Best Treadmill Buys for 2015

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 2013 in four different categories.

Best Overall Value 2015

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.

Best Overall Value Treadmill 2015

The Sole F80 delivers more than any other folding treadmill you’ll find. You get the true feel of a commercial machine with the F80, one of the best folding treadmills you can get for around $1,500. The 3.5 horsepower motor is more than enough power, and this treadmill has more incline variety than others at this price – up to 15%. The lifetime warranty on the frame and motor with 3 years on the deck and electronics is better than any other warranty at this price point. Why so generous? Excellent construction and the best treadmill parts. It’s also the most stable folding treadmill you can find thanks to a patented deck and frame design.

Runners Up: Livestrong LS13.0T and Yowza Smyrna.

Best Budget-Priced Treadmill for Walking 2015

Livestrong LS8.0T Treadmill

The entry model Livestrong LS8.0T treadmill is powered by a 2.5 CHP motor that is backed by a lifetime warranty, and has a number of other exciting features including a power incline, interactive programming, and a roomy 20" x 55" treadbelt. The reviews on the Livestrong LS8.0T 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 a $799 entry-level treadmill: 2 years on the parts and a year of service, plus lifetime coverage on the motor. This treadmill is best for users under 250 pounds who don’t do much running.

Best Treadmill for Pros/Heavy Runners 2015

Best Treadmill for Pros/Heavy Runners - Landice L7

For the serious runner who is looking for the best treadmill to challenge and last for years, it’s the Landice L700 ProSports Trainer. Quite simply, you can’t find a better treadmill. It’s pricey ($4,000), but worth the investment for individuals who want true luxury in a treadmill. Landice has perfected performance and comfort by manufacturing nothing but the best treadmills around – no ellipticals, no weight machines, no steppers. The result is the L700's extra-long walking area, 4-ply deck (usually only found on commercial treadmills), 1” thick deck and patented shock absorption system. The aircraft quality aluminum frame and fabulous warranty makes the Landice L700 a dream machine for the serious athlete.

Runner Up: Life Fitness Club Series

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