Looking for the best home treadmill for running? Runners need more from their treadmill than the average walker. This is because they are pounding down on their treadmill, causing more impact. They also tend to go for longer workouts.
If you’re going to be running on your machine you need a treadmill with high grade cushioning, a longer belt to stretch out and a higher grade of construction. And of course, fun tools like workout tracking and entertainment options are also a plus.
So where do you start looking?
Well, here are 3 treadmills that are very popular with runners. Each one is a bit different and you’ll find the pros and cons of each one listed below:
#1 Proform Pro 9000
The Proform Pro 9000 is the luxury model in the Pro series – treadmills built to a higher standard than their start models. For example the large frame, monster 4.25 HP motor easily powers you through longer, more intense workouts.
And the large 2.5 inch, balanced rollers decrease tension, which reduces the strain on your motor – and helps prolong the life of your treadmill.
You also get a 15% incline and a 3% decline to add even more challenge to your workout. And then there’s the entertainment options with this treadmill.
You get a large, multi-color console with a built-in, touch-screen web browser. So you can surf the net as you walk or run, watch YouTube videos or catch up on the latest business news.
This treadmill also works with iFit LIVE. So you can go online and download new workouts to your machine or track your workouts stats over time.
You can also run famous pre-mapped world trails (from Sydney to Paris) and watch real life landmarks pass you by – very virtual reality.
The Pro 9000 might be overkill for the average walker but it comes in for under $2000 and pretty much gives you everything a runner needs – covered by a very long warranty.
#2 Nordictrack Commercial 1750
The Commercial 1750 treadmill has been around for over 4 years now and has picked up several “Best Buy” awards along the way.
However what most people don’t know is that Nordictrack updates this treadmill every year with better construction, new workout toys and more.
And they’ve still managed to keep the price under $1500 – which is quite a feat in this inflationary market.
The 1750 doesn’t give you as much as the Proform Pro 9000 above – but you do get the full-color touch screen console with web browser (it’s just a bit smaller than the one on the Pro 9000 treadmill).
You also get a strong 3.8 HP motor and an extra long 60 inch belt. Plus the 1750 treadmill comes adjustable cushioning – which the other two treadmills here don’t have.
So you can actually choose the firmness of the deck you want to run on. So if you want more cushioning protection you turn it up. And if you want a more road-like feel, just turn the cushioning down.
The 1750 also comes with iFit LIVE, similar to the Pro 9000. So you can run trails all over the world, track your workouts over time and download countless new workouts to your treadmill for extra challenge.
#3 Precor 211 Treadmill
If you like the Precor name – and many people do – you may be interested in the 211 treadmill. This is a more affordable treadmill than their commercial models (although still pretty high around $2200 and up).
It doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as their commercial treadmills however it does give you a few features that runners will like.
For example there’s the Energy Stride Cushioning which gives you great protection on your knees, hips and back. This uses a similar mounting system as the commercial treadmills to reduce stress on your joints.
There’s also a bright backlit, dual color console with a Quickstart feature and 6 preset workout programs.
And it also folds up – unlike Precors higher end models – to save you space.
While it falls down in terms of entertainment options that you get with the other two treadmills above, if you’re looking for a solid runners treadmill and you like the Precor name, the Precor 211 treadmill might be worth checking out.
So those are three popular options when it comes to the best home treadmill for running. It really depends on your budget and what kind of exercisers you are (for example, do you get bored easily? Do you want to stay connected as you workout? etc.)
No matter what you decide remember to start slowly if you’re not used to working out, go at your own pace and listen to your body. And have fun!