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Treadmill Rating Sources

Total of 17 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
As of November 2013
Treadmills
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests 49 treadmills, including both folding and non-folding models. Testers use a rotating drum to simulate one year of running on each unit, then inspect them for wear and tear. Editors rate each treadmill's ease of use, ergonomics and more. Full details are available to subscribers.
2. Runner's World
Jan. 10, 2012
Tread Lightly
by Brian D. Sabin
Our AssessmentRunner's World publishes a roundup of treadmill reviews every couple of years. Unidentified testers evaluate 13 of the newest units, and select the seven that offer the "coolest features and smoothest rides" at the best prices. Evaluations are well rounded and objective, and occasionally list tester comments along with basic specs. However, the treadmills aren't assigned comparative scores or listed in any discernible order.
3. Runner's World
Jan. 12, 2010
Rise of the Machines
by Lisa Jhung and Sean Downey
Our AssessmentRunner's World tests nine treadmills with the help of 14 staffers. Each gets a short analysis, but they aren't rated or compared. There's also no bottom-line advice on which treadmill is best. Units from Precor, True Fitness and Landice earn recommendations, along with several other brands.
4. Runner's World
Jan. 12, 2010
Rise of the Machines
by Lisa Jhung and Sean Downey
Our AssessmentRunner's World tests nine treadmills with the help of 14 staffers. Each gets a short analysis, but they aren't rated or compared. There's also no bottom-line advice on which treadmill is best. Units from Precor, True Fitness and Landice earn recommendations, along with several other brands.
5. TreadmillDoctor.com
As of November 2013
Treadmill Best Buy Awards
by Editors of TreadmillDoctor.com
Our AssessmentTreadmillDoctor.com is a fitness equipment services company with divisions for parts, extended service plans, on-site service and consulting. This is one of the most prolific treadmill review sites on the Internet, and an explanation of their testing and rating criteria is available on the FAQ page. Each product is rated in eight categories and receives a thorough review.
6. Runner's World
Jan. 28, 2009
Insider Training
by Lisa Jhung
Our AssessmentMore than 20 testers log 100 miles on the treadmills evaluated in this report. Although only three units are reviewed, Runner's World provides more commentary on each treadmill than ConsumerReports.org and TreadmillDoctor.com. The reviews are quite balanced, and each treadmill leaves a favorable impression.
7. Amazon.com
As of November 2013
Treadmills
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells several different brands of treadmills, and shoppers can read user reviews and ratings for more than 60 models. Notable units earn 4 stars out of 5 or better after more than 50 owner evaluations. We've also included the Precor 9.23, which receives a 4.2-star rating from more than 40 users.
8. Treadmill-Ratings- Reviews.com
As of November 2013
2013 "Best Buy" Treadmills
by Fred Waters
Our AssessmentThis site rates and reviews more than 100 different treadmills, but only the top models receive a mention on the Best Buy list. The overall assessments are based on hands-on testing, user testimonials and professional feedback, while individual write-ups are critical and steer buyers away from underperforming models. Site author Fred Waters is a former executive of Smooth Fitness.
9. DicksSportingGoods.com
As of November 2013
Treadmills
by Contributors to DicksSportingGoods.com
Our AssessmentDick's Sporting Goods offers about a dozen treadmill brands, but most models receive just one or two user reviews, if any. Standout treadmills receive a 4-star or better rating after at least 10 user reviews.
10. Sears.com
As of November 2013
Treadmills
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentSears.com carries a variety of popular treadmill brands including NordicTrack, ProForm and Smooth Fitness. Most garner just a handful of comments from owners, although six models receive 4 stars or better from 10 or more users.
11. Los Angeles Times
Nov. 17, 2008
Four That Go the Distance
by Roy M. Wallack
Our AssessmentWallack, an endurance runner, cyclist and fitness journalist, recommends four "moderately priced" treadmills costing $1,600 to $2,900 in this roundup. The units aren't rated or ranked, but Wallack lists what he likes and dislikes about each with brief references to his own testing.
12. SmartMoney.com
Dec. 31, 2008
How to Shop for Exercise Equipment
by Angie C. Marek
Our AssessmentPredicting that a slow economy will result in steep price cuts on fitness equipment, SmartMoney magazine asks Olympic decathlete Bryan Clay to test workout machines. This older article explains what he looks for in a treadmill and gives a couple of recommendations, but doesn't specify how many units didn't make the cut or if others were tested.
13. Walmart.com
As of November 2013
Treadmills
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com sells dozens of treadmills from six brands, most costing less than $1,000. Less popular models attract only a handful of reviews while more popular units often receive hundreds. Standouts get a rating of 4 stars out of 5 or better after feedback from at least 100 users. We also include the ProForm 505 CST, which receives a 4.3-star rating after about 80 user reviews.
14. About.com
Oct. 2, 2013
Best Budget Treadmills -- Readers' Choice Awards 2013
by Wendy Bumgardner
Our AssessmentWendy Bumgardner, About.com's expert on walking, recaps the winner and finalists for best budget treadmill in the 2013 Readers' Choice Awards. Each model was nominated by users; the winning model received the most votes.
15. About.com
March 22, 2013
Best Mid-Priced Treadmills -- Readers' Choice Awards 2013
by Wendy Bumgardner
Our AssessmentWendy Bumgardner, About.com's expert on walking, recaps the finalists in the mid-priced treadmill category of the 2013 Readers' Choice Awards. Ultimately, the True M50 Treadmill was named best of the bunch.
16. About.com
March 22, 2013
Best Premium Treadmill -- Readers' Choice Awards 2013
by Wendy Bumgardner
Our AssessmentAbout.com's expert on walking relays the results of the premium category in the 2013 Readers' Choice Awards. Based on voting from readers, the True ES900 Treadmill was deemed the best premium treadmill overall. However, no real review is included.
17. About.com
Oct. 2, 2013
Best Budget Treadmills
by Wendy Bumgardner
Our AssessmentIn these short write-ups, About.com's expert on walking quotes TreadmillDoctor.com and Fred Waters, who runs Treadmill-Ratings-Reviews.com, so most of the content found here is also available on those two sites.
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