Best Treadmills of 2022
Whether you're looking for a small, budget model or a high-end machine, we have you covered
Whether you are trying to build a running habit for the first time, train for your next race, or simply log your weekly cardio minutes, being able to work out consistently is essential. But there’s a lot that can get in the way of a run, from frigid outdoor weather or snow to suffocating heat and humidity.
If you want to ensure that you can always get in a workout, a treadmill can be a crucial addition to a home gym. While the up-front cost is substantial, it can easily pay for itself when used regularly. Plus, an investment in your health can be invaluable.
If you are looking for one of the best treadmills, CR’s ratings give you lots of options to choose from. While a top-of-the-line treadmill can cost $4,000 or more, our recommended models start at just $1,000—and our highest-rated machine comes in at $2,500. If you’re looking to save even more, you can get a reasonably well-rated foldable treadmill for $700.
Some of the higher-end machines come with mobile-app connectivity and interactive programs, but if you don’t think you’ll use those fancy features, one of the simpler treadmills could save you money.
Our buying guide can help you figure out which options are available and what makes sense for your needs.
How We Test Treadmills
Our tests focus on ease of use, construction quality (including design, noise and feel, and durability), ergonomics (how well the machine accommodates different users), exercise range, and user safety.
Exercise range is an important one; that’s our assessment of whether a machine is suitable for a variety of fitness levels. It factors in the range of treadmill speeds, incline range, stability, cushioning, and more.
Editor’s Note: Peloton recalled its Tread and Tread+ treadmills on May 5, 2021, after the Tread+ was linked to dozens of injuries, and the company said the Tread’s screen could detach and fall. Peloton is offering customers a full refund. Consumer Reports removed the Peloton Tread+ from its ratings and stopped recommending the product. It is no longer available for sale. The Tread in CR’s current ratings is an updated model. For more information, see our article about the Peloton treadmill recall.
Maintaining Your Exercise Equipment
No matter what kind of exercise equipment you have, a little regular cleaning helps prevent germs from spreading, and keeps your machine in tip-top shape.
The Rundown on Treadmills
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