Best Treadmills For Seniors
Deciding to buy a treadmill for your home cardio workouts will be one of the best decisions you’ve made this year.
Increasing your cardio fitness has many health benefits such as lowing blood pressure, improving cardiovascular health, increasing lung capacity, and strengthening your lower body muscles.
Yes, you can reap all the health benefits of cardio workouts from a treadmill, and the best thing is all those health benefits can be achieved through walking; you don’t have to run on a treadmill to improve your cardio fitness.
Regular walking sessions on your new treadmill will be more than enough to increase cardio fitness and help you maintain your mobility and balance.
Specifically Designed For Your Needs!
We’ve compiled a comprehensive guild of the Best Treadmills For Seniors. This guide results from weeks of researching and reviewing specially designed treadmills with features that appeal to seniors.
However, not all of the treadmills in this review boast the same features as not all seniors share the same health issues or needs.
Some seniors are very mobile, while others suffer from debilitating illnesses such as arthritis, which is why we have included a range of treadmills to suit various mobility and fitness levels.
Handy Buyers Tips
We’ve also put together a handy selection of buyers tips and general info especially useful If you haven’t owned a treadmill before, the buying tips can be found at the end of the reviews. Scroll past the reviews if you want to read the tips first.
We’re also keeping things affordable; none of the treadmills in this guide cost over $700.
Before we get on with the reviews, let’s take a quick look at the Top 3 Treadmills for Seniors comparison table.
Our ChoiceExerpeutic TF2000 Treadmill
- Handlebar length – 49″
- Weight – 135lb
- Low step on height – Yes
- Running belt – 16″ X 50″ (41 x 127cm)
- Speed – 0.1 – 5mph
- Motor – 1.5HP
- Weight capacity – 300lb
- Handlebar length – 40″
- Weight – 123lb
- Low step on height – Yes
- Running belt -19.5″ X 43″ (41 x 127cm)
- Speed – 0.5 – 5mph
- Motor – 2.5HP
- Weight capacity – 295lb
- Handlebar length – 9″
- Weight – 165lb
- Low step on height – No
- Running belt – 20″ X 55″ (41 x 127cm)
- Speed – 0.5 – 10mph
- Motor – 2.5HP
- Weight capacity – 300lb
Best Treadmill For Seniors Reviews
1. Exerpeutic TF2000 Treadmill
Exerpeutic is a company specializing in building affordable quality cardio equipment for seniors and people with health issues. These guys are well known and have been around for a few decades.
Users have high praise for their fitness gear as it allows many who wouldn’t usually exercise on regular fitness equipment the opportunity to enjoy the health benefits of exercising at home.
The Exerputic TF2000 has been purposefully designed for seniors and anyone who has mobility issues; this thing is packed full of useful features, so let’s talk about a few of the best ones.
What sells this treadmill has to be the extra-long guide rails at 49″. These are some of the longest guide rails you will find on any treadmill.
The rails are excellent for giving you that extra support while walking. The 49″ support rails will also give many people who lack the confidence of using a treadmill that extra boost of confidence to get on the machine and start working out.
Another great feature of this treadmill is its low step-on height of just 5″. The low step-on height is one feature I know many users have complimented. It allows you to easily get on and off the machine, handy if you have recently had a knee or hip operation.
Yes, this treadmill is all about safety! Long guide rails, low step on heights, and lastly, the white dash lines on the running belt are a visual aid to show when the running belt is moving. All of these features will fill the user with confidence, knowing they will be safe when using the TF2000 treadmill.
The Exerpeutic TF2000 treadmill has been designed for walking, so don’t expect an advanced monitor with hundreds of workout programs.
The monitor of the TF2000 is a basic easy to use monitor that tracks all the essential workout data such as time, distance speed, and calories.
All of your workout data can be viewed via the large LCD of the monitor. Many users mentioned how much they liked the TF2000 monitor’s design saying how easy it was to use, and they loved the big readout screen. (sometimes basic is best)
The running belt size on the TF2000 isn’t large, but it doesn’t need to be. Large running decks are reserved for treadmills designed for running and fast-paced workouts. And the TF2000 is a walking treadmill.
The running belt/deck of the TF2000 measures 16″ x 50″, which is long enough for walking and light jogging; still, the running belt is on the narrow side but should be fine for walking and light jogging. If you are after a machine for faster-paced workouts, you will need a running belt size of at least 55″ in length.
Lastly, we must mention the 10 shock absorbing deck cushions, a feature that protects your joints while you exercise.
Deck cushioning systems are designed to take up to 40% of the impact of each stride. This means not only will you protect your joints, but you’ll also be able to exercise for longer and recover quicker after each cardio session.
You will be happy to hear the TF2000 has one of the best deck cushioning systems in this price bracket.
Overall a well-designed treadmill for seniors, the long support rails, low step-on height, and 10 shock-absorbing deck cushions are certainly Exerpeutics’ most useful features. And with an easy to use monitor and small speed increments of just 1/10 mph, the TF2000 should suit most seniors needs.
High quality steel frame, solid build
49″ long handrails for extra support while walking
East to use monitor with large LCD
Small speed increments
Low step-on height
Excellent cushioning system to protect your joints
Heart rate monitoring
Quiet motor allows you to watch TV while you exercise
Doesnt fold for storage
No built in cooling fans
2. Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7857 Treadmill
Sunny Health & Fitness are the go-to company for high-quality, low-cost cardio machines. And just like Exereputic, they have been around for a couple of decades and have built up one of the best reputations in the home fitness market.
However, they are not usually known for building fitness equipment designed for seniors and recovery, so it was a nice surprise to find that Sunny Health & Fitness has produced a treadmill specifically for the senior and recovery market.
The Sunny SF-T7857, just like the Exerpeutic TF2000, offers long support rails and a low step-on height; these are the only two treadmills in this price bracket that offer these features. Otherwise, you would be looking at paying between $1000-$2000 for a treadmill with similar features. So a big thumbs up to both Exerpeutic and Sunny for building affordable options.
With a top speed of 5mph, we again have a treadmill designed for walking or light jogging, and similar to the Exerputic, the Sunny has a short running belt, but surprisingly the belt is wide at 19.5″.
A 19’5″ running belt is similar to the widths we see in commercial gyms. For a treadmill in this price bracket, it is great to see a wide belt, as a wide belt will give you a lot of room to comfortably walk and prevent any risk of stepping off the machine while exercising. The wider the belt, the better when it comes to treadmills.
We mentioned the length of the belt was short, and at 43″ is shorter than most. Still, we’re going to be using the machine for walking or power walking, so the belt’s length isn’t as important as the width.
A 43″ running belt is suitable for users up to 6’1″ for walking and power walking.
Although this machine doesn’t come with a fold for storage feature, it is compact in design thanks to the shorter running deck, so it will store quite easily in the corner of a room. It shouldn’t be too difficult to move as it’s a lightweight treadmill, and you have the transport wheels; just tilt and roll the machine to move it.
This is one of the easiest to assemble treadmills on the market most of the treadmill comes preassembled all you have to do is attach the monitor to the frame, takes a few minutes and you are done.
Lastly, the monitor is simple, easy to use, and everything accessible with one touch of a button. All the essentials included, such as speed, time distance, and calories.
Overall another thoughtfully designed treadmill for seniors, easy to assemble, long guide rails for support, and small enough to store easily.
Solid build – can support users up to 295lb
Long guide rails for extra support
Low step-on height
Easy to use monitor
Small speed increments ob 0.1mph will help users find the perfect speed for their workout
Anit-shock system – protect joints
Easy to assemble
No quick selection buttons for speed
No workout programs
3. Horizon Fitness T101 Treadmill
Great customer service and long warranties are something that Horizon Fitness are proud of. And when a company offers long warranties, it’s a telling sign this company stands behind its products.
I’ve reviewed many Horizon Fitness cardio equipment, and something that really stands out is how pleased customers are with their products and how good Horizon’s customer service is.
The T101 treadmill is part of their affordable range. Surprisingly they haven’t cut back on quality or features just because it’s affordable; this machine is packed full of features that include a power-adjustable incline!
The Horizon T101 Treadmill is not a machine specially designed for seniors; there are no extra long handrails or low step-in height. However, the Horizon treadmill does boast one of the best anti-shock systems out there, so it’s an excellent machine for protecting your joints.
Yes, this machine is for the more mobile of seniors, and depending on your fitness level, you can take advantage of the incline feature? This feature lets you walk or jog at an incline.
Incline workouts are excellent for building and strengthening hard to train muscles such as your calves, glutes, and hamstrings, plus walking at an incline is going to burn twice as many calories as walking on a flat surface.
I do not recommend you try incline workouts straight away, especially if you are not used to regular exercises.
Build your fitness levels up for a few months, and when the time comes to set yourself some new goals, you could include a few incline workouts in your routines. Start at a low incline angle and go from there.
And what’s great about the Horizon T101’s incline is that it’s power-adjustable; you don’t even have to get off the machine to change the inclination level. You can adjust it from the one-touch buttons of the monitor.
Another impressive feature of the Horizon T101 is the large running deck of 20″ x 55″. This is a great sized deck for a treadmill in this price bracket; it’s going to allow you a lot of room to feel comfortable while you exercise. A deck this size is suitable for walking and jogging for users up to 6’2″
We also have a nice easy to use monitor that boasts Horizons one-touch buttons, which you can use to adjust your speed and incline. There are also 30 workouts to choose from to challenge you and help you reach your goals quicker.
And lastly, this treadmill folds for storage. It wasn’t so long ago that it took two people to fold a treadmill. Fast forward a few years, and we now have advanced folding systems such as the FeatherLight folding system of the Horizon T101; it’s so easy to fold it can be done with one hand.
Overall the T101 Treadmill is unbeatable in its price range, long warranty, excellent customer service, high-quality build, large running deck, power incline, and an advanced deck cushioning system for protecting your joints.
Excellent cushioning system for protecting your joints while you exercise
Power adjustable incline (target different muscle groups burn more calories)
High info monitor for the price range (easy to use one-touch buttons)
Good sized running deck, suitable for walking and jogging
2.5CHP motor – durable and responsive, very quiet
Impressive warranty for price point – Lifetime frame and motor and one-year parts and labor
Impressive warranty for price point – Lifetime frame and motor and one-year parts and labor
FeatherLight folding system – can be folded with one hand – space saver
Not suited for heavy training
Speakers are not very powerful
Incline to only 10%
4. Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Treadmill
Next, we will look at a couple of treadmills in the under $400 price bracket as there are two worth some serious consideration. Treadmills in this price bracket will not include any advanced features such as power incline, large running decks, or lots of workout programs.
However, a few treadmills stand out from the crowd that receives high user ratings and is a perfect choice if you are only after a treadmill for light cardio sessions.
The Weslo Cadence is a treadmill designed for walking and power walking, it’s one of the most popular treadmills on the market, and it’s easy to see why. As for the price, it boasts a powerful 2.5HP motor, two levels of manual incline, a 50″ running belt, and a decent anti-shock system to protect your joints.
And as with most entry-level treadmills, the monitors are simple and easy to use.
Seniors might like this treadmill as it’s quite small, light, and foldable, making it one of the easiest to fold, store, and assemble.
Seniors may like the Weslo Cadence Treadmill because a treadmill like this is only designed for light workouts, which means it’s cheaper. There’s no need to buy an expensive treadmill designed for jogging and running if you only need a treadmill for light workouts.
Still, we have to be careful when looking at cheaper machines such as the Weslo as there’s a huge variety of quality on offer in the under $400 price bracket, and you don’t want to buy something that’s going to breakdown in a few months.
Thankfully with the Weslo, you have a machine that’s been around for a few years and has many customer reviews, which are mostly 4/5 or higher, which is great for a budget machine.
The Weslo is currently our favorite budget treadmill; it’s designed well for light workouts and includes 6 workout programs, an anti-shock system, and a good length running belt at 50″. For anyone on a tight budget, the Weslo is a solid choice.
Affordable well-built treadmill for light cardio sessions
2 levels of incline – work your glutes, hamstrings, and calves
50″ length running belt
The LED screen has no backlight
No cooling fans
5. Exerpeutic TF1000 Walking Treadmill
It’s not surprising we see another treadmill from Exerpeutic in our top 5 treadmills for seniors; after all, Exerpeutic are a company that specializes in fitness equipment for seniors.
The TF1000 Walking Treadmill is the TF2000’s, little brother. It costs around $100 less than the Exerpeutic TF2000 and offers a couple of useful safety features that will appeal to seniors.
The first safety feature you will notice is the long handrails, not as long as the Exerputic TF2000 but long enough to give you some extra support and twice as long as the handlebars we see on regular treadmills.
Again just like the TF2000, the TF1000 boasts a low step-on height, which makes getting on and off the machine much easier than most treadmills.
Plus a wide 20″ running belt, minimizing the risk of stepping off the machine while it in motion.
One standout feature of this treadmill is its max capacity of 400lb. The TF1000 provides the highest max capacity of any treadmill on the market in this price bracket, so not only does this treadmill appeal to seniors with all of its safety features, but it also offers overweight people an affordable option to exercise at home.
Something many users praised was how quiet the machine is when in motion; this is good news, especially for those who like to watch TV while you exercise, as the machine’s sound will not disturb your viewing.
When it comes to assembly, the TF1000 is extremely easy. Most of it comes pre-assembled; all you have to do is attach the monitor.
For the price, the TF1000 offers everything you need from a treadmill for light cardio sessions at home, and just like its bigger brother, it offers enough safety features to support you while you exercise.
The only drawback I see from this treadmill machine is its low top speed at just 4mph.
While 4mhp is fine for walking, you may find the top speed limiting especially when your fitness level improves, and you need a higher top speed for progression. Still, for a walking treadmill, you won’t find much better than the TF1000 for the price!
Affordable high capacity treadmill
Easy to assemble – most of the treadmill comes pre-assembled
Long support rails
20″ wide running belt – impressive, similar to commercial machines
Folds for easy storage
Easy to use monitor
LCD screen is quite small and hard to read
No back light for the LCD screen
Doesn’t fold for storage
Buying Guide – Treadmills For Seniors
Because of the vast difference in quality on offer, it’s worth taking some time to read up on a few important features a good treadmill for seniors should offer.
Many people find themselves having to send back treadmills because they either didn’t suit their body sizes or fitness needs. Sending back large fitness equipment is a headache; it’s the last thing you need!
We’ve written a handy guide of some of the most important features you should check and consider before purchasing.
The majority of treadmills on the market are designed for jogging and running. Machines designed for fast-paced workouts typically include heavy-duty frames that are large and can weigh over 200lb; this makes them difficult to move and store.
Most seniors do not need a heavy-duty treadmill designed for fast-paced workouts. If you plan on a light cardio session such as walking or jogging, you need to look for a light weight machine.
Light weight machines are much easier to move. They usually include a folding system and transport wheels, so they are easier to store.
Extended handrails are probably one of the most important features you should look out for if you need some extra support while walking on your treadmill.
Most treadmills come equipped with short rails; however, there are a few treadmills that include rails that run the whole length of the running deck. If you are a person who is worried about slipping or falling over on a treadmill, long handrails are an essential feature.
Many treadmills are built specifically for seniors that include long handrails, but most of them are so expensive they are out of a lot of people’s reach. Thankfully, a couple of companies have built affordable options, and both feature in our review.
Running Deck/Belt Size
The running belt’s size is normally the most important feature you should look out for when choosing a treadmill—the size of the running belt determines who can use the machine and for what.
However, when we consider treadmills for seniors, the belt size isn’t so important as most seniors are only looking to buy a treadmill for walking or light jogging; we do not need a large running belt. This is a good thing as machines with large running belts cost considerably more.
There’s no need to overspend and purchase a treadmill with a large running belt when you are only going use the machine for light cardio.
When looking for a treadmill for walking and light jogging, you will need a minimum of 40″ in length and 15″ in width. We still need to feel comfortable while walking, so I wouldn’t recommend going too small.
I’d recommend a running belt in length of anywhere from 43″ to 55″ for light cardio. When it comes to running belt width, most people prefer a wider belt. Some seniors may be better off with a narrow belt as it will provide easier access to side rails. Treadmill width really does come down to personal preference.
Generally, treadmill belt widths fall between 15″ – 20.”
Monitors vary hugely from treadmill to treadmill. Some offer HD screen, 100s of workouts, Bluetooth, heart rate monitoring, and many other advanced features.
Typically the more features, the more expensive the machine, and when we see more features, we also have a much more complicated and time-consuming monitor to use.
From the research we carried out, it seems most seniors prefer a simple easy to use monitor; actually, it’s not just seniors who prefer simple, fuss-free monitors. Many people get annoyed with over-complicated monitors, including myself.
Thankfully the companies that design treadmills specifically for seniors have done their research. Their treadmills include easy to use uncomplicated monitors that track all the useful workout data such as speed, time, distance, and calories. Your workout stats can be viewed through the large easy to read LCD screens.
Siple monitors allow you to get on the machine and start working out without wasting your time trying to figure out how to use the thing. Fuss-free monitors are a favorite among many treadmill users and can be found on all of the treadmills featured in this review.
While some safety features are more important than others, let’s run through a few, you should look out for if safety is a big concern when using a treadmill.
The No.1 safety feature you will find on all treadmills is a start-stop button, which can be found via the monitor.
The second safety feature most treadmill includes is a safety tether that attaches to your clothing from the treadmill. This is an emergency stop device, if you happen to slip or fall on the treadmill, the safety tether will detach from the treadmill, and the treadmill will immediately stop.
We already mentioned long handrails being great for giving extra support.
And another excellent safety feature only a few treadmills offer is a low step-on height. A low step-on height is an excellent feature that allows you to get on and off the treadmill with ease. Especially useful for people with server joints issues or anyone recovering from knee or hip surgery.
Anti-Shock System/Deck Cushioning
Deck cushioning or running belt cushioning is a vital feature everyone that is thinking of purchasing a treadmill should look out for. A proper cushioning system will absorb up to 42% of your foot strike energy; this will reduce joint strain and impact issues.
A decent cushioning system will also allow you to exercise for longer and recover quicker from the workouts, thanks to less stress on the joints.
3 Easy Tips To Maintain Your Treadmill
Once you have your treadmill built and it’s up and running, you will, in the future, need to do a little maintenance on the machine to keep it running smoothly for a long time. (Advice From Johnson Fitness)
- Lube Your Treadmill Belt – Most treadmills require that you use 100% silicon to lube down your belt. Lubricating your treadmill belt will help make sure that the belt moves smoothly whenever you’re running on it.
- Centre Your Belt – Similar to how your car tires need to be rotated, your treadmill belt will also have to be realigned after some use. The treadmill belt migrates naturally, whether it’s from how your foot strikes the deck or stretching over time. All it takes to center your belt is an Allen wrench.
- Clean Under Your Motor Cover – If your treadmill has an open back or an open floor, chances are your motor cover will eventually get clogged up with dust, hair, and debris. Never cleaning under the motor cover is like never taking your car for an oil change – your equipment probably is not going to last very long if you don’t do it.
Click on the link below for the full Treadmill Mainaince Advice Article from JohnsonFitness, which includes helpful videos!
To Sum Up
There are a couple of excellent treadmills specifically designed for seniors, the Exerputic TF2000 and the Sunny Health SF- both of these treadmills boast some handy features to keep you safe while you exercise. The long rails are particularly useful not just for support but also for many who find treadmills intimidating.
And what’s best about the Exerputic and the Sunny Health is that both are affordable; you don’t have to spend thousands to find a treadmill suitable for seniors with specific needs.
Best Treadmill For Mobile Seniors – Horizon T101
For the more mobile senior, the Horizon Fitness T101 is by a country mile the best treadmill in its price category.
With excellent build quality, advanced features such as power-adjustable incline, and one of the best deck cushioning systems on the market, this thing outshines anything else I’ve seen for the price. With one of the best warranties in the business, it’s going to last years of use.
Best Treadmill For Less Mobile Seniors & Beginners – Exerpeutic TF2000
So yes, if you need extra support while using a treadmill, the Exerpeutic TF2000 Treadmill is our top choice. It provides more safety features than any other treadmill in the price bracket. It’s built by a company specializing in fitness equipment for seniors and people with mobility issues.