The 7 Best Treadmills Under $1500 – Running into Premium Territory

We gave this article on the best treadmills under $1,500 a little shakeup to reflect some recent changes in the market.

This included removing a few older models that were no longer readily available. These were replaced by two new treadmills, both from Sunny Health & Fitness – the space-saving Asuna 7750 SpaceFlex and the manual Asuna 7700.

The winner after the latest chart update:
Horizon Fitness 7.4 AT - 1
  • Motor: 3.5 CHP
  • Speed: 0 to 12mph
  • Incline: 0 to 15% (Motorized)
  • Belt: 22” x 60”
  • Folding: Yes
  • Features: 3-Zone Variable Response cushioning, 8.25” LCD monitor, Bluetooth connectivity, rapid-charge USB port, quick controls, media shelf, pulse-grip heart rate monitors, preset workout programs, cooling fan, 325lb max capacity

Higher-end treadmills are a perfect way to take your cardio game to another level. While you can easily spend beyond $10,000 on a premium treadmill, most home users will find everything they need – and more – with a treadmill costing $1,500.

Whether you are an experienced runner, fitness enthusiast or building the home gym of your dreams, a treadmill in this range may be just what you are looking for.

Today we are focusing on some of the best treadmills on the market for under $1,500, highlighting our seven favorite models, along with mini reviews, pros and cons for each.

After this, we’ll be discussing what to look for on a treadmill in this category, as well as diving into some of the most frequently asked questions.

Top 7 Best Treadmills Under $1500:

Pros

  • Fitted with a 3.5 CHP RapidSync motor for power and performance
  • Plenty of versatility with top speed of 12mph and up to 15% incline
  • Loads of room to run on a 22” x 60” belt
  • Stocked with good screen, speakers and plenty of built-in workout programs

Cons

  • Pushes the $1,500 price limit to its max

Motor: 3.5 CHP
Speed: 0 to 12mph
Incline: 0 to 15% (Motorized)
Belt: 22” x 60”
Folding: Yes
Features: 3-Zone Variable Response cushioning, 8.25” LCD monitor, Bluetooth connectivity, rapid-charge USB port, quick controls, media shelf, pulse-grip heart rate monitors, preset workout programs, cooling fan, 325lb max capacity

The 7.4 sits in Horizon Fitness’s midrange Studio Series, combining a powerful motor and high level of performance along with those added extras that make home treadmill workouts a pleasure.

The 3.5 CHP RapidSync motor makes light work of powering the treadmill to top speeds of up to 12mph and incline up to 15%, with very quick response to the controls. The 22” x 60” belt gives you plenty of space to run, while 3-Zone Variable Response cushioning boosts the comfort.

On the central console you’ll find an 8.25” LCD monitor, which is home to all your workout feedback and a huge range of workout programs, from 5Ks to hill climbs and beyond. Built-in speakers, a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity complete the lineup of an impressive sub-$1,500 running machine.

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Pros

  • Ideal size for smaller homes and apartments
  • Folds to a small floorspace and wheels away
  • Features a streamlined console with everything you need
  • Includes built-in speakers and USB charging port

Cons

  • Top speed of 8mph is lower than most in this price range
  • Belt is understandably quite compact to run on

Motor: 1.25 HP
Speed: 0 to 8mph
Incline: 12 levels (Motorized)
Belt: 19” x 51”
Folding: Yes
Features: Textured deck rails, preset workout programs, multiple LED screens, hand pulse heart rate monitors, built-in speakers, USB charger, media shelf, safety key, transportation wheels, 220lb weight capacity

If it’s a space-saving treadmill you are looking for, then the Asuna 7750 SpaceFlex from Sunny Health & Fitness will tick a lot of boxes. This one offers the quality you would expect from this price range, but with the emphasis on size.

The treadmill folds flat or upright to a tiny floorspace of 13” x 29”, and wheels away for ease of storage. This obviously means the running belt is compact (19” x 51”), but it is comfortable enough to jog on, while reaching a top speed of 8mph.

The streamlined console offers multiple LED display screens as well as controls, speakers and a media shelf. Due to the compact dimensions, it may not appeal to everybody, but for those who want to save space, the 7750 works a treat.

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Pros

  • Manual treadmill requires no power
  • Features adjustable resistance and incline levels
  • Sturdy frame supports users up to 400lbs
  • Includes a media shelf for personal entertainment

Cons

  • Running track could be a bit longer
  • Limited in its secondary features

Motor: None
Speed: Unlimited
Incline: Four positions (Manual)
Belt: 19” x 49”
Folding: Yes
Features: Dual flywheels, shock absorption deck, 8 levels of adjustable resistance, soft-drop system, transportation wheels, tablet holder

Next, a treadmill with a bit of a difference – it’s entirely manual. However, unlike the more basic manual treadmills that flood the budget market, the 7700’s reassuringly higher price delivers a higher performance. The result? A more useful machine for experienced runners.

The 7700 features a robust build that can support runners up to 400lbs. The running belt is a tad short at 49”, but at 19” it feels wide enough. You can also adjust the resistance manually, with four levels of manual incline too.

Like the Asuna 7750, this treadmill is good for smaller homes, as it folds up to a smaller size and can be wheeled away easily. Of course, with no power, there are no screens, speakers or extras, but the tablet holder allows you to use your own device with ease.

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Pros

  • Solid 3.0 CHP motor offers top speeds up to 12mph
  • Features a cushioned track to absorb impact - great for your joints!
  • Comes with two backlit screens, workout programs and Bluetooth compatibility
  • Folds and unfolds easily with the SoftDrop system

Cons

  • Screen is not as advanced as some in this range

Motor: 3.00 CHP
Speed: 0 to 12mph
Incline: 0 to 15% (Motorized)
Belt: 20” x 60”
Folding: Yes
Features: Softrak cushioning system, SoftDrop folding system, dual backlit LCD screens, 26 built-in workout programs, cooling fan, USB charging port, Bluetooth compatibility, media shelf, transportation wheels, 300lb weight capacity

Our new pick is the Schwinn 870, which boasts a ‘smarter, smoother and more enjoyable’ running experience, with a high-end feel at a price that isn’t actually too high-end.

The 870 is very smooth in action thanks to a 3.0 CHP motor and Softrak impact absorption, while there is ample challenge no matter your ability or goals – the 12mph top speed and 15% max incline sort that out!

One of the main draws to this treadmill are the secondary features. These include things like dual backlit LCD screens with workout feedback and 26 built-in workout programs, along with a USB charging port and a cooling fan. The ability to hook up to the popular Explore The World app is the icing on this delicious cake!

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Pros

  • Powerful but quiet 3.5 CHP motor
  • Good top speed and incline options
  • Plenty of preset workouts and app connectivity
  • Lower price than many of the others in this category

Cons

  • No full-color touchscreen as featured on others
  • Built-in fan is a little small

Motor: 3.5 CHP
Speed: 0 to 12mph
Incline: 0 to 15% (Motorized)
Belt: 20” x 60”
Folding: Yes
Features: Dual backlit LCD screens, Rebound deck cushioning, Bluetooth connectivity (for RunSocial App), 26 workout programs, integrated handrail controls, plenty of storage space

While it may be one of the lower-priced models in this sub-$1,500 range, the T618 is a full-sized, high-powered treadmill with most of the goodies you would want.

The core performance of this popular running machine is powered by a robust 3.5 CHP motor, with a comfortable belt featuring dimensions of 20” x 60”. This translates to a top speed of 12mph which can be reached very quietly, while the 15% incline is another essential feature. Both speed and incline can be controlled via integrated handle controls as well as on the main console.

In addition to plenty of storage, this console features everything you’d need, including two blue backlit screens, Bluetooth connectivity and 26 workout programs, as well as syncing capabilities with multiple apps.

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Pros

  • Robust and quiet 3.5 CHP motor
  • Good top speed and belt dimensions
  • Excellent 10” Smart HD Touchscreen and quality speakers
  • Features a convenient folding design

Cons

  • Suffers the same frustration of having to bypass iFit if you don’t use the system
  • Only features up to 12% incline

Motor: 3.5 CHP
Speed: 0 to 12mph
Incline: 0 to 12% (Motorized)
Belt: 20” x 60”
Folding: Yes
Features: FlexSelect cushioning, 10” Smart HD Touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, very good built-in speakers, heart rate monitors, iFit compatible

The T 8.5 S from NordicTrack is a very appealing treadmill in this price range, combining all the features a modern home treadmill user would want.

Powering this attractive running machine is a self-cooling 3.5 CHP motor, with a quiet operation, a max speed of 12mph and a max incline of 12%. The commercial tread belt is standard for this range with generous 20” x 60” dimensions and low-impact cushioning for a comfortable workout.

What makes all of this even more impressive is that is completely foldable, so using it in smaller spaces is made more convenient. Meanwhile, the minimalist central console is just excellent, with a 10” Smart HD Touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, very good built-in speakers, and an impressive fan.

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Pros

  • Compact, easy-folding design for use in smaller spaces
  • Top-notch motor with very quiet operation
  • Good top speed and motorized incline options
  • Feature-packed console

Cons

  • Features a shorter belt than many of the others
  • Heart rate monitor is not particularly reliable
  • Cooling fan is a little small

Motor: 2.75 CHP
Speed: 0 to 12mph
Incline: 0 to 15% (Motorized)
Belt: 20” x 56”
Folding: Yes
Features: Full-color 7” touchscreen, 17 preset workout programs, Bluetooth connectivity, 38 preset workout programs, Intelli-Step, Intelli-Guard, three-speed cooling fan

It’s no surprise that the majority of models in this range are aimed towards home gyms and bigger spaces. However, the newly-updated TR3000i from LifeSpan is a space-saving treadmill that combines the higher-end features that the price tag demands, with compact dimensions and an easy-folding design.

This treadmill still offers good belt width of 20”, even if the length is a little shorter (56”), and is all powered by an excellent 2.75 CHP motor. This very quiet, smooth-running motor offers speeds of up to 12mph, with 15 levels of motorized incline.

The secondary features also impress, with a packed console featuring a full-color 7” touchscreen, a three-speed cooling fan, 17 preset workout programs, and Bluetooth connectivity. The step-counting Intelli-Step and safety-enhancing Intelli-Guard features add even more value.

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Shopping for a $1,500 Treadmill

So, you’re looking to buy a $1,500 treadmill? Good choice. Your improved budget is likely to land you with a very good machine that should help you reach your fitness goals. Performance, features and reliability all improve in this range – so let’s take a closer look at each aspect.

Here’s what to consider when shopping for a $1,500 treadmill:

Design

Treadmills in this range are quite distinctive when compared to those treadmills costing less than $1,000 – the reason being that they look more like the commercial treadmills you’d find at a gym than home machines.
Everything feels sturdier and more reliable, while the aesthetics also improve – they tend to look pretty stylish as opposed to cheap.

Many of the models in this range do still fold up, even if it doesn’t initially seem that way. More often than not, the treadmills that do fold will feature a hydraulics system for an easier experience when lifting and lowering the deck. In truth, this feature doesn’t differ too much from the systems on offer in lower or higher price ranges.

Core Components

This is one of the prime reasons to purchase in this price range. While many features remain similar regardless of the price you spend, as you move into the sub-$1,500 range, you’ll see more powerful motors with quieter operation, leading to a smoother, more reliable performance while using the treadmill.

One quick look at the models we have chosen for this list reveals that there are barely any treadmills with motors around 2.5 CHP or lower – these are usually found in lower-end categories. Most of the models in this range are somewhere between 3.0 CHP and 4.0 CHP, which guarantees a good performance.

Incline Selection

The incline selection is something that also improves in this range. Whether you want to add a little gradient to mimic the wind resistance of outdoor running or a considerable hill to test the mettle of your leg muscles, having the option to set up to 15% incline from your main console is ideal.

In this range, between 12% and 15% incline is standard, which is more of a gradient than most day-to-day users will need. Interestingly, this price range is where we first start to see decline gradients of up to -3%, to mimic a slight downhill gradient. This wide gradient swing is not available on lower-priced treadmills.

Belt Size

As you may be aware, the size of the belt – the part of the deck that actually moves – is what can make or break your experience. Too short or too narrow, and you’ll find using your full stride while running is not feasible – or, at least, not comfortable.

In lower-end treadmills, you can find belt widths as narrow as 15” with lengths of under 40”. This is fine for walking or jogging for shorter people, but if you are an average-sized adult and want to jog freely, it can be too cramped.

In the $1,500 range, belt dimensions of 20” x 60” are standard, which is great for all sizes of users, whether walking, jogging or running. In fact, even commercial treadmills costing over $10,000 only offer dimensions of around 22” x 60”, so you’re not far off that with a treadmill in this range.

Control Module

It’s hard to fault the control modules on treadmills in this price category. The layouts, button styles and complexity differ greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Some will be relatively simple, while others are very comprehensive. However, they all offer similar features, such as speed and incline controls, and buttons to initiate preset workout programs.

Unlike the LED and LCD screens in the lower end of the market, here you will find full-color HD screens ranging from around 7” to 14” as the main focus of the console.

Some will be able to display workout videos – especially those with iFit connectivity – while others just display your workout stats, including time, distance, heart rate and calories burned.

Secondary Features

The treadmills in this range are often fitted with comfort and convenience-enhancing features that owners of lower-priced models could only dream about.

The kinds of features you’ll end up with will vary depending on the manufacturer, but most treadmills will offer speakers. Some are Bluetooth enabled, allowing you to listen to workout instructions and your favorite tunes, while also making and taking calls.

However, some machines will offer Bluetooth only for syncing with certain workout apps. Be sure you are aware of this before buying – if you see ‘Bluetooth’ and ‘speakers’ don’t assume that they will be ‘Bluetooth speakers’. The speakers may only be useable via an auxiliary port (which isn’t too big a deal).

Elsewhere, you will find these treadmills are fitted with cooling fans offering varying speeds, to keep you comfortable while you work out. These will be nearby the standard safety tether, which all good treadmills should offer – instantly stopping the machine if you collapse or fall for any reason.

You should also find heart rate monitors readily available, with most of them located on handlebars on the main console.

As with any machine-based heart rate monitor, these systems will give a good indication of what your heart rate is as you work out, but are never as accurate as chest-strap monitors. Thankfully, with some treadmills, a chest-strap monitor is included as an extra.

Frequently Asked Questions

Investing over a grand into a treadmill is a considerable chunk of money for anybody. You may be a beginner who is serious about getting fit, or an experienced gymgoer building your own home gym and want a reliable treadmill for your cardio gains. Whatever your goals, you’ll be able to reach them with a treadmill in this range.

While they aren’t quite as high-end as a $2000 treadmill, the main reason to invest in a $1,500 machine is due to the gym-grade performance they offer.

Truth be told, the performance on these and higher-end machines is arguably the same – or at least similar. Take the average stats of a $2,000 treadmill – 4.0 HP motor, max speed of around 12mph, incline of 15%. Look at a $1,500 treadmill and the stats are pretty much the same.

Of course, a $2,000 treadmill is an all-round better machine, but this is usually down to the secondary features – clearer displays, better audio quality and more advanced cushioning.

So, why invest in a $1,500 treadmill? You’ll be getting a much better experience than something costing $500 to $1,000, with similar features and performance of a higher-end machine, but at a price that is still pretty reasonable. Sounds good to us!

If you have been hunting for a new treadmill, chances are you’ve probably noticed the acronym ‘HP’, which means horsepower – a method of describing the power a motor can deliver.

In the $1,500 range, you may have also seen ‘CHP’ to describe some motors. This stands for continuous horsepower. Continuous horsepower means you can count on this output for a prolonged period of time.

This differs compared to regular ‘peak horsepower’, which can reach the advertised HP, but not offer it continuously. Therefore, a 3.0 CHP motor is capable of a better performance than a 3.0 HP motor.

Folding treadmills are great space savers and buying one in this category can be a great idea if you are using your new device in an area that’s limited on space. This may be a living room, studio apartment or an office – anywhere where floor space is at a premium.

With a folding treadmill, you can lift the deck of the machine up towards the console and lock it in place. Sometimes there is lift assistance, while you may also find drop assistance, so the treadmill doesn’t fall freely and crash onto the floor.

If you are buying a folding treadmill in this range, remember to set it up where you are likely to use it permanently. These machines can be very heavy and, when assembled, are pretty tricky to move.

Some folding treadmills will feature lighter weight designs and wheels for maneuvering around, but it’s still not an easy task for one person. Keep this in mind when shopping around.

With so much performance on offer, this was a tough category in which to choose a winner. At a push, we went for the BXT116 from Bowflex’s Results Series, thanks to its all-round solid performance and wide-ranging secondary features.

Truth be told, end up with any of the treadmills we have highlighted in this article and you’ll be making a great investment in your fitness – providing you actually use it!

However, if you are serious about running and your general health, the performance and individual extra features on offer in this range all come together to deliver a running machine that will undoubtedly help you reach your goals.

The Ver(ve)dict!

With so much performance on offer, this was a tough category in which to choose a winner! However, we feel we have constructed a good top seven chart that reflects the best of the current market.

End up with any of the treadmills we have highlighted and you’ll be making a great investment in your fitness – providing you actually use it!

If you are serious about running and your general health, the performance and individual extra features on offer in this range all come together to deliver a running machine that will undoubtedly help you reach your goals.

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