Best Treadmill Reviews Guide 2017

Treadmill reviews

The right treadmill can be one of the most efficient pieces of exercise equipment you'll ever own, providing you with intense full body workouts. Treadmills have evolved a lot over the years, and while you can still find basic models, many treadmills now come with a wide range of features.

This makes it important to compare machines before making a purchase decision. The right machine can last for decades and take you from the beginning of your fitness journey all the way through to the end—even if that end has you becoming a professional athlete.

If you're in the market for a treadmill, check out one of these models:

Best Treadmill 2017

Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill


This machine is perhaps the most cost effective option, at a very low price and coming with a wide range of features you might recognize from treadmills at the gym. It comes with a 2.25 HP Impulse motor, which allows it to go from 1 to 10MPH without difficulty.

The Weslo Cadence G 5.9 also comes with 6 different exercise programs that automatically adjust both the speed and incline of the machine. Athletes or those who enjoy interval training will enjoy the Quick Acceleration feature, which makes it easy to go from 0 to 10MPH—or anywhere in between—in a matter of seconds.

Specifications:
  • Dimensions: 64 x 29 x 56 inches
  • Running Surface: 16 x 50 inches
  • Preset Programs: 6
  • Maximum Capacity: 250 pounds
  • Motor Horsepower: 2.25 HP
  • Maximum Speed: 10 MPH
  • Weight: 119 pounds

Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill


This machine features a simple folding design so you can store it in any room in the house without it taking up too much room. It also comes with a 7.5 inch backlit screen and a small fan to keep you cool and comfortable throughout your workout. Elderly users can also take comfort in the fact that this machine comes with a chest strap to monitor your heart rate.

The Sole Fitnesss F80 offers a speed of up to 12MPH and an incline of up to 15 degrees, making it an excellent machine to accompany you through your entire fitness journey. It also comes with 10 workout programs catering to different fitness levels and adding some variety to your workout.

Specifications:
  • Maximum Capacity: 375 pounds
  • Preset Programs: 10
  • Motor Horsepower: 3.5 HP
  • Maximum Speed: 12 MPH
  • Running Surface: 22 x 60 inches
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Dimensions: 80 x 35 x 58 inches
  • Weight: 265 pounds

Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill


Usually priced in the low-mid price range, this is one of the more expensive treadmills on the list, but it's well worth the extra cost. This machine comes with a near-silent motor, going all the way up to 10MPH while remaining quiet enough for you to listen to music or watch a movie. It also comes with 30 different workout programs, including 3 interval programs and 6 calorie-goal programs.

The Horizon Fitness T101 also comes with a variety of features designed to create the safest and most comfortable workout possible. This includes an emergency cord that can cut the motor instantly if you run into issues and more luxurious features like a water bottle holder and even a reading rack. A 2-ply belt thickness with extra cushioning helps lessen the impact your workouts have on your joints and textured handlebars keep your hands in place even when your workout gets sweaty.

Specifications:
  • Maximum Capacity: 300 pounds
  • Preset Programs: 30
  • Motor Horsepower: 2.25 HP
  • Maximum Speed: 10 MPH
  • Running Surface: 20 x 55 inches
  • Dimensions: 70 x 34 x 55 inches
  • Weight: 165 pounds

ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill


This treadmill comes with no less than 32 pre-programmed workouts designed to keep your muscles from growing accustomed to making the exact same movements over and over again. The ProForm Pro 2000 also comes with an incline range of -3 to 15%, making it an excellent choice for dedicated athletes who want more intense workouts. This incline can be instantly adjusted with a one touch button attached to the LCD monitor.

The ProForm Pro 2000 features FS2 Full Surface Suspension Cushioning, dramatically reducing the risk of injury or extra aches and pains after a long workout. A 2.5 inch rear roller under the belt protects the machine from wear and tear while also preventing you from slipping off the machine.

Specifications:
  • Preset Programs: 32
  • Motor Horsepower: 3.5 HP
  • Maximum Speed: 12 MPH
  • Running Surface: 22 x 60 inches
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Dimensions: 80 x 40 x 63 inches
  • Weight: 230 pounds
  • Maximum Capacity: 350 pounds

LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill


Users will enjoy this machine's unique Life-Span Intelli-Step software that automatically tracks the number of steps you take during each workout and displays it on the same widescreen display that tracks how many calories you've burned and other important workout metrics. The data can even be synced to a USB and attached to an online account, allowing you to track your progress more easily.

The Life-Span Intelli-Step also comes with 17 different pre-programmed workouts and 2 customizable workouts. Dedicated athletes will get particular use out of the unique MyZone Interval Program, which automatically alternates between high and low intensities. A two-ply belt cushioned with shock absorbers will keep your knees and ankles safe during even the most intense workout.

Specifications:
  • Maximum Capacity: 300 pounds
  • Preset Programs: 17
  • Motor Horsepower: 2.5 HP
  • Maximum Speed: 11 MPH
  • Running Surface: 20 x 56 inches
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Dimensions: 70 x 33 x 55 inches
  • Weight: 204 pounds

ProForm 6.0 RT


Generally priced at the lower end of the price range for quality treadmills, this is one of the best mid-range models on the market. It comes with many of the features found on more professional machines but is still extremely simple to operate, making it a prime choice for newbie exercisers.

The ProForm 6.0 RT features an extremely quiet 2.5 HP motor that allows it to go up to 10MPH and an easily adjustable incline. It also comes with 8 preset programs including calorie-goal and fat burning programs. Last but not least, the ProForm 6.0 RT has an easy-to-fold design, making it a great machine for city dwellers in small spaces.

Specifications:
  • Maximum Capacity: 300 pounds
  • Preset Programs: 8
  • Motor Horsepower: 2.5 HP
  • Maximum Speed: 10 MPH
  • Running Surface: 18 x 55 inches
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes

Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill


Usually sold at a bargain basement price, this is the perfect starter machine if you're unsure about investing in a higher class model. While it lacks many of the features you'll find in higher-priced models, it still provides an excellent and safe workout. It's also one of the most compact folding models, making it ideal for condo owners.

A 1.5 HP motor allows this machine to go up to 7.5 MPH, making it an excellent choice for newbie exercisers. 3 preset workouts help prevent boredom and make sure you work different muscles each time you hit the treadmill. Still, dedicated athletes will outgrow this machine quickly if they don't find it disappointing at the outset.

Specifications:
  • Maximum Capacity: 250 pounds
  • Preset Programs: 3
  • Motor Horsepower: 1.5 HP
  • Maximum Speed: 7.5 MPH
  • Running Surface: 14 x 38.5″inches
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No

ProForm Power 995c Treadmill


This treadmill features a 3HP continuous motor that enables it to go all the way up to 12MPH and sustain that speed for an exceptionally long time. Along with a 15% incline capacity and 30 different preset programs, this makes the ProForm Power 995c an excellent option for athletes of all skill levels. All 30 preset programs were designed by well-respected personal trainers specifically for this machine.

The ProForm Power 995c also includes a wide range of features to make you more comfortable. These include safety features such as an emergency clip that automatically cuts the motor if you have any issues, along with more luxurious features such as a water bottle holder and a built-in fan. It even comes with built in speakers so you can plug your iPod directly into it.

Specifications:
  • Maximum Capacity: 350 pounds
  • Preset Programs: 30
  • Motor Horsepower: 3 HP
  • Maximum Speed: 12 MPH
  • Running Surface: 22 x 60 inches
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Dimensions: 81 x 37 x 60 inches
  • Weight: 255 pounds

Sole Fitness F85


Often sold in the upper price bracket, this is the most expensive of our treadmill reviews, but it comes with an incredible array of features. It comes with a 4HP motor that can up to 12 MPH, along with an adjustable incline of up to 15 degrees. This machine also comes with a maximum capacity of 400 pounds, making it an ideal machine for overweight or obese people as well as for dedicated athletes.

An extremely quiet motor means that you can watch a movie or listen to music while you work out, and a compact folding design makes this machine entirely apartment-friendly. It also comes with a highly cushioned belt to almost completely eliminate the impact on your knees and ankles. If taken care of properly, this can be an excellent machine to carry you through your entire fitness journey.

Specifications:
  • Maximum Capacity: 400 pounds
  • Preset Programs: 10
  • Motor Horsepower: 4 HP
  • Maximum Speed: 12 MPH
  • Running Surface: 22 x 60 inches
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Dimensions: 80 x 35 x 58 inches
  • Weight: 265 pounds

Remember, the right treadmill can be an excellent investment in your health, carrying you from the beginning of your fitness journey to the end. Make sure you compare the options carefully before making your choice.

About the author

Stacey

Thank you for reading my article! I am Stacey, a mother of three daughters aged four, six and eight. I'm a qualified personal trainer and I love writing about exercise and fitness, raising healthy children and natural and alternative remedies. I also love the convenience of home-based exercise, which is why I've committed to reviewing all the best home fitness equipment on the market right here at HomeFitnessTalk.com!