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November 11, 2015

Treadmills

Best Treadmills for Walkers

Stay in shape with these top-notch treadmills

When searching for the best treadmill, walkers have different needs than runners. Runners need powerful motors and the machines best suited to them tend to be higher in price. Walkers don’t need as much power, so they can get by with a less expensive machine. Price and motor quality shouldn’t be the only factors in your decision, though. Workout programs and warranties are also worth considering. Using these criteria as a guide, we came up with this list of the best treadmills for walkers.

Our top picks for the best treadmills for walkers of 2015

We looked at the treadmills in the market and narrowed down our list to 5 that offer lots of workout programs, great warranties and are not too pricey, perfect for those of you who are big walkers.

ProForm PRO 2000

ProForm PRO 2000

Features

  • Powerful motor: This treadmill is strong enough to handle tough workouts, like running.
  • Large workout library: The PRO 2000 is iFit-compatible and has 32 onboard workouts.
  • Solid warranties: ProForm offers some of the strongest warranties of any fitness equipment brand.

Quick Facts

  • Motor 3.5 CHP
  • Workout programs 32

NordicTrack C1650

NordicTrack C1650

Features

  • Built-in Internet browser: Surf the web while you walk, using the 7-inch touch screen.
  • Good for the occasional run: The C1650 has a 3.5 CHP motor, making it one of the more powerful models on this list.
  • IFit-enabled: Access hundreds of workouts designed by certified personal trainers.

Quick Facts

  • Motor 3.5 CHP
  • Workout programs 34

NordicTrack C990

NordicTrack C990

Features

  • Goal-oriented workouts: Design your workout around a heart rate, pace, distance or time goal.
  • Built-in tablet holder: Access your files, music and apps from your tablet while you walk.
  • Low price: The C990 is one of the cheapest treadmills listed here, so it’s great if you’re on a budget.

Quick Facts

  • Motor 3.0 CHP
  • Workout programs 32

ProForm Sport 9.0 S

ProForm Sport 9.0 S

Features

  • Affordable: The Sport 9.0 S is among the most affordable treadmills on the market.
  • Quality onboard workouts: This treadmill comes with 30 workout programs designed by certified personal trainers.
  • Built-in speakers: Play your music through the treadmill by plugging in your iPod or other MP3 player.

Quick Facts

  • Motor 3.0 CHP
  • Workout programs 30

SOLE F63

SOLE F63

Features

  • Good for tight budgets: This model costs less than $1,000, making it among the most affordable treadmills out there
  • Custom workout programs: The F63 enables you to create and save two custom workout programs.
  • Sound system: The SOLE F63 includes an audio port and built-in speakers for playing music.

Quick Facts

  • Motor 3.0 CHP
  • Workout programs 10

What to look for to find the best treadmills for walking

Price

As a general rule, walkers don’t need to spend as much money on a treadmill as a runner does. Look for something around $1,000. This should get you a basic, reliable machine that’s well-suited for walking. If you plan on using your treadmill for the occasional run, however, it may be wiser to pay a little extra for a more powerful motor.

Motor

For walkers, a 3.0 CHP motor is more than sufficient. If you intend to use your machine for jogging or running on occasion, investing in a stronger motor isn’t a bad idea. A more powerful motor will raise the overall cost of the machine, however, so keep this in mind. All the treadmills on this list have at least 3.0 CHP motors, although the ProForm PRO 2000 and the NordicTrack C1650 stand out by offering 3.5 CHP motors.

Warranty

Extras are the workout programs and entertainment features included with the treadmill. These aren’t critical components, but if you’re having difficulty choosing between two treadmills, these features may be the deciding factor. NordicTrack is a good brand to choose if you’re interested in a large workout library and advanced entertainment features. But if you’re after something basic, try the SOLE F63.

The Bottom Line

Walkers have many solid treadmill options to choose from, but our recommendation is the ProForm PRO 2000. However, if your budget is tight, you may be better off with one of the other options on this list.