What Are The Best Treadmills Under 500?
Are there any treadmills under 500 that are worth buying? Sale On Treadmills recently went looking for the best treadmills under 500.
We found five treadmills available in this price category. Prices do vary with availability and with sales on treadmills and can also vary considerably between merchants. Several models that were just under 500 are now a bit more so you should do your own price comparisons.
We found many of the treadmills for under 500 were lacking features that you may want. Some offer no incline or low treadmill speeds or small decks that will make them useful only for walking. Some seem to suffer from inconsistent quality too.
With any treadmill there can be skewed reviews. Sometimes someone just gets a bad one or one that is damaged in shipping and so the buyer naturally leaves a very negative review. On the other hand a buyer will often leave a rave review but fail to update it when the treadmill dies after several months of use. Finding the best treadmills under 500 stills fall into a category that requires a buyer to be cautious and do their homework before making a purchase.
ProForm 6.0 ZT Treadmill
The ProForm 6.0 ZT Treadmill has many good features found in more expensive machines and a 5 year warranty on its 2.5 HP motor. It is probably the best choice in the treadmills under 500 category. Features include a fan, 0-10 mph speed and 0-10% incline. This treadmill scored a 4.2 out of 5 by users although surprisingly there were not that many reviews for it. Read our full ProForm 6.0 ZT Treadmill Review.
Unfortunately, the ProForm 6.0 ZT Treadmill only has a 18-by-50-inch running belt which means most people will not be able to actually run on it easily. Also this is an older model and the console is not backlit which means it will be hard to read. Still, despite some limitations these are the best treadmills under 500 we could find.
Our Recommendation – Buy it if your workouts wont include much running
Weslo Cadence G – 40 Treadmill
At about $350 the is the Weslo Cadence G – 40 Treadmill is by far the cheapest treadmill in this group. This treadmill gets many positive reviews initially but on close examination it is cheap for a reason.
The motor only has a one year warranty and is not powerful enough to handle serious exercise like running and jogging. The treadmill itself is not well-built, and the belt is narrow at 16 inches and at 50 inches long running on this would be difficult. There are problems with the console and other electronics according to some buyers. I doubt this treadmill would stand up to even average daily use for long.
Our Recommendation – Don’t buy this it’s a total waste of money
Phoenix 98836 Easy Up Motorized Treadmill
The Phoenix 98836 Easy Up Motorized Treadmill comes in at just over 500. User reviews are fairly positive but there are only a few. This seems to be a treadmill everyone wants to sell but no one wants to talk about.
We can see why after looking at its specifications. The motor is small offering only 1.5 HP continuous output and only reaching a speed of 7.5 mph. The “walking surface” as Phoenix calls it is just that and at 15 by 48 inches it is very small. This unit is under powered and too small to be an effective work out machine.
Our Recommendation: Pass it up, it’s no deal.
Merit Fitness 725t Plus Treadmill
The Merit Fitness 725T Plus Treadmill sells for a bit over 500 right now. This treadmill has a fair number of positive reviews but if one digs a bit deeper this treadmill seems to die after about four months. Users reported difficulty in assembly because holes were improperly drilled and didn’t line up. Stuttering belts were also reported to be a problem.
The Merit Fitness 725t also has the shortest workout area at 18 by 45 inches making it suitable only for walking and if you are long-legged even that may prove difficult.
Our Recommendation: Run the other way!
Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill
The Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill is lighter in weight than most treadmills and designed to fold and can even be stored under a bed when not in use. Despite its popularity and initially good reviews this treadmill has problems and limitations. The motor is small at 1.5 CHP and top speed is only 6 mph. There is no incline on this treadmill and the 17″ x 45″ running surface is too small to really run on. The company actually has a video with the treadmill in use. In it there is a guy running on this treadmill and his feet are continually hitting the motor housing. Users have reported problems keeping the belt aligned properly.
Our Recommendation: Pass it up, it’s no deal.
Best Treadmills Under 500
We failed to find any treadmills under 500 that we could wholeheartedly recommend. Some may be OK if you are not going to work out daily and will limit yourself to walking. Our best advice would be wait a few months, save your money and buy something that will last and wont limit you. You may find as your fitness level improves many of these machines wont be able to accommodate you.
If you are looking for treadmills under 500 we suggest you keep looking. This price range just doesn’t seem to allow manufacturers to offer a full feature treadmill. Too many corners are being cut and you are taking a risk buying treadmills under 500.