The 7 Best Treadmills Under $2000 – The Highlight of Any Home Gym

It was all-change when we revisited this premium treadmill article! We removed many of our previous suggestions, with dated models like the Sole Fitness F80 and ProForm ZT10 making way for a handful of new entries.

These comprised our new top pick – the NordicTrack 1750 – as well as the adidas T-19x and the Bowflex BXT216. We also welcomed the NordicTrack T 9.5 S, the slimline 3G Cardio 80i and – our wildcard – the TC100 TreadClimber from Bowflex.

The winner after the latest chart update:
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  • Motor: 3.75 CHP
  • Speed: 0 to 12mph
  • Incline: -3% to 15% (Motorized)
  • Belt: 22” x 60”
  • Folding: Yes
  • Features: Runners Flex cushioning, EasyLift assistance, 10” Smart HD touchscreen, quality speaker system, cooling fans, one-year iFit membership, 50 onboard workout programs, OneTouch controls, EKG heart rate monitors

Fitness at home can either be a bit of a chore or a surprisingly enjoyable experience – it all depends on the equipment you have at your disposal. Thankfully, if you have a budget of up to $2,000 to spend on a treadmill, you are almost guaranteed a better experience.

This range strikes a good balance between offering all the power, comfort and functionality you need, without going overkill on the tech.

In this article, we are highlighting seven of the very best treadmills on the market today, along with some brief reviews to give you a clearer view of what our top picks have to offer.

After our chart, we take a look at what to expect when shopping in this range. Ultimately, $2,000 is a lot of money to spend on one piece of fitness equipment, so let’s make sure you are buying the right thing for you.

Top 7 Best Treadmills Under $2000:

Pros

  • Excellent 3.75 CHP commercial motor
  • Wide range of incline and decline options
  • Hassle-free stowing, with EasyLift assist
  • Great speaker system
  • Free one-year subscription to the iFit service

Cons

  • If you don’t subscribe to iFit, using this machine can be a bit frustrating
  • 10” screen is smaller than many of its competitors

Motor: 3.75 CHP
Speed: 0 to 12mph
Incline: -3% to 15% (Motorized)
Belt: 22” x 60”
Folding: Yes
Features: Runners Flex cushioning, EasyLift assistance, 10” Smart HD touchscreen, quality speaker system, cooling fans, one-year iFit membership, 50 onboard workout programs, OneTouch controls, EKG heart rate monitors

Whether or not you take advantage of the free year of iFit this treadmill comes with, the 1750 from NordicTrack is an exceptional specimen – as we conclude in the full 1750 review! In this high-end range, it’s a prime example that you get what you pay for.

Under the hood, the 1750 is stocked with a self-cooling 3.75 CHP DurX commercial motor for a beautifully smooth ride – the Runners Flex cushioning enhances this. This treadmill reaches a top speed of 12mph, with a wide decline/incline range from -3% to 15%.

The console offers a simple, stylish and effective experience, with a high-quality 10” Smart HD touchscreen, built-in speakers and Bluetooth connectivity. As close as you’ll get to a gym-grade treadmill in the comfort of your own living room.

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Pros

  • One of the most stylish treadmills around
  • Strong 4.0 HP motor with good top speed
  • Great media center with 10.1” display and entertainment apps
  • Folds and unfolds easily with soft-drop system

Cons

  • Display screen a little smaller than others on this list
  • Lacks a bit of storage space

Motor: 4.0 CHP
Speed: 0 to 12.5mph
Incline: 0% to 15% (Motorized)
Belt: 20” x 60”
Folding: Yes
Features: NRG adaptive cushioning, 10.1” color touchscreen, 5W speaker system, built-in cooling fan, 27 programmed workouts, 3 virtual active programmed running routes, internet capability, hydraulic folding mechanism

Whether you’re buying a pair of shorts, socks or running shoes, adidas is a name you can trust – and that’s still the case when we move into high-end treadmills. The T-19x is a premium running machine from the popular brand.

The T-19x is perhaps the most stylish treadmill on this list, with a slimline design and minimalist console. Don’t let this fool you though – it’s fitted with a 4.0 HP motor with more than enough oomph to deliver top speeds of 12mph.

It also offers incline of up to 15%, adidas’s NRG cushioning system, and an UltraX console, with motivation and entertainment at its core. This includes a 10.1” touchscreen display, 27 preset workout programs, and apps including YouTube and NetFlix.

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Pros

  • Powerful 4.0 CHP motor
  • Good top speed and incline options
  • Media-friendly system with 9” LCD screen, integrated speakers and USB charger
  • High-end belt with generous dimensions

Cons

  • Takes a moment for speed adjustments to kick in
  • The speakers do not benefit from Bluetooth connectivity
  • Smaller screen than the leaders

Motor: 4.0 CHP
Speed: 0 to 12mph
Incline: 0% to 15% (Motorized)
Belt: 22” x 60”
Folding: Yes
Features: Comfort Tech deck, 9” full-color LCD screen, integrated speakers, soft-drop system, USB charger, Bluetooth connectivity, three-speed fan, 11 preset workout programs, heart rate monitor

Bowflex hail the BXT216 as their ‘best treadmill ever’ and we are certainly inclined to agree. For a home user, this premium treadmill offers all you could ask for – and a little bit more.

It features a foldable yet sturdy design and full-size 22” x 60” belt, powered by a strong 4.0 CHP motor. This delivers a smooth, quiet performance with a top speed of 12mph and incline of up to 15%. Working out is a pleasure on this machine, while the comfort-boosting features enhance the experience.

For example, the extensive control panel and full-color 9” LCD display screen offer everything you need for a top session. Whether you are aiming to blitz calories or train for a marathon, this is one of the best home machines on which to do it.

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Pros

  • One of the biggest HD displays in this range with a 14” touchscreen
  • Formidable 3.6 CHP DurX motor
  • Reaches a top speed of 12mph
  • Good cushioning and a strong fan for a comfortable experience

Cons

  • The 20” belt width is a little narrower than others on this list
  • Incline of up to 12% isn’t as good as the leaders
  • The iFit system can be frustrating to bypass if you don’t want to use it

Motor: 3.6 CHP
Speed: 0 to 12mph
Incline: 0% to 12% (Motorized)
Belt: 20” x 60”
Folding: Yes
Features: FlexSelect cushioning, EasyLift Assist, 14” Smart HD touchscreen, integrated speakers, Bluetooth audio connectivity, iFit compatible (free one-year membership), heart rate monitor

The T 9.5 S is another excellent treadmill offering from NordicTrack, delivering high performance and comfort in equal doses. Powering this high-end foldable running machine is a commercial self-cooling 3.6 CHP DurX motor for a smooth experience.

The numbers are up there with the best – a max speed of 12mph and up to 12% incline, even if the 20” x 60” belt dimensions don’t match the most generous in this chart.
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FlexSelect cushioning keeps the ride comfortable on your body, while the main console keeps you both motivated and entertained. This is mainly thanks to the large 14” Smart HD touchscreen, integrated speakers and Bluetooth audio connectivity. A free year of iFit will be a bonus for some.

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Pros

  • Folds flat (10” tall) for easy storage
  • Good 3.0 HP motor with a decent 11mph top speed
  • Offers a full 15% motorized incline

Cons

  • It isn’t a particularly stylish treadmill
  • The belt size is a little cramped compared to others in this range
  • Lacking the advanced media options of its competitors

Motor: 3.0 CHP
Speed: 0 to 12mph
Incline: 0% to 15% (Motorized)
Belt: 20.5” x 58”
Folding: Yes
Features: OrthoFlex suspension system, orthopedic belt, 8 preset workout programs, heart rate monitor, one-touch speed and incline controls, cooling fan, transportation wheels

Compared to other treadmills in this price range, the 3G Cardio Pro Runner may look a little underwhelming at first. There is no HD screen, a pretty basic design and a dated control panel. However, as you dig deeper, the real potential of this treadmill reveals itself.

Much like other 3G Cardio models we have reviewed, the Pro Runner is streamlined for performance – a no-nonsense, efficient fitness machine. With a sturdy build and space-saving foldable design, it packs in a 3.0 CHP motor. This delivers a top speed of 12mph and a flexible incline control (up to 15%).

The belt is a decent size and features some of the best cushioning out there. The control panel will put off some users, but things are laid out sensibly and it delivers everything you really need.

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Pros

  • Simple to use, no-nonsense running machine
  • Good top speed and incline options
  • High-quality belt and great cushioning
  • Foldable with compact dimensions
  • One of the more affordable on this list

Cons

  • Lacks some of the mod cons that others in this range offer
  • Less room on the running belt due to space-saving design

Motor: 3.0 CHP
Speed: 0 to 12mph
Incline: 0% to 15% (Motorized)
Belt: 20.5” x 58”
Folding: Yes
Features: OrthoFlex suspension system, orthopedic belt, 8 preset workout programs, heart rate monitor, one-touch speed and incline controls, cooling fan, transportation wheels

Compared to other treadmills in this price range, the 3G Cardio Pro Runner may look a little underwhelming at first. There is no HD screen, a pretty basic design and a dated control panel. However, as you dig deeper, the real potential of this treadmill reveals itself.

Much like other 3G Cardio models we have reviewed, the Pro Runner is streamlined for performance – a no-nonsense, efficient fitness machine. With a sturdy build and space-saving foldable design, it packs in a 3.0 CHP motor. This delivers a top speed of 12mph and a flexible incline control (up to 15%).

The belt is a decent size and features some of the best cushioning out there. The control panel will put off some users, but things are laid out sensibly and it delivers everything you really need.

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Pros

  • Excellent for protecting joint health
  • Promotes a greater calorie burn
  • Comes with most of the features you’d expect in this price range

Cons

  • Some advanced features feel a bit basic
  • Low top speed only suitable for walking
  • Feels a little overpriced

Motor: Undisclosed
Speed: 0 to 4mph
Incline: N/A
Belt: Dual steppers
Folding: None
Features: Three workouts in one, backlit LCD display, heart rate monitor, media shelf, USB charging, transportation wheels

We arrive at the wildcard on our list – the TC100 from Bowflex. The American brand are known for their innovation, and this machine is certainly proof of that. While it is still a treadmill at heart, the TC100 incorporates elements from a stepper and an elliptical, which all combine for a smooth, low-impact workout.

With a top speed of just 4mph, this isn’t one for the avid runner, although the three-in-one design encourages a great calorie burn when compared to a standard treadmill.

The TC100 features integrated heart rate monitors in the handgrips, a backlit LED screen and a media shelf with a built-in USB charging station, ready for a tablet. This machine may not appeal to everyone, although those suffering with joint issues will certainly want to take a closer look.

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Shopping for a $2,000 Treadmill

Dropping up to two grand on a treadmill means you are probably a pretty serious runner or care a lot about your fitness – or both.

Either way, moving into this price range means you will probably have a more enjoyable shopping experience in general. Ultimately there’s no longer any need to make the compromises you may have had to if you were shopping for a treadmill in the $500 range.

Here’s what you can expect on treadmills in this range:

Design

Let’s talk about aesthetics. In this price range, there is not much room for a treadmill that looks cheap or ugly – you wouldn’t buy a high-end car if it looked like a Fiat Multipla, so you probably wouldn’t want to spend two thousand bucks on an unattractive treadmill!

Luckily, the majority of the treadmills in this range are very modern and stylish. On that note, despite the big, rugged builds of these premium machines, many of them still fold vertically, returning you some floor space when your workout is complete.

Keep an eye out for features like ‘lift assist’ and ‘soft drop’, which make stowing and unfolding the machine a cinch. Some treadmills also fold relatively flat, so you can push them under a bed or sofa when not in use.

Compromises in style and functionality are usually made with these flat-folding models, so be sure you know what your priority is before buying – would you prefer something that folds to just 10” tall or would you rather a full-size belt and feature-packed media console? Only you can make this decision.

Core Components

While there are a lot of extras on these high-end machines, the main performance of any treadmill is going to largely depend on its core component – the motor. The good news is that a treadmill in this premium category is always going to deliver a strong motor.

You’ll tend to find motors ranging from 3.0 to 4.0 CHP as standard. This power will give you a noticeably smoother and quieter performance when compared to lower-end motors.

They will also usually provide a top speed of up to 12mph, which is perfect for all levels – from walking to sprinting, whether you are a beginner or a veteran runner.

Incline Selection

When it comes to incline, there’s actually not much difference between the running machines in this range and those treadmills in the under $1,500 category.

You’ll find the motorized incline offered is usually up to 15%, which is enough of a gradient to offer a good challenge, without stepping into incline trainer territory. Some models in this range will also offer a decline of up to -3% to mimic a slight downhill gradient.

Belt Size

The belt on the running deck is your main point of contact with the treadmill. It is therefore crucial to your overall experience. If the running deck isn’t fit for purpose, everything else becomes irrelevant. For belts, the size is the most important thing – the larger the better.

In the higher-end range, the standard size for a belt is around 20” wide and 60” long. This gives you plenty of room to run freely, without worrying about hitting the sides or falling off.

Some of the best treadmills will offer a more generous width of 22”, while some of those with specific space-saving designs can offer smaller dimensions.

On a similar note, the cushioning under the deck is also important. Of course, the more cushioning, the better – in some circumstances.

Adequate cushioning is essential for long-term joint health, although some runners prefer to have a firmer base on a treadmill to replicate the harder surfaces encountered when running outdoors.

The treadmills in this higher-end category all come with good cushioning, while some are versatile in their offerings. Some treadmills allow you to quickly adjust the feel of the cushioning, so you can enjoy hours of nicely-cushioned running before quickly changing over to a firmer base if training for an outdoors race.

Control Module

The control modules in this range vary quite a bit, although all will be well-stocked with controls to allow you a flexible running experience. You’ll have buttons to both gradually adjust speed and incline, while some have one-touch buttons allowing you to jump from, say, 2mph to 8mph with very little delay.

You can also expect great-quality display screens – most are full-color, high-definition and Bluetooth compatible, measuring in at around 10” to 14”. This makes them perfect for displaying a wide range of workout stats, as well as interactive workout videos, such as those on the iFit service.

Don’t be surprised to see a treadmill without a HD screen – some keep things very simple and just include a backlit LED screen or two to display the most vital information. Whether this is a deal breaker for you will depend on how much you value having a TV screen on your treadmill.

Secondary Features

In $2,000 territory, the majority of treadmills are performance-oriented for serious runners looking for gym-grade functionality at home. Still, in addition to this kind of performance, high-end treadmills are packed with features that provide you with a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

We have mentioned that many will have HD screens to deliver workout information, although you will also often find a media shelf to hold your iPad or other devices.

If the treadmill offers a screen, you may find it is internet-enabled, allowing you to browse the internet and use apps like Facebook and YouTube while you exercise.

Should the treadmill feature speakers, then the overall sound quality will be higher than some of the cheaper speakers that are fitted to lower-price machines. Most will also be Bluetooth enabled, so you can play music directly from your phone through the treadmill sound system.

On $2,000 treadmills you will also find features that enhance comfort, safety and motivation – namely a powerful multi-speed fan, a safety tether to clip to your body, and a pair of handle-mounted heart rate monitors.

Coupled with plenty of storage for things like water bottles, phones and energy gels, you should have everything you need within arm’s reach on a treadmill in this range.

Frequently Asked Questions

In this higher-end range, you are basically investing in performance and reliability. The average sub-$2,000 treadmill will fit the needs of any modern fitness enthusiast – whether you are putting in four-hour jogging sessions as you train for your first marathon, or just like to get in some high-intensity sprints each morning before work.

The powerful motors and rugged build quality means that your machine will keep up with you, no matter how fast you like to run.

The motors will stay cool and quiet, while the frame will remain stable, so you can sprint without feeling like the treadmill is about to collapse (a trait not displayed by some of the lower-end models!). You’ll also have great incline options, a high top speed and a belt with generous dimensions.

Of course, the additional features are also a big draw in this category. Full HD screens, Bluetooth sound systems, internet connectivity, and big comfort are all enhanced in this range. It’s not worth buying a treadmill just because it has a high-definition screen, but it does help sweeten the deal.

In reality, you can spend more than $10,000 on a treadmill. Do you need to? Probably not. Whatever your end goals, the performance on offer when spending $2,000 is all the modern treadmill user really needs.

Some very high-end machines can deliver higher top speeds and greater incline, but if you need to be able to run at speeds higher than 12mph, you should probably be training at your local running track. If you need an incline of up to 40%, you’ll be better off with an incline trainer.

In short, don’t let us stop you spending more. If you have a few thousand bucks burning a hole in your pocket and want the most premium treadmill you can buy, then go for it. Just rest assured that $2,000 is the most money that the majority of people would ever need to spend on a treadmill for their home gym.

Aside from some of the advanced secondary features on offer, the main draw to a $2,000 treadmill is that it has a powerful motor. But why does this make a difference?

You may have noticed that some lower-end treadmills have a 1.5 HP motor, while higher-end models have a 3.0 HP motor – but both offer a top speed of 12mph. What’s the point of having a powerful motor if there is no difference in its peak performance?

In this case, the top speed isn’t the benefit. One of the actual benefits of a higher-powered motor is that it will get you up to speed faster. A 1.5 HP motor takes much longer to reach top speed than a 3.0 HP motor.

So, if you want to change from a light jog to a fast sprint midway through your session, then a higher-powered motor allows you to do it quicker.

Then we have durability. A more powerful motor will endure less stress and wear when running at, say, 10mph than a lower powered motor. The high-powered motor is pushing that speed at maybe 50% of its potential, while the latter is hitting its maximum.

This means a high-powered motor also has a quieter operation, which is a big benefit if you are working out at home – especially if you want to hear your entertainment through those Bluetooth speakers!

A treadmill is about as dangerous as any other piece of exercise equipment, from a pullup bar to a dumbbell. If you use it correctly, then there is no cause for concern – use it incorrectly and you could end up injuring yourself quite badly.

The main perceived danger while using a treadmill is falling, which can result in injury. To avoid this, there are some precautions you can take.

The first is to use a safety tether when on the treadmill – especially if you are working out alone. Attach the tether to your body and, should you collapse or fall, the key will pull out of the machine and stop the treadmill safely.

You should also stay focused while running. Try to concentrate on the process of running instead of being distracted by your smartphone, television or things happening around you.

Meanwhile, don’t start the treadmill while you are standing on it – stand to the sides, then step on as the belt slowly starts moving. Of course, don’t try anything silly, like hopping or running backwards!

You may have heard stories of people collapsing while using a treadmill. Sadly, these things happen and are more associated with pre-existing conditions. If you are buying a treadmill and/or starting a new workout program and you have an existing cardiovascular condition, always check with a medical professional to ensure it is safe to do so.

The Ver(ve)dict!

Choosing our top pick wasn’t easy, but we eventually settled on the NordicTrack 1750. This impressive treadmill isn’t without its quirks, but it represents what every higher-end running machine should offer – powerful performance, good comfort and some advanced features that make exercising more fun!

Spending $2,000 on a treadmill isn’t a decision most of us take lightly, so make sure you are buying yours for the right reason. Figuring out what kind of features you really need can help you immensely when making a choice.

Regardless of the price range, our advice is to always stick to the basics. Having a treadmill that allows you to watch TV on a 10” HD screen while running may seem cool, but a lower-priced treadmill placed in a room with a 50” television will instantly negate that mini screen anyway. Keep this in mind when shopping.

Check out our chart and follow our advice, and you’ll end up with something that undoubtedly becomes the pride of your home gym!

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