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Best Mid-Priced Treadmills - Readers' Choice Awards 2013

Winner and Finalists


Updated June 01, 2014

Meet the winner and finalists for best treadmill priced between $1,500 to $3,000. We take nominations from readers for our yearly awards, select up to five finalists, and then open it to our readers for voting. For more information see our FAQ. The prize: bragging rights.

1. Winner: True M50 Treadmill

True M50 Treadmill
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One nominator said, "The M50 features a softer deck, resulting in less stress on your ankles, knees, hips, and back." The True M50 treadmill has a small 74-inch footprint to fit better into your home workout room. The orthopedic belt is softer in front where your foot strikes, then firmer in back so you can get a good, stable push-off. It has heart-rate controlled workouts and is Polar monitor compatible. The motor is 3.0 horsepower.
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2. Smooth 9.35 Treadmill

Smooth 9.35 Treadmill
Smooth Fitness
The Smooth 9.35 has a big 4.0 horsepower continuous-duty motor that can handle users up to 400 pounds. New for 2013, it has tablet-based and iPod-based controls. You can download the free Smooth Virtual Trainer and exercise to high-definition videos of spectacular scenery. Your treadmill will change incline and resistance to match the terrain. The trainer also saves your workout history. If you want to watch your own videos on your tablet, the app lets you have a heads-up display of your workout. The treadmill has very handy handrail controls for speed and incline.

3. Precor 9.23 Treadmill

Precor 9.31 Treadmill
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One nominator said, "The Precor 9.23 is the most affordable treadmill from Precor. Buying premium quality equipment is important for injury prevention, reliability and durability. Precor is used in health clubs, hotels and training facilities. The 9.23 is not the least expensive, but is a great value in treadmills under $2000." It has foot-plant technology that senses your foot strike and adjusts the treadmill speed as much as 710 times a minute. It has a 3.0-horsepower motor.
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4. Bodyguard Fitness T240S

Bodyguard T240S
Bodyguard Fitness ©
Nominators said, "A consistent reliable treadmill with a proven track record of excellence. Premium BDS shock absorption system, Unique Electronic Stride Control feature that improves running mechanics on an incline by not allowing the belt to overspeed and Bodyguard's exclusive AFDS Protective Software."
"Great cushioning system. Best feeling treadmill I tested and I tested a lot. Very smooth and easy to access programs. GREAT warranty too!"

5. AFG 5.1 AT Treadmill

AFG 5.1AT Treadmill
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This treadmill received Treadmill Doctor's Runner-up Best Buy designation in 2012. One nominator cited the powerful motor, smooth quiet ride, and high-enough incline. It has a 3.0 CHP motor for users up to 300 pounds. The incline goes up to 15%, so you can get in your hill workouts. You can set two user profiles. It has target heart rate workouts as well as Speed Intervals, Peak Intervals, Stamina Builder, Weight Loss, Golf Course, Foot Hills, Mountain Climb, and HR Intervals.
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