I looked at several budget models. Their price was very appealing for under $14,000. After serious consideration I ended up with a Honda Accord. It cost six thousand more, but I new I was getting the very best value for my money. Also, I was getting a car built to last.
When you buy a treadmill, there are numerous models to choose from. Some as cheap as $400, but are they built to last. With a warranty that covers 90 days parts and labor you can assume they are not.
I worked in the treadmill industry for a number of years. I am very familiar with the different brands and how they match up. Recently I have been particularly impressed with a relative newcomer, Sole Fitness. No this was not the company I worked for. In fact, they were a competitor.
Sole has been building some quality machines, and consequently their market share has been gradually growing. There are several features that make their treadmills stand-out.
But like the Honda Accord, the Sole F80 is one of the best values in its price range (Approximately $1,500). And similar to the Accord it has some nice standard features like, a 2.5 continuous duty motor, 20" x 55" running surface, heart rate control, 2 ¾" rollers and once again, that excellent warranty.
When I buy a car I want a machine that is reliable, performs to my expectations, and requires low-maintenance. And guess what? My criteria for purchasing a treadmill is exactly the same. So if you are in the market for a treadmill, I suggest you check out the Sole F80. They are sold online and some of the larger sporting goods retailers.