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ProForm is the best selling home treadmill. It is manufactured by ICON Health & Fitness of Logan, Utah. ProForm is widely credited with inventing the foldup treadmill and making home treadmills affordable. See ProForm treadmills here: ProForm Treadmills. For individual product reviews, go to ProForm Treadmill Reviews.



Bladez treadmills are manufactured by BH Fitness, a division of BH North America in Foothill Ranch, California. Their products are known for good quality at a reasonable price. BH North America is controlled by BH Corporation, the largest fitness equipment manufacturer in Spain. The  Bladez brand was bought by BH Corporation in 2007 from DK City Corporation of Taiwan. This 100+ year old company sponsors world-ranked athletes around the world. See available Bladez models at Bladez Treadmills. For individual Bladez product reviews, go to Bladez Treadmill Reviews.



Horizon treadmills are the home treadmill brand of Johnson Health Tech Co. Johnson Health Tech North America of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin is the U.S. subsidiary of the Taiwan-based Johnson Health Tech. With its equipment sold throughout much of the world, the parent company is the fourth largest fitness equipment manufacturer. Its stock is publicly-traded on the Taiwan stock exchange. See Horizon Treadmills at Horizon Treadmills. For individual Horizon product reviews, go to Horizon Treadmill Reviews



Epic is a brand created by ICON Health & Ftiness and known internationally for providing commercial grade fitness and training equipment. Epic products are found in clubs and exclusive elite training services throughout the world, but ICON seems to have been de-emphasizing the brand in the U.S. in recent years.


A few of the most popular treadmills with the Epic name include the View 550 treadmill which is a Consumer Reports Best Buy, the Epic 450 MX Treadmill, and the Epic 600 MX Treadmill. For individual Epic product reviews, go to Epic Treadmill Reviews.



Reebok is well-known name in fitness. The company licensed its name to ICON Health & Fitness for ICON to manufacturer treadmills and ellipticals. It seems like it was a five year agreement that ran from about 2011 through 2015. New Reebok equipment is thus available only very sporadically. The manufacturing process and quality was almost identical to ProForm units. Many of the Reebok models seemed to be virtually identical to ProForm models, except with a different brand and model number.

For individual Reebok product reviews, go to Reebok Treadmill Reviews.


Smooth Fitness

Smooth Fitness started as a fitness store in 1984. It later became the first fitness equipment company to sell online. Smooth had retail stores, but now sells almost of its equipment online, shipping throughout the U.S. from its warehouse on the coasts and in the midwest.Its headquarters are in Pennsylvania. It is known for its strong and long warranties. In December 2012, Smooth was bought by new owners, who have invested several million dollars in new products and expansion. However, in late 2014 it seems that the new owners declined to invest more cash and the company ceased operations and put itself up for sale. It appears to no longer be honoring its warranties. For individual Smooth product reviews, go to Smooth Treadmill Reviews.



Healthrider is all style, comfort, and convenience. These innovative treadmills bring new features and comfort to your workout program with high energy, low impact, and of course the best fitness programs around. Healthrider is the brand that brought you the Cardio Riders and easy to use features that will ensure you stay on your fitness schedule. For individual Healthrider product reviews, go to Healtrider Treadmill Reviews.



Weslo offers state of the art equipment for fitness conscience individuals for those that desire quality, comfort, while being on a budget. Weslo has several wonderful treadmill designs that provide you will all the features you need for a great workout such as the Weslo 80 Treadmill with features like the Comfort Cel Cushioning for protecting your joints and speed control from 0 to 10 MPH. The Weslo 50 SE Treadmill is another popular treadmill with features such as four personal trainer workouts, one-touch programs, a dual grip EasyPulse Heart Rate Monitor, and a large blue tinted LCD display. For individual Weslo product reviews, go to Weslo Treadmill Reviews.



Image is a name that is known in the fitness field for durability and high quality fitness and training equipment. Club quality equipment that was designed for home use is what is behind the Image name. Fitness and training equipment with the commercial grade features that allow the home user to receive the same type of workout they would expect from equipment found in gyms and clubs. With Image treadmills such as the Image Advanced 1400 Treadmill or the Image 17.OR Treadmill, you will be able to do just that in the privacy of your home. The most popular feature of the Image Treadmills is the innovative MyTracks Step Counter, which allows you to count each step in an easy and convenient way. For individual Image product reviews, go to Image Treadmill Reviews.


Nordic Track

Nordic Track classifies most of its models into four different series. However, it does offer models that are not in one of these categories.

The C Series features a unique style of cushioning called QuadFlex.

The Incline Series features the heavily-advertised units seen on television endorsed by Jillian Michaels, personal trainer on The Biggest Loser. What’ unique about these machines is that the incline can be adjusted to a very high forty degrees and the decline can be adjusted to six degrees. The claim is that such extremes can burn calories more quickly than flatter adjustments. That seems true, as the effort required at the highest incline is many times greater than at no incline.


The Commercial Series is Nordic Track’s heaviest duty line of treadmill. Commercial Series models have their biggest motors, longest belts, and highest user weight capacities. However, commercial facilities should understand that the warranties on these “commercial” models will generally not apply to non-home use. Ask the manufacturer to make sure.


Elite Series is the brand’s most expensive category. These models typically come with strong warranties. Some models also come with an Android touch-screen browser.

See Nordic Track treadmills here: Nordic Track Treadmills. For individual Nordic Track product reviews, go to Nordic Track Treadmill Reviews.


FreeMotion Fitness

FreeMotion Fitness was established in 1999. It's equipment is found both in gyms and in homes.

All FreeMotion treadmills are built to accommodate users up to 350 pounds. Features that you can expect with these gym quality treadmills include self-cooling 3.5 HP commercial grade motor, double-coated deck, an incline that adjust upt to 15 degrees, and a speed control that allows you to adjust your speed to up to 12 mph.

FreeMotion is also the exclusive United States distributor of Reebok Professional Studio Products and Reebok-Tomahawk Indoor Cycling Solutions. For individual Freemotion product reviews, go to Freemotion Treadmill Reviews.



Sole treadmills are known for high quality components and for one of the longest warranties in the industry. All models except the Sole F63 carries a 30 year warranty on the motor and a lifetime warranty on the treadmill deck and frame. Sole products are now sold exclusively by Dick' Sporting Goods. 

Sole treadmills are manufactured by the Taiwanese company Dyaco. Dyaco also manufactures Spirit Fitness treadmills, as well as manufacturing for other companies, such as Free Spirit, SportsArt, and Red Zone. The U.S. headquarters for Sole is in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sole treadmills were first seen in the 1980s in hotels throughout the United States as rental equipment and many hotel chains continue to use Sole treadmills exclusively. Sole treadmills are also found in commercial settings, as well as in homes. For individual Sole product reviews, go to Sole Treadmill Reviews.


Star Trac

Star Trac sells primarily to the commercial market, but also offers treadmills to the home consumer. You can see Star Trac equipment, including weight training equipment, in gyms throughout the world. In 2014, Star Trac was named Vendor of the year by Gold’s Gym. The vote was taken by franchisees based on their overall satisfaction. Star Trac treadmills are some of the most expensive available for sale for home use, but they are all big and strong, built for the gym. Star Trac is owned by Core Health & Fitness of Vancouver, Washington. Core also owns the Stairmaster brand. The Star Trac facilities are in Irvine, California.


Star Trac started selling to clubs in the early 1970s and introduced treadmills in the1980s. Currently, their E series is designed for commercial users and their S series offer slightly scaled down models for home use.


 For available Star Trac models, see Star Trac Treadmills. 



Bowflex of America created and started marketing its first product in 1986, the Bowflex 2000X. Shortly thereafter, the company changed their name to Bowflex, Inc. listed its stock on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In 1999, the company changed its name to Direct Focus, Inc. and started trading on NASDAQ.

The company was very successful selling its home gyms through infomercials on television. This equipment was different from the typical equipment in that it used a combination of polymer rods to create constant resistance.

The company soon purchased the Nautilus Corporation, Schwinn Fitness, and Stairmaster Fitness. In 2002, the company changed its name to Nautilus Group and Nautilus, Inc. Today, the company owns, markets, and distributes Bowflex treadmills, along with Pearl Izumi, Schwinn Exercise, Nautilus, and Stairmaster, and other products. For individual Bowflex product reviews, go to Bowflex Treadmill Reviews.


Phoenix Health & Fitness

Phoenix was established in 1998 as the U.S. wholesale division of Greenmaster Industrial Corporation. Greenmaster manufactures Phoenix equipment and is based in China and Taiwan. Phoenix offers exercise equipment for the home as well as light commercial uses. Phoenix has a reputation for its electronic processing, "just-in-time" delivery methods, and its state-of-the-art computer system for retail services. For individual Phoenix Fitness product reviews, go to Phoenix Health & Fitness Reviews.


Stamina Products

Since being established in 1987, Stamina has developed a large distribution network that includes catalogs, internet, specialty stores, mass merchants, and TV shopping networks. The focus of the company is to "supply quality and value to the fitness and leisure markets."

Stamina was among the first companies to use infomercials when they introduced their American Gladiator Home Gym. Stamina infomercial products have also included Pilates Performer, InStride Walker, and the Gyrotonic and Body Dome products. Stamina products have also been seen under other brand names, such as Cosmopolitan, Tony Little, BodyShaping, Body By Jake, Suzanne Somers, Brenda DyGraf, and Denise Austin.

In 1991, Inc Magazine included Stamina as on its Inc 500 list as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Today, Stamina products are found worldwide. For individual Stamina product reviews, go to Stamina Product Reviews.



The Nautilus name is well known to those who have been going to commercial gyms for a long time. The brand has changed hands several times since the 1970s. In 2014, its commercial line of equipment, including commercial treadmills, was brought back into control of the Nautilus, Inc. See our 2014 Treadmill Industry Report for more details. Nautilus now makes treadmills for the consumer market under the Nautilus and Schwinn names, as well as sells other fitness equipment under the Bowflex and Stairmaster names. Nautilus is a publicly-traded company, so it’s operational turnaround and solid financial position are easy to see. For individual Nautilus product reviews, go to Nautilus Product Reviews.



The famous Schwinn bicycle name was bought by Nautilus, Inc. and was used primarily for stationary bikes. However, around 2014 Nautilus started produing mid-range ellipticals and treadmills under both the Schwin and Nautilus names. The models are very similar and it appears that Nautilus is selling the different names through different channels for their own reasons. The Nautilus models appear to be more popular and have been reviewed above.


You may find old reviews of the Schwinn 840 and 860 models online, along with statements that the manufacturer is discontinuing the Schwinn brand of treadmill. We don’t believe this is true. Arond 2010, Nautulus was experiencing finanacial diffiiculties, but is now in good shape. In 2014, Nautilus introduceed its Schwin 830 and 870 models, which are updated and improved versions of the 840 and 860 with the same size motors and the same price points. You won’t find them reviewed elsewhere online because the review sites don’t get affiliate commissions from these new models. A common criticism of the discontinued models was their short frame and motor warranties of ten years. The length of the frame and motor warranties is the same on the new models, but parts and labor warranties have been lengthened to be comparable with other manufacturers’. Treadmill World is working on getting access to these machines so we can review them


BodyGuard Fitness

Bodyguard Fitness began operations in Norway in 1969. The brand was bought by Procycle, Inc. in 1995. Procycle, was started in 1975 as a manufacturer of bicycles and one of the largest manufacturers of fitness and bicycle equipment in Canada. They export their products to over thirty countries. The company has received several awards, which include in Best Buy - Runner's World UK in 2001, Best Buy by TreadmillDoctor in 2003, Best Buy by Consumer Guide in 2003, and Best Buy by TreadmillDoctor in 2005 and 2006. Other awards include Best Customer Service award in 2000-2001, Product Design of the Year in 1999, and Design and Innovation Award in 2000.


BodyGuard treadmills are high-end products with the cost ranging between $2,500 to $4,900. They come with long belts, up to 63", which is very long for a home treadmill. Bodyguard treadmills also feature a premium warranty, which is lifetime on the frame and three years on all parts and labor. This makes it one of the best in the industry. A disadvantage of Bodyguard treadmills is they don't all come with a grip pulse sensor. This is a curious omission, considering the high prices. For individual Bodyguard Fitness, see BodyGuard Fitness Reviews.


Ironman Treadmills

Ironman treadmills are often ignored unless they are found on sale. However, Ironman treadmills do have good features and unique designs.

Until 2008, Ironman treadmills were made by Keys Fitness of Garland, Texas. Keys was established in 1997 and also manufactures under other brand names, including Alliance, Healthtrainer, and Encore. Keys Fitness filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in April 2008. Most of Keys parts are manufactured overseas, primarily in China. Thus, a few of Keys-manufactured treadmills, mostly older models, have had quality issues. However, these problems seem to have been solved. Most U.S. treadmill manufactures use foreign made parts. StarTrac USA the Ironman line from Keys in the Keys bankruptcy Ironman was sold through Costco, Play It Again Sports and other retail outlets, but its future distribution in unclear. Ironman parts inventory was bought buy treadmilldoctor.

Ironman treadmills range in price from $800 to $2,000. Most are foldable, lightweight,and reasonably-priced. Warranties tend to be 10 years for the motor, lifetime for the frame, two years for parts, and one year for labor.


Endurance Treadmills

Endurance is a brand name used by Body-Solid. Body-Solid products have been awarded the ISO9000:2000 certification for meeting stringent quality, design, and customer support standards. This designation is recognized worldwide as a sign of excellence. Body-Solid manufactures some of its products in its 200,000 square foot facility in Illinois and imports other products. Body-Solid is known for its lifetime in-home lifetime warranties, which are unusually long and comprehensive. Typically, a treadmill warranty is for the life of the purchaser, except for one year for labor. Effectively, this means you get a lifetime of parts if you need them.

The price of the Endurance treadmills is generally between $1,000 and $2,000. This is reasonable, considering the extensive warranties they come with. Customer service is also better than average. Other brands in this price range tend to have more features, but, for many people, the warranty and customer service are more important. For availabe Endurance models, see Endurance Treadmills. For individual Endurance treadmill reviews, go to Endurance Treadmills Reviews.


True Fitness

True Fitness Technology was founded by Frank Trulaske in 1981. In 1999, Frank Trulaske was awarded Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award. In 2000, he was named Fitness Industry Man of the Year.

True Fitness is housed in more than 240,000 square feet of manufacturing, engineering, testing, warehouse, and office space at their corporate headquarters on the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri. The company also has education and training facilities worldwide, where dealers and distributors receive training in product, sales, and service.

In most cases, the warranty offers lifetime coverage on the frame, three years on the motor, three years on parts, and one year on labor.

True Treadmills does little marketing, but their products are known for their high quality. Unlike a lot of exercise equipment manufacturers, True manufactures many of its own parts. True equipment tends to be more expensive than many brands of home treadmills. For individual True Fitness reviews, see True Fitness Reviews.


Trimline Treadmills

Trimline Treadmills was established in 1994 by three brothers -- Bill, Bob, and Joe Hebb. Their mission is to "offer top-quality, user-friendly treadmills at affordable prices." Schwinn/GT Corporation purchased the Trimline brand in 1998; Schwinn was then bought by Nautilus, Inc.For awhile, Nautilus continued the Trimline brand. Then Nautilus labeled its Trimline models "Trimline by Nautilus." Trimline models have since been discontinued in favor of Nautilus brand models. Nautilus has been scaling down many of its operations in order to contain costs. See Treadmill Industry Report for more information on the activities of Nautilus.You may find good bargains on used Trimline models, but getting parts may be a problem. Warranties issued by Nautilus should continue to be honored.

Trimline treadmills are known for longer-than-usual warranties. Their warranties are generally thirty years on the motor, two years on parts, two years on electronics, and two years for labor. Longer warranties at no additional cost is often interpreted as a sign of confidence in the company's products. Others say the cost of these longer warranties is just built in to the price of an otherwise-lower-priced unit. On the less expensive Trimline models the warranty is only ten years on the motor and one year on labor. Some retailers who sell Trimline treadmills do not back this brand with their own additional warranties as they do with other brands.

Trimline Treadmills are in the mid-price range, which is between $1,500 and $2,500. The tread belts are generally narrower than other manufacturers’, with some only 15 inches wide. Their motors also tend to be smaller, often as low as 2.0 hp. These are best for walking and light jogging. Few Trimline models come with heart rate monitors. Some users have complained about the Trimline instruction manuals are confusing. It is probably best to stick to the more expensive Trimline models. For individual Trimline Reviews Trimline Reviews.


Keys Fitness

Keys Fitness Products, LP is a privately-held manufacturer and distributor of treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, inversion tables, steppers, and home gyms. It is based in Garland, Texas and has a manufacturing facility in Tyler, Texas. The company sells its equipment to more than 3,000 stores in the United States and 30 other countries. Equipment and accessories are sold under a variety of brand names, including "Keys," "Ironman Fitness," "CardioMax," "Power System HealthTrainer," and "Karen Voight."

Tim Chen founded Keys Fitness in 1988 as an importer and wholesaler of free weights. In 1996, Keys starting importing treadmills and soon followed with elliptical machines and abdominal rollers. The company started manufacturing treadmills in 1997.

Keys Fitness licensed rights to name "Ironman" and started selling Ironman treadmills in 2003. The Ironman line expanded to elliptical, bikes, and home gyms, and other products. Keys Fitness equipment is sold primarily through retailers. Its treadmills are mid-priced and known for their durability. (Also see "Ironman Treadmills" above.)



Precor is a brand of Amer Sports, a publicly-held Finnish company that also produces many other well-known sporting goods brands. Though Precor is best known for its commercial treadmills, the company is reported to have invented the elliptical machine and now has a line of treadmills, ellipticals, gyms, and bikes for home use, as well. Precor equipment is known for its high quality and high price.



Woodway is considered by many to make the highest quality treadmills available anywhere. Woodway treadmills are used in the White House and elite military training facilities. Price per treadmills runs as high as about $10,000. Woodway has design and manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, Germany and Japan.


Fuel Fitness

This brand is manufactured by Sole Fitness as their budget brand. It is sold at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores and by online affiliates. It appears that Sole started the Fuel brand around 2008 and uses the Fuel brand for its models costing from about $700 to $1,000, while selling the higher quality Sole brand for more.


Merit Fitness

Merit Fitness  is the economy-priced brand of home treadmill from Johnson Health & Fitness. It has competed primarily with lower-priced ProForm models. However, as ProForm has gradually improved its quality and improved its prices, Merit has become perhaps the best selling brand of the economy category. In May 2014, Johnson changed its business model and reorganized its operations, curtailing distribution of Merit treadmills. The fate of this brand remains uncertain. For individual Merit Fitness Reviews Merit Fitness Reviews.


Life Fitness

Life Fitness is a brand of the publicly-traded Brunswick Corp., the maker of many well-known recreational products. The Life Fitness brand of cardio equipment is widely seen in health clubs. The original Life Cycle from the late 1960s and 1970s grew into a more diversified line. Life Fitness now also produces equipment for the home. Another Brunswick brand, Hammer Strength, is well-regarded for its commercial strength equipment. For individual Life Fitness Reviews Life Fitness Reviews.


LifeSpan Fitness

LifeSpan is the brand of PCE Fitness of Salt Lake City, Utah. PCE introduced the LifeSpan brand in 2002 for its treadmills, ellipticals, and exercise bikes. Life Span products are sold in stores and are competitively priced. The first models were designed for older users and the brand continues to emphasize safety in the design of their models. They have won several awards. Most recently, The LifeSpan brand has developed a reputation from its users and from favorable reviews in such publications as Runners Word, Health magazine, Treadmill Doctor, and leading consumer magazines. Among its innovations are a console that guides users through its controls by lighting the appropriate part of the console at the right time. LifeSpan products are available both in stores and online in over forty countries. LifeSpan also works with various health organizations on ways to keep people healthier longer. LifeSpan has become well-known for its treadmill desks. See available LifeSpan models at LifeSpan Reviews.


Livestrong Treadmills

Livestrong treadmills were manufactured by Johnson Health Tech from approximately 2009 through 2012. They were very similar to Johnson’s Horizon models, but bore the Livestrong name as part of the Livestrong Foundation’s efforts to raise money for cancer research. A portion of each purchase was donated to this cause. They were sold both online and in retail stores. However, when sponsor Lance Armstrong was found guilty of doping and was stripped of his Tour de France biking titles. For specific models, see Horizon treadmills and compare features. There is a good chance the comparable Horizon is the same treadmill with a different name.


Spirit Treadmills

Spirit treadmills are manufactured by the Taiwanese conglomerate Dyaco, which also manufactures Sole treadmills. Dyaco bought the Spirit brand in the early 2000s and has steadily upgraded its appearance, image, and general quality since then. Spirit had been building fitness products since 1983. The designs of Spirit and Sole treadmills are similar, but Spirit is sold through specialty fitness stores, while Sole is sold at Dick's Sporting Goods, Amazon, directly through the Sole website, and through online affiliates. In 2009, Spirit introduced its Xterra line of treadmills, which tend to be less expensive than the Spirit line. Xterra is an established brand of other products in the triathalon market.


Buying at a specialty fitness store provides more personal service, but at a higher price than buying online. The standard warranties offered in a specialty fitness store are also typically longer than when buying online. For individual Spirit treadmill reviews, go to Spirit Treadmills Reviews



Since 1968, PaceMaster has been the brand manufactured by Aerobics, Inc., of West Caldwell, NJ. The company’s founder, Bill Staub, was inspired by the best-selling book of that year, Aerobics. PaceMaster treadmills are known for their high quality and have won several awards. They are unusual in that their parts are made in the USA and they are assembled here, as well. PaceMaster treadmills sell for about %$1,500 - $2,500, at specialty fitness retailers only. PaceMaster's least expensive model is known as the "Bronze," following by the more expensive Silver, Gold, and Platinum models. The most recognizable difference between the models is that the more expensive ones have longer belts. All come with warranties of 12 years on the motor, 5 years on parts, and 1 year on labor. All are rather plain in appearance, relative to other brands. For individual Pacemaster reviews, go to Pacemaster Reviews.

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