Update: See our revised best treadmills of 2020 roundup.
The most popular fitness machine in North America is the treadmill. In the US alone, about 50 million people will use treadmills this year! But some experiences will be much better than others. Here we present three of the best home treadmills for 2018 based on price, performance, durability and special features like incline and customized training from iFit Coach. Each treadmill frequently has an online sale price under $1,500 and carries a valuable five-year warranty on parts & electronics.
NordicTrack Commercial 1750
Year after year the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill is a bestseller for home exercise. This year, like other NordicTrack treadmills for 2018, it has the special appeal of letting you virtually train outdoors with GlobeTrek and Google Maps workouts by iFit Coach. Scenery moves at your pace! Automated incline and decline for the track help create the sensation of outdoor training while sculpting your muscles. Additionally the 1750 is the most affordable treadmill in NordicTrack’s best-made series — so overall the Commercial 1750 is capable, durable, and delivers top quality training on demand. On sale for $1,399 with a five-year parts warranty, the new 1750 is easily among the best home treadmills of 2018 sold for $1,500 or less.
First some basics for solid performance: Commercial Series treadmills are great matches for runners as well as walkers. For instance:
- The Commercial 1750 has a spacious workout surface (5 feet long x 22″ wide) to let you train at top speed without “living on the edge.” And to help you optimize floor space after exercising, the treadmill is foldable.
- The Commercial 1750 uses a 3.6 CHP belt motor, so it can supply more power than the typical treadmill under $1,500. We’d only recommend more horsepower if especially intense training is anticipated, or if a user is close to the machine’s weight limit of 300 pounds. The Commercial 2450 and 2950 have 4.0 CHP drives.
- Suspension on Commercial Series treadmills can reduce the jolt of running by about 30 percent. Runners Flex suspension can also be deactivated, which helps competitive runners prepare for outdoor races.
And now the fun features! The new Commercial 1750 has 38 built-in workouts and is paired with a year subscription to iFit Coach. With iFit Coach and home WiFi, you can run a new treadmill workout program anytime! You’ll also receive customized program suggestions everyday. The most engaging iFit Coach workouts are immersive: Gorgeous scenery synchronizes to your pace, and with interactive GlobeTrek™ videos a world-class personal trainer is your virtual companion. The treadmill’s 7″ display screen is high definition, and you can send iFit Coach to your own big screen (e.g., a TV) for more immersive views.
New for 2018, Bluetooth audio is a special feature on Commercial Series treadmills. Other specs include a web browser, a grip for your tablet computer, a wireless heart rate monitor, and AutoBreeze fans that adjust to your workout intensity. Also note that long-term stats tracking for multiple users is included with iFit Coach membership.
Overall the new Commercial 1750 Treadmill is one of the best choices for walkers, joggers and runners who appreciate digital media and would use iFit Coach personal training. On the best sale days the new Commercial 1750 sells for less than $1,500 including a valuable warranty, a year of iFit Coach personal training and free standard delivery in 48 states.
Sole F80 Treadmill
The new Sole F80 is a well-made home treadmill by Sole Fitness. On sale for $1,399 it’s a top value for shoppers who prioritize durability and comfort over special features like built-in browsers and interactive video training. Sole Fitness originally specialized in heavier duty treadmills for hotels, and now their home treadmills get the benefit of above-average parts. Examples on the Sole F80 Treadmill are a welded steel frame, a two-ply belt and a 3.5 CHP commercial motor with lifetime guarantee. And like the machines featured above, the Sole F80 has a spacious 22″ x 60″ running area but is foldable to conserve floor space.
For runners concerned about shock to their knees, the Sole F80 is an especially wise buy. Its suspension allows up to 40% less shock compared with asphalt tracks. This helps reduce the chance of exercise-related injury, and it also promotes your endurance. You can further reduce pressure over your knees by adding slope with the power incline button. The F80 has incline settings up to 15 percent.
Preset workout programs on Sole home treadmills are like those on classic health club treadmills with titles like “5K” and “Rolling Hills.” In addition to six standard workout routines the F80 has two heart rate controlled programs and lets you save two custom-designed programs to the console. This model also has Bluetooth for sharing workout stats with popular fitness apps such as FitBit, Apple Health and other fitness apps. The new F80 also has Bluetooth for MP3s.
At last check the best Sole F80 sale price was $1,399 including free delivery in 48 states.This cardio trainer is sold with a five-year parts warranty, just like its competitors above. Additionally Sole Fitness will pay for in-home labor instead of requiring customers to ship damaged products for repair.
ProForm PRO 9000
It’s deja vu! The new ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill is remarkably similar to the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 described above — and it’s built by the same manufacturer, ICON. Both models are enabled for iFit Coach, provide a touch screen with web browser, and have large running areas with power incline/decline settings from -3 to 15 percent. These fitness machines have identical warranties too: Lifetime coverage for the frame and motor, five years for parts, and two years for labor. Sale prices are similar, but the Pro 9000 costs a bit more at $1,499. So what are the main differences?
- The new ProForm Pro 9000 has a 4.0 CHP motor. The Commercial 1750 has a 3.6 CHP motor.
- The new Pro 9000 has a 10″ HD touchscreen with web browser. The 1750 has a 7″ HD touchscreen with web browser.
- The Pro 9000 uses ProShox cushioning. The Commercial 1750 uses Runners Flex cushioning, which is more effective at reducing impact to your joints.
As for workout programming, the Pro 9000 console has 32 preset workouts but iFit Coach training sessions are the focus. The new Pro 9000 (like the new NordicTrack 1750) is sold with a one-year iFit Coach subscription for customized daily workouts, diet advice, stats tracking and other personal training support. Each subscription can support up to four user profiles.
For extra motivation and to help with pacing, you can play your MP3s through the treadmill’s sound system; a plug-in port leads to 3″ stereo speakers. Additionally you can dock your own tablet computer for multitasking and entertainment.
The new Pro 9000 Treadmill has a web sale price of $1,499 plus the cost of iFit Coach. Free shipping is included except to homes in Alaska and Hawaii.
A Quick Review…
Best Home Treadmills of 2018 — Key Specs:
Above we’ve shared three of the best home treadmills of 2018. Here’s a quick review of their sale prices and continuous horsepower.
|NordicTrack Commercial 1750||22″ X 60″||3.6 CHP Motor|
|Sole F80 Treadmill||22″ X 60″||3.5 CHP Motor|
|ProForm PRO 9000||22″ X 60″||4.0 HP|
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