How to Find Cheap Treadmills

Young healthy athletic woman running on a treadmill near the sunny window in the gym and listening music.

Are you looking to get a quality treadmill but don’t have enough money for a new top-of-the-line machine?

Then you have come to the right place.

Treadmill training is a fantastic way to improve your cardio fitness and endurance in the comfort of your own home.

But, a high-quality treadmill ain’t cheap.  In fact, the price tag of these fitness machines can be a hassle, especially if you’re on a budget (who isn’t these days, right?).

All in all, a treadmill of decent quality can cost anywhere from $1000 to $2000. Top-of-the-shelf models are priced at $2500 and over.

That’s a lot of money.

So the question is, “ how do you actually get the best possible deals on a new treadmill?”

Here’s the good news. There are many tactics that can help you find a decent quality treadmill at a cheaper price. That’s where today’s post comes in handy.

In today’s article, I’ll discuss some of the downsides of buying a cheap treadmill and share a few tactics on how to spend less on a treadmill that will support your runs and fitness goals.

Sounds great?

Let’s lace up and dig in.

Avoid Cheap Treadmills

When it comes to treadmill quality, you actually get what you pay for. That’s why cheap treadmills are not worth it.

Usually, retail-priced under $800, cheap machines are less sturdy, pack in less powerful motor, and have fewer exercise features—making them nothing more but a waste of time and money.

For these reasons reason, these may not be the best option for serious runners as well as heavier runners and walkers.

My recommendation?

As a general rule, get a treadmill of at least 2.5 continuous horsepower (CHP), which is a must for faster running and heavier user weight.

Now let’s look at some ways to help you buy a new treadmill on budget.

Holiday Time

It’s no secret, but the holidays are some of the best times for training equipment hunting.

That’s why it’s always better to wait around until the next holiday to find a cheaper treadmill without sacrificing quality.

Some of these holidays that come with steep sales include:

  • Labor day
  • 4th of July
  • Memorial day
  • Christmas
  • Mother’s/father’s day
  • Easter

Each and every one of these holidays brings with it some special discounts. In fact, you might even get a better deal during these holidays than during Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

The End Of Year Deals

When it comes to cardio equipment, you’re likely to get the best deals towards the year’s end. This is the time when stores begin clearing out some of the older models to make room for the new ones.

In some cases, these sales may extend into the New Year, where they offer deep discounts on old models just to get rid of the extra inventory. Take advantage.

Young focused fit woman running on treadmill

Do Your Research

At the end of the day, getting the best deals is a matter of patience and doing your own research.

There are many companies that offer a steep discount, giveaways, free shipping, and other perks.

In fact, if you keep an eye on this, you’ll come across some steep discounts throughout the year on Horizon, ProForm, Matrix, Sole, Bowflex, and others.

These companies make some of the best treadmills in the market today.

Then, compare the exact same model with multiple stores.

Sure, this may take some time on your part, but it’s worth it.

Buy a Used One

If money is low, consider buying used equipment.

In fact, you can find a decent-quality second-hand treadmill for a drastic discount.

Most people sell their almost-untouched fitness equipment in February and March as their New Year’s resolutions crash down and burn.

This is the perfect time to snatch an almost-new treadmill sold second-hand.

Again, take advantage.

Here are some of the places to check for.

  • The classified ads in your local papers are a treasure trove for getting a relatively good treadmill at a bargain.
  • Craigslist, eBay, and other online listings.
  • Charity thrift stores, like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and so on.
  • Local gym as they may sell their used gear, which tends to be of decent quality despite the heavy use.
  • Yard, moving, or rummage sales.


There you have it. If you’re looking to buy a good treadmill on a budget, then today’s article will have you covered. All you have to do now is apply some of these tactics, and you’ll be on your way to getting the best treadmill that your money can buy. The rest is just detail. Really!

Please feel free to leave your comments and questions in the section below.

In the meantime, thank you for dropping by.

Keep Training Strong

David D.