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Treadmills to Use with the Peloton App

Peloton’s Tread has had a lot of people, including me researching treadmills. Peloton just announced that their new and less expensive Tread will be released in early 2021 and will sell for $2495, almost $2,000 less than their Tread +.

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* This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated to reflect changes and new product information.

Should You Buy the Tread?

Like the bike, the Tread has all the bells and whistles: an interactive touch screen, cushioned track, and incline and speed adjustments with the touch of a button or turn of a dial. (For more about this, check out my post Everything You Need to Know About the Peloton Tread).

Whenever I go on vacation, I take Tread classes using a hotel treadmill. In addition to the Outdoor Runs on the Peloton App, I also use the Tread classes to do my own outdoor runs.

Peloton does it right. Their classes are effective, motivating, and fun. I especially loved the Fun Runs.

Peloton Tread Dimensions

But . . . this treadmill is HUGE, with a 67-inch rubber track and it measures 72.5” L x 36.5” W x 72” H. While this appeals to many, not everyone has the room for something so large, especially if they already have a Peloton.

The 2021 smaller Tread features a belt design as opposed to the Tread’s slats and it measures measuring at 68” L x 33” W x 62” H.

You can read more about the Tread specifications here.

Peloton Tread Price

Then, there’s the price. The original Tread retailed for $3,995. There’s also the monthly subscription, however, if you’re a Peloton bike owner or app rider, you already have access to the classes. Otherwise, it’s $39 per month.

The newer Tread Plus will retail for $4295 (plus accessories) and the smaller yet-to-be released Tread will sell for $2495 (plus accessories)

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The Peloton App for Tread Classes

Remember, Peloton is first and foremost, a technology company. The company, active on social media, listens to its users’ wants and needs.

Peloton does not ignore its app riders. They know that many people opt to use their own spin bikes with the app. It may come as a surprise, but many choose bikes that cost as much, if not more than the Peloton Cycle.

Over the last few years, Peloton members regularly wake up to software updates (scroll down to the bottom of this blog post to see some of the updates made available to those using the app with non-Peloton bikes).

The point is Peloton gives you a great experience whether you are using their manufactured equipment or not.

And unlike the bike, you don’t really need to DIY anything to make your treadmill work with the Peloton App. All you need is a treadmill, heart rate monitor, and the Peloton app on your device.

It’s worth noting that unlike using the Peloton App with a spin bike, your metrics won’t sync. If your treadmill features Bluetooth heart rate monitoring, then that information will get sent to the Peloton App. If you have an Apple Watch and start the workout on your phone, it will send the mileage to the app.

Price of the Monthly Peloton Digital App Membership

Peloton just lowered the monthly membership for digital app users to $12.99 per month. You can also sign up for a free 30-day trial membership.

Remember, if you decide to use your own treadmill, you can still access all of their classes (cycling, runs, walks, core, and yoga) via the app.

Do you have a treadmill at home gathering dust? Now’s the time to try out the Tread classes.

Curious about what types of spin classes Peloton has to offer? Check out my free downloadable checklist, featuring favorite rides and fan favorites at the end of this post! 

You can access this and all of my other checklists and files in my Resource Library.

If you don’t have a spin bike check out this post:

Spin Bike Alternatives to use with the Peloton App

Using the Peloton app with a regular spin bike requires lots of add-ons. but not with a treadmill.

To download the Peloton IOS App, click HERE.

To download the Peloton Android App, click HERE .

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Peloton Tread Features

When doing comparisons, take note of the following:

The Tread Plus

  • Speed 0 to 12.5 mph
  • Incline 0 to 15 percent grade
  • 2 HP AC Motor
  •  72.5” L x 36.5” W x 72” H
  • 67″ L running mat
  • slats
  • weight limit 455 pounds
  • does not fold

The Tread (less expensive model)

  • Speed 0 to 12.5 mph
  • Incline 0 to 12.5% grade
  • 3 HP DC Motor
  • 68” L x 33” W x 62” H
  • 59” L running mat
  • belt
  • weight limit 290 pounds
  • does not fold

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Alternatives to the Peloton Tread

Most of you will probably want to utilize the Peloton classes for your runs but realize that many of these treadmills come with their own fitness programs.

I created this list based upon online user reviews, bestseller lists, and crowdsourcing. I eliminated those with short tracks or limited inclines, as well as those that can’t handle intense workouts.

Always double-check the prices on Amazon. These are ranked from least expensive to most, at time of writing.

Of course, if you belong to a gym, you can always try out a treadmill there. But, if you’re looking to build up your home gym, here are some alternatives to the Tread.

Note: Prices subject to change

Treadmills Under $1000

Sole F63

woman running sole f63

This affordable treadmill is very popular with Peloton users. It has a 3.0 HP motor, incline up to 15 percent, tablet holder, and 325 lb. weight capacity.

Warranty: lifetime coverage for the frame and motor, three years for the parts, deck, and electronics, and one year of labor.

It has a 20×60 inch running deck and measures 82″ L x 35″ W x 57″ H. Although it’s much longer than either Peloton Tread, this one folds.

Treadmills Under $2000

Horizon 7.4 AT

woman running horizon 7.4 treadmill

The Horizon 7.4 AT treadmill is popular with Peloton Digital App users. It connects via Bluetooth to their included wireless chest strap heart rate monitor. It features a 3.5 CHP motor and a running deck of 60 inches, just one inch longer than the new Peloton Tread.

It has a 15 percent incline like the Peloton and goes up to 12 mph (the Tread is 12.5). While doing a Peloton run, you can rest your iPad and phone on the ledge.

Warranty: lifetime frame, 5 years on motor, 2 years on parts. It has a weight limit of 325 pounds.

It’s worth noting that this treadmill is even longer than both Treads, measuring at 76″ L x 37″ W x 63″ H, however, unlike the Tread, this treadmill folds.

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Both the Horizon 7.4 AT and Horizon 7.8 AT fold to the same dimensions: 42″ x 37″ x 71″

Horizon 7.8 AT

woman running horizon treadmill 7.8

Since this treadmill debuted in late 2019, it’s been most compared to the Peloton Tread. Like the Peloton, it has controls on the handles to quickly change your speed and incline.

Like the Horizon 7.4 AT, it has a 60 by 22-inch running deck. It has the same top speed of 12 mph and an incline of 15 percent. Both have the same warranty. Both come equipped with a Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitor and connectivity to the treadmill. They also have a water bottle holder and built-in fans.

The 7.8 however, features a 4.0 CHP and has a greater weight capacity (350 lbs.), a larger screen, although you’ll still need a separate tablet to utilize the Peloton app. The treadmill itself is one inch wider, measuring at 76″ x 37″ x 64″.

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Nautilus T618 Treadmill

This treadmill inclines up to 15 percent, the same as the Tread, and nearly the same speed: 12 mph (vs. the Tread’s 12.5). It folds to save space and has a running deck of 20″ W x 60″ L. It has a limited warranty of only 10 years for the frame and 2 years on mechanical. Note, the weight capacity of 300 lbs.

Bowflex BXT 216 Treadmill

woman running bowflex treadmill

With a powerful motor (4.0 CHP) and thick 3-ply running mat, this treadmill measures 22″W x 60″L and folds to save room.

It also features side handle controls to adjust speed and incline. It includes a built-in fan and wireless chest strap.

NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill

This treadmill inclines up to 15 percent and speeds up to 12 mph, with an easy power incline and decline with the touch of a button.

It gives you a wider running belt (22″W x 60″L), with a cushioned run option that you can turn off, and easily folds. It has a cool feature where you can use Google Maps for a scenic run. Note, the weight capacity of 300 lbs.

My Top Picks

You really can’t go wrong with any treadmill, as long as you use it!

What’s Next for Peloton?

Some say a rowing machine is in the works. What do you think?

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Becky

Saturday 18th of April 2020

Hi there! Thanks for the info! I noticed you don’t mention the Horizon treadmills. I’m only asking about those because I see them talked about a lot and some models supposedly can connect to the peloton app via Bluetooth. Was there something in your research that led you not to recommend them? I’d been leaning towards the 7.8 AT but didn’t know if it had some red flags I didn’t know about. (I also understand you can’t review EVERY brand out there lol, just wanted to see if there was a specific reason these were left off before I think about getting one). Thanks so much!

Michelle

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

What treadmill did you wind up getting? I'm happy to do some research and include the Horizon if it's worth recommending.

Becky

Saturday 18th of April 2020

Oops, just noticed the date on your post 🤦🏼‍♀️ The tread I asked about didn’t exist then haha

Tom

Thursday 16th of April 2020

Hey! Thanks for the super informative post! Quick question about the set up. If you use the iOS app, and peloton HRM, does it still record running distance? Or does it only show distance if you have the tread from peloton? For the outdoor audio running classes, it gives you distance using gps. So I’m curious how it handles things indoors on a non-peloton treadmill.

Michelle

Thursday 16th of April 2020

Good question. I just looked at a run I did on a treadmill and it does show distance, average pace, and average speed. It even shows my zones and heart rate. If I click on the run, I can see all my charts too depicting these metrics.

Amanda Simmons

Wednesday 11th of September 2019

How do you feel about using a self-propelled treadmill with the Peloton app?

Michelle

Monday 21st of October 2019

Interesting. I would certainly try it. I've never actually used one myself so I don't have much experience. I think you would still get a good workout but it may be tricky to do intervals.

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