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Treadmill Best Buy Awards of 2016

BEST BUYS UNDER $399

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Winner

Gold's Gym Trainer 420

Our best buy winner in the $399 and under range! If the Gremlins from the 80's Spielberg film were a treadmill, it would be the Trainer 420. They look great but you better not let them eat too late!

2ND

Merit 715T Plus

Very basic and only for use by walkers. With that said, for $399, this is one of the best treadmills on the market in the $399 and below price range.

3RD

Gold's Gym Trainer 410

4TH

Proform Performance 300

BEST BUY $400 to $699

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Winner

Horizon T101

A multi-year Best Buy winner for Horizon and our Best Buy under $699 for 2016! Horizon came to their senses after their price hike last year and lowered the price back down. Great value.

2ND

NordicTrack C600

If you are a grandma and plan on babying the machine, it could be great for you but a runner will put this one in the grave in short order.

3RD

Proform ZT6

4TH

NordicTrack 6.5S

BEST BUY $700 to $ 999

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Winner

NordicTrack C 990

The C 990 is our Best Buy winner for the under $1,000 price point for 2016. It is one of the best sub $1k treadmills ever made. With that said, a serious trainer will need to step up to the $1,499 range to train for a marathon.

2ND

Smooth Fitness 800

A very good value in the Smooth Fitness lineup. If you’ve been needing a starter treadmill that should have a good service life, this is a very good choice.

3RD

Freemotion 800

4TH

Proform Sport 9.0 S

BEST BUY $1000 to $1299

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Winner

Proform Pro 2000

Best Buy winner for 2016 under $1299! One of the best values in the treadmill world! A high- high quality machine. The only thing I could find wrong with this machine is the some shortcuts to get the price down but you don’t make serious compromises.

2ND

NordicTrack C 1650

Beautiful design and very nice finished product. If we were in this range, we would step up to the 1750 model from the same company.

3RD

Proform Sport 12.0 ST

4TH

Freemotion 850

BEST BUY $1300 to $1499

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Winner

NordicTrack Commercial 1750

Our best buy winner in the $1,300 to $1,499 range in 2016! The Commercial 1750 is back with an updated design and additions to the model to help reliability and performance.

2ND

Freemotion 860

High quality machine for the price. This is one of the most competitive price ranges in the whole treadmill business and this machine is right near the top in the heat of the battle.

3RD

Smooth Fitness A35T

4TH

Proform Power 1495

BEST BUY $1500 to $1999

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Winner

NordicTrack Commercial 2950

Best Buy winner under $2,000 for 2016. A great treadmill with an added bonus of the best drive system parts we have ever seen in a NordicTrack!

2ND

Smooth Fitness 890

Loaded with features including an integrated HD TV but not quite as good a bargain as you find in the rest of the Smooth Fitness lineup. Still, it is one of the best $2k treadmills on the market and is packed with features that other brands don’t even have.

3RD

Sole S77

4TH

Proform Performance 1850

BEST BUY $2000 to $2499

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Winner

NordicTrack Elite 9700 Pro

Best Buy winner under $2,499! An upgrade from the Elite 9500 Pro which I thought was a great treadmill and is the one I lost 100 lbs. upon. Fantastic machine for the money and it won’t disappoint for even serious users.

2ND

Sole TT8

A very solid treadmill if you have need for a light institutional model. This one makes an interesting choice if you need a moderately priced machine but don't have $3k to pony up for a True but we would also look at Icon and Yowza in this range.

3RD

Vision T40 Classic

4TH

True M50

BEST BUY $2500 to $2999

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Winner

True PS100

Our Best Buy winner under $2,999 for 2016! If you are having to stretch to buy a True, the PS100 is the first model I would buy personally. Think BWM 5 Series. Refinement but it takes a decent size wallet to get this one.

2ND

Proform The Official Boston Marathon Treadmill 3.0

Along with it's BM 4.0 brother, this is the best Proform ever on the market! Solid design with some of the heaviest steel support columns you will ever see in ANY treadmill.

3RD

Vision TF40 Classic

4TH

Precor TRM 223

BEST BUY $3000 to $3999

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Winner

True Z5.0

Our best buy winner for the $3,000 to $3,999 range! The classic design that put True on the map. It is a great design if you want a full-featured, quality treadmill and have limited room

2ND

True PS800 Escalate

The PS800 with the adjustable cushioning is a great choice. We hope True keeps pushing features downline but until then, this is the most full featured True at the best price.

3RD

Smooth Fitness 13.75 TL

4TH

True PS300

BEST BUY $4000 an UP

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Winner

True ES900 Escalate

True is building a unique machine and it is rather exclusive too considering the price. With all of this in mind, there is nothing else I would want in a treadmill personally if I had an unlimited budget and the interface is wonderful.

2ND

Lifefitness Club Series

Absolutely beautiful new display on this machine. If you have a BIG budget, it is well worth the price. It can be noisy in a confined space.

3RD

Star Trac S-TRc

4TH

Cybex 770T

BEST FOLD UP TREADMILL

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Winner

Proform Pro 9000

Our Best Buy Best Fold Up Treadmill for 2016! One of the finest Proforms ever made! The new crossbar on the upright adds stability to the console and looks like it was directly copied from Sole.

2ND

Sole F85

The former best fold up on the planet is getting a little long in the tooth. Still has a solid design and good components but the design is quite dated compared with the competition.

3RD

Vision TF40 Classic

4TH

Proform Pro 7500

BEST NEW TREADMILL

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Winner

Yowza Delray Elite

HUGE belt and HUGE motor with their patented swing arm cushioning system. Great features packed into a reasonable price. A good choice, especially if you are a runner looking for a unit at a rather economical price.

2ND

SportsArt T675

When I saw SportsArt was trying to sell a $8,000 machine had me check my calendar to make sure it wasn’t April Fool’s day. If you realize you can get a touch screen True for less, you wonder what SportsArt is thinking.

3RD

Woodway Ecomill

4TH

Freemotion 2500 GS

BEST DESK TREADMILL

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Winner

Proform Thinline Desk Treadmill

The best keeps getting better. At $1,999 it was our best buy winner last year but they dropped the price by $400 this year. Even has a decline setting to walk downhill!

2ND

NordicTrack Desk Treadmill

Huge motor and best cushioning combined with the fact you can use it like a regular treadmill. We’ve had one of these on a long-term test and I can say it has performed flawlessly..

3RD

Lifespan TR1200 DT5

4TH

Lifespan TR5000 DT3

BEST COMPACT TREADMILL

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Winner

Yowza Sebring

Our Best Compact Treadmill award winner for 2016! Good feel for a machine in an incredibly competitive price point. For a full size treadmill, it is very space efficient. Although it has a compact size, it is well built.

2ND

True Z5.4

The adjustable cushioning is the main reason to get this one over the Z5.0. If you are in this price range, $800 should be well worth it. This is the treadmill design that put True on the map and the most quality compact unit you can buy!

3RD

Yowza Lido

4TH

Lifespan TR200

Editor's Note: It is our policy of intentionally erring on the side of caution concerning reliability ratings so a key component in the rating still will be a heavy factor in the final score and these ratings were given with caution in mind. Once an treadmill wins a best buy in its price range, it is ineligible for a best buy rating in another category.

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