Treadmill Reviews by Industry Experts
Owner, Brad Heath at Johnson Health Headquarters of Horizon and Vision Fitness
You just decided to purchase a treadmill to improve your health and overall fitness. The next challenge is choosing the right machine for your body and budget.
Treadmills vary in price from $500 to $6,000 with quality ranging from outstanding to near pathetic. This site will help you navigate the many options with video reviews, feature explanations, and behind-the-scene impressions gained during our factory visits. Our team includes industry experts who have personally tested the treadmills, visited the companies, and can help you avoid a costly bad decision.
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Price Range: $200 - $699
The Horizon T101 is our top recommendation for those on a limited budget. This machine is priced around $699 and is suitable for walkers and light joggers. Horizon is made by one of the world’s largest fitness equipment manufacturers so they can offer more value for fewer bucks. This company is impressive to say the least. Read our full Review Here
and learn how they manufacture all of their own parts instead of using third-party components. This results in silky smooth operation and low maintenance machines. Best of all, Horizon doesn’t sacrifice quality with their lower-level models and provides impeccable customer service. Visit the manufacturer at HorizonFitness.com
to learn more.
Price Range: $1,000 - $1,499
If you’re sick of staring at blank walls during your indoor workouts, you should consider the innovative features of iFit Live available on the NordicTrack 1750. This machine allows you to download workouts from trainers like Jillian Michaels, track your progress online, and simulate exciting outdoor courses (hills and all!) using Google Maps. On top of that, the NordicTrack 1750 has some impressive specs including a 3.5 HP motor, a spacious 22”x 60” treadbelt, sound system, color touch screen display, and a 5-year parts / 2-year labor warranty. These are some pretty hefty specs considering this price range! Click the link above to read our full review or visit www.NordicTrack.com
to learn more.
Runner-up: $1,000 - $1,499
Sole is known for producing durable machines that are equipped with the necessities to get the job done. We recently visited Sole North American headquarters and one of the designers told us Sole invest in producing the highest quality treadmills at the lowest cost. He indicated they tend to focus on durable belts, rollers, bearings and providing customers with an awesome workout experience. In our opinion, their emphasis seems to be more on what a treadmill is designed for (walking and running) and less on breakable distractions such as touch screen displays. For an in depth analysis on the Sole F80
, click here or you may also visit Sole's website
to learn more.
Runner-up: $1,500 - $1,999
The NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer offers a unique concept for a cardio machine. Although you can run on it, it is primarily designed to walk at extreme inclines, like hiking a mountain. You can incline up to 40%, and to simulate going up and down hills you can decline to 6%. The advantages are you get an intense cardio burn, plus there is less shock and impact to your body because you are walking. The NordicTrack X9i Incline Traienr comes with an extra long 62" belt, and you get a 10" Android browser that also lets you access the Internet. Read our full review here
as this is one of NordicTracks hottest sellers. Also visit the manufacturer site at www.NordicTrack.com
to learn more.
Price Range: $1,500 - $1,999
When team member Rachael stepped onto this machine, she fell in love. The Horizon Elite T9 is one of the absolute best machines you can get for under $2,000. Features include a full color touch screen, 60” long treadbelt with super-comfy variable response cushioning, ViaFit, Virtual Active, and a maintenance free ‘infinity belt.’ And yes, we actually said maintenance free! This belt was tested up to 21,000 miles before the testers got bored and moved on. This is a fantastic treadmill for a serious runner. It is created by Horizon Fitness, who are well known for their responsive customer service and quality machines. Read our complete Review Here
and take Rachael’s advice: “This treadmill is definitely the one I would buy!” Also, visit the manufacturer at HorizonFitness.com
to learn more.
Price Range: $700 - $999
The Horizon Adventure 3 is one of our newer Best Buy recommendations in the budget category. Horizon has long produced outstanding treadmills, and recent quality enhancements have elevated this budget model treadmill into the Best Buy ranks. This is a folding machine from a large company that offers personalized customer service and a strong commitment to quality. Read our full Review here
as the Horizon Adventure 3 has our “thumbs up” Best Buy rating for the budget treadmill category. Also, visit the manufacturer at www.Horizonfitness.com/Treadmills
to learn more.
Price Range: $2,000 - $2,499
Our team recently had the chance to visit the headquarters of Vision Fitness near Madison, Wisconsin (They also make Horizon Fitness machines). We spent two full days learning about the products and testing the machines and came away thoroughly impressed. Those Johnson folks know what they are doing! They create machines of the highest quality and the Vision TF20 Folding Treadmill is the perfect example of smart design and quality that lasts. Read our complete Review Here
as the TF20 features an ‘Infinity Deck’, feather-light folding, extremely comfortable variable response cushioning, and a solid 5- year warranty. This commercial-grade treadmill will last you a lifetime. Also, visit the manufacturer at HorizonFitness.com
to learn more!
Price Range: $2,500 - $2,999
One of our team members actually has a Bowflex in her home gym and absolutely loves it. Bowflex has created a unique machine in that it's a combination of a treadmill, stair climber and an elliptical trainer. You can crank up the incline and burn more calories with less impact in comparison to a treadmill and ultimately have a workout equal to the intensity of running, all while walking. Bowflex is known for their innovative designs and high remarks in customer satisfaction and service which is why we included this machine in our "Best Buy" recommendation in this pricing category. Read our full Review Here
or shop now using the Bowflex TreadClimber TC20 Bowflex Catalog
Price Range: $3,000+
If you liked the TF20, you can take the awesomeness one step further with the Vision T40. This machine is built with commercial grade components that provide incredible durability. Just look at the 7-year parts warranty to see how low maintenance this machine is expected to be. The T40 was designed with ergonomic and biomechanical features that give it one of the most rewarding treadmill workouts in the industry. Read our complete Review Here
as after testing this machine, our team member reported, “the shock absorption is exceptional.” The touch screen is a smart investment for the price range as it provides additional ease-of-use. Visit the manufacturer's website at HorizonFitness.com
to learn more!
How We Determine Our Treadmill Reviews and Ratings
It’s our mission to create treadmill reviews that help YOU find the Best Treadmill.
Our site is different from other review sites because we actually visit the treadmill companies and try out the machines. Plus, our team includes experts with over 18 years in the industry. Most other review sites simply rehash the standard information found on company websites without ever running a step. All of our reviews are based on the following:
Interviews with Manufacturers — We travel across the country to talk with company owners, product managers, and see customer service reps face-to-face. We also personally test the machines! We know details you would never find on a manufacturer’s website.
Visits to Fitness Equipment Stores — We talk with the people who sell and repair treadmills. These professionals are an important resource in determining which treadmills offer the most value for your money.
Customer Reviews — We keep in regular contact with treadmill customers to learn how the machines are performing during real-life use.
It is our hope that this site helps you find the perfect treadmill to match your body and budget!
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