Best Treadmills

Best Treadmills of 2016

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ProForm ZT6 $$ 4.9 out of 5 stars
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LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 $$$ 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Sole Fitness F85 $$$ 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Bowflex TreadClimber TC10 $$ 4.4 out of 5 stars
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ProForm 590 T $$ 4.3 out of 5 stars
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Weslo Cadence R 5.2 $ 4.2 out of 5 stars
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LifeSpan TR1200-DT3 $$ 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Best Choice Products Manual Treadmill w/2 Level Incline $ 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Weslo Cadence G 5.9 $ 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Confidence Power Plus $ 4.0 out of 5 stars
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We’re looking for the best of the best.. all the time! Treadmills have become sleeker, more efficient, and easier to use than ever before! So, are you wanting to know what some of the best treadmills of 2016 are?! Me, too!

I’d like to narrow our choices down to about 10, ranging picks. A few expensive, a few moderately priced, and a few cheaper choices would be a good place to start. But before we discuss makes and models, let’s think about some stuff first. Most importantly, what kind of horsepower does the treadmill motor have and how much do you weigh? Most standard treadmills are built for people 200lbs or less in weight. That doesn’t mean you can’t use a treadmill, though! Some companies claim their motors and equipment can handle 300 or more pounds with a small build and motor… but beware. If you have the money to spare, don’t worry about it. If you’re investing in your future and don’t want to buy a new one in 6 months, look a little deeper.

A motor with 2.0 HP (continuous duty) is okay for smaller, slow-paced users. For a larger person (200lbs+), 2.5 HP is the recommended minimum. If you like to jog and walk, a 2.5 or 3.0 HP continuous duty motor is good. If you’re a runner, get 3.0 HP (3.5 if you have a little more to love).

  • What do you want out of your treadmill?
  • What kind of stride do you have?
  • Do you plan on using it personally or giving it to someone?
  • Do you want a folding treadmill, to avoid clutter?
  • How is the treadmill getting to your house?
    • Will it be installed by someone else or do you have to figure it out?  
  • Do you want something simple, or do you want something with a lot of features and technology?
  • Do you want a standard, level treadmill, or one that has an incline (or the capability)?
    • No matter what you choose, a warranty plan is also probably worthwhile unless you’re great at finding cheap parts for treadmills!

For some heavy, durable treadmills, you may have the option to dish out a few extra dollars for door delivery and assembly… but many of the treadmills you’re bound to find online are going to require assembly upon arrival. If you’re interested in treadmills other than the ones we discuss, just read the Q&A section or comments to find out if you’re biting off more than you can chew or not! They’ll often answer whether or not the treadmill can handle what you expect out of it. But for our ease of access, we’re gonna learn all that about 10 awesome treadmills today!

ProForm ZT6

  • $700. This isn’t the cheapest, but it does come with free shipping! You can also pay a little under $800 if you want assembly done for you. Let’s look at some of the features to see how it got such a high rating.
  • The ProForm ZT6 features a motor with 2.5 CHP. We could easily walk or jog on a piece of equipment like this. It should be able to handle up to about 300lbs.
  • Special features include the following: 20inX55in belt, ProShox cushioning, 10mph speed control, 10% quick incline control, heart rate monitor, speed and intensity control, a fan, and an iPod port. (Oh, and it folds, too!)
  • The ProForm ZT6 comes with a few warranties, so you can breathe easily!

LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 (Treadmill Desk)

  • This bad boy will only cost you around $1,300! If you work from home or have a decently-sized office, this treadmill is seriously perfect. It comes with a desk, for crying out loud! That means you can walk and work all day long, should you ever want to! You don’t even have to shell out a whole extra $100 for assembly, either. If you’re willing to spend about $85 extra, you won’t have to stress over the assembly.
  • Don’t worry about the desktop surface being too small, it measures around 38x29in. The TR1200-DT5 takes about 69x29in of space, with a belt measuring 20x50in.
  • The motor has continuous duty 2.5 HP. The company claims the treadmill can hold a person weighing up to 350lbs. It’s also equipped with shock absorption to help this quiet treadmill stay quiet.
  • Features and capabilities: Frame, motor, parts, and labor warranties, Bluetooth, Active Trac app, audible step count, burned calories, time, distance, and belt speed.

Sole Fitness F85

  • The Sole Fitness F85 is gonna cost you… but when you consider its durability, almost $4,000 isn’t that bad. Especially if you want a treadmill that’s going to let you do some serious exercising on it for years to come!
  • This big boy impresses any interested buyer with a continuous duty 4.0 HP motorIf you wondered why the machine was so pricey, the motor’s capacity should answer the majority of that question! It can handle up to 400 pounds easily! (There’s no excuse not to test this guy out since it can handle more weight than average treadmills).
  • The F85 can easily be folded and stored away when not in use.
  • The running belt measures around 22x60in. The incline can be set to 15%.
  • Other features include 1/2 – 12mph speed, heart rate programs, an LCD display with easy-to-use buttons, mp3 compatibility with built-in speakers, lifetime warranty on frame, motor, and deck, limited warranties on electronics and labor.

Bowflex TreadClimber TC10

  • I might be a little biased, having had one of these at my grandparents’ old house, but this is and always will be one of my own personal favorite treadmills. Ringing up a little under $2,000, this brand hardly ceases to amaze and fulfill expectations. (Lack of efficient customer service seems to be one of the only (and biggest) complaints about the machine).
  • This 3-in-1 machine isn’t meant for running, so the motor isn’t heavy duty. It’s perfect for low-impact exercise. You will successfully work your body out simply by walking on it. (If you have bad joints, this is ideal. It’s less noticeably strenuous than walking on asphalt).
  • The TC10 can reach up to 4mph. You can easily read your distance, speed, calories burned, and time on the four display.
  • If you want simple, durable, efficient equipment, this is one of the better, cheaper ways to go!

ProForm 590 T

  • The ProForm 590 T is another one under $2,000! For all of its features, it’s kind of hard to beat.
  • The motor inside this beast is 2.5 continuous duty HP.
  • The 590 T’s belt is 20x60in.
  • Craving a bit of a challenge? Adjust the treadmill to a 15% incline!
  • As long as you’re 300lbs or lighter, you can easily use this machine.
  • It’s foldable. It doesn’t turn two-dimensional, but it can be folded for storage anyway.
  • Other features: backlit display screen, workout apps, music port, heart rate monitor,  cushioning for shock absorbancy.
  • Forever frame warranty, 25 year motor warranty, 1 year parts & labor warranty.

Weslo Cadence R 5.2

  • Did you notice that this little beauty is under $300?! Talk about a bargain!
  • Did you think you’d have the world’s tiniest treadmill motor for that price? Think again, if so! The motor bring you 2.5 CHP.
  • The width of the belt is a little smaller than most of the ones we’ve looked at so far, only stretching 16x50in. That really isn’t too much smaller, unless you have larger feet and a long stride!
  • While it can’t support more weight than some of the other treadmills, if you’re under 250-300lbs, you should be able to jog on this! (Or walk at a very brisk pace).
  • The Cadence R 5.2 doesn’t come equipped with all the fancy equipment some of its opponents do, but for simplicity’s sake, it’s an awesome buy to get yourself active again.

LifeSpan TR1200-DT3 Under Desk Treadmill

  • Right around $1,000, this treadmill is another great pick for the working man or woman. If you spend all day at a desk, typing your life and fitness away, get a standing desk (if you don’t already have one) and this treadmill! You can walk while you work! (Can you see how it pays for itself already?!)
  • The motor in this impressive work-out-while-you-work treadmill has 2.25 CHP and is designed for constant use. It was also designed with shock absorbtion technology. (Most treadmills overheat at 3+ hours of daily use, this one can withstand 6+ hours a day).
  • Don’t sacrifice belt width with this convenient machine, for it measures 20x50in!
  • This treadmill is designed for health and efficiency in the workplace, so running isn’t probable. The TR1200-DT3 maxes out at 4mph and starts at almost 1/2mph.
  • If you weigh 350lbs or less, you’re able to use this machine with ease.
  • Instead of staring at a big screen for your readings, view them on the portable console, which also controls the power!

Best Choice Products Manual Treadmill w/2 Level Incline & Twin Flywheels

  • This treadmill is simple and affordable, costing less than $200!
  • Since this is a manual treadmill, there is no motor!
  • It only weighs a little over 50lbs (and can only support up to 220lbs). If you are that weight or smaller, this is a perfect treadmill. It’s so easily folded, stored, and moved it’s ridiculous!
  • The little LCD screen it does have can display your time, speed, distance, and calories burned. (It should come with two AA batteries).
  • The small size of this piece of exercise equipment is accompanied by a small runway belt: 14x40in, roughly.

Weslo Cadence G 5.9

  • This Cadence G 5.9 is, like its cousin, under $300!
  • The motor only has 1.5 continuous duty HP or 2.25 HP.
  • The belt may take a little getting used to, if you enjoy wide belts. It measures ~ 16x50in.
  • It is foldable! You can store it, folded, for extra room or work out space.
  • Adjustable incline of ~2-6%. Not too harsh, but a little challenge to make it fun!
  • The Cadence G 5.9 can handle 250-300lbs. (If you’re only walking). If you need or want to run, consider one of the more durable choices!
  • This particular treadmill is praised by many apartment-dwelling people, so if you don’t think you have enough space, think again!

Confidence Power Plus

  • The final contender in this unspoken race is the Confidence Power Plus, costing under $200!
  • The motor runs at 600W.
  • You can’t really go much faster than 6mph, but for a simple, folding, rolling treadmill, how can we complain?! Upon delivery, it will usually weigh less than 60lbs! Perfect for putting up and getting it out frequently without getting a hernia!
  • If you’re 250lbs or less and don’t jog or run on this treadmill, you should be golden and get your money’s worth out of this piece of equipment in no time!
In Conclusion:

Picking the perfect treadmill for yourself or your loved ones can be extremely tiring, confusing, and plain-out frustrating! Keep an eye out for everything you want out of a treadmill. If you like to run and weigh more than 250lbs (muscle or fat), get one of the heavier, more expensive treadmills to suit your needs. The more you‘re willing to spend on a treadmill, the longer it should last. (At the very least, the standard warranties usually last longer on the more expensive products).

If you were unaware before, you may need to buy some belt lubricant for your treadmill, especially if you use it frequently. If you want it to last a long time, it requires maintenance, much like everything else. If you have expensive floors, making you scared to use a bulky machine on them, buy a machine mat to place underneath your treadmill to protect your floors and prevent the machine from sliding! Happy shopping!

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