Best Budget Treadmills List

Treadmills in this price range vary from very basic non-motorized treadmills to models for runners. In the last few years, several manufacturers have made some impressive strides in the $1,000-$1,500 range. They are backing them up with extensive warranties. The treadmill recommendations below are based on a number of factors, including third-party reviews, customer testimonials, company reputation and warranties.

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Sole F80 Treadmill

Sole F80 Treadmill
Sole F80 Treadmill. Courtesy of Amazon.com

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Sole treadmills have received a "Best Buy" rating two years in a row from Treadmill Doctor. Their residential models are used by the Hilton chain for in-room exercising, which says something about the durability of the machines. The Sole F80 features include 2.5 hp continuous duty motor, 55" length deck, wireless heart rate control, and 2.75" rollers, five window display, and sturdy 250 lb weight. The speed and incline controls are conveniently located on the handlebars. You can make adjustments without breaking your stride. The 2-year service warranty can't be found on any other treadmills for under $3,000.

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Freemotion 860 Treadmill

Freemotion 860 Treadmill
Freemotion 860 Treadmill. Courtesy of Amazon.com

The Freemotion 860 has a feature I love for getting a better real-life workout. It has a decline feature as well as incline so you can go downhill as well as uphill, -3% to 15%. The seven-inch color touch display has a built-in Android browser and is iFit enabled. The motor is a powerful 3.8 CHP and it's rated for users up to 375 pounds. The belt is 22 inches wide and 60 inches long. It has 34 workout apps. The warranty says they believe in the product, with 5-years on parts, 2 years of labor and lifetime on the frame and motor.

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NordicTrack C 990

NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill
NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill. Courtesy of Amazon.com

This folding treadmill offers a powerful 3.0 CHP motor while still coming in under $1500. It has a big 20 x 60-inch belt so you can extend your stride. It has a built-in 7-inch web-enabled color touchscreen tablet. You can add iFit and connect your workout to Google Maps for a real outdoor simulation. Or, watch videos, etc. while you workout. It has 32 built-in workout programs. It has heart rate sensors in the handrails or you can connect to your own chest heart rate strap.

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Proform Pro 2000 Treadmill

Proform Pro 2000 Treadmill
Proform Pro 2000 Treadmill. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

There's a lot to like about this treadmill, including the great feature of both -3% decline as well as 15% incline. You can go both uphill and downhill. It's got a powerful 3.25 CHP motor and can serve walkers up to 350 pounds. It's iFit compatible and you can enjoy workouts powered by Google Maps with automatic speed and incline control, or train with Jillian Michaels. It includes a dual-grip heart rate monitor with a Polar wireless chest strap. TreadmillDoctor.com gives this its Best Buy Award 2013 in the $1000-$1299 range.

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Proform Power 995i Treadmill

ProForm Power 995i Treadmill
ProForm Power 995i Treadmill. Courtesy of Amazon.com

At under $1000, you get a powerful 3.0 CHP commercial motor and a long 60-inch belt. It is iFit ready. You can buy the iFit Live wireless module and use it to download personalized workouts and keep your online exercise profile updated. The treadmill itself comes with 30 workout programs. It has hand grip heart rate sensors to monitor your exertion level and tell you whether you are in your desired exercise zone, and is compatible with Polar heart rate monitor straps. The treadmill can handle users up to 350 pounds. It is a folding treadmill.

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Horizon T101 Treadmill

Horizon Fitness T101 Treadmill
Horizon Fitness T101 Treadmill. Courtesy of Amazon.com

This folding treadmill was ranked a Best Buy by TreadmillDoctor.com in 2013 and previous years as a low-budget treadmill from $400-$699. It has a 2.25 CHP motor and a 300-pound user weight limit. The deck is 55 inches long. It has an iPod port and a built-in sound system, plus a cooling fan. It comes with 30 programming options including a manual workout, 10 Step-goal workouts, 10 distance-based workouts, 6 calorie goal workouts and 3 intervals workouts

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Sole F63 Treadmill

Sole F63 Treadmill
Sole F63 Treadmill. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Sole F63 treadmill is the entry-level model, going for around $1,100. It has many of the same features as the F80. The main differences are the construction of the deck, a less expensive console and display, smaller rollers, and shorter warranty coverage. The overall construction and components make this a strong contender in its price range.

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