Not all treadmills are created equally, some can support larger weights than others due to specialised welding and heavy duty equipment & mechanical elements being implemented (which in turn does tend to make them more expensive than your standard treadmill). This treadmill guide takes a look at the best treadmills for each specific user weight capacity range -- specifically for the following categories: over 250 pounds, over 300 pounds, for up to 350 pounds, 400 pounds and the max of up to 500 pounds.
So you can be assured that the i) the treadmill will be more than sufficient in supporting your weight and ii) you are getting a top quality treadmill (which has been selected on how well it provides you with a cardiovascular workout, the practicalities & features along with it -- and general 'bang for buck') .
Best Treadmill for Over 250 lbs
The TR 1200i Folding Treadmill (2013) By LifeSpan Fitness
Weight User Capacity: up to 300 pounds. Dimensions: 33 x 54 x 70 inches. Rating: 86%.
A very well regarded and multi-award winning treadmill -- the TR 1200i, that comes with a 2.5 hp motor that enables you to run up to speeds of 11 mph on an incline level of up to 15%. It is installed with a large LCD display system that reads out all your relevant diagnostics (calories burned, distance ran, speed etc.) and from which you can navigate to choose from a range of fitness workouts. Upon purchase you also get a free life time membership to the LifeSpan Fitness club, which you can access online and basically works like an automatic fitness log from which you can investigate to track your all the progress you are making. In all, this is a very, very popular treadmill and is definitely worth taking a look at ( I also recommend you take a look at the TR 3000i & Tr 4000i too).
Best Treadmill for 300 lbs
The Power 995C Treadmill By ProForm
Weight User Capacity: up to 350 pounds. Dimensions: 84.9 x 33.2 x 13.9 inches . Rating: 76%.
The Power 995c is also an award winning (treadmill doctor) treadmill and boasts numerous advanced features. Where its installed with a 3.0 hp motor allowing you to work out on a speed range from 0.5 to 12 mph at an incline level of up to 15% (based on an extra large running deck that measures 20" x 60"). There is also a proxshox cushioning system implemented into the deck to "reduce impact by up to 28%". It is also iFit compatible which is basically a cool device that allows you to pretty much take your workout online with google maps and run virtual courses etc. The 995c also offers a range of additional aspects to improve your workout experience such as the coolaire fans to keep you cool and an intermix 2.0 acoustic sound system to enjoy your music/audiobook/podcast aloud whilst you run. Again, another awesome 'club standard' treadmill you should certainly consider.
Best Treadmill for 350 lbs
The F80 Folding Treadmill (2013 Model) By Sole Fitness
Weight User Capacity: up to 375 pounds. Dimensions: 35 x 58 x 80 inches. Rating: 82%.
No one makes exercise equipment quite like Sole Fitness -- their machines are built like tanks and are made to endure heavy impact exercise on a continuous basis, this F80 is certainly testament to that (e.g. the precision welded frame, rollers, high torque motor w/ flywheels). The running deck is fitted with cushion flex whisper deck that ensures the treadmill is practically silent whilst you're running as well as protecting your joints by up to 40% (when compared with running on asphalt). It is also installed with a SOLE LCD display to offer clear readings of running info (speed, distance, calories burned etc.) in conjunction with an integrated message board. Despite, it being such a large treadmill and machine -- it is space conscious given the fact (like the other treadmills above) it can fold up with an easy assist mechanism.
Best Treadmill for 400 lbs
The F85 Folding Treadmill (2013) By Sole Fitness
Weight User Capacity: up to 400 lbs. Dimensions: 35 x 58 x 80 inches . Rating: 84%.
You shouldn't be too surprised to find I have included another Sole Fitness treadmill to the showcase guide -- the F83, basically an improvement to the F80 and manages to cater for an extra 25 pounds in user capacity. To give a brief overview: it features a super powerful motor of 4.0 hp with an extra big running deck (22" x 60") which again comes with the cushion flex whisper system to prevent damage to your joints . It offers 10 + workout programs (with many being customisable) and an oversized 9 inch display system to detail all the relevant info & details.
Best Treadmill for 500 lbs
The L980 Club Cardio Trainer Treadmill By Landice
Weight User Capacity: up to 500 pounds.
There aren't many treadmills out there that can cater for an individual weighing more than 400 lbs and the ones that do are pretty expensive like the highly rated L980. This being said, you are getting a treadmill that is at the very cutting edge of fitness engineering and technology with 'uncompromised materials' (e.g. the exact material used in luxury aircrafts) -- put simply it really doesn't get any better than this -- this is what the pros use. For instance, the treadmill decks used with Landice are 33% stronger than the next best competitor and the latest medical research has produced the VFX shock absorption proving to be pretty much the best at reducing impact on your knees (and other joints). An incredible treadmill, but very expensive. Yet again, aren't you and your health worth it?
Also, if you have any queries, concerns or general remarks regarding either the overview of the best treadmills for 250 pounds, 300 pounds, 350 pounds, 400 pounds and 500 pounds or about any of the treadmills specifically featured above (e.g. the specific workout programs of the LifeSpan TR1200i and how it compares to the TR3000i etc.) then please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section that you will find just below and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.