The 7 Best Treadmills to Buy in 2018

Don't let the bad weather ruin your running workouts

When there's inclement weather, the last thing you want to do is head out for a run. But a great way to stay in shape during those long, snowy winters is by getting some runs in on the treadmill, where you can get race-ready, burn calories and blow off steam from the climate-controlled comfort of your home. And you don’t even have to run! Just adding a daily walk while you watch Judge Judy can improve your health. So, which machine is right for you? Here, we run down the eight best treadmills for your home workout.

Lower your cost per mile with this $300, easy-to-store treadmill. It packs a 2.5-horsepower engine for a max speed of 10 mph, and you can set it at two levels of incline to maximize calorie burn. Comfort Cell tech lessens the impact on your joints, and though compact, the treadmill supports up to 250 pounds. While you can get a good sprint in on this machine, it’s more of a walk- and jog- addition to your home gym.

With the best treadmills on the market ranging into the $4,000 price range, NordicTrack’s C990 will make you do a double take at less than $1,000. This treadmill not only performs, it also adds top-of-the-industry tech. A seven-inch, web-enabled touchscreen makes it easy to access professional training via iFit®, which offers a library of workouts and Google Maps™ routes. The C990 also adds a choice of cushioning options and a quiet 3.0 horsepower engine for a smooth stride. NordicTrack’s Space Saver design lets you fold the machine for easy storage in a closet or spare room.

If you’re already in shape and you know you’re going to put some serious miles on your treadmill, go with the brand that's engineered for endurance. Precor engineers the commercial-grade durability and club-quality features into the TRM 445, including Footplant Technology that instantaneously adjusts the belt speed to match the pace of your natural stride. Also integrated are Precor’s GroundEffects Impact Control, which provides cushioning in the front of the deck and rigidity in the rear for a stable surface and easy kick. The three-horsepower engine hits speeds up to 12 mph, and you can maximize calorie burn or simulate road conditions with a two percent decline and up to 15 percent incline.

Life Fitness is a brand that’s popular in many gyms, and their new T5 treadmill brings the commercial-quality durability and state-of-the-art engineering to your home. The T5’s FlexDeck system allows you to walk, jog or run on three surface firmness levels. The three-horsepower engine keeps you chugging up to 12 miles an hour, with an incline setting up to five percent grade. It’s compact enough to fit in most homes, but strong enough to support up to 400 pounds, and it also includes heart rate-monitoring hand sensors. Life Fitness’s Track+ console links with Android and Apple devices, as well as most fitness apps.

ProForm’s lauded Pro 2000 treadmill engineers a 15 percent incline, so you can really feel the burn this winter. And if you’re training for a road race, the Pro 2000 will decline up to three percent, so you can learn to run leaning forward. This workout is powered by a 3.5-horsepower MachZ Commercial Motor that keeps it smooth whether you’re walking briskly or sprinting up to 12 mph — a blistering five-minute mile pace. It also folds up and is easy to move into a closet or spare room, and when you’re ready to set it up again the EasyLift Assist lowers your treadmill deck without heavy lifting.

Ditch the headphones with the ProForm 505 CST, which includes two built-in two-inch speakers and smartphone/tablet connectivity for the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll workout. Beyond the tech, this sub-$1,000 treadmill has some of Pro Form’s best engineering, including a powered automatic incline up to 10 percent. It also packs a 2.5 MachZ Commercial Motor that is quiet and cool, and designed to generate high levels of inertia for a smooth stride. Recent new releases by ProForm have put this performer on sale across multiple web retailers, making it a great bargain, too.

Sure, this $300 treadmill isn’t marketed to teens, but with a max load of 220 pounds and a narrow 15.75-inch belt width, this affordable treadmill option is best for teens and smaller people. The 2.20-horsepower engine hits speeds of nine mph, and there are three manual incline options. It folds up for easy storage, and is simple to set up with a hydraulic drop system. A bare-bones console monitors time and distance and a smartphone/tablet mount is a nice touch. It comes in gray and pink.


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