It’s time to get rid of those extra pounds or just to get in shape, and there’s nothing like a treadmill to get you literally, up and running. Treadmills utilize a motor that allow the user to either walk, jog, or run at a pace that is both comfortable and/or challenging. Not all treadmills are the same, however, as some have more options than others. Full data displays covering distance, elevation, heart rate, and other metrics are part of what makes today’s treadmills fun and effective. Here, we’ll look at the best in technology and value of today’s top 5 treadmills.


Product Rating Price
LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill 4.3/5 $$
Sole Fitness F65 Folding Treadmill 4.5/5 $$$
Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill 4.7/5 $
Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill 4.1/5 $
ProForm Power 995i Treadmill 4.0/5 $$

LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill

This top of the line treadmill comes equipped with a 2.5 horsepower 20 by 56 inch running surface. It also can support weight of up to 300 pounds. It is bio mechanically correct deck suspension with a multi colored LCD console that monitors your calories, time, speed, distance and even more. It measures in at 33 x 54 x 70 inches W x H x D, and comes with a lifetime warranty on frame and motor. It also has won the Treadmill Doctor “Best Buy” Award for Best New Treadmill and the Fitness Professor “Head of the Class” Best Treadmill for purchases under $1k.

This treadmill is all in one the best. It has durability, tons of exciting features, reliable, and it folds. You can easily operate it via the handbar controls and monitor your progress while you work out. You can also utilize the treadmills computer memory system for storing your exercise data for statistical analysis which is highly valuable to you and your doctor.

The LCD console has all the goodies you could ask for including the ability to check your hear rate, steps, distance, time, calories, speed, as well as the incline level. There are even 17 preset workout programs that you can take part in. Each program has 20 different segments with its own parameters so you can choose which one suits you best for your level of intensity.

Featured also is the “My Zone” heart rate control program and two custom programs. It keeps your heart rate at a constant level thus using your own heart as a rate as a fitness devices and you can enter your own minimum and maximum heart rate. The treadmill’s speed and its incline will automatically adjust these to keep your heart rate at your preferred level. In addition, the custom program allow you to modify them for your own goals and guidelines.

If all that isn’t juicy enough, you get a free membership to LifeSpan Fitness Club. It allows you to store your exercise data from heart rate to calories, age and so on so that every 20 seconds during the workout the console will keep recording every detail and you can then access the full spectrum of the detailed reports and analyze.

You’ve got a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty on frame and motor and 3 years on parts, and 1 year on labor.

All in all, this treadmill does everything but the exercising for you.

Sole Fitness F65 Folding Treadmill

This second on our list is a folding treadmill that is powered by 3.25 continuous duty HP motor with speeds of upwards of 12 mph. The incline can reach 15%, a real challenge for the gung ho type of treadmill user. The rack and pinion gear incline is designed to use t a two ply belt with pulse grip and a chest strap for heart rate monitoring. It has six standard programs and two custom programs, two heart programs, to chose from. The cooling fans have MP3 compatible sound systems and a 7.5 inch LCD workout display. The treadmill’s dimensions are 35 x 57 x 83 W x H x D and the deck measures in at 35 x 83 inches. The running surface comes in at 20 x 60 inches and can carry a maximum of 350 pounds.

The manufacturer’s warranties are for defects in materials and workmanship with a lifetime on frame, the motor, and deck, and five years on electronics and two years on labor. That two years on labor is highly welcomed and is a main reason this treadmill is so at the top of the list.

Other standout features include the well designed control console that allows for adjustments at the slightest touch so that in workout adjustments can be made easily without one breaking one’s routines. The folding deck is patented and has a Safety Lock Deck that keeps the deck in place while the treadmill is upright. One of the coolest actions this treadmill has is the Easy Assist Folding Deck Design that will unfold itself silently right before your eyes. That’s engineering and design you can’t beat.

The motor is high torque with flywheels. Powder coated and all steel welded frames with heavy duty stable inclines and an all steel zinc coated balanced flywheels for a no vibration free exercise experience.

This folding treadmill has all the bells and whistles you could want and on top of that, it’s so well built that the manufacturer backs it up with such a generous warranty package.

That’s the proof of the pudding right there.

Sunny Health And Fitness Treadmill

This third on our list, the Sunny Health and Fitness Treadmill is modest priced for under $400. It has a 2.30 Peak HP drive system and a 15.7 x 49.82 running surface deck. It has handrail controls that allowing you to control your speed, a 3 position manual incline, and a large LCD display with smart phone and tablet holder. In addition it has 9 built in workout programs that you can use.

The LCD screen allows you to track your time, speed, pulse, calories, distance and more. Allows you to plan your workouts with statistics and precision. It weighs in at 103 pounds,

Overall, it has enough goodies to give you the kind of performance and convenience a folding treadmill has to offer.

Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill

Number 4 on this list is the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 treadmill. It comes in at a hefty $450 plus price tag.

It boasts a 2.5 horsepower Impulse Motor It has six build in weight loss apps that are said to be created by a certified personal trainer. The 2.5 HP Impulse Max Motor is powerful and useful for the variations in your workout regiment. It also has internal cooling components and low noise.

The 16 x 50 inch tread belt is useful to people of a variety of heights and weights. It weighs in at 118 pounds.

It’s basic and sturdy enough but lacks the high end features of the top of the list. It does get excellent reviews so the customers so far are happy.

ProForm Power 995i Treadmill

Finally, the ProForm Power 995i treadmill is expensive at almost $900. with a price tag like that it has to have features that beat the band. It originally topped the $2,000 price tag.

It has a 3.0 CHP drive system Coolaire workout fan, and EKG grip pulse with a maximum weight capacity of 350 pounds, a lifetime frame warranty that includes the motor, 3 year parts and 1 year labor. It has a 2.5 inch precision machined balanced non flex roller and a 7 inch backlit iFit display and apps matrix for workouts.

The digital quick speed control 0-12 mph, with digital quick incline control of 0-15 incline, and 30 preset workout apps. In addition, a 20 x 60 inch non stretch 1 ply commercial belt with ProShox cushioning and space saver design and easy lift assist.

One really cool feature is the iFit technology that is a programmable route mapper for the console’s browser. You can tap into Google Maps and it will simulate the terrain seen in the display. In addition you can access an unlimited number of workouts that are built in by certified personal trainers. They track your progress automatically and run a picturesque coastline on the hi def video. It’s like having a video game virtual reality at your exercising finger tips. This is a feature that makes it want to be at the top of the list, but the retail price is too scary. Add to that 30 workout apps each designed for a specific workout goal from burning calories to whatever you need.

It ships from china at a weight of 225 pounds.

This is an 800 pound gorilla of the folding treadmill line, but its cost is prohibitive. Other than that, it has more than just bells and whistles. It has the entire brass band.


These folding treadmills each has the basics of what anyone needs to enjoy a comprehensive workout and keep safe and comfortable doing so. Some have more features than others, but the budget conscious might want to settle for those basics. The key points here are construction, function, and price. Each of these treadmills meets one or more of those parameters and makes a good purchase.