Best Treadmill Brands of 2018

By Kealia Reynolds

Whether you’re a fitness expert or beginner runner, a treadmill is the ideal piece of exercise equipment to take your training and cardiorespiratory goals to the next level. Compare the best treadmill brands of 2018 and find the perfect system for you and your home.

Treadmill brands we recommend

1. Bowflex

Bowflex is one of the most recognized and trusted names in the home gym equipment business and focuses on innovative products that deliver results to customers. If you’re looking for a product to meet all of your fitness needs (losing weight, improving heart health, etc.), consider purchasing a treadmill from Bowflex. The company offers two different treadmill models: the Bowflex BXT116 and the Bowflex BXT216.

Though both options are great, we recommend the Bowflex BXT116. It features a heart rate monitor with integrated contact grips and an included chest strap, a 7.5-inch color LCD screen, nine different workout programs, and a maximum incline of up to 15%.

Bowflex receives a 5-star House Method rating (that’s a big deal!) for factors like easily-discoverable warranty terms, an extended return window, and free delivery—all characteristics of a treadmill brand that stands behind its products.

Read more Bowflex treadmill reviews.

2. ProForm

For those who want an intense, versatile workout and affordable treadmill options, ProForm offers three different treadmill series for your choosing. All of their treadmills feature heart rate monitoring and iFit compatibility.

One of our favorite ProForm treadmills is the 505 CST. Named Wirecutter’s Best Treadmill pick, the 505 CST is a folding treadmill that offers a roomy running surface (the running belt is 55 inches long), 18 different exercise programs, motorized, instant incline adjustability, and a space-saving design. Not only does it provide the features that most exercisers are looking for, but it’s also one of the least expensive treadmills on the market.

Read more ProForm treadmill reviews.

3. Sole Fitness

SOLE treadmills are made for performance and provide a high-quality gym experience in the comfort of your home. Not only does Sole Fitness provide high-quality products and free shipping, but it also offers warranties specific to each treadmill, ensuring that your investment will be protected over time. Out of the six treadmills offered by Sole Fitness, House Method prefers the Sole F65 Treadmill—a hybrid of the Sole F63 and Sole F80 treadmills.

The Sole F65 features a 22 x 60-inch running surface, 15 incline levels, varying speeds up to 12 mph, six preset programs including cardio training and fat burning programs, and Bluetooth capability that allows users to transfer workout data from their fitness equipment to their smart devices. This treadmill is great for exercisers on a budget looking to find a product that meets their needs without being too overpriced.

Read more Sole Fitness treadmill reviews.

4. Life Fitness

If you’re looking for a high-impact cardio workout, Life Fitness treadmills have a reputation for being the most reliable and comfortable treadmills on the market. Life Fitness also promises to equip exercisers with a transformational workout experience, regardless of your age or fitness level. Perfect for those all along the fitness scale, Life Fitness is one of the only treadmill brands that provide treadmills specific to each experience level.

The F1 Smart Treadmill offers iPod compatibility, heart rate monitoring, and a FlexDeck Shock Absorption System that enhances comfort and reduces knee and joint stress by up to 30%. It even has a space-saving design, allowing you to fold up the product whenever you need to make more room in your home. A free, standard warranty is included with the purchase of an F1 Smart Treadmill.

Read more Life Fitness treadmill reviews.

5. NordicTrack

NordicTrack offers a variety of treadmills, including collapsible commercial-grade treadmills, C-Series treadmills, and treadmill desks. This treadmill brand also offers incline trainers that are perfect for walkers who enjoy a treadmill-style workout with a steep incline. If you’re looking for treadmill variety, NordicTrack should be your go-to provider.

The all-new 2018 NordicTrack Commercial 2450 incorporates state-of-the-art noise reduction and provides a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor. It also has a 10-inch smart HD touchscreen, an auxiliary music port, a 15% incline, 40 exercise programs, and a space-saving design with easy lift assist.

Read more NordicTrack treadmill reviews.

How do I choose a home treadmill?

Take into consideration these five factors when choosing a treadmill:

  1. Fitness objectives—Whether you’ve been running for multiple years or are just starting out, knowing how you’ll use your treadmill and what your exercise goals are will help determine which product to buy.
  2. Budget—Some treadmill brands will offer more expensive products with longer warranties, steeper inclines, and sturdier platforms. Set your budget and keep it in mind when researching and comparing treadmills.
  3. Size—Most treadmills will take up the same amount of space, but there are a variety of different sized treadmills available. When looking at treadmills, know the dimensions of the room you’ll be putting it in and allow ample space in all directions for easy access and increased safety.
  4. Adjustability—A treadmill will typically offer speeds of up to 12 mph. However, some treadmill brands offer products with higher levels of speed and inclines for more experienced runners.
  5. Features—Though most treadmills come with built-in technology, like Bluetooth capability, heart rate monitoring, and auxiliary ports, there may be some treadmills that offer additional features. Know what you want out of a treadmill, especially if you’ll be using it 3–5 times per week.

Ask yourself these questions when determining which treadmill is best for you:

  • Do you feel comfortable when using the machine/are the controls easy to reach and operate?
  • Are home delivery and assembly (white glove services) included?
  • What are the warranty terms and conditions?
  • What is the return policy like?
  • Are there add-ons available with my treadmill?
  • Is special financing provided?

While these factors are important, definitely do your research before purchasing a treadmill. Compare treadmill brands by reading third-party and consumer reviews. These reviews should provide information about different treadmill brands’ pricing, product features, shipping and returns, installation and white glove services, and customer satisfaction.

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