The 7 Best Treadmills Under $1000 – Exercising in Comfort

We gave this article on the best treadmills under $1,000 a big shakeup to reflect some recent changes in the market. We removed a few older models, such as the Nautilus T614 and the Reebok Jet 100.

In came five new models – the Horizon Fitness T101, the NordicTrack T Series 6.5S, the Nautilus T616, the Schwinn 830, and the small-room-friendly Asuna Space Saving Treadmill by Sunny Health & Fitness.

The winner after the latest chart update:
Horizon Fitness T101 - 1
  • Motor: 2.5 CHP
  • Speed: 0 to 10mph
  • Incline: 0 to 10% (Motorized)
  • Belt: 20” x 55”
  • Folding: Yes
  • Features: Bluetooth connectivity, rapid-charge USB port, quick controls, 3-Zone Variable Response cushioning, tablet shelf, pulse-grip heartrate monitors, preset workout programs, cooling fan

Make no mistake about it – buying cheaper exercise equipment can be ideal when you are just starting out or want a low-cost solution for your home gym. However, investing more in your fitness equipment can be very wise in the long run, especially if you use it regularly.

Treadmills are certainly something worth splashing out on if you have the room to stretch your budget. Sure, there are some solid choices in both the $300 and $500 price ranges, but $1,000 is where good comfort and convenience start to become the rule, as opposed to the exception.

Spending up to $1,000 on a treadmill isn’t a lifechanging amount, although it’s still a large stack of cash for most people – so you want to have a good piece of equipment in return.

Fear not! In this handy article, we have searched far and wide for some of the best treadmills you can buy for under $1,000. Take a look at our picks below, before reading our guide to buying in this price range as well as some FAQs.

Top 7 Best Treadmills Under $1000:

Pros

  • Easy hydraulic folding design
  • Comfortable cushioned three-zone track
  • Plenty of modern comfort and connectivity
  • Robust frame and motor, with lifetime guarantee

Cons

  • Not ideal for very tall runners
  • LCD screen is a little small
  • Lower top speed and incline compared to others in this range

Motor: 2.5 CHP
Speed: 0 to 10mph
Incline: 0 to 10% (Motorized)
Belt: 20” x 55”
Folding: Yes
Features: Bluetooth connectivity, rapid-charge USB port, quick controls, 3-Zone Variable Response cushioning, tablet shelf, pulse-grip heartrate monitors, preset workout programs, cooling fan

One of our favorite treadmills on the market for under a grand is the T101 from Horizon Fitness. This machine offers a solid core performance for walkers, joggers and runners alike, thanks to a robust build, reliable motor and 3-Zone Variable Response cushioning.

Yet there’s more on offer, with a host of mod cons – including Bluetooth speakers, integrated tablet holder, a USB charging port and a built-in fan. With an easy hydraulic folding design, this is ideal for home and office users.

While the speed and incline options aren’t as extensive as some others, the overall performance takes some beating in this midrange market. Worth a closer look – and our complete review of the T101 has it all!

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Pros

  • A powerful 3.0 CHP motor
  • 15% motorized incline
  • Generous belt dimensions
  • Easy to stow away
  • Comes with plenty of convenient extras

Cons

  • One of the most expensive treadmills in this range
  • Controls are a bit slow to react

Motor: 3.0 CHP
Speed: 0 to 12mph
Incline: 0 to 15% (Motorized)
Belt: 20” x 60”
Folding: Yes
Features: Backlit display screen, StrikeZone cushioning system, USB charging ports, Bluetooth connectivity, three-speed fan, SoftDrop system

On par with our top pick is the T616 from Nautilus. This is the brand’s popular midrange offering, packed with tech, performance and power – the 3.0 CHP motor takes care of that!

One of the highlights of the T616 is the gym-grade belt with a generous 20” x 60” landing area and StrikeZone cushioning system for a comfortable ride. With the SoftDrop system, it’s easy to stow it away when not in use.

The main control console is impressive, with two high-res backlit monitors displaying everything from time and distance to speed and calories burned. There are plenty of connectivity and comfort options too, with Bluetooth to sync your workout data, along with USB charging ports and a three-speed fan.

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Pros

  • Impressive core performance with a 2.6 CHP motor
  • Folds away easily
  • Comes with a free month of iFit
  • Shows great value in this category

Cons

  • Quality control is temperamental
  • Inconvenient to use the treadmill without an iFit subscription

Motor: 2.6 CHP
Speed: 0 to 10mph
Incline: 0 to 10% (Motorized)
Belt: 20” x 55”
Folding: Yes
Features: Easy Lift assistance, FlexSelect cushioning, 5” backlit display screen, built-in speakers, EKG heart rate monitor, iFit free trial

The 6.5S from NordicTrack’s T Series is undoubtedly one of the most popular treadmills on the market today – in any price range. Just a glance at the features and you’ll understand why!

For one of the lower-cost running machines on this list, the 6.5S is packed with tech and comfort, but not at the expense of an impressive core performance. Features include a 2.6 CHP DurX motor, which delivers a top speed of up to 10mph, while there is also 10% of motorized incline.

Features include a 5” backlit display screen and a nicely cushioned track, while it also folds up well thanks to the Easy Lift assistance. You also get a free 30-day trial for iFit – the popular interactive training system.

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Pros

  • Generous belt size for larger runners
  • Good top speed of 12mph
  • Great control panel and detailed LED screen

Cons

  • Tricky to put together
  • Made difficult to use without an iFit subscription

Motor: 2.75 CHP
Speed: 0 to 12mph
Incline: 0 to 12% (Motorized)
Belt: 20” x 60”
Folding: Yes
Features: ProShox cushioning, QuickSpeed controls, backlit LED screen, built-in Bluetooth speakers, integrated tablet holder, CoolAire fan, iFit compatible

Here’s another impressive treadmill that boasts features you’d expect to see on running machines in a higher range. For example, it’s powered by a 2.75 CHP motor pushing one of the largest belts in this market (20” x 60″), which you can use to reach a max speed of 12mph.

Self-cooling technology ensures top performance from the machine, while a cooling fan on the control panel gives you just as much comfort for your workouts. Other features include built-in Bluetooth speakers, an integrated tablet holder, and iFit compatibility.

A highlight is the nicely-detailed LED screen and a plethora of QuickSpeed controls, allowing you to reach your ideal speed and 12-stage incline instantly. It’s not the cheapest on this list, but certainly one of the most comfortable treadmills for under $1,000.

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Pros

  • Stylish and stable design
  • Simple to stow away
  • Good top speed and incline options

Cons

  • Landing belt length isn’t great for tall runners
  • No Bluetooth connectivity

Motor: 2.75 CHP
Speed: 0 to 12mph
Incline: 0 to 12% (Motorized)
Belt: 20” x 55”
Folding: Yes
Features: SoftDrop system, 22 preset programs, SoftTrak cushioning, backlit LED screen, quick-access buttons, USB charging port, built-in speakers, media shelf, cooling fan

Schwinn’s 830 is another high-performance treadmill that would fit well in any home, with a strong core performance and stylish design. The SoftDrop build makes storing it away nice and simple, although – with such comfort – it may not be one you want to put away too often!

The 830 has a 20” x 55” belt offering a smooth experience thanks to the SoftTrak cushioning system. Powering this one is a 2.75 CHP motor, offering you up to 12mph of speed and a motorized incline up to 12%.

Up top, it’s easy to set your goals and tailor your experience, with a range of standard and quick-access buttons alongside a blue backlit LED screen, deep storage pockets, a fan and emergency tether.

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Pros

  • Folds flat so you can store it under a bed
  • Very sleek and stylish design
  • Integrated tablet holder and built-in speakers

Cons

  • Belt will be too compact for tall users or runners
  • Pretty low top speed of 8mph
  • No incline options
  • Only supports users up to 220lbs

Motor: 2.5 HP
Speed: 0 to 8mph
Incline: None
Belt: 17.75” x 49”
Folding: Yes
Features: Folds completely flat, stylish design tablet holder, built-in speakers, transportation wheels

While this midrange treadmill may not boast the widest range of controls, or the most power, it is highly-rated for a good reason – how small it can fold!

Unlike other stowable designs, which still take up a considerable amount of space in a room, this stylish gold treadmill actually collapses to a flat profile so you can store it under the bed! Yet, even with this space-saving tech, the build is robust and the performance is top notch.

It’s powered with a 2.5 horsepower motor, offering speeds of up to 8mph, so you can definitely get a good sweat on. Additional features include simple controls, a tablet holder and speakers, so you can listen to music and movies through the auxiliary port.

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Pros

  • Features a space-saving design
  • Sturdy track and quiet operation
  • Top speed of 12mph with a 15% incline

Cons

  • Quite a short and narrow belt for this range
  • Control panel looks a bit bulky and dated
  • Feels a bit expensive for what you get

Motor: 2.5 HP
Speed: 0 to 12mph
Incline: 0 to 15% (Motorized)
Belt: 18.5” x 51.5”
Folding: Yes
Features: Space-saving design, quick controls in handles, heart rate monitor, 10 built-in workout programs, transportation wheels

The Lite Runner from 3G Cardio proves a popular treadmill in this price range, offering home users the performance of a gym-grade treadmill, but with some handy features that make it ideal for home use.

One of these is the fact that it folds up to a space-saving size – good for home use. Despite its compact foldable nature, the Lite Runner feels very stable, with a sturdy track and quiet operation. It also offers a strong motor that can push you up to 12mph and offers 15% of incline.

It lacks the advanced LCD displays and nifty touch buttons that some of its competitors boast, but for a no-nonsense treadmill for a living room or office, this is a prime choice.

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Shopping for a $1,000 Treadmill

So, you’re making the jump from a $500 treadmill to one costing under $1,000? Good choice! While you may be spending a considerable chunk more, the performance and reliability on offer with treadmills in this region may prove more cost-effective in the long run.

Here’s what to look out for when shopping in this price range:

Design

The treadmills in this range are a stylish bunch. Still not quite looking like a gym-grade treadmill, but very close. Ultimately, you’d be happy having them take center stage in your home gym or in a corner of your living room, which is the most important thing.

If you are storing it in a living room, apartment or office, rest easy that the majority of treadmills in this category fold away easily. They aren’t completely invisible, but with the deck folding vertically, you will be able to reclaim some floor space after a session. Look out for soft-drop and easy-lift features, which take the hassle out of folding and unfolding.

Of course, the more compact a treadmill, the less room it gives you to run. You need to tread the line between something that takes up very little room and still gives you generous enough belt dimensions. Try to determine what’s more important to you – a longer stride or a more compact machine.

Core Components

Different treadmills come with different features, even in the same price range. However, every treadmill in this region should offer solid core components. This means a sturdy frame and robust build that won’t shake and wobble as you pound the virtual sidewalk.

You can also demand a powerful motor that can cope with long sessions and higher-speeds. Look for something that is at least 2.5 CHP (continuous horsepower) or higher. You will want this for offering speeds of anywhere between a fast 8mph jog and an all-out sprint at 12mph.

A motorized incline control is also essential in this range, so you don’t have to get off the machine and manually adjust anything during your workout like you would on a budget treadmill in the $300 price range.

Other things to consider include the ability to stow away the running machine when not in use. This can be essential if you are using it in a living room, bedroom or office – anywhere aside from a dedicated home gym. Keep an eye out for hydraulic systems that help you fold the machine with ease.

Incline Selection

When spending under $500, incline is still a pretty mixed bag. One significant change that you will notice in the $1,000 range is that motorized incline is now standard. This means you don’t have to get off the treadmill when you want to increase or reduce the gradient.

In this category, you’ll find gradient option ranging from 10% up to 15%, which is enough to provide a tough challenge. Even as you venture in the higher end of the market, 15% incline is still standard, so buying in this sub-$1,000 range doesn’t mean you are missing out on anything.

Belt Size

The size of the belt (i.e. the moving track on which you land) is very important and often overlooked. You don’t want to set up your treadmill, then realize it doesn’t allow you to stride naturally. In the budget markets, belts with sizes of 16” x 50” are still quite common, however the majority of machines in this price range will offer bigger belts.

Anything from 20” x 55” and above will give most users a comfortable experience. If you are around 6ft or taller, aim for a belt with a longer 60” length – this will give you more freedom, without fear of falling off.

Control Module

Truth be told, the main consoles on treadmills in this price range are pretty similar to those priced higher and lower. This means you will find all the controls you need to tend to speed and incline, occasionally having options such as QuickSpeed, which allows you to jump from, say, 3mph to 10mph at the press of a button.

The display monitors are also pretty similar, with backlit LCD screens offering everything you need to know about what’s happening during your workout – the speed, time, distance and calories burned. These may also offer you preset programs tailored towards specific goals, such as distance, fat loss or heart rate.

However, if you are looking for larger display screens – perhaps those which can show video or browse apps – then you’ll have to increase your budget and shop in the under $2,000 region.

Secondary Features

Whatever the price range, every treadmill comes with a couple of extra features that boost comfort and convenience. However, you can expect the amount, quality and usefulness of these features to increase as you move into this $1,000 segment.

In addition to a decent display screen, as we’ve covered above, one thing that many in this category will offer is built-in speakers, some with Bluetooth support (or, at the very least, an auxiliary input). This allows you to enjoy music, take calls and listen to workout instructions via a smartphone or tablet.

While speakers increase convenience, the quality of sound in this range won’t match that of a proper sound system, so audiophiles may want to look elsewhere!

Every treadmill in this range should also offer the basics, such as a water bottle holder, or a built-in fan to cool you down as you exercise. An emergency tether is also a vital addition, so the machine will quickly shut off if you trip, faint or collapse – crucial when working out alone.

You will also find that most treadmills under a grand will offer handy integrated device holders, allowing you to attach a tablet for entertainment and workout purposes.

Finally, in this range, you will find some treadmills are ready to connect to services such as iFit. Accessed via a smart device, iFit offers thousands of workout programs, delivered by real people in real-world scenarios. Your trainer controls the incline and speed of your treadmill, so there’s no need to mess around with buttons as you are running.

Note that iFit isn’t a free service, even though some treadmills do offer free trials or a month’s membership. Figure out whether you will commit to a subscription before you make the purchase. You can read more about iFit on their official site.

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s unadvisable to just jump in and purchase any fitness gear – let alone a treadmill costing around a grand! So how do you choose the best treadmill for you?

Try to define what exactly you are using it for. If you are planning to use it primarily for walking, you won’t need anything with a high top speed or an overpowered motor. In fact, if you are looking for treadmills for walking, you don’t need to spend as much as $1,000 to land a suitable machine.

Jogging and running place more stress on the belt and motor, and demand higher top speeds. So, if you are training towards your first half-marathon or are an advanced runner, you’ll need to go for a treadmill with a stronger motor and more durability. A motor of between 2.5 and 3.0+ CHP is ideal for running.

Deck cushioning is also important when it comes to running – the more running you do, the more cushioning you are likely to need. This is to absorb the shock as your foot hits the belt, which will protect your joints in the long run.

Also check the maximum weight limit of the treadmill. Most will deal with heavier users, but it’s no good being a 250lb individual jumping on a treadmill with a 220lb weight limit.

Finally, consider what extras are important to you. While the core performance is always more important than secondary features, decide if you need a larger display screen, heart rate monitor, preset programs to follow, or speakers built in.

Much of the time you can do without these, but if they are important to you, make sure your treadmill shortlist offers them!

You can actually spend up to $10,000 and beyond on a treadmill. Should you? Probably not. Spending $1,000 can result in a solid machine that will help you achieve your fitness goals in the comfort of your own home.

However, if you increase your budget to treadmills costing around $1,500, you will see some more advanced features that can benefit you further.

For example, you will find machines with more powerful motors, with 3.5 to 4.0 CHP motors pretty common. These deliver similar top speeds to the $1,000 range, but will get you there quicker, with a smoother performance and less noise.

The higher end will also give you more advanced incline systems, while some will also offer you decline of up to -3% for a slight downhill gradient.

Of course, the secondary features also improve, with full HD TV screens, better speakers and more advanced controls all a tempting prospect.

If $1,000 is all you can afford, then – as this page has demonstrated – you can find plenty of excellent machines. However, if you can squeeze an extra few hundred bucks from your budget, then you may find more appeal on a more expensive treadmill.

Using a treadmill can certainly help you lose weight, providing you are using them effectively and combining your exercise with a good diet.

To lose weight, you should consistently be burning more calories than you consume. This can be done by increasing the amount you exercise or by eating less – or by combining the two approaches.

Working out on a treadmill is a good way to burn calories, with the average person burning around 150 to 220 calories per 30 minutes of walking, and around 500 to 700 calories when running for 30 minutes.

Providing you aren’t following your workout with a fast-food pig-out session, you should start to see results over time. The better your diet and the more exercise you do, the faster you will lose weight. Although it is wise to make it a more gradual process, as this will be better for your body and will help you stick with it for longer.

Using a treadmill is very safe – providing you take a few precautions, just as you would with any other piece of exercise equipment.

The biggest danger when using a treadmill is falling, and this risk can be reduced quite easily. Firstly, whenever you are using the treadmill, attach the safety key. These keys attach to your waistband via a string, tethering you to the machine. Should you fall over when using the treadmill, the key will pop out and the treadmill will come to a safe stop.

Of course, you don’t want to be falling over in the first place. To avoid this, make sure you are using a speed you can cope with. Don’t start too fast – build up to your top speed gradually. If you feel faint or dizzy at any point, stop the machine and take a break.

Also, try to focus on the task at hand. With things like smartphones, tablets, TV screens and speakers, it is too easy to become distracted. Try not to fiddle with too many things when you are running – concentrate on the act of running.

Naturally, if you have a pre-existing condition affecting your cardiovascular system, ensure you consult a medical professional before starting a new workout program. Better safe than sorry!

The Ver(ve)dict!

The biggest differences between the $1,000 treadmill range and the lower price categories are almost always reduced to secondary features. However, the overall quality of frame, motor and performance is definitely improved in this range, and spending a little more can result in a treadmill that will last you a lot longer.

Our chart of the top treadmills will have offered insight into which is worthy of your money. Now all that’s left to do is define what you need, make a decision and buy some new running shoes – you’re going to need them!

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