The best treadmills for your home gym, Business Insider – Business Insider Singapore
Editor’s note: Due to high demand, many of the selections here are either limited in stock or back-ordered. We will update this piece with new picks or purchase options as best we can.
When building a home gym, you’ll find plenty of strange equipment on the market. There are at-home personal trainers masquerading as mirrors and interactive punching bags that turn your living room into a boxing gym. Some are even reminiscent of ancient torture devices rather than helpful weight-loss machines.
But few at-home options have endured the changing landscape of at-home fitness quite like the treadmill. It’s easy to see why, too. They’re great for maintaining cardio fitness, preparing for road races like 2-milers or 5Ks, or serving as a complement to your weekly workout routine – especially for anyone who doesn’t have time to always make it to a physical gym or run outside.
Compared to other types of machines, treadmills are also just dead simple to use. You simply run or walk on the belt, and a motor moves the belt under your feet at whatever speed you select. But treadmills offer a whole host of different features that’ll help you gain exactly the kinds of training and health benefits you need. Some treadmills are advanced, offering high-tech features like touchscreen displays and live-streamed classes, while others are more basic.
We’ve included a variety of treadmill types at a number of price points to help you find the best option for your needs. Be aware, though, treadmills are expensive and cheaper models don’t always last as long or work as well in the long run.
Here are the best treadmills you can buy:
Updated on 4/24/2020 by Rick Stella: Checked the availability of each pick and updated stock where we could (many are either limited in stock or currently back-ordered), removed the NordicTrack C990 as it’s completely out of stock across multiple retailers. Currently testing new treadmill options.
The best treadmill overall
The ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill is a race-trainers dream that’s versatile enough for the casual runner, too.
Runners looking for a treadmill with good all-around training capabilities and host of useful features will like the reasonably-priced ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill.
It has a 3.5-horsepower motor, which allows it to stand up to daily use, and it boasts a belt deck that measures 22 by 60 inches, which is perfect for most runners. When you’re training for races with hills, you’ll appreciate this treadmill’s ability to reach a 15% incline and a 3% decline, which better simulates hills than most other treadmills.
The ProForm treadmill also has a number of techy features, including a 7-inch screen that’s compatible with iFit workouts, a music port for iPods, and many workout apps. It also has ProShox Cushioning to lessen the impact for runners.
Pros: Good motor, large running belt of 22 by 60 inches, includes both an incline and a decline setting, offers good interval training features
Cons: Customer service may be disappointing if you have problems, very heavy treadmill
The best treadmill for quiet workouts
The 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill delivers excellent performance and runs quieter than most treadmills.
Few treadmills made for use at home will deliver the kind of quiet performance that the 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill delivers. It’s made for tall or heavy runners looking a tough workout, but you’ll pay more than $3,000 for the kind of quality that this 3G Cardio unit delivers.
It has an Ortho Flex Shock suspension system to minimize the stress of impact for runners, and the 22 by 62-inch platform is perfect for running.
The 3G Cardio comes with many pre-programmed workouts and a fitness level test. You have access to speed and elevation settings, heart rate control, and workout customization. This treadmill also has a 4.0 horsepower motor and 3-inch rollers for great performance.
As you would expect with a treadmill with such a high price point, the 3G Cardio Elite consists of thick steel tubing in the frame. It’s also rather expensive, so this is really only for serious runners who want a treadmill that will last a lifetime.
Pros: Strong steel frame that will support a lot of weight, unit runs quieter than most treadmills, large treadmill belt area for tall runners, includes a large motor to compare favorably to gym treadmills
Cons: Extremely high price point, very heavy equipment that is difficult to move around
The best high-end treadmill
The Peloton Tread has a steep price tag but offers the same high-quality daily workout classes and a deep well of content fans of its popular stationary bike have come to expect.
Editor’s note: According to a published blog post, Peloton announced it has immediately suspended any sales and deliveries of the Tread. Anyone waiting for a purchased Tread will have their money refunded and will be notified as soon as Tread sales and deliveries begin again.
Peloton’s made its name by peddling (and quite literally pedaling) its popular stationary bike and companion workout classes for the last several years. With the Tread, the company used that same tried-and-true formula to deliver a high-quality treadmill experience.
Where the Tread differs from traditional treadmills is both with its intuitive design and built-in display. On either arm of the unit are two dials, one to increase or decrease speed and another to increase or decrease the incline angle. Each dial turns smoothly enough that you’re able to easily adjust either metric with the speed or incline quickly following suit.
Peloton’s thoughtful design also extends to its low-impact slat belt that works well to absorb shock while also not being terribly loud as you run. This also means that it allows for a much smoother and comfortable run experience.
A Peloton workout unit wouldn’t be complete without a massive display sitting front and center, and the Tread is no different, sporting a gorgeous 32-inch touchscreen monitor. The display is where the Peloton magic happens, as it’s able to stream the live and pre-recorded classes, shows your in-class stats such as time and distance ran, and is your navigation tool for Peloton’s content library. There’s even a 20-watt built-in soundbar that flanks the bottom of the screen capable of pumping out impressive quality sound.
Then there’s the price. Starting at $4,295 for the basic package, the Tread is no drop in the bucket. Factor in the recurring $39 subscription package for access to Peloton’s content and you end up with quite the investment. Still, if you’re able to afford it, the quality of the Tread, as well as the benefit of its workout and wide range of content, make it one of our favorite treadmills on the market.
Pros: Intuitive design, easy-to-use speed and incline dials, beautiful 32-inch touchscreen display with built-in soundbar, and access to Peloton’s deep library of workout content
Cons: Expensive initial investment and recurring subscription fee
The best budget treadmill
Compared to other budget fold-up treadmills, the Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill has nice features and good performance.
Saving space with a fold-up treadmill is a great idea for a lot of people. However, most fold-up treadmills don’t offer a lot of power.
So understanding some of the natural limitations of fold-up treadmills, you’ll like the Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill, which works well for walkers and people on a budget. However, this model really isn’t made for runners looking for high-end workouts.
It has a 55-inch belt length, a maximum 10 mph speed, and a 2.25-horsepower motor, which is good for walkers. The T101-04 treadmill is easy to fold up for storage and is a great value for those who need basic features for walking or light running.
Pros: Very good price point for an entry-level treadmill, will save space with a fold-up design, runs quieter than most budget-priced treadmills, works better for walkers and light runners
Cons: Only a 55-inch belt length, not really made for high-end running workouts, longevity is questionable
The best shock-absorbing treadmill
The LifeSpan TR3000i uses an extensive shock absorption system to take some pressure off your joints while running.
Some people dislike working out on a treadmill because of the pressure it places on their joints. The LifeSpan TR3000i attempts to alleviate some of this pressure by using a shock absorption system in the treadmill’s deck.
It has a 20 x 56-inch running surface, 15 incline levels, and a 6-inch LCD screen that shows your time, calories, distance, steps, heart rate, speed, and incline. The eight shock absorber elements in the deck ensure that it’s very stable and comfortable to run on.
Beyond its shock-absorbing capabilities, the TR3000i has a number of fun features to give you variety in your workouts, including a tablet holder, a USB charging port, and compatibility with iPods.
Pros: Good price for a mid-range treadmill, unit folds up to save storage space, extensive shock absorption system, good feature set versus other models in this price range
Cons: Not really designed for high-end workouts, build quality of treadmill is questionable
How to choose the right treadmill for you
Types of treadmills
According to Consumer Reports, treadmills will fit into three basic categories, based on the type of workouts they can handle.
Key features of treadmills
As treadmills have evolved, companies have added many high-tech features. However, don’t let yourself focus only on the bells and whistles on expensive treadmills. Pay attention to the physical parts of the treadmill to find the best possible unit for your needs.
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