While treadmills are a little more expensive than ellipticals, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a quality treadmill at a reasonable low price.
The biggest obstacle you will find when looking for a low priced treadmill is quality. In the world of treadmills, you generally get what you pay for. So, it pays to do your homework and pay close attention to the following features:
- Motor: Those looking to walk/jog will be able to get away with a motor under 2hp, while those looking to run on a treadmill are better off with 2hp plus. If you’re simply looking to walk then you might even get away with a manual treadmill, which cost considerably less than motorized versions.
- Durability: The best way to test durability is to get on a few treadmills and try them out. More durable treadmills are sturdy and solid at high speeds. You might even want to try out an expensive treadmill and then try to find that same feel with a low priced model.
- Programs: The number of programs will vary per treadmill and generally the more expensive the unit, the more programs it will offer. Look closely at the programs and decide if you even need all of them. There’s no point in paying extra for programs you won’t use so you may be better off choosing a cheaper model with fewer programs/options.
- Reviews: What better way to get an idea of the quality of a product than by reading what actual users have to say about it. Amazon.com has built up a huge database of customer reviews on the majority of their products including treadmills. Carefully read through reviews of the treadmills that you’re interested in to get a good idea of the quality (or lack thereof) of each model.
Here are 5 low priced treadmills (under $500) with good reviews (at least 4 out of 5 stars from Amazon.com). Compare these models to see which is the best fit for you.
Horizon Fitness T91 Treadmill $474.90