The world might be wildly changed in 2013. Whether the coast is clear or we face a zombie takeover, you’ll want to keep fit – and there will still be a few top treadmills you can rely on. Here are some of the new year’s best treadmill values in four favorite customer categories: folding treadmills, TV treadmills, incline trainers and iFit treadmills.
A Top Folding Treadmill – The ProForm PRO 2000
Folding treadmills may be relatively inexpensive, but they aren’t necessarily made cheaply. The ProForm PRO 2000 is one of the better options available for 2013. It’s sold with a generous warranty, which is a great indicator of the treadmill’s overall quality.
This model combines a space-saving design with ProForm’s latest technology: iFit personal training, 3” speakers for your MP3s, and a track that tilts both up and down for advanced toning. Unlike some other folding treadmills, in our review the PRO 2000 is stable for trainees weighing up to 350 pounds. Check it out!
An Affordable TV/Internet Treadmill
Some people are much more likely to exercise when distraction is involved. You know who you are! Motivation will abound with the NordicTrack Commercial 2450, a treadmill that’s luxurious enough to get the “commercial” name yet reasonably sized and priced for your home gym. What’s the big attraction? You decide: Owners get the treadmill industry’s largest touchscreen with Android browser, a 15” HDTV with five-year warranty, 40 built-in workouts plus iFit, and a super-capable but quiet 4.2 CHP motor. Wow. In our review, this five-star treadmill is one of our best buys for both 2012 and 2013.
A BowFlex TreadClimber
When the typical treadmill incline isn’t enough, you’re ready for a BowFlex TreadClimber. TreadClimbers have been likened to combinations of treadmills and elliptical trainers. You can work out at up to a 40 degree incline for almost incredible calorie burn and toning, yet you’ll put minimal stress on your joints.
The TC20 is our favorite TreadClimber model. It has the best combination of workout options and consumer protections. However, workout programs are still limited if you compare TreadClimbers with standard incline treadmills.
For maximum workout variety, choose a treadmill with iFit. With iFit your treadmill uses your home’s wireless Internet connection to access customized workouts and interactive workout features. iFit is available on many home treadmills from the ICON Fitness parent company, but we especially like the NordicTracks for their combinations of reasonable prices and quality.
The NordicTrack C 900 PRO Treadmill earns five stars in our review. We like the high-tech cushioning, the wireless heart rate monitoring, and the 3” speakers – but more importantly, 32 workout apps are included; if you ever want to drop your iFit membership, you’ll still have access to an excellent variety of cardio workouts. See more info on what iFit is and how it works below: