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There are plenty of exercises that people can do at home with little or no equipment, but a treadmill provides an excellent cardio option. It offers people the chance to run or walk briskly, whatever the weather, conveniently and safely.
Some treadmills now include interactive, live, and on-demand coaching and classes. In most cases, they include classes for the treadmill itself and a range of other fitness classes.
Keep reading to learn more about some of the best treadmills that people can purchase to use at home.
The NordicTrack Commercial series of home treadmills includes a year’s access to iFIT streamed coaching sessions, which are set in studios or on trails around the world. During these runs, the class trainer can digitally control the speed and incline of the treadmill.
The company say that people can adjust the treadmill cushioning to mimic different conditions. The treadmills also have fans to help people avoid getting too hot.
The 2450 model features:
- a 14-inch touchscreen
- a 3% decline through to a 15% incline
- speeds of up to 12 miles per hour (mph)
- dimensions of 81.2 inches (length) by 39.2 inches (width) x 69.9 inches (height)
- a 22-inch by 60-inch running belt
The Horizon T101 is a budget treadmill that folds up to make it easy to store when not in use.
The company say that the treadmill is quick to set up, with intuitive controls for the different workouts on offer. It has a device holder and Bluetooth, so people can stream content from other providers.
The T101 features:
- up to a 10% incline
- speeds of up to 10 mph
- dimensions of 70 inches (length) by 34 inches (width) by 55 inches (height)
- a 20-inch by 55-inch running belt
- a hydraulic folding system so that people can store the deck upright
The Pro-Form SMART Pro 2000 treadmill is the entry level treadmill in Pro-Form’s interactive Pro series. It comes with a year’s access to iFIT studio and outdoor workout sessions with trainers. Again, the trainers can control the speed and incline of the treadmill.
The running deck folds upward to save space, and the company highlight the good cushioning and cooling system.
The Pro-Form SMART Pro 2000 features:
- a 7-inch touchscreen
- a 3% decline to 15% incline
- speeds of up to 12 mph
- dimensions of 79 inches (length) by 39.15 inches (width) by 71.4 inches (height)
- a tread belt of 22 inches by 60 inches
- an unpowered mode
A walking under desk treadmill may be a good option for people who are working from home and want to stay active. The Lifespan TR800-DT3 under desk treadmill comes fully assembled and has a small console that can sit on the desk. The company say that there is no incline setting because walking at an incline is not recommended while working.
The Lifespan TR800-DT3 features:
- speeds of up to 4 mph
- dimensions of 60.5 inches (length) by 26 inches (width) by 6.5 inches (height)
- a walking belt of 18 inches by 45 inches
- a step up belt height of 3.75 inches
- two front wheels so that people can move it out of the way when they are not using it
There is one Peloton Tread model, which is available in packages with different accessories.
Anyone buying a Tread has to take out Peloton membership, which gives them access to live classes and the on-demand library. Classes include cardio and bootcamp, for example, as well as ones for the Tread.
The Peloton Tread features:
- a 32-inch touchscreen
- an incline of up to 15%
- speeds of up to 12.5 mph
- dimensions of 72.5 inches (length) by 36.5 inches (width) by 72 inches (height)
- a slatted belt of 20 inches by 67 inches
- an unpowered mode
Please note: At the time of writing this article, sales of the Peloton Tread were suspended because of COVID-19, as doorstep delivery was not possible. However, they are now resuming in certain areas.
The TrueForm Trainer is a nonmotorized treadmill. It has a slatted belt that moves under the pressure of a user’s stride, which the company say means that it burns more calories.
They also note that the shallow curve allows the user to control their speed easily. There is no screen, but a small console provides outputs, such as speed, distance, and heart rate.
The TrueForm Trainer features:
- dimensions of 64 inches (length) by 31 inches (width) by 63 inches (height)
- a slightly curved belt
- a battery-powered console and no motor, so no mains electricity is necessary
The best choice of treadmill depends on the intended frequency and type of use, as well as the person’s budget and available space.
The more basic models may be better suited to walkers, people with shorter strides, individuals who do not want interactive classes or coaching sessions, and those who are not planning to use their treadmill for many years.
Other models offer something closer to the commercial gym experience, with a wide range of classes and levels of interaction available.