How Much Does a Treadmill Cost?

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How Much Does a Treadmill Cost?

By J. Maki

One of the most common questions about the almighty treadmill is, how much do they cost? While I’d love to give you a straightforward answer that will satisfy your curiosity, I just can’t. 

Why? Because I won’t BS you and because…

It depends.

Ask a Better Question

There are so many factors that come into play when it comes to treadmill prices, and it really all comes down to what you are looking for and what your fitness goals are. When you are clear about your intentions, you can ask the question that you really should be asking:

How much does a treadmill that is RIGHT FOR ME cost?

When you start asking this question, you then can begin really framing what the investment in a treadmill would look like for you in order to achieve your fitness goals. 

Ok, So What Is Your Fitness Goal?

Here is an easy way for us to approach this question, and that is by asking yourself the following question:

Is my fitness goal to:

  1. Just be active.
  2. Exercise consistently at a low or moderate intensity (walking or jogging). 
  3. Exercise consistently at high intensity (running).

When you think about your fitness through the lens of this question, you can then begin to process how much a treadmill that fits your needs will cost. With your answer in mind, let’s take a look. 

Numbers, Baby, Numbers

If your goal is to just be active, you won’t require a treadmill that is super robust with a high-powered motor because it would exceed your needs. While walking 3 to 4 times per week will do wonders for your health and wellbeing, it will not overtax a treadmill, and this frequency and intensity can be accommodated by the majority of treadmills. If this is where you land, plan on spending between $500 and $800 for a quality unit.

If your goal is to exercise consistently at a low or moderate level intensity, you will want to pursue a durable model with a motor stronger than what you would get with a unit built exclusively for walking. For instance, if you fall into this category you may walk one day, jog for 3 days, complete a day of interval training, and then run 3-4 miles at an 8:00 pace. With this understanding, you can anticipate dropping between $800 and $1200 on your treadmill. 

If your goal is to hit higher mileages and training for intense events such as half marathons and marathons, you will need a strong and powerful machine, no questions asked. If this is your arena, be ready to spend over $1200 and as high as $10,000 depending on what you are looking for. 

Be Sure to Do Your Research!

Please keep in mind these are just general numbers to give you an idea of what you will spend if you make the important investment in your health and wellbeing through purchasing a treadmill. 

What I will advise, however, is that if your find a treadmill cheaper than the recommendations above, please do your homework, or reach out to me at, and I will help you out. The last thing I want you to do is to buy something that you use once and it breaks.

Whatever the cost, I encourage you to make one of the most important investments you can and buy a treadmill. Your health and wellbeing will be better because of it.

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