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The Best Treadmills Of 2019 – A Comprehensive Guide

the best treadmills of 2018

Treadmills come in many shapes and sizes these days. From small, manual treadmills to large, commercial grade treadmills, you can be certain there’s a machine to fit any need. The key is finding the right treadmill to meet YOUR needs. In order to find the best treadmills of 2019, I did the research and compared what’s available on the market today in order to bring you this comprehensive list. After reading this guide, not only will you will know what to look for when choosing a treadmill, you will know where to go to find the best price.

I’ve divided my list into 4 categories: best folding, best affordable, best for running, and best high-end treadmills. If you would like to skip the buyer’s guide and go directly to a certain category, click below:

How To Pick A Treadmill

Many factors should be considered when choosing a treadmill. Among the most important include:

  • Purpose (walking vs running)
  • Size
  • Features
  • Weight Capacity
  • Warranty

There may be others things to consider, but the 5 above factors should really help you narrow down your search.

In reality, I know price places a big part too. There’s no getting around it, you have to find a treadmill you like within your budget.

Let’s go into each one with a little more detail.

Purpose

Why are you getting a treadmill? What type of workouts do you see yourself doing? Will you be walking or running? These are important questions to consider when purchasing a treadmill. The answer will tell you what type of treadmill you should get. We can classify treadmills in many ways, but the biggest distinction is between manual and electric treadmills.

Manual treadmills don’t have a motor. They are smaller, lighter, and more portable. Since they do not have a motor, it’s up to the user to make the belt move. This is going to make it more difficult. Which might be a good thing if you are looking to burn some extra calories, but it also makes them less comfortable to use and more difficult to use for longer periods.

Manual treadmills have a resting incline setting- that is, they can’t be set at a 0% incline (they are never completely flat). This is to make it a little easier to get the belt moving. This incline setting varies from machine to machine and some manual treadmills allow you to change the incline setting.

Electric, or motorized treadmills, do have a motor. The motor moves the belt for you and you can change the speed of the belt depending on your needs. Electric treadmills are larger and more durable. They typically have wider belt lengths and are designed for walking or running.

Manual treadmills are not designed for running. I don’t care what the manufacturer claims. Manual treadmills should only be used for walking! They can’t take the stress of running and it wouldn’t be comfortable for you to run on one anyway. They are significantly less expensive for a reason. I won’t be discussing manual treadmills in this article because I’m not a very big fan of them.

If your budget only allows for a manual treadmill I understand, you have to do what you have to do. You can see a list of the best manual treadmills if that is what you are looking for.

Size

Size can mean the treadmill’s overall dimensions as well as the size of the running surface. Both are important. You should measure out your available space in your home so you know exactly how much room you have for your treadmill. You should always look at the machine’s exact dimensions, but most treadmills will fit in a space 7′ long and 3′ wide.

The running surface of a treadmill describes how big the belt is. Belt lengths and widths vary from machine to machine. Typically, the larger the overall dimensions for a treadmill are the larger the running surface is.

Most treadmills have belt widths ranging from 20 – 22″. The wider the better, especially if you plan on running. Most treadmills have belt lengths ranging from 50 – 60 “. Again, longer is better, especially if you are a tall runner.

Sometimes it’s hard to really picture the different treadmill sizes by reading the stats. I found a nice video online that does a good job pointing out the differences in treadmill size. Check it out if you are still a little uncertain.

Features

Features on electric treadmills vary depending on price range and model, but there are a few standard options that you can expect to see.

Motor

Motors are categorized based on their horsepower (HP) or continuous horse power (CHP). HP refers to the motor’s peak power, while CHP refers to the power a motor can maintain over time. CHP is more important for us as users, because we want to know how strong our motor is while we are using it during a workout. Here is a more detailed discussion on HP and CHP if you are interested.

Functionally, more HP is a good thing. It’s going to allow you to go faster and make your workouts more comfortable (you don’t want to feel as if the motor is struggling to keep up with you!). That said, most treadmills range between 2 and 4 CHP. If you are only walking on your treadmill, 2 CHP may be plenty. For runners, you should look for a treadmill with at least 3 CHP.

Incline

Most nice electric treadmills offer an incline function. This is a great feature to have because it can add a lot of variety to your workout. You can walk against a high incline and burn almost as many calories as you would running on a flat surface. Most treadmills allow you to incline between 10-20 deg. Some will let you decline a few degrees as well (walking downhill).

Programmed Workouts

Treadmills vary on the amount of pre-programmed workouts they offer. Most treadmills offer several workouts depending on you fitness goals, including cardio, fat burn, interval, heart rate (HR), etc. Some treadmills will offer 6 programs, others may offer 30. Programmed workouts can be great because they control your workout for you, but they are not necessary for a great workout.

Heart Rate Monitor

Most treadmills these days offer grip HR monitors. These are a nice tool to get a ball park idea of where your heart rate is. Higher-end treadmills will be compatible with wireless (telemetry) heart rate monitors. Many are compatible with both chest strap monitors and watch-style HR monitors. Some companies are even nice enough to include a chest strap with your purchase.

Weight Capacity

I always stress the importance of comparing weight capacities when choosing fitness equipment. First and foremost, you need to make sure the machine is safe for you to use. But the machine’s weight capacity is a good indicator of how durable the machine will be. Higher weight capacities are always better. Most nice treadmills have weight limits between 250 and 400 lb.

Warranty

Last, but not least, is warranty. If you are stuck between 2 different machines, comparing the warranties could help you make your decision. Treadmill warranties typically include: frame, motor, parts, and labor. Nicer treadmills will have more impressive warranties, cheaper treadmills will have limited or no warranties.

Many high-end treadmills will have lifetime warranties on their frames and motors. Warranties on parts can vary, but you should expect between 90 days and 5 years. Most labor warranties are 1-2 years.

 


The Best Folding Treadmills Of 2019

Sole Fitness F80

The Sole Fitness F80 is one of the most popular treadmills for home use. I like this treadmill because it offers a lot of the same qualities a high-end treadmill offers, minus the high-end price. Like all of the other treadmills in this category, it folds in half for storage. This is a great feature if space is an issue- when not in use, you can fold it and save a lot of floor space.

Specs

  • Motor: 3.5 CHP, 0.5-12 mph speed range
  • Running surface: 22″ x 60 “
  • Weight capacity: 375 lb
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame, motor, and deck; 5-year electronics; 2-year lab0r

Reviewing the specs for this treadmill, you can see it has a powerful motor capable of reaching speeds of 12 mph. This will be plenty of power to handle the most strenuous runs you can throw at it. You will also notice the Sole F80’s running surface is on the larger side of normal. This will make it comfortable to run on, even for tall users. It also has a great weight capacity and warranty.

This treadmill offers 10 total workout programs: 6 standard, as well as 2 custom and 2 heart rate programs. Yes, this treadmill does have a grip heart rate monitor… but it also includes a chest strap monitor! It was very nice of Sole to throw in a chest strap monitor for us, many companies do not.

If you are looking for a heavy-duty treadmill that feels like a commercial machine, the Sole F80 is a smart choice. This treadmill receives mostly positive reviews online and is currently sporting a 3.9/5 rating on Amazon. Some users had electrical issues from the get go. P.S.- this is a heavy machine, you will need help moving it.

3G Cardio 80i Fold Flat Treadmill

3G Cardio is well known for making awesome running machines, but their Fold Flat model is a really unique folding treadmill. The majority of folding treadmills fold vertically, that is the deck folds up to meet the console. Well, this treadmill does that, but it can also fold down to the ground- i.e., “flat” as the name suggests. This is genius because you can actually fold this treadmill up and roll it under your bed for storage.

Specs

  • Motor: 3.0 HP, 0.5-11 mph speed range
  • Running surface: 18.5″ x 58 “
  • Weight capacity: 325 lb
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame and motor; 5-year parts; 1-year lab0r

You will notice this treadmill isn’t quite as heavy-duty or as powerful as the Sole F80. I would guess they have to take away a little in these departments to make the frame foldable in 2 directions. The running surface is significantly smaller (especially the width), so this treadmill may be more comfortable for smaller users. It has a decent weight capacity and good warranty though.

The 3G Fold Flat offers 12 total workouts: 8 standard and 4 custom. This machine does have a grip heart rate monitor, but isn’t compatible with chest strap monitors. Some of the other treadmills 3G produces are chest strap compatible, but again, I would assume they had to give up some hardware to make sure this machine can fold flat to the ground.

The 3G Fold Flat does offer incline settings, ranging between 0-15%. Combined with a max speed of 11 mph, this treadmill is more than capable of offering a hard core workout.

The reviews for this treadmill are overwhelmingly positive, the Fold Flat is currently boasting a 4.7/5 rating on Amazon. The only negative comments users had were regarding some minor squeaking they where able to fix easily. Overall though, users have been very happy with this treadmill.

If you are looking for a super folding treadmill, this is your best bet. It folds vertically and horizontally making it incredibly easy to store. Did I mention it is ready to use right out of the box? Yup, no assembly required.

 

Proform Pro 2000

The Proform Pro 2000 is the most affordable option in the Proform Pro series and it’s easily one of the best folding treadmills on the market. Proform is known for building durable and dependable machines and the Pro 2000 is no exception. I like this treadmill because it offers a little more in the high-tech department than some of it’s competitors. If you are looking for a few more features (and don’t want to pay more) this is a treadmill you should consider.

Specs

  • Motor: 3.5 CHP, 0.5-12 mph speed range
  • Running surface: 22″ x 60 “
  • Weight capacity: 350 lb
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame and motor; 5-year parts; 2-year lab0r

Reviewing the specs, you should notice that the Pro 2000 is more powerful and more heavy-duty than the 3G Fold Flat. This treadmill has a great weight capacity and a wonderful warranty. This treadmill is very comparable to the Sole F80, which has a slightly higher max weight capacity. The Proform Pro 2000 is a little cheaper too.

I mentioned that this treadmill offers a few more features than it’s competitors in this price range. Like the above treadmills, the Pro 2000 can incline up to 15%. Unlike the 2 other treadmills mentioned, this machine can also decline to -3%. This gives you the option of training downhill as well. This comes in handy if you are trying to replicate the feel of running outside on different terrains.

The Proform Pro 2000 comes iFit ready. iFit is basically a library of unlimited workouts and personal coaching you can access on your smart phone/tablet or compatible treadmill. You have to pay a monthly subscription rate and it is optional. It’s compatible with Google Maps as well- you can draw your route and send it to iFit. Pretty cool if you are into the tech stuff, but by no means necessary.

One of the biggest benefits of the Pro 2000 is the fact that it comes loaded with 32 different workouts. With all the variety this machine offers, you are guaranteed to keep your workouts fresh and challenging for years. This treadmill also includes a chest strap heart rate monitor, a great little benefit.

This is a very powerful treadmill with lots of workout options. It currently has a 3.4/5 average user rating on Amazon and the reviews vary greatly. On the plus side its stable and comfortable to use. On the other hand there are several complaints regarding faulty electronics and that Proform’s customer service is difficult to work with. If you aren’t concerned about all the extra workouts, you may be safer with the Sole F80, but the Pro 2000 does have a good warranty.


The Best Affordable Treadmills Of 2019

Horizon Fitness T101

My definition of “affordable treadmills” is any treadmill with a price tag less than $1000. If you go too cheap, say less than $500, you are either talking manual treadmills or junky electric treadmills. Luckily, the Horizon T101 is neither. It’s truly an affordable treadmill that has several redeemable qualities. I like this treadmill because not only is it well under $1000, it offers a lot of workout programs and has a pretty respectable warranty.

Specs

  • Motor: 2.25 CHP, 0.5-10 mph speed range
  • Running surface: 20″ x 55 “
  • Weight capacity: 300 lb
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame and motor; 2-year parts; 1-year lab0r

You will notice that the motor on the T101 is a little less powerful, offering a max speed of only 10 mph. That said, that is still a 6 min/mile pace- I’ve never been able to run that fast. The running surface is also significantly shorter, so the tall runners out there may be a little uncomfortable if they really stretch out and sprint. But the T101 has a good weight capacity and awesome warranty for this price range.

The Horizon T101 is also a folding treadmill, so it’s handy if space is an issue. This treadmill can also incline up to 10% for added difficulty and variety to your workouts. One of the most impressive stats for this machine is the fact that it comes with 30 workouts installed. That’s a huge number for any treadmill, especially a budget machine.

This treadmill also comes with a hand grip heart rate monitor and mp3 player connectivity. The speakers will allow you to jam out to your music while you run if you so choose.

The Horizon T101 has been named a best “Value Buy” by the Good Housekeeping Institute as well as a “Best Buy” by the Treadmill Doctor. It’s also boasting a 3.8/5 average rating on Amazon. Negative comments include damaged parts on delivery and some issues with the console. Overall though, it’s deemed one of the best budget treadmills around.

 

Proform 505 CST

the best treadmills of 2018

Another Proform treadmill making the “best of” list for the year shouldn’t be too surprising. Proform makes great home treadmills and the 505 CST is one of the best affordable machines available. I like this treadmill because it has a comfortable, shock-absorbing belt that reduces strain through your joints during your workout.

Specs

  • Motor: 2.50 CHP, 0.5-10 mph speed range
  • Running surface: 20″ x 55 “
  • Weight capacity: 325 lb
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame; 25-year motor; 1-year parts and lab0r

A quick glance at the specs shows you that this treadmill has a little more horsepower and a slightly higher weight capacity than the Horizon T101. Running surface and max speed are identical. The warranty offered by Proform isn’t quite as impressive, but I’m not sure what the difference between a “lifetime” and “25-year” warranty really is. Has anyone ever used the same treadmill for more than 25 years? That would be great.

I mentioned the shock absorbing belt above. The Proform 505 CST has a “ProShox” system designed to reduce the compression forces through your joints. This cushion is designed to make your run a little more comfortable and hopefully reduce chances of injury.

The Proform 505 CST is also a folding treadmill. It has a power incline setting up to 10% to add a little intensity to your walk or run. This treadmill also includes a grip heart rate monitor.

This treadmill comes with 18 different programmed workouts- plenty of options to keep you working without getting too bored day to day. Like the Pro 2000 discussed above, the Proform 505 CST has an LCD display screen that is iFit compatible if you are interested in signing up.

Overall this treadmill is a good option for the price range. It has a high weight capacity and a solid warranty. The reviews are very positive with it averaging a 3.8/5 rating on Amazon. Some users complained about parts arriving damaged and customer service being less than helpful. A nice option in the affordable treadmill category.

 

NordicTrack T6.5 S

The NordicTrack T6.5 S is very comparable to the Proform 505 CST. Both in price and features offered. As we go through the stats you will see how similar the two machines really are. The biggest difference between the two is the fact that the T6.5 S allows you to adjust the cushion on the belt. You can increase or decrease the cushion to reduce strain on joints or feel more like road running.

Specs

  • Motor: 2.60 CHP, 0.5-12 mph speed range
  • Running surface: 20″ x 55 “
  • Weight capacity: 300 lb
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame; 25-year motor; 1-year parts and lab0r

This treadmill’s motor offers just a little more horse power, but NordicTrack was able to equate that extra power into a max speed of 12 mph. The running surface and warranty on this machine are identical to the Proform 505 CST. This treadmill’s weight capacity is a little lower at 300 lb.

The adjustable cushioning system is a little different. By adjusting the dials below the belt, you can increase or decrease the amount of cushion you receive. A neat idea, but I’m not sure how much difference it really makes. Might be fun to play with and see what feels better for you.

The NordicTrack T6.5 S offers an incline setting up to 10% and 20 built-in workouts. This treadmill takes advantage of easy one-touch buttons to quickly select your speed and incline settings. This is a nice feature because it can be frustrating trying to increase or decrease these settings during a run by pushing the little up and down buttons.

This treadmill is also iFit compatible and comes with a grip heart rate monitor. You can also connect your mp3 player to the built-in speakers for easy use during your workout.

Overall, this treadmill is very comparable to the Proform discussed above. The T6.5 S does have a higher max speed and allows for customization of the shocks. This is another highly-rated treadmill with an average user rating of 3.9/5 on Amazon. Negative comments seem to be centered primarily around assembly. Definitely worth a closer look if you are interested in a high-quality affordable treadmill.

 


 

The Best Treadmills For Running Of 2019

3G Cardio Elite Runner

A proper running treadmill should be comfortable on the joints, spacious, and have enough power to reach and maintain high speeds comfortably. Running treadmills should also be built durably enough to withstand the stress of running for multiple users. The 3G Cardio Elite Runner can answer “yes” to all of these criteria. This treadmill is great for running and feels like a commercial grade machine.

Specs

  • Motor: 4.00 HP, 0.5-12 mph speed range
  • Running surface: 22″ x 62″
  • Weight capacity: 400 lb
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame and motor; 10-year parts; 2-year lab0r

You should notice that right off the bat this treadmill is significantly more powerful with a 4 HP motor. This is going to give you the ability to accelerate comfortably and maintain those higher speeds. I want to point out how much larger the running surface is on this treadmill is. This is the largest running surface of any of the treadmills discussed thus far, and this is going to make it significantly more comfortable to run on. Even for tall runners. You can see that this machine is durable with a 400 lb max weight capacity and it has a great warranty.

The 3G Cardio Elite obviously has the muscle and frame to handle serious running, but it also has a few key features that make it a great running treadmill. First is the orthopedic belt, which is thicker than most treadmill belts. It’s designed to reduce strain on your joints as you run and provide a more comfortable experience.

The second great feature for runners is the one touch controls for speed and incline- you can bump the speed or incline up or down rapidly by touching a button. This feature increases speed by 1 mph in 1.5 sec or incline by 1% in 1.5 sec, a great feature for interval training.

The 3G Cardio Elite also offers speakers, grip heart rate monitor, 10 total workout programs, and an incline range up to 15%. They also throw in a chest strap heart rate monitor to give you more accurate readings during your run.

Overall, this is truly a commercial grade treadmill designed with runners in mind. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive with an average user rating of 4.4/5 on Amazon. Be warned, this treadmill is heavy and it doesn’t fold, so it isn’t designed to be portable. If you are looking the best of the best, you found it.

 

LifeSpan TR4000i Folding Treadmill

If you’re looking for a treadmill significantly more affordable than the 3G Cardio Elite, the LifeSpan TR4000i might be a good option. This treadmill is more affordable and is folding, so it takes up less space and can be moved from room to room if necessary. LifeSpan produces a lot of commercial grade fitness equipment and they were able to fit some of their gym quality features in this folding treadmill.

Specs

  • Motor: 3.25 HP, 0.5-12 mph speed range
  • Running surface: 20″ x 60″
  • Weight capacity: 350 lb
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame and motor; 5-year parts; 1-year lab0r

The specs on the LifeSpan TR4000i aren’t quite as impressive as the 3G, but for a folding treadmill these numbers are respectable. With over 3 HP and an over-sized running surface, you should be very comfortable running at top speeds. 350 lb is quite impressive for a folding treadmill and this is a solid warranty, especially considering the price on this machine.

A large running surface is important for a running treadmill, but so is cushioning. This treadmill has 8 shocks spaced out evenly underneath the belt to reduce compression forces through your ankles, knees, and hips. If you have achy joints, you will appreciate the extra shock absorption while you run.

The LifeSpan TR4000i also offers 21 different programmed workouts. This is significantly more than the previous treadmill, so if you enjoy the variety programmed workouts offer, you will be happy with the LifeSpan TR4000i. There should be plenty of variety in these workouts to keep you on your toes.

This treadmill also comes with a chest strap heart rate monitor and it is compatible with most chest straps from other manufacturers. This treadmill is compatible with all the fitness apps via bluetooth, however you do have to purchase the LifeSpan bluetooth adapter separately.

Overall, this is a great treadmill for runners that are looking for workout variety. This treadmill could have easily made the list for best folding treadmills as well. It’s a powerful, durable machine with a large running surface- perfect for running. This treadmill is rocking a 3.8/5 rating on Amazon. Most negative comments are regarding issues with electronics, but most users have been very satisfied.

 

Proform Pro 9000

Another treadmill from the Proform “Pro” series, the Proform Pro 9000 has a little more muscle under the hood than the 2000 discussed earlier. This extra muscle makes the Pro 9000 a great treadmill for runners. Combine that with the spacious running surface and the price and this treadmill is kinda hard to beat.

Specs

  • Motor: 4.25 CHP, 0.5-12 mph speed range
  • Running surface: 22″ x 60″
  • Weight capacity: 300 lb
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame and motor; 5-year parts; 2-year lab0r

Right off the bat, the first thing you should notice is how strong this motor is. 4.25 CHP is actually the strongest motor discussed thus far in this article! And honestly, this is my favorite aspect of this treadmill. This bad boy has the enough power to smoothly go as fast as you can handle. It also has a nice, spacious running surface, perfect for running. The weight capacity is a little lower, but this is actually a folding treadmill as well. Warranty is pretty good, nothing too out of the ordinary there.

The Proform Pro 9000 also has a wonderful incline system. It can incline up to 15% and decline down to -3%, great if you enjoy training both uphill and downhill. Running downhill is actually more challenging than you may think. If you are a serious runner, training on downhills is a smart move.

To go along with the strong motor and spacious running surface, the Proform Pro 9000 also includes the ProShox cushioning system many of the other Proform machines offer. This system is designed to reduce compression forces through your joints as you run. A great shock system is important for running treadmills.

This treadmill has great tech as well. It has one of the nicest display screens in it’s price range- a 10″ full color touchscreen with 38 workout programs available. Not to mention the internet and bluetooth connectivity that allows you to use iFit right from the display screen.

Overall, the Proform Pro 9000 is a great treadmill for running. The motor is packing some serious muscle- actually, the mach Z motor is similar to the motors used in their commercial grade treadmills. The average user rating on Amazon is currently 3.4/5 and the reviews vary greatly. Users either love this treadmill or hate it. Common complaints are that the machine isn’t working correctly from the time of assembly and that customer service can be difficult to work with.


The Best High-End Treadmills Of 2019

Life Fitness Club Series

Now we get to the fun stuff. The high-end treadmills should look and feel like the commercial grade machines we use at the local gym. In terms of high-end treadmills for the home, the Life Fitness Club Series treadmill is the gold standard. Life Fitness can be found in most commercial gyms and odds are, if you run at your local gym, you have probably ran on a Life Fitness treadmill. The Club series is their most advanced home treadmill and is designed to feel like those commercial grade machines.

Specs

  • Motor: 4.00 HP, 0.5-12 mph speed range
  • Running surface: 20″ x 60″
  • Weight capacity: 400 lb
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame and motor; 10-year parts; 1-year lab0r

These are all specs you should expect from a high-end treadmill. Strong motor, spacious running surface, and high weight capacity. I would like to point out how awesome Life Fitness’s warranty is on this machine- 10-year parts. I love it when a company has confidence in their products.

The Life Fitness Club Series is designed after their popular commercial grade treadmills. You will recognize the console and arm rests, as well as the quick start function. It also has a function that remembers your preferred walking, jogging, or running speeds for added convenience.

Another great feature of the Club Series is it’s FlexDeck shock absorption system that apparently reduces strain through your joints by as much as 30%. This gives this treadmill the comfortable feel of a gym quality machine.

The Club Series also boasts 22 workout programs, an included Polar chest strap for heart rate monitoring, and iPod compatibility so you can charge your smart devices or listen to music through the built-in speakers. All great features to add to your enjoyment during use.

The Life Fitness Club Series is a gym quality treadmill designed to be used in the home. It’s durable and stable enough for anyone to run on comfortably without wobbling or feeling unstable. The biggest con for this treadmill is it’s price tag. This kind of quality doesn’t come cheap. It’s also a very heavy machine (around 400 lb), so assembly and transport can be difficult.

 

Precor TRM 835

The Precor TRM 835 is a commercial grade treadmill. This is the type of treadmill you might find in an apartment complex gym or at a hotel. If you are looking for a commercial grade treadmill for your home and you have the cash, this is a wonderful choice. Especially for runners. This treadmill can reach top speeds of 16 mph, which is pretty unheard of.

Specs

  • Motor: 4.00 HP AC, 0.5-16 mph speed range
  • Running surface: 22″ x 60″
  • Weight capacity: 400 lb
  • Warranty: 7-year frame; 5-year motor; 2-year parts; 1-year lab0r

Ok, a few notes about the above specs. First of all, this treadmill has an AC motor, most home treadmills have DC motors. I’m not an engineer, but AC motors are more powerful and are usually only found on commercial machines. This is probably why this treadmill can reach an astounding 16 mph.

Regarding the strange warranty, you have to keep in mind this is literally a commercial grade treadmill. This warranty is based on the assumption this machine is being used commercially with lots and lots of different users. Commercial warranties are a little different than home use warranties. That said, for the price I’d like to see a better warranty.

The Precor TRM 835 has an incredibly durable frame. It has to to withstand 400 lb and max speeds of 16 mph. It offers the same stability and feel you would expect from a gym treadmill (because, it is a gym treadmill).

This treadmill also offers an impressive incline range from -3 % to 15%. This feature is great for runners looking to mimic the feel of running outside or for users interested in performing interval training.

The Precor TRM 835 offers an impressive 25 different workout programs. These vary depending on your fitness goals, ranging from weight loss to HR and interval workouts. Speaking of HR, this treadmill is compatible with chest strap monitors and has a grip monitor.

The Precor TRM 835 would be a great addition to your home gym if you are looking for a commercial grade treadmill. It offers the same stable and comfortable feel during walking and running we expect from a gym machine. The biggest con is of course the price tag. There’s no getting around it, this treadmill is expensive. But if you do decide on it, you should be more than satisfied with your experience.

Precor TRM 425

Last, but certainly not least, is the Precor TRM 425. This is the smaller version of the commercial grade 835 just mentioned. This treadmill is a little smaller, not quite as strong, and significantly less expensive. If you are looking for a high-end treadmill for walking or jogging, this is a nice choice. If you are a serious runner, I would recommend a treadmill with a more powerful motor.

Specs

  • Motor: 3.00 CHP, 0.5-12 mph speed range
  • Running surface: 22″ x 56″
  • Weight capacity: 350 lb
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame; 10-year motor and parts; 1-year lab0r

Like I mentioned above, this treadmill is a little smaller, which is evident in the shorter running surface. This is fine for walking or jogging (or for shorter runners). The motor is less powerful and the max weight limit is a little lower. However, the TRM 425 does offer a better warranty than it’s big brother. This is because this treadmill is designed more for home use.

The Precor TRM 425’s features are similar to the 835’s. This treadmill has an incline range that is slightly smaller, -2% – 15%, but it does still allow you to run downhill if you so please. This treadmill also only offers 9 programmed workouts, but that is enough for most of us. Especially with that much control over the incline.

This treadmill offers Precor’s patented Footplant technology that actually adjusts the speed of the belt to naturally fit your stride during use. This is designed to reduce stress through your joints and reduce chance of injury.

The Precor 425 has both hand grip and telemetry heart rate monitoring, and I believe the chest strap monitor is included with your purchase.

If you want the Precor TRM 825 but it’s a little out of your price range, the TRM 425 might be a nice alternative. This treadmill is designed to give you the feel of a commercial grade treadmill inside your home. This treadmill would be great for folks looking to walk or jog, might be a little short for running at full speed.

 


 

Final Thoughts

There you have it- the 12 best treadmills of 2019. I chose to organize them based on the 4 different criteria because I think it will help you find the right treadmill. It also helped me organize my thoughts. Right off the bat, if you can determine what type of treadmill (folding or non-folding) you want and what type of exercise you plan on doing (walking, running, both) it should make the search a little easier.

One those decisions are made, it’s all about knowing your price range and what features are most important. The higher your budget is, the easier it is to get everything you want. That’s just the way it is. But as the affordable treadmill section shows us, there are great treadmills at every price point.

If space is an issue, you might want to consider a folding treadmill. The ability to fold really does cut down on the amount of space the machine takes up when not being used. Most have transports wheels that make moving the treadmills pretty doable.

I hope you found this buying guide helpful. I know finding a new treadmill can get a little overwhelming at times, with all the options. Not to mention the cost- even buying an affordable treadmill is still a considerable investment. But knowing what to look for and knowing what to expect makes all the difference in the world.

I bet you feel more confident now and are ready to go find the perfect treadmill for your home gym!

But if you are still uncertain or have any questions, that’s ok. I’m here to help. Just leave any questions or comments below and I’ll get right back to you.

Will

6 Comments

  1. Fantastic article about the different types of treadmills and pros and cons of each. This is perfect for me as I’m currently investigating options to set up a home gym. Thanks so much for sharing. Cheers, Karen

    • My pleasure Karen, thanks for reading. If any questions arise during your search, hit me up.

  2. I do not know there is so much into buying a treadmill. I normally go for price., the cheapest of course. Lol. I learn so much about treadmill in one post. It is amazing how each fit a different purpose. Now I have to reconsider next time I am going to buy one.

    • yeah, be careful using price as your only guideline for buying. There are a ton of junky treadmills out there and a lot of the cheap ones aren’t worth the money. The budget machines discussed here are definitely worth their price.

  3. Awesome article on people looking to buy a treadmill. Well written with tons of info on different types of treadmills with different features and in different price ranges. Anyone looking to buy a treadmill should be able to find something here.

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