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Best Rated Home Treadmills Under $500

January 2, 2014 by  
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Best Rated Home Treadmills Under $500 – This is a roundup of the best rated home treadmills under $500 dollars. These are the least expensive treadmills that you can buy. They differ from the more expensive versions in that they weigh less, have smaller motors (under 2 HP), and can not handle as much weight of the person using the treadmill as heavier more expensive treadmills can (these max out at 275 lbs.) If you are of moderate weight, these cheaper treadmills may be good for you. We also recommend that you checkout our Best Treadmills under $1000 which has some of our best rated models with stronger motors. Treadmills provide an excellent form of aerobic exercise at home that you can do no matter what the weather is outside. Treadmills are easier on sensitive joints like the knees and hips, as most treadmill running areas are padded. You can compare each treadmill below by features such as motor horsepower, maximum weight capacity, maximum speed, and more. A glossary of terms is available at the bottom of this page.

Best Rated Home Treadmills under $500

Merit Fitness 725T Plus Treadmill Proform 6.0 RT Treadmill Weslo Cadence
R 5.2 Treadmill
ProForm 590T Treadmill

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Home Treadmill
2.25 hp motor
(continuous duty)

0-10 miles per hour
0-10 incline grade
Folds Up
18×45 running area
Heart Monitor
6 Workout Programs
LED Display
Two Cup Holders
Maximum User Weight: 250 lbs.
2 year motor warranty
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Needs Assembly
Home Treadmill
2.50 hp motor
(continuous duty)

0-10 miles per hour
0-10 incline grade
Folds Up
18×50 running area
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8 Workout Programs
LCD Display
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Maximum User Weight: 250 lbs.
5 year motor warranty
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Needs Assembly
Home Treadmill
2.25 hp motor
(continuous duty)

0-10 miles per hour
manual 2 position
Folds Up
16 x 50 running area
Heart Monitor
6 Workout Programs
LCD Display
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Maximum User Weight: 250 lbs.
90 day motor warranty
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Needs Assembly
Home Treadmill
2.25 hp motor
(continuous duty)

0-10 miles per hour
0-10 incline grade
Folds Up
20×55 running area
Heart Monitor
16 Workout Programs
LCD Display
Two Cup Holders
Maximum User Weight: 300 lbs.
7 yr motor warranty
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Needs Assembly


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Glossary of Terms
Folding Treadmill = There are two type of treadmills. Folding and Fixed. A folding treadmills can fold up and roll away to another spot for easy storage. Then there are fixed treadmills, which once assembled usually stay in the same spot and do not fold up.
Motor Horsepower (HP) = Horsepower or HP is a measure of power. All else being equal, a more powerful motor is better as it will strain less under heavy load (and last longer). The heavier you are, the more horsepower you should get. Higher horsepower treadmills will cost more money.
Maximum User Weight = Each treadmill depending on its construction and horsepower of its motor has a maximum user weight limit. So if the limit is 300 lbs, and you are over 300 lbs., you should not buy this treadmill but look for one with a higher weight limit. If you weigh substantially less than the weight limit, this will put a lot less strain on the treadmill motor. Treadmills under $500 max out at 250-275lbs. If you weigh more, you will want to look at a more expensive treadmill.
Miles per Hour = This signifies the highest speed the treadmill will go when you are running.
Incline Grade = This signifies the number of incline grades that this treadmill is capable of. Incline grades simulate walking or running up a hill.
Heart Monitor = Most treadmills have a heart monitor (grip or clip on type) which allows you to monitor your heart rate to meet heart rate goals for cardiovascular fitness.
Running Area = This is the running area or running deck area of the tread of the treadmill. Taller persons with longer strides may want a bigger running area.
Workout Programs = Almost all treadmills have a small computer and display where you can run multiple workout programs that vary the resistance and incline of the treadmill to simulate real walking or running. Examples are programs for the heart, or calorie burn.
LED/LCD Display = The treadmill will have a display to give you information (such as time, calorie burn, distance). They can be either LED lit, or use a backlit LCD screen.
Built-in Fan = Some treadmills have a built-in fan to cool you off during your workout.
Needs Assembly/ Fully Assembled = Most treadmills require some type of assembly after it is delivered. There are a few lightweight treadmills that come fully assembled right out of the box. These treadmills can fold down flat and sometimes fit under a bed.


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