Investing in a treadmill can be a great way to take your home workouts to the next level (or get them started in the first place).
But finding the right one to meet your needs and budget can be a daunting task, to say the least.
With so many models, features, and specs to choose from, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and exhausted by the sheer process of picking a treadmill.
But I think I can help.
In an attempt to save you from as much unwanted stress as possible, I’ve created a list of the year’s best treadmill brands.
I’ve ranked these brands based on key specs and features that I think are most important to consider when looking for the right treadmill.
And I’ve also kept budget in mind too.
And even though this guide may not take all the anxiety away that comes with choosing a new treadmill, I hope it’ll at least help point you in the right direction.
Best home treadmill brands:
- Horizon Fitness – Best Overall
- Sole Fitness – Great Moderately Priced Options
- Spirit Fitness – Best Warranties
- NordicTrack – Great for Streaming Workouts
- Matrix – Best Consoles
- ProForm – Best for Budget Streaming
The 6 Best Home Treadmill Brands of 2024
#1 Horizon Fitness
It wasn’t easy picking the top spot here, but ultimately, I went with Horizon this year because their treadmills are durable, powerful, and very well-priced.
And unlike most brands that’ve had to gradually increase the prices on their products (due to inflation and what not), Horizon surprisingly hasn’t.
Their treadmills aren’t any more expensive now than they were a year or two ago, which is pretty amazing these days.
Great prices aside, the treadmills themselves are also awesome.
You can expect strong motors (3 – 4 CHP), spacious running surfaces (20″ x 55″ and larger), and really heavy-duty frames on all their treadmills.
Speaking of which, Horizon offers 6 models to choose from and they’re organized into 2 series: the ‘Go’ and the ‘Studio’ series.
The Go series consists of their more affordable models, including the T101, T202, and T303, while the Studio series has their higher performing models, the 7.0 AT, the 7.4 AT, and the 7.8 AT.
I actually have Horizon’s 7.8 AT in my home gym as we speak and I couldn’t be happier – easily one of the best treadmills in the $2k range and I’d even go as far to say it’s one of the best home treadmills of the year period.
The biggest possible downside with Horizon is that they keep their consoles pretty simple, so you won’t find touchscreen consoles and built-in entertainment apps.
So if this is what you’re looking for, you’ll want to look elsewhere.
But if you’re looking for a high-performing treadmill that’s easy to use and built to last, Horizon is a great choice.
Oh, almost forgot to mention – Horizon also offers some of the best home warranties out there.
We’re talking lifetime frame and motor warranties, up to 5 years on parts, and 2 years on labor… simply awesome.
#2 Sole Fitness
It wasn’t easy putting Sole in the #2 spot here because I love this brand too, but Horizon’s warranties are better, so it had to be done.
Anyway, back in the day, Sole started out as a treadmill provider for hotels.
They’ve branched out to provide all the other classic cardio machines as well these days, but their treadmills are still what they’re most known for.
They have 7 treadmills to choose from now- starting with the budget friendly F63 and ending with the slat-belted ST90, with several great options in between.
The different models vary in terms of motor strength (3 – 4 HP), roller size (1.8″ – 3″), and weight capacity, but all their treadmills are built with performance in mind.
This is obvious because all of their treadmills come with heavy-duty frames, large running surfaces, and powerful motors for their respective price ranges.
Another great thing about Sole is that they back their products up with great warranties – not quite as generous as Horizon, but still quite good for the price ranges.
You can expect lifetime frame and motor guarantees on all their treadmills, as well as 2-3 years on parts for most models.
And now that Sole has been updating their consoles, you can even get more tech-savvy if you like.
Sole’s new consoles come in various sizes (depending on treadmill model), but they all offer built-in entertainment apps, screen mirroring, and compatibility with fitness apps.
Very cool stuff.
Overall, Sole has been one of the leaders in home fitness for a while now and their treadmills continue to outshine most competitors.
If you’re looking for a moderately priced machine that’s built to last, you can’t go wrong with a Sole (for more info, check out my complete Sole Treadmill Guide).
Spirit is similar to Sole in almost every way- their logos even look remarkably similar.
Which isn’t too surprising I guess, when you consider that both brands are owned by the same company, Dyaco (who also owns XTERRA Fitness, an impressive budget brand).
Logos aside, Spirit treadmills are also built with performance in mind first and foremost.
In terms of specs, these treadmills are comparable to Sole in terms of their heavy-dutiness and power, although Spirit models tend to be a little more expensive.
Spirit has a more extensive lineup to choose from too, including several commercial grade models.
Overall, I think Sole has ’em beat with their more affordable options, but if you’re looking for an extended warranty, Spirit is the better option.
All of their higher-end models come with lifetime frame/warranty guarantees as well as 10 year parts warranties (yea, 10 years, that’s crazy).
I think their XT485 is probably their best deal, considering price and features, but again, they’ve got a bunch of great treadmills to choose from.
And like Sole, Spirit has started upgrading some of their consoles, with more and more models coming with their ENT console, which consists of a touchscreen with built-in entertainment apps and whatnot.
Again, Sole and Spirit are realllly similar, so if you like Sole (or Spirit), it’s worth checking the other’s lineup to compare prices.
But overall, Spirit treadmills tend to be a little heavier-duty and back by longer warranties, but they tend to be a little more expensive too.
But if you looking for a treadmill that’s built to last (and has the warranty to back it up), Spirit is a great option.
FYI, Fitness Factory carries most of their models and they usually have ’em priced cheaper than going through Spirit directly.
Now here’s a brand that needs no introduction.
NordicTrack is one of the most popular, well-known brands on the planet, so I doubt there’s anybody in the US who isn’t familiar with ’em.
This brand made a name for themselves with their old school ski machines- you know, those goofy things that replicated the movement of cross-country skiing…
Goofy looking, yes, but still highly effective.
Anyway, these days NordicTrack has moved on and they’re mostly know for their hi-tech cardio machines.
If you’re looking for HD touchscreens and workout streaming, this is a good brand to explore.
Pretty much all of their machines are equipped with iFit capabilities (their streaming app), giving you access to instructor-led workouts, metric tracking, and automatic trainer control, if you so choose.
Consoles aside, NordicTrack treadmills pack pretty impressive performance specs too.
They aren’t quite as heavy-duty as the brands already mentioned, but you can expect 2.5 – 3.5 CHP motors and 20″ x 60″ running surfaces.
And NordicTrack’s Incline Trainers can reach inclines as high as 40%, for those looking to hit some serious slopes.
NordicTrack’s warranties aren’t nearly as generous and they’re customer service reputation isn’t stellar, but if you’re looking for a hi-tech treadmill with loads of workout options, they’re a good brand to consider.
For more info, check out my complete NordicTrack Treadmill Guide.
#5 Matrix Fitness
Now to be fair, Matrix creates nicer treadmills then pretty much all the brands already mentioned, so my #5 ranking here probably isn’t that accurate.
But I placed this far down because their treadmills are pretty expensive – so cost alone makes them undoable for a lot of home-gymers.
But if you’ve got the budget and are looking for an elite home treadmill, then Matrix is certainly a brand worth exploring.
You may’ve seen some of Matrix’s machines at your local gym because they’re a commercial brand too.
Anyway, they’ve got a handful of treadmills to choose from for home use and they offer both folding and non-folding models.
Matrix is known for their heavy-duty frames, thicker belts, and overall comfy user experience, but their motors and rollers are pretty impressive too.
They also offer great home warranties, differing depending on the model you choose (lifetime frame/motor, 5- 7 years parts, 2 years labor).
All of this is great, but if you ask me, it’s their console options that really set ’em apart from anybody else.
When it comes to the consoles, you can save money and go with a simple LCD console, or splurge and go all-in with a 22″ HD touchscreen that comes loaded with entertainment apps and more.
And like NordicTrack, Matrix treadmills are also iFit compatible, allowing you to view the instructor-led workouts right from your screen.
But unlike NordicTrack, you don’t need an iFit membership to take advantage of all the other cool features their consoles have to offer.
The only real downside to Matrix’s treadmills is their price – their most affordable model, the TF30, starts off at around $3k.
But if you’re looking for a high-performing, sophisticated treadmill, Matrix is a great brand to check out.
The 2 brands are actually owned by the same parent company, ICON Fitness (who also owns Bowflex, fyi), so there are plenty of similarities in their lineups.
Like NordicTrack, most ProForm treadmills come with touchscreen displays and are equipped for streaming workouts through iFit.
The biggest difference being that ProForm treadmills aren’t packing specs as impressive as NordicTrack’s- expect weaker motors, smaller rollers, and frames that aren’t quite as heavy-duty.
ProForm’s warranties are similar to NordicTrack’s too though – not bad, but not nearly as long as the brands at the top of this list.
ProForm also has a few more affordable treadmills to choose from and they even have one that they include for free if you purchase a 3 year iFit plan.
Overall, I think ProForm would be a good choice for people who want to access iFit workouts without having to pay full NordicTrack prices.
Speaking of which, there are a lot of similarities between some of NordicTrack’s lower-end models and ProForm’s, so it’s always a good idea to compare prices.
I want to point out that I know there are several very good treadmill brands that I didn’t mention on this list.
Most notably, Life Fitness, Landice, True, Precor, and Bowflex.
It’s true these brands also offer some of the highest-end home treadmills out there, but I didn’t include them because they’re priced higher than what a lot of people are looking to spend (especially Precor).
And in the case of Bowflex, they’re only offering 3 models to choose from (at the time of writing this anyway), so they don’t give ya much to choose from.
Although that said, their newer BXT8J Treadmill is pretty solid for the price.
Anyway, when I chose the above brands, I was looking to include ones that are more approachable and that offer a nice selection of options to choose from.
You know, the stuff most of us are looking for from a home treadmill.
And based on that criteria, I stand by each brand mentioned above.
Anyway, that about does it.
I hope you found this guide helpful and if there are any other brands you know of that I missed, please share!