We decided to publish an extensive gallery of popular treadmills under $1,000 to help you get started with your home gym on a budget. At first glance it might seem strange to have fitness equipment on an interior design and architecture site… but in the context of setting up a home gym, it makes sense.
We have a treadmill… and love it (it’s the first treadmill listed below). Unfortunately, the running deck is not as long and the motor is not as powerful as we’d like. While not every treadmill set out below has a 60-inch deck and 3.0 horsepower motor, most do… because it’s become a standard feature set (which is great).
Unfortunately, we got our treadmill before 60-inch decks and 3.0 HP motors were the norm. See our collection of ellipticals under $1000 here.
TIP: Treadmills on Sale
After you visit a number of treadmill retail websites, you’ll soon figure out that most treadmills are on sale. This means it’s difficult to know when they’re truly on sale because they always seem to be on sale.
My point is that unless you wait for typical sale events such as after Christmas or in the case of treadmills, springtime, I wouldn’t spend too much time looking for the biggest sale, because they all price their models in such a way as to appear to be on sale all the time.
How important are a 60-inch deck and 3.0 HP motor?
Here’s the deal. There are many treadmills with a 60-inch running deck and 3.0 HP motor that don’t cost much more than treadmills with lesser specifications.
While not everyone needs a 60-inch running deck or a full 3.0 HP of power, it’s my view that given the cost, you might as well go with a premium feature set so you don’t have any regrets down the road. In fact, these specifications are becoming the norm… so there are many models to choose from, even if you have a fairly low budget (such as under $1,000).
Our list of treadmills below includes a few with these premium specifications. We set out the running deck length and horsepower for each.
Note that running deck length and horsepower aren’t the only specifications to consider… there’s speed, incline percent, folding vs. non-folding, the warranty as well as digital features (which vary greatly across brands and models).
How important is it for the “folding” feature?
Again, it’s not critical, but it’s handy. Ours is a folding treadmill, which has come in handy many times when we needed some extra space in the room where we have it.
Are there good treadmills that cost less than $1,000?
Absolutely. Ours cost $700 and it’s been chugging along for years. Just be sure to maintain it properly by applying lubricant on a timely basis (treadmill manuals set this out for you).
In fact, unless you’re a serious competitive runner or you have a house full of people who will be using your treadmill consistently, there really is no reason to spend more than $1,000.
Please note that treadmill prices do change, which means that some treadmills below may creep above $1,000. It’s unlikely and we update this gallery from time-to-time… but it could happen.
Do we list EVERY treadmill under $1,000?
No. Our gallery focuses on popular treadmills and the better specifications in an effort to narrow down your list of options. That said, we do feature treadmills from several brands.
Are these the BEST treadmills under $1,000?
Yes and no. It’s nearly impossible to make a declaration as to the “best treadmill” because of the variety in features. For example, treadmill A may be more durable, but treadmill B offers the better digital technology. It really depends on what you value in fitness equipment.
That said, our list of treadmills are restricted to reputable and popular treadmill brands.
A word of caution about buying a treadmill…
When it’s delivered to your home, arrange to have someone help you bring it to the desired location in your home. You can pay for premium shipping that offers this service, or have 2 strong people available. Same thing with ellipticals.
I made the mistake of hauling our treadmill into our home on my own. It was a Herculean task (and I’m pretty big and strong).
Should you buy a treadmill online?
Scroll through this collection with arrows.
It’s not necessary, but online gives you far more options to choose from than a local retailer. Some brands are only available online.
Collection of great treadmills that cost less than $1,000
Source: Horizon Fitness
The T101 treadmill has numerous awards under its belt for quality and reliability. It features a Bluetooth connectivity, a variety of workout programs, one-button hydraulic FeatherLightTM folding technology, and high-quality motor to feel light on the feet, increased durability, and minimum noise impact.
2. Sole F63 Treadmill
Source: Sole Fitness
The F63 treadmill runs on a 3.0 Cont. Duty HP motor with speeds up to 12 mph and inclines up to 15 levels. Its safety measures include treadmill deck safely locks, a large stop switch, a low-profile running hood, and it starts from only 1.0 mph. Other features include cooling fans, speed and incline controls on the armrests, user-friendly treadmill console with a vibrant blue display and built-in speakers.
3. Horizon Fitness Adventure 3
Source: Horizon Fitness
The Adventure 3 treadmill features a passport-ready player and Johnson Digital Drive Motor for noise reduction. It’s easy to assemble, easy to use, and easy to store thanks to its FeatherLight Folding technology.
4. Sunny Health and Fitness Treadmill, 35″
The Sunny Health and Fitness SF-T7513 Treadmill has dimensions of W 35″ / D 77″ / H 56″ / 178 lb. It runs on a 3.0HP peak DC motor with a speed range of 0.6 MPH to 12.5 MPH, 15 auto incline levels. It features a soft-drop hydraulic system, handrail key controls, device holder, and a large LCD that displays Time, Speed, Distance, Incline, Calories Burned, Pulse, and BMI. It has a steel frame and can carry a maximum user weight of 275 lbs.
5. ProForm 520 ZNi
The ProForm 520 ZNi Treadmill features the ProShox cushioning for comfort and reduced impact on joints. It also features an iFit Bluetooth Smart compatibility, 2.5 CHP Mach Z Motor, a large LCD display,18 workout apps, 10 mph QuickSpeed, and 10 percent Quick Incline controls, 20 x 55 Tread Belt, 1.9 balanced rollers and a SpaceSaver Design, iPod-compatible music port, CoolAire Workout Fan, EKG Grip Pulse, and 300 lb. maximum weight capacity.
6. Exerpeutic TF2000 Recovery Fitness Treadmill
The Exerpeutic TF2000 is specially designed for seniors and people in recovery. It features 49” full length walking assistant support handrails with foam padding and a highly visual backlit LCD display showing time, speed, distance, calories burned, and pulse. It also has 10 shock absorbing deck cushions to reduce the impact on the knees, legs, and ankles and has 300 lb weight capacity.
7. Dogpacer Mini Treadmill
As the name suggests, this is a treadmill designed for small dogs up to 55 lbs. It’s made of carbon steel and runs at a speed range of 0.5- 7.5 mph (0.1 increments) and 4.5 degrees of angle. It’s foldable and portable.
8. Hi-Performance Cardio Trainer Manual Treadmill with Adjustable Incline
The 7700 HI PERFORMANCE Trainer targets cardiovascular and muscular fitness. It features a magnetic resistance, 400+ lb high weight capacity, and heavy-duty and durable dual flywheels.
9. Strider Treadmill with 20″ Wide LoPro Deck
The SF-T7718 Strider Treadmill with 20″ Wide LoPro Deck by Sunny Health and Fitness features a sleek and compact design that’s perfect for small home gyms. The surface is close to the ground to simulate an outdoor running experience. It has a lower center of gravity, nine built-in programs, and a USB port for charging devices.
10. SpaceFlex Motorized Running Treadmill with Auto Incline
The SpaceFlex Motorized Treadmill features a low inertia profile design, built-in speakers, a USB charging port, and an AUX cable to connect and play music.
11. Sunny Health and Fitness Treadmill, 31.5″
The Sunny Health and Fitness SF-T7512 Treadmill runs on a 2.5HP peak DC motor with a speed range of 0.6 MPH to 11 MPH and 16 auto incline levels. It also features a soft-drop hydraulic system, handrail key controls, device holder, and a large LCD that displays time, speed, distance, incline, calories burned, pulse, and BMI.
Macy’s treadmill is constructed with steel and rubber and has dimensions of W 11″ / D 30″ / H 66″ / 107 lb.
13. Treadmill Desk
The SF-TD7704 Treadmill Desk by Sunny Health and Fitness features a large detachable and adjustable workspace table that can hold up to 85 lbs. It can run up to 6MPH with 3 levels of manual incline and has a console center to track fitness progress.
Great treadmills under $500
14. Sunny Motorized Treadmill
This is a brand new Motorized Treadmill from Sunny Health and Fitness. It has a folding mechanism and a soft drop system that makes it easy to fold and unfold. It features a handrail control that allows you to control start, stop, adjust speeds, and to measure your pulse rate. Its 9 built-in user programs with 3 manual adjustable incline levels make it easy to keep track of workout goals. The LCD monitor displays Time, Distance, Speed, and Calories. The steel frame has a 220 Lbs maximum user weight.
15. Sunny Motorized Treadmill
The Sunny Motorized Treadmill has a 49″ X 16″ non-slip running deck, 9 MPH top speed, 13 program options including 9 preset programs, manual incline, and a large LCD monitor. It can also be folded for space-saving storage.
16. Proform 6.0 RT Total Body Treadmill
The ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill features 16 built-in workouts, 10 mph top speed, 10 percent incline, an EKG Heart Rate Monitor for precise and instant feedback, an Integrated Upper-Body Resistance Bands, and 2.0 CHP Mach Z Motor. It also has a Pro Deck Running Surface, an iPod-compatible music port, an LCD window, a 16 x 50 Tread Belt, 1.6 Balanced Rollers, and 300 lb. weight capacity.
17. 800W Folding Electric Portable Treadmill
This folding treadmill is designed for home use and is generally smaller than those used in a gymnasium. It features a low power consumption, a heavy-duty steel frame, three simple steps for assembly and fold, and an LED display that shows time, distance, calories, speed, level.
18. Pink Treadmill
The P8700 Pink Treadmill from Sunny Health and Fitness features 2.20 peak HP drive system; min speed 0.5 MPH and a max speed 9 MPH; 48.82″ L x 15.75″ W running surface; three manual incline levels; a large LCD that displays time, speed, distance, calories burned and pulse; a soft drop hydraulic system; handrail key controls; and a maximum user weight capacity of 220 lbs.
19. Sunny Easy Assembly Motorized Treadmill
This Motorized Treadmill features 39.5 x 14 inches running space with Integrated Shock Absorption System and 2 non-slip rails for stability and control. It runs on 1.25 HP peak DC motor for a speed range of 0.5 to 5 mph and has 220 lbs maximum user weight. Its LCD computer displays time, distance, speed, calories, and scan. It is foldable, portable, and easy to store.
Great treadmills under $300
20. Sunny Health And Fitness Space Saving Folding Treadmill
The SF-T7632 Space Saving Folding Treadmill measures 43.3 x 14 inches with speeds from .5 mph (.08 Km) to 7 mph (11.2 Km). The steel construction is easy to assemble, foldable and has wheels for portability. It also features a backlit LCD digital display that shows speed, distance and calories burned.
21. 1100W Folding Electric Treadmill Motorized Machine Gym Fitness, Black
The 1100W folding electric treadmill features a heavy-duty steel construction, 1100W low noise motor, PVC running pad, and ABS control panels for comfort and balance with two water bottle holders on both sides of the panel. Its speed can be adjusted to 1-10 km per hour with an emergency stop key as a safety feature. It has a fixed2-degree incline, three built-in workout programs, and a multi-function LCD display that shows scan, distance, time, calories, speed and heart rate.
22. Stamina InMotion T900 Manual Treadmill New
The InMotion T900 Manual Treadmill is designed for home use and targets cardiovascular fitness, tone and strengthen legs, hips, and thighs. It has a sturdy steel frame with a textured non-slip walking/jogging surface and padded handlebars. It features dual weighted flywheels; two incline positions, 10 degrees and 8 degrees; electronic monitor; and 225 lbs maximum user weight.
23. Sunny Health and Fitness Manual Walking Treadmill – SF-T1407M
The Folding Manual Treadmill by Sunny Health & Fitness – SF-T1407M is built with a durable steel frame, a non-slip 42″ long x 13″ wide running surface and fully-cushioned handlebars for comfort, safety, and balance. It’s foldable, portable, and easy to store when not in use. It also features an LCD monitor that displays time, distance, speed, calories burned, and scan.
24. Avari Adjustable Height Treadmill
The Avari Adjustable Height Treadmill features three levels of incline to vary your workout: 8 degrees for the lowest setting, 6 1/2 degrees for the middle setting and 5 degrees for the highest setting; the InTouch Fitness Monitor to track workout time, speed, distance, total distance, calories burned, and scans with simple, three-button control; dual weighted flywheels; a textured, non-slip walking surface; and a running belt size of 41.75″L x 12.5″W. It’s also foldable, portable, and easy to store when not in use.
25. AVARI Magnetic Treadmill by Stamina
The Avari Magnetic Treadmill features a sturdy steel oval tubing frame, adjustable magnetic resistance, dual weighted flywheels, a textured, non-slip walking/jogging surface, a foam-padded rail, and skid-resistant rubber floor protectors. It also has eight levels of resistance, eight-degree incline, and an electronic monitor to track workout time, speed, distance, total distance, calories burned and scan with simple, three-button control. It’s foldable, portable, and lightweight.
More Great Treadmills that Cost Less than $1,000
The Horizon Fitness T101. Learn more here.
This is the treadmill we own. I believe it’s Horizon Fitness’ best-selling treadmill of all time.
It’s priced in the $600 to $700 range (depending on whether there’s a sale or not). We’re very happy with it, but it falls short of having a 60 inch long running deck. The motor is 2.25 horsepower. That said, it works great for my wife and me.
Our only complaint is that the signal beeps are loud and we can’t figure out how to turn them off. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue, but we have a toddler and like to use it during his nap. For the money, we’ve been very happy with this treadmill.
The Sole F63 Treadmill. Learn more here.
If I were to buy a new treadmill today, this would be a serious contender. With a 60″ running surface and 3.0 HP motor, it offers a great feature set. What I like about the Sole brand is they are treadmill providers to hotel chains like Hilton, which speaks volumes about the quality.
While Sole screen graphics aren’t the best, their dedication to durability is second-to-none (hence Hilton Hotels use this brand).
This particular model is priced at just under $1,000. If you’re looking to spend quite a bit less than $1,000, consider the Horizon Fitness T101 above or others in this gallery.
The Pro-Form Performance 505C. Learn more here.
This folding treadmill is truly budget-friendly, priced at just under $600. That said, the specifications are a bit less robust than the Sole F63 above. The running deck is 55″ long and the motor is 2.50 horsepower.
Pro-Form is an iconic brand. They’re fitness equipment technology leaders. One of their strong points is the onboard technology they’ve developed in terms of wireless internet access, screen graphics, and digital workout features. If you like high-tech fitness equipment, Pro-Form is your brand.
One example of Pro-Form technology is their iFit smart technology. In addition to offering many built-in workouts, it syncs with Google Maps so you can actually run real-world terrain and courses with the treadmill incline adjusting as you hit hills on the real-world course. This is ideal for race-training or replicating your favorite running routes.
Merit Fitness 725T Plus Treadmill. Learn more here.
The Merit Fitness 725T Plus is a great starter treadmill priced UNDER $500. For the money and as long as you’re not a competitive runner or need something with a little more horsepower and strength, this is a great walking/jogging treadmill because it’s very inexpensive.
It doesn’t have bells and whistles, but it does have a folding frame and 2.25 horsepower motor with a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour.
LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill. Learn more here.
This treadmill is enormously popular, has been voted as one of the best treadmills in its price range and most importantly averages a 4.5 out of 5 rating by more than 200 customers on Amazon.
While I’ve never used this treadmill, the accolades and customer reviews make this sub-$1,000 treadmill one option to seriously consider.
The running deck is 56 inches long and the motor is 2.5 HP. While you can buy treadmills under $1,000 with better specifications, it’s hard to ignore then an impressive number of top reviews by actual customers.
Weslo Cadence R5.2 Treadmill. Learn more here.
Priced under $500, this is one the least expensive treadmills on our under $1,000 list. Weslo is well known for making low-cost treadmills. This is not a bad price for an electric treadmill that has a 2.25 HP motor. It will do the job for walking and jogging. Note the weight capacity is 250 pounds though.
The F60 Sole Treadmill. Learn more here.
Okay, this one costs more than $1,000, but it’s included because it’s a very popular treadmill and it doesn’t cost too much more than $1,000. As stated above, I’m keen on Sole treadmills and while this is Sole’s lowest-priced treadmill, you still get the quality frame and deck that results in a durable and tough treadmill.
Moreover, the spec set on this treadmill is decent with a 60 inch long running deck and 2.75 horsepower motor. As I stated above, the treadmill my wife and I have is a 50″ long running deck with a 2.5 HP motor – and it suits us just fine (and I’m over 200 lbs.). For the money, this is a great option.
What about treadmills under $500?
There are some, but in my view, unless you plan to only walk, it’s probably best to invest at least $500 or a bit more. In my experience (and I’ve been a treadmill user for years), the $600 to $1,000 budget is the sweet spot for a home treadmill for non-competitive runners (like me).
If you’re someone who likes the best-of-the-best, by all means, ramp up your budget to $2,000+. However, buying a treadmill under $500 means getting a product you won’t be thrilled with, yet it’s still a lot of money.
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