Best Treadmill to Splurge On

Precor TRM 835 Commercial Series Treadmill with P30 Console
  • Quiet and smooth operation
  • Includes solid extras
  • Great preset programs
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It’s a commercial treadmill with fully customizable preset programs and smooth stride cushioning that works seamlessly with the long, wide belt. Lever controls, cup holders, heart rate sensors, and clear LED display make exercising an awesome experience with this bad boy.

That price is shocking. And, there’s no way to plug any Android or Apple devices into it, which you would expect given the price.


If you’re a serious runner and you want a serious machine, this is the treadmill for you. Now, we probably don’t need to tell you this, but we think it’s responsible to remind you that you don’t have to spend this much on a home treadmill if you don’t already have an established workout routine.

The biggest bonus that comes from paying this much for a home treadmill (albeit one that’s actually a solid commercial model), is the overall performance and attention to detail. Take for example, the fact that it can manage a max weight of 400 pounds and has a sizeable (reversible) track. And add to that the Ground Effects Impact Control System that makes for a smooth run no matter what you throw at it and the heavy duty motor that makes it all possible – including a quick start when you turn on the machine.

But, that’s hardly the end of the benefits. There are the heart rate touch sensors in the handle bars (yes, just like you’d find at the gym) – or the option to connect the machine to your own heart rate monitor, if you prefer. The console has water bottle holders, and an accessory tray to hold all your goodies.

The LED display is easy to read and offers plenty of information (perhaps much more than you’ll ever need), and the 25 preset workouts can be customized to your liking. In addition, there are lever controls to swiftly change speeds or incline levels.

Now, it’s a little too high-end for most home users, but it’s barely at the top of the commercial game. And sadly, it’s missing the ability to plug MP3 players and phones into it for easy entertainment. Nor would you be able to fold it for storage. But, if you want something fancy for your home gym, this is the machine to get.

Is there a wide workout variety? There are 25 preset workouts, but you’re only limited by your imagination, strength, and endurance levels.

How fast can you make it go? Between 0.5-16 mph. That’s one of the highest achievable speeds for a home machine.

How much incline can you get? You can incline up to 15% and down to -3%. That’s very close to our top Fave’s abilities. Keep in mind that the -3% is available to simulate real terrain.

Are there any safety features? There’s a safety clip and lanyard system that will automatically stop operation if you feel you need to use it. There’s also a handy stop button right in front of you. It’s also not a safety feature per se, but there is a maintenance alert light on the front of the machine so you know when work needs to be done.

Maximum weight? 400 pounds, which is one of the highes on our list.

Track size? 60” L x 22” W. It still falls into the standard range, but it’s certainly on the bigger side of that.

Dimensions? 62” H x 83” L x 35” W. It does weigh a whopping 420 pounds though, so don’t expect to move it by yourself.

What type of motor does it have? The 4 HP AC motor works with the IFT-Drive controller for incredible performance.

Is there a warranty? It comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and welds; 10 years for parts; and 1 year on labor.

Will it break the bank? Yes. It will. Though it’s an incredible machine, you need to be serious about it to pay $8,500.


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