Best Treadmills Under $1000 Buying Guide

Livestrong LS10.0T Treadmill

NordicTrack C900 Treadmill

Proform Performance 400 Treadmill

Product Reviews

Livestrong LS10.0T Treadmill

The Livestrong LS10.0T treadmill is one of Livestrong’s new models for this year. It’s actually an upgrade to the older Livestrong 9.9 treadmill – which is being phased out.

Livestrong is Lance Armstrong’s new fitness brand (manufactured by Johnson – who also makes the highly rated Matrix and Vision treadmills.)

A portion or the sale proceeds from these treadmills go to Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation which is very active in the fight against cancer.

The 10.0T gives you some strong features in a treadmill under $999.

Features:

  • Price: $999 (+ Free Shipping & Inside Delivery)
  • Motor: 2.75 HP
  • Speed: 0 -12 MPH
  • Incline:  0-12%
  • Treadbelt: 20 x 55″
  • Folding: Yes
  • Water Bottle Holder: Yes
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Hand Grip
  • User Weight Capacity: 325 lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime on Frame, Motor and Deck, 3 Years on Parts, 1 Year on Labor

Verdict: Highly Recommended 

The Livestrong LS10.0T treadmill is an upgrade to the older 9.9T treadmill. It has some strong basics like a powerful 2.75HP motor, heart rate monitor, backlit LCD console, fold-up ability and built-in workouts. 

Plus you get some interesting entertainment options like the iPod dock with speakers, fitness tracking journal and USB port to download new workouts.

Proform Performance 400 Folding Treadmill

The Proform Performance 400 treadmill is one of Proform’s most affordable treadmills – and our pick for “Best Treadmill under $600”.

Coming in at a great price, it gives you some impressive features including iPod port with console speakers so you can play your favorite tunes, 15 built-in workouts and hand grip heart rate monitor.

It’s also NIKE + iPod compatible which means you can track and sync your workout results online at the Nike website with your iPod.

It also comes with iFit LIVE – so you can connect your treadmill to the Internet, download new workouts to your treadmill, run trails all over the world and even customize your own fitness program.

Features:

  • Price: $599
  • Motor: 2.25 HP Motor
  • Speed: 0 -10 MPH
  • Incline:  0 – 10%
  • Treadbelt: 20 x 55″
  • Folding: Yes
  • 300 lb Weight Capacity Deck
  • Lifetime Frame, 25 year motor, 1 year parts and labor

Verdict: Great Value Budget Buy

The Proform Performance 400 treadmill has a lot of features that can help you build a more enjoyable workout including iFit LIVE to download new workouts, iPod dock to play your favorite tunes, 15 workout programs to challenge you and a built-in fan to keep you cool.

While runners may want to go with a stronger model, it’s still very affordable and offers some decent construction for the price point.

If you’re looking for a good walkers treadmill that won’t cost you too much, the Proform 400 is definitely worth considering.

NordicTrack C900 Treadmill

The Nordic Track C 900 treadmill is a brand new 2011 model from Nordic Track.  Besides the sleek, cutting-edge look it also carries some new upgrades over past models.

With iFit Live you can connect to the Internet and run trails all over the world, work out with Jillian Michaels from ‘The Biggest Loser’ and even get daily workouts downloaded to your treadmill.

You also get a strong 3.0 HP motor, extra long 60″ running area, high 15% incline and an iPod dock with built-in console speakers to listen to your favorite music while working out.

Features:

  • Price: $999 (+ Free Shipping – Save $150)
  • Motor: 3.0 Commercial DurX™ Motor
  • Speed: 0 -12 MPH
  • Incline:  0-15%
  • Treadbelt: 20 x 60″
  • Folding: Yes
  • 350 lb Weight Capacity Deck
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor Warranty,
  • 3 Year Parts and 1 year Labor

Verdict: Recommended

The Nordic Track C 900 treadmill is a new 2011 model. Nordic Track manages to improve their new models every year and they’ve done it again with the C900. They’ve added a strong 3.0 HP motor, higher than usual 15% incline, improved cushioning and long 60″ belt.

You also get the latest entertainment toys too with iPod docks and advanced speaker system, 20 workout apps and the iFit LIVE where you can do everything from running different trails using Googlemaps to downloading new workouts to your treadmill

Overall an impressive new treadmill that will help you stay entertained and comfortable while working out.

Product Pros And Cons

Livestrong LS10.0T

1) Strong 2.75 HP Motor With Lifetime Warranty

The motor power is excellent at this price point. Plus it runs pretty quiet. You could easily watch TV while walking on this treadmill.  It’s also covered by a lifetime motor warranty – which gives you an idea of the quality of the motor.

2)  iPod / Mp3 Dock

You can plug in your iPod or mp3 and listen to your favorite music or audiobook through the built in console speakers. While this is becoming fairly standard, it’s still a useful feature that can make your workouts more enjoyable.

3) Download New Workouts From the Internet

The Livestrong 10.0 treadmill comes with a free USB device. You just plug it into the console of your treadmill every time you workout. Then you can plug it into your computer and go online to see your workouts over time. You can also download new workouts that are designed by Lance Armstrong’s personal strength and conditionong coach.

4) Well Designed Console

The console on all of the Livestrong treadmills, including the 10.0T are beautifully designed. They’re simple and well laid out – but still manage to appear sophisticated and easy to use. The bright blue backlit screen makes it easy to read your workout stats.

5) Livetrack Fitness Journal

The Livestrong 10.0T comes with a Livetrack fitness journal. You can see your average accumulated data for the last 30 workouts. You can set a weekly goal and the journal tracks it for you, showing how long you have left to go .

You can compare your current workout against your personal best or your last 5 workouts. Basically the journal helps you to set goals and meet them – a great way to stay motivated.

6) Speed & Incline Controls on the Side Handrails

The 10.0T treadmills has incline and speed controls on the side handrails in addition to the front console.

This can be useful as you can change your incline or speed without reaching up to the console, which can sometimes throw off your stride.

Pros

  • Strong 2.75 HP Motor With Lifetime Warranty
  • iPod / Mp3 Dock
  • Download New Workouts From the Internet
  • Well Designed Console
  • Livetrack Fitness Journal
  • Speed & Incline Controls on the Side Handrails

Cons

  • No Prominent Weaknesses

Proform Performance 400

1) iFit Live

iFit Live is the newest technology that comes on a few of the new Proform treadmills.

If you have wireless Internet in your home you can connect your treadmill to the Internet. You can customize and download your own workout programs and workout with Jillian Michaels from ‘The Biggest Loser’ – where she coaches you through your workout.

You can also track your activity and nutrition online and customize your own workout programs

 

2) Music Port for iPod With Built In Console Speakers

You can easily plug in your iPod or Mp3 player and listen to your favorite music or podcast through the built in sound system. While it’s becoming a fairly standard features, it’s still nice to have and can make your workouts a lot more enjoyable.

3) One-Touch Speed and Incline Controls

This is a popular feature that Proform puts on most of their treadmills. Instead of scrolling through your speed or incline levels, you just push one button and the treadmill adjusts to your desired level. This is a handy feature that won’t throw off your stride.

4) Workout Intensity Control

This is a neat little feature that you don’t usually find on treadmills. It lets you adjust the intensity of your workout. So for example if you feel you aren’t working hard enough you just push a button and the treadmill steps up the intensity.

5) Nike + iPod® Compatible 

The Proform Performance 400 treadmill lets you track your workout performance with Nike and iPod. You connect your iPod, work out and then sync your results online at Nikeplus.com. However, be aware that you will need to buy a Nike + module for this.

Pros

  • iFit Live
  • Music Port for iPod With Built In Console Speakers
  • One-Touch Speed and Incline Controls
  • Workout Intensity Control
  • Nike + iPod® Compatible

Cons

  • Console is Pretty Simple And it doesn't Show All Your Workout Stats at Once

NordicTrack C900

1) 3.0 HP Motor

This is one of the highest motor powers you can find at this price point. It runs extremely quiet and will give you more than enough power to run the extra long 60″ belt.

2) Run Trails All Over the World With iFit Live

iFit Live is the newest workout WiFi technology from Nordictrack.

If you have wireless Internet in your home you can connect the C900 treadmill to the Internet. It’s powered by Googlemaps and Google terrain so that you can run or walk different trails all over the world. You can even map out your own course.

You can customize and download your own workout programs and workout with Jillian Michaels from ‘The Biggest Loser’ – where she coaches you through your workout through the console speakers. You can also track your activity and nutrition online and even download new daily workouts. So you’ll always have a new challenge.

3) iPod/Mp3 Port With Speakers Built Into the Console

You can plug your iPod or MP3 player into the built-in audio jack and listen to your favorite music or audiobooks while you workout. The 3″  high-excursion drivers in the sound system give you very clear sound and are another improvement over past models.

4) 20 Built-In Workout Apps

In the spirit of the iPod apps, Nordic Track is now adding workout ‘apps’ to their treadmills. You get 5 high intensity, 5 speed, 5 incline or 5 calorie-burn apps that focus your workout on a specific goal.

5) 60″ Long Belt

This is one of the longest belts Nordic Track makes. So runners, taller users or those who just want more room to move will appreciate the extra space on this treadmill belt.

6) 15% Incline

Most treadmills under $1000 only give you 10% incline – or 12% at best. With this higher incline you can burn more calories, build in tougher intervals and push yourself farther.

Pros

  • 3.0 HP Motor
  • Run Trails All Over the World With iFit Live
  • iPod/Mp3 Port With Speakers Built Into the Console
  • 20 Built-In Workout Apps
  • 60" Long Belt
  • 15% Incline

Cons

  • Cannot Use iFit LIVE Fully Without Wireless Internet Facility
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