Best Treadmills Under £1000: Our Picks

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Today, we are on the lookout for the best treadmill under £1000, which should become a fantastic addition to your home gym.

Although I’m personally a fan of running outside, I can’t ignore the benefits that a treadmill has & will also explain these below. It’s a solid alternative to running, as it allows users to lose weight from the comfort of their own home. In the last few years, the treadmill has gone from being a luxury item, to an essential home fitness item.

So, this post is going to tick two boxes. You’ll find the best treadmills, and learn about the various types of treadmill, including the huge variation of features.

If you’re looking for your next running machine, you’ve landed in the correct place. You’re going to find 5 of my favourite options, that cater for various requirements, such as speed range, heart rate monitors & so on. There’s going to be something for everyone. But first, let’s take a look at the best treadmill under £1,000 & work out some of the key pre-requisites for you and your treadmill.

1

JTX Sprint 7 Treadmill

The Best Treadmill under £1,000. Awarded by Home Gym Review
9Expert Score
The Best Treadmill in it's Class

Quick review:
If you’re in the market for a treadmill which has all of the features you would expect from a treadmill in an industrial gym, this is the running machine for you. With a Maximum speed of 12.5MPH, it has everything to exceed your requirements.
Pros
  • Wide Running Deck
  • 3 HorsePower Motor
  • 12.5 Miler Per Hour Max Speed
  • Track Your Workout Progress & Calories
Cons
  • A Big Outlay
• Superior Large Home Treadmill
• Power: 3HP. Speed: 20kph
• Power Incline: 0- 15 %
 Number of Programs: 43 
• Running Deck: 145(l) x 51cm(w) 8 Point Cushionstep Deck™
• Dimensions: 179(l)x 88(w)x 159(h)cm
• Folded Size: 120(l)x 88(w)x 159(h)cm
• Warranty: 3 Year In Home Repair Warranty
• Freebies? Free Tablet Holder

JTX Sprint 7 Review

The JTX Sprint 7 is without a doubt our favourite treadmill, largely due to the sheer amount of features this has. Admittedly, you won’t have much of your £1,000 budget remaining after purchasing, but you will receive one of the best treadmills available for this money. I’ve also reviewed this in-depth here.

I’m going to waste no time in this review, getting straight Into the specs and features. I’ll also summarise this just below. Starting off with the speed range, you’ll be impressed to see this can reach up to 20 kilometers per hour, translating to 12.5 miles per hour. That’s plenty, even if you’re a seasoned sprinter!

The incline is completely automatic, operated by using the centre console. This can reach a max incline of 15%, which matches any machine you’d find in a gym. Every time I look at this treadmill, I’m honestly amazed that it’s a treadmill for home use.

If you require a wide track, something we advise all premium treadmills should have, you’ll be satisfied that this treadmill also ticks that box. Using special technology called CushionStep, this treadmill has been built to protect your knees and joints.

The running deck itself is 51cm wide, which Is more than sufficient. The best treadmill manufacturers will feature a wider deck, as it offers a more comfortable run.

Any concerns about the reliability of JTX equipment can be squashed, as their reviews prove they’re a great company. The motor powering this running machine is a robust 3 horsepower motor, which is surprisingly quiet despite the power it possesses.

If you recall earlier, I discussed the difference between expectations of a budget £300 treadmill, and a professional grade one. This home treadmill definitely sits in the latter category, and it could easily be slotted into a gym to be used for hours every single day.

It’s been designed with careful consideration, supporting 2 water bottles for the long distance runners. If you aren’t a long distance runner, I’m sure that you’ll find something else that’s your thing, you can try out their 43 inbuilt programs.

If you’re purchasing this for family use, you can also set and store four different profiles on the inbuilt memory, for fast access to specific programs.

There’s no tablet included with this treadmill, but you’ll be able to attach your own onto the inbuilt tablet holder.

Another feature that impressed us was the inbuilt speakers which connect via bluetooth. There’s nothing like your favourite track to help you keep up the pace.

Im honestly very impressed by this treadmill & at just over £900, it isn’t cheap… But it’s exceptional value.

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Sportstech F37 Professional Treadmill

A Slightly Cheaper Alternative
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The Sportstech F37 is a solid alternative to JTX. It’s got a wide running track & capable of 12.4MPH maximum speed. With a maximum weight of 150KG, it’s suitable for most.
7Expert Score
Our Next Favourite

It’s a very good treadmill, which is highlighted for the comfortability. It has 5 Star Reviews. However, it’s just missing out on it’s above rival.

Positives for Drone
  • 12.4 MPH Top Speed
  • 15% Incline
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
Negatives
  • Lesser Known Brand
Maximum speed of 20 km/h
Tread size 1300 x 500mm
Maximum user weight of 150 kg
Compatible with application
Automatic lubrication system
Compatible with pulsation belt
Ventilation system
Loudspeaker
15% inclination

Sportstech F37 Treadmill Review

If you require a folding treadmill, this may well be the alternative option for you that’s also a little lighter on the wallet. This is the F37 by German manufacturer Sportstech.

Sportstech market the F37 as the perfect treadmill for every training level. My only slight issue with this, is that £950 is a little steep for a beginner treadmill! Realistically, it’s focused towards a running enthusiast, that wants to train in the comfort of their own home, or more frequently in preparation for a marathon.

They’ve designed a great treadmill, with a top speed of 12.4mph. The incline level is capable of reaching 15%, and the running surface is more than sufficient, with 48cm width.

It has a maximum load of 150kg & contains all of the premium features such as Bluetooth, MP3 and a USB port. It has a 2 year warranty, but this can be extended for free, to 5 years. (I’m not sure why they don’t just market that it has a 5 year warranty, as you have to dig around to find the free extension!).

It has an 8 point suspension system, similar to the JTX Fitness model above. This has been proven to aid recovery & prevent injuries, as running feels more realistic, with less pressure on the joints.

You don’t have to worry about ongoing maintenance, as the machine features self-lubricating technology. There’s a refill tank on the side of the treadmill, you fill that up and off you go. It’s like putting oil in your car.

One of the greatest things about this treadmill is the ease of assembly. We all know how difficult it can be to follow instructions which just end up being… well, pictures. SportsTech have countered this perfectly, providing a full walkthrough video for installing and assembling the treadmill. It’s perfect, as you can pause, rewind and properly focus on the video instead of getting frustrated at instructions.

My personal thoughts regarding this, are that it’s good, but not quite as impressive at the above treadmill. However, it is a little cheaper! What I have found next on the list, may prove to be one of the best alternatives available.

3

JTX Sprint 5 Treadmill

A solid £800 Treadmill with great features
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The Sprint 5 by JTX Fitness is a fantastic option. It’s well under the £1,000 budget, but it retains lots of features that the Sprint 7 has. It’s a little slower, with a 11.1MPH max speed, but this is still impressive.
8.4Expert Score
An Extremely Good Value Alternative

This Treadmill was very close to finishing 2nd. It’s offers a running enthusiast the chance for a great treadmill at an unbeatable price. It’s another JTX Fitness masterpiece.

Positives for Drone
  • Great Value
  • Max Speed is Sufficient
  • Retains the CushionStep Technology
Negatives
  • Doesn't Support iPad Pro
  • Ventilation Fan isnt' that strong
• Power: 2.5hp. Speed: 11.1MPH
• Programs: 43. Power Incline: 0-12%.
• Noise Reduction Technology
• Responsive Heart Rate Programs
• 8 Point Cushionstep Deck™
• Size: 83(w)x 174(l)x 157(h)cm
 Folded: 83(w)x 114(l)x 157(h)cm
• 2 Year In Home Repair Warranty
• Free Tablet Holder

JTX Sprint 5: The Review

This treadmill is from the same brand as our #1 rated one, the Sprint-7. It’s actually the model down from it, as they do a Model 3, 5 & 7… a little bit Tesla-esque!

As it’s a lower range model, it’s significantly cheaper, but you still get plenty of bang for your buck. In fact, there’s lots of experienced running enthusiasts that are choosing this model, as it still has great features, but it’s a little less damaging on their wallet. Let’s get into what this has, and what it doesn’t.

The Features

The Running track for this model is 140cm x 48cm, which is still pretty wide, but 3cm narrower than the JTX Fitness Sprint 7. Rest assured, it still offers the CushionStep Deck technology, which is actually present on all of their range.

The Maximum speed is a very respectable 11.2 miles per hour, which is still more than sufficient for your quick sprints. The incline levels are a little lower, but still adequate. You will get 12 levels in total, maxing out at 12% incline.

The maximum weight for the JTX Fitness Sprint 5 is 140kg, so ensure that you take this into consideration before purchasing. You will also get a 2 year warranty with this treadmill.

Our Final Thoughts on the JTX Sprint 5

This running machine has more than enough about itself to withstand heavy workouts. You don’t need to be afraid that you will wear the running track out, as it’s capable of living in an industrial gym atmosphere.

JTX sell this as a great machine for preparing for a half marathon, alongside general family use. Althoguh the Sprint 7 has better specs, it costs more. This is a great alternative, which also folds away when you need to save space in your home gym. It’s one of the best home treadmills available, at the £800 price point.

4

Branx Fitness Elite Runner Pro

A Treadmill with fantastic reviews
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This is a UK manufactured treadmill, which has some great features. It’s the most expensive treadmill we have reviewed, but still within budget at £999. The customer reviews for this running machine speak for themselves. A highly recommended product.
7Expert Score
Last… but not least

Another Good Treadmill, with the center console looking like it wasn’t upgraded since 2010. Still, a solid option if fancy features aren’t a must-have.

Positives for Drone
  • The Fastest Treadmill we found
  • 12 Years of 'Star Product' Awards
  • 160kg Maximum Weight
Negatives
  • Central Console looks Aged
  • Figures fixed at KM/H
  • Speakers are Quiet
21km/h (13mph) maximum speed
Powerful fan cooled 3.5chp / 6.5hp peak motor
0-22 Level Automatic Incline Feature
One touch speed and incline handrail adjustments
Soft drop and clever easy move system with German made hydraulic strut
160Kg Max user weight
140 x 48cm usable running area
1.9mm running belt thickness

Branx Fitness Elite Runner Pro Review

Branx fitness are a UK based specialist provider of fitness equipment. This elite runner pro is the pinnacle of their treadmill range, with every feature that the majority of home users will require, or desire.

It’s their record breaking treadmill, and it’s not surprising when you look at the specs of this fantastic running machine. Regardless of your experience, this treadmill has all you could require.

It has a 22 level incline, with a cushioned Dual-shock 10 point absorption system. The motor is one of the most powerful we’ve seen, providing a 6.5 horsepower motor. It has a 48cm width running track, which would be accomodating for all users.

It’s got all 5 star reviews on Amazon, with the only downside that customers have found is the lack of a pause button. Branx are constantly improving their items though, so I wouldn’t be too shocked to see this issue addressed.

If you’re short on space, this treadmill folds away with ease. It also has wheels on the base, which means that you can move it on your own without risking an injury. The treadmill lowers slowly with an hydraulic strut, meaning it won’t be slamming and smashing off your floor.

It also has built in speakers & bluetooth technology, which is a feature that modern treadmills are being developed with. It’s price? £999.99, meaning that it just scrapes into the best treadmill under £1000 category.

How to choose the best treadmill for your needs

Treadmill Buying Guide

What should I expect from a £1,000 Treadmill?

In our previous treadmill review we gave ourself a modest £500 budget, which still returned some very good results. Now the budget has been increased, and we should expect to see features & build quality improvements too.

As with most things in life, when you increase your budget, the item that you receive should also be much more refined, fine-tuned to your exact requirements. I expect nothing different with these best treadmills.

Build Quality.

When you’re spending close to 4-figures on your treadmill, you expect to receive a solid piece of machinery. There should be no creaking when in use, or no wobbling under a fast paced load.

Physical Running Space.

You should expect sufficient space to manouvre when you’re on the treadmill. Although you’ll be running forwards only, it’s always a benefit to have plenty of room around you. It gives you less chance of catching on the sides of the treadmill, which is a problem that many face with the cheaper treadmills, that are made to be compact. Which brings me onto the next point.

Wide Running Track.

I’ve seen some poor running tracks on budget treadmills, which is where most treadmills have to compromise. The wider your running track, the easier running on a treadmill becomes. You don’t want to walk the plank, do you?!

Folding Treadmills.

If you’re short on space, this will be an important feature for your next treadmill. If you have to store it away in your home gym, you’ll need it to fold up. However, I understand that most users that are spending upwards of a thousand pound on a treadmill would want a fixed treadmill, which usually offers a little more robustness.

Top Speed

Even if you’re a beginner now, it’s important to plan for the future. It’s certainly what I’d advise when spending good money on a treadmill. If you were looking at low budget treadmills, then I could compromise with a lower speed. Even if you’re currently looking at a treadmill for walking currently, in the future your fitness goals may change.

The higher end treadmills can cope with a maximum speed of around 14mph, but I’d definitely be happy with anything between 10-12mph in this price range. You won’t be running at this pace for long, even if you’re an experienced sprinter. Short bursts of pace will work wonders in a HIIT workout.

Powered Incline & Good Incline Range

You don’t want to jump off the treadmill to adjust the incline. This is something that I’d expect from a cheaper treadmill model. You’ll be expecting to have a powerful motor on the best treadmills, and that’s exactly what we are going to find. This incline can be adjusted whilst your on the treadmill, from the centre console.

Centre Console & LCD Display

As I briefly mentioned in the above, a centre console will be on most treadmills in this price range. You shouldn’t expect a battery operated, poor display either. It should be mains powered, with a bright high quality LCD display, that also incorporates the below features.

Heart Rate Monitor

Although some enthusiasts doubt the figures that these produce, I believe they are definitely good estimate figures… that provide other benefits too. A heart rate monitor calculates your heart rate by using pulse sensors on the rails. It gives you data & helps boost your motivation to train for longer.

Bluetooth Connectivity

Bluetooth connectivity may be essential, allowing you to connect your earphones. In most cases though, you’ll be linked up to your phone or iPod.

Workout Programs

Although these aren’t necessary, they’re great if you’re following a specific training plan. For example, if you’re targeting HIIT, a lot of your time would be spent increasing and decreasing the speed values. On a program, it’s all timed and it automatically adjusts the speed, on your behalf. You can set various programs, such as distance travelled, or calories burned targets.

Community Leaderboards & Competition

The community competition aspect is a fantastic way to gain competition. It’s a known fact that when competing with others, you’re more likely to break down those barriers and push your limits. OnePeloton really got things kicking off in this market, but many other manufacturers are following suit.

Extended Manufacturer Warranty

A warranty is always important, regardless of the cost of the equipment. However, in this price range of £1,000 I would expect a minimum two year warranty for your treadmill. Ideally, a Three Year Warranty is the aim, as this means that even if a £1,000 treadmill was broken beyond repair after this point, it would have still cost you less than a gym membership (£27 per month average).

Some of the treadmills that we have tested and reviewed will also include 10 year frame and motor warranties, which gives you the ultimate peace of mind.

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Should I Get a Gym Membership Instead?

Building a home gym has many advantages over a commercial gym membership. You won’t have to queue to use your machines in your home gym, which is definitely one of the best benefits that you’ll find.

You’ll also have zero commute time, as your gym is most likely going to be in your garage, or it could be a treadmill in your living room.
I would highly recommend that you consider an home gym instead of a gym membership, although it’s an investment it does save you money in the long run.

How Fast Should I jog on a Treadmill?

This is a frequently asked question, but the answer is quite often unique. The speed that you run on a treadmill will always depend on your goals, or training plan.

For example, if you’re training for a marathon, you won’t want to exceed around three and a half miles per hour. However, if you’re working on your explosive pace, you will be aiming for around 10-12 miles per hour… in much shorter periods.

It’s important to set yourself a realistic goal and build up to it. When you’re a beginner, start slow and build up your endurance over a 4-6 week period. This will help you avoid any muscle fatigue, or any injuries from over-exerting yourself.

Can I lose Belly Fat on a Treadmill?

Again, there’s not a direct answer for this one. If you’re running five miles, but then your eating too many calories, you might not lose fat at all. However, with the right diet plan, you will notice that you start to tone your muscles and you will lose weight.
There are specific programs which target fat loss on most treadmill machines, where the target is to increase the heart rate of the runner. You’ll also be taken through an alternating speed range, which consistently challenges you… and makes you sweat!

Are Treadmills bad for knees?

Too much of anything can be damaging for you, even in the fitness world. Ensure that you plan sufficient rest intervals alongside your training. In general, Treadmills aren’t bad for your knees, but this depends on a few factors.
The quality of your treadmill will be a huge factor, so if you do struggle with sore, or inflamed knees, find a running belt with sufficient thickness, as this will be able to absorb the pressure of your strides.

Are Folding Treadmills good?

Folding Treadmills are fantastic, although many individuals argue that as a machine can easily be dismantled, it’s core frame won’t be as strong as a fixed treadmill. Whilst this will be the case with cheaper treadmills, we are looking at the more expensive treadmills which are built to last.

Are Cheap Treadmills worth it?

How much do you plan to use your treadmill? If you aren’t going to be training for a particular event, or have solid fitness goals you may be able to make do with a cheaper treadmill. 
We have also reviewed the best treadmills under £500, for those that aren’t willing to part with £1,000. 

How much do I need to spend?

How much do you plan to use your treadmill? If you aren’t going to be training for a particular event, or have solid fitness goals you may be able to make do with a cheaper treadmill. 
We have also reviewed the best treadmills under £500, for those that aren’t willing to part with £1,000. 

How much will I use my Treadmill?

It’s always difficult to assess how much your equipment will be used. At first, like myself, you’ll probably have good intentions, aiming to use it 5-6 times a week. Like all things, that will wear off. Let’s be honest too, running that much is going to cause more harm than good, long term.

Should I get a gym membership instead?

Building a home gym has many advantages over a commercial gym membership. You won’t have to queue to use your machines in your home gym, which is definitely one of the best benefits that you’ll find. You’ll also have zero commute time, as your gym is most likely going to be in your garage, or it could be a treadmill in your living room.
I would highly recommend that you consider an home gym instead of a gym membership, although it’s an investment it does save you money in the long run.
It’s not easy though, to find the best power rack for all of your needs. There’s quite a few on the market. I’ve managed to narrow the list down, providing the best racks on the market at the current time, in the UK.

Conclusion: The Best Treadmills in the UK

I really hope that this treadmill buying guide has helped you to make an informed decision. This guide is updated regularly, to show you the best treadmills under £1,000. It’s a fantastic machine to have in your home gym & will help you build up fitness and stamina.

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