What Treadmills Come With TV Screens? (3 Top Brands)

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By Simon Gould

What better way to keep you occupied and entertained on a treadmill than to watch TV. A half hour run would go in no time with your favorite television show to watch. If that's on the console right in front of you then all the better. Perhaps you could plug in head phones to receive the sound. So what treadmills come with a TV?

Touchscreen or TV or both

A lot of treadmills have a touchscreen which can play scenery that moves as you exercise. These can come in from 7 inches to 32 inches on more expensive treadmills. Some will allow you to sync your TV to the touchscreen and you can watch TV that way, for a price. Most treadmills don't come with TV features but with touchscreens.

I run in a gym and the treadmill there is linked to the television network. These are commercial Precor treadmills and they cost many thousands. The screen isn't very big but the resolution is good and you can plug in headphones. It can be controlled on the screen if it's a touchscreen too. These are becoming increasingly popular.

You can't normally watch TV shows on treadmill screens

Just because the treadmill has a TV screen in front of you, that doesn't mean you'll be able to watch TV on them. NordicTrack used to have a tweak where you could watch Netflix, but they've released a patch which means you can't do it anymore. So for treadmills like Peloton and NordicTrack, you have big TV screens, but you can only use branded content on them.

Branded content includes streaming classes where instructors take you through a workout of your choosing. Peloton and NordicTrack have thousands of these on demand. They're very enjoyable and motivating. There is only one treadmill brand where you can watch Netflix, youtube and other streaming services, that's Technogym. Be prepared to pay many thousands for their equipment.

3 Treadmill brands with TV screens

Note: Some of these brands make treadmills without TV screens as well as models that do. So check the one you're looking at has what you want.

1. NordicTrack*

NordicTrack were one of the first to introduce actual TV screens in their treadmill range. There's a big difference in the screen sizes though. They go from 7 inches and up to 32 inches. This makes a big difference to what you can actually see. Although you're very close to the screen, you're not going to see much on a 7 inch display.

NordicTrack have their iFit workout app. These are the streaming classes you'll see on the screen. The cheapest treadmill is the EXP series starting at $1,299 rising to the incline treadmills costing $4,198. There are plenty of options in between. NordicTrack stay at the forefront of treadmill technology and as such, they're very popular.

2. Peloton

Peloton started with their exercise bikes and have become famous for their streaming classes and celebrity like instructors. They've now brought this hugely popular theme to treadmills. Their Peloton Tread treadmill is priced at $2,495. The Peloton App is what's used to show on demand workouts on their TV screens.

The membership you need to use the TV screen to it's fullest is $39 per month. This is good for the whole household. Without it, the treadmill is just like any other. It's what's on the TV screen which really make the Peloton such a good treadmill to use. The screens are very big and the resolution very good. Just like a normal TV.

3. Technogym

Technogym are the only brand where the TV screen is built into the console is just like one you have in the home. You can watch Netflix or Youtube or listen to Spotify. This is in addition to the streaming classes the other brands I've listed have. Technogym treadmills are usually found in high end gyms. They're feature packed and stylish.

The one downside of Technogym treadmills is their cost. The ones with TV screens start at around $10,000. If you want one of the best treadmills on the market, then look no further than Technogym. Their treadmills are often the choice of celebrities, after Peloton. You get a high standard of treadmill with fantastic after care.

Alternative ways to watch TV when using a treadmill

What most people do is mount a TV in front of the treadmill. However, if you're talking part in a class, you'll be concentrating on that. If you're doing a long distance run or walk, then a mounted TV is good. Many treadmills have racks on the console where you can place a tablet. So you could watch your favorite shows on that.

Consider using headphones when watching TV whilst exercising. A treadmill is a noisy piece of equipment so you'll need the volume quite loud on a TV to hear it. I've often watched sports while doing a long run. It takes some practice and confidence to stay safely on the treadmill, but you get used to it. It's a great way of doing two things at the same time.

Summary

So to the question, what treadmills come with a TV. They are increasing in number. But you're often limited to what you can watch on them. If you really want to watch TV, mount a good TV in front of the treadmill. That's what most people do. Put the remote for the TV on the console and you're good for changing channels too.

Where features are concerned when it comes to your treadmill. Think about the size of the deck and the power of the motor. Think about paying for assembly or have it delivered to the room of your choice. Think about the qualities that will make it last and how you plan to use it. TV screens are a great technological addition to treadmills.

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Simon Gould

I'm Simon Gould. I've been around treadmills my whole life. From running on them at an early age to working in treadmill dept's of national stores. I've run outside and I've run on treadmills and I prefer running on treadmills. I still run on one nearly every day and love it.

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