The 7 best affordable treadmills of 2021


While higher-end treadmills typically offer more features, including guided workouts and Bluetooth capabilities, it’s important to keep in mind that you can buy a treadmill with all the features you need for under $500. Yes, you can still meet your cardio goals and kick your workout into high gear with these basic, affordable options — of course, lower price points often equate to less bells and whistles. As a bonus, these wallet-friendly treadmills tend to be more compact, which is particularly useful for those in small spaces.

As more people across the U.S. settle into at-home workouts, big-box retailers, including Target, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart and Amazon, have added a great variety of at-home workout equipment to their inventory. You just have to know what to look for — and where to look.

Best treadmills under $500

The first thing you’ll want to consider is the type of treadmill you want.

  • Manual treadmills are powered by your own muscles and need no electricity, which often mean they’re more affordable.
  • With a motorized treadmill, The belt is powered into motion, setting the pace.

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