Best Budget Treadmills From Consumer Reports' Tests
For less than $2,000 you can still get a quality machine for home workouts
Want to spend less than $2,000 on a treadmill? You’ll need to opt for a folding design.
And that’s okay. CR’s extensive testing shows that many folding treadmills costing between $1,000 and $2,000 perform on a par with—or better than—non-folding machines priced upward of $3,000.
A good folding treadmill packs all the same basic attributes that a more expensive non-folder does. You can get features such as heart rate automation, where you choose a target heart rate zone and the treadmill adjusts its speed and/or incline to automatically let you reach that goal; heart rate monitoring, either via grips or a chest strap (the latter is usually more accurate); cup holders; and saveable program modes for each user, even in folding machines that cost closer to $1,000 than $2,000. Plus, of course, there’s the convenience of not having to drive to the gym or walk or run outside in lousy weather.