Updated September 18, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Budget Treadmills

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in February of 2017. Staying in shape is hard enough as it is, but if you get the wrong equipment, you could be out hundreds of dollars and lose your motivation to work out. These budget treadmills, however, are sturdy and packed with features that should help keep you on the road to good health while saving you from expensive gym membership fees. And you get to choose what to watch on TV while you're on one. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best budget treadmill on Amazon.

10. ProGear HCXL 4000

9. FitnessReality TRE2500

8. OppsDecor Under Desk

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7. Merax 1.5HP

6. Exerpeutic TF2000

5. SereneLife SLFTRD20

4. Goplus 2.25HP

3. Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7515

2. Sunny SF-T7603

1. Xterra Fitness TR150

Editor's Notes

September 12, 2019:

A good treadmill can make the running experience significantly more enjoyable through a variety of methods. One that tracks your workout metrics can help keep you motivated, especially if it shows how many calories you have burned or how far you have run. The addition of speakers can help you lose yourself in the moment and get into a nice step rhythm, and something that feels sturdy will give you the confidence you need to increase your speed. We took all of these factors into consideration when choosing the treadmills for this list, as well as cost too, of course.

One of the drawbacks with most budget treadmills is the speed. It is not uncommon for them to top out at just six miles per hour, which may not be enough for some fitter individuals. If you need something with a bit more speed, take a look at Xterra Fitness TR150, Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7515, Goplus 2.25HP, and Merax 1.5HP, which can reach speeds of 10, 8, 7.5, and 7.5 MPH, respectively.

For very heavy users, or those dealing with some instability issues, we have included the Exerpeutic TF2000 and ProGear HCXL 4000. Both of these have long handrails and can support at least 300 pounds.

If you work at home, are trying to burn a few extra calories throughout the day, and are tired of your desk elliptical, the OppsDecor Under Desk can help. You can use it without the side rails while you work, and then when you ready to do some faster jogging, pop them up and go to town. Plus, it is slim enough to store almost anywhere, so it will take up very little room when not in use.

While we would love to simply focus on all the benefits of a great treadmill, we would be remiss if we didn't also highlight how important it is to use them correctly and with a focus on safety. While they may seem like a relatively harmless piece of equipment, some studies show that as many as 30 percent of gym injuries are from treadmills. These can include abrasions, strains, broken bones, and more. Because of this, it is important that you always operate them with caution, wear proper footwear, and run at a pace that is comfortable for you.

Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on September 18, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.

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