2011 Treadmill "Best Buy" Awards

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Fred Waters is recognized as an industry expert on treadmill brands and models. He is the author of the Treadmill Ratings and Reviews site, one of the leading resources for researching and selecting a residential treadmills. He offers his yearly review of the "Best Buy" treadmills for 2011.

For 2011 treadmills offer improved quality, enhanced features and innovative technology.

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Fred Waters is recognized as an industry expert on treadmill brands and models and is the author of the Treadmill Ratings and Reviews Site. Each year, he offers his recommendations for "Best Buy" treadmills.

There has been several interesting trends in the treadmill industry. First, most treadmills have improved in quality, and you can see that trend reflected in longer warranty coverage. Second, you tend to get more for your money. Treadmills generally have longer decks, larger motors and more features than their predecessors. Finally, several manufacturers are incorporating innovative technology into their treadmills. The results are features designed to motivate you in achieving your fitness goals and overcome the boredom of walking or running in place.

2011 "Best Buy" Treadmill Recommendations:

Under $1,000 - Smooth 5.65

Smooth has always had a strong contender at the competitive $999 price range. The Smooth 5.65 is no exception. In addition to being a very durable machine for the price, it has the longest service warranty at $999 - 2-years. Smooth is known for building low maintenance treadmills.

$1,000 - $1,500 - NordicTrack Commercial 1750 and Sole F80

NordicTrack is a subsidiary of Icon Fitness, the largest fitness equipment company in the world. Due to economy of scale they can offer more for less. The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is a perfect example. You get a large 3.5 HP motor, 60" running surface, 3" rollers, and a 7" full color touch screen display. In addition, the Commercial 1750 is iFit Live capable, allowing your treadmill to communicate with the Internet. With iFit Live you can get personalized workout routines with audio coaching, track your results online, and simulate running trails and roads virtually throughout the world through Google Maps™.

The Sole F80 has been a "Best Buy" choice for several years because it is a very durable machine with an impressive service record. It is designed to take a beating. For 2011 they extended the treadbelt on the F80 to 60" to better accommodate the longer stride of runners.

Both the Commercial 1750 and the Sole F80 come with a lifetime motor, 5-year parts and 2-year labor warranty.

$1,500 - $2,000 - NordicTrack Elite 9500 PRO

The NordicTrack Elite 9500 PRO is designed to overcome the biggest obstacle to getting in shape and losing weight - boredom. In addition to having impressive features like a 3.8 HP motor, a 22" x 60" running surface, 3" rollers, iFit Live, and the ability to decline the deck 3%, you get a 10" full color touch screen equipped with an Internet browser. You can stream videos from NetFlix, catch up on the news or sports, read your email, and listen to music from Pandora.com right on your treadmill.

$2,000 - $2,500 - Sole F85

While the Sole F80 can take a beating, the Sole F85 is designed to be abused, which makes it ideal for serious runners. The user weight limit is listed at 400 lbs., which reflects the confidence the company has in the durability of this treadmill. The 2011 Sole F85 comes with a wider 22" treadbelt.

$2,500+ - Landice L7 Pro Sports Trainer

Landice sells industrial strength treadmills that are built like a tank. Their Landice L7 Pro Sports Trainer is a commercial grade machine sold for residential use. Just how heavy duty are Landice Treadmills? The lifetime parts warranty is a good indication. This is a treadmill that you can pass on to your next generation.

For more detailed reviews on the treadmills listed above, and for additional reviews on over 100 models go to http://www.treadmill-ratings-reviews.com.


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