Best Treadmills for 2021
Last Updated: Sep 27, 2021
Want to own one of the hottest treadmills for 2021 but don’t know where to start? It’s not uncommon to feel lost when looking at all the options available. The treadmill industry is as competitive as ever, with seemingly newer and better offerings by top brands. Trying to single out one that best suits your needs and budget can get exhausting.
However tempting a treadmill may seem, you can’t make a purchase decision without getting a good look at its specs and looking at some comparative models. It’s always wise to educate yourself first about important treadmill aspects. This way, you’ll be able to ensure that all features, from motor power to workout options, are what you’re looking for.
Whether you’re a beginner who’s getting serious about their cardio routine, or a pro who needs a high-performing piece of equipment, we have recommendations for everyone. Read on for a simplified compilation by our fitness professionals for the best treadmills of 2021-22. Our buying guide further explains the different features to note before making a purchase.
Best Treadmills for 2021 rated by our fitness professionals
Overall Best Treadmill: NordicTrack Commercial 1750
Whether you need a folding treadmill or one with awesome motor power, the Commercial 1750 doesn’t disappoint. It’s quiet, it’s roomy, and it’s powerful!
The C1750 has received multiple awards, including Best for Home Use, Best Folding Treadmill, and Best for Runners. This award-winning treadmill is our favourite due to a lot of reasons. The free 1-year iFit app membership, 50 built-in workout programs, and 10-inch HD display are all there to keep you hooked. We are especially in awe of the live personal training and virtual location features on iFit Coach.
Speaking of technicalities, its 3.75 CHP self-cooling motor makes it on par with commercial machines. This helps the treadmill support even professional-intensity workouts without fear of motor burnout. While you’re at it, the pulse sensors integrated into the handlebars track your heart rate.
The tread belt is large enough, even for tall runners, and NordicTrack’s signature RunnersFlex™ Cushioning makes it light on your joints. It declines down to 3% and inclines up to 15%, great for any home treadmill. The speed limit is 22 km/h, so that the C1750 can keep up with marathon runners as well!
Dual 3” Bluetooth speakers and iPod compatibility add to the fun, while an accessory tray and integrated fans enhance comfort. As a cherry on top, the warranty package keeps you covered for a good few years, although we can’t say much about customer support quality!
- Extra-strong motor
- Great speed and incline range
- Free iFit for a year
- Engaging 10-inch HD touchscreen
- Good sound system
- Roomy tread belt with cushioning option
- Heavy; Difficult to relocate
- Poor customer support
Runner-up 1: ProForm Pro 2000
ProForm’s Pro 2000, while not the brand’s fanciest model, has more than enough features to make it a high-value purchase for most people. It follows the NordicTrack C1750 as the best overall treadmill for a lot of reasons.
Firstly, the 22km/h top speed and -3 to 15% incline are the same as the C1750 above. These specs make sure no one’s left disappointed, whether beginner or athlete. Moreover, the 3.5 CHP motor goes to show it’s serious about offering high-intensity workouts. Many treadmills offer high speed, but it’s bogus if the motor can’t support heavy workouts!
You don’t have to worry about leg and elbow space with the Pro 2000, thanks to the 55 x 152 cm running belt. The ProShox cushioning technology further absorbs impact, making your workout light on the joints.
If you’re someone who gets easily bored, you’ll be happy to know about the 7-inch HD touchscreen. The good news is that this treadmill comes with a free 1-year iFit membership, so you get to enjoy plenty of exciting workout features right on this console display when you have a steady WiFi connection.
Further features worth mentioning include easy foldability, pulse sensing handgrips, BLE chest belt compatibility, a workout fan, dual speakers, iPod connectivity, and an adjustable tablet holder. The oversized 2.5-inch rollers also serve in lessening the wear and tear of the belt.
- Powerful motor
- Great speed and incline range
- Spacious tread belt with cushioning
- 7-inch HD screen
- Free 1-year iFit membership
- Good sound system
- Workout fans and tablet holder for convenience
- Heavyweight at 140 kg
- Poor customer support
- Maintenance issues are common after a couple of years
- iFit will require a paid subscription after a year
ProForm Pro 2000
Runner-up 2: Sole F80
The Sole F80 has received tremendous response from fitness freaks worldwide, especially those on the heavier end of the spectrum. The sturdy, folding model is built to last, having an extended warranty and a user weight limit of 150 kg.
We’ve ranked it third since it lacks the engaging touchscreen displays and iFit-readiness of the previous two, settling for a 9-inch LCD instead. It does still connect via Bluetooth with the Sole app and is compatible with Kinomap, which offers virtual running locations similar to those we love on iFit. Ten preset workout programs further open up some training options for you.
Power shouldn’t be an issue with the F80. Run for as long as you please (up to 20 km/h), and the 3.5 CHP motor has your back. The oversized tread belt further adds to your comfort, especially if you’re big and legroom is a concern. It also has a cushioning feature that’s supposed to dampen impact by 40%.
Just in case you needed some side-by-side leg toning, the 15 incline levels can get it done for you. The F80 also offers dual cooling fans and speakers, but we found both the features a bit weaker than we prefer. The accessory tray, two bottle holders, pulse sensors, chest strap compatibility, a tablet holder, and large 2.5” rollers are also worth mentioning.
The Sole F80 has received multiple awards, including Best Treadmill for Runners, Best Folding Treadmill, and Best for Home use.
- Powerful motor
- Good speed and incline range
- Large tread belt
- 150 kg weight capacity
- 9” backlit LCD
- Good warranty package
- Poor customer support
- Weak fan and speakers
- Slow response to speed changes
Best Value Treadmill: ProForm Power 995i
Need a decent piece of cardio equipment without breaking the bank? The folding Power 995i by ProForm is one such machine. While its original price is £1,199, you can get it at incredible discounts to stay under the £1000 mark.
The 995i boasts an assortment of features that make it excellent value for money. Its decent 3.0 CHP motor makes it suitable for any kind of workout, from walking to running, although we don’t recommend speeding up excessively. iFit Bluetooth compatibility with free 1-year access opens up a world of training options for users. The 6” display and 30 preset workout apps allow for further workout variety, while iPod compatibility and dual 2-inch speakers add to your enjoyment.
A maximum incline of 12% and 22 km/h top speed enable you to push yourself on the 995i. The 51 x 152 cm tread belt allows ample leg and elbow room, and ProShox cushioning effectively absorbs impact for a pain-free post-run period. Besides having pulse sensors in its handlebars, the treadmill provides heart rate monitoring via your own Bluetooth chest belt. The workout fan and tablet holder further add convenience for an engaging and comfortable workout experience.
The Power 995i isn’t made for professional, hardcore athletes, but otherwise, it can serve you well. Unless you need to run frequently at high speeds, this treadmill is a good choice, and even more so when on discount. Just make sure you have your own tablet or iPad to compensate for the lack of an immersive display and enjoy your free iFit for a year.
- Good motor power for at-home use
- Great speed and incline range
- Spacious tread belt with cushioning
- Free 1-year iFit Bluetooth membership
- Good accessory features like workout fan, sound system, and tablet holder
- Slow customer service
- Not for very heavy or professional use
- Personal tablet required to enjoy iFit features
ProForm Power 995i
Best Treadmill for Moderate Use: NordicTrack S 25i
Need a home treadmill for brisk walks and the occasional jog? The NordicTrack S 25i could be your best bet. Being compact, foldable, and budget-friendly, it has the right combination of features to ensure functionality and comfort.
The 2.75 CHP motor of the S 25i is enough to support jogging daily. The 22 km/h speed limit and 12% max incline enable you to push yourself to reach your cardio goals. The 51 x 140 cm running deck is big enough to serve its purpose comfortably. Incorporated in this deck is NordicTrack’s signature cushioning feature, effectively dampening the force of your strides.
The S 25i lacks the engaging iFit-friendly console display of its older brother, the S 45i. However, it makes up for that by its lesser price point, 7” LCD, iFit Bluetooth connectivity, and integrated tablet holder. You get free 1-year access to iFit with purchase. Simply use the app on your tablet and sync it with the treadmill.
EKG handgrips for heart rate monitoring, a workout fan, and dual speakers further enable you to make the most of the S 25i. Overall, it’s a great piece of equipment if you need to go slow or at moderate speeds. A 135 kg weight allowance is good enough for most people. Moreover, an extensive warranty keeps you covered for years to come.
- Good budget treadmill for home walking
- Spacious running deck with cushioning
- iFit Bluetooth compatibility with a free 1-year subscription
- Good speed and incline range
- Good warranty package
- Not for running or heavy use
- You need your personal device to use iFit features
Best Incline Treadmill: NordicTrack Commercial X11i
Are you looking to add a strength training component to your cardio routine? Or maybe you need that fiery muscle burn that accompanies multiplied calorie shedding. Thanks to its 40% max incline, the NordicTrack Commercial X11i could be just what you need.
Incline training not only multiplies calorie burn compared to flat walking, but it has a host of other advantages. It lessens injurious forces to your joints and trains your lower body to work harder. If you need some extra definition in your leg muscles, the X11i can push you for mass and strength gains. It even offers a 6% decline if you need some downhill training.
While it isn’t one of NordicTrack’s latest releases, the x11i continues to be popular, thanks to its feature-packed design. Its 3.75 CHP motor is powerful enough to allow fast-paced incline training. The 22 km/h top speed further makes this a top choice for both beginners and marathon runners.
We love the 10-inch iFit-friendly console screen, coupled with a free 1-year membership to the app. It takes you places, right on the running deck! The tread belt has ample space even for tall and broad runners, and the top-notch cushioning technology further dampens your strides’ impact.
The X11i comes with a Bluetooth Chestbelt to monitor heart rate, besides the EKG handgrips. Sled grips and a push bar further open up strength training options, as does manual mode. The dual workout fans, dual 3-inch speakers, and durability-enhancing 2.5” rollers are also worth mentioning.
- 3.75 CHP motor
- -6% to 40% incline, and 22 km/h top speed
- Sled grips, push bar, and manual mode
- 10-inch iFit-ready screen + free 1-year iFit access
- Good warranty package
- Not foldable
- Poor customer support
- Heavy machine at 153 kg
Honourable Mention: NordicTrack S 45i
Are you looking for a quality treadmill at a decent price? This treadmill impressed us and almost made the cut for a number of our categories.
To start, the model looks sleek and modern. It also has a 10-inch full-colour HD console display for you to enjoy all iFit features right on the treadmill. This means there’s no absolute need for pairing the treadmill with another device.
The quality and dependability truly comes from its quiet, self-cooling motor. It has the highest horsepower of the S-series treadmills from NordicTrack. There are more powerful motors in the market, but for most at home users it should be more than sufficent.
- 10-inch full-colour HD Touchscreen
- 3.0 CHP quiet, self-cooling motor
- Free 1-year iFit family access
- Spacious running belt with optional cushioning
- Convenient foldable design
- 22 km/h top speed
- 12% maximum incline
- Integrated workout fan
- EKG handgrips for heart rate monitoring
- Dual 2” speakers
- Good warranty package
- iFit will require a paid subscription after a year
- Heavy use of the machine may compromise motor life
NordicTrack S 45i
Understanding the Specs – How to Buy the Best Treadmill for 2021
Let’s face it – a treadmill isn’t something you can buy on impulse. There’s a hefty price tag involved. So how do you figure out whether the one you’re buying is actually worth its cost? Even more so, how do you determine which one is right for your own unique needs?
Besides brand reputation and prior customer reviews, a treadmill model’s specifications can tell us a lot about its performance. It might seem technical to you now, but we’ve simplified it below so everyone can understand the meaning and impact of motor power, tread belt width, and roller size, etc., on a treadmill’s performance.
Here’s how to judge whether a treadmill would be the best one for you!
Foldability and Dimensions
We know how London flats can seem cramped with a 7-foot machine getting in the way! So, unless you have the required floor space cleared up, you should consider a treadmill’s foldability and footprint.
There are many high-quality, state-of-the-art treadmills available. Some of them have a folding feature, while others don’t. Folding treadmills of top brands usually have a hydraulic system that enables you to lift the running deck and bring it vertically towards the console. This compact storage option frees up floor space, a helpful feature in limited-space homes. Consider the Sole F80 and the NordicTrack C1750 if foldability is a priority.
Non-folding treadmills, on the other hand, do have the advantage of superior stability. This is a generalization, which means not all folding treadmills are unstable. However, if you’re a heavier person who needs high-intensity workouts, we recommend considering non-folding options. Folding treadmills are also generally a few hundred GBP pricier than their non-folding counterparts.
|Features||Folding Treadmills||Non-Folding Treadmills|
|Stability||Generally Lesser||Generally More|
|Price||Generally Higher||Generally Lower|
Many modern treadmills are large machines meant for domestic to light commercial use. They can seem in the way, even if they fold. Ensuring a small treadmill footprint is essential if you’re that limited on space. At the same time, you should ensure that the smaller dimensions don’t compromise the belt width.
The running belt should allow enough leg and elbow room for you to run comfortably. We have more recommendations about treadmill belt dimensions below. Our favourite treadmills with small footprints include any of the NordicTrack T-series, and the Peloton tread, among others.
If you need a non-motorized treadmill, that’s another story. However, most newbie treadmill buyers tend to get puzzled with motor power and the different units associated with it. You must be hearing a lot about CHP, HP, and motor peak, etc. Before we move on to explain these terms, you should know why they’re important.
The motor of a treadmill is ultimately what determines how far you can push yourself on it. Motors with less power may start dying if you use the treadmill for extended running sessions. Weaker motors are also not the best option for heavyweight users.
The main unit for measuring treadmill motor strength is horsepower (HP). Three systems are used for rating this horsepower:
- Continuous Duty (CHP): When motor power is described as continuous duty, it refers to the output a treadmill will generate and maintain throughout the workout. If the Continuous Duty power is high, that’s something to be impressed about.
- Treadmill Duty (HP): Midway between continuous and peak duty
- Peak Duty (Peak HP): It’s the highest power output a treadmill motor can deliver, so it’s a weak unit in general.
Determining the best treadmill motor power is essential to make the most of it. It can be disappointing to have a burnt-out motor on your hands after a few sprints. Moreover, excessive motor power than you need can cost you a considerable amount of money.
Nowadays, treadmill motor powers range from 2.25 to 4.25 CHP. Assuming you weigh under 200 lbs, here are our recommendations for continuous duty horsepower according to your intended use:
- Minimum for Walking: 2.0 CHP
- Minimum for Jogging: 2.5 CHP
- Minimum for Running: 3.0 CHP
Since a treadmill motor’s function is to push the belt forward, a stronger more will be required if heavier users will be using it. If any of the people using the treadmill weigh more than 200 lbs, add 0.5 HP to the above recommendations to ensure proper support.
If you’re planning on marathon-level running or have multiple people who plan to use the treadmill daily, it’s better to consider a treadmill with a 3.75 CHP motor or more. A motor that strong will most likely come with a higher price tag, but most people don’t need that kind of support for home use anyway. The NordicTrack Commercial Series treadmills are currently some of the highest-performing home treadmills available, offering up to 4.25 CHP motors.
Another handy tip from our experts, when deciding between AC vs. DC motors – AC motors are generally noisier than DC motors.
Another thing to consider is the motor warranty. Most reliable treadmills with high-quality motors offer either of the following:
- Lifetime motor warranty
- 10-year motor warranty
This says a lot about your treadmill’s durability and the kind of performance to expect.
Running Belt Features
The belt of a treadmill is another essential component to take note of. Too short or too narrow belts can compromise comfort and workout performance. Flimsy, low-quality belts can add up your maintenance and replacement costs. Here are all the belt features to check before buying a treadmill:
- Tread Belt Length
The very first thing to notice about a treadmill’s belt is its length, especially if you or other users are over 6 ft tall or if you’re going to run on it. Longer legs and higher speeds both mean larger strides. You don’t want to step so far back that you fall off the treadmill due to a short belt!
Your height and your speed will both determine the minimum belt length you need. A 140 cm or 55-inch length usually works great for walking and jogging treadmills. However, if you’re over 6 ft tall and need a treadmill for low to moderate speeding, a 150 cm (60 inch) belt would be best.
For the average runner, the best tread belt length is 60 inches. For runners over 6 ft, a 155 cm (62 inch) belt would be even better.
- Tread Belt Width
Elbow room is essential, so you’ll have to take note of belt width unless you have a naturally slim frame. Most good-quality treadmill belts are around 50 cm (20 inches) wide. The widest dimensions are 55 cm (22 inches) in oversized models. Look for something with at least 18-inch width for running comfort.
The table below shows our experts’ ideal tread belt specifications according to user height and intended use.
|General Recommendations||Walking / Jogging||Running|
|Belt Length|| User Height < 6 FT: 125-140 CM
User Height >= 6 FT: 130-150 CM
| User Height < 6 FT: 135-150 CM
User Height >= 6 FT: 150-155 CM
|Belt Width||45-50 CM||50-55 CM|
|Belt Thickness||1-2 PLY||2 PLY|
- Tread Belt Thickness
We don’t recommend single-ply tread belts unless you only plan on using your treadmill for light walking. One-ply belts are flimsy and are prone to wear and tear, eventually leading to stretching and ripping. This will pile up maintenance and replacement costs for you over time.
Two-ply belts have more advantages over one-ply besides their superior durability. Besides running smoothly for countless miles without needing replacement, they’re quieter, even at high speeds. These are also low-maintenance, seldom requiring waxing or lubrication for smooth functioning. As a rule of thumb, the thicker a treadmill’s belt, the better it can perform long-term.
|One-Ply Belts||Two-Ply Belts|
|Maintenance||High maintenance||Low maintenance|
|Durability||Rip and stretch easily||Long-lasting|
|Usage||Primarily walking||All kinds of use|
Ever heard about Newton’s third law of motion? Following the rules of equal and opposite reactions, every push you give a tread belt with your feet transfers back to you. Simply put, a single step exerts a force on the treadmill’s running surface. In return, the treadmill exerts a force back to you. This force usually hits your joints and ligaments hardest, ultimately leading to pain post-workout. When this happens regularly, it can lead to chronic joint conditions like Runner’s Knee Syndrome.
If you have a really bad back or knees, you might want to reconsider getting a treadmill. Perhaps an elliptical or some low-impact activity like swimming would be better suited for you. However, if you’re as passionate as we are about running – a treadmill surface with cushioning technology can certainly help!
Investing in a treadmill with good cushioning technology can help you stay regular in your workout routine. It may be difficult for you to return to your treadmill when your knees or back won’t stop hurting!
Many top-of-the-line treadmills have this shock-absorbing feature. It reduces impact by making the running surface lighter on your joints by approximately 15 to 40%, depending on the unique technology used. It also reduces the noise that accompanies each stride, making your workout quieter.
There are multiple shock-absorbing technologies out there. Here’s what you need to know:
- Elastomer Cushioning
Imagine small pieces of compressible rubber placed at intervals under your treadmill’s running surface. These allow the padding that your steps need for a comfortable run. Sole Fitness treadmills use such a cushioning system. While it’s not super light in terms of impact, it can be best for marathon runners. They can train for the road without being too harsh on their joints in the process.
Often, variable cushioning is used with elastomers. This system has softer rubber grommets at the front and firmer ones at the back. It allows you to land softly while staying firm behind to push your feet over to the next step. The ‘softer than grass’ cushioning technology of Landice treadmills uses exactly this system for shock absorption. It only lets the deck move in a vertical plane instead of sideways or backward for ergonomic dampening.
- Suspension Cushioning
NordicTrack and ProForm treadmills are known for their cushioning features. The credit goes to the superior suspension system incorporated into their machines, named RunnersFlex in NordicTrack and ProShox in ProForm. With springs placed externally and elastomers used internally, the result is a dampening system that propels you to take your next step while absorbing your landing impact.
- Adjustable Cushioning
Some treadmills allow you to change the feel of your running deck. Popular brands include NordicTrack and ProForm. You can shift from a road-like surface to a belt that absorbs impact, and sometimes you may be able to choose from different cushioning levels. Many treadmills do this by using a moveable isolator, but we won’t get too technical to keep it simple!
All the above cushioning systems are expert-recommended and can be great for avoiding joint pain.
Speed and Incline
Have you figured out how fast you want to go? How much do you plan on pushing yourself on your treadmill? The following discussion will clear out a few things for you.
- Treadmill Speed
Treadmill speed limits usually vary between 16 km/h and 22 km/h. If you’re a beginner, even a 16 km/h speed is much more than what you’ll be able to reach. Professional athletes may need higher speeds, so we recommend looking for a treadmill that can reach speeds of 20 km/h to 22 km/h.
- Advantages of Incline
As for incline, most home treadmills offer 10 to 20% inclines. Incline walking has many health benefits, from increasing your heart rate to being less forceful on your joints and ligaments. It works your leg muscles for strength training, toning and providing definition over time. However, if you have any significant back issues, we suggest going easy on incline by gradually increasing it with each use.
The best advantage of incline training is multiplied calorie burn. A 1% incline is similar in terms of calorie burn to outdoor road running. Experts also recommend this initial incline level to protect your joints from pain after your run.
Generally speaking, if you weigh 70 kg and walk on a flat surface for an hour, you burn around 267 calories. With uphill walking, you could increase this calorie burn to around 422 calories.
- Incline Trainers
Incline trainers offer even more dramatic steepness levels up to 40%. These are midway between a treadmill and stair stepper, sloping steeply for uphill walking. A 40% can multiply calorie shedding by 5 times, compared to flat walking.
- Treadmill Decline
Some professional-level treadmills also have a decline feature, up to -3 or -6%. We don’t recommend using this unless you’re training for a marathon. Decline walking increases the impact forces on your body and heightens injury risk.
The ideal speed and incline limit for you depends on your fitness goals and current fitness level. If you’re a beginner, even a 10% to 12% incline and 16 km/h max speed should be more than enough. When your body gets accustomed to harder workouts with regular use, you might be able to run at higher speeds and incline.
Heart Rate Monitoring
Heart rate monitoring is no longer a high-end treadmill feature, being commonly available in most treadmills. Quality and accuracy vary with different brands and models, but it has now become the norm for any modern machine to have one.
- Why Know Your Heart Rate?
Tracking your heart rate can help you stay in the right zone for your fitness goals.
Understanding how heart rate zones work can enable you to make the most of this feature. Each zone covers some percentage of your maximum theoretical heart rate.
To find out your maximum heart rate, start by subtracting your age from 220, then subtracting your resting heart rate from the resulting number. This is your heart rate reserve, which you can now multiply with the percentage of the heart rate zone you wish to stay in.
The following table shows the percentage by which to multiply your max heart rate to determine your unique heart rate values for different zones.
|Heart Rate Zone||Percentage of Maximum Heart Rate|
|Zone 1||50% to 60%|
|Zone 2||60% to 70%|
|Zone 3||70% to 80%|
|Zone 4||80% to 90%|
|Zone 5||90% to 100%|
Zone 1 is usually suitable for beginners or for warming up and cooling down pre-and post-workout.
Zone 2 enables your body to utilize oxygen more efficiently. It’s the commonest for treadmill training. A good indicator of heart rate Zone 2 is being able to continue a conversation without getting breathless. This is best when you want to keep a steady pace for many kilometers.
Zone 3 is a level up involving more intense exercise. You might be able to speak short sentences but conversing normally in this zone isn’t possible.
Zone 4 is the highest heart rate zone with the most intense forms of exercise or high-speed running. Only saying a bunch of words at a time is possible in this zone.
Zone 5 is best reserved for elite athletes, who may switch between Zone 4 and Zone 5.
- Heart Rate Monitor Types
The most common kind of treadmill heart rate monitor is a pulse sensor. This is incorporated in the treadmill’s handlebars and requires you to hold the handles to provide a reading. Cheaper treadmill models often have weak or inaccurate monitors.
The most accurate heart rate monitoring technology involves a wireless monitor that can be used with a wearable chest belt. Many modern treadmills are compatible with these hands-free monitors, and some even have one included with the purchase.
- Heart Rate Control (HRC)
Higher-end treadmills may sometimes have Heart Rate Control programs. These cause the treadmill to auto-adjust your workout speed and intensity to help you stay in your preferred heart rate zone. If you want to ensure you get maximum benefits from treadmill training, this HRC can be a useful feature. You can always judge yourself when to speed and slow down after some calculation, but this feature saves you the hassle.
Plodding along on a treadmill belt with nothing to look at except your own feet may get boring for some. A treadmill’s console display, sound system, and app compatibility contribute to keeping you immersed in your workout.
- Console Display
Modern, high-end treadmills feature luxurious, full-colour HD touchscreens. Some only allow connectivity to specific fitness apps. Others enable you to browse the internet or watch YouTube, Netflix, etc.
Budget-friendly treadmills lack these showy console displays. They may have a simple LED console feedback for your workout stats like speed, distance, duration, calories, etc. Some have backlit LCDs for the same purpose.
If you’re a gadget freak, you should probably consider investing in a treadmill having an HD touchscreen. However, if you have a personal tablet or Smart device, you may still get away with using a cheaper model while keeping your own device on the treadmill’s tablet holder.
- App Connectivity
Some treadmill brands like Sole have their own fitness apps, while others, like NordicTrack, offer subscriptions to specific ones.
Fitness app connectivity can be a great factor in keeping you interested in working out. Besides helping track your stats and progress, apps like iFit Coach can take your workout to the next level. iFit does this by offering tens of thousands of workout videos, live training with world-class coaches, fitness challenges and marathons, and a realistic virtual running feature with scenic locations on the map. Many NordicTrack and ProForm treadmills offer connectivity to iFit through their console screens or via Bluetooth. Some treadmills also have a free one-year subscription to the app included with their purchase.
- Sound System
We need our tunes when we run, and many treadmill brands have prepared well to facilitate this! iPod or mp3 connectivity and speakers can make a huge difference in your workout experience. Some treadmills have an audio system that is input-only. This means you can play your music through their speakers, but you can’t use your headphones to listen to any audio you play on their console screen.
- Roller Size
Treadmill rollers may not seem like a big deal to you now, but you may want to consider the roller size if you need your machine to last long term. Rollers are underneath the running belt, and these are what the belt slides on when you run. The larger the rollers’ size, the greater their surface area, and the slower they’ll need to spin to propel the belt forwards. Slower spinning naturally means lesser wear and tear, saving you some costly maintenance fees over time.
If you plan on speeding up often, paying attention to roller size is a wise move. We recommend 2.25-inch or larger rollers for runners. Those who only walk can get away with even 1.6” rollers, but we suggest a slightly bigger size to avoid overheating and enable the best performance.
A good treadmill warranty package can save you some costly repairs in the years to come. Most treadmills offer a warranty on the frame, motor, parts, and labour. A treadmill’s warranty can be a good indicator of its durability in most cases.
Good-quality treadmills will offer a lifetime frame warranty. Cheaper ones may offer 12 to 20 years on frame.
Motor burnouts can be very costly, so the motor warranty is definitely something to consider. Ideally, your treadmill should offer a minimum of 5 years’ motor warranty. Many state-of-the-art treadmills have up to 10 years on motor, and higher-end ones should offer even more.
- Parts and Electronics
Try to find a treadmill that covers parts and electronics for at least 2 years. Some even offer up to 5 years, so consider it a bonus if you come across this kind.
A treadmill with at least a 2-year labour warranty should be good to go. However, manufacturers who use subcontractors for their services often reduce labour warranty to a year or so, meaning you’ll have to pay for the repair cost when the warranty period is over.
- Customer Reviews
No one can review a treadmill as honestly as someone who has had hands-on experience with it. A little internet research can potentially unleash a lot of drawbacks of an otherwise attractive-seeming piece of equipment. Some treadmills may be great, but customer support is extremely slow or problematic. Others may be noisy, or the features may not be as described. These things can be best found out by going through what previous buyers have to say about them.
Feeling confident about your treadmill knowledge now? We did our best to help you understand the importance of various treadmill features! From motor power to treadmill display, each specification will affect your workout experience.
Start your cardio routine with something that serves all your unique training requirements. There’s no need to get attracted by fancy-seeming treadmills that cost a huge amount or opt for something cheap that won’t last its worth. You can now make an informed purchase with our best treadmills guide for 2021 and review our Treadmill Rankings for 2021 below:
Treadmill Rankings for 2021
Check out our rankings to find the best treadmills for 2021.
The highest possible score is 5. When reviewing a treadmill, we consider several criteria such as its performance, durability, technology, features, warranty package, and value. When navigating through the rankings, be sure to check pricing as these treadmills are on sale quite often. We’ve added a filter to allow you to group treadmills based on MSRP, manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing.
For more detailed information, read our full reviews by clicking on the model of your choice.
|NordicTrack Commercial 1750||4.90||Check Price||£1,999||10"||3.75 CHP||-3/+15%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|ProForm Power 995i||4.83||Check Price||£1,199||6"||3.00 CHP||0/+12%||£1,000 - £1,500|
|NordicTrack X11i||4.83||Check Price||£2,299||10"||3.75 CHP||-6/+40%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|ProForm Pro 2000||4.82||Check Price||£1,699||7"||3.50 CHP||-3/+15%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|ProForm Pro 9000||4.80||Check Price||£1,999||22"||3.60 CHP||-3/+12%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|Sole F80||4.80||Check Price||£2,799||9"||3.50 CHP||0/+15%||£2,500 and Over|
|Sole F85||4.80||Check Price||£3,499||10.1"||4.00 CHP||0/+15%||£2,500 and Over|
|NordicTrack s45i||4.79||Check Price||£1,499||10"||3.00 CHP||0/+12%||£1,000 - £1,500|
|Sole TT8||4.75||Check Price||£4,499||10.1”||4.00 CHP||-6/+15%||£2,500 and Over|
|Life Fitness F3 Track||4.75||Check Price||£2,495||7"||3.00 CHP||0/+12%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|Life Fitness F3 GO||4.75||Check Price||£2,495||7"||3.00 CHP||0/+12%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|NordicTrack X9i||4.73||Check Price||£1,999||7"||3.60 CHP||-6/+40%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|NordicTrack EXP 10i||4.70||Check Price||£1,899||10"||3.50 CHP||-3/+12%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|NordicTrack X32i||4.65||Check Price||£3,499||32”||4.25 CHP||-6/+40%||£2,500 and Over|
|NordicTrack s25i||4.65||Check Price||£1,099||7"||2.75 CHP||0/+12%||£1,000 - £1,500|
|NordicTrack Commercial 2450||4.60||Check Price||£2,299||14"||4.00 CHP||-3/+15%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|NordicTrack X22i||4.58||Check Price||£2,999||22"||4.00 CHP||-6/+40%||£2,500 and Over|
|ProForm Pro 5000||4.55||Check Price||£1,899||10"||3.75 CHP||-3/+15%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|BH Fitness I.RC12 (TFT)||4.50||Check Price||£1,999||Other||3.00 CHP||0/+15%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|NordicTrack 8.5 s||4.45||Check Price||£1,599||10"||3.50 CHP||0/+12%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|NordicTrack 9.5 s||4.45||Check Price||£1,799||14"||3.60 CHP||0/+12%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|ProForm Performance 800i||4.45||Check Price||£1,499||14"||2.75 CHP||-2/+10%||£1,000 - £1,500|
|NordicTrack C700||4.40||Check Price||£999||Other||2.75 CHP||0/+10%||Under £1,000|
|NordicTrack Commercial 2950||4.40||Check Price||£2,699||22"||4.25 CHP||-3/+15%||£2,500 and Over|
|NordicTrack s20i||4.40||Check Price||£799||5"||2.50 CHP||0/+10%||Under £1,000|
|ProForm Carbon TL||4.35||Check Price||£799||5"||2.60 CHP||0/+10%||Under £1,000|
|BH Fitness I.F9R||4.30||Check Price||£1,699||Other||2.50 CHP||0/+12%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|ProForm Performance 600i||4.30||Check Price||£1,199||10"||2.50 CHP||0/+10%||£1,000 - £1,500|
|ProForm 505 CST||4.30||Check Price||£799||5"||2.50 CHP||0/+10%||Under £1,000|
|BH Fitness F9R||4.30||Check Price||£2,199||9"||2.50 CHP||0/+12%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|Life Fitness F1||4.25||Check Price||£1,995||7"||2.50 CHP||0/+12%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|Sole F65||4.25||Check Price||£2,399||7.5"||3.25 CHP||0/+15%||£1,500 - £2,500|
|Sole S77||4.10||Check Price||£3,699||10.1”||4.00 CHP||0/+15%||£2,500 and Over|
|ProForm 205 CST||4.10||Check Price||£599||5"||1.75 CHP||0/+10%||Under £1,000|
|ProForm Power 575i||4.10||Check Price||£899||5"||2.75 CHP||0/+10%||Under £1,000|
|NordicTrack 7.5 s||3.90||Check Price||£1,499||7"||3.00 CHP||0/+12%||£1,000 - £1,500|
|ProForm City L6||3.90||Check Price||£799||5"||2.00 CHP||0%||Under £1,000|
|ProForm Power 525i||3.90||Check Price||£799||5"||2.60 CHP||0/+10%||Under £1,000|
|ProForm Performance 375i||3.85||Check Price||£699||5"||2.00 CHP||0/+10%||Under £1,000|