The most popular cardio equipment in most gyms, treadmills are are great way to burn calories and for losing weight. So why not get one for the home? The best treadmill under $500 is an affordable way to have more flexibility in your workout schedule so you don’t need to worry about squeezing gym travel and workout times.
With your own treadmill you can exercise privately in the comfort of your own home anytime you want for however long you want.
At this price range you can expect better quality treadmills over the cheaper prices. They also offer larger running surfaces as well as built-in programs and resistance levels.
Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill
- 2.25 horsepower motor (1.5 continuous HP)
- 50 inch long by 16 inch wide running belt
- maximum user wight capacity of 275 lbs.
- includes 6 built-in workout programs
Compact enough to fit in small rooms or apartments, this unit offers a good sized motor that will let you run as fast as 10 MPH if you can keep up with that pace. You can of course, set it to lower speeds to mix up your cardio routine switching from jogging, brisk walking and running.
The unit also includes a manual incline feature that will increase the challenge factor. This helps simulate going uphill.
If you don’t like doing the same thing over and over daily, use the 6 workout programs that have been programmed into the device. There are 3 programs that are designed for losing weight and the other 3 for performance and high intensity training.
We like that the treadmill is simple to assemble, and will take between 30 minute to an hour for most individuals. For the money, this tops our best treadmill under $500 due to its features and higher powered motor.
Confidence GTR Power Pro Motorized Electric Treadmill with Adjustable Incline
- 12 built-in training programs
- 1.5 horsepower motor
- 7.5 miles per hour maximum speed
- Quiet motor and belt during operation
Those looking for a machine that’s more compact, you can give this unit a look. Similarly priced to the Weslo treadmill above, it has a much slimmer design and is lighter in weight. The unit also folds up much better. If bulk and size is a concern this is a better option.
Featuring 12 training programs built into the system, it offers more variety compared to the Weslo above. It does however only go as high as 7.5 MPH which for most of us is more than enough for running.
While you can run on it, the unit however is more ideal for jogging and walking as it has a much shorter running track of 43.5 inches. The width of the belt measures 15.75 inches wide. The low height of the deck makes stepping on and off the machine much easier than some of the higher units.
Both the motor and the belt run quietly making this a viable option even if you live in an apartment complex.
Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill
- 2.5 horsepower motor
- speeds of 0 to 10 miles per hour, can be controlled by push button
- 50 inch long running area that’s 16 inches wide
- equipped with Comfort Cell Cushioning for shock absorption
- maximum user weight capacity of 250 lbs.
- 6 workout programs included
Very similar to the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 above, this is another affordable treadmill that lets you walk, jog or run without leaving the house. It is likewise fairly compact so it won’t take up the entire space in your room.
The unit has a slightly lower user weight limit at 250 lbs. when compared to the G 5.9. It does make up for that with a slightly more powerful motor.
The two are very similar in most of the other features including the size of the running belt, and the shock absorption system that will help reduce the impact forces of each stride on the joints. They likewise have the same folding feature, though they don’t go up all the way to vertical.
With an easy to use control panel, this is a solid treadmill that’s affordable. It offers enough speed to run if you want to and the length to take full strides.
Exerpeutic Fitness Walking Electric Treadmill
Made for brisk walking, this is a good piece of equipment for getting and keeping in shape. It does not have the same speed capability of the other treadmills in our reviews above because it is specifically designed for indoor walking.
Its 1.5 HP motor allows the tread belt to go as fast as 4 miles per hour. Controls are available in both the main digital panel as well as the hand rails which are fitted with up and down arrow buttons that can be used to alter the pace. You can adjust the speed of the belt in increments of 0.1 MPH allowing for gradual increases.
Among the features we like most are:
- the high user weight capacity of 400 lbs.
- the wide 20 inch belt (the length of the belt is 40 inches in case you’re wondering)
- folds up vertically straight up making is take up a small amount of space when stored
The width of the belt and weight capacity are among the highest around this price range. For added safety, the side handrails are made extra long.
All in all, this treadmill has some of the better features among the units available in this price range. The one this to note is that it is designed for walking speeds only.
Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill
Equipped with a 2.2 peak horsepower drive system, it allows you control the running belt’s speed from as slow as half a mile per hour up to as high as 10 MPH. This lets you switch up your cardio routine. It also lets you choose whether you want to walk, run or jog.
It has a relatively spacious running deck that measures close to 49 inches long and 15.75 inches wide. This gives you just enough room to run without the surface being too narrow.
When the shipment arrives, you’ll need to do some assembling. The good thing about it is there are only few steps and just minor things you’ll need to do. Overall, it should take you between 10 to 20 minutes to set the entire treadmill up.
The SF-T4400 includes 9 workout programs that have been programmed into the its system. When you’re done using it you can fold it up to save on space. Its soft drop system makes it easy and convenient when you bring the deck back down.
One of the things that may be an issue is this treadmill has a low maximum weight capacity. At only 220 lbs., it isn’t ideal for larger individuals, those who are tall or have a large frame.