The Best Treadmills of the Bunch : Our Selection

Best Buy TreadmillsTreadmills Under $500

Don’t ever expect much from a treadmill under $500. These machines take an awful lot of punishment especially if you’re a runner and the motors are just not up to it – at least for long. They have short warranties and short lifespan and for the most part they become uneconomical to repair when they do go wrong.

On the other hand, there are many less expensive ways to get fit, without splashing out on equipment you can’t afford. If you need to get fit at home consider exercise DVDs, a rebounder or a step for a start.

If you have your heart set on a treadmill but you have less than $500 to spend, you may want to consider a payment plan or use your credit card to spread the payments so that you can aspire to a model which stands a chance of lasting longer than a few months

Although some cheap treadmills are better than others, and you’ll find many sites (on commission) praising them about the web, we can’t in all honesty give any of them a Best Buy award.

Around $500 to $1000

If you’re prepared to pay $500 to $1000 the prospect of getting a reasonable treadmill machine becomes a little brighter and there are quite a few we like in this price range.


TreadmillWhy we rate this
1.Sole F63 Treadmill
Sole F63 Treadmill
A real basement bargain price for a quality machine. Well thought of by those who repair treadmills for a living. And it folds!See our Review of the Sole F63 Treadmill
2.Bowflex Series 3 Treadmill
Bowflex Series 3 Treadmill
Good reviews by buyers and in consumer reports. Solidly built machine. This one folds too.See Our Full Review of the Bowflex series 3 Treadmill


Around $1000 – $2000

Avoid machines at this price which are loaded with features to take attention away from the poor build quality. (Check out the length of warranty for a good indication of the manufacturer’s confidence in their treadmills.)


TreadmillWhy we rate this
1.Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill
Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill
100 buyers gave an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 to the Bowflex Series 7 – great price for this quality machineSee our Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill Review
2.Sole F85 Treadmill
Sole F85 Treadmill
High quality without the high price. in a folding treadmill. Users love this treadmill too though there are fewer reviews around.See our full Review of the Sole F85 Treadmill for more details


Around $2000 – $3000

There are lots of great buys by Sole/Spirit and Quantum fitness in this price range but one machine stands out from the crowd.


TreadmillWhy we rate this
1.Quantum Fitness 3.0 treadmill
Quantum Fitness 3.0 treadmill
This is a solidly built durable and low maintenance light commercial use treadmill. Very stable and very highly recommended.See Review of the Quantum Fitness 3.0 treadmill range


In the $3000+ bracket

Another Oustanding treadmill stands above the rest although it’s pretty difficult to find a bad one at this price range if you stick to Landice, Star Trac, Life Fitness and Matrix.


TreadmillWhy we rate this
1.Matrix T3X treadmill
Matrix T3X treadmill
A great running surface and shock absorption. Looks fantastic – an enhancement to any home gym and built to run 100 hours of continuous use a week. Many gyms are switching to this machine.See our Review of the Matrix T3X treadmill