Winter is almost here, and like many people, you may be searching for the best and least expensive option for how to keep fit during those cold winter months. For some, going outside is not an option, and you may not have a gym nearby that you can afford to go to. That’s why we’ve made this list of what we consider to be the best budget treadmills for your home. This way, you can work out from the comfort of your own home, and not have to break the bank! Let’s get down to it…
In terms of budget, this is the only one of our pick that can actually be purchased for under $100, making it the cheapest treadmill in our round up of best budget treadmills for 2017.
First things first, this is a manual treadmill that has no motor, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t do everything that is needed on it.
Obviously, this isn’t going to be flashy or come with lots of exercise programs, but also, it doesn’t weigh a ton, and can be easily shifted about.
Don’t be expecting perfection with this little treadmill. It may be a little rough around the edges, the belt may need readjustment from time to time, and the incline is preset and can’t be changed.
Once you know that these are the limitations, you can get on and simply enjoy your walk. This folds nicely, and doesn’t take a Sherpa to lift into place. It is also not too difficult to set up. In our view, this is value for money in the category that it is in.
Watch this video review that takes a closer for the Weslo CardioStride 3.0.
Our second pick is another manual treadmill, which folds down to a nice dimension that can be easily moved around the place, and doesn’t weigh a complete ton at 45 pounds.
Once again, this has an incline that cannot be removed or adjusted, so make sure you are aware of this before purchasing it. This is more or less how a manual treadmill works, and how it is going to make you sweat and get a good workout.
The good news here is that for under the $150 mark (prices correct at the time of writing) this is decent value for money, and is easily folded away. It won’t take all your room space up, and it also isn’t too demanding when it comes to assembly.
We won’t pretend this is perfect in all respects, the belt can sometimes slip, and it’s mainly made for walking, not running according to the expert testimony of its owners.
However, it is basic, and works and does what it says on the tin. One word of warning DO make sure you hold onto the handles when walking on this, it will help steady you and ensure that you don’t slip on it.
In three words: simple and functional.
Next up is this nifty thing, the Best Choice Motorized Folding Treadmill. Now, as the name implies, this is indeed an electronic treadmill, and comes in firmly under $200, which makes it mighty cheap too.
But what can you expect for your money?
This is small and relatively lightweight to shift about. Setting it up is not difficult, and requires a minimum of effort, although the instructions may not be the greatest, you will definitely figure it out – no problem.
The Best Choice Motorized Folding Treadmill is pretty basic. There is a display showing calories, speed and distance, however, there is no incline training on this particular model. You can run or jog on it. It is not solely limited to walking, although the general advice offered by users is that it is easier for larger people to walk, not run. If you are a smaller build, you should be able to do both comfortably.
By all accounts, this is nice and quiet and folds down easily. Any issues? As with anything in this price range, we cannot expect perfection, and there have been a few that were delivered not working. Most customers however remain satisfied overall. On the whole, if not the best choice, it is at least a decent one!
If you want a bit more than the complete basics, but still want to keep to under $200, we can recommend this by a British company called the Sports HQ. With three manual inclines and 12 exercise programs, you will get some of the functions of a more expensive treadmill without the price tag.
This is a nice little treadmill that has been designed to fold up easily, and not get in the way when not in use. Please do note the use of the word ‘little’. This is not big, and if you are a much larger person looking to do lots of running on it, then maybe this is not for you.
If you are merely looking to do a bit of exercise every day, and are not looking to complete some sort of triathlon or marathon, then this will fit the bill nicely.
We were impressed with the user reviews, as there were very few negative scores for this machine. While we’re at it, can also recommend its sister machine, the Confidence Power Plus Motorized Treadmill, which is already reviewed on these pages elsewhere.
Either of these two models would probably be our top pick of best budget treadmills for 2017!
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