Not everyone liked to go to the gym. Sometimes, you may not even be able to. So, it’s really worthwhile to have a treadmill at home to keep fit or do cardio in private. Most treadmills can cost over $1,000. But there are a number of budget gems that are real worth considering. You can find a fairly good treadmill for moderate cardio for less than $500. For example, the best treadmill under 500, the Weslo Cadence G 5.9, is a powerful, durable machine. Now you don’t have an excuse to not work out. Scroll down for a list of budget treadmills you can get for cheap:
10 Best Treadmill Under 500 – 2017
This is a highly compact treadmill that I got. It folds up, so it’s perfect for small homes or apartments. The treadmill comes preprogrammed with 6 personal trainer workouts. There are two different inclines. The belt was quite comfortably cushioned so I didn’t experience any ankle strain. This is great for a 30-minute workout. It’s suitable for intense sprints as well. But don’t expect the intensity of some of the powerful gym-grade machines. This is great for everyday home use when you don’t want to drive to the gym. Considering the comfort and efficiency offered, I’d say this is the best treadmill under 500.
This treadmill is about as close to a gym-style treadmill you would get for a budget price. The treadmill can go up to 6.5 mph. The LED display screen shows distance, time, calories, heart rate and speed. It even has a little holder for tablets or your smartphone. The maximum weight capacity is 220 pounds so it’s suitable for just about everyone. This is great for moderate level cardio workouts at home.
This treadmill has a rather generous 15.75in x 48.82in surface area for running. HP drive system peaks at 2.20. This treadmill folds easily for storing. The handrails have controls to quickly change speed settings or start or stop the system. It has a very large LCD screen, a phone holder and comes with 9 preset workout routines. There are 3 incline levels as well. Their is of course an emergency pull as well. Overall, I was very satisfied with this treadmill. It’s great for warming up for other routines.
This treadmill supports weight up to 250 pounds. So it’s a plus for people who can’t run on regular ones. While the treadmill is sturdy, the running surface area is quite small. It’s okay for smaller people or average sized women, but this unfortunately doesn’t have enough space for above average taller and wider people. Other than that, I like this treadmill. The motor impressively was very quiet so I could use this even at night. It has an emergency stop key as well, which most home treadmills don’t have. I liked that handrails covered in foam as well, because you can clutch at them even when sweating and your palms won’t slip.
This treadmill is great to own especially if you don’t want to spend close to a $100 for “expert assembly.” It’s easy to put together, and even easier to fold. The deck is well cushioned to provide support to ankles and leg. I recommend this treadmill mainly for speed walking. Other than these features, everything else is rather standard. It has an LCD display with the usual fitness trackers and a low-noise motor.
This treadmill is designed for speed walking. Maximum speed is 4mph. I like to run so this wasn’t really my thing. But I bought one for my grandma’s 70th birthday and she loves it. The motor is a small 1.5HP one that only really supports walking. It has built in wheels for moving, which I found amusing but very convenient. It’s folds up nicely too. Impressively, it supports up to 350 pounds of weight. So this treadmill will be well suited for morbidly obese people who want to lost weight with a steady routine in private at home.
Let’s face it; most home treadmills are only suitable for walking or very lightweight cardio. I’ve been looking all over for a budget treadmill that would actually allow me to run for an intensive cardio routine. This product is the best treadmill under 500 that I could find. It has a 2HP motor that can support up to 10mph of belt speed. The tread belt is 6×50 and is designed to support running. The LCD screen shows a racetrack display when running. It’s also compatible with most mp3 players and iPods. It can also accommodate up to 300 pounds in weight.
This is a rather standard treadmill that I got for the dirt cheap price. It’s foldable and is designed to save space at home. The deck was quite good and had ample cushioning for ankle support. The LCD screen worked quite well too. But it’s situated a bit too high so if you are short, you might have trouble viewing when running. The noise is also very low noise. It’s truly great considering the price you have to pay.
Assembly with this Weslo was a bit of a pain, so I recommend hiring someone professional to do it for you. This is a fairly good quality treadmill for power walking and jogging. The motor is really good and doesn’t slow down. The walking belt is 16×50. The deck is cushioned well too. Overall, it’s a solid home treadmill to use in winter when the jogging paths are iced over.
This machine only has a 1HP motor and maximum speed is 6.2 mph. This treadmill is great for power walking or jogging at home. It doesn’t take up too much space and can be folded and tucked into the storage closet when not in use. The motor is fairly quiet as well. If you use this at an apartment complex, you won’t have to worry about waking up the neighbors. Also, it has 12 built-in workout routines to get started with. Incline can be adjusted to 3 positions. However, the running space is rather narrow. If you are not speeding, this won’t really be an issue. And one big downside is that incline has to be adjusted manually.
Tips for Buying the Best Budget Treadmill
Here are some tips to keep in mind when hunting for a low-priced treadmill:
Keep in mind that you won’t be able to find a gym-grade treadmill for $300. Most budget treadmills are designed for walking and jogging. In other words, low to moderate intensity cardio. If you are a fitness buff who wants to run at high speeds, a budget treadmill may not fit you. There are rare ceptions, like ProForm 6.0 RT mentioned above. However, most budget treadmills don’t have motors powerful enough to support intensive cardio.
Watch out for weight caps. Most budget treadmills have a maximum weight capacity of 220 pounds. There are, of course, budget treadmills that support up to 350 pounds of weight. But you must make sure that the treadmill you buy can actually support your weight first. If the weight limit is not specified, do not buy without specifying with the seller.
Check the dimensions of the belt and the running surface. If you are tall and wide, you may need to pay more attention. Most space saving treadmills have narrow running surfaces that might not suit very tall or rather wide people.
Buy a folding treadmill if you don’t have enough space for a gym room in your home. Treadmills are rather large, so folding may be necessary for storage considering the size of your home or apartment.
If you buy a treadmill online, the seller may charge extra for assembly. Some treadmills are easy to assemble. But if this may become an issue, it’s better to pay the fee to have it professionally assembled. It’s important to get the all the parts to fit together otherwise the treadmill may end up unsafe to use.
Even if the treadmill doesn’t come with a warranty, it’s highly advantageous to buy a treadmill that has a motor with warranty. Motors do need to be replaced every few years. A motor warranty could save you potentially hundreds of dollars in the future.