1 in 4 American deaths are associated with mostly-preventable heart disease, while obesity rates are still on the rise. It’s easy to see that many of us could use a little more exercise.
But who has time to go to the gym?
Whether you are training for a marathon or simply want to shed a few pounds, whether you are under orders from your doctor or just want to keep up with your children on the playground, a treadmill can help you reach your fitness goals without leaving your home.
Let’s take a quick look at the most important differences and similarities among different models of treadmill. After scanning through this table, you should be able to quickly narrow down your choices and focus on your best options.
Good: Made for everyone but able to accommodate those with larger builds, this advanced treadmill boasts several add-on features and a strong motor.
Not so good: You will not be able to collapse this treadmill and shove it in your closet for storage.
Bottom Line: Assuming you have the space to keep it out in the open, this treadmill is bound to satisfy taller and heavier runners.
Good: Able to pull off 12 miles an hour and equipped with a fan to let you feel the breeze, this is a great treadmill for serious cardio workouts.
Not so good: Its excessive weight – though not outrageous for a heavy-duty treadmill – may be more than some people want or can handle.
Bottom Line: Considering its many good qualities (see the full review), we think this treadmill is very fairly priced for what you get.
Good: Above average in many ways, this treadmill sets itself apart with a great warranty, iFit compatibility, and a few other nice extras.
Not so good: It’s is a little large for some indoor spaces, while really fast runners might be disappointed.
Bottom Line: Offering very good build quality and a smooth running action, this is a good machine available at a fair price.
Good: Built with simplicity and affordability in mind, this machine manages to give you some extra functionality without costing an arm and a leg.
Not so good: The 50-inch-long belt makes this machine uncomfortable to use if you have a long stride length.
Bottom Line: If you don’t need a long belt and prefer a simple design with manual incline adjustment, you’ll find this to be a nice, affordable, compact treadmill.
Good: Even at a low price, this machine packs a strong motor capable of powering up to 10MPH and can even automatically adjust the incline of the running surface.
Not so good: Doesn’t come with nearly as many features as a higher-priced model, nor is the frame as heavy-duty.
Bottom Line: Good for walking and low-impact running, this treadmill is a good choice for those who are just starting out.
Good: With a simple design that allows you to choose your settings with the quick push of a few buttons, this machine is one of the easiest to use but still comes with advanced features.
Not so good: This treadmill takes up more space than others with similar 55-inch belt lengths, and you may not enjoy folding it out of the way if you have a bad back.
Bottom Line: If you have the floor space to house it or you’re confident that you can fold it without assistance, this is a good machine for people who want robust simplicity at a fair price.
Good: Able to charge your devices, sync automatically to MyFitnessPal, hold up to 4 user profiles, and equipped with a 12% incline, this is a pretty impressive treadmill.
Not so good: With an excess of buttons and options, the complicated control panel requires a bit of a learning curve.
Bottom Line: Technologically advanced, this is a great machine for people who want to track their exercise sessions meticulously.
Good: Able to relay information to your favorite fitness app using a USB drive, this treadmill allows you to track your efforts while getting off the wi-fi and eliminating distractions.
Not so good: The same thing we think of as a plus also makes it terrible for some people – having to transfer data using a USB stick isn’t all that convenient.
Bottom Line: Whether or not this is the right treadmill for you depends on the level of connection you want to the outside world as you run.
Good: Able to connect to the internet with its 10-inch, touchscreen browser that doubles as a display and options menu, this is much more than a simple treadmill.
Not so good: As with any digital device, figuring out the interfaces and setup can be difficult.
Bottom Line: Its major selling feature, the screen, is only one of the appealing attributes this machine offers; it’s a clear favorite for us.
Good: This compact machine is easy to fold and even easier to move, weighing in at only 70 pounds.
Not so good: It is made for people who weigh less than 220 pounds and have relatively short strides.
Bottom Line: As long as you’re short enough to use this treadmill safely, its lightweight design and low profile make it ideal for people with small homes and tight budgets.
Good: With speed setting buttons built into the handlebars of this treadmill, you don’t have to lift your hands to change the settings.
Not so good: You will have to get off the machine whenever you want to adjust the incline level.
Bottom Line: You get what you pay for a lot of the time, and the low price of this machine is probably why it has some good features but isn’t quite up to par in other ways.
Good: Capable of providing an uphill or downhill running experience and compatible with iFit and Google Maps, this machine gives a passable simulation of outdoor road running.
Not so good: At a full 80 inches long, this machine will be a tight fit in most apartments and smaller houses.
Bottom Line: If you insist on something that simulates real outdoor running, this is definitely worth its price and the hassle of finding room for it.