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Best Budget Treadmills


Updated May 16, 2014

Treadmills in this price range vary from very basic non-motorized treadmills to models for runners. In the last few years several manufacturers have made some impressive strides in the $1,000-$1,500 range. They are backing them up with extensive warranties. The treadmill recommendations below are based on a number of factors, including third party reviews, customer testimonials, company reputation and warranties.

1. Sole F80 Treadmill

Sole F80 Treadmill
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Sole treadmills have received a "Best Buy" rating two years in a row from Treadmill Doctor. Their residential models are used by the Hilton chain for in-room exercising, which says something about the durability of the machines. The Sole F80 features include 2.5 hp continuous duty motor, 55" length deck, wireless heart rate control, and 2.75" rollers, five window display and sturdy 250 lb weight. The speed and incline controls are conveniently located on the handlebars. You can make adjustments without breaking your stride. The 2-year service warranty can't be found on any other treadmills for under $3,000.
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2. Smooth 5.65 Folding Treadmill

Smooth 5.65 Treadmill
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Smooth Fitness has always had a strong contender at about $1,000. The Smooth 5.65 is an update to their best selling 5.45. The 2.5 HP continuous duty motor has a lifetime guarantee. There is a generous selection of workouts, including heart rate controlled workouts and nine workout profiles - enough for a big family! Smooth has a 3-year parts warranty.
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3. Proform Pro 2000 Treadmill

Proform Pro 2000 Treadmill
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There's a lot to like about this treadmill, including the great feature of both -3% decline as well as 15% incline. You can go both uphill and downhill. It's got a powerful 3.25 CHP motor and can serve walkers up to 350 pounds. It's iFit compatible and you can enjoy workouts powered by Google Maps with automatic speed and incline control, or train with Jillian Michaels. It includes a dual-grip heart rate monitor with a Polar wireless chest strap. TreadmillDoctor.com gives this its Best Buy Award 2013 in the $1000-$1299 range.
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4. Sole F63 Treadmill

Sole F63 Treadmill
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The Sole F63 treadmill is the entry-level model, going for around $1,100. It has many of the same features as the F80. The main differences are the construction of the deck, a less expensive console and display, smaller rollers, and shorter warranty coverage. The overall construction and components make this a strong contender in its price range.
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5. Proform Power 995c Treadmill

Proform 995c Treadmill
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At under $1000, you get a powerful 3.0 cph commercial motor and a long 60-inch belt. It is iFit ready. You can buy the iFit Live wireless module and use it to download personalized workouts and keep your online exercise profile updated. The treadmill itself comes with 30 workout programs. It has hand grip heart rate sensors to monitor your exertion level and tell you whether you are in your desired exercise zone, and is compatible with Polar heart rate monitor straps. The treadmill can handle users up to 350 pounds. It is a folding treadmill. It got the Best Buy award in 2013 from TreadmillDoctor.com in the $700-$999 price category.
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6. Horizon T101 Treadmill

Horizon Fitness T101 Treadmill
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This folding treadmill was ranked a Best Buy by TreadmillDoctor.com in 2013 and previous years as a low-budget treadmill from $400-$699. It has a 2.25 chp motor and a 300 pound user weight limit. The deck is 55 inches long. It has an iPod port and a built-in sound system, plus a cooling fan. It comes with 30 programming options including a manual workout, 10 Step-goal workouts, 10 distance-based workouts, 6 calorie-goal workouts and 3 intervals workouts
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7. NordicTrack C900 Treadmill

NordicTrack C900 Treadmill
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A leading consumer magazine gave the C900 its top rating for folding treadmills for 2012. It has a powerful 3.0 hp motor and many advanced features. It has 32 built-in workouts, including a track workout. It is iFit Live compatible, enabling you to download new daily workouts, such as those by Jillian Michaels. Or use iFit Live's Google Maps feature to virtually walk or run anyplace on the planet -- the treadmill adjusts incline to the map! It has a port for your iPod or other music player and a workout fan. Monitor your heart rate with either the pulse monitor or the included wireless chest strap. The weight limit is 350 pounds and it has a 60-inch long deck for longer strides. It has a lifetime warranty on the motor and frame, 3 years on parts, 1 year labor.
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8. Horizon Fitness Livestrong 10.0T Treadmill

Livestrong LS10.0T Treadmill
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This treadmill was rated a Best Buy by TreadmillDoctor.com for the 2012 reviews for treadmills under $999. It has a 2.75 hp motor and a user weight limit of 325 pounds. Besides the ten pre-programmed workouts, it comes equipped with Livestrong Interactive. You use the included USB stick to track your treadmill workout on the Livestrong.com web site. You can also download free workouts by Lance Armstrong's coach, Peter Park. It has an iPod port and built-in speakers, cooling fan, and grip pulse monitors. The warranty is lifetime on the motor and frame, three years on parts, one year labor. It is only available in Canada. Vendor Site

9. NordicTrack Commercial 1500

NordicTrack Commercial 1500 Treadmill
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This is a treadmill with commercial-grade cushioning and a long deck for a home treadmill price. It is a folding treadmill with assisted lift. It has a powerful 3.25 HP motor, a weight limit up to 350 pounds. It has 24 built-in workouts. You can expand those with the optional iFit Live internet-connected unit which downloads customized workouts and allows you to track your workouts online.  It has grip heart rate monitors to monitor your workout intensity. It has a built-in iPod dock with two speakers. Treadmill Doctor gave it a Best Buy rating. This model has been discontinued but you may be able to find it on close-out or used

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