Treadmill Reviews by Industry Experts
Owner, Brad Heath at Johnson Health Headquarters of Horizon and Vision Fitness
You just decided to purchase a treadmill to improve your health and overall fitness. The next challenge is choosing the right machine for your body and budget.
Treadmills vary in price from $500 to $6,000 with quality ranging from outstanding to near pathetic. This site will help you navigate the many options with video reviews, feature explanations, and behind-the-scene impressions gained during our factory visits. Our team includes industry experts who have personally tested the treadmills, visited the companies, and can help you avoid a costly bad decision.
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Price Range: $200 - $699
For those on a limited budget, the Horizon T101 is our recommendation at around $649. This treadmill is best suited for walkers and light joggers. Horizon is manufactured by Johnson Fitness based out of Wisconsin. This company also manufactures the extremely popular Matrix brand and they are known for using high quality components for very low maintenance machines. The Horizon T101 is a straight-forward and well-built machine that will help you reach your fitness goals. Click to read our Review Here
and learn how Horizon’s unique vertical integration sets their machines a cut above the rest. Normally in this pricing category you sacrifice quality and/or service but with Horizon, you are backed by excellent components and impeccable customer service. Or visit the manufacturer at JohnsonFit.com
Runner-up: $1,000 - $1,499
Sole is known for producing durable machines that are equipped with the necessities to get the job done. We recently visited Sole North American headquarters and one of the designers told us Sole invest in producing the highest quality treadmills at the lowest cost. He indicated they tend to focus on durable belts, rollers, bearings and providing customers with an awesome workout experience. In our opinion, their emphasis seems to be more on what a treadmill is designed for (walking and running) and less on breakable distractions such as touch screen displays. For an in depth analysis on the Sole F80
, click here or you may also visit Sole's website
to learn more.
Price Range: $1,000 - $1,499
If you’re sick of staring at blank walls during your indoor workouts, you should consider the innovative features of iFit Live available on the NordicTrack 1750. This machine allows you to download workouts from trainers like Jillian Michaels, track your progress online, and simulate exciting outdoor courses (hills and all!) using Google Maps. On top of that, the NordicTrack 1750 has some impressive specs including a 3.5 HP motor, a spacious 22”x 60” treadbelt, sound system, color touch screen display, and a 5-year parts / 2-year labor warranty. These are some pretty hefty specs considering this price range! Click the link above to read our full review or visit www.NordicTrack.com
to learn more.
Runner-up: $1,500 - $1,999
The NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer offers a unique concept for a cardio machine. Although you can run on it, it is primarily designed to walk at extreme inclines, like hiking a mountain. You can incline up to 40%, and to simulate going up and down hills you can decline to 6%. The advantages are you get an intense cardio burn, plus there is less shock and impact to your body because you are walking. The NordicTrack X9i Incline Traienr comes with an extra long 62" belt, and you get a 10" Android browser that also lets you access the Internet. Read our full review here
as this is one of NordicTracks hottest sellers. Also visit the manufacturer site at www.NordicTrack.com
to learn more.
Price Range: $1,500 - $1,999
Our team recently returned from Yowza Fitness Headquarters in FL which is the manufacturer of Yowza Equipment. Prior to our visit other brands were featured in this pricing category. (cough, cough, we removed them!) After meeting the engineers at Yowza and spending two full days testing their equipment, we quickly updated our reviews to reflect our positive experience. Features such as a patented swing arm suspension system, Intelligent Weight Management, and motion speed control make this treadmill very appealing. Read our complete Review Here
as we feel with a 10 year parts warranty and customer service you expect, this treadmill will last you a long time. Also, visit the manufacturer at YowzaFitness.com
Price Range: $700 - $999
ProForm has received our Best Buy recommendation on their ellipticals for many years based on design and satisfaction. While Proform has offered treadmills in the past, we never recommended their budget models. With recent quality enhancements we now feel ProForm is a major player in this pricing category. For a folding treadmill in the budget category, The ProForm PRO 1000 should be your choice. This treadmill blows away the competition pumped with features such as a long 20x60" deck. Read our Results Here
as we have personally tested this machine against competitors in the same price range and the ProForm PRO 1000 gets our "thumbs up" Best Buy award. Also, visit www.ProForm.com/Treadmills
to learn more.
Price Range: $2,000 - $2,499
The Daytona Plus is a heavy duty machine that can handle the abuse of constant running. It comes with an impressive warranty for lifetime motor, 5-years parts, and 2-years labor. On top of that, it includes features like Intelligent Weight Management, MyLiveLight fitness tracking, and an astounding 63” deck length. One of the top things we like about this company is their personalized customer service. They give each buyer quality attention! Read our complete Review Here.
You’ll learn about Yowza Fitness’s patented swing arm suspension system and convenient motion activated speed control. Also, visit the manufacturer at YowzaFitness.com
Price Range: $2,500 - $2,999
One of the most innovative inventions we have seen, the Bowflex TC200 offers an alternative to a stair stepper, elliptical and a treadmill. It's designed primarily for walking but you can increase the incline to achieve equal calorie burning from running without the impact on your joints. Read our full Review Here
to learn the benefits of the Bowflex TC200. Also, you may want to visit the Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 Bowflex Catalog
Price Range: $3,000+
The frame and the components on the Life Fitness T5 Treadmill are commercial grade which makes this one of the most durable on the market. The 7 year parts warranty is evidence of its dependability. However, that is only half of the story. The Life Fitness T5 is designed with biomechanical and ergonomic features that give it one of the most rewarding treadmill workouts in the industry. Read our complete Review Here
as our team tested all Life Fitness products and reported "the shock absorption is exceptional". In addition, at this pricing range we highly recommend the Track+ console option as it's well worth the additional investment. Check out the manufacturer's website at LifeFitness.com
How We Determine Our Treadmill Reviews and Ratings
It’s our mission to create treadmill reviews that help YOU find the Best Treadmill.
Our site is different from other review sites because we actually visit the treadmill companies and try out the machines. Plus, our team includes experts with over 18 years in the industry. Most other review sites simply rehash the standard information found on company websites without ever running a step. All of our reviews are based on the following:
Interviews with Manufacturers — We travel across the country to talk with company owners, product managers, and see customer service reps face-to-face. We also personally test the machines! We know details you would never find on a manufacturer’s website.
Visits to Fitness Equipment Stores — We talk with the people who sell and repair treadmills. These professionals are an important resource in determining which treadmills offer the most value for your money.
Customer Reviews — We keep in regular contact with treadmill customers to learn how the machines are performing during real-life use.
It is our hope that this site helps you find the perfect treadmill to match your body and budget!
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