So you’re looking at buying a home treadmill, but where to start? You’ve got different motors, belt lengths and do you need a tablet holder or are you happy with the in-built screen?
In this post, I tell you exactly what features each treadmill has and why you should pick the ones suggested below to save you time and help you get the best bang for your buck.
Later on, I discuss research that concluded that treadmill running is actually better for you than running outside – the complete opposite of the common treadmill myth!
If you want to know what the best treadmills for under $1000 are, read on so that you can make an informed buying decision.
Our best rated treadmill under $1000 is the NordicTrack T Series 6.5Si. NordicTrack treadmills are very well made, coming with an impressive lifetime frame and motor warranty.
In the engine room is a 2.6CHP motor which is one of the most powerful you’ll find in this price range.
The 20″ x 55″ belt size is adequate for both walking and running and underfoot you’ll find FlexSelect adjustable cushioning so that you change how much impact there is on your joints.
Incline with the 6.5Si goes all the way up to 10 degrees. There are some treadmills in this price range with higher incline, but as a runner myself I can conclusively say that 10-degree incline feels like you’re running up a straight cliff – you won’t need more!
For those who prefer to run a little faster, you’ll be happy to know this treadmill gets up to 10mph which is a pretty quick pace. You won’t be able to sprint at full pace on any treadmills in this price range.
One of the centrepieces of the treadmill is the 10″ full-color touchscreen display, just like at the gym! You can see a number of stats around your current exercise, including speed, calories burnt etc.
In addition to those stats, when you buy certain NordicTrack treadmills you’ll get a free 1-year iFit membership which opens up a library of 16,000 on demand workouts, stat tracking and interactive fitness workouts led by instructors on your screen.
Interactive workouts can automatically speed up and down your treadmill depending on the workout you’ve chosen. For someone who’s a little less motivated or needs some help getting started, an iFit membership might be right up your alley.
EKG grip pulse sensors are installed on the handles of this treadmill so that you can get an accurate reading of your heart rate for more precise calorie burn stats.
Those who might be getting started on their fitness journey needn’t worry, as the 6.5Si can hold people up to 300lbs.
This treadmill is foldable to reduce the space it takes up and allow you to store it away when not in use. The base folds up to become only 38″ wide for easy storage in your house.
In our opinion, this is the best ProForm Treadmill under $1000. It is feature packed for a treadmill in this range and quite similar to the NordicTrack reviewed above.
Powered by a 2.5CHP motor, there’s enough grunt there to easily get you to the top speed of 10Mph and 10-degree incline in a quick fashion.
For those that are looking to add some extra difficulty to their run, a weighted vest is a worthy investment to help improve your fitness.
When you buy a treadmill, you want it to be a longterm investment. The ProForm comes with a lifetime frame and motor warranty for peace of mind and can hold people up to 300lbs.
One of the coolest features of this treadmill is that it comes with a built-in tablet holder so that you can beat the sometimes monotonous nature of exercise and watch your favorite tv shows or movies on your own iPad or Android tablet.
As well as the tablet holder, the ProForm 600i comes with a 10-inch full-color touch screen display which comes preloaded with iFit software. You get a 1-year trial which gives you access to over 16,000 workouts and interactive, instructor-led training, awesome!
The belt is a little narrower than the NordicTrack at 18″ x 55″, but you’ll still have no issue walking or running.
Those that experience sore joints will appreciate the built-in ProShox cushioning that helps your run feel like you’re on a treadmill and not running on the road.
If you’re getting hot, the built-in CoolAire fan does a good job of providing a breeze (as if you were running outside into the wind!)
You’ll have no issue moving the treadmill or putting it in storage, a combination of transport wheels and SpaceSaver design allows you to fold the treadmill into a compact size and store it.
The Sole F63 represents incredible value for money and is one of the best treadmills for running under $1000 for tall people.
Coming with a strong 3.0CHP motor, this powerful treadmill is capable of handling whatever you throw at it.
The belt of the F63 is 60″ long and 20″ wide, perfect for taller runners!. A top speed of 12mph and incline of 15 degrees provides plenty of variation for both walkers and runners alike.
We love the integrated tablet holder which allows you to hold your own iPad or Android tablet to keep you occupied during those long walks or runs.
Another nifty tech feature is the integrated Bluetooth speakers which you can connect to and blast your beats and a USB port for charging your phone.
This treadmill doesn’t come with any interactive training or an iFit membership, but it does have six preset programs for cardio and fat burning. The fan installed isn’t the best, but it does its job.
You can fold up the treadmill to store it away, and it collapses to 35″ wide, 47″ long and 72″ tall.
The cushioned track means you can go for a long run and not experience any joint pain after as it’s softer than running on concrete.
Sole treadmills come with a lifetime warranty on the motor and frame.
The T101 is one of the best treadmills for home users under $1000, it’s quite similar to the other treadmills reviewed so your buying decision will come down to personal preference.
A 2.5CHP motor provides the power behind the belt, but Horizon insists that their motor runs at lower RPMs to most, which makes the T101 produce lower noise and have increased efficiency.
The T101 has 3-zone variable response cushioning which is stronger in impact areas to absorb the most shock and less in other areas, such as the push-off zone where you get off. This is designed to give you the best possible underfoot feel.
Tech features include Bluetooth connectivity that connects to the treadmills integrated speakers, a rapid charge USB port and a built-in device holder to hold your favorite device so you can watch Netflix whilst you run!
You can get up to 10mph and crank the incline up to 10 degrees if you choose to do so.
For storage purposes, the Horizon T101 has wheels and is foldable so that you can store it whenever you need.
This treadmill has a 250lbs weight limit.
The T101 includes a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor and 1-year warranty on cushioning, parts and labor.
If you’re looking for a treadmill under $1000 that is solid but doesn’t have all the whistles, then the Xterra TR300 is a great option.
The 2.25CHP motor is slightly less powerful than it’s counterparts in this price range, but it still reaches the same 10mph speed and 10-degree incline.
It has a decent sized 20″ x 55″ running track, which is relatively standard and XtraSoft cushioning to provide multiple points of cushioning throughout the treadmill deck.
There are 24 preset programs to guide your workout and a cooling fan to help wick the sweat away during an intense session. An AUX jack allows you to play music through the integrated speakers.
As I mentioned earlier, the TR300 lacks a few of the bells and whistles and one of those is the screen. On the treadmill is a 5.5″ Blue backlit LCD, rather than the 10″ color touchscreen of the other models. If you don’t care about the screen then this could be a good place to save some money.
Xterra matches the other brands with a lifetime warranty on the motor but there doesn’t appear to be a lifetime warranty on the frame.
Should you have any problems with the product, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a fully USA-based customer service team.
The MaxCare is our budget pick for those who are looking for a budget treadmill under $1000.
Despite being a budget model, the MaxCare still comes with a low-noise, powerful 2.5CHP motor.
This is more of a walking/jogging treadmill as the speed gets up to 8.5mph max. In saying that, keeping up a speed of 8.5mph is a tough task over a sustained period of time! If 8.5mph isn’t enough for you, why not buy a weighted vest to increase the challenge?
The width of the belt is 17″ which is the slimmest of all the ones we’ve reviewed, which means it’s both quite compact but still adequate for any walking or jogging.
There are 15 preset workout programs to choose from if you need some inspiration and a holding the handles will provide heart rate feedback on the 5″ LED display.
Under the treadmill track is a soft drop system to reduce pain on your joints. If you’re over 200lbs then you might want to contact the manufacturer first and see if you will have any issues as it’s quite small.
Size is the biggest positive of this treadmill. The MaxCare is the most compact treadmill under $1000 that we’ve looked at and once you fold it down, you can store it in most places.. even under some beds!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best treadmill to buy for running at home?
In our opinion, the best treadmill for running at home is the NordicTrack T Series 6.5Si Treadmill with its impressive motor, warranty and durability.
If you’re going to be buying a treadmill for running, you need to have something with a 55″ belt or longer so that you’re not cramped up and mess with your running stride, the NordicTrack has that.
Someone who’s taller will want a 60″ belt. The Sole F63 Treadmill reviewed above has an extended 60″ belt which is perfect for those with a longer stride.
What does a decent treadmill cost?
This article has proven that you can get a very good treadmill in the sub-$1000 range and of course you can go higher or lower depending on your budget.
The $1k range gives you a great mix of features and quality at an affordable price. The above reviews contain treadmills that offer great value-for-money and are considered to be the best in their price range so you know that you aren’t wasting money.
I believe that you can certainly get a decent treadmill under $1000. As you spend more you’ll get more bells and whistles, but there’s no substitute for good build quality and you putting in the hard work.
Are treadmills bad for your knees?
There is a common myth that gets spread around that Treadmills are worse on your knees than running outside and it’s simply not true!
Research from the British Journal of Sports Medicine has concluded that treadmill runners are at a lower risk of developing tibial stress fractures than those who run outside.
Other research from the University of Delaware found that your gait whilst on a treadmill and outdoor running is almost identical, so how could a treadmill be worse for your knees than running outside!
Finally, the myth that all running is bad for your knees is false with the American College of Rheumatology concluding that there’s no increased risk of symptomatic knee Osteoarthritis in runners compared to non-runners.
Are curved treadmills better?
Curved treadmills are a whole different school of fish. Rather than having pre-programmed routines, curved treadmills only move when you do and are powered by your motion.
Walking on a curved treadmill is the equivalent of walking at a 6-8% incline on a normal treadmill so they’re much harder.
They’re also quite expensive. You won’t be able to find a curved treadmill for less than $3k-$3.5k!
Research suggests that you’ll burn significantly more calories on a curved treadmill compared to a normal one, but that is due to the incline and the extra exertion on your body to keep the curved treadmill moving.
If you have deep pockets then a curved treadmill is a great addition, but you won’t find one in this price range!
Now that you’re aware that you can buy great treadmills for under $1000, you’re well-positioned to make an informed buying decision.
Our top pick was the NordicTrack T Series 6.5Si Treadmill because of its impressive motor, warranty and durability. The 55″ belt length ensures that you won’t have any issues walking or running on it.
Do you have a favorite pick?
Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite treadmills are and why.