Individuals who run for at least three times a week are generally more physically fit than those who do not. This half-a-century finding provided the basis for the development of the treadmill as an exercise equipment designed to help individuals get the training they need without leaving the comforts of their home.
And while most commercial-grade treadmills can be found in gyms and fitness clubs, you actually don’t have to be in these places to reap the full benefits of walking or running on treadmill.
Treadmills are expensive exercise machines, no doubt about that. But there’s bound to be those that fit every type of budget. In this article, I’ll be sharing with you the best treadmills under $1000 in Australia to get you started on that path to fitness and weight loss. Let’s dive right in.
Endurance Spirit Treadmill
Powered by a 2.5-CHP motor, the Endurance Spirit treadmill makes for a worthy choice for those who are looking for a space-saving design that comes already pre-assembled. Like the F30, the Spirit can be used straight from the box so you can get on with your fitness pursuits the moment you receive the package. The motor is so powerful it actually maxes out at 20-kph.
The Spirit also comes with an automatic incline mechanism, albeit slightly lower than the Boost R at only 15 levels. Still, this 15-level incline settings should be enough to help you really workout your calves as well as increasing your heart rate. It’s the kind of under-$1000 treadmill in Australia that is perfect for any home as it provides commercial-grade performance in an easy-to-use and easy-to-store, folding design.
There are built-in programmes, too, that are easily accessible with a simple touch of a button. This effectively takes the guesswork out of your treadmill exercise routine. I find the user interface to be especially pleasant, although I miss the integrated video capabilities of the Boost R.
Running on its large-enough tread is quite pleasant, thanks to the integration of a Pro Cushion support system. It’s a mechanism that improves comfort while you’re working out by reducing the stress on one’s knee joints and back.
Everfit Electric Treadmill
For those on the budget, Everfit’s Electric is the perfect choice. It’s slim, very easy to use, comes with a very sturdy and reliable construction, and with just enough features to get someone really excited about running on a stationary platform.
Coming in at less than $250, I was actually surprised at the features that are embedded into the design of the Electric. They are no way near the likes of the F30 or even the Pursuit, but the Electric does come with a bevy of excellent features that I’m sure newbies to exercising on the treadmill will really appreciate.
Requiring only a metre by half-metre floor space, the Everfit can be a good home fitness equipment with its 6-kph top speed and 3 pre-set programmes. The console holds the display panel that presents the most basic of information you can find. The layout is so simple that everything is accessible just by touching any of the 3 control buttons.
Under the treadmill is a 600-watt motor that produces a nice hum, letting you know that it is operating just fine. It’s fully foldable, too. And with its sleek profile storing it behind the door or under your bed is pretty easy.
Freeform F30 Treadmill
Coming to you already pre-assembled is the Freeform F30. Once you receive it, just rip the box apart, plug it into your power outlet, and start running towards your fitness goals. But the real gem of the Freeform F30 is its 2.0 continuous HP HiTorque motor encased in an oversized housing.
It runs a lot quieter than most other machines I’ve tried so far. It has a very sleek and compact profile that makes it super easy to fold upright and store behind the door. The running surface feels sturdy and reliable and one can easily go from a leisurely 0.8-kph walk to a blistering 13-kph sprint. There’s a pair of integrated speakers, too, which work well with a media holder.
The console is large and pretty straightforward. Ten buttons for its pre-set programmes run the length of the section under its LCD screen. Two rows of additional buttons give control to the fine-tuning of the programmes.
What I find lacking is the ability of the running surface to be adjusted for its incline. For its price, I would’ve expected this cardio machine to have at least an adjustable incline. Additionally, its 110-kilogramme weight limit essentially restricts the number of folks who can use it. It still makes for an appealing find for an under $1000 treadmill Australia, though.
Lifespan Pursuit 2 Treadmill
Lifespan’s Pursuit 2 comes 90% preassembled. That means the remaining 10% is up to you. Based on my experience, it really isn’t that difficult to get the 3 treadmill components together. The Pursuit looks very lovely with its large console with built-in cup holders forming more like a dashboard on a modern vehicle.
At the base of the Pursuit is a 2-CHP EverDrive motor that comes with a unique casing for reduced vibration and noise while also allowing for better thermal management.
The Pursuit comes with 3 levels of manual incline. I find it quite limiting, actually. For its price, it should already come with an automatic incline system with at least 5 levels. Increasing the intensity of your workouts should be a lot easier with an incline mechanism. Unfortunately, having to manually adjust it and at only 3 levels is quite mediocre, to say the least.
The display on the Pursuit 2 is pretty unique, however. It has a very clean, uncluttered look. You only get to read the information that really matter: pulse, speed, distance, calories, and time. It has an easy-to-fold design complete with transport wheels. The running surface is quite ample and sturdy, too, making this a great choice for an under-$1000 treadmill in Australia.
Everfit Folding Treadmill
With features that allow me to enjoy my favourite music while running at 14 KPH, the Everfit Folding Electric Treadmill is definitely one of my favourites. The control panel is user-centric, a testament to Everfit’s growing understanding of the needs of its fitness-minded consumers.
The Everfit comes with a 1.5-horsepower motor. It is quite tame compared to the other folding treadmills I have tried in the past. But this baby has enough juice to it to take you from a comfortable 0.8 KPH to a blistering 14 KPH. Again, it is not the fastest belt in the world but it sure can give you a more realistic running experience. Plus, the sturdy construction makes for a more stable platform to run on.
What I love about the Everfit folding Treadmill is that it feels as though you’re running out on the track. It uses a unique shock absorption system that incorporates a 6-point suspension system. What it does is that it gives you a remarkable energy return with every stride you make on its 400-mm wide belt. The belt itself features wear-resistant and anti-slip materials, making me feel more secure with every run.
Unlike other treadmills, the Everfit already comes with an integrated heartbeat pulse sensor into the handgrip. There is no need to buy an extra sensor. This complements the system’s 12 pre-set exercise programmes. It eases the task of choosing the best possible programme to run, depending on your fitness goals.
While I do look at the price of almost everything, I prefer to correlate the price tag with what the product has to offer before making the decision to buy or at least try it out. The same is true with buying a treadmill.
And while these 5 treadmills can be had for under $1000 in Australia, there are clearly products that provide exceptional value and quality while some are way overpriced.
I do strongly encourage you to check out the features that you really want and how much you’re willing to pay for such functionalities.