You want to get a good treadmill for working out at home and wondering how much you can expect to pay for it I’ve compiled a list of the most popular home treadmills and their prices.
For most people spending $600 to $1000 on a treadmill will satisfy their needs. The average price of a treadmill for home use is about $1850 which is high because high-end models are so much more expensive. The cheapest home treadmills worth buying will cost about $500
Find out the exact prices and what you can expect for your money below.
List of popular treadmills
Here is a list of the most popular home treadmills and what they cost. These are treadmills from good brands with proper customer service, aftercare and parts availability. There are other (cheaper) brands available on the big online retail platforms but most of them are made cheaply abroad and don’t have the customer service and parts availability you really want.
A treadmill is an expensive piece of equipment so you don’t want to have to throw it away because you can’t find a simple replacement part.
The prices quoted here are MSRP. Of course it’s possible to find a good discount on some of these if you shop around. But discounts change all the time so it would be wrong to list them here.
In this list you will only find motorized treadmills. This is the type of treadmill most people are looking for. Manual treadmills can be had much cheaper but it’s
This list is a large cross section of the home treadmills that are available on the market today. To make things a bit clearer, let’s split them up in different price ranges and what you can expect from these ranges. People that shop in the high end range are not interested in a low end model and vice versa.
These price ranges are arbitrary and are just to get an idea of what you can expect. The price ranges aren’t solid and sometimes you get a treadmill where the features don’t match up with the price range it’s in.
Here we have the most approachable treadmills. As said above, there are some you can get cheaper but these are from brands that aren’t really all that reliable so they probably shouldn’t be considered.
The entry level treadmill prices range from $400 to $800
There is actually a very large difference between a treadmill you get for $400 and one for $800. The first is going to be quite basic. It’ll work but won’t be the sturdiest and be very light on features.
The biggest drawbacks are going to be; weaker motor, weaker frame and not many controls. It will certainly work but it’s less comfortable to work out on because there is less built in damping. Money has been saved on materials and construction. For light use, these treadmills are fine. However, if you’re expecting a comfortable experience when using for an hour or more a day, you might be disappointed.
Of course when you shop on the upper end of this range, you’ll get a lot better. For $800 you can find a solidly built treadmill with some damping in the deck and sometimes even an LCD display for control.
This is the price range where you can find a good balance of price, features and quality. This is the range most people will find something that fits their purposes and wallets.
You can expect to pay about $800 to $2000 for a mid-range treadmill.
In this price range, you can’t have everything. In general, you’ll have to make some compromises in this price range. It’s a tradeoff between build quality and features for the most part. Although things like customer service and warranty also come into play.
You can get a treadmill with great build quality in this range but that model will be a bit light on features and vice versa. Of course there is still quite a big difference between a $900 model and a $2000 model. The latter will likely have better build quality AND more features than the cheaper one but there will still be some form of a tradeoff.
That said, in this price range, you can find very good treadmills that have good build quality and all the features you want. It might not have every possible feature you can imagine but, do you really need all of those?
Most people will be satisfied with a treadmill somewhere in this price range.
Now we get up to the high-end. This is the area where you pay a lot ($2000+) but you should also expect a lot. This is the range where you get all the bells and whistles combined with high quality and good customer service and solid warranties.
These treadmills tend to be built to a higher standard than the cheaper ones (as you would expect). The frames and motors are much stronger. Something that shows in the load limits. The treadmills that can handle more than 350 lbs. users, tend to be in this price range. It just takes more materials and better quality parts to make a treadmill stronger.
You’ll also have things like large displays that can be used for streaming movies or listening to the built in speakers. Of course there are tons of built in programs you can use but connecting to your favorite fitness app and trackers is usually also possible.
These treadmills tend to have better warranty conditions as the cheaper models but there are some exceptions. Customer service and repairs tend to be better and quicker with these brands as well.
This is the range you shop in when you want something solid and reliable with all the features you could want. Also, if you ask a lot from your treadmill, consider a high-end one.
How much should you pay for a treadmill?
Above you can find the prices and different price ranges. The question of how much you should pay for a treadmill is a bit difficult to answer.
It really depends on a few factors;
- How much can you afford?
- What are your fitness goals?
- Which features do you want/need?
- Other factors like warranty
For most people, the amount you’ve got in your wallet is going to be the deciding factor. At least it’s going to be a very large part of the decision making process.
Don’t spend any money you don’t have. Sure, being healthy is more important than money but if you really don’t have the money, the financial stress will be more detrimental to your health than the treadmill is going to help it.
However, if you can afford it, I would certainly buy a treadmill that’s at least in the mid-range. They will feel better, last longer and have more features. Also, if you would want to sell it later on, a better model will be easier to sell than a bottom end one.
It’s also a good idea to think about what your fitness goals are. Different people expect different things from a treadmill.
Most people want the following;
- Improve cardiovascular health
- Lose weight
- Look better
- Increase longevity
Those goals can be accomplished on a simple treadmill as long as it works. However, there are tons of different ways to accomplish these goals even just involving a treadmill.
You can walk for 3 hours a day or do 15 minute HIIT sessions and everything in between. How you work out has an impact on the wear of a treadmill. Of course every manufacturer will claim that their treadmill is high quality and you can run on it 24/7 for the next 30 years (slight exaggeration).
The reality is that treadmills are usually built to a budget especially the cheaper ones. That means money has to be saved by using cheaper parts and less material. This leads to some wearing out faster than others.
If you’re just starting working out and have no experience whatsoever, you might be tempted to get something in a low price range. And for a while, there will be nothing wrong with that. However, after a while you’ll improve to a point where you might want to get something better. If that’s within one or two years of getting your treadmill, it might actually turn out to become much more expensive.
So as you might gather from this, I would recommend beginners to get something from the upper end of the entry level or lower end of the mid-range. About $600 to $1000 should be able to buy you a good treadmill that will support your goals for years to come.
If you have a higher fitness level, you’re likely to use your treadmill more often and at a higher intensity. This means you’re asking more from the treadmill and one that’s meant for casual use might wear out quicker than you expect.
In that case it’s better to get a treadmill with stronger construction, stronger motor and better damping. However, that is going to cost more money, there aren’t really any shortcuts around it.
Then there are the features and specifications of a treadmill. Maybe you want something very specific out of a treadmill. Some features can be found in entry level models but usually if it’s something special or out of the ordinary, you’ll have to pay extra.
Extra high incline settings, weight limits, top speeds or big screens are usually not available in the lower price ranges.
There are a few other things that come into play that could impact your decision how much you should/want to pay for a treadmill;
- Warranty: Looking at the warranty conditions of a treadmill you’re planning to buy is a good idea. Sometimes what seems like a good deal is a little soured by the warranty conditions. Check this post to find the treadmill brands with the best warranty conditions.
- Specific brand: If you’ve had good (or bad) experiences with a certain brand in the past, you might want to bas your decision making on that experience. This could force you to buy another treadmill that is more expensive.
Favorite Cardio Machine Accessories
Check out these accessories that improve a home cardio workout:
- Equipment mat: All cardio equipment should be put on an equipment mat. The Rubber-Cal mat (Amazon) is an affordable yet very high quality choice.
- Interval timer: To time your intervals and workouts, there is no better choice than the GymNext Flex. It’s super easy to use and set up with a phone app.
- Tablet holder: Cardio can be boring. With this tablet holder (Amazon) you can follow along with on-demand workouts or just watch a movie on any cardio machine.
- Heart rate monitor: Monitoring your heart rate is very important while doing cardio. The Polar H10 (Amazon) connects to almost anything you can imagine and is very accurate.
To find which cardio machines I recommend for home gyms, click here.