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, spring time, 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 is 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, include 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 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?
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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
Great treadmills under $500
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Great treadmills under $300
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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 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 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 on-board 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 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.