Top-rated treadmills you'll actually want to use at home

Anna Hecht
November 14, 2017

If you agree with the saying "time is money," then we know you're all about efficiency. And if that's the case (and you're into running), you may want to consider purchasing a treadmill so that you can get your miles in right from home.

When you first consider a treadmill for the home, it can feel like a pretty big investment. Not only does this fitness machine take up a good amount of space, but a premium one can cost quite a bit, too.

But gym memberships can be expensive nowadays. And when you consider time spent commuting back and forth from the gym, it becomes clear that having a treadmill for the home could actually save you time and money in the long run.

With your treadmill right there and easily accessible, you'll have less reason to forgo your daily run (because of time constraints) and as a result, you'll be more likely to get your weekly miles in.

Depending on how much you want to spend, we've listed out a few top-rated treadmills below that vary in price, size, and functionality. These pieces of equipment have been vetted by Consumer Reports and ranked in order to help ensure you're getting a high-quality machine that functions optimally.

Note: Prices below reflect the retailer's listed price at time of publish.

Precor TRM 243 Energy Series Treadmill ($3,598; amazon.com)

One read through the reviews on this treadmill, and we're already excited about what it would be like to have a high-caliber treadmill at home. With this model from Precor, there is a built-in program where you can set your heart rate goals, and the machine will then adjust the speed and/or incline until you reach your target. To track your progress, you can create a profile and this top-rated treadmill will log your runs for you.

AFG 7.1AT Treadmill ($1,499.99; sears.com)

This treadmill from AFG also ranked high among treadmills reviewed by Consumer Reports. In a number of different categories, including ergonomics, construction, ease of use and user safety, this model earned scores of "very good" or "excellent" in all areas. At a more affordable price for a traditional, full-size treadmill, this option has 15 settings for incline, a heart-rate program, and an ultra-quiet drive system so that you won't disturb others when using it at home.

ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill (1,299.97; amazon.com)

Receiving a score of 85 out of 100 by CR reviewers, this ProForm fitness machine also ranked high among competitors. When compared with other treadmills on the market, it received praise for its user-friendly design and for having a chest-strap heart monitor, which is often more accurate than hand-contact sensors. As an added bonus, the ProForm Pro 2000 also has a "negative incline" feature so that you can train as if you're outside and going down hills to change up your workout.

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