Treadmills in the $2000-$3000 range are higher end models with better construction, stronger motors, better cushioning, incline and decline and a number of extra features that you typically won't find on most lower priced models.
You'll also find better warranties and gym quality machines that are built specifically for home use, using many of the same components that you'll find on the commercial models.
In the best treadmills under $3000 category, once again three names rose to the top of our expert's list...Matrix, Life Fitness and Precor. These well-regarded companies always deliver top-notch quality that is unmatched, and these three are the best models that they offer in the price category.
BEST TREADMILL UNDER $3000 - WINNER
MATRIX FITNESS TF30
The Matrix TF30 has quickly become the company's most popular treadmill, and the company is taking the high-end market by storm, giving Life Fitness and Precor a run for their money.
This is one of the few commercial-grade treadmills with a foldable frame, as well as high-end cushioning, rock solid construction, three console options and plenty of built-in workouts... Read More
LIFE FITNESS T3
The Life Fitness T3 is one of their biggest sellers, and continues the company's history of excellence in high-end design and technology that keeps them ahead of the competition.
The treadmill features a strong, capable motor, incline capability, plenty of workouts, heart rate monitoring and a high max user weight, along with a solid warranty on frame and parts... Read More
PRECOR TRM 243
The Precor TRM 243 is the top model in the company's popular Energy Series, and it has a lot of unique built in technologies.
The treadmill has plenty of built in workouts, incline capability, wireless heart rate monitoring, high max weight capacity and a very strong yet quite 3.0 HP motor that is more than capable... Read More
These are going to be your best bets in the $2,000 to $3,000 price range...it's just a matter of choosing the treadmill that most appeals to you.
You can't go wrong with any of the Matrix, Life Fitness, or Precor models...they are all commercial quality and quite similar to those you'll find in the health club. If you want a few more bells and whistles, consider the higher end NordicTrack models or the Sole TT8.
The best treadmills in the $2000-$3000 price range will provide many years of maintenance-free performance for you and will be a welcome addition in any home gym. Here is what you can expect to find:
1. Better Construction
Once you start looking at treadmills over $2000 you will start to see better construction and higher quality components. They may not be as top-notch as the $3000+ machines, but they are built to last and will hold up quite well over the long haul, even with heavy usage.
2. Strong Motors
Look for powerful motors that are a step up from those found on lesser priced units. If you can find 3.0 CHP or greater you know the treadmill can support more intense workouts.
3. Incline Functionality
All treadmills in this price category will have incline functionality, and built-in programs that incorporate this incline. Look for at least 10% and even up to 15% incline on some of the better machines.
4. Higher Max Weight Capacities
A good judge of a treadmill's durability is how much weight it can support...obviously the higher the number the better. Look for at least 300 lb. max weight capacity...if you can find 350 lbs. that means the machine is even more durable.
5. Better Cushioning
The more expensive treadmills tend to have not only roomier decks but better cushioning as well, which means less impact on your knees and joints and more effective workouts. Look for advanced cushioning, 2 ply decks that provide the ideal support while you walk, jog or run.