All treadmill brands split their home treadmill models up into tiers, based on price. These pricing tiers are a good way to help you determine how much treadmill you need. The tiers are based on a discounted price, so a treadmill discounted from $1999 to $999 would fall in the tier for treadmills in the $1000 range, so don’t expect features that you would find on a $2000 treadmill. This might sound a little confusing now, but once you do a little research on various models you’ll start to see the pricing pattern. Below is a rough breakdown of the pricing tiers. It will give you an idea of what to expect from treadmills in that particular price range.
Treadmills Under $500
These treadmills either have a no motor or one that is not very powerful. Expect few if any of the features that you see on you’re gym’s treadmills. Poor cushioning and lack of motor horsepower make these treadmills only suitable for relatively lightweight users that need a treadmill for occasional walking. These treadmills should not be considered for anyone that plans on running. They are just not built to handle the pounding.
Treadmills Between $500 – $1000
You need to get close to the $1000 range to find a treadmill that begins to resemble to the ones that you see in gyms. The motor, cushioning, and stability improve as price increases, which allow treadmills at the upper end of this range handle the needs of most walkers and casual short distance joggers. Though many models around $1000 are solid in many ways, frequent runners and users that weigh over 250 pounds should strongly consider moving up in price. As I mentioned earlier cushioning technology, motor power, and other features increase with the price.
Treadmills Between $1000 – $1500
Though still below to gym quality, these treadmills can still provide a smooth and comfortable ride for most users, especially when you get close to the upper end of the price range. These treadmills tend to be rich in features and offer advance cushioning systems and motors that are in the 3.0 CHP range. CHP stands for continuous horsepower and is the measure by which all treadmill motors should be judged. A 3.0 CHP motor will be durable and powerful enough to satisfy the needs of most runners. If you are an avid runner or enjoy distance training, your legs and body will thank you if you bypass this range and choose a treadmill from one of the next pricing tiers.
Treadmills Between $1500 – $2000
If you are able to spend this much on you home treadmill, I would definitely recommend doing so. This is a really nice home treadmill range, because you get some features that begin to rival the commercial grade treadmills at your local gym, while retaining some features like folding that are often necessary with home treadmills. I caution you not to expect your gyms treadmill (those can cost over $4000), but models in this range will satisfy most home users of various sizes and abilities. You’ll also get a treadmill that is more durable and can take the extra pounding, so it should last longer than models in the previous price ranges.
Treadmills Over $2000
Treadmills are no different than any other high priced product, the more you spend the more you are supposed to get. If you are looking for a treadmill of that can compete with the one at your gym you will need to spend at least $2000 and maybe much more. As for home treadmills, anything around $2000 is going to meet the needs of most non-competitive runners. If you are a walker or casual jogger, you’ll love the extra features and smoother ride that a treadmill in this range offers. If you really intend on getting the most out of a treadmill and you can afford it do yourself and your legs a favor and spend at least this much. However, keep in mind that if space is a concern most models over $2000 tend to be larger, sturdier, and thus do not fold up neatly into a corner.