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In 2013, frozen yogurt, the Harlem Shake, Vine, and boutique cycling studios were all the rage. This is also the first year the brand Peloton released the Peloton Bike to early adopters in order to capitalize on the cycling craze. As the buzz around this aforementioned trend died down, Peloton looked to expand their product catalog with the Peloton Tread, which made its debut in 2018.
In 2020, Peloton rebranded the original Tread into the Tread+, and began selling a less-expensive (and less-tricked-out) version as the Tread. In this comparison, I’m going to give you all the dirt on the Peloton Tread vs Tread+, and believe me, there’s a lot to dig into.
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Quick Look: Peloton Tread
As of the time of this writing, you can purchase the Peloton Tread for just under $3,500. This is the most basic package you can buy, which is just the actual treadmill itself. If you don’t mind spending some extra cash (I’m talking up to $400 more), there are three other packages available. Depending on the option you choose, these may include things like a workout mat, dumbbells, water bottle, heart rate band, yoga blocks, and yoga straps.
- Powerful 3.0 CHP motor
- Carbon steel construction
- Top speeds of 12.5 MPH
- 23.5" HD touchscreen display
- Incline training
- Live and on-demand classes
Pros & Cons
- Interactive, responsive HD touchscreen display
- Access to thousands of workouts via Peloton
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Front speakers and rear woofers for great sound
- Big range of speed and incline
- Carbon steel frame
- Intuitive controls
- Red line centered on running deck ensures good running mechanics
- Sleek design
- Improved safety features: Tread lock, emergency stop button, stop-sensor technology in belt and a safety key
- Disappointing warranty
- No decline
- No pre-programmed workout so need to purchase membership to Peloton
- Smaller console
- Minimal cushioning
- No cooling fans (not a deal breaker but it would be nice)
- Smaller running deck compared to similarly priced treadmills
Take a look at our full Peloton Tread review.
The Peloton Tread+ and Tread Recall
In May of 2021, Peloton recalled the Tread+ due to safety issues. The brand also recalled the regular Tread in the same month, but maintained that only 1,050 units were affected in the United States, as most were sold out of the country. Any regular Treads sold after September of 2021 were not a part of this recall.
Peloton took the Tread off of the market due to the screen possibly coming off and injuring users. The Tread+ was recalled because of various injuries (and one death) to kids, adults, and pets who were getting dragged under the machine.
The regular Tread has since re-appeared on the website with updated safety features (and a sturdier screen), but the emphasis from the brand is on the new passcode component. Users have to type in a passcode (called Tread Lock) before starting their workout, which is Peloton’s attempt at preventing children from playing on the Tread and getting injured. Peloton also recommends users remove the safety key after using the machine to make certain that no one who isn’t supposed to use the Tread can access it.
The Tread+ has yet to be re-released on the website, and there is no exact timetable for the machine’s comeback. If you’re interested in getting your hands on the Tread+ when it comes back out, you can sign up for their emails to be notified.
Peloton Tread and Tread+ Comparison Chart
It is worth noting that Peloton no longer has the specs for the Peloton Tread+ on their website, so these numbers are gleaned from various other sites.
|Machine||Peloton Tread||Peloton Tread+|
|Price||Starting around $3,495||Starting around $4,300|
|Running belt size||59” L x 20” W||67″ L x 20″ W|
|Display||23.8-inch HD touchscreen||32-inch HD touchscreen|
|Speed range||0 to 12.5 MPH||0 to 12.5 MPH|
|Incline knobs||0 to 12.5%||0 to 15%|
|Warranty||5-year frame, 3-year motor and belt, 1-year touchscreen and original components||5-year frame, motor, and belt, 1-year touchscreen and original components|
|Jump buttons||Yes; can increase speed and incline||Yes; can increase speed and incline|
|Running surface||Continuous belt constructed with Nylon and PVC||Individual slat belt constructed out of rubber and aluminum|
|Compatible with||Peloton All-Access Membership ($44 per month)Apple Watch||Peloton All-Access Membership ($44 per month)Apple Watch|
|Footprint||68” L x 33” W x 62” H||72.5″ L x 36.5″ W x 72″ H|
Key Similarities Between Peloton Tread and Tread+
- Same stellar Peloton programming
- Same speed range
- Same frame warranty
- Both have Bluetooth connectivity
- Both have been a part of a voluntary recall at some point
Important Differences Between Peloton Tread and Tread+
- The Peloton Tread is available for purchase right away and the Tread+ is not
- The Peloton Tread+ has more incline options than the Peloton Tread
- The Peloton Tread is less expensive than the Tread+
- The Peloton Tread+ has a larger running space than the Peloton Tread
- The Peloton Tread belt is made of a more traditional nylon and the Peloton Tread+ has individual slats like a manual treadmill
Customer Reviews of the Tread
Currently, the Peloton Tread has 670 reviews with an average score of 4.7 out of 5. Happy customers love the programming, large screen, and general usability.
“This treadmill is very well made,” customer Amber explains. “Sleek and beautiful but very strong. The screen is huge and has a clear picture. The app that goes along with it is a must! I had no idea how valuable these workouts would be.”
Others weren’t quite as jazzed as Amber about the Tread. Dissatisfied customers reported bad customer service, shakiness of the machine, and durability issues.
“The Tread died after about a week,” reviewer Anand Parikh said. “It’s been 2 weeks of back and forth with customer service, which proved to be useless. Decided to return it, as we’re in the 30-day window and buy an entirely new one.”
Tread+ vs Tread Workout Feel
I have personally only been on the Tread, but based on specs, the Tread+ likely provided a different cardio experience. For one, the belts of the two machines are entirely different. On the Tread+, the belt was constructed of individual slats, similar to that of a non-motorized treadmill like the AssaultRunner Pro. For the current Tread, the belt is similar to most motorized treadmills, as it is constructed of nylon and PVC.
Secondly, the Tread+ had a much longer deck when compared to the Tread. The Tread has a 59-inch long deck, which is just an inch under the industry standard for a running treadmill. The Tread+ reportedly had a 67-inch long deck, which may be the lengthiest deck I’ve ever heard of. If you are a really tall individual, you may want to consider holding out for the Tread+ to return, because I can’t think of another treadmill with a 67-inch deck.
Both the Tread and the Tread+ are outfitted with giant touchscreens, but the Tread+ naturally had a bigger one. Both machines use the same all-encompassing programming from Peloton, and you didn’t unlock any extra app features if you were using the Tread+ versus the Tread. With an all-access membership ($44 per month), you can view things like a leaderboard, a variety of metrics, live classes, and a bevy of Peloton instructors on either Peloton Treadmill.
It is worth noting that neither of these machines can be folded. A lot of high-end commercial treadmills don’t fold, so I assume that’s why Peloton did this. However, it doesn’t always make the most sense for people who don’t have a dedicated home gym or are in a smaller space. If this is the case for you, I’d recommend checking out something like the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 instead. It is foldable, has on-demand iFIT programming, and a comfortable deck.
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The frame warranty for both the Peloton Tread and the Tread+ is below the industry standard. Typically, we expect to see at least 15 years for a frame warranty on a high-quality treadmill. Both the Peloton Tread and Tread+ only offer a five-year warranty on the frame, which is a little concerning. For how expensive both of these machines are, I would expect them to hit the industry standards.
Returns and Financing Options
Peloton has excellent financing options available for the Bike, Bike+, and the Tread. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Tread+ also had a stellar financing option when it returns to the market. Right now, you can finance the Tread through Affirm for as little as $82 per month with 0% APR for 43 months.
The return policy is pretty standard. You have up to 30 days to return the Tread after it has been delivered to your home. If you choose to return the machine, you won’t be refunded any of the original shipping costs accrued. To get the return process started, contact Peloton Support.
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Peloton Tread and Tread+ FAQs
Is Peloton Tread+ coming back?
As of right now, the updated Peloton Tread+ doesn’t have a projected release date. If you’re interested in the Tread+, you’ll need to sign up for Peloton’s emails for any updates.
Is the Peloton Tread easy on knees?
Can you just run on the Peloton Tread?
Yes, Peloton does have a ‘Just Run’ option for those who don’t want to do an on-demand class. There was a period of time where Peloton didn’t have a free mode, but they fixed this feature in the software in recent months. However, if you don’t plan to really use the on-demand Peloton classes, I’d recommend a less-expensive treadmill without a screen.
Can I use just the Peloton app with the new Peloton Tread?
Unfortunately, Peloton Digital is only usable on your phone or other smart device. You’ll have to purchase the all-access membership to use with your Tread or Tread+.
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