Treadmills are an excellent way to get into shape, and they provide you with the convenience of working out from home. This means you don’t have to worry about the weather, and you don’t have to waste time driving back and forth from the gym. Now if you have made the decision to buy a treadmill, the next thing you want to know is how much it costs. It all depends on the level of exercise involved and your personal tastes.
General Treadmill Price Considerations
If all you want to know about is the best price on treadmills, then you might be thinking about it the wrong way. This is because price varies a lot according to style, function and options. For example, you can get a very good machine for less than $1000 which should be adequate for basic home fitness needs. From there you can move up to much more advanced treadmills depending on your tastes and goals.
There are professional level machines with advanced technology, and these treadmills can take a real pounding. The best machines, used by hard-core marathoners for example, will cost you around $4000 – 5000. These machines are for athletes who demand the highest performance possible. There are also machines in between, and there is a model for every need. Let’s look at three price ranges and find out what you can expect at each one.
Entry Level Treadmills (up to $1000)
If you are looking to maintain your figure, lose weight or are in a cardiac rehab program, then the entry level treadmill may be for you. These affordable machines are for those looking for treadmills speeds that go from walking to a light jog.
Entry level machines usually have pre-set programs and custom programming capabilities. Some even have built in heart rate monitors. So even at this affordable price range, you get a lot for your money. Our Osprey model is especially popular at this price range.
Mid-Level Treadmills (from $1000 to $2500)
At this level you take things up a notch. These machines are designed for the serious athlete who makes fitness a top priority in their life. But they can also be for the fitness oriented person who wants a few more options when working out – like an iPod docking station. These treadmills would be considered “professional” level treadmills like the ones found in fitness clubs. Some other features at this level are:
- 3.0 HP motor
- Special noise reduction drive belt
- One button incline change
- Heart rate monitor
- Wireless companion scale that downloads weight, BMI and other data
- Pre-programming option to burn a specific amount of calories
Again, even though these are not the most expensive treadmills on the market, almost any level of running can be handled by these machines. In fact, some of them can even support a body weight of up to 350 pounds. So if you are looking to lose weight, these treadmills are your best bet.
A great example of a mid-level treadmill would be our Sebring folding model which combines mid-level performance and good value.
Professional Level (over $3000)
Pro-level treadmills are for serious marathoners or for anyone who wants state-of-the-art exercise equipment. At this level you get things like HD video workouts that are calibrated to real marathon race courses. Our Boston Marathon 3.0 and 4.0 SpeedRing models have this exclusive feature. Also, the incline of the treadmill changes to simulate hill climbs and descents. You can even use Google Maps Street View and run on virtually any street in the world. Here are some other amazing features available on these pro-level treadmills:
- Bluetooth heart rate monitor and speed control
- Multi-month training programs
- Running efficiency gauge
- Heavy duty motor
- Full Internet browsing capability
Again, these are only for the very serious athlete. Did we mention the top speed is a blazing 15 MPH?
Want To Know More About Which Treadmill Is Best For You?
There is a treadmill for every level of exercise. No matter if you are losing weight, keeping fit or training for a marathon, a good treadmill is a valuable tool for reaching your goals. Check out the many different treadmill options and buying tips on our treadmill buying guide.