP motor, spacious 22" x 60" running surface, 9" color LCD screen, 11 workout programs, and a top speed of 12 MPH. Read Review »

22 If you want a cost effective home treadmill to train on to help give you the best possible results from your efforts, the NordicTrack T7.5S is definitely a machine to consider.

NordicTrack T7.5S

Rating: 93.3%
Price: $1,599 - Best Price: $1,099

If you want a cost effective home treadmill to train on to help give you the best possible results from your efforts, the NordicTrack T7.5S is definitely a machine to consider. Read Review »

23 The ProForm PRO 9000 is a great folding treadmill with many features at a competitive price point.

ProForm SMART Pro 9000

Rating: 93.1%
Price: $2,999 - Best Price: $1,699

The ProForm PRO 9000 is a great folding treadmill with many features at a competitive price point. Read Review »

24 Life Fitness F3 Treadmill

Life Fitness F3 Folding

Rating: 93%
Price: $2,599 - Best Price: $2,599

The Life Fitness F3 Folding Treadmill is a powerful commercial grade treadmill with many features like 13 workout programs, a 12% power incline and a solid warranty. Read Review »

25

NordicTrack C 700

Rating: 92.8%
Price: $1,299 - Best Price: $799

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 Review »