Looking for the best treadmill for runners? Runners need more from their treadmill since they put extra stress and strain on it.
They also need a stronger treadmill that can support them with excellent cushioning, strong motor and a super-touch deck – so they won’t get hurt!
While there are many great treadmills for runners out there, the problem is that many times these treadmill are expensive – $3000 and up.
But if you know where to look you don’t actually have to spend that much to get a good runners treadmill.
Here are 3 great options that would be ideal for runners – and they’re all under $1500:
#1. NordicTrack Commercial 1750
The NordicTrack 1750 has been a best-seller in the running treadmill category for a few years now. What most people don’t know is that NordicTrack upgrades it every year with the latest toys and entertainment gadgets.
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 crosstraining challenge.
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.
#2. Proform Pro 2000
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.
#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 great options above the 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!