Top 10 Best Treadmills Under $1000

If you are searching for a cheap treadmill for under $1000 then you came to the right place. Below you will find our list of the top 10 best treadmills under $1000 and reviews for each. At the bottom of this article we also have a spec comparison chart so you can compare each model easily.

If you want the best machine for home use regardless of price check out the our article on the top 10 best treadmills. There you can also find a treadmill buying guide.


NordicTrack C990

We selected the $999 NordicTrack C990 as the best treadmill under $1000. This NordicTrack model has very solid construction for this price range that will hold up pretty well over a long time even with constant use. The 60″ x 20″ running surface can be dialed in from soft to hard by adjusting each shock.

For part of its console the C990 uses a 7-inch touchscreen that utilizes the iFit platform so you can run virtually anywhere in the world. Other features include 32 different exercise programs – including heart rate monitoring, 3hp motor, 12 mph top speed, and 12% max incline.

Overall we highly recommend the NordicTrack C990 if you are looking to spend up to $1000 for a treadmill.


LifeSpan TR 1200i

The LifeSpan TR1200i, which sells for $999.99, scores a high rating primarily due to a long history of positive user reviews. Very few people have serious complaints about this machine – which means it is extremely reliable for a treadmill that costs $1000.

The performance and construction won’t blow you away, but it won’t let you down either. The 2.5 hp motor offers solid, but not outstanding performance. The comfort level is decent for this price range. One of the downsides, though, is a 56″ long running surface which is shorter than other models and might be problematic for really tall runners.

What we really like about the TR1200i is the programs and controls. There are 17 preset workouts, 2 heart-rate control programs, and 2 custom programs that you can set up and save for future use. You also receive a membership to the LifeSpan Fitness club when you purchase the treadmill. This online program helps you manage and track your health results.

Overall we highly recommend the LifeSpan TR1200i for those looking for solid budget treadmill that can provide years of reliable service.


Xterra Trail Racer 6.6

The $999 Xterra Trail Racer 6.6 is a well constructed and sturdy treadmill. In addition it has a smooth and stable 60″ x 22″ running surface which is powered by a 3 hp motor.

Features of the Xterra 6.6 include a max speed of up to 12 mph, 11% incline, and a 350 pound weight capacity. One nice convenience is that there are buttons to adjust speed and incline built into the handlebars so you don’t have to reach a long ways to the console to change settings.

On the downside the TR 6.6 only has 12 workout programs, which is less than comparable models from LifeSpan, NordicTrack, and ProForm. While there is heart-monitoring programs, you cannot download data to track performance or progress.

If you don’t need data transfers or care for a huge variety of programs then we still highly recommend the Xterra Trail Racer 6.6.


Sole F63

The $900 Sole F63 is recommended and highly rated by the leading consumer magazine and has won numerous other awards from various sites and publications. Although we are a bit scared by some user reviews who have had nothing but trouble from defective machines.

The F63’s specs are on par with the top 3 treadmills on this list including a 3 hp motor and a 60″ x 20″ track. A new feature now included is bluetooth capability which allows you to transfer workout data to a fitness app. There is a slight 2 degree minimum incline on this machine with a max incline of 14%. It also has speed and incline controls on the arm rests.

The Sole F63 is a bit more limited in programs compared to others, however. There is only 6 standard workouts plus 2 custom and 2 heart rate control programs.

You should buy the Sole F63 if you want to save $100 compared to similar treadmills and do not have a use for a large number of pre-designed workout programs.


ProForm Power 995i

The ProForm Power 995i which sells for around $915 is a mix of positives and negatives. The design and ergonomics of the 995i are very good. However, durability is just OK meaning that it will start to show wear over time with constant abuse, but for a casual user should be fine.

Features of the 995i include a 60″ x 20″ track, 12 mph top speed, 15% incline, 30 programs, and iFit enabled. While there are EKG grips, there is no program that is based on heart-rate. We don’t like that the console only displays one piece of information at a time.

We recommend the ProForm Power 995i for walkers and casual runners, but not for serious runners who run long distances.


Horizon Fitness T101

The $649 Horizon Fitness T101 is our choice for best budget folding treadmill. While this machine might not do anything spectacular, it would be difficult to find a model of this quality at a cheaper price.

For the average user, the 2.25hp motor will give you the performance you want, but the overall machine might not stand up to the constant abuse from a hardcore runner. Other features included on the T101 are a 55″ x 20″ running surface, a 10% incline, 10 mph top speed, and 9 workout programs – none of which include heart-rate monitoring.

The PerfectFLEX cushioning system is decent, but certainly not as good as pricier models. It is also a little bit noisier than we would prefer, but not too bad.

Overall we highly recommend this model for someone who’s primary use will be walking or anyone who truly cannot afford a more expensive machine.


Nautilus T616

The $870 Nautilus T616 gets mixed reviews. It was the highest rated budget folding treadmill according to the leading consumer magazine, but only received marginal average scores from actual buyers across numerous websites including Amazon.

Overall the construction quality and ergonomics are quite good. The shocks on the belt provide a pretty soft, almost bouncy feel. Other features of the Nautilus T616 include a 61″ x 19″ running surface, 300 pound weight capacity, 15% incline, heart-rate monitor chest strap, bluetooth connectivity, speakers, and 26 workout programs.

A lot of user complaints seem to be related to the console or bluetooth connectivity problems, while a few have faulty parts right out of the box. Although, to be fair, most people do praise this machine if there are no immediate problems.

Overall we like the Nautilus T616 and feel it is a good value for the price, but we are a bit concerned about defect parts.


AFG 3.3 AT

Another solid option to consider is the $999.99 AFG 3.3AT. This machine does not have any significant negatives, but it won’t blow you away either.

One feature we did really like is the front hand-grips which measure heart rate and also have incline and speed controls located right on them. Other features include a 12% incline, 0.5-12 mph speed, speakers, and 12 exercise programs.

At 55″ x 19″ the running surface is a bit small versus other treadmills priced right around $1000. Also while the grips do measure your heart rate, there are no programs that are controlled by your heart rate.

Overall there is nothing really wrong with the AFG 3.3AT, we just like some other models a bit better at this price.


ProForm Performance 600i

With a price of just $769 the ProForm Performance 600i is a decent choice for a treadmill under $800. The 600i provides a lot of nice features like a 60″ x 20″ track, 12 mph top speed, 12% incline, 2.75 hp motor, iFit compatibility, and 22 workout apps.

The biggest negatives for the ProForm Performance 600i are a thin belt and small rollers which will wear out faster than most models. There is also no wireless heart rate monitoring.

Overall the ProForm Performance 600i is a great choice for light runners and walkers, but it is not the best choice for any household where it will receive constant use.


Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603

If price is the highest concern for you then you might consider the $340 Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603. It is one of the best selling treadmills on Amazon, however, potential buyers should be aware construction and component quality is not close to more expensive models and the specs just don’t match up.

The running surface is small at just 49″ x 16″ and the weight capacity is just 220 pounds so in really limits the size of people who can use it. Although the SF-T7603 is lighter and easier to assemble than most while also being foldable. It has 9 built-in programs, a max speed of 9 mph, and three manual incline positions.

We really would not recommend any treadmill below about $500 because they usually just do not stand up to the abuse. However, if you are short (under about 5’9″) and are under 220 pounds who will primarily just be walking then this cheap treadmill is an option for you.

Best Treadmills Under $1000 Comparison Chart

Model Rating Price Motor
Running Surface
Incline %
Decline %
Programs Heart Rate
NordicTrack C990 8.7 $999 3 60″ x 20″ 12 0 12 300 32 Yes Yes
LifeSpan TR 1200i 8.6 $899.00 2.5 56″ x 20″ 15 0 11 300 21 Yes Yes
Xterra Trail Racer 6.6 8.5 $999.99 3 60″ x 20″ 11 0 12 350 12 Yes Yes
Sole F63 8.4 $899.99 3 60″ x 20″ 14 0 12 350 10 Yes Yes
ProForm Power 995i 8.2 $913.49 3 60″ x 20″ 15 0 12 350 30 No Yes
Horizon Fitness T101 8 $649.00 2.25 55″ x 20″ 10 0 10 300 9 No Yes
Nautilus T616 8 $869.99 3 61″ x 19″ 15 0 12 300 26 Yes Yes
AFG 3.3 AT 7.9 $999.99 2.5 55″ x 19″ 12 0 12 325 12 No Yes
ProForm Performance 600i 7.6 $769 2.75 60″ x 20″ 12 0 12 325 22 Yes Yes
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603 6 $339.95 2.2 49″ x 16″ 3 0 9 220 9 No Yes

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