Exercising is hard enough when the equipment isn’t falling apart around you. So when your treadmill belt starts losing traction and renders your treadmill useless, what do you do? Is it worth it to buy a new treadmill belt, or should you just throw in the towel and buy a whole new treadmill?
Replacing a treadmill belt can cost between $30 to $150, not including the cost for a repairman to install it. Depending on your chosen repair company’s hourly rate, you may be looking at an additional $100 to $200, making the cost of replacement anywhere from $130 to $350 total.
The cost to replace a treadmill belt depends on the make and model of your treadmill, as well as the quality of the replacement you chose (along with each treadmill company’s services offered for replacement and repairs). There are plenty of different options, both in cost and quality.
To trim the cost of replacing your treadmill’s belt, you can find a generic belt. These work with more models, and are cheaper, but they aren’t as great of quality. Using a generic belt can save you money at the moment, but might cost you more in overall replacement and repair costs over time. And depending on what kind you buy, they might not line up perfectly with your treadmill. Generic belts can cost around $20 to $50, and they’re usually sold on sites such as eBay. Amazon has very few options for generic belts
Belts are a wear item on a treadmill and therefore aren’t usually covered under the warranty.
In 2021, the cheapest treadmill models on the market cost around $400 to $800. Here are some of the best options in this price range;
Something important to know is that the prices of treadmills have been increasing due to demand from the COVID-19 quarantine, so most “low-end” treadmills that used to cost $200 have now boomed to $400 or $500. When going to the gym got harder, everyone tried to make an at-home gym, driving up demand and prices of exercise equipment. Luckily though, as time goes on, prices should get lower as the world opens back up again.
The cheapest belt replacement offered for low-end treadmills on Amazon is $64.00, and most of the Amazon replacement belts hang around the $60 to $90 range. Most of Amazon’s belts aren’t even generic–they’re specific for the treadmill brand, and they still hang around the cheaper range.
The cost of installation depends on what your chosen repair company charges hourly, but you can cut this cost by installing the belt yourself or having a friend do it. It is a lot cheaper to replace the walking belt yourself instead of paying (and tipping) someone to do it for you. But you should NEVER try this if you don’t know what you’re doing– you’re more likely to break something than you are to fix it (hiking up the repair costs even more).
If you really don’t want to pay for a repairman to come in and fix it for you (and if you already have some experience with this kind of maintenance), Sears uploaded a helpful video on how to replace a walking treadmill belt yourself:
Most mid-range treadmills cost about $800 – $2000. You can see some of the best, most common mid-range treadmills in the chart below;
The average cost of a mid-range belt replacement offered on Amazon is $89.00. The walking belt replacements cost around the same amount as the cheaper treadmills, hanging around $90, and none of these options are generic. They’re all brand-specific. The cheapest options for treadmill belt replacements in the mid-range are around $75.
However, one of the issues with going into the higher-price range for treadmills is that there are fewer options for walking belt replacements. The more expensive the treadmill is, the less of a chance that a replacement belt will be readily available for purchase and replacement on Amazon.
Most of the higher-end treadmill companies prefer to do the replacements themselves, which can drive up the belt costs to around $200 to $300, not to mention how much each company might charge extra for personal repair costs. Before you buy a treadmill, it might be beneficial to speak to the supplier and ask how they handle walking belt repairs (if they offer repairs or replacements at all).
Belt wear depends on many factors. User weight is one of those factors. Make sure your treadmill is rated for your weight so the belt doesn’t wear prematurely. Suggested post; Treadmill user weight limits and why you should care.
Most Expensive Options
The most expensive treadmills on the market in 2021 cost more than $2,000. The average cost is around $5,000, and the most expensive model is a whopping $16,395. However, the treadmills in this price range usually stay around the $3,000 to $4,000 range, with the $16,395 treadmill being the one outlier, so most treadmills won’t cost nearly as much.
The highest quality machine for the lowest price is the Nordic Track Elite 7500 model, and the replacement belt only costs $129.99. The most expensive belt replacement offered on Amazon is $229. And the most expensive treadmills don’t even have options to buy replacement belts on Amazon, probably because the companies just want you to pay them for their replacement and repair services.
One of the most common expensive treadmills on the market (the Landice L7 Treadmill, which costs around $5095) has a replacement belt on Amazon that costs around $143.00. Yes, that is expensive, but not nearly as expensive as buying a whole new treadmill.
So if the question is between replacing just the belt or the entire treadmill, we recommend just biting the bullet and replacing the walking belt. Even if you have to pay the extra cost for a repairman to come in and fix it, it’s worth it. $143.00 is no small sum of money, but it’s nothing in comparison to the $5095 it costs to get a new treadmill. No matter how rich you are, five thousand dollars is sure to put a dent in your wallet.
If you don’t need to replace your treadmill belt, but it’s still lagging or not functioning properly, there might be a way to repair it on your own without buying a new belt or treadmill. Check out this video from JTX Fitness to see how to adjust your treadmill belt before you get rid of it altogether.
To keep your belt in tip top shape, make sure to keep on top of maintenance. Here’s a guide to treadmill maintenance.
Belt’s aren’t the only thing that has to be replaced on a treadmill although it will be the most common part. In some cases, you’ll have to replace the motor. Check out how much a treadmill motor replacement can cost here.
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.