Treadmills can be a great addition to your home gym (watching TV while getting a sweat on is a good balance), but finding the best fit for your running needs while also balancing your wallet can prove to be a struggle. With no shortage of treadmill brands, models and types available on the market, there are some bargains to be found, particularly if you’re not looking for a model with all the bells and whistles. But where can you find the cheapest treadmill, and how much is it likely to set you back? Canstar Blue puts in the groundwork with this buying guide.
To help you get off to a running start, Canstar Blue has narrowed down some of the cheapest treadmills currently available on Appliances Online:
- BH Fitness BT6441 T100 Treadmill – $999*
- ProForm PETL38817 105 CST Treadmill – $999*
- BH Fitness BT6443 T200 Treadmill – $1,499*
- BH Fitness G6350B i.V1 i.Concept Treadmill – $1,799*
- ProForm PETL59819 SMART Performance 400i Treadmill – $1,999*
All prices are accurate as of April, 2020.
BH Fitness BT6441 T100 Treadmill – $999*
One of the cheapest options available from fitness equipment brand BH Fitness, the T100 treadmill still comes with a number of features to help you get up to speed with your running, including three incline settings, multi-cushioning to limit impact injury as well as the Soft Drop System for additional safety when you’re setting up. The T100 also comes with dual speakers so that you don’t have to run with headphones, a speed limit of up to 12km/h as well as a console display to let you know your distance, calories burned and time to help you keep track of your fitness.
ProForm PETL38817 105 CST Treadmill – $999*
The entry-level treadmill from ProForm, the 105 model comes equipped with a 5inch touchscreen display to help you keep an eye on your vitals and time, as well as pre-installed training programs to help you get your workouts underway. It also has a foldable design for easy storage for when you put your feet up, along with ProShux cushioning to make your run more comfortable and a USB charging port to help ensure your phone doesn’t run flat.
BH Fitness BT6443 T200 Treadmill – $1,499*
Coming equipped with many of the T100 features, the BH Fitness T200 treadmill ups the incline levels from three to 12, giving your workouts additional intensity, with the T200 also coming with six preset programs for when you want to try something new. It also comes with a water bottle holder, and is compatible with a heart rate monitor to help you keep track and analyse your vitals.
BH Fitness G6350B i.V1 i.Concept Treadmill – $1,799*
Featuring the Soft Drop System and multi-cushioning that you’d come to expect from a BH treadmill, the V1 additionally features an ECO Mode, which reportedly uses 30% less power than traditional settings, ensuring you don’t also run up your energy bill. The V1 comes equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, and allows you to connect to Google street view so you can run around your neighbourhood without even stepping outside! It also comes with 12 pre-set programs if you’re looking to stick to a traditional workout, and has a top speed of 18km/h.
ProForm PETL59819 SMART Performance 400i Treadmill – $1,999*
With a 7inch touchscreen display, the ProForm 400I treadmill also comes equipped with heart rate sensors built into the hand grips, allowing you to track your vitals on the move. It also comes with a water bottle holder, wheels for easier movement around the house as well as a foldable design for when you need to pack up the spare room, with the 400i also compatible with iFit, allowing you to tune into specially-designed programs for that personal trainer vibe.
Cheap walking treadmills
If you’re looking for more of a pleasant walk than a sweaty run, you could always opt for walking treadmills which have a lower top speed to help go at your own pace. Available walking treadmills include:
- WalkSlim 470 Walking Treadmill (FP-TM-WS-470-AU) – $959 ($975RRP)*
- WalkSlim Pro 570 Walking Treadmill (FP-TM-WS-570-AU) – $1,265*
- WalkSlim 670 Mini Walk Treadmill (FP-TM-WS-MW-AU) – $1,466 ($1,564RRP)*
- WalkSlim 770 Mini Walk Pro Treadmill (FP-TM-WS-MWW-AU) – $1,531 ($1,664RRP)*
All prices are accurate as of April, 2020.
WalkSlim 470 Walking Treadmill (FP-TM-WS-470-AU) – $959*
With a speed range between 0.8-6km/h, the WalkSlim 470 treadmill offers a gentle pace to get your cardio work in, with a LED touchscreen display unit keeping track of your workout. It also comes with an emergency shutoff in case of an accident, along with a foldable design for easy storage for when you’re done for the day.
WalkSlim Pro 570 Walking Treadmill (FP-TM-WS-570-AU) – $1,265*
A step up from the 470, the WalkSlim 570 treadmill comes with additional features such as a remote control for easier use, as well as the Intelligent Somatosensory Control, which alters the treadmill to mimic your walking speed, meaning you can set your own pace. The 570 also comes with a heart rate monitor and a foldable design, with a speed range between 0.8-8km/h.
WalkSlim 670 Mini Walk Treadmill (FP-TM-WS-MW-AU) – $1,466*
If you’re looking for something a bit different, the 670 treadmill from WalkSlim may be the one for you, with the model coming just as the lower half of the treadmill, with an inbuilt display at the head of the unit. It also comes with a dual turbine drive for quiet operation, and can still get up to speeds of 6km/h for a steady walking pace.
WalkSlim 770 Mini Walk Pro Treadmill (FP-TM-WS-MWW-AU) – $1,531*
The 770 builds on what the 670 offers, upping the speed up to 8km/h for those who want to move a bit more, but additionally comes with a hydraulic handle that can be folded away, allowing you to find a comfortable setup. The 770 also comes with a LED display and calorie counter, along with a heart rate monitor and shock absorption system for additional comfort.
Are cheap treadmills worth buying?
While there’s always the option to go running outside for free, sometimes having a treadmill in the spare room is an easier way to get your workout in, as you can run no matter the time of day or what the weather is doing, plus you can go for a run up an incline even though there’s not a hill in sight. But if you’re just looking to get the Ks up, a cheaper model can still get the job done, although it’s best to still look into more than just the price tag, as cheap doesn’t always translate into value for money. But with a bit of research, you’ll be up and running in no time!
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