The Exerpeutic TF1000 is our top choice for a walking treadmill, and has a few great features. It's a great home treadmill for older users, those in physical therapy, or someone who only wants a simple, solid machine that they can walk on for well under $500.
- Supports users up to 400 lbs
- Has extra long safety handles/hand rails which is great for seniors, or those in physical therapy
- Easy assembly
- It isn't recommended for users with very tall legs, or those who want to do anything more than fast walking
- There aren't a lot of upgraded features (such as bluetooth compatibility)
Many treadmills under $500 are not going to last long and aren't quality machines with lots of features. The Exerpeutic TF1000 is a great treadmill for walking. With it's max speed of 4 MPH, you can't do more than fast walking. It comes with the basics:
- Tethered safety key
- Wheels for easy movement
- Folds easily in half for space saving
- Simple LCD display (easy to use for older users)
The Exerpeutic TF1000 has a max speed of 4 mph, and goes up in .1 increments. Most people's average walking speed is 3 mph, so this machine will give you the option of walking fast.
This home treadmill has no workout programs, since it is mainly designed for walking.
The safety handles are 18" long and have heart rate sensors as well as the ability to control the speed. We even read a review where one user said the hand rails are long enough that they put a piece of plywood on the hand rails and now they use their Exerpeutic as a treadmill desk!
A few users have reported that the arms are too low, and one person fixed the problem by buying a pool noodle, cutting one side of the noodle, and sliding it on top of the arms to give a little more reach.
Folding and Moving
The Exerpeutic TF1000 is easy to fold and move. You can see it demonstrated at the 2:25 mark in the video above.
1.5 HP high-torque motor, which is fine for a walking treadmill. The motor utilizes quiet drive, which makes it easier to watch tv or listen to music wile you walk.
It comes almost completely assembled. All you need to do is to attach the LCD monitor and it's ready to use.
The box is around 150 lbs, so many people will require help getting it out of the box and into position for the first time.
This home treadmill is 51.2 x 32 x 63 inches.
The Exerpeutic TF1000 leads the pack of top treadmills under $500 by accommodating users up to 400 lbs.
This is an extremely quiet treadmill. We read a review where one user left it on for a while because they couldn't hear it!
This treadmill adjusts manually. Not difficult to do, you have to lift up the bottom edge of the deck and pull a bar into position.
Walking on an incline is not an important feature for walking treadmills as many users aren't looking for a lot of extra resistance in their workouts.
The belt is 40" long, which is on the short side, but as this is a walking treadmill, the belt should accommodate most users without a problem. If you have very tall legs, the length may be too short.
It's 20" wide, which is the widest of our top treadmills under $500; great for larger users, older users, or people that aren't very coordinated.
The display tracks calories burned, time, distance, and pulse. It's relatively simple compared to other treadmills, but this can be helpful for older users.
5 years on the motor, and 1 year on the frame, which overall is a good warranty for treadmills in this price range.