The treadmill is one of those exercise machines that you will find in almost every gym all over the country because these machines are hugely popular with people of all ages, and with people of all fitness levels.
Runners can use these machines for training purposes, for example, or to get a good workout during the winter when it’s cold and wet outside, and seniors can use them for gentle walking workouts so that they can stay fit and healthy in their later years.
Alternatively, people can use a treadmill to try to lose weight because a high intensity running workout will help to burn hundreds of calories.
This range of benefits ensures that there will always be people who want to buy one of these machines for their home, whether it’s a very basic machine that costs less than $400, for example, or whether it’s a commercial-grade machine that is just as good as the ones in their local gym.
So with that in mind, here are some of the best treadmills for home use in each of the main price categories:
Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill
If you are looking for a simple entry-level machine that will give you a decent workout and can be folded away once you have finished using it, you might want to consider buying the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill.
This is consistently one of the top-selling treadmills on the market for people on a budget because it has a good quality 2.25 HP motor that runs between 0 and 10 MPH, and has a cushioned running track to prevent injuries.
It also has 2 incline settings and 6 workout programs that have been devised by personal trainers, and is strong enough to support anyone up to 275 pounds, which is stronger than many other treadmills in this price range.
So although it doesn’t have multiple power incline settings and lots of extra features, it is a decent entry-level machine for those people who only have a limited budget.
Merax Electric Treadmill
Merax have started to produce some good quality cardio machines for people on a budget, and the Merax Electronic Treadmill is another one that looks very promising.
This compact machine has 3 incline positions to help you vary the intensity of your workouts, and comes with 12 built-in workout programs to challenge you even further.
In addition, it comes with a good quality LCD display that tracks your time, speed, distance, calories and pulse, and there is even a holder for your smartphone or tablet should you wish to watch a movie or a TV show whilst you are working out.
It should be pointed out that the 1.5 HP motor is not as powerful as some of the others in this price range with a top speed of just 12 KM/hour (approximately 7.45 MPH).
However it should still be suitable for walkers and for non-professional runners who are just looking to keep fit and lose weight, and therefore represents good value for money overall.
Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill
There is one more entry-level machine that is always very popular with home users, and that’s the Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill.
This treadmill is available in a choice of gray or pink, and is another one that is suitable for regular use at home because it offers a wide range of workout options.
This machine offers 3 incline settings that will help to make your workouts a lot harder, and there are 9 workout programs for you to work your way through as your fitness level starts to improve.
There are also a few other nice touches, such as a smartphone / tablet holder, and button controls on the handrails that make it quick and easy to adjust the speed, which in this case is a maximum of 9 MPH.
You will also find that this treadmill has a solid 2.2 HP motor that is smooth and quiet in operation, and has a large LCD display that is clear and easy to read.
Plus just like many of the other entry-level machines, this too can be folded away for storage when it is not being used.
Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill
If you can afford to pay a little bit extra for a mid-range treadmill, you will find that you can get a lot more for your money.
To demonstrate this point, you only have to look at one of the top machines in this price range – the Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill – because this is a very strong and sturdy machine that has incline settings up to 10% for more intense workouts, as well as 30 workout programs to give you a complete range of workout options.
So not only do you have a manual program that you can set yourself, but you also have a range of step-goal, calorie-goal, distance-based and interval workouts as well.
In addition, this machine has a Variable Response Cushioning deck to reduce pressure on your feet and joints, and is really smooth and quiet in operation.
Plus it comes with some nice extra features, including a cooling fan and surround sound speakers, and is one of the few home treadmills that is said to be really easy to assemble.
Nautilus T614 Treadmill
Another top quality mid-range treadmill that represents good value for money overall is the Nautilus T614 Treadmill.
This is powered by a 2.75 CHP motor and will really give you an intense workout if needed because it has speed settings up to 12 MPH, and incline settings up to a maximum of 12%.
It also has 22 workout programs to help add variety to your workouts and make them more interesting, and comes with a large running track with StrikeZone cushioning to prevent any joint pain.
Furthermore, it has a really good backlit LCD display to help you track your performance, and it can also connect to external fitness apps if you want to analyze your performance in more detail.
There is also a cooling fan to prevent you getting too hot, acoustic chambered speakers to play all of your favorite music and a media tray to watch your favorite TV shows or movies if you so wish.
So although this is not as expensive as some of the commercial-grade machines, it still has everything you need to achieve your fitness goals and objectives.
→ Nautilus T618 Treadmill – this latest model has a slightly larger running track (60 x 20 inches) and a higher weight capacity (350 pounds), and also benefits from having incline settings up to 15%, 26 workout programs and Bluetooth connectivity (read review).
ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill
If you are looking to buy a premium gym-quality treadmill for your home, you might want to consider buying one of the ProForm machines.
More specifically, you might want to buy the ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill because this is one of the most popular machines, and is one that has received several awards from leading consumer magazines.
This particular model, which is strong enough to accommodate anyone up to 350 pounds, has an impressive 3.5 CHP motor with speed settings up to 12 MPH, as well as a wide cushioned running track to give you a comfortable workout.
Plus if you want to make your workouts even harder, there are incline settings up to 15%, and you can even adjust the decline up to -3% if you would like to do some downhill road training as well.
It is also worth mentioning that this particular model has an impressive 7-inch backlit LCD display with 32 built-in workout apps, and can connect to iFit for fully interactive workouts and advanced tracking features.
So you really do get a lot for more money when you buy this premium ProForm machine.
LifeSpan TR4000i Folding Treadmill
Another commercial-grade treadmill that is perfect for home use is the LifeSpan TR4000i Folding Treadmill.
This has an orthopedic running belt that will put less pressure on your joints, and is large enough to accommodate extra-long strides if you are particularly tall, for example.
It also offers a range of workout options for people of all fitness abilities because the powerful long-lasting 3.25 HP motor runs at speeds up to 12 MPH, and there are also 15 incline settings that you can use to increase the intensity.
If that wasn’t enough, there are also 21 individual workout programs that have been designed by exercise physiologists to help you progress.
This machine also comes with a top quality console that has multiple readouts, such as time, speed, distance, calories burned, steps, pulse, pace and elevation change, and includes a 3-speed cooling fan and some built-in safety features.
It can also connect to a number of third-party fitness apps so that you can record your progress and analyze your data when you are not working out.
So this is a solid machine that has lots of cool features and multiple workout options, and with a weight capacity of 350 pounds, it is also a very strong machine that should last a very long time.
→ LifeSpan TR1200i Folding Treadmill – this model is less expensive than the TR4000i model above, but it still has 15 levels of incline, 21 exercise programs and speed settings up to 11 MPH, and still has a large cushioned running surface and a decent weight capacity of 300 pounds (read review).
Sole F85 Treadmill
If you have no budgetary constraints whatsoever and are simply looking to buy a really strong well-made machine with multiple workout options and lots of extra features, then the Sole F85 Treadmill is hard to beat.
With a weight capacity of 400 pounds, this is an exceptionally solid machine, but it also has an extra large running track that will accommodate even the tallest of runners, and features proprietary cushioning that has been shown to reduce the impact on your joints by up to 40% compared to road running.
In addition, it is also powered by a 4.0 CHP motor, with speed settings up to 12 MPH, and offers incline settings up to 15% if you want to increase the intensity of your workouts.
You will find that it doesn’t have quite as many workout programs as some of the other treadmills, but it does still offer 6 standard programs, 2 heart rate programs and 2 programs that you can customize yourself.
Plus it also has lots of extra features, such as a cooling fan, built-in speakers, hand and chest strap pulse monitors and a large 9-inch LCD display with one-touch speed and incline buttons.
The most important point, however, is that some people have said that this is the smoothest treadmill that they have ever used.
So if your budget can stretch this far, you might want to consider paying more for this top-of-the-range machine because it should last a very long time and give you all of the workout options that you will ever need, whilst at the same time delivering a really comfortable running experience.
Additional Product Reviews
The treadmills featured above are some of the best machines for home use, but here are some of the other treadmills that we have reviewed on this site that didn’t quite make this list (in order of price from high to low):
→ Sunny SF-T7603 – this low-cost folding treadmill is a new model for 2016, and comes with 3 manual incline settings and 9 user programs, and has handrail controls for added convenience.
→ Merax JK1603E – this is a basic entry-level treadmill from Merax that has 3 programs and 3 adjustable incline settings, and comes with a quiet electric motor and a cushioned running track.