Best Treadmill for Running – Best Treadmill Reviews 2018

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If you are a dedicated runner, looking for a treadmill that has all the strength, power and longevity needed, to give you a great workout year after year, we have some treadmills here that would suit your needs.

This list features NON Folding Treadmills, as many runners prefer the extra strength and stability,that the fixed frame provides.

If you want a great, Folding Treadmill for running, we recommend the Sole F85 , the Proform Boston Marathon, or the Freemotion 890 included in out Best Home Treadmill reviews.

If you have the space to dedicate to a fixed, non folding treadmill here are our suggestions for our

Best Treadmill for Running

#1 Precor TRM 932i

Our best treadmill for running is for those with the budget and space, to install a true commercial quality treadmill into their home gym, but who want longevity and a more natural running experience.

Precor have designed this machine to provide continuous, maintenance free use, with low impact on joints, and Integrated Footplant Technology gives a more natural feel, and a sense of balance.

Motor

Powered by a 4.0 HP, AC motor, and producing a top speed of 12 mph (19KPH) , with smooth, reliable and very accurate speed selection.

Belt

The running deck is 56 inches long (142cm) and 22 inches (56cm) wide. The high density deck can be rotated to effectively double its operating life. The Belt requires no maintenance.

Suspension

Precor combine their “Ground Effects” shock absorption, with their Integrated Footplant Technology, to calculate changes in the speed of foot movement, constantly adjusting belt speed, to reduce the impact on joints. This electric treadmill is said to accommodate users up to 400 lbs (182KG)

Frame

 

The frame is protected by an anti-rust undercoat, and a two step Powder coating Process. It comes with a lifetime guarantee on the Frame and its welds.

Inclines

The Precor 932I moves through a range of zero to 15%, in 0.5% steps. The incline system is smooth and is powered by 1000 lbs of thrust.

Programs

This machine comes pre- programmed with 7 workouts, simply controlled by a selection of 6 buttons..

Other Features

Additional features include:

The console supports 8 languages, A 15 inch advanced LED viewing screen provides details of Elapsed time, Distance, Incline, Speed, Average Speed, Time remaining in workout, Heart rate, Calories and more, with a heart rate analysis and a workout summary when you are done.

The treadmill is designed for workouts lasting up to 240 minutes (4 hours).

Has an Emergence stop switch, which cuts power and brings the belt to a gentle stop.

Heart rates can be monitored via the sensors on the handlebars, or via the use of a chest strap (not provided).

Warranty

This machine comes with an extensive warranty. The frame is guaranteed for life, and there is a 10 year warranty on parts, and one year on labor

Pros:

  • This is a powerful, commercial grade unit
  • 2.5 inch, steel tapered rollers center the belt and reduce noise.
  • Wide belt allows room for faster running.
  • Simple speed and incline setting adjustments
  • 15 “ LCD display
  • Reversible deck, and maintenance free belt.

Cons:

  • No Internet connectivity
  • Very heavy, delivery weight is 378lbs (171KG) and when set up 331 lbs (150kg)

Conclusion: Precor make elegant machines, which are durable, and easy to use. This is an expensive machine for someone with the space and budget to accommodate it.

#2 Yowza Fitness Daytona Professional Treadmill

Number two on our list of best treadmills for running is the more affordable Yowza Fitness Daytona.

This treadmill features Yowza’s patented Intelligent Weight management System, which uses your age, weight and fitness level to automatically adjust your workout for any change in your weight, as measured by the included, wireless Scales..

All Yowza Treadmills are made in the USA, and this one suits large families with up to 9 stored user profiles.

At this price it does not have the strength and cushioning of the Precor, but it does have many of the entertainment options that you would normally expect in a home treadmill, and at 249 Ibs it is almost 100 Lbs lighter

Motor

This is a genuine running treadmill with a 3.0 CHP (Continuous Horsepower) motor, and a top running speed of 11 mph (16KPH) , so just short of the very fast bracket.

Belt

A slightly narrower running belt measures 60 inches long (150cm) and 20 inches (50cm) wide, suiting runners up to 6’4” (290cm) tall. The belt is maintenance free and reversible for double the useful life.

Suspension

The deck features progressive shock absorbers and provides cushioning from a swing arm structure. It is suggested for users to 350 lbs (159KG)

Frame

 

The frame has a lifetime guarantee.

Inclines

Incline settings vary from zero to 12%.

Programs

Comes with three programs targeting speed, time and distance, along with 3 preset programs, (with 12 different intensity levels each). The weight loss program changes speed, intensity and incline as needed, as well as heart rate control programs, a fitness test and data slots through which users can store their preferred workouts.

Other Features

Additional features include:

Hi Fidelity speakers, and I-pod connection.

In built, 3 speed fan

Twin water bottle holders

The console has a large LED display with information on speed, time, distance, incline, heart rate and intensity levels.

Heart rate can be monitored via the chest strap (Wireless Transmitter Included), or via the hand grip sensors.

Warranty

This runners treadmill comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, along with five years on parts and electronic components, and has a two year, in home labor cover.

Pros:

  • The 3.0 CHP motor is quiet and strong enough for a serious workout.
  • Suits users to 6;4’ and 350 pounds
  • Belt is maintenance free and reversible
  • The swing arm cushioning is very effective.
  • Hi Fi Sound and I-Pod connection
  • Choice of Heart rate monitoring.
  • Unique Weight Control System
  • Quality warranty

Cons:

  • We would have preferred a 22 inch wide belt

Conclusion: The Yowza Fitness Daytona is a quality, treadmill with innovative weight management technology, strong enough for any private application, and excellent value at this price.

#3 Sole Fitness S77 Non Folding Treadmill

The Sole Fitness S77 is closely related to our #1 folding treadmill (Sole Fitness F85) and features a strong motor, with a full sized running bet. Combined with the stability of the Non Folding frame this is clearly a treadmill built for runners. At this price, this is a value for money treadmill for running.

Motor

This treadmill is fitted with a 4.0 CHP (Continuous Horsepower) DC motor, giving you a top running speed of 12 mph (19KPH) , allowing for a very fast workout. As you might expect, speed can be readily varied from 0.5 MPH up to the top speed of 12 MPH Confidence in this power plant is obvious from its 30 year warranty.

Belt

You will love the 2 ply, full size belt. Measuring,60 inches long (150cm) and 22 inches (50cm) wide, it provides plenty of running room, and a full stride even for taller users.

Suspension

Like its folding cousin, the S77 gives you access to Sole’s “Cushion Flex Whisper deck”. Sole claim this system will give you shock absorption that drops joint impact by 40% compared to external asphalt running, and will suit runners up to 400 lbs (182KG)

Frame

 

The powder coated frame features all steel welds, so it is manufactured to sustain ongoing regular use by runners of all weight levels and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Inclines

The S77 uses a rack and pinion design, and moves through an incline range of 0-15 Degrees which is all anyone really needs, with push button controls. Using the heart rate program, the treadmill will automatically adjust the incline to keep you in the desired heart rate window.

Programs

There are 6 pre-programmed routines featuring automatic adjustment of both speed and incline, as you focus on either weight loss or performance goals, in addition to 2 heart rate and custom workouts, for a total of 10 programs in all..

Other Features

The blue, Sole 9 inch LED console features 6 information windows, providing constant feedback on heart rate, incline, Time, Calories, Distance and speed, all displayed on a high clarity screen.

You can readily change speed and incline settings with the side buttons or or in the case of speed, the convenient side bar controls.

The heart rate display, via the wireless chest strap is claimed to be 99% accurate.

The console has inbuilt cooling fans , and speakers that hook up to your MP3 player or I-Pod

Over-size 2.75”’ rear rollers help to reduce noise, and extend the life of the machine.

Zinc coated, steel flywheels provide a vibration free running platform

To finish it off, for safety the treadmill features a 0.5 MPH start speed, a 10 Amp circuit breaker and a large stop switch.A convenient, multi- compartment storage tray, rests between the upright and below the console so you can keep all your stuff organized.

Warranty

There is a lifetime warranty on the frame, 30 years on the motor, 5 years on the Electrics a two year cover for labor.

Pros:

  • The 3.5CHP is the strongest in its class..
  • Oversize rollers add longevity for the treadmill and make it quieter
  • Full size running deck.
  • Easy adjustment of both speed and incline settings
  • Inbuilt, fans and speakers
  • Safety switch and circuit breakers..

Cons:

  • This is a large, heavy treadmill designed for durability and stability.
  • Cooling fans could be stronger.
  • No Decline features.

Conclusion: Sole are known for good value, high quality machines and this is no exception. As always a few users report minor issues upon delivery but overall user satisfaction is high, from both new owners and long term heavy users.

#4 Endurance T10HRC Commercial Treadmill

Number 4 in our Best Treadmill for Running category is the Endurance T10 Heart Rate Control Treadmill.

Currently available at a massive discount, this commercial treadmill comes in around the price of many good domestic machines.

It also features 25 in built programs for flexibility and variety in your workouts.

Motor

With a 3.0 CHP (Continuous Horsepower) this is not the most powerful unit available, but still more than capable of meeting any domestic needs, but a slightly slower top speed of 10 MPH. .

Belt

The high density, multiply running belt measures 60 inches long (150cm) and 20 inches (50cm) wide, to suit the tallest of users, it also is guaranteed for life.

Suspension

A Suspended Running Surface (SRS) features a multi point shock absorbing system, coupled with a low maintenance deck, to provide a workout that is comfortable for all your joints. This machine is rated for runners to 350 lbs (160 Kgs)

Frame

Has a powder coated finish, with heavy duty construction, designed to take a pounding and has a lifetime guarantee.

Inclines

Varies through a range from zero to 15%., with a robust incline motor capable of an 800lb lift.

Programs

 

This machine has 25 in built programs, including Heart Rate control. Programs target running, endurance, cardio, weight loss and more, and includes interval training.

Other Features

Additional features include:

You will enjoy the one touch speed and incline adjustment feature, and the built in cool down function

The 4 window LED Display is vibrant, easy to read, and offers constant information on all the usual stats like, speed, elevation, heart rate, elapsed time, and calorie burn.

An instant shut down safety feature is controlled by a key on the control panel.

Warranty

For in home use, this running treadmill comes with a lifetime warranty on frame and parts and has a 1 year labor warranty.

Pros:

  • A strong and reliable 3.0 CHP motor provides a 10MPH top speed.
  • Supports taller users up to 350 pounds
  • 60inch, multiply belt is guaranteed for life..
  • One touch speed adjustment
  • Strong, clear LCD display provides constant feedback.
  • Full 15 percent elevation range
  • Lifetime warranty.

Cons:

  • This unit is built for strength and stability, but misses out on creature comforts.
  • There are no on board sound systems or fans
  • Handles could be longer and do not have built in controls
  • No downhill feature

Conclusion: This commercial grade treadmill will give a lifetime of rock solid service, and is available at a price to rival other Domestic grade units. It is a runners machine, without the focus on entertainment or internet connectivity. At this price it is a great value treadmill, just bring your own MP3 player.

#5 Lifespan TR5000i Non – Folding Treadmill

The Lifespan TR5000i not only provides the strength and stability you want in a non folding treadmill for running, but allows the option of downloading your own personalized workout programs and provides detailed reports on your performance.

The TR5000i automatically stores your workout data to its USB. Simply upload it to your (included) club membership account post workout.

17 on board workouts provide variety and options including general health, weight loss, Fitness and Heart Rate programs.

Motor

The motor is s 3.0 CHP (Continuous Horsepower), AC motor, chosen to provide higher, low speed torque than the DC alternative. This provides you with far more responsive speed control. Top speed is 11MPH

Belt

The 60 Inch by 20 Inch running belt is coarse textured, ¾ inch thick, with 2 ply construction, designed for greater traction. Safely accommodating the longer strider, and suitable for users up to 350lb ((160KG) in weight. The deck features an 8 compression shock absorber system so you have a well supported, highly cushioned, high traction surface for a safe and joint friendly workout.

Frame

The non folding frame offers stability, strength, and the certainty of a lifetime warranty for in home use..

Inclines

 

Incline controls are on the handlebars, and range from 0-15% in 15 steps.

Programs

As mentioned there are 17 programs. 2 user defined, 2 heart rate programs, 5 Healthy Living, 7 Sports Training and 5 targeting weight control. Throughout the Heart rate workouts the treadmill adjusts incline and speed to maintain a heart beat within the target range. Heart rate monitoring is via the handles or chest strap.

Other Features

The console features sequentially flashing lights to guide you in starting and following a program.

The treadmill senses each foot strike automatically stopping if no step is registered in a 20 second period. It also automatically counts steps for you like an inbuilt pedometer if you have goals in that area.

The display is a large, multi colored LCD with continuous readouts for time, step count, calories, distance, and heart rate.

Comes with on board speakers, MP3 and I-Pod compatible.

A LifeSpan Club membership is included with each treadmill. This gives you access to a software program to synchronize your treadmill to your account data. With your personal data stored, the console can accurately calculate calorie burn. Workout stats are saved every 20 seconds and uploaded to your account when you choose.

Warranty

For in home use, warranty is lifetime on Frame and Motor, with a 7 year parts warranty and one year on labor

Pros:

  • The 3.0 CHP AC motor gives finer speed control to 11MPH top speed.
  • Built in safety features stop the machine when no foot strike is present.
  • Quality LED screen guides you through workout sequence, and provides constant feed back.
  • Speed and Incline controls on handles
  • Complimentary online membership.

Cons:

  • We couldn’t find any, although it has no downhill features.

Conclusion: This is a solid, good value machine for the committed runner. The Club Membership option provides additional resources and feedback, and the warranty indicates the manufacturer’s faith in the strength and performance of this treadmill

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