Good cardio isn’t possible without a good treadmill.
Am I right? I mean, don’t get me wrong.
Ellipticals and going on the bike is fun and all but it doesn’t compare to the feeling of running on the treadmill in the morning.
At least not for me.
The only problem is finding a great treadmill at a great price.
That’s why we have put together this list of the best treadmills under 1500$ you can buy in 2019.
- Best Treadmills Under 1500$
- NordicTrack T8.5 S Treadmill
- Nautilus T618 Treadmill
- Bowflex BXT116 Results Series Treadmill - Great For Serious Runners
- LifeSpan Fitness TR3000i Treadmill
- NordicTrack T 6.5 Si Treadmill - Very Affordable
- Sole F63 Treadmill (New 2019 Model) - Best Bang for your Buck
- ProForm Power 1295i Treadmill
- Horizon Fitness 7.0 AT SMART Treadmill - Budget Friendly
- Sole F80 Treadmill (New for 2019) - Great for Heavy Runners
- NordicTrack C 1650 Treadmill
- Treadmills - A Buyer's Guide
- Final Thoughts
- Related Articles & Buyer’s Guides
Best Treadmills Under 1500$
We have spent countless hours researching and reviewing the treadmills that have made it onto our list and have chosen these based on quality, durability, technology, and price.
We have also included a brief Buyer’s Guide at the end of this article where we go over what you should look for in a treadmill.
|NordicTrack T 8.5S||3.5 CHP||0-12 mph||0-12%||300 lbs|
|Nautilus T618||3.5 CHP||0-12 mph||0-15%||350 lbs|
|Bowflex BXT116||3.75 CHP||0-12 mph||0-15%||375 lbs|
|LifeSpan TR3000i||2.75 CHP||0-12 mph||0-15 %||350 lbs|
|NordicTrack T 6.5Si||2.6 CHP||0-10 mph||0-10%||300lbs|
|Sole F63||3.0 CHP||5-12 mph||0-15%||325 lbs|
|ProForm Power 1295i||3.5 CHP||0-12 mph||0-12%||350 lbs|
|Horizon Fitness 7.0 AT||3.0 CHP||0.5-12 mph||0-15%||325 lbs|
|Sole F80||3.5 CHP||0.5-12 mph||0-15%||375 lbs|
|NordicTrack C 1650||3.5 CHP||0-12 mph||0-12%||300 lbs|
To be honest, the NordicTrack T 8.5 S isn’t just your regular treadmill.
It’s actually an experience. An interactive training experience.
What I mean by this is that through their iFit Coach Fitness platform you can actually access on-demand workouts.
Such as studio sessions, globe-trotting (which are global guided runs you can follow) workouts and it even offers cross-training workouts too.
You can also access real-time workout tracking that use things like your elevation, heart rate, and intensity to measure your performance and help you reach your goals.
All of this is done through their “interactive coaching” 10” HD touchscreen.
This treadmill also features a digital quick incline control of 0-12% and quick speed control of 0-12 MPH.
Furthermore, there is a 3.5 CHP drive system motor build into this machine and EKG grip pulse sensors that are used to track the user’s heart rate during workouts.
Additionally, the tread belt is 20” x 60” and has FlexSelect cushioning so as to minimize the impact put on your joints.
The design of the treadmill also allows you to fold it up and save space when you’re not using the treadmill, making it easy to store.
Which means that when you are utilizing the treadmill the product footprint is of 78.5” in length x 35.5” in width x 59” in height, and when you fold it up it reduces its footprint to 39.6” in length x 35.5” in width x 71.6” in height.
The maximum weight capacity on this machine is 300lbs and comes with a lifetime frame & motor warranty, a 5-year parts warranty, and a 2-year labor warranty.
So I'd say if you don't plan on getting the iFit Coach, you might find this machine as being overpriced.
On the other hand, if you plan on keeping your iFit membership after that first year and plan on taking full advantage of the interactive training, it’s a sweet deal.
All in all, this is a great treadmill for those who would like to try out an interactive training experience.
What they offer with their T618 Treadmill is a performance-focused machine equipped with free app-based tracking tools that allows you to track your progress with your fitness.
As for the features you can expect Bluetooth connectivity that’ll allow for the transition of your workout data to supported smart devices.
With RunSocial you'll be able to run through 19 locations with 27 routes along with other users from all over the world in real time, which can definitely be fun especially if you lack the motivation to go exercise on certain days.
Furthermore, the treadmill comes with a fully-loaded user console with blue backlit DualTrack screens that offers 26 different programs including heart rate and weight management.
The dual screens allow you to check out your workout metrics even when the media tray is in use.
There is also integrated speed and incline controls on the handrails to make it easier for users to adjust the intensity of the workout.
A wireless heart rate chest strap monitor is also included.
Additionally, you’ll be running on a 20” x 60” running path and a 3ply 2.5mm belt for increased traction and durability.
This treadmill is powered by a powerful 3.5 CHP motor.
Overall, this is a very robust machine that has a bunch of cool features.
This is definitely a quality model coming from Nautilus and is ideal for heavier runners due to it being a very robust treadmill.
Bowflex has long been a giant in the fitness industry and while they are better known for their home gym systems, which we have previously featured in a recent article, they also manufacture quality cardio equipment.
The Bowflex BXT116 treadmill model features 9 pre-programmed intuitive “Push & Go” workouts on a 7.5” full-color LCD screen.
As with the two previous models, this machine also allows for Bluetooth connectivity and you can monitor your progress with the Bowflex Results series app which is completely free.
Same as with the Nautilus T618 treadmill, you can also sync it with the popular RunSocial app.
The treadmill also features an automatic 3-speed fan system that could most likely be handy in the summer.
It is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 and comes with an integrated speaker sound system.
The running belt is 20”x60” long and is designed with Comfort Deck Tech technology for greater impact absorption and softer landings, making it easier on the knees.
And because we know that space is so important to anyone who has a home gym or exercise room in their home, this treadmill is also foldable to allow you to save space when you’re not using it.
Additionally, there's no zero angle. But that shouldn't be a dealbreaker for too many people though.
Overall, this is one of the most expensive treadmills on our list but it also one of the better ones due to the sheer technology behind it, namely the 3.75 CHP motor that’s built into it.
Its main features are a full-color touchscreen display which you can use to select between 21 expert-designed programs.
It is also equipped with a 3-speed cooling fan system to keep you cool during your workouts and a patented safety feature that guarantees user safety by automatically pausing the belt motion 20 seconds after they step away from the treadmill.
Ideal for those competing in walking competitions and for daily goal management.
Additionally, the treadmill is equipped with a USB Plus data port that you can use to charge your phone or tablet – a life saver for many people!
Like all of the other treadmills on this list, this one also comes with a free brand app – LifeSpan Active – which will work with Apple Health and Google Fit so you can track your training progress.
As for the specs, the motor isn’t as powerful as the previous machines on this list but still pretty decent at 2.75 CHP.
The running belt is 20” by 56” and is supported by 8 compression shock absorbers that will be easier on the knees and joints.
For those wondering about all the space this treadmill is going to take up in your bedroom take comfort in knowing that you can easily fold it up once you’re done – they call it EZfold Technology.
Keep in mind if you plan on sharing with your family, for example.
All in all, a good treadmill with a couple of valuable patented features especially if you need something to prepare you for competitions due to accurate step tracking.
The reason being that it is still a very solid alternative for those of you who might be a fan of the company but would like something more affordable or perhaps don’t need something quite as powerful as the 8.5S model.
That’s really the main difference between the two models: power.
While the 8.5S model boats a 3.5 CHP DurX commercial motor, the 6.5Si is less powerful than that, featuring a 2.6 CHP motor.
The maximum speed on this machine is 10 MPH and the incline is 10%.
This model includes the same 1-Year iFit membership that allows you to enjoy their interactive training experience on a 10” Smart HD touchscreen.
The second one is that there is no Pause button on the treadmill, there is only a Stop button. This could be a little annoying.
In short, this is the “poor” man’s version of the NordicTrack 8.5S model that keeps all of that model’s cool features but is significantly less powerful but more affordable.
From a technology standpoint, this machine is equipped with Bluetooth audio speakers, a USB port as well as an integrated tablet holder and an integrated entertainment system with an LCD screen.
As for the more technical stuff, the Sole F63 is powered by a 3.0 CPH motor that will allow you to go up to 12 MPH in speed with 15 levels of incline available to users.
It also has Cushion Flex Whisper Deck technology that reduces joint impact by up to 40% and Easy Assist Folding Deck that allows you to fold up the treadmill when not in use.
The running deck itself is 20” x 60” and can hold up to 325lbs in maximum weight capacity.
All in all, when we consider all the technology built into this machine, from its horse power to incline capabilities, this treadmill has to be one of the best options at its price point currently on the market.
As with the NordicTrack treadmills that I have reviewed previously the main selling point of the ProForm Power 1295i Treadmill is the iFit Coach compatibility and the whole interactive personal training experience right from your home.
But that’s not to say it doesn’t have great specs backing it up.
The machine itself, it comes built with a 3.5 CHP commercial grade motor and allows you to adjust the speed up to 12 mph and the incline to 15%.
There's also a workout fan built directly under the console which is a very pleasant aspect of the design of this machine.
Additionally, it also has Proshox Cushioning to reduce the impact on your joints, a 20 x 60” tread belt and EasyLift Assist which is their fancy way of saying that the treadmill can be folded after use with minimal effort on your part since this technology helps you lift the deck.
Furthermore, you should be mindful of the space you have available to dedicate toward this treadmill and double check the dimensions beforehand as this treadmill is quite big.
Overall, the ProForm’s Power 1295i is a powerful treadmill and an excellent addition to most people home gyms.
Although, the iFit Coach is a big part of the marketing behind this treadmill it is not everything this machine has.
This model has great technology built into it and can easily stand independently of whether you plan to use it for its Interactive Experience offer or not.
Of course it’s a better deal if you’re interested in taking up the iFit Coach membership though.
They call it a ‘smart’ treadmill because you can connect multiple devices at the same time using Bluetooth to stream your music, movies and on-demand workout classes as well as tracking workout metrics such as heart rate.
As for the hardware built into this machine, it has a 3.0 CHP motor that powers it to go up to 12 mph in speed and 15% of incline levels.
The running deck is equivalent to the other treadmills within this price range, 60” x 20” and has cushioning technology for both more comfortable footfalls and reducing joint impact on the knees.
You’ll be streaming your music or whatever else you like through the integrated speakers built into the treadmill.
Additionally, there’s an integrated device holder and USB port close at hand so you can recharge your devices.
The machine is pretty sturdy holding up to 350 lbs in maximum user weight capacity but still retains the ability to fold when not in use.
Furthermore, reviewers have noted that the treadmill runs quietly and provides a smooth running experience even when pushing the pace at the challenging 12 mph speed.
All in all, I’d say this is a great SMART treadmill and a great choice for those who enjoy being able to blast music through workouts or watch tv shows while working out that has top quality hardware built into it.
We’ve included another treadmill by Sole simply because they’re a great company that makes great treadmills and the F80 is a step up from the F63 model both in terms of sheers (horse) power and in the price tag.
The F80 treadmill is quite similar to the F63, in fact, I’d say they’re identical except their motors, the F80’s being more powerful of course.
This model sports a motor of 3.5 CHP and 12 mph in speed as well as 15 levels of incline.
In conclusion, the F80 has all the bells and whistles of the F63 but is both more powerful and sturdier.
A great addition to any home gym if you need a sturdy and powerful piece of cardio equipment.
As one would expect of NordicTrack this machine is quite the powerhouse.
It has a 3.5 CPH motor and provides speeds up to 12 mph and 15% of incline for challenging workouts, as most of the other treadmills within this price range do.
It is iFit Coach enabled, which is the company’s interactive training app that let’s you stream on-demand workouts and train with their personal trainers which can adjust your speed and incline levels if they think you could push harder on your run which is pretty neat.
Furthermore, the touchscreen that is built-in with the treadmill is a 10” full-color touchscreen which is web-enabled, which means you can access the Internet during your workouts as well as you workout data and workout programs of course.
It also has all the convenient features that we like to see on a treadmill of this caliber such as workout fans (AutoBreeze), custom cushioning for reducing the impact on user’s joints and a foldable design with assisting technology that does almost all of the heavy-lifting (EasyLift).
Overall, this is a solid product that will provide you with a pretty cool and comfortable training experience.
To make most of this treadmill though (or any other NordicTrack treadmills featured on our list for that matter) it is required for you to make the extra investment on that iFit membership which can be a bit of a downer seeing that the treadmill itself isn’t that cheap.
However, that’s just the way they are designed and are meant for people to get on board with the whole interactive training experience.
Not to say that’s completely useless without it not at all.
But you’ll definitely get the full benefit of the treadmill with it.
Keep that in mind before you make your decision.
Treadmills - A Buyer's Guide
What exactly should you be looking for in a treadmill and what makes for a good treadmill?
Glad you asked.
Everyone has different goals, needs, training backgrounds, etc; so ultimately you’ll need to answer that question yourself and decide which one fits you better.
With that being said here’s what you should keep an eye out for in your treadmill.
The motor is really what is going to power your treadmill and allow you to get those workouts in and will be a huge factor in determining the quality of your runs so you want to make sure to get a sufficiently powerful and high-quality motor.
The motor’s power is measured in CHP which stands for Continuous Horsepower and most treadmills out there on the market today usually vary between 1.0 CHP and 5.0 CHP – 1.0 CHP being very poor and 5.0 being pretty powerful.
For the price point of the treadmills reviewed in this article, you should be looking for a treadmill that is equipped with a motor of at least 3.0 CHP.
Speed & Incline
I’d say that the minimum speed you should be looking for in your treadmill is 10 mph and 12% (or levels) of incline and a great treadmill will allow you to go up to 12 mph and 15 % incline.
How does that translate to your needs and goals?
For beginners and intermediate runners, 10 mph and 12% incline will be plenty. However, if you’re a more seasoned runner or you plan on taking up running seriously you’ll want to get a treadmill that goes up to those challenging 12 mph speeds and 15 levels of incline.
This one might seem like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised by the number of people that fail to get this part right.
You should decide where you’re going to be putting your new treadmill beforehand and make sure you have enough space there to actually comfortably fit the machine.
Get your measuring tape out and double check before making your purchase.
Most people won’t have this problem but if you’re on the heavier side and maybe are trying to lose weight or you plan on sharing the machine with people that are in this situation you want to be certain you get a sufficiently sturdy treadmill.
Furthermore, it’s a good practice to aim for a bit of a safety margin between your weight and the stated weight capacity on the machine.
I’d recommend a 60-75 lbs safety margin, so if you’re 250 lbs make sure your treadmill can handle 310-325 lbs in maximum weight capacity.
This will give you enough room that you won’t be putting any unnecessary strain on the motor of the treadmill.
Check the maximum weight capacity on the treadmills and account for that.
As you can see you still have plenty of viable options even if you’re on a bit of a budget – you can pretty much get a very high-quality treadmill with 1500$, so you don’t need to worry about that.
We hope that our list has helped you out and has been of some value to you in deciding which treadmill should be your next addition to your exercise room or home gym.
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