Searching for the best home treadmills for running?
Runners treadmills need to be tougher than walking treadmills – because runners make a lot more impact with every step than walkers.
There are 4 essential features that all treadmills need if you’re going to be running on them – good cushioning, a long belt, a strong motor and a heavy deck (or heavy machine weight for added stability).
This sounds great in theory – but the problem is that a lot of home treadmill for running start around $3000 and up. That doesn’t meant they’re bad. Brands like Precor, Landice and LifeFitness all make great treadmills for runners – they’re just crazy expensive.
But if you know where to look you don’t actually have to spend that much to get a good home treadmill for running.
Here are 3 great options that fulfill the requirements above that are great for runners – and they’re all under $1500:
The Nordictrack 1750 has been a best-seller in the running treadmill category for a few years now. What many buyers don’t know is that the manufacturer updates it every year with the latest toys and entertainment fun.
The 1750 treadmill is built with heavier construction than their starter models including a tough 3.8 HP motor, extra long 60 inch belt and large 2.5 inch rollers (which help prolong the life of your belt and motor).
Plus you get adjustable cushioning. So if you need more protection you can turn it up. And if you want a more road-like feel, you can turn the cushioning down.
Another thing this treadmill has that many runners treadmills do not is the 3% decline (as well as a 15% incline). So it’s great for extra crosstraining.
And you also get a full-color, touch screen web browser in the console. So you can surf the net as you run – a great way to add more enjoyment to your workout.
The 1750 also comes with the option to use iFit. iFit is a technology that connects your treadmill to the Internet. From there you can run famous world trails – like Central Park in New York or the streets of Paris. You actually see landmarks pass you by in the console screen – very virtual reality.
So overall the Nordictrack Commercial 1750 combines strong construction with a lot of entertainment options you need for long running workouts. You can watch a video review of how it works here.
The Proform Pro 2000 was a consumer magazine “Best Buy” last year – so it has quickly become popular with runners.
The Pro 2000 doesn’t have some of the toys that the Nordictrack 1750 has – like the full color console, adjustable cushioning or web browser. But you do get a large, easy-to-read backlit console, a strong 3.5 HP motor and a spacious 60 inch long belt.
There’s also a built-in tablet holder to watch your favorite shows as you run. And you also get an iPod dock to play your favorites tunes through the console speakers as you walk.
There’s also a top 12 MPH speed limit, which is nice for runners who really want to pick up their pace. You can watch a video review of how it works here.
#3 Sole F80
The Sole F80 has been around for several years now and is a favorite on runners lists. Sole hasn’t really updated it in a while – so other treadmills are starting to eclipse the F80 in terms of value.
But it’s still worth a look. The main strength of the F80 is that both the deck and cushioniong are excellent. Sole uses CushionFlex cushioning – which has been shown to reduce impact on your joints by up to 40% (versus road running).
The console – while not multi-color like the Nordictrack 1750 above – is still bright and backlit. There is an iPod dock and several pre-designed built-in workouts to challenge you.
The Sole F80 comes in around $1499 – around the same price as the Nordictrack 1750. The Proform Pro 2000 (as of this writing) is about $200 less.
So while there are a lot of great runners treadmills out there, if you don’t want to pay $3000 and up, you really don’t have to. There are some of the best home treadmills for running above that give you strong construction, tough motors, protective cushioning and extra long running areas.
No matter what you decide, remember to listen to your body and only do what you can. If you’re new to running, consult with your doctor before you get started. Good luck!