3 Treadmills That Give You More
Looking for the best treadmill under $1000? Want the most value for your dollar?
The problem with the $1000 price point is that it’s one of the most popular price points in the treadmill market.
So there are A LOT of treadmills to choose from. Every brand has a $999 treadmill.
Plus with new models coming out every year, you get multiple brand treadmills – and multiple year models to choose from.
It can be extremely frustrating to try to sift through them all.
So to narrow down your options a bit, I’ve listed my picks for the best 3 treadmills under $1000 for 2016 below.
These machines give you more bang for the buck in terms of construction quality, cushioning, design, warranty and entertainment options.
Each one is a bit different and I’ve included links where you can read more about each one.
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The Nordictrack C990 (2016 model) is hands down the best all-around value option right now.
You get a super-strong 3.0 HP motor, extra long 60 inch belt, large 2.5 inch rollers (which helps to prolong the life of your treadmill) and up to 12% incline.
The cushioning is also adjustable, which you don’t usually find on other brands. So if you prefer a more road like feel, you can turn the cushioning down. If you want a softer, more cushioned surface, turn the cushioning up.
And perhaps the best thing about this treadmill – Nordictrack has added a full color, touch screen web browser to the console (Note this is only found on the 2016 model).
The 2015 model was a strong treadmill – and even took home a few Best Buy awards. But it only had the dual color console – and no web browser.
So the new Nordictrack C990 has everything you could want – a strong treadmill and lots of entertainment options as well, like the web browser, iPod dock, 32 built-in workouts, console fan to keep you cool and iFit LIVE.
In terms of overall value, this is the treadmill to beat in 2016.
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The Sport 7.0 doesn’t come with as much as the C990 treadmill above – the motor is not as strong and there’s no full color web browser.
But it is about $200 less – and it’s still a best-seller.
You do get a 12% incline, 2.75 HP motor and 22 built-in workouts. Plus the console is backlit and easy to read with a scrolling message board to lead you through your workouts.
And there’s handy one-touch speed and incline controls for on-the-fly changes.
Plus Proform has added a tablet holder above the console.
So you can watch movies or shows on your tablet as you walk.
Overall if you’re looking for a strong walkers treadmill for a dirt cheap price, the Sport 7.0 is definitely worth considering.
#3 Sole F63
The F63 is well known and has garnered several “Best Buy” recommendations over the years.
It’s a strong treadmill in terms of construction and especially cushioning.
For example, it gives you Cushion Flex cushioning – which was shown in a university study to reduce impact on your joints by up to 40% (versus road running.)
Plus it has a very solid deck and sturdy feel. And a lot of people appreciate the speed and incline controls on the side handrails.
However the main downside is that Sole has not updated the F63 in a few years now.
So it’s falling behind other brands in terms of entertainment options and “toys”. (No tablet holder, no online connectivity, no way to add new workouts etc.)
It just doesn’t give you as much in this area (which is why it’s not #1 or #2).
But in terms of a solid treadmill under $1000, it definitely is a strong contender. And if you like the Sole name, this is their best treadmill under $1000.
So those are some of the best treadmill under $1000 for 2016. If you’re looking for more Best Buys – check out our Best Buys page full of treadmills that have won Best Buy awards from Consumer magazines and other online experts. Or stay tuned, we’ll have more “Best Buy” posts coming out over the next week!