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Outfitting a home gym on a budget is a lot like moving into your first place: you probably have an entire empty room (or rooms) to fill and about $10 to your name. Been there, done that, and bought a t-shirt, so I feel you. Although I can’t really be helpful on the filling-your-home front (except maybe check Facebook Marketplace for free couches), I can make the treadmill buying process easier.
I’ve researched, tested, and sweated on many machines in my quest to find the best treadmill under $1,000. This was no easy feat, but I managed to find something for almost everyone.
Dozens of Treadmills Tested
Our expert product testers have had their hands (and well, feet) on over two dozen treadmills. With multiple certified personal trainers, CrossFit-L1 coaches, and former college athletes, you can rest easy knowing we really have a grip on the fitness industry. Giving our honest opinion on fitness equipment, like the best treadmills under $1,000, is our priority. Let’s get started.
Best Treadmills Under $1,000 Video
7 Best Treadmills Under $1,000
- Best Overall Treadmill Under $1,000: Sole F63
- Best Treadmill Under $1,000 for Walking: Echelon Stride
- Best Treadmill Under $1,000 for Running: Horizon 7.0 AT
- Best Folding Treadmill Under $1,000: Schwinn 810
- Best Treadmill for Seniors Under $1,000: ProForm Carbon T7
- Best Space-Saving Treadmill Under $1,000: Sunny Health and Fitness SF-T7603
- Best Durable Treadmill Under $1,000: XTERRA TR150
Best Overall Treadmill Under $1,000: Sole F63
Good for: Most people looking for a well-rounded cardio machine on a budget
Best Overall Treadmill Under $1,000
- Folding treadmill
- Costs around $1,000
- Heart rate chest strap included
- Bluetooth speakers, USB port, and cooling fan
- Powerful 3.0 HP motor
Pros & Cons
- Financing is available
- Bluetooth speakers
- USB port
- Device holder
- 15 different levels of incline
- Cushioned deck
- 20" W x 60" L belt
- 325-lb weight capacity
- Lifetime frame and motor warranty
- Heavy machine
- No touchscreen
Editor’s Note: This treadmill now costs $1,099, but we’ve seen the price fluctuate above and below $1,000 over the past year.
Budget-friendly cardio machines that are actually great, like the Sole F63, bring me joy. Not only is this treadmill foldable for easy storage, but it boasts a lifetime frame warranty to likely make your purchase usable for years to come.
Whether you’re into jogging, walking, or even doing sprinting intervals, the Sole F63 will support your habits. The deck is a lengthy 60 inches, which is exactly what a taller runner would want for a comfortable stride (you’re welcome, fellow tall folks). It also has a 3.0 CHP motor, suitable for walkers and runners alike.
Another nice feature? The Sole F63 comes with an included heart rate monitoring strap so you can keep an eye on your exertion. This is a nice extra for someone who doesn’t have a fitness tracker already.
On the downside, this machine is heavy. Like 254 pounds heavy. If you’re moving and need to take this treadmill up or downstairs, please hire a professional. It isn’t worth throwing your back out over. The same applies to the assembly process. I would recommend ponying up for the expert assembly, but if you can’t, grab a friend or two to aid in the unboxing process, bare minimum.
Read our full Sole F63 treadmill review.
|STUDIO on-demand programming (Membership sold separately; no attached touchscreen to stream on)|
|Lifetime frame and motor, 3 years on parts, deck, electronics, 1 year on labor|
Best Treadmill Under $1,000 for Walking: Echelon Fitness Stride
Good for: People who appreciate simple and uncomplicated cardio machines
Best Treadmill Under $1,000 for Walking
- Folds flat to just 10"
- Lightweight and very portable
- Smaller motor is ideal for walkers
- Bluetooth connectivity to apps
Pros & Cons
- Auto-fold technology
- When folded, is just 10” deep
- Lightweight and easy to move
- Super simple assembly and usability
- Bluetooth connectivity to Echelon United
- Weaker motor
- Short running surface at 55”
- Short 1-year warranty
Trying to hit that 10,000 daily Apple Watch step goal without having to leave the comfort of your own abode? The Echelon Fitness Stride is here to help! And yes, we know, WE KNOW, this isn’t technically under $1,000 but allow us to explain why it’s worth the extra investment if you’re someone who wants to casually walk indoors while working, watching TV, or even listening to a podcast.
The assembly process is extremely uncomplicated and generally takes under 20 minutes, so you can get those feet moving almost right away. Plus, you’ll be able to easily adjust both the incline and speed via the handles while you’re walking (which means you don’t have to take your hands off the handles if you don’t want to).
You get a 10-inch touchscreen to monitor all your metrics and, if you have an Echelon Membership, choose from thousands of live and on-demand workouts.
Unfortunately, if you are a tall individual or enjoy running, this isn’t the machine for you. The 1.75 CHP motor isn’t ideal for long-term jogging or sprinting, and the deck isn’t large enough for long legs. This isn’t to say you can’t use this machine at all if you’re tall, but you will definitely want to stick with just walking if you choose to purchase the Echelon Fitness Stride.
|Treadmill weight:||156 lbs|
|Speed:||Max 12 MPH|
|Running deck:||20” W x 55” L|
Best Treadmill Under $1,000 for Running: Horizon 7.0 AT
Good for: Running enthusiasts or tall people with long strides
Best Treadmill Under $1,000 for Running
- Priced under $1,000
- Spacious 60-inch running deck
- Bluetooth connectivity
- QuickDial controls for both the speed and incline
Pros & Cons
- 60” running surface
- 3.0 CHP motor
- Bluetooth connectivity with apps like Zwift, Peloton, and Nike Running Club
- 325 lb weight limit
- Heavy machine at over 250 lbs
- No included touchscreen
- 3-year parts warranty and 1-year labor warranties are less than the Horizon 7.4 AT Treadmill
The easiest way to tell a good budget treadmill from a not-so-great one is the shake factor. Luckily, the Horizon 7.0 AT passes this test with nary a quiver in sight. Plus, the 20-inch-by-60-inch deck is ideal for serious runners looking for a top treadmill with great speed range.
I love the 325-pound max user weight capacity, which is well over the 300-pound industry standard. Even better? The 7.0 AT has a lifetime frame and motor warranty so you can feel secure in your new machine’s durability.
Unfortunately, with such durability and stability comes weight. This treadmill clocks in at 253 pounds, which is not light by any means. I’d recommend having multiple people help you with unboxing, moving, and assembling this machine. Better yet, hire professionals to help you with the job if you can spare extra cash.
Check out our full Horizon 7.0 AT treadmill review.
|Compatible with apps like Zwift, Peloton, and STUDIO (Each sold separately); no included touchscreen to view these on|
|76.5″ x 36″ x 59″|
|8 ⅝ inches|
Best Folding Treadmill Under $1,000: Schwinn 810
Good for: Small spaces or people who want to store their machine in-between usage
Best Folding Treadmill Under $1,000
- Folding treadmill
- Transport wheels
- 2.6 CHP
- Top speed 10 MPH
- Incline up to 10%
- 16 built-in programs
- Running surface measures 55" L x 20" W
- Heart rate pulse grips
Pros & Cons
- Folding design
- Bluetooth technology
- Cushioned running deck
- Users reported it to be very quiet
- 16 workout programs
- Cushioned deck is comfortable
- 10 percent incline levels
- Weak motor
- Warranty is so-so
- USB port is for charging only; cannot transfer data
- Some users report integrated speakers are weak
Don’t have a ton of space to work with but still want a treadmill for your home gym? Fear not! The Schwinn 810 is here to save the day. This budget-friendly machine is simple to fold and features a handy gas shock to lower the deck slowly and safely.
Although there isn’t a fancy touchscreen, the 810 does have an LCD screen and 16 preset programs available to use for workouts. I like the wide range of choices available (think intervals or calorie burn), and it is a useful option for someone who doesn’t want to pay for interactive programming.
In terms of the cushioning system, I wasn’t thrilled. Although the Schwinn 810 supposedly has specialized cushioning, the belt felt particularly thin to me. This is worth noting if you’re someone looking for an especially cushioned treadmill or you suffer from joint pain.
Read our full Schwinn 810 treadmill review.
|Running belt:||20″ W x 55″ L|
|Product weight:||155 pounds|
Best Treadmill for Seniors Under $1,000: ProForm Carbon T7
Good for: Older adults who want a budget-friendly treadmill to suit their needs
Best Treadmill for Seniors Under $1,000
- Compact and foldable
- Cushioned running deck for longer runs
- Integrated speakers
- Cooling fans
Pros & Cons
- Cushioned running deck
- Integrated speakers
- Cooling fans
- Free 30-day iFIT membership
- Financing available
- No onboard pre-programmed workouts
- Smaller running surface
The ProForm Carbon T7 treadmill is a home run for seniors. With a well-cushioned tread belt and cooling fan, most older adults will find their walk or jog is a comfortable experience on the T7.
The deck length of 55 inches is slightly above average. Most seniors could walk, jog, and run on this comfortably (stride length-wise). Plus, for those who need a little extra support, the attached handlebars offer a sturdy place to hold on to.
Instead of a device holder, the Carbon T7 has a small touchscreen, which connects to iFIT programming (subscription sold separately). iFIT offers high-quality, interactive programming to help people reach their fitness goals. This is a great option for a senior who needs a little guidance on specific workouts to do on their new treadmill.
Unfortunately, this also means there aren’t really preset workouts available on the T7 since the focus is on iFIT. If you’re unwilling to pay for programming, you might want to consider something else.
Want to learn more? Check out our full ProForm Carbon T7 treadmill review.
|On-demand iFIT (Sold separately) Included touchscreen|
|20” W x 55” L|
|0 – 10%|
|10-Year Frame, 1-Year Parts & Labor|
|35.2” x 73.5” x 57.5”|
Best Space-Saving Treadmill Under $1,000: Sunny Health and Fitness SF-T7603
Good for: Individuals with small homes, condos, and apartments
Best Space-Saving Treadmill Under $1,000
- Compact and foldable
- Simple to build solo
- Foldable with a gas shock for gentle release
- Handles have speed adjustments
- 2.2 CHP motor
Pros & Cons
- Easy to fold
- Sturdy, all-steel frame
- Shock absorption
- Reviewers report easy assembly
- Weaker motor will not support sustained or intense runs
- Small running deck not suited for taller individuals
- Some users report the lifespan is very short
The Sunny Health and Fitness SF-T7603 is a machine I’d recommend for people who need a space-saving treadmill. Not only does this machine fold (and it has a gas shock for easy lowering, hallelujah!), but it weighs just 103 pounds. This is ideal if you live in an apartment or condo and need to move it up or down the stairs sans elevator.
Plus, you likely won’t have issues with building it. The SF-T7603 is a quick build, and it isn’t worth purchasing professional assembly for the average person.
For such a budget-friendly price tag, I’m surprised by the above-average deck cushioning. Although I wouldn’t say it is akin to walking on a cloud, it’s much better than other cheaper treadmills I’ve tried in the past.
The SF-T7603 is certainly compact and lightweight, but this unfortunately comes with a diminished deck size at 49 inches long by 16 inches wide. Unless you just plan to walk or occasionally jog, this isn’t an ideal pick for taller people over 5 feet,10 inches tall. Plus, with only a 220-pound weight capacity, this is not a good option for heavier people.
Take a look at our entire Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603 treadmill review.
|Maximum User Weight:|
|Free on-demand classes with the SunnyFit App (No included touchscreen)|
|62” L x 27” W x 47” H|
|49” L x 16” W|
|3-year frame, 180 days for other components|
|Time, Speed, Distance, Pulse, Calorie|
Best Durable Treadmill Under $1,000: XTERRA TR150
Good for: People that need a super budget option with a lifetime frame warranty
Best Durable Treadmill Under $1,000
- Simple to use
- Lifetime warranty on the frame
- Easy to build
- 12 preset programs
- Deck has sub-par cushioning
Pros & Cons
- Portable with transport wheels
- Ideal for beginner walkers to speed walkers
- Great warranty
- Easy-to-read 5-inch LED display
- 12 preset programs onboard
- Only 2.25 horsepower motor
- Some reviewers report it is noisy
- Water bottle holders on console reportedly do not fit normal bottle sizes
- Users claim they received an error code after one use
- Several reviews reported that the dimensions provided are inaccurate
- Not suited for experienced and heavy users
For a treadmill under $1,000 like the XTERRA TR150, it’s impressive to see a lifetime frame warranty. This speaks to the durability of the machine, and that the company stands behind it (even though it is one of the cheapest options on this list!).
If you’re looking for a cardio machine that won’t have you cursing angrily during assembly, the TR150 is a great pick. I found that this machine was extremely easy to build and move from room to room.
What you won’t find on this machine? Really any tech features, sans a nice built-in heart rate monitor on the handle grips.
Although the TR150 does fold, I wouldn’t recommend actually using this feature due to the lack of gas shock. Typically, a folding treadmill will have a gas shock to prevent the deck from slamming the ground with force. In this case, if you were to drop the deck during the unfolding process, it will come crashing down and could injure people and pets.
Check out our full XTERRA Fitness TR150 treadmill review.
|Just over $350|
|Lifetime frame, 1-year motor, 90-days deck and labor|
|16″ W x 50″ L|
Other Treadmills We Researched
We try (and research) a lot of treadmills in our quest to find the best treadmills for you. Here are three that didn’t quite make the cut on this list:
Goplus 2-in-1 Folding Treadmill: Although this budget-friendly and lightweight treadmill will be a good option for those tight on space, it won’t win any awards for deck length.
UREVO Folding Treadmill: The UREVO is a good option for someone who wants to slowly walk while working or in a meeting, but it isn’t good for runners or taller folks.
Horizon Fitness T101: Although this treadmill is just $649, we prefer the Horizon 7.0 for its more expansive deck and increased speed options.
How We Picked and Tested
When looking at possible treadmills to put on this list, we took a look at these key things:
- Popular options on the market
- Workout experience
- Motor horsepower
- Max user weight capacity
- Overall durability
- Deck length
Benefits of Treadmills
Treadmills can be a beneficial tool to add to your home gym repertoire, but don’t just take it from me—take it from a certified personal trainer (CPT)!
“There are a lot of reasons treadmills have been around for so long,” GGR staff writer and CPT Anthony O’Reilly explained. “Most importantly, they’re an easy-to-use tool for increasing your heart rate to help improve your cardiovascular health and conditioning and can be used to hit a caloric deficit.”
“They’re also much easier on the joints than road running, and this can help you remain active for many years to come,” O’Reilly adds.
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Buying Guide: What to Look For in Treadmills Under $1,000
It can be hard to know what to look for when buying fitness equipment. With so many different buying decisions to make, sometimes it’s overwhelming knowing what to look at first. Don’t sweat it––as a CrossFit-L1 trainer and self-proclaimed cardio queen, I know what’s most important when you’re looking for the best treadmill for home under $1,000. Take a look:
If you’re reading this roundup, it’s likely you’re looking for a treadmill under $1,000. Yay! One thing is already accomplished––you know your budget. To get the most out of your price range, be on the lookout for special discount codes and holiday sales for different cardio brands like NordicTrack, ProForm, Sole, and Bowflex.
In an ideal world, every treadmill would adhere to the industry standards of 15 years to a lifetime warranty on the frame. Unfortunately, with budget options that is rarely the case. You can hope for something like that, but realistically, you’ll find cheaper treadmills have a frame warranty of around five to 10 years.
If you’re over 5 feet, 9 inches tall or enjoy running, congratulations! You need a longer treadmill deck. Make sure your new cardio machine has at least a 50-inch deck (preferably 55 to 60 inches) to support your long strides. If you really only plan to walk or lightly jog, the length of your treadmill deck is less important.
User Weight Capacity
Depending on your weight, you’ll want to make sure your new cardio machine will support you. Some of the more budget-friendly options can have sneakily low weight capacities (looking at you, Sunny Health and Fitness), so be sure to check before purchase.
If you like running, I’d suggest getting a treadmill that has at least a 3.0 continuous horsepower motor. If you’re into taking it a bit slower, the motor’s horsepower can vary and likely still support you.
Tight on space? Make sure your treadmill is foldable so you can stow it away when it isn’t in use. These days, most treadmills do fold, but it is still worth checking out before you purchase anything.
Treadmills Under $1,000 FAQs
What time of year do treadmills go on sale?
How much does a good quality treadmill cost?
It truly depends what features you’re looking for in your new machine–do you need your treadmill to fold, have technology features, or a steep incline? Depending on your answers, your price point may vary. If you’re just looking for a good walking treadmill without bells and whistles, $500 to $1,000 will almost certainly get the job done.
Are treadmills good for weight loss?
Treadmills can be a useful tool to assist a person with weight loss, provided it is combined with good nutrition and done appropriately. For more information and help with losing weight, please contact your doctor or a licensed medical professional.
What should I expect on a more expensive treadmill?
On an expensive treadmill, I recommend looking for various incline options, a powerful motor of at least 3.0 CHP, a tablet holder, fitness app compatibility, water bottle holder, a running surface of at least 55 inches or longer, and Bluetooth connectivity. These are the ideals of course, but only you can decide what makes a great treadmill for you personally.
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