If you’ve been thinking about buying a treadmill and don’t know where to start, this article will give you some good ideas, based on treadmill ratings and treadmill reviews as to which treadmill to look at first. It’s always wise to check as many as possible in your price range and compare treadmill ratings from several sources if possible to get the best treadmill for the money. Always check out Consumer Reports magazine offline too.

The less expensive treadmill models won’t have all the bells ands whistles that the higher priced treadmills have but you may not need those features either. In any case your purchase will be an investment. So you want to get the best treadmill you can buy at the lowest cost. Treadmill prices can range from the bare bones models for around $500 up to the professional or commercial health club or gym models at $6000. You likely won’t need the club or gum models if you’re going to use it in your home.

Generally treadmills, like elliptical machines, are ranked on their performance and quality. I’ll list the treadmills by price range and include only those that have been highly recommended by various treadmill experts.

For treadmills up to $500, the ProForm Crosswalk 300 Treadmill ($400) is the one to check out. Several experts recommend it and have given it good ratings and reviews.

For treadmills from $500 to $700 check out the ProForm 5.5 CrossTrainer ($549), ProForm 680 Trainer ($600) and ProForm 7.0 CrossTrainer Treadmill ($700.)

For treadmills from $700 to $1000 check out the NordicTrack C2155 ($750),

ProForm 980 Audio Trainer ($800), the Smooth 5.25 ($1000), the Smooth 5.45 ($1000), NordicTrack C2500 ($1000) and the Sole F63 Treadmill ($1000.)

For treadmills from $1000 to $2000 see the NordicTrack Viewpoint 3000 Treadmill ($1200), Smooth 6.25 ($1248), Bowflex 5 Series ($1200), the Bowflex 7 Series ($1500), the Smooth 6.17l ($1500), the Sole F80 ($1500), the Smooth 7.1 HR Pro ($1700), the Smooth 6.45 ($1800), the Bodyguard T240 ($1900), the Smooth 9.35 HR ($2000) and the Sole F85 Treadmill ($2000.)

For treadmills from $2000 to $6000 check out the Smooth 9.45 ST ($2300), the

NordicTrack Professional 3500 ($2300), the Sole TT8 ($2300), the Smooth 9.45 TV ($2900), the Star Trac Sport ($2900), the Precor M9.31 ($2500), the Precor M9.33 ($2800), the NordicTrack 3000 ($3000-$4000), the NordicTrack ($4000), the Landice L970 Club Executive ($4700), Star Trac Pro ($4800), the Star Trac TR4500 ($4900) and the Star Trac Pro S Treadmill ($5500).

These are a few of the most highly rated treadmills as reported by many experts. If you know what price range you’re interested in you can narrow it down to just a few to check out first. This list isn’t complete and you may find treadmills that suit you better. The best thing you can do is to actually try out treadmills at a local sports or fitness store to see how they feel. You can always buy online where you can sometimes save more money once you know what model you want. Shipping is often free when you order online. Do as much research as possible before you buy any treadmill so you get the best treadmill for the money.