The Top 3 Treadmills of 2017


Whether you’re looking for additional race-training options or wanting to upgrade your current treadmill, this review is for you!

The researchers at recently created a comprehensive guide to choosing the right treadmill. They spent six weeks gathering data on 65 contenders designed with the home-exerciser in mind. After comparing various features such as versatility and technology and consulting with various experts, they narrowed down the options to their top three choices:

  • Best overall: SOLE F85. “The Sole F85 came out on top in our tests thanks to its strong mix of features for both runners and walkers: a full 15 percent incline, speeds up to 12 mph, and an extra large 80 x 35-inch deck, all in a foldable frame that makes it easy to store when not in use. It was also the quietest, smoothest treadmill we ran on — even at top speeds and at peak incline — outperforming much more expensive machines.”
  • Most immersive experience: Horizon T9. “The Horizon T9 uses Virtual Active technology to transform workouts into sightseeing tours. Once you’ve selected your destination, the 10-inch LCD touchscreen plays forward-motion HD video of the route. The rest of the console is uncluttered, and the picture was crisp and clear. When we turned on the in-console fan, it was pretty easy to pretend we were running on a beach in Mexico.”
  • Best for race prep: Freemotion 2500 GS. “The 2500 GS stands out for its ability to decline: You can run downhill with as much as a 3 percent grade. Combine that with its iFit technology and it’s possible to mimic the elevation changes of any route — including the next race you’re training for. We drew our route on the screen and we were automatically climbing the same hills (and were rewarded with the same downhill sections) as the actual road.”

To see the full review and the research behind their choices, visit

Already picked out a treadmill, but don’t know which shoes to run on it with? Check out this guide from The Babble Out.


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