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1. Nautilus T616 Treadmill
Nautilus T616 treadmill is powered with strong 3.0 CHP (Continuous HP) motor, providing maximum running speed of 12 mph (~19 km/h) for the user weighing up to 300 pounds (~136 kg).
Running deck provides plenty of room (60x20 inches), allowing even larger people to run with their natural stride length.
Running deck features motorized incline between 0 and 15% and advanced cushioning system, saving users ankles, knees and hips.
Nonetheless, heavier people with join issues should use this (or any similar treadmill) as walking-only treadmill.
SoftDrop folding system help the user to quickly raise and lower running deck with minimum effort, while transport wheels help with the moving unit around.
However, units like this should be placed on permanent location, with or without the use of some good treadmill mat.
Nautilus T616 treadmill is Bluetooth enabled unit, ensuring syncs of user's workout data with the Nautilus Trainer 2 app and other connected partners. Also, the RunSocial app lets the user run/walk through 19 locations and 27 routes alongside friends around the world while tracking pace and distance at the privacy of home.
For people not interested in running apps, Nautilus T616 treadmill offers 26 running programs to help burn fat and increase strength and stamina.
Heart rate is monitored via contact and telemetry enabled heart rate monitors (chest strap heart rate monitor included).
For more reviews and recommendations, check Nautilus T616 Treadmill Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
2. Horizon Fitness T303 Treadmill
Horizon Fitness T303 treadmill is in many ways similar to Nautilus T615 treadmill - both are powered with 3.0 CHP motors, feature 60x20 inches running deck, 12 mph maximum speed, 0-15% motorized incline and Bluetooth connectivity.
Horizon Fitness T303 treadmill offers 8 configurable programs, so that total number of running programs is much larger - including HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout, designed to melt away fat and build strength and stamina rapidly.
Note: HIIT is not for everyone (very challenging workout) and it must be done only under consent of your doctor or physician.
Also, Horizon Fitness T303 treadmill supports the users up to 325 pounds (~147 kg).
For home users, Horizon Fitness T303 treadmill comes with lifetime warranty for frame and motor(!), 3 year warranty on parts and 1 year warranty on labor.
When assembled, unit weighs 194 pounds (~88 kg) and when ready for use, its dimensions are 75 x 34 x 58 inches. When the unit is folded for storage (running deck lifted), unit dimensions are 47 x 34 x 65 saving storage space.
Horizon Fitness T303 is Bluetooth enabled treadmill, allowing the user to stream favorite music and to monitor heart rate - note that chest strap heart rate monitor is NOT included.
Bluetooth connectivity also enable the user to track and control the workouts via smart device touchscreen.
For more reviews and recommendations, check Horizon Fitness T303 Treadmill Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
3. NordicTrack T 6.5 Si Treadmill
NordicTrack T 6.5 Si Treadmill features somewhat shorter running deck (55x20 inches) than Nautilus T616 and Horizon Fitness T303 treadmills and thus somewhat weaker motor (2.6 vs 3.0 CHP).
Similarly, maximum speed is 10 mph (16 km/h) and maximum elevation of its motorized incline is 10% (compared with 12 mph max speed and 15% inline of Nautilus T616 and Horizon Fitness T303.
Nonetheless, maximum allowed user weight is still 300 pounds (~137 kg).
NordicTrack T 6.5 Si Treadmill is Bluetooth enabled unit, offering 20 workout programs, but also featuring 1-year iFit membership included - offering practically limitless number of workout programs, live interactive training etc.
Note: this means that while you workout at the privacy of your home, your coach may adjust your speed and incline. Such workouts may be rather challenging, but also motivational.
If you don't need iFit 1-year membership, go for NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill (no 'i' after 'S').
NordicTrack T 6.5 Si Treadmill is folding (so-called EasyLift Assist system) treadmill saving storage space, while its FlexSelect cushioning is easy on the runners/walkers joints.
For more reviews and recommendations, check NordicTrack T 6.5 Si Treadmill Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
4. ProForm 905 CST Treadmill
ProForm 905 CST Treadmill support users up to 350 pounds (~159 kg) in weight and is iFit enabled, but it doesn't include iFit membership by default ('only' 30-days iFit Coach trial).
Running deck is spacious 60x20 inches, with 12 mph maximum speed and motorized incline up to 12%.
While iFit is great, not all people prefer such workouts - thus ProForm 905 CST Treadmill offers 30 built-in programs.
To prevent issues with joints, running deck features so-called ProShox cushioning system, while its SpaceSaver Design ensures small storage footprint - running deck folds upward when the unit is not in use.
Heart rate monitors are grip pulse sensors, with the chest strap heart rate monitor included.
Warranty includes 10-year frame and motor warranty and 2-year parts and labor warranty.
For more reviews and recommendations, check ProForm 905 CST Treadmill Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
5. NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill
NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill is powered by 3.0 CHP motor, being able to support 325 pounds (~147 kg) users and provide maximum speed of 12 mph.
Incline is motorized and varies from 0 to 15%.
NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill comes with 32 built-in workout programs, but it also supports iFit via Bluetooth connectivity - membership is not included.
NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill features so-called SpaceSaver design with EasyLift Assist, helping the user to store the unit by folding the running deck easily with almost no effort.
FlexSelect cushioning of the running deck is easy on the runners joints, helping with the injury prevention.
The NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill features a lifetime frame and motor warranty, a 3-year parts warranty, and a 1-year labor warranty.
For more reviews and recommendations, check NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
These best 5 home treadmills under $1000 also come with features like cooling fans, tablet holders, sound system and similar.
Of course, all these features come at the certain price:
Under $1000 Treadmills - General Features and Specifications
Home treadmills under $1000 are really great cardio exercise machines. They are stronger, durable and more robust than treadmills under $500 and especially under $300. And there are much more models than these 5 units - but, personally, they are the best ones on the market in the $500 - $1000 price range.
When checking both these five, but also other units, consider the following:
- Running deck width is usually around 20 inches (50.8 cm). Such wide running deck can accommodate larger people with ease, without significantly increasing the width of the whole unit, which is very important for keeping the folded treadmill footprint as small as possible.
- Running deck length varies from 55 to 60 inches (140 - 152.5 cm). 55 inch running decks are long enough for even the tallest walkers, but could be slightly short for people with long running strides - nothing that can't be remedied by altering the running technique, for example.
If the workout and storage area are not the problem, go for 60 inch long running decks.
Also, note that 55 inch running decks are powered using 2.5 - 2.75 CHP (Continuous HP) electric motors, while 60 inch running decks require 3.0 CHP electric motors. Note that such 3.0 CHP motors require plenty of electric power, when pushed to the limit - that is ~20 or so Amps continuously, even more to cover power peaks.
Be sure to check the manual of individual treadmill for power requirements, before ordering one!
- Maximum user weight of good running treadmill in this price range is around 300-325 pounds (136 - 147 kg). Such heavy users do require strong and sturdy equipment, especially when running.
- Maximum running speed is around 10 and 12 mph (16 and 19 km/h) and is enough for most of the home runners. Personally, I never liked the idea of sprinting on treadmills, not even as the part of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts. Why? Go to the YouTube and search for 'treadmill accidents' :)
If you like HIIT workouts at home 10-12 mph is going to be enough, just change the incline.
- Running deck incline change is motorized, with the maximum incline being between 10 and 15%. So, no more pausing the workout to change the incline manually - if you find a treadmill in this price range with manual incline change, skip it.
- Number of workout programs varies around 20 to 30 programs. Some models have iFit/Google Maps options, but the user must have his own iFit subscription.
Since these treadmills are made for home, user profiles are commonly found on certain models, with the number of user profiles ranging from 2 to 6, sometimes even more.
User profiles enable several individual users to store their preferences and previous workouts separately from each other. Great for home users and home gyms.
- Heart rate monitors are built in handles or are in the form of button sensors. Such monitors require physical contact between the user's upper body (hands, fingers) and the treadmill's console, which can be annoying. Most of these treadmills support wireless heart rate monitors, while some even come with heart rate chest strap sensor.
Such wireless/Bluetooth heart rate sensors are important for people working out in the 'zone' and for people having heart issues who workout at home under (constant or periodic) supervision of trained personnel.
- Multimedia - in order to make workouts less 'boring', these treadmills come with built in speakers and headphone plug-in ports allowing the user to listen to the favorite music while working out.
- USB charging ports are used to avoid the discharging of smartphones, iPhones, tablets and similar devices during workouts.
- Built-in cooling fan(s) prevent the trainee to sweat too much. However, keeping the room temperature in check is, IMHO, more important.
- Display monitors show all of the data to the user: covered distance, workout program, burned calories, elapsed time etc. These monitors are larger to help the user to actually see the data even when running and heavily sweating :)
One or more commonly two water bottle holders help the user to keep well hydrated during workouts without the need of pausing the workout for drinking water or some other liquid.
- Assembly and maintenance: when they arrive, treadmills must be assembled. If you are not DIY person, be sure to order a technician to assemble the unit for you - this also includes basic operation test and belt lubrication.
Anyway, before first use, it is highly recommended to read the manual/instructions first.
Maintenance is very simple and it includes lubricating and retentioning the belt, and keeping the unit clean. Since maintenance of treadmills vary from model to model, again, read the manual!
- Warranty terms vary, but the least thing that one should accept is 1-year parts and labor warranty, plus at least 3-year warranty on motor and frame. Good thing is that one can order extended warranty and/or, for example, 3-year maintenance plan. These things increase the price of the units, but better safe than sorry, especially if you use your treadmill regularly!
Long Story Short - home treadmills under $1000 have much to offer to their users. And they should, for that kind of money :)
They are great units, and if you need one, check the table at the beginning of the article. Just don't forget that it is you who is actually running, not the treadmill :)