By Simon Gould
What better way to keep you occupied and entertained on a treadmill than to watch TV. A half-hour walk or run would go in no time with your favorite television show to watch. If the display is right in front of you as part of the treadmill, then all the better. Here I tell you which treadmills come with a TV and those that can stream Netflix.
|Top Pick!||Bowflex Treadmill 10||Best Price*|
|2nd||NordicTrack Commercial Series||Best Price*|
|3rd||ProForm Pro 2000||Best Price*|
|4th||NordicTrack T 7.5 S||Best Price*|
|5th||Technogym Skillrun||Best Price*|
Top Pick: Bowflex Treadmill 10
Bowflex are one of the few treadmill brands which offer the ability to watch the leading streaming services. This includes Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Disney+, HBO and more. This is in addition to their own workout app which has an average of 4.6 out of 5 from over 6,000 ratings. These can be seen on the 10″ interactive TV screen.
- Motor Power: 2.5 CHP
- Folding: Yes
- Weight Capacity: 400 lbs
- TV Screen: 10 Inches
The treadmill is built around the touchscreen TV, it’s something you’ll use a lot. The Bowflex JRNY app is what most will use to get the most out of the workouts you do. They call it the JRNY experience which enables you to keep track of all your workouts and it makes recommendations for future workouts based on your performance.
The treadmill has a class-beating 400 lbs weight capacity which means it’s sturdy and suitable for heavier people who are looking to lose weight. There’s an incline of 15% and a decline of -5%, I’ve never seen one decline that far before. The deck is cushioned and large, and the treadmill is Bluetooth enabled.
|ProsMassive weight capacityBig incline and decline large running surfaceBluetooth enabled good warranty||ConsHeavy treadmill|
2nd: NordicTrack Commercial Series Treadmills
The NordicTrack Commercial Series is one of the best-selling treadmills on the market today. 1750 is the most popular model and has a 14-inch TV screen. Unfortunately, you can’t stream Netflix on it anymore, but you can stream their treadmill classes, of which there are thousands on demand. They’re just like Peloton but cheaper.
- Motor Power: 3.6 CHP
- Folding: Yes
- Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
- TV Screen: 14 and 22 Inches
The classes are part of their iFit app with instructors on the screen taking you through each workout. It’s all very motivational. You’ll enjoy getting on the treadmill and taking part. Otherwise, the deck is long and wide so you can exercise with confidence. The incline goes to 15% and there’s a decline to -3%. The top speed is 12 mph which is nearly a sprint.
The screen is 22 inches in the Commercial 2950 and the other specifications are the same as 1750. So it comes down to a choice as to which screen size you want. They’re both cheaper than the Peloton treadmill, although the iFit monthly cost is the same as Peloton’s version. They’ve started an advertising campaign on TV.
|ProsRunners flex cushioningLarge running surface touchscreen pivots and tiltsOne touch control workout on google maps||ConsShort warranty|
3rd: ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill
ProForm treadmills are made by the same company that makes NordicTrack. The TV screen on this one is 10 inches and it uses the same iFit app that NordicTrack has. The deck is slightly smaller than those above being only 20 inches wide as opposed to 22. It seems to be well-liked by its users. It’s one of the cheaper treadmills on this list and still has a TV like the others.
- Motor Power: 3.25 CHP
- Folding: Yes
- Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
- TV Screen: 10 Inches smart HD
ProForm has used their own cushioning technology they call Rebound Pro, this is designed to give you a soft landing. This is one of the benefits of treadmills over-exercising outside. What I like is the fan that’s built into the console. They used to be very popular and I think they have their place. It does feel nice getting a cool breeze as you’re working out.
The iFit app is free for 30 days then there’s a $39 monthly charge. This is the same price of the hugely popular Peloton. The console is very simple with a large speed and incline buttons. The screen is the real feature and what you’ll be concentrating on the most. The warranty is respectable as there’s one year of labor as well as cover on the parts, motor, and frame.
|ProsRebound Pro cushioningTV screen is smart HDPowerful MotorEasy to use consoleWorkout fan||ConsSmaller deck|
4th: NordicTrack T 7.5 S Treadmill
The T 7.5 S is a cheaper treadmill by NordicTrack, as such the screen is smaller. This budget model comes with a 7 inch screen. As with the others, it still has full iFit functionality, but that is all you’ll see on the screen. You can’t access any streaming services you might find on a regular TV like Netflix. The only 2 brands here that can are the Bowflex and Technogym.
- Motor Power: 3.0 CHP
- Folding: Yes
- Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
- TV Screen: 7 Inches
As with most NordicTrack treadmills, they appear to use the same deck for all of them. They all have a 300 lbs weight capacity, as does this one. This is actually very good for a treadmill of this price. The motor is 3.0 CHP which is good for running, it’s the size I recommend you should start at if you want to run regularly. The incline is motorized and goes to 12%.
The T series used to be NordicTrack’s best selling range. They started offering and promoting the commercial series above more now. But this T 7.5 S still sells well and customers report success with it. At the price it’s rare to get a TV screen, but then at 7 inches it’s a bit small. You struggle to see some workout stats, but you’ll still be able to follow the classes.
|ProsFlex Select cushioningLow priceGood weight capacityFree iFit for 30 daysExercise in Google maps||ConsSmall screen|
5th: Technogym Skillrun Treadmill
This Technogym may be 5th on the list but I think it’s the best treadmill available today. If money is no object and you want the best, this is it. It really is the best in every category: maximum weight capacity, speed, incline, motor, deck. I can only find one problem with the Technogym Skillrun treadmill, and that is it’s price, it costs over $15,000! If I had the choice of any treadmill on the planet, it would be this one.
- Motor Power: 10.0 HP
- Folding: No
- Weight Capacity: 485 lbs
- TV Screen: 19 Inches
The TV has streaming classes like the others but this one has other features which set it apart. It has performance training which is designed to challenge you and get you running quicker and longer. There are workouts you can’t do outside on this treadmill. There’s a resistance function which is like pulling a sled and advanced biofeedback for each leg to help you train better. There are landscapes from around the world you can run through in HD.
The top speed is a massive 18.6 mph and the weight capacity of 485 lbs which is the highest I’ve ever seen. The motor is the most powerful at 10.0 HP. The incline rises to 25% which is the biggest on this list. Everything has been thought of when it comes to what you want in a treadmill including new features you’ll never knew you wanted. It’s designed with athletes in mind and I can imagine one in the home of every serious competitor.
|ProsMassive weight capacityBig motorPerformance trainingStreaming classesWorldwide landscapes||ConsHigh price|
5 Treadmill brands with the best TV screens
Note: Some of these brands make treadmills without TV screens as well as models that do. So be sure to check the one you’re looking at has what you want.
Bowflex have been one of the leading treadmill manufacturers for years. What I like about them is how regularly they release new equipment. They stay at the forefront of the latest technologies. When apps became the thing, Bowflex immediately started from the ground up and built a treadmill around one. That’s what features on their TV screen.
They currently have 2 treadmills available. The one I feature here is the Treadmill 10 and they also have a Treadmill 22. The T22 is higher in specification and therefore higher in cost. If you want a bigger motor because maybe you plan to use your treadmill a lot, then the T22 would be a good choice as it has a 4.0 CHP motor instead of 2.5 CHP.
NordicTrack were one of the first to introduce actual TV screens in their treadmill range. There’s a big difference in the screen sizes. 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.
ProForm Fitness are a reputable fitness equipment company who believe fitness should revolve around life, and not the other way around. Although they’re made by the same company who make NordicTrack treadmills, they’re aimed at a more budget audience. What’s impressive is that even though they’re slightly cheaper, they still have TV screens and iFit.
This is apart from their cheapest treadmill which is only $699. It has a special rack for a tablet and can still use iFit. At that price you wouldn’t expect a TV screen on a treadmill. In the future the price of TV technology may drop, but not yet. You don’t get to watch Netflix or other streaming services unless you use your own device.
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.
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.
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.