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After 36 hours of research evaluating 28 products, we picked ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill as the Best Overall Treadmill.

Our lives are so busy that squeezing in a session at the gym can be a bigger pain than most of us care to admit. And then there are those that prefer the privacy, or just need a machine for rainy days. Enter the home treadmill. As treadmill prices have come down and home sizes have increased, it’s easier than ever to get one of your own.

But what should you look for?

The folks over at Consumer Reports offer some incredible buying tips. And, we think our time was better spent reading treadmill reviews, user reports, and getting on as many of these machines as we could – rather than rehashing the expert treadmill buying guide they provide for free.

That said, we think we may be able to help you make some decisions.

  • If you’re a walker or just getting started, ignore the high end machines. You won’t need the features they offer.
  • If you have exceptionally long legs or a long stride, you have to get a belt (track) that’s 60” in length. Anything else becomes unsafe.
  • Pay attention to maximum weight limits if you’re on the heavy side. Try to get the highest max that you can to maintain a comfortable workout.
  • Be prepared to trade-off between entertainment options and workout options unless you’re willing to spend closer to $2,000. Take a moment think about what’s more important to you before reading further.
  • Most of the home machines offer a folding mechanism, but think about how often you’ll actually pack yours away before making a final decision. There are some that fold easily but aren’t conducive to moving on your own.

And, if you’re lucky enough to have a home gym, you might also want to check our elliptical Faves as well. Perhaps you’ll find just the right machines for your budget this year. That’ll only make it easier to achieve your fitness goals, won’t it? Now, on to the list!