Shopping for a new treadmill? With such a huge selection of machines on the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Fortunately, our experts have pulled together a list of today’s best treadmills to make your search a little easier.
The selection below is comprised of innovative models from both established and up-and-coming fitness brands. We cover everything you need to know before you buy. This includes the key specifications of each treadmill, from the motor (performance, quality, and speed), to the workout options, warranty, price range and beyond. And if you’re looking for a specific type of treadmill–like the top model for interactive streaming or the most budget-friendly buy–we’ve picked out the top machine in that category to help further streamline your search.
Discover the best treadmills on the market below. Want to get to grips with the basics before you start your search? Scroll down to our Essential Treadmill Features section to learn more about what to look out for when shopping for a new treadmill.
PowerMax Fitness TD-M1 2HP Pre-Installed Motorised Treadmill
While you can certainly find less expensive treadmills, the Horizon Fitness T101 is the best intersection of price and features, making it an excellent value. It is a somewhat small treadmill at just 20 x 55 inches and powered by a modest 2.25 CHP motor, but it still offers the essential specs that even a beginner will probably want, such as speeds up to 10 mph and an incline up to 10 percent. Heart rate is measured through the hand grips, and a small cooling fan helps keep you from melting on hot workout days. There’s an easy to use command center console and Bluetooth connectivity that lets you play audio from your phone through built-in speakers. And the treadmill comes with about 30 pre-set workouts programs.
Despite offering all those basics, it still manages to fold up—similar to the way the ProForm SMART Pro 2000 folds up, though perhaps not as efficiently—so it can take up less space when not in use.
ProForm SMART Pro 2000
The ProForm SMART Pro 2000 is a deceptively large treadmill, heavy duty all around and equipped with a generously wide 22-inch running deck. But it doesn’t need to take up a lot of floor space 24/7, because when it’s not in use the Pro 2000 folds up for a much smaller footprint.
It’s a great choice for dedicated runners thanks to the beefy 3.5 CHP motor, ProForm’s ProShox Cushioning system and the fact that it has both an incline (up to 15 percent) and a decline (3 percent). Not a lot of treadmills offer a decline, so your runs can simulate hills better than most.
The console includes an integrated 7-inch LCD display that works with ProForm’s subscription-based iFit service, which delivers streaming, on-demand guided workout sessions. The app can actively control the settings on your treadmill, adjusting speed and incline to match the workout. There’s also an included heart rate sensor, cooling fan and integrated Bluetooth speakers.
The Echelon Stride is a treadmill with a modern sensibility. Not only does it have a large touchscreen display with Bluetooth, but this foldaway treadmill folds up automatically at the press of a button, after which you can wheel it into any corner of the room where it’s out of the way. It’s not the most powerful treadmill you can find—it has a 1.75 CHP motor, for example—but the machine manages a top speed of 12 mph and has a maximum incline of 10 degrees.
Membership into Echelon’s on-demand fitness program is a core part of owning the Stride. You get access to live classes as well as streaming on-demand sessions, and you can compete on the leaderboard with your own social circle of family and friends. While the monthly fee is $40 per month, the price drops to as little as $29 per month if you commit to a two-year plan.