Our Criteria

You can get a high quality treadmill for under $1,000. It's important to know what criteria are important to you. Treadmills that excel in one area may have other criteria where they aren't as strong. For example, having a strong motor can be great for joggers and runners that want to maintain a high speed for an extended period of time. But machines that can do this tend to weigh more. If you rarely move your treadmill, weight won't be much of an issue for you.

Or maybe you never use other features like lots of programs or incline. The key is to look for a machine that doesn't have those features so you can find a treadmill that's designed with your needs.

Number of Workout Programs

Workout programs can help keep you motivated by adding variety and are designed for you to reach specific goals. Some of the most popular workout programs include fat loss. and cardio. These programs may include variations in speed and incline, as well as different scenarios on the display (such as a trail on a mountain).

Weight Capacity

Treadmills have a maximum weight capacity. Make sure that you buy a treadmill that will accommodate anyone who plans on using it.

Shock Absorption

If you have issue with your knees, lower back, or ankles, good shock absorption can be an important feature.

Console and Controls

The size of the display, ease of use, and whether it's full-color or not can be a deal-breaker for some people.


Increasing the incline of a treadmill simulates climbing a hill and increases the intensity of the workout, increasing the number of calories burned.

Track Length

Taller people and people who like to run at higher speeds require a longer track.


Higher quality machines generally have better warranties.

Ease of Assembly

Though a one-time issue, if it's too difficult, it can be a turn off for those who aren't mechanically inclined.


Some motors aren't designed to be used at high speeds for extended periods-they will burn out.

Other criteria include customer service, sound system, bluetooth compatibility, as well as special features.

With our top choices under $500, you're not getting the motor that you'll need if you want to do a lot of running or jogging, or if larger users will be using it. But with a budget of $1,000, the motor improves significantly.

LifeSpan TR1200i

Best Overall Value
  • Up to 11 MPH
  • 7" full color display with 3 different dashboard screens
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • 21 programs available (2 heart rate, 5 healthy living, 7 sports, as well as 2 user set up programs)
  • 300 lb. weight capacity
  • Powered incline includes 15 levels
  • 6 independent compression shocks-better for your joints
  • 20" X 56" belt- great for jogging and running
  • Easy to lift and drop the treadmill desk, including a soft-drop system
  • Lifetime warranty on the motor and frame, 3 years parts, 1 year labor
  • No fan

ProForm Performance 600i

best treadmill for walking

Best Treadmill for Walking, Highest Weight Capacity, & for Seniors
  • Supports users up to 400 lbs (the largest capacity of our top choices)
  • 20" X 60" belt
  • ProShox cushioning
  • Lifetime frame and motor warranty, 2 year parts and 1 year labor
  • Conveniently located tablet holder above the console
  • EKG grip monitor
  • Includes CoolAire Workout Fan
  • Doesn't have a traditional display

Ancheer Folding Treadmill


Best LCD Display - 10.1"
  • 10.1 Color HD touch screen
  • Wifi enabled
  • Supports users up to 308 lbs
  • Quiet
  • 2 year warranty on the frame and 3 years on the motor
  • .5 - 9.9 MPH
  • 3 HP motor
  • Hi-fi stereo
  • Doesn't have an incline function