Shopping for the best treadmill requires looking at a variety of different features and considerations. For some people, cost is the deciding factor while others can choose the best features regardless of price. Comparing hundreds of models is daunting, so we’ve put together what we feel are the best treadmill buys for 2016 in four different categories.
Value takes a lot into consideration, so we ended up with two winners in this category. One because it was a great folding treadmill, the other because it was a great all-around model.
The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 delivers more than any other folding treadmill you’ll find. With the true feel of a gym machine, this is one of the best folding treadmills you can get for around $1,500. The 3.8 horsepower motor provides more than enough power, and this treadmill has more incline variety than others at this price – up to 15%, plus decline up to - 3%. The lifetime warranty on the frame and motor with 5 years on the parts and electronics is better than any other warranty at this price point. Add to this iFit technology, Flex cushioning and large tread belt and you can quickly see why this one is a winner!
Runner Up: Sole F80
The entry model Horizon T101 treadmill is powered by a 2.25 CHP motor that is backed by a lifetime warranty, and has a number of other exciting features including a power incline and a roomy 20" x 55" treadbelt. The reviews on the T101 are very impressive. Users love the quality and that it takes only 30 minutes to assemble. The drive system is quiet, the console is easy to use, and the overall design is quite aesthetic. Another plus, the warranty is very good for an under $700 entry-level treadmill: 2 years on the parts and a year of service, plus lifetime coverage on the frame motor. This treadmill is best for users under 300 pounds who don’t do much running.
Runner Up: NordicTrack C700
For the serious runner who is looking for the best treadmill to challenge and last for years, it’s the Life Fitness Club Series for sure. Quite simply, you can’t find a better treadmill. It’s pricey ($5,000+), but worth the investment for individuals who want true luxury in a treadmill. Life Fitness has perfected performance and comfort by manufacturing nothing but the best treadmills around. The result is the Club Series' extra-long walking area, Flex deck (usually only found on commercial treadmills), patented shock absorption system. The powerful 4.0HP motor and fabulous warranty makes the Life Fitness Club Series a dream machine for the serious athlete.
Runner Up: Precor TRM 445
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