Best Treadmills of 2021

Last Update: 6/30/2021

Countless hours of research and testing allowed us to pick apart a vast home treadmill market to bring you a list of the best treadmills available in 2021. These are serious considerations backed by legitimate testing and hands-on experience. In fact, we’ve been at this for years, following popular treadmill manufacturers, watching up-and-coming brands, charting MSRP’s and prodding customer service with endless inquiries. We’ve been getting to know this industry inside and out so our recommendations are solid. Our number one goal at is to help you find the best practical and effective home treadmill that will get you to where you want to be with your health goals.

Best Treadmills Overall For The Money

These treadmills give you the most features, tech, and versatility when compared to the cost. If you’re solely looking for the best bang for your buck, consider these treadmills.

Best High End Treadmills

At a higher price point, you can expect to find treadmills with more features, stronger motors, heavier weight capacities, and more. We generally categorize these treadmills as $2500+.

Best Budget Treadmills

These treadmills are all below $1000. We don’t expect them to outlive your dog but they won’t cost you as much!

Best Treadmills For Walking

This list was made for our readers who intend only on walking on their treadmill. While we wouldn’t recommend some of these treadmills for running purposes, they are very practical purchases for just walking.

An important message we hope to drive home:

Not all treadmills are created equal. Price doesn’t always reflect quality. Bigger doesn’t always mean better. But an up-close view, a critical eye, and an unbiased review of how a treadmill performs can give you more confidence in your decision making. We’re here to make your treadmill research a lot less complicated by offering just that – a great product review.

Our Process For Picking The Best Treadmills

PHASE ONE: Research

We start by doing a lot of research. Reading through message boards, product review sites, manufacturers’ web pages, product manuals, and other avenues helps us to know what customers are looking for, where they’ve been disappointed and what questions they want to be answered. This is where a lot of review sites stop. They read up on a product and write up a review based on other peoples’ experiences. But at, we actually get our hands on the equipment before we give you our opinions. That leads us to…

PHASE TWO: The Purchase

All of the equipment we buy and review at is purchased OUT-OF-POCKET. Nothing has ever been “given” to us by a treadmill manufacturer for free. We acquire our equipment the same way you would. This gives us the opportunity to review the ordering process and our interactions with customer support when we have them. Heck, they don’t even know we are a treadmill review site with a high readership!

PHASE THREE: Delivery & Assembly

We are always giddy when a new treadmill arrives. We see a huge truck pull up outside of the office and basically, everyone goes to greet the delivery guy. Typically we will opt for curbside delivery because it’s free. But we have gone as far as white glove delivery a few times because we were short on time. This is where they bring the treadmill inside and assemble it wherever we ask them to. When we don’t opt for White Glove Delivery, we assemble the treadmills ourselves. Because we’ve gotten elbow-deep into so many treadmills, we’re inevitably comparing which ones are easier/harder to put together. This info will come up in the final review as well.

PHASE FOUR: Exploration and Testing

We spend a lot of time going through different workout options, display screens, features, add-ons, and accessories. We are looking for how user-friendly the console is and what “extra” features are on the treadmill. We play with the sound system, set up customizable profiles, download apps – the whole shebang. Then we run on the machine regularly for 2-3 months. This is usually enough time to get really good at navigating different programs and understanding the scope of capabilities the treadmill and it’s subscription service or software has.

PHASE FIVE: Group Consensus

Our testers meet together to discuss likes, dislikes, experiences, questions, and concerns. Our team of testers have different athletic backgrounds, vary in age, body type, gender, have different health goals, and vary in athletic ability. This allows us to pull from multiple points of view when reviewing a treadmill.

Best Treadmills Overall For The Money

Hours of running, months of researching, and tens of thousands of dollars spent has lead us to create a list we’re incredibly confident in – here are our BEST TREADMILLS for your consideration.

NordicTrack X22i Incline Treadmill

The incline treadmills from NordicTrack are a class of their own, thanks to the impressive incline range (-6% to 40%). The X22i is their mid-line model that has a more reasonable price tag without sacrificing motor strength and entertainment features. The durable treadmill can provide an efficient workout to walkers and runners alike, mimicking outdoor hills and downgrades better than any other home treadmill out there.

Why The NordicTrack X22i Is A Great Purchase

The X22i is a great home treadmill. While it’s higher in price than the models we’ve listed so far, the features on the X22i justify its price tag. To accommodate for the wide incline range, the x22i has a strong motor. The 4.0 CHP motor aids in smooth movement and reliable, long-term abuse.

The deck on the X22i is 22” x 60” which is as large as you’ll find on a home treadmill. But more noticeably, it has excellent cushioning. The X22i (as well as the X11i and the X32i) offers the most substantial cushioning and we recommend this treadmill over all others to those in need of a truly low-impact treadmill.

This treadmill is more versatile than most. The 2021 incline treadmills from NordicTrack now offer a manual mode. At 1mph, you can perform a sled-push on this treadmill without damaging the motor. Using the onboard Google Maps feature, you can set a route that follows the natural terrain of that area. The treadmill automatically adjusts the incline to mimic a real out-door training scenario.


  • Huge incline range of -6% to 40%. This offers more cross training and a bigger challenge for more experienced runners.
  • Durable 4.0 CHP motor that can handle regular heavy use.
  • Sled grips and push bar for manual use.
  • iFit integration with free 12-month membership.
  • Low-impact running on a supremely cushioned deck.
  • Pre-loaded instructor-led workouts that target different goals and fitness tyles.
  • iFit Coach syncs with the treadmill to automatically adjust your incline and speed to following along with the workout video
  • Lifetime warranty covers the frame and motor.
  • 22 inch HD Touchscreen display provides a fantastic viewing experience.
  • A chest strap HR monitor is included with your purchase.


  • This is not a folding treadmill and will require a dedicated space for use.

Read our full review of the NordicTrack X22i Incline Treadmill Here

Sole F80 Treadmill

Sole treadmills are known for their high weight capacity and incredible stability. While the interface is simple, that doesn’t make it a bad choice compared to more tech-heavy treadmills like NordicTrack and ProForm. This style of treadmill is the type that’s easy for anyone to hop on and run without fussing through excessive options, videos, graphs, etc. The F80 is Sole’s mid-line treadmill model that gives us a comfortable blend of quality and cost.

Why The Sole F80 Is A Great Purchase

The Sole F80 is a great treadmill for users who are comfortable with creating their own treadmill workouts. The interface is what we’re all used to seeing on a typical gym treadmill so it’s simple for most people to navigate. The backlit, LCD screen displays standard information including distance, incline, time elapsed, heart rate, and more.

This is one of our top recommendations for users who require a treadmill with a high weight capacity. Not many home treadmills are as reliable as the Sole F80 for heavy, regular use. The F80 supports up to 375 lbs. This is 50 to 75 pounds more than most treadmills you’ll see on this list. The steel frame has fewer plastic components that lend to a longer lifespan of the machine and most of the exposed steel is powder-coated for a beautiful finish.

Astonishingly enough this super sturdy treadmill is also an easy treadmill to fold and move around when needed. With four wheels underneath the front end of the treadmill, it’s easy to transport than most home treadmills.


  • One of the home treadmill industry’s sturdiest treadmills. Supports a higher weight capacity than most at 375 pounds.
  • Durable 3.5 CHP motor that can sustain regular, long-term use.
  • Noticeable cushioning to alleviate stress on joints.
  • A 15% incline range is higher than most treadmills that typically only go up to 12%.
  • Incredibly simple user interface that many may still prefer over the tech-heavy touch screens of competing home treadmills.
  • Competitive warranty (lifetime frame and motor, 5 years parts and electronics, 2 years labor)
  • Easy to fold and save floor space


  • Limited onboard workout options.
  • Incline and speed controls on the arm rest are in an awkward location.
  • As of 2021, this treadmill no longer comes with a chest strap heart rate monitor.
  • No decline feature
  • Wish the fans were more effective

Read our full review of the Sole F80 Treadmill Here

ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill

The ProForm Pro 9000 is one of the best treadmills under $2,000 due to its high-quality build, powerful motor, and high-tech features.

Why The Pro 9000 Is A Great Purchase

The Pro 9000 is a sturdy and sleek machine that has much to love. Its price to quality ratio is spot on and it is packed with many great features.

We love the smart console layout and the location of the speed and incline buttons, which are located under the screen, making it easy to adjust while running. Also, the fact that users can choose from 40 workout options without a membership is pretty large compared to others.

Its powerful motor and comfortable running area, paired with the ability to fold up and store away, makes this treadmill versatile for different sizes and abilities to use at home.


  • Powerful 4.0 CHP motor
  • Comfortable running areas of 22” x 60”
  • Foldable
  • 10-inch touchscreen for easy navigation
  • IFit capable, which allows users to access endless instructor-led classes on-demand or live
  • 40 pre-installed workouts to access without the purchase of IFit
  • Two-speed fans
  • Tablet holder


  • Lower weight capacity of 300 lbs

Read our full review of the ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill Here

ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill

The ProForm Pro 2000 has also made the top ten list and you might notice it’s similar to the Commercial 1750. However, it’s less feature rich. Motor size and display screen are downgraded but you’ll save $400 with this purchase. Considering how you plan on using this treadmill, you may or may not want to go with the upgraded features of the Commercial 1750. The ProForm SMART Pro 2000 has still raked in more badges of honor than most home treadmills including our BEST TREADMILL in the $1500-$2000 category.

Why The SMART Pro 2000 Is A Great Purchase

For anyone looking to use their home treadmill for walking and light jogging/running, the ProForm SMART Pro 2000 is going to hold up well to regular, daily use. It comes equipped with a versatile and inexpensive subscription service (iFit Coach) as well as a large library of onboard workouts that provide effective workouts for a wide range of users.

The console tech meets our standards for today’s technology and fitness trends. This year’s updated Pro 2000 dumped its outdated LCD screen and adopted a user-friendly, high-definition touchscreen display. On it, you can watch iFit workout videos, view your workout progress, and scroll through workout history data.

You get a lot of high-end features that you’ll find on more expensive treadmills that are slightly paired down to meet the needs of a more limited budget, and that’s fine by us! A lot of households are looking to make smart purchases without breaking the bank and the ProForm SMART Pro 2000 is a smart purchase.


  • Great list of features for a nominal price tag.
  • A reliable 3.5 CHP motor that can handle regular walking and jogging.
  • A good sized running surface to accommodate long and wide strides (22” x 60”).
  • Easy folding deck that makes for easier transportation of the treadmill.
  • Wide incline range compared to most home treadmills (-3% to 15%).
  • Entertainment features include Bluetooth audio speakers and a 7” HD touchscreen display.
  • Onboard workouts are current with today’s tech and media trends.
  • Preloaded workouts come from iFit Coach library.
  • Auto-adjusts incline and speed to follow instructor-led workout videos


  • Downgraded display and motor.
  • The placement of the quick select buttons for changing the incline and speed are very close together. Wish there was more space between them because we have accidentally hit the wrong adjustment by accident.

Read our full review of the ProForm SMART Pro 2000 Treadmill Here

NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill

Hands down, our top pick for Best Treadmills of 2021 is the Commercial 1750 from NordicTrack. When we consider the price-to-features ratio, we feel that the 1750 will satisfy the needs of average users across the board. It’s a home treadmill that has consistently sold well and kept customers happy for years. With the current updates to the 1750 console, motor size, and onboard workouts, we’re still maintaining our decision to award it with the BEST BUY of 2021.

Why The Commercial 1750 Is A Great Purchase

The Commercial 1750 is incredibly versatile while still reasonably priced. Without having to pay an arm and a leg or your eldest child’s college tuition, you get a strong motor, cushion options, steel frame construction and a competitive warranty which all make for high scores in “Build Quality”.

The entertainment factor in NordicTrack equipment is unmatched thanks to its iFit compatibility. And the entry-level Commercial series 1750 maintains this expectation. You get every bit of entertainment, education, and engagement from the onboard iFit videos and the free iFit subscription even with their lowest-priced Commercial series treadmill.

The Commercial 1750 will best meet the needs of an entire household. The onboard library and iFit Coach subscription offer workout options to challenge your typical beginner, novice runner, and expert athlete. It’s frame, motor, and running surface comfortably fit a wide range of body types from 5’2” and 110 lbs to 6’5” and 275lbs.

The 1750 doesn’t have it all. The display is on the smaller side and there are treadmills out there with higher rated motors and wider incline ranges. But considering all that you get on the 1750 for the cost, this treadmill is well worth the purchase and will check the boxes most shoppers are searching for.


  • The 1750 has a great reputation in the home treadmill industry. Well known and highly reliable manufacturer.
  • Great cost/feature ratio.
  • Durable 3.75 CHP motor that is strong enough to handle regular use.
  • The running surface is spacious enough to accommodate long and wide strides (22” x 60”).
  • The deck is easy to fold and lock in place, making it easier to move the entire treadmill when necessary.
  • It has a wider incline range than most home treadmills at -3% to 15%.
  • Entertainment features include Bluetooth audio speakers and a 10” HD touchscreen display.
  • Onboard workouts are current with today’s tech and media trends.
  • Utilizes iFit Coach to provide onboard workouts and added features with the subscription service.
  • Auto-adjusts incline and speed to follow instructor-led workout videos


  • The 2021 model no longer includes a chest strap heart rate monitor but you can pair any chest strap heart rate monitor (ANT+) with the console
  • No USB port
  • No screen casting available

Read our full review of the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill Here

Horizon 7.8 AT Treadmill

The Horizon 7.8 AT is a folding treadmill that is compatible with the most popular online fitness subscription services, this one will do the trick. The large deck and high weight capacity make the treadmill a good option for all athlete heights, and it’s quite comfortable to run on as well.

Why The Horizon 7.8 AT Is A Great Purchase

The 7.8 AT has a large running deck that is comfortable and spacious. It has a heavy-duty frame able to support up to 375 lbs and is perfect for a wide range of users. Regardless of your height or weight, you will be comfortable on this machine.

It is equipped with RapidSynch Drive System, a 1.6 mm Silicone belt, and 12 MPH max speed. HIIT and long-distance jogging are both great options on the 7.8 AT. It has a 0% to 15% incline range, with 3 zone variable response cushioning. IT is a solid treadmill option for those looking for a less intense option that is kinder on their joints.

The 7.8 AT has integrated Bluetooth speakers, with a USB charging port. It has 10 integrated workout programs without ever having to subscribe to a fitness app. IT is also compatible with a Bluetooth heart rate-monitoring chest strap.


  • Durable build
  • Comfortable running area of 20” x 60”
  • High weight capacity of 375 lbs
  • Foldable
  • Bluetooth
  • High-quality speakers
  • Incline range
  • LCD screen
  • Tablet holder and compatibility with 3rd part subscription apps.


  • Heavy machine (330 lbs) makes it difficult to move around. It’s best to have a dedicated space for this treadmill.

Read our full review of the Horizon 7.8 AT Treadmill Here

Best High-End Treadmills ($2500+)

NordicTrack X32i Incline Treadmill

The X32i has an impressive list of features including a 32” HD touchscreen display, up-to-date preloaded workouts that meet our expectations for today’s fitness tech, and an unbeatable incline range of -6% to 40%. The X32i has a manual mode and sled-push feature for enhanced cross-training. What more could you ask for from a home treadmill?

Why The NordicTrack X32i Is A Great Purchase

The X32i has a huge, luxurious display screen. You won’t find this on most home treadmills. The massive screen improves the viewing experience and makes for a more entertaining workout. From it, you can watch workout videos that explore some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. When treadmill training is this entertaining, the grueling workout becomes a little less miserable. We’re all for a home treadmill that makes exercising a more enjoyable task…

…and that’s good because the 40% incline on this treadmill makes for a truly grueling workout. The good news though is that at 40% incline, you can burn a lot more calories in a lot less time. If you’re looking for a way to exercise at home on a busy schedule, this is the treadmill for you. Cramming in a 500 calorie workout in less time is totally doable on the X32i.

To support this massive incline range, the X32i has a 4.25 CHP motor. This motor is strong enough to handle regular, daily abuse. It’s also backed by a lifetime warranty.

The subscription service that pairs with the X32i is iFit Coach. You get 12 months free when you buy the X32i and it’s a very affordable subscription service to maintain after your trial ends. This subscription gives you great data tracking, nutrition tracking, goal setting/tracking, and more. You can access hundreds of workout videos from your treadmill display or mobile device to track workouts on and off the treadmill. The X32i paired with iFit is a full-body experience and can help any user to reach even the wildest goals (we’re talking about you, Ultra-Marathoners).


  • The 4.25 CHP motor is one of the highest rated motors in a home treadmill we’ve seen.
  • -6% decline and 40% incline provide an incline range incomparable to most home treadmills.
  • A large 22” x 60” running surface fits most stride length/width.
  • Substantial cushioning in the deck offers a truly low-impact running surface.
  • Treadmill auto-adjusts speed and incline to follow along with the trainer.
  • Free 12-month subscription to iFit lends to lots of entertainment, engagement, and success with home exercise.
  • Bluetooth chest strap HR monitor is included with your treadmill purchase.
  • Onboard workout options are high-tech and high-def – exactly what we would expect for today’s available fitness tech.
  • 32” HD Touchscreen display provides excellent imagery and is very responsive.


  • This is not a folding treadmill. We recommend opting for in-home delivery and assembly as it is very heavy.
  • This treadmill will require a dedicated space in your home.
  • “Self-cooling” motor makes this treadmill a bit noisier than others.

Read our full review of the NordicTrack X32i Incline Treadmill Here

NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Treadmill

NordicTrack’s “Commercial Series” treadmills offer commercial quality equipment for home use. We see the commercial quality in the heavy duty 4.25 CHP motor. This size motor is not typically found in home treadmills. With such a motor, the 2950 can be used daily. We’re talking 100+ miles a week. If you’re looking to walk 5+ miles a week, it can do that too. The 22” HD touchscreen display is an added bonus for accessing iFit’s engaging and versatile workout library.

Why The NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Is A Great Purchase

We love this treadmill for the entertainment factor. Whether you want to run, walk, or do a bit of both, you’ll have a huge library of workouts to choose from that are engaging and entertaining. What’s better is that you can watch all of your trainer-led workouts on a massive HD display.

If budget isn’t an issue, then this is a great treadmill for a household of people with different treadmill agendas. Its comfortable for walking and has the durability to support extended mileage at higher speeds. It’s a bit of a splurge purchase when you compare it to similar treadmills in the Commercial series from NordicTrack but the feature upgrades are pretty enticing!


  • Large 22” HD touchscreen display provides great video and is very responsive.
  • The impressive 4.25 CHP motor can handle daily, heavy use.
  • iFit compatible, free 12-month subscription with the purchase of the treadmill.
  • Large library of onboard iFit workouts.
  • iFit Coach syncs with the treadmill to automatically adjust your incline and speed to following along with the workout video
  • This treadmill is easy to fold and secure to free up floor space.


  • This is a hard treadmill to find anything negative about. At this price point, it checks all of our boxes.

Read our full review of the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Treadmill Here

Sole TT8 Treadmill

The Sole TT8 serves up the meat and potatoes of home treadmills. It’s basic, but it’s got all the most important parts. This is the treadmill to buy if you aren’t interested in tech-heavy consoles.

We recommend this treadmill for serious runners. It’s strong and durable with an unbeatable weight capacity of 400 pounds and was built to run up to 5 hours a day.

Why The Sole TT8 Is A Great Purchase

The TT8 is a beast. It has a lifetime warranty on its 4.0 CHP motor and frame. The frame is made up of powder-coated steel and all joints are welded as opposed to bolted. Every component on the TT8 is high quality from the rollers and the belt to the console materials. Sole uses a motor with a heavy flywheel (not common in home treadmills) to replicate the feel of a commercial treadmill. The flywheel rids the treadmill of vibration and creates fluid movement in your machine.

While the TT8 doesn’t have a high-tech display or an enticing subscription service, it does have an impressive incline range. The TT8 will decline all the way to a -6% downgrade which is more impressive than most home treadmills. You can also go up to a 15% incline on the TT8.

The cushioning in the Sole deck serves as a sound dampener more than an impact reducer. It’s there and running on this treadmill does feel less impactful than running on the road. But more so, it helps to reduce the noise from pounding on the treadmill deck, making the TT8 a relatively quiet home treadmill.


  • An unmatched weight capacity of 400 pounds.
  • Wider incline range (-6% to 15%).
  • Basic features and onboard workouts
  • 4.0 CHP motor is backed by a lifetime warranty. Comes with flywheel engineering to provide more fluid movement and less vibration.
  • Sole has an app that pairs with their treadmills. It will save workout data and integrate with popular apps like Fitbit, Apple Health, and more.
  • Entertainment features include a tablet holder, Bluetooth audio speakers, and a USB port for charging devices.
  • Chest strap HR monitor included with purchase.


  • Outdated display
  • Limited onboard workout options

Read our full review of the Sole TT8 Treadmill Here

Matrix TF30 Treadmill (XIR Console)

This is the treadmill to buy if you’re interested in streaming Hulu or Netflix on your treadmill display. But that’s not the only impressive quality of the Matrix TF30. You can customize your Matrix treadmill by selecting the console package which ranges from $2399 to $3699. We are all about the XIR console with the 16” touchscreen display. You can access social media apps like Facebook and Twitter, check the weather, browse the web, and of course, binge your favorite shows.

Why The Matrix TF30 Is A Great Purchase

The Matrix TF30 has a slightly smaller footprint than most treadmills on our list but not by much. The 20” by 55” treadmill will comfortably fit the stride of most average users. However, this is a major bonus for some! The smaller footprint of the T30 takes up less space physically and is less visually cumbersome than most home treadmills! As far as design is concerned, it’s not a bad treadmill to look at.

NordicTrack used to let you browse the web on their consoles but they removed that feature about two years ago. Home treadmills with streaming capabilities are limited which is why we love the Matrix TF30 with the XIR console. Hopping onto the treadmill with the latest episode of your favorite show in que is a real treat. You can plug in and listen through your headphones if you’re worried about disturbing anyone in the household. You can watch your TV-MA shows without worrying about your kids hearing something naughty. There are lots of reasons we can think of that make this steaming capable treadmill a winner.

As far as pricing goes, this treadmill does have a smaller motor and incline range than most high-end treadmills on our list. A 3.25 CHP motor is not bad. And an incline range of 0%-15% also isn’t bad. These are standards measurements. But they aren’t impressive. Our reason for including the Matrix TF30 (XIR) is this: The T30 gives you everything you need to get a great workout PLUS the added feature of being able to watch your favorite shows at the same time.


  • Video streaming!! Sign into your hulu or netflix account and binge your favorite shows while you’re moving (however fast or slow that may be).
  • Simple and visually appealing design. This is one of our favorite looking treadmills because it’s sleek and unobtrusive.
  • Max speed of 12.5 mph is the fastest home treadmill speed we’ve tested!
  • High user weight capacity of 350 pounds.


  • Smaller running surface probably won’t be comfortable for users taller than 5’10”.
  • Motor size and incline range are less than other high end treadmills.

Read our full review of the Matrix TF30 Treadmill Here

Best Budget Treadmills

Budget treadmills are cheap. To save on cost for the customer, manufacturers have to save on production costs. This will always result in lesser rated motors, limited incline range, less durability, thinner frames, and lower weight capacities. It’s often reflected in less tech features. You’ll see more treadmills in this price range (under $1000) that have small, LCD displays. But our list of Best Budget Treadmills opted to keep a few bonus features in their equipment to deliver a budget friendly treadmill that’s still functional, reliable, or exciting.

NordicTrack EXP 7i Treadmill

The NordicTrack EXP 7i treadmill is a new model in the NordicTrack lineup that is replacing their T Series treadmills. It is a solid machine that has many great features.

Why The NordicTrack EXP 7i Is A Great Purchase

The price of the EXP 7i is quite reasonable, considering all of the high-tech features that are included and the quality of the machine. Most treadmills with such features tend to be much higher in price, so we are excited about the price of this treadmill.

We love that this treadmill has a touchscreen that displays live and on-demand workouts through iFit. We prefer a 10” screen, rather than 7”, but we are happy that a treadmill priced in this range at least has one. It is a nice upgrade and makes working out fly by as you follow along with motivational instructors.

We also love that NordicTrack extended the running area from 55” on the T 6.5 Si to 60” on this treadmill. It makes it more comfortable for taller users and those who have long strides.

Finally, the EXP 71 is very compact and folds effortlessly with EasyLift Assist, making it a great option for shared or smaller spaces.


  • Price is reasonable
  • Compact design for at-home use to store away if there is limited floor space
  • Touchscreen that displays iFit workouts and scenic runs.
  • Bluetooth
  • Long running area of 60 inches long.


  • Assembling this treadmill can take 2-3 hours.
  • A road-like feel: less cushioning than higher-end models

Read our full review of the NordicTrack EXP 7i Treadmill Here

ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill

The ProForm Carbon T7 treadmill is a good option for those looking to bring a compact new treadmill home. It has a 2.75 CHP motor and 22″ wide by 55″ long treadmill deck, and would be best suited for walkers or light joggers.

Why The ProForm Carbon T7 Is A Great Purchase

We love that the Carbon T7 is equipped with A 7″ HD touchscreen on the console, allowing you to easily access iFit Coach and check workout data. The speakers and 1-year free iFit Coach membership is also a good addition to this treadmill.

It is compact and is manually foldable. Most treadmills are equipped with an assist option, but this treadmill has a manual fold. If you don’t have a lot of space for a beefy treadmill, the Carbon T7 is a good option for you. Its footprint measures 35.24” wide, 74.62” long, and 64.39” tall.


  • Foldable and compact design
  • Incline range of 0-15%
  • Speed max 12 MPH
  • 7” touch screen and iFit compatibility
  • EKG heart-rate monitoring system
  • 10-year frame warranty
  • Crisp speakers and sound quality.
  • ProShox Cushioning technology


  • Not ideal for avid runners and athletes. Best for light walkers and joggers due to motor size and weight capacity.

Read our full review of the ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill Here

Sole F63 Treadmill

The Sole F63 has the highest weight capacity of any budget treadmill on our list. Coupled with a well-rated motor, the F63 is going to be a durable treadmill to sustain long-term use – more so than most treadmills in this price range. That’s why the Sole F63 has made the list for BEST TREADMILLS 2021.

Why The Sole F63 Is A Great Purchase

Cheap treadmills are known to break down sooner than more expensive models. But we feel more confident in the F63 than we would in even higher-priced treadmills on the market. Sole is known for durability and sturdiness. The F63 is no exception.

The F63 is a folding treadmill with a 3.0 CHP motor, 15% incline, and 12 mph max speed. This treadmills welded steel construction can hold up to 325 pounds which is a higher weight capacity than any other treadmill under $1000.

The display and console are what we would consider being outdated but this is a look Sole maintains across most of their treadmills, regardless of the price. Their treadmills are very simple with a limited list of onboard workout programs to choose from. The best use for the F63 is someone who just wants to get on and press go.


  • We’ve noticed lots of manufacturers getting rid of the USB charging ports in their treadmills, but not Sole. The USB port is a great accessory to have for charging mobile devices when you’re on the treadmill.
  • Great treadmill for walking and jogging
  • Like the USB port, the tablet holder is another great accessory for mobile devices. The F63 has a tablet holder that fits Apple and Android tablet devices.
  • Higher weight capacity 325 lbs
  • Stronger motor 3.0 CHP
  • More incline options (0-15%)
  • Long running surface 20” x 60”
  • Chest strap HR monitor comes with your treadmill.


  • Not built to sustain distance running
  • Outdated LCD screen
  • Limited onboard workout options
  • Slightly cumbersome console

Read our full review of the Sole F63 Treadmill Here

Horizon T202 Treadmill

The T202 from Horizon is one of the least expensive treadmills we recommend to our readers. We regularly see this treadmill priced below $800. It’s very comparable to many of the budget treadmills on our list of BEST TREADMILLS 2021.

Why The Horizon T202 Is A Great Purchase

The T202 is a great treadmill option when your budget is limited and you’re in the market for something you can put a lot of miles on. Johnson Fitness offers lifetime warranty coverage on the frame and motor. So, if should you manage to run that 2.75 CHP motor into the ground, you can have it replaced.

Most treadmills at this price point have a max weight capacity of 300 pounds but the T202 has a high weight capacity of 325 pounds. It also has a USB port for charging your mobile device should you need to and you can project your audio through the console’s Bluetooth speakers.

The T202 is a limited use treadmill that will best support walking and jogging, with the occasional distance run. We don’t recommend budget treadmills if you’re looking for something to use extensively. But as far as budget treadmills go, the T202 is a great choice for home use.


  • Extended 60” deck with variable cushioning.
  • 2.75 CHP motor
  • 12 mph max speed and 12% incline
  • Weight capacity of 325 pounds
  • Folding treadmill
  • Bluetooth audio speakers
  • Great treadmill for walking and jogging


  • Not built to sustain distance running
  • Less sturdy when running at higher speeds

Read our full review of the Horizon T202 Treadmill Here

Best Treadmills For Walking

This category is especially for people who want a treadmill with the sole intention of walking. You may or may not get a great run on some of these treadmills, but that’s not the focus here. If you’re looking for a home treadmill for walking or meeting a daily steps goal, check out our recommendations below.

Horizon T101 Treadmill

This treadmill costs next to nothing and the features available on this thing are the bare minimum. But for that shopper who just wants to walk, the T101 makes a lot of sense. Get on, press go, and walk. We’re confident that this $600 purchase will hold up well with regular use. Why spend $1000+ when you don’t have to, right?

Why The Horizon T101 Is A Great Purchase

The T101 is not a treadmill for runners. But it is a really simple way to fit regular walking into your schedule. This treadmill has a lifetime warranty for the 2.5 CHP motor. The incline can go up to 10% to mimic hills and the max speed is 10 mph – plenty fast considering average walking speed is somewhere around 2.5 – 4 mph.

The total weight of the T101 is only 165 pounds! This makes it really easy to move from room to room when you need to. The folding deck allows you to save floor space when you aren’t using it and all together, the treadmill is pretty compact. If you wanted to store it in a closet or somewhere out of the way when it’s not being used, you can. It’s very easy to move and tuck away.


  • The lifetime warranty for the frame and motor are a great bonus.
  • Great treadmill for walking.
  • Simple and easy to use for all ages.
  • Lightweight and compact for easy transportation and storage.
  • You cannot beat this price. The T101 is incredibly affordable and can even be financed.


  • Outdated tech
  • LCD display
  • Limited onboard workout options
  • This is not a treadmill we would recommend for running.

Read our full review of the Horizon T101 Treadmill Here

The NordicTrack T 6.5 Si

The T 6.5 Si is a low end, budget-friendly, treadmill that is a great option for shoppers who plan to use their home treadmill only for walking. While it won’t support distance running, its components are well equipped to handle regular walking for a long time.

Why The NordicTrack T 6.5 Si Is A Great Purchase

When you’re walking on the T 6.5 Si, you can view engaging and interactive workout videos that take you all around the globe. Walking and hiking around beautiful landscapes can help make the time pass more quickly with more entertainment. This is all possible thanks to iFit Coach. This subscription service comes free for 12 months with your treadmill purchase and is relatively inexpensive to maintain. If you choose to not maintain the subscription, you still have a large library of preloaded iFit videos to view from your treadmill console.

The T 6.5 Si has a 2.6 CHP motor that will hold up to long term use when using it limited to walking. At slower speeds (below 4.5 mph), the treadmill is strong and sturdy with little movement in the console. The tablet holder allows you to stream shows on a mobile device. The Bluetooth capable speakers will project your tablets audio from the treadmill console.

The NordicTrack T 6.5 S is the exact same treadmill with a downgraded LCD display screen. However, the treadmill will still connect via Bluetooth to a tablet of mobile device logged into iFit and allow you to receive all of the same benefits from having an iFit subscription. The T 6.5 S can save you a few hundred bucks and is available only on Amazon.


  • Large 10” HD touchscreen video display
  • Engaging workout programs included with free iFit subscription
  • iFit Coach syncs with the treadmill to automatically adjust your incline and speed to following along with the workout video
  • Capable 2.6 CHP motor can sustain long term use when walking
  • Folding capable for easy transportation and storage
  • Good weight capacity for such an inexpensive treadmill (300 lbs)
  • Bluetooth capable speakers project audio from a mobile device
  • Fans work well for cooling and comfort


  • Limit use to walking only to maintain the integrity of this treadmill
  • Limited incline and speed range
  • Smaller running surface (20” x 55”) may not be comfortable for taller users

Read our full review of the NordicTrack T 6.5 Si Treadmill Here

How Rates Home Treadmills

Our rating system is based on multiple 5-star scales. Each treadmill is rated for build quality, features & accessories, and subscription service. Then, we rate treadmills against each other to determine the best treadmills in a specific price category as well as the best treadmills overall.

Rating The Build Quality Of A Treadmill

Each treadmill will be giving a rating out of 5 stars for the build quality of the product. We’re looking for treadmills that are well constructed, that feel like they’re going to hold up to regular and long-term use. Some of the questions we ask as we review equipment are below:

  • Does the treadmill feel sturdy?
  • Does the console shake while I’m running?
  • Do components seem well attached and durable?
  • Is the treadmill easy to maintain and clean?

Rating The Features & Accessories Of A Treadmill

Features of the treadmill go through an extensive list covering basic info you should expect to see on any treadmill like the size of the motor, deck width/length, cushioning, incline/decline options, and max speeds. But we go beyond those basic specs to take a deeper look at additional features like how loud is the treadmill, are the fans functional, what quality of sound do you get from the speakers (if it has speakers), are there reliable heart rate monitors on the machine, and much more. As we look at every feature and evaluate its contributions to the treadmill (and our workout experience), we are asking ourselves the following questions:

  • Do the available features on this treadmill justify the price tag?
  • What features does this treadmill have that makes it more enticing than another treadmill?
  • What features are missing from this treadmill that I wish it had?
  • Do the features function as well as they should?

Rating Any Available Subscription Services For A Treadmill

A new addition we’ve started adding to our reviews is a description of the subscription service or mobile app that may or may not come with a particular treadmill. Many home gym equipment manufacturers are rolling out a subscription service that pairs with their equipment. These services typically include workout videos, how-to’s, nutrition info and tracking, past workout histories and other useful features that add value to their equipment. We give our input covering the basics of these features but it’s really going to come down to personal preference and your personal fitness goals so mostly we just aim to give you all the facts. Here are some questions you should ask yourself when you’re considering a monthly subscription to a fitness app:

  • How much versatility am I getting with this service?
  • Is UI friendly and intuitive?
  • Does this service require equipment or additional purchases?
  • Can I use this service on and off the machine?
  • How engaging is this service?
  • How likely am I to refer this to a friend?
  • Can my whole family benefit from this service?
  • Does this service fit my needs?
  • Does this service support my health goals?
  • Is the service worth the fee?

Why Do We Give A Rating For ‘Best in Category’ AND ‘Best Overall’?

Customers looking for treadmills don’t fit one particular mold so who are we to tell you which treadmill you should definitely buy? We don’t know (or want to assume) what type of budget our readers are working with so this is why we first and foremost break down our reviews and favorites into categories by price. We’ve created our price categories based on what we see many manufacturers doing. They’ll usually all have a product series’ with an entry-level, mid-line, and high-end treadmill model to fit different shoppers’ budgets.

Secondly, we rate all treadmills against each other, regardless of price. When we do this, we’re looking for the best treadmill that makes the most sense to buy when you compare cost, features, and durability.

So when you see that the T101 (under $1000) and the X32i (over $2500) are both given 5 stars, we’re not saying they are equal. We are saying that for a specific type of user, these two treadmills are excellent options.

Rating Treadmills For ‘Best in Category’

A $700 treadmill is a piece of junk next to a $4000 treadmill. It’s going to shake at high speeds and has really basic workout options because that’s what it takes to cut the cost of production and deliver an inexpensive product. BUT it still serves a purpose and can be a much more practical purchase for a particular type of user than a high-end, super expensive treadmill. So we divide treadmills into price categories and compare them only to treadmills that are also in that same price range.

  • $0-$700
  • $700-$1000
  • $1000-$1500
  • $1500-$2000
  • $2000-$2500
  • $2500+

You might see a treadmill in a specific category on our site only to find its current price on the manufacturers’ site higher or lower than we’re saying it is on This is because treadmill manufacturers are constantly adjusting the price of their products for a number of reasons. It’s totally normal to see the price of a treadmill fluctuate between a few hundred dollars over the course of a month. Pricing for treadmills will vary for a number of reasons:

  • Sales events
  • New products
  • Updated models
  • Outdated or limited-stock

We do our best to pay attention to these price fluctuations and categorize treadmills where we most often see them priced.

Rating Treadmills for ‘Best Overall’

To give our readers a list of the Best Treadmills available, we consider every treadmill regardless of price to determine if there is a specific person who’d benefit from each treadmill. We’re looking for reliability and a list of features that supports whatever the price may be.

Factors To Consider Before Buying A Home Treadmill

How do you plan on using this treadmill?

Heavy users, novice runners, and experienced athletes are just a few examples of different user types out there shopping for home treadmills. The way you use it and the frequency in which you use it will make a big difference considering price range, motor size, and capabilities. First and foremost, determine how you plan on using your treadmill. Then seek to find a treadmill that meets your needs.

Where in your home will this treadmill be stored?

Some treadmill decks are capable of folding while others are not. Footprints vary, product weight varies, and their ease of transporting will vary as well. Determine the space you have to house a treadmill and if you do or don’t need something that can be moved from time to time.

What features are available on today’s treadmills and which features are important to you?

As technology evolves, the things you can do with a home treadmill are also evolving. What many people don’t realize is that there are a lot of affordable treadmills out there that do a lot more than what we’re used to seeing at the local gym. Explore your options and pay attention to the onboard workout programs, subscription services and mobile apps available to pair with the equipment, and display options. Then decide which features you can or cannot live without.

Is the treadmill built well or will it need repairs or replacement sooner than expected?

We look for treadmills with longer warranties, higher rated motors, reliable customer service, and fewer plastic components to give us an idea of the treadmills life expectancy. Less expensive treadmills typically come with lesser-quality components. But if you plan on only walking a few miles a week on your treadmill, an entry-level machine might be the most practical choice. So again, determine how you plan on using your treadmill and look for something that can handle the abuse you plan to inflict.

Still Have Questions?

Searching through all the info out there to find the right treadmill isn’t easy. It’s taken years for us to get a solid grasp on the available treadmills and even once we do, there are always updates, new models, and discontinued models to sort through. If you’re still scratching your head, drop us a line. What questions do you have? Let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them.