Best Treadmill – November, 2019 Reviews & Buyers Guide

Like buying a car, treadmills are not a one-size-fits-all purchase. The various features, like display screen, data tracking, speed, incline, etc. will vary from model to model. Depending on your workout habits, you can find different features useful.

The running belt can be one to pay special attention to. A customer who favors light jogging to distance running would need a shorter running track than distance runners. There are also variables, like power incline and continuous horsepower, that can be factors in decision making.

People with limited space with which to fill a new workout machine may also opt for shorter tracks or a more compact option. There are plenty of treadmills available that offer foldability for easy storage.

It can take some time to understand the intricacies of treadmills when you’re just trying to find one that fits your knees and doesn’t require study time. We’ve collected here some of the best machines to fit different workout habits.

Best Treadmill

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Our Favorite
ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill
Highest Rated
XTERRA Fitness TR6.6 Folding Treadmill
Highest Quality
Bowflex BXT116 Treadmill
EFITMENT Auto Incline Bluetooth Electric Treadmill Machine w/Speakers & Folding for Running, Jogging, Walking, 220 LB Max Weight, LCD & Pulse Monitor, Ipad/Tablet Holder - T012
Schwinn 830 Treadmill
Description
The belt is long enough to accommodate full strides on long runs. It’s also cushioned to improve comfort and provide joint support.
The Xterra TR 6.6 is one mean running machine. Its running belt stretches 60 inches in length, an excellent option for runners with long strides.
Its motor is stronger than most at a powerful 3.75 HP. It doesn’t explicitly list what the speeds reach, but you’ll get a machine-operated incline of 15%.
For another affordable option, the EFITMENT model gives you what you the basics. It comes with surprising capabilities for the price.
You won’t sacrifice anything at all in terms of a strong workout with this machine. It has all the necessities for a long hard run.
Our Rating
Price
from $2,036.30
$1,220.80
from $1,299.98
$429.98
$799.00
Our Favorite
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ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill
Description
The belt is long enough to accommodate full strides on long runs. It’s also cushioned to improve comfort and provide joint support.
Our Rating
Price
from $2,036.30
Highest Rated
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XTERRA Fitness TR6.6 Folding Treadmill
Description
The Xterra TR 6.6 is one mean running machine. Its running belt stretches 60 inches in length, an excellent option for runners with long strides.
Our Rating
Price
$1,220.80
Highest Quality
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Bowflex BXT116 Treadmill
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Description
Its motor is stronger than most at a powerful 3.75 HP. It doesn’t explicitly list what the speeds reach, but you’ll get a machine-operated incline of 15%.
Our Rating
Price
from $1,299.98
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EFITMENT Auto Incline Bluetooth Electric Treadmill Machine w/Speakers & Folding for Running, Jogging, Walking, 220 LB Max Weight, LCD & Pulse Monitor, Ipad/Tablet Holder - T012
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Description
For another affordable option, the EFITMENT model gives you what you the basics. It comes with surprising capabilities for the price.
Our Rating
Price
$429.98
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Schwinn 830 Treadmill
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Description
You won’t sacrifice anything at all in terms of a strong workout with this machine. It has all the necessities for a long hard run.
Our Rating
Price
$799.00
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Nautilus T616 Treadmill
Horizon Fitness T101-04 (Old Model)
Nautilus T614 Treadmill
NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill
Simpfree Treadmill, Electric Folding Treadmill Motorized for Home Exercise, 3.0HP Running Machine
Description
For those who do like to break into an occasional sprint, the long track reaches 60 inches, allowing for freedom of stride.
This budget-friendly treadmill packs in all the necessities while allowing you to keep your savings.
It has 22 workout programs installed, hardly straying from the full suite of 26 in the more expensive model.
There are 32 pre-set programs, all accessible from the web-enabled touch screen, to have you training and sweating like a pro.
A surprising option that falls below the $1000 price mark, the Simpfree treadmill is an excellent standard option for a treadmill.
Our Rating
Price
$999.00
$999.00
$799.00
from $1,900.00
$899.99
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Nautilus T616 Treadmill
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Description
For those who do like to break into an occasional sprint, the long track reaches 60 inches, allowing for freedom of stride.
Our Rating
Price
$999.00
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Horizon Fitness T101-04 (Old Model)
Description
This budget-friendly treadmill packs in all the necessities while allowing you to keep your savings.
Our Rating
Price
$999.00
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Nautilus T614 Treadmill
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Description
It has 22 workout programs installed, hardly straying from the full suite of 26 in the more expensive model.
Our Rating
Price
$799.00
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NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill
Description
There are 32 pre-set programs, all accessible from the web-enabled touch screen, to have you training and sweating like a pro.
Our Rating
Price
from $1,900.00
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Simpfree Treadmill, Electric Folding Treadmill Motorized for Home Exercise, 3.0HP Running Machine
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Description
A surprising option that falls below the $1000 price mark, the Simpfree treadmill is an excellent standard option for a treadmill.
Our Rating
Price
$899.99

Proform Pro 2000

For the price, this model is one of the best options for runners. Runner’s World Magazine said so themselves, and with a closer look, it’s very clear why.

The belt is long enough to accommodate full strides on long runs. It’s also cushioned to improve comfort and provide joint support. The steel frame is powered by a 3.5 CHP motor, allowing for the strength to keep up with your distance.

What makes this an especially attractive option is its incline. Incline generally allows you more freedom in your workout to tackle hills and burn more calories. This model has a 15% incline as well as a 3% decline, ideal for practicing downhill running as well as uphill.

If you want to truly get the outdoor experience, you can purchase iFit module, which allows you the freedom to run online across different paths and terrain.

You’ll get a full-intensity workout, tailored to your specific goals and needs, and a comfortable cooldown with the built-in fan. The treadmill also folds for easy storage.

Pros and Cons

  • has a decline in addition to incline
  • foldable for compact storage
  • full scenic capabilities cost extra

Xterra TR 6.6

The Xterra TR 6.6 is one mean running machine. Its running belt stretches 60 inches in length, an excellent option for runners with long strides. The 3.0 HP motor reaches a top speed of 12 MPH – that’s a 5 minutes mile for brave, toned souls.

The incline reaches 15%, and you can adjust this with handlebar buttons. The same goes for speed. The handlebars also offer a heart rate monitor, but for a hands-free option, you can use the included wireless chest strap.

For additional entertainment, this treadmill is MP3 compatible. It uses a headphone jack for you to plug in your device and listen through the integrated speakers. Also integrated into the design is a cooling fan.

Pros and Cons

  • long belt for high speed and incline
  • includes a cooling fan
  • no bluetooth connectivity

Bowflex BXT116

Bowflex has created quite a recognizable name for themselves in terms of lifting, but they have also come to create one of the best treadmills available. This Amazon’s Choice machine will cost you a little more but delivers strong results.

Its motor is stronger than most at a powerful 3.75 HP. It doesn’t explicitly list what the speeds reach, but you’ll get a machine-operated incline of 15%.

For a guided workout, you can choose from 9 different preset programs. There’s also the capability to build your program in accordance with your goals and preferences. The console will save up to 4 profiles.

There are speed and incline buttons on the handholds. There are also heart rate sensors, but you have the option to wear the wireless belt to track your pulse through your workout.

For additional entertainment, you can use the USB port to plug, charge, and play your device through the console speakers.

Pros and Cons

  • USB port for charging and playing music
  • 9 “push and go” workout programs
  • heavy; good to fold, not to move

EFITMENT T012

For another affordable option, the EFITMENT model gives you what you the basics. It comes with surprising capabilities for the price. You’ll get all of the necessities, such as speed, incline and data tracking in a compact package.

This treadmill reaches 9 MPH, which is slower than what many may consider standard, however, you’ll still be able to knock out a mile in less than 7 minutes at a continuous pace. You’ll also be able to adjust speed with easy speed modes.

If you are looking for a challenging workout, there are 9 preset programs that manipulate speed and incline automatically to give you a true training session. The automated incline reaches a 10% slope.

For entertainment, the T012 connects to Bluetooth, so you can connect your music and set the pace for your workout. It includes built-in speakers as well as cup holders.

For all of these offerings at a fair price, we found it to be one of the best treadmills you can get.

Pros and Cons

  • wireless music connectivity
  • quick speed and incline options
  • only reaches 9 MPH

Schwinn 830

The last on our list of powerful treadmills is another budget-friendly option. You won’t sacrifice anything at all in terms of a strong workout with this machine. It has all the necessities for a long hard run.

Board the 55-inch belt and reach a speed of 12 MPH. It also has a motorized incline up to 12%. Among the 22 built-in programs, you can customize your workout by intensity or time. Take one of the preset options or build your own.

Keep track of your goals and have the machine remember it day after day so you can watch your progress. It’s also compatible with many of the popular fitness apps you may already have, such as MyFitnessPal, UnderArmor, Map My Run, and Apple Health.

It also includes an MP3 input for the in-console speakers.

Pros and Cons

  • great power for the price
  • does not have Bluetooth connectivity.

Nautilus T616

We start the list out with a well-balanced treadmill. It is appropriate for several types of runners, from those who go on long sprints to those who prefer to jog or even walk on an incline. The machine inclines up to 15%, higher than the average model.

For those who do like to break into an occasional sprint, the long track reaches 60 inches, allowing for freedom of stride.

For those who aren’t sure of their preferred workout, you can choose from 26 different programs. These programs include custom preferences, such as you want to reach a specific heart rate or if you are more focused on distance traveled.

The price is also very middle of the road. It isn’t on the cheap end, but you will hit 4 figures paying for this machine. It can accommodate highly advanced to novice runners, so it is a safe, secure option.

Pros and Cons

  • includes a long running track and 3.0 CHP for distance running
  • connects to Bluetooth for fitness tracking
  • slightly larger and more expensive than many standard models

Horizon Fitness T101-04

“Best” doesn’t have to equate to “most expensive.” This budget-friendly treadmill packs in all the necessities while allowing you to keep your savings.

This “Value Buy” was deemed one of the best options by the Treadmill Doctor and the Good Housekeeping Institute. It has a 2.25 HP motor that reaches 10 MPH and 10 percent incline. The length of the belt is just long enough to allow for a good stride.

For the budget-friendly price, you’ll get the sturdy, foldable machine built with 30 workout options. Just like having your trainer, choose from any of the pre-set workouts by distance, calorie, or interval training.

If you prefer your self-guided workout, you can use the MP3 compatible speakers to play your music or podcasts. This model also includes a fan – something only some of the highest priced models are guaranteed to have.

Pros and Cons

  • affordable price
  • strong, top-notch capabilities
  • can be heavy to fold

Nautilus T614

To save on space and money, the Nautilus T614 model is an excellent alternative to its more expensive counterpart (above). It shaves off about 25% of the features – so little that the difference isn’t strikingly lacking.

It uses the force of a 2.75cHP motor versus the full 3.0cHP of the T616 model. It can reach an incline of 12% on its 55-inch running belt. It still provides the comfort-forward StrikeZone technology on the belt.

It has 22 workout programs installed, hardly straying from the full suite of 26 in the more expensive model. It’s a more compact package when it’s in use and allows for foldability to store it away when you’re done.

The price reflects exactly what was cut from the full model. You’ll save about $150 on this version. It could be a better option for people with smaller spaces to work with who still want the full spectrum of the best machine.

Pros and Cons

  • almost all of the features of the full model on a smaller scale
  • does not connect to bluetooth

NordicTrack Commercial C 990

The C990 hits the threshold for another impressive machine for those who like to have an added challenge. There are 32 pre-set programs, all accessible from the web-enabled touch screen, to have you training and sweating like a pro.

The programs are set to be able to toggle through the machine’s speeds, which reach 12 MPH, and the incline that goes up to 12%. You can choose what you’d like your routine to focus on, be it speed, calories, or heart rate – and let it tell you how to run.

The custom cushioning options on the 60-inch deck includes a cushioned versus a firm running surface. Toggle a knob before your run to set which one you’d prefer running on for your workout.

For added comfort, there’s a cooling fan on the console. You can also use the adjustable tablet holder to entertain yourself by television, reading, or the iFit app that’s available at an extra price.

Pros and Cons

  • allows you to adjust the firmness of the running track
  • better suited for running than walking on low speed

Simpfree

A surprising option that falls below the $1000 price mark, the Simpfree treadmill is an excellent standard option for a treadmill. The steel frame is generally compact, making it a good option for those with limited space, but just as sturdy as other models.

There is no incline, but the 3.0 HP motor will allow you to reach 10.4 MPH. You can use the handrails for the quick speed keys as well as heart rate sensors. Find all of your workout data on the 7-inch blue-tinted LCD screen in the console.

There are no additional visual entertainment options built within the console, however, you’ll be able to connect your device with the USB port and listen to music through the hi-fi stereo system speakers.

It’s a streamlined model that’s great for home use. The motor is quiet, and when you’re done, you can easily fold and roll it away.

Pros and Cons

  • high horsepower for an affordable price
  • includes USB port
  • does not include incline

Final Thoughts

There you have it – the final say on which treadmills are worth adding to your home gym. Just like shopping for cars, you can opt for when that speaks to you or has to appease the whole family. You can opt to have top speed or be a reliable model.

No matter which specific feature is a deal breaker for you, these treadmill options are bound to accommodate your needs. Decide which one is perfect for you and hit the road! It’s a timeless staple for keeping in shape, warding off stress, or training for new challenges.