Treadmill Sensei’s Best Buys
Have you read through my reviews and still not been able to decide which treadmill or elliptical you want to buy? Well fear not! Treadmill Sensei is here to help you in your dilemma! Since you may be working within a budget, I’ve decided to put together a list of my top 3 absolute favorite treadmills and elliptical trainers in each price range. You can see my favorite treadmills for under $1,000, for $1,000 to $2,000 and for those more expensive than $2,000. You can also see my favorite elliptical machines for under $700, for $700 to $1,500 and for those above $1,500. I will help you identify the treadmills and elliptical machines that offer you the best value for your money. I will also be updating my best buys to reflect the new lineups for each year, so you know whatever I show here is current and up to date. To see other great selections of Best Buy treadmills, I also recommend Treadmill Doctor, Consumer Search or Treadmill Review Guru. Tanoshimu!
Treadmill Best Buys
Treadmills Under $1,000
Best Buy: NordicTrack C900
The brand new for 2011 NordicTrack C900 makes a great case for the best-buy treadmill under $1,000 this year. A treadmill of this quality you would expect to see over for $1,000, but the C900 treadmill is regularly on sale for $999! Some highlights include:
SpaceSaver® Design for easy storage
0–15% 1-Touch™ Incline
3.0 CHP DurX™ Commercial Pro Motor
20″ x 60″ Treadbelt
1st Runner Up: ProForm Power 995
2nd Runner Up: Sole F63
The cheapest offering from one of my favorite manufacturers is the Sole F63.
Treadmills $1,000 – $2,000
Best Buy: ProForm Performance 1450
The newly released ProForm Performance 1450 is leading the way on innovation. This treadmill comes with a built in web browser on a 10″ full color screen powered by Android. Don’t forget the other goodies, like:
ProShox Plus™ Cushioning System
3.25 CHP DurX™ Commercial Pro Motor
0–15% 1-Touch™ Incline
20″ X 60″ 2-Ply Commercial-Grade Treadbelt
1st Runner Up: NordicTrack Elite 9500 Pro
2nd Runner Up: Sole F85
The Sole F85 is a very beefy treadmill and is the number one selling treadmill from Sole.
Treadmills Over $2,000
Best Buy: Smooth 9.45 ST
The Smooth 9.45ST is my favorite treadmill in this category, but I should mention the 9.45TV is identical only it comes with a TV if you like that. This heavy duty commercial grade treadmill has an industry leading warranty and some very cool features like:
Motion control hands free speed adjusting
Hydra Suspension System
Whisper Weave treadbelt for a quieter workout for a running treadmill
Also named a Best Buy by the Treadmill Doctor
1st Runner Up: Lifespan Pro 3
2nd Runner Up: NordicTrack X7i
While technically not over $2,000, the X7i Incline Trainer is a steal at only $1,999.
Elliptical Best Buys
Ellipticals Under $700
Best Buy: ProForm ZE5
The ProForm ZE5 elliptical is simply the best elliptical trainer at this price range. Not to criticize the runner’s up but this category isn’t even close. The ZE5 comes with iFit Live technology built right in, which makes working out a lot more fun. It also comes with 16 built-in workouts to make working out even easier. It also has upper body workout arms.
The best part is you can usually find this elliptical on sale for under $600 at ProForm.com.
1st Runner Up: Golds Gym Stridetrainer 380
2nd Runner Up: Schwinn 420
The BioGlide motion technology in the Schwinn 420 makes a surprisingly smooth stride.
Ellipticals $700 – $1,500
Best Buy: NordicTrack ACT Pro
This unique elliptical trainer is actually about half the length of a traditional rear-drive elliptical. I really like the cool design and the motion and movement of the workout. It also has adjustable stride length from 18″ – 22″ so that it can work for anyone in your home. It can even work your upper body at the same time.
As with all NordicTrack machines it is iFit Live compatible, a feature I really like. It is also on sale a lot, so when it is you can’t beat this deal- simply the best you can buy in this price range.
1st Runner Up: ProForm 990 CSE
2nd Runner Up: NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 Pro
The AudioStrider 990 Pro is one of the most popular models available from NordicTrack.
Ellipticals Over $1,500
Best Buy: Smooth Agile DMT X2
This is the more affordable version of the DMT Agile Trainer from Smooth Fitness. This is a nice, upgraded elliptical. Not only can you use them as elliptical trainers but it also includes adjustable motion. You can choose different elliptical strides and motions, from the normal elliptical arc to a more intense stair stepper motion. This works more muscles for a more intense workout, which I really enjoy.
The Treadmill Doctor also picked this elliptical trainer as a Best Buy as well. The consensus is clear- this elliptical rocks!
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1st Runner Up: NordicTrack Freestrider 35S
2nd Runner Up: ProForm 1200E
The 1200E is a solid, commercial grade elliptical trainer from ProForm.
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