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Best Premium Treadmill - Readers' Choice Awards 2012

Winner and Finalists

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Updated June 11, 2014

Readers voted from among these five finalists for their favorite premium treadmill for 2012. The prize: bragging rights.Which would be your dream treadmill with the power and features you want?

Winner: Bowflex TreadClimber TC20

Blowflex TreadClimber TC20
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The TreadClimber is not a traditional treadmill. It combines the motions of a treadmill, elliptical and stairstepper. If you have trouble getting your heart rate up at walking speed on a traditional treadmill, you'll have no problem getting to gasping level with the TreadClimber. You can burn 3.5 times the calories you would on treadmill. Yet it is a low-impact exercise. This is the dream machine for those who want to burn more calories in less time at lower speeds. It also takes up less floor space than a traditional treadmill.

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True ES900 Treadmill

True ES900 Treadmill
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The True ES900 has a top-of-the-line price to match its heavy-duty commercial treadmill construction quality. Yet, they also put thought into making it look great in your home fitness room. It has a very beefy 4.0-horsepower motor. Worried that the kids or the dog will start it up and hurt themselves? You can password-protect the starting system. With its select-soft system, you can choose how firm you want the running/walking surface to be. The True ES900 has both a digital contact heart-rate monitoring system and a Polar wireless heart-rate monitor.

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Cybex 770 T Treadmill

Cybex 770 T Treadmill
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The Cybex 770 T features stability, greater comfort and more entertainment options. The Cybex E3 View embedded monitor provides three viewing modes on a 15.6-inch high definition screen.

 

True PS800 Treadmill

True PS800 Treadmill
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The PS800 also has a 4.0-horsepower motor and is made of commercial-grade materials, but it is a couple thousand dollars easier on the wallet than the True ES900. It was a Best Buy by Consumers Digest two years in a row and a Top Pick from Runner's World magazine. It has an orthopedic belt to help reduce impact on knees and ankles. The treadmill belt is reversible, which extends its lifespan before you need to replace it.

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True PS300 Treadmill

True PS300 Treadmill
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The True PS300 was the Treadmill Doctor's 2012 Best Buy in the $3,000 price range. The PS300 features commercial-grade materials and is backed by a seven-year parts warranty. The PS300 offers one of the largest running surfaces in the industry and a True orthopedic belt.

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