Best Home Treadmill For The Money in 2016

by Jack on January 8, 2016

Allow us to preface this review by saying the following is our opinion but a well researched opinion to determine the best home treadmill for the money in 2016. Also, before we begin we want to say, the best choice for you may not be the best choice for your neighbor or the guy living in an apartment down the road.

There are many individual factors that ultimately determine which is the best fit for each individual. Some people are interested in a top quality model mainly for running, others only want something for walking and/or jogging. A guy living in a small apartment or a house with small rooms probably doesn’t want to buy the largest model since he has space concerns.

Then there’s price. This is probably the top and primary concern for most people. Sure, we can name (and we will) what we think is the absolute best home treadmill to buy in 2016. However, we also want to take the time to review and recommend other models that fit specific circumstances we know some individuals have.

For runner’s – Opinion on the absolute best 

Yes, there are large, expensive commercial models found at the gym and these are great. However for home exercise, in our opinion the 3g cardio elite runner treadmill is definitely one of the top quality home models in 2016, especially if you are a person looking a machine to run on.

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3g Cardio Elite Runner’s treadmill

When making our judgment, we consider the quality of the motor, frame, tread belt, cushion system and warranty. This model passes with flying colors in all areas.

But just so you know, the 3g Cardio is a huge treadmill and also a very expensive model. There’s no denying it is top quality machine but based on certain perimeters (size, price) this will not be the best option for the majority of people.

High intensity running treadmills

Of course with the 3G treadmill (above) if you choose to work-out by low-intensity walking and jogging you can but this model was especially made for high intensity home work-outs. In 2016, it’s our opinion but we personally believe this is the top quality home in the $2000 – 3500 price range.

To be fair, we also want to list a few other high quality machines for runner’s.  there are a few similar models from other companies we would also recommend for high-intensity training:

  • Precor 445 Precision Series Treadmill
  • Life Fitness T5 Track Treadmill
  • True PS300 Treadmill
  • Sole Sole Fitness TT8 Light Commercial Non-Folding Treadmill
  • ProForm Boston Marathon Treadmill
  • Life Fitness T3 Go Treadmill

For runner’s – inexpensive, still high quality 

The model’s listed above are in the slightly below $2000 and above price range. If these are too expensive then you may be wondering if you can buy a quality running machine at a lower price?

The best inexpensive running treadmill for the money

Here we will provide more affordable choices for runner’s in 2016. Our top 3 picks for runner’s in the (around) $1500 and under price range.

Our first recommendation is the Solo F80 treadmill. Some people love them, some people hate them and some people need them. What are we talking about? This model is a folding treadmill.

These are great if you need or want to save space. But why did we mention that some people hate this type of machine that folds-up?

best treadmill for the money in 2016

Sole F80 folding treadmill

As a whole folding treadmills are thought to be a little less stable and durable compared to their traditional non-folding counterpart. There is some truth to this. As you can imagine, for a treadmill to be able to fold up and down there needs to be a extra hinge, a movable joint.

If this was 10-20 years ago we would be weary of buying this type for running. However, we have no problem making the Sole F80 folding treadmill one of our top recommendations as it is an excellent example on how far improvements in build and design have came. We rate this model as an excellent choice for the money. It includes a powerful 3.5 CHP motor, a huge running area and one of the top cushion systems in the industry.



 

The next recommendation on the list is the ProForm Pro 2000 model. This model is a bit less expensive compared to the Sole F80 model above. This ProForm model comes with a 3.5 CHP motor capable of setting a 12 MPH pace, has a large running platform 22 x 60 inches, 18 different preset workout programs and a lifetime warranty on the motor and frame.

Overall, for the money this is a good choice and has received better than average customer reviews and ratings. Is there anything that you need to know which could be considered a negative?

Affordable quality treadmill for running

ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill

About any negatives. As we mentioned above the ProForm Pro 2000 has received better than average customer reviews. However, the one negative we have seen mentioned more than once is missing parts or incompatible parts. Although we do believe this is a good machine when in operation we can also understand the frustration a person feels when ordering a model and it shows up missing a part. Which then requires time spent on the phone talking to the company about the problem/missing part and then having to wait for the part to be shipped to your home.

We have personally ran on the ProForm Pro 2000 and think it’s high quality for the money spent. We can’t say how often the missing or incompatible part mishaps occur but as we said, we have heard this mentioned more than once in customer reviews.

The company would be smart to fix this problem if in fact it is prevalent, from what we see this type of complaint is dragging down the overall rating of otherwise a very decent model.



Pictured below is the Nautilus T614 model and rounds out our top 3 choices in 2016 for running treadmills in the around $1500 and under division. Compared to the two already mentioned above ( Sole F80 and ProForm Pro 2000) it has a small motor 2.75 CHP, it can produce a 12 MPH pace as these other two models but being a bit smaller it will be less durable over time. It also has a slightly smaller tread belt or running platform (20 x 55 inches).

Nautilus running treadmill 2016

Nautilus T614 Treadmill

For having a smaller less durable motor and a smaller running platform this Nautilus model is the least expensive. Overall, all the basics of this model are fine, nothing outstanding. The motor, frame, tread belt dimensions, and cushion system are all decent.

Any negatives to point out? This is not a huge negative but the motor for the motor and frame is 10 years. This seems like a long time and probably will be sufficient for most owners but we would like it more if it provided a lifetime warranty on both the motor and frame.

Other models in this price range to consider

We would like to think we always give the absolute best recommendations. We put a lot of time into this. While we do believe we give good accurate recommendations on the best quality models to buy, the truth is there have been times when we have spoken to other “experts” and have learned we overlooked a model or two. Below you will find a short list of other models in this price range that you may want to look at:

  • FreeMotion 860 Treadmill
  • ProForm Power 1495 Treadmill
  • LifeSpan TR3000i Folding Treadmill
  • LifeSpan TR4000i Folding Treadmill
  • Yowza Fitness Delray Plus Treadmill
  • Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T1414 Treadmill

Are there any cheaper options in 2016 for runners? Yes, there are a few we would recommend to a person on a very strict budget. But keep this in mind:

The quality of a treadmill suitable for running, compared to the quality of one for walking and jogging will always need to be greater and because of this be more expensive. Not only do they require, larger more powerful motors and a larger tracks which adds to their cost, this type needs to be designed more durable to withstand the pounding force of a runner’s workout.

Here’s a link to our homepage where we list the best treadmills for under 1000 dollars, we don’t encourage this but maybe, the top 1-3 models on this list could work for a runner on a budget.

Best for the money 2016 – Walking and Jogging

If you have read through this page, up to this point we have only recommended models made for running. Truthfully, though, all the models mentioned so far can also be used for walking and jogging.  However, models built to withstand a high-intensity workout such as running will be much more expensive compared to models the less builds of models that can support low intensity work-outs such as walking and jogging.

This is not to say the models we recommend for walking and jogging are low quality. These are less expensive because they have smaller motors, smaller exercise platforms. There’s just not as much put into them.

Basically, what we are saying, if you are on a budget these models will help you save some money while still satisfying your needs as a walker or jogger.

The LifeSpan TR 1200i Treadmill is ideal for walking and jogging and also ideal for a person wanting to bring a low cost quality treadmill into their home. It has a smaller motor (2.5 CHP) compared previous mentioned models the exercise platform is 20 x 56 inches which is also slightly smaller.

LifeSpan incline Treadmills review

LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill

This model has incline, it’s folding, has a weight capacity of 300 pounds and a lifetime warranty on the motor and frame. We don’t want to say too much here but we like it and if you research this model further you will find many owners (hundreds) leaving positive remarks about the LifeSpan TR 1200i.

If you are interested in learning more, read our review of this model.



The Xterra Fitness TR6.6 is another model we are very high in this category for 2016.  It has many of the same attributes as the LifeSpan TR 1200i mentioned above. One advantage it provides is a larger motor: 3.0 CHP vs 2.5 CHP.  One disadvantage, we prefer the cushion system of the LifeSpan model.

Xterra Fitness TR 6.6 Treadmill Review - 2016 buyers guide

Xterra Fitness TR 6.6

Between the Xterra TR 6.6 and the LifeSpan TR 1200i, trying to decide which model is the best is a toss up. These models are very similar in both capabilities and price. For more information on the Xterra Fitness TR 6.6.



 

If the two models above do not fit your budget the ProForm 995i is a cheaper option that may work for you. We are still searching but up until now this model is the cheapest one we can find that provides a 3.0 CHP motor

inexpensive treadmill for the home

ProForm Power 995i

The Proform Power 995i us defintely not the best treadmill listed on this page but as far as price vs. value goes this model might be #1! Read our review of this model.

More choices for walkers and joggers

  • Horizon Fitness T101-04
  • Nautilus T614 Treadmill
  • ProForm 505 CST Treadmill
  • Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill
  • Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill
  • Weslo Crosswalk 5.2T Treadmill
  • Exerpeutic TF1000 Walk to Fitness Electric Treadmill

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