Our Top 10 Best Rated Treadmills to buy
We’ve discussed different treadmills, the benefits of working out on a treadmill, and some of the top-rated Treadmills. This article will share with you our “Top 10 Best Rated Treadmills” so you can find one that best suits your needs and start getting fit today. Additionally, I have provided links to our “Heavy Duty Treadmills, Finding a Treadmill that will Survive the Ages“, “Treadmill v. Elliptical, Which is Right for you“, and even “Treadmill Benefits for Body Health and How to Achieve the Best Results.”
These articles can help you understand the benefits of Treadmills along with aiding you in making the right decision for you. If you are looking for a more affordable option, check out our article “Want the Best Treadmill Under 500 Dollars? Here are 5 great options” for a list of other great options to fit your budget.
Here are Our Top 10 Best Rated Treadmills:
LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 – Best treadmill for price
The TR100-DT5 treadmill has 4.3 stars out 5 by those who have purchased it. This treadmill comes with a desk and would be great for those who work at home and need a treadmill that is work-friendly.
- 7L x 36W x 46.5H inches; and
- 252 pounds.
The LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk has a 300-pound maximum user weight and a walking surface of 20″ x 56.” It ranges from a speed of 0.4 mph – 4 mph with a step-up of five inches. This treadmill comes with a built-in desktop area measuring 38W x 29D which is perfect for those who work at home or do their exercise while on the computer or phone. It has 25 CHP – continuous horsepower and has both Intelli-guard safety which will stop the treadmill when it is not in use as well as Intelli-Step which counts your steps while using the console and shows them on the console.
It is Bluetooth compatible as well as an Internal Cable Management which helps manage the power cords by keeping them untangled. Two transport wheels make moving the treadmill easier for those of us who do not need another piece of furniture in the room. The LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 also comes with a lifetime frame warranty, a three-year motor warranty, two-year parts warranty, and a one-year labor warranty.
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603 Electric Treadmill – Best for home use
From our under $500 list, the SF-T7603 has a 4.3 stars out of a possible 5.
- 62L x 27W x 47H; and
- Weighs 103 pounds.
The Sunny Health and Fitness SF-T7603 Electric Treadmill has a 220-pound weight capacity and a running surface of 48.82 x 15.75. The speed is adjustable between 0.5 mph – 9 mph with increments in tenths of mph and there is a set incline percent of 0%, 2%, and 4.37%. There is an easy to read LCD Display that shows time, distance, calories burned, and pulse rate.
The control keys are conveniently placed upon the handrail which enables you to start, stop, and adjust the speed of the treadmill. Additionally, there is an option for Manual Mode operation, a safety lock function, a power saving function. It is equipped with the soft drop system to help fold the treadmill both easily and safely and wheels are included for easier transportation. There is a manufacturer’s warranty that comes with this treadmill.
ProForm Pro 2000 – Best treadmill for marathon training
The Pro 2000 comes in with 4.2 stars out of 5 from those who have purchased it.
The ProFrom Pro 2000 Treadmill has been rated as a “Best Buy” by a consumer magazine. It is iFit Live Compatible with a 5 CHP Mach Z Commercial Pro Motor and a folding desk SpaceSaver Design. The ProShox Cushioning System helps keep the impact to your joints to a minimum and it can incline from 0%-15%. It is constructed from a Solid Steel Frame and comes with a Lifetime Frame and Warranty Motor. Rated as a “Best Buy” from a consumer magazine.
NordicTrack T 6.5 S – Best pick for weight loss
The NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill has a maximum user weight of 300 pounds and a 6 CHP drive system. It has a 20″ x 55″ tread belt which gives the user the option of choosing between a FlexSelect-cushioned deck or a firm deck by simply turning a knob. This treadmill comes programmed with 20 different workouts that are designed by a Certified Personal Trainer and is able to digitally incline up to 10% as well as an adjustable speed between 0 and 12 mph with only the touch of a button.
It is compatible with iFit, although you will need a separate account to use the iFit. There is a 5-inch Backlight Display which shows your time, speed, distance, heart rate, and the number of calories burned. There are CardioGrip sensors built into the handles which allow you to check your heart easily and conveniently. USB ports are built-in to enable the user to connect an iPod or other technology and there is an Intermix Acoustic Sounds System with two 2-inch speakers.
The NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill also comes standard with a lifetime warranty on the frame, a 25-year-motor warranty, and a one-year parts and labor warranty.
This Weslo treadmill has a solid rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars.
- 10 x 31 x 68 inches; and
- Weighs 118 pounds.
The Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill has a 16 x 50 tread belt and a 5 CHP drive system. It also comes with 2 position adjustable incline levels as well as a Space saver design.
There is a large LCD Display which monitors your speed, time, distance and, calories burned. This treadmill also comes with Comfort Cell Cushioning as well as a space saver design.
LifeSpan TR1200i Folding – Best compact space-saving treadmill
With 4 stars out of 5, the TR1200i is another good choice.
- 25L x 33W x 55W; and
- Folded – 39L x 33w x 63H.
The LifeSpan TR1200i Folding Treadmill is equipped with a biometrically correct deck suspension system that is able to support a maximum weight of 300 pounds. There are also 6 compression shock absorbers which provide safe and responsive cushioning for your joints. The running surface is 20″ x 56″and tt is equipped with a 2,5 CHP motor.
This treadmill comes with 21 different exercise programs that are pre-installed and are designed for weight loss, healthy living, sports training, and heart rate programs. It comes standard with both Intelli-Step and Intelliguard technology. The speed is adjustable from 0.5 – 11 mph as well as 15 different incline levels. A USB port is standard on this treadmill which allows you to save your results and upload them to your personal computer. The LCD console tracks time, calories burned, distance, and speed. There is a lifetime warranty on both the frame and the motor.
Exerpeutic TF1000 – good choice for bad knees
Exerpeutic’s TF1000 also received 4 out of 5 stars.
- 2 x 32 x 63 inches; and
- Weighs 120 pounds.
With a 300-pound weight capacity, a 5 high-torque motor, and a 20-inch-wide treadmill belt, this treadmill is powerful enough to do what you need to do, but it also has safety features included. The 18-inch-long safety handles, which are twice as long as typical handles, and the Quiet Drive Technology makes this one of the most cost-effective and safe treadmills available. The LCD window displays the time, distance walked, calories burned, speed, and pulse monitoring and the Heart-Pulse pads are conveniently located on the handles which allow you to both monitor your heart rate as well as adjust your speed.
This Exerpuetic Treadmill has two manual incline positions as well as adjustable speed up to 4 mph in .10 increments. It is also portable and transportable for ease in movement. There is a 5-year motor warranty, a one-year frame warranty, and a 90-day parts warranty included with this treadmill.
The Power Trac is rated at 4.2 stars out of 5.
- 49L x 24W x 47H;
- Folded dimensions are 49L x 24W x 10H;
- 52 pounds upon delivery; and
- 55 pounds when assembled.
The Cadence Confidence Fitness Power Trac Treadmill has a 165-pound maximum user weight and comes with 12 built-in fitness programs. The speed is adjustable from 0.6-6.2 mph adjustable speeds with four of them pre-set at 1.86 mph, 3 mph, 4.9 mph, and 6.2 mph. There is also an adjustable manual incline with three settings – 2 degrees, 3.5 degrees, and 5 degrees.
There is an LCD screen which displays the calories burned, speed, time, and distance. Additionally, there is an emergency stop clip that is quite visible should you need it.
The Merit Fitness has a rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars and is our final option on our list.
- Folded size of 31W x 53H x 34D;
- Expanded size of 31W x 52H x 71D;
- Shipping weight of 149 pounds; and
- Weighs 121 pounds when assembled.
With a weight capacity of 250 pounds and a 25 horsepower drive motor, this treadmill has everything the average treadmiller would want. The workout area is 48 x 45 with an included Aerosoft cushioning system. A two-window LCD display tracks your time, resistance level, speed, distance, and calories burned and there are 7-workout programs included to give the user a variety of workouts.
The speed ranges between 0 and 10 mph with an incline level that can go up to 10%. It is compatible with MP3 players and speakers and there is a lifetime warranty on the frame and a two-year warranty on the motor.
Best Buy Treadmill choosing tips:
Many treadmills come with docks for electronic devices along with USB ports and wireless connectivity, so you can tune in while working out. Other models offer features such as fans and fitness trackers but, our experts say they might not be necessary and can be purchased separately. Think of it this way: it’s easier and less expensive to replace a fan when it’s not connected to a treadmill. Built-in exercise programs are great for adding variety and intensity to your workout. Some manufacturers offer lots of programs, but we can say that you can get by with just a few basic programs that address specific types of workouts. Manufacturers all have different names for these programs.
Some basic patterns to look for are: Hill Climb; Stepped/Varied Interval; Slow, Long Distance and Random. Heart rate monitors help you track how hard you’re working and measure your exercise intensity. Walkers will be fine with hand grip monitors, for runners TreadmillFit suggest consider a chest strap monitor. When you’re moving fast, they’re more convenient and can give a more accurate and consistent reading, but not all treadmills come with them and chest straps you buy separately might not be compatible with your treadmill, so be sure to check before you buy.