Best Treadmills of 2017

Best TreadmillOur experts top choices for the best treadmills feature innovative models by both well-established and newer fitness equipment manufacturers. With such a large variety of brands and models available, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Our editors help make the research process easier for you by evaluating treadmills based on criteria from price to performance and everything in-between. They've picked their favorites within each category. Choose which best fits your needs to see their top treadmill favorites in each section.

Which is the best treadmill for home use? For those looking for a great all around quality treadmill that is feature-packed, we recommend spending roughly $1,500. The following list contains our 3 best buy picks and consumer favorites, which are great treadmills for a majority of users and are around this price range.

Best Treadmills – Top 3 Favorites

Model Console Motor Incline Lowest Price
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 7” Color Touchscreen 3.8 HP -3 to 15% See best price »
Sole F80 9” White Backlit LCD 3.5 HP 0 to 15% See best price »
Matrix TF30 Varies 3.25 HP 0 to 15% See best price »

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Best Treadmills for Home Use

Having a treadmill in your home is the ultimate convenience and conducive to staying in-shape and fit-minded. Treadmill technology and features have come a long way, making it easy to get a club-like workout (or better) from home. We have chosen the best treadmill models in this category with powerful motors and quality decks, along with impressive entertainment offerings.

Best Folding Treadmills

Folding treadmills are excellent space savers but some folding treadmills are built with a flimsy deck that can be noisy and unreliable, which really takes away from the whole convenience factor or a folding deck. Finding a top treadmill that features a folding frame design that is both easy to use and sturdy can be difficult, but we have chosen leading models that don't compromise safety or durability for convenience.

Best Treadmills for Runners

It’s a fact; runners need top shock absorption to protect the joints from the harsh impact of running. Each brand has their own shock absorption technology and features to help add to the comfort of the running deck, but of course some are better than others. The best treadmills we have chosen in this category are built for both comfort and performance, featuring advanced shock absorption technology and impressive speed and incline controls to simulate varying terrain, ideal for runners who are also training for a race or marathon.

Best Treadmills For Serious Runners

Serious runners look for three key traits in a treadmill: excellent cushioning, a spacious track and a high top speed. Many look for treadmills with automated inclines too. Cushioning on treadmills for serious runners can deflect shock much better than asphalt can, so investing in a high quality machine can help extend each training session and a runner's career. The leading treadmills we highlight in this category have at least 60” tracks, can exceed 12 mph and have a wide range of incline settings.

Best Commercial Treadmills

It’s obvious, commercial treadmills should have different features than standard residential treadmills because the needs are different. Most of these features are designed to make your life easier with less maintenance required and features that make these trainers super versatile and some of the best on the market.

Best Treadmills For Walkers

Walking still puts a lot impact on the joints, so shock absorption is equally important here, but other comfort and convenience features make these top models stand out specifically for walkers. The models we have chosen for this category feature incredible incline and decline capabilities and unique designs that are perfect for low impact exercise.

Best Cross-Training Treadmills

Training for a race or recovering from an injury? These cross-training treadmills are ideal for runners or walkers who also want to change things up and get the multiple benefits of working a variety of muscle groups. From super steep inclines that resemble a stair climber to integrated belts that mimic the stride of an elliptical trainer, these cross-training treadmills bring adaptability and performance.

Best Incline Trainers

These incline trainers simulate steep grades for top interval and performance training. Go for hill sprints or trek up a mountainous summit with these trainers that are designed with the steepest incline and decline offerings available. You won't find traditional treadmills offering up to 40% incline, and these trainers are designed to help you torch calories and tone muscles. Whether walking or running, these incline trainers are high-performance trainers that take the treadmill one step further.

Best Treadmill Desks

Treadmill desks make it easy to stay fit while being productive. We all know sitting at a desk all day is hazardous to our health, and using a treadmill desk can help to alleviate those health concerns by keeping you on your feet versus plopped in a desk all day. Top features we have considered on these treadmills include an ergonomic design where everything is in reach and also adjustable, as well as the motor to ensure these models are both quiet and powerful.

Best Treadmill Alternatives

Our top treadmill alternatives are from NordicTrack and BowFlex. Each product shown below can outperform the best treadmills when evaluated for calorie burn, joint protection and training options. These multipurpose fitness machines make it easy to focus on specific muscle groups and avoid the stress of high-impact exercise.

Best Cheap Treadmills

Price is one of the first things you notice when looking to buy a treadmill and if you're looking to get started for under $800, these are our top picks. On the flip side, you also want a quality treadmill that will last, with a reputation for durability. You won't see any 5-star machines here, but let us help you save money with this list of some of the best cheap treadmills that are cheap in price, but not cutting corners in quality.

Best Treadmills Under $1,000

It is possible to get a quality treadmill for less than $1,000, and these top picks prove just that! These models are by reputable brands and don’t compromise comfort and performance features for price. These models include the basic convenience offerings and advanced consoles that provide unique goal tracking and entertainment options too.

Best Treadmills Under $1,500

For $1,500, you can easily find a treadmill that comes with innovative features and a well-built frame, and these are a few of our favorites. These models offer more attractive entertainment packages than the $1,000 models, so you get a few more bells and whistles but we consider these models worth the extra $500. Our top choices for this category include models that are priced ideally for what they offer.

Best Treadmills Under $2,000

Once you go over that $1,500 price point, you should really start seeing more powerful drive systems and more impressive entertainment packages like large touchscreen displays and internet connectivity. Don't be tricked into paying more for flashy features that mean nothing. At this price point, we have picked the best models that offer adjustable options and performance features that make these treadmills incredibly versatile.

Best Treadmills Under $2,500

Browsing online for $2,000 to $2,500 treadmills, it's easy to find great choices for your home gym or light commercial fitness center. This price class features plenty of high-end cardio trainers built for years of daily use. Most shoppers can find everything on their treadmill wishlist too: Our best treadmills in this category are above average in terms of performance, electronics, special features and customer service.

Best High-End Treadmills

If you are looking for a treadmill that will last for years to come, and offer top of line offerings in innovative features, these high-end treadmills are for you. With impressive entertainment packages like web-enabled touch screens, to high-performance features like super powerful, commercial-grade drive systems, these treadmills are all around quality, durable, reliable trainers.

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