As a big person myself, a home treadmill is a much safer option for me compared to sweating it out with the others (super fit people). So when I decided to go online looking to buy a treadmill, I wasn’t even aware of such High Weight Capacity Treadmills For Heavy People (300 lbs to 400 lbs and even 500 lbs).
After all when you go to the Gym and jump on a treadmill, most of the time I don’t even think about possibly damaging the treadmill, or even myself in the process.
But these treadmills at the Gyms are high end tanks I assume that cost well and above what the average person can likely afford. The high price reflects the amount of consistent work loads and various weight limits they endure on a day to day basis 24 hours a day. So what’s an overweight or obese person meant to do?. What if they want to buy such a heavy duty treadmill but cant afford to remortgage the house just to get one?.
Fortunately for you guys and myself. I have come across what I believe to be the best treadmills for big people, for home use only. So hopefully we don’t have to have a panic attack when we see the prices, nor will you have to settle for an inferior treadmill with an under size weight limit that could not only end up wasting your money. But also potentially harm your body.
Each heavy duty treadmill has been hand picked to suit heavy weight capacities. Followed by a brief review, where to find such a treadmill and seek further reviews.
It’s critical you read more then one review before deciding to buy any treadmill. Especially one designed for a heavier person. As we are bigger then the normal person, which means we have bigger needs such as a wider treadmill mat, stronger heavy duty frame and of course a treadmill with higher weight limits. So more information one can gather, the better.
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Running Deck Length
(HP) Horse Power
Able To Be Folded
|LifeSpan TR1200i Folding Treadmill||300 Lbs||56"||2.5 HP||Yes|
|Sole F80||375 Lbs||60"||3.5 HP||Yes|
|Exerpeudic TF1000||400 Lbs||40"||1.5 HP||Yes|
|Exerpeudic 2000 With Desk||400 Lbs||48"||1.5HP||Yes|
|Sole Fitness F85||400 Lbs||60"||4.0HP||Yes|
Our recommended number 1 rated 300 pound capacity treadmill is the Lifespan TR 1200i. It’s been on the market a few years now, which is a good amount of time to test the durability of such a hefty investment. It has stood the test of time in our eyes, we believe it’s a reputable, durable and a very popular treadmill.
Now that you have seen the specifications for the TR 1200i, you can easily understand why I think this is the best treadmill for quality versus cost. The pure amount of performance one may get from this treadmill makes it hard to believe that this treadmill still sells for a moderate price years later.
Overall I honestly believe the Lifespan TR 1200i will be a good match for a large % of plus size to overweight people up to 300 lbs. Considering it’s wide running mat (20″x56″), very high quality features (including how easy and quick it folds away), ultra quite running motor and its proven ability to still impress us. The only thing worth noting if you consider buying this treadmill is that it does not include a USB. Without having the USB the machine won’t know your height and weight. But this is only a minor issue as you can pick up a USB for just a few bucks these days. This is our number one recommendation for people up to 300 pounds.
If your a heavy person looking for a treadmill in the 350 – 375 lb weight capacity range there are 2 options to consider. Both by Sole Fitness Equipment. The F65 Vs the F80 Treadmills. As with most SOLE treadmills they are supported by excellent heavy duty chassis and treadmill motors. The major differences are the F65 is rated to hold 350 pounds, while the F80 is rated to hold a bit more with a 375 pound capacity. The F80 also has a wider running surface by 2 inches (22:x60″).
Basically the F65 is like the younger sibling of the F80, but only by like a year. The differences are small but relevant to your weight restrictions and the amount of horse power behind the treadmill. Both I find are high quality treadmills for big Men and Women needing a simple to use, but effective treadmill.
The control monitors have everything you may need, including a heart rate monitor. It’s very easy to configure and use which I like, while not being to overwhelming and sluggish. The features and amazing unique folding technique is outstanding. I cannot do enough justice for the features in this small review, so you can compare and see specs for the F65 and the F80 by SOLE.
The first treadmill with a high weight capacity of 400 lbs is the Exerpeutic TF 1000 Walk To Fitness Electric Treadmill. This treadmill is perfect for the budget minded. Coming in at a very reasonable price (Check Price On Amazon), you must ask yourself will this treadmill be worth it?. While the low price is very tempting, if your pushing 400 pounds you must remember wear and tear on the treadmill. The heavy weight treadmills usually require heavy duty framework and materials to compensate the extra weight loads. Which as you probably know, the stuff for us big people are usually 15-30% more expensive (from my experience) so it’s easy to think this price maybe too cheap. While it doe’s get plenty of reviews, both good and bad, can it withstand a 400 lb person using it daily and still last for years to come?. Lets find out!.
While this treadmill is considered low end/entry level, it does have the necessary functions and ease of use us big guys need. ==> Check Out The Specs Page On Amazon.
The first good sign is that it does have a wide running surface and the grab rails are longer, in fact double then standard length of 9 inches. Which I find very handy when your on the plus size of life. The space directly in front of the LCD monitor is very spacious, so you won’t feel constricted like you can in slimmer models. Probably what makes this treadmill for a 400 pound person or obese people ideal, is the fact it only goes up to 4 mph. Which is all I consider when I aimed to begin loosing the weight as a big person. I don’t know about you, but going straight into a solid jog or run is just out of the question until many of pounds have been shed and fitness levels increased. Walking is hard enough at times and a brisk walk is what I consider extreme exercise (For now).
So as an extra large person, you must learn to walk before you can run right. The same theory goes with treadmills. Which is why I think the Exerpeutic TF1000 treadmill is a great choice for people up to 400 lbs whom are just starting out, or simply looking for a really quite and good heavy duty treadmill for walking. Plus with the decent price tag it’s hard to say no to this treadmill, even if you only use it for 12-24 months. Once you have lost some weight and gained fitness (seen proof the treadmills working for you), that’s when it’s a good idea to upgrade to a lifetime commitment to a more expensive model.
When I go for a walk on the treadmill the hardest part for me is loosing focus. In other words I just get bored and disinterested. Which I why I LOVE the Exerpeutic 2000. It gives me reason to get back up on the treadmill. Why?. Because of the work station desk that comes with this treadmill, which by the way has a high weight limit of 400 lbs. See, I’m an office worker who sits all day in my office chair which doesn’t help for the lack of exercise. But when I work from home I can easily jump on the treadmill and power up the laptop. Sometimes I forget I’m even on the treadmill, which is just great for my exercise.
So the Exerpeutic 2000 is one heavy duty treadmill built with a reinforced strong frame. Which is how it’s able to hold large weight capacities. The walking belt is also extra wide like the Exerpeutic TF1000, which measure in at 20″x40″. Again this treadmill is ideal for walking, I don’t recommend it to be used as a running treadmill. The mat isn’t long enough for big long strides in my opinion. Hence why it’s a good choice for oversized people needing a treadmill with a desk. Plus it’s very very quite to use, so depending on where you work, your Boss may even allow you to use it at work. However, if you’re a relatively short person, this desk treadmill may not suit you, as the desk height in not adjustable unfortunately.
This treadmill doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but keep in mind this is a mid ranged priced treadmill with a work desk big enough for laptop, keyboard, cup holders etc. So it’s a very good price for what it is if you ask me. The on board computer console is rather simple to use and can track how far you have walked, calories burned, speed and heart rate. The only addition I would like to see to the console is a step counter. But in saying this you can get a good priced Fitbit Zip to make up for this function. For the actual cost of the Exerpeutic 1000 treadmill, heavy duty rating and enticing work desk station I think this is a great buy treadmill for us overweight people.
The Sole F85 treadmill is my all time favorite machine for us big guys who want the ability to run as well as walk. I find this treadmill to be a great addition for someone who has started out on a walking treadmill and has built up the fitness to take on running.
It’s recommended to handle 400 pound users, so it’s still a great treadmill for the obese people as well as the overweight. However like I previously mentioned, for a beginner in the 350-400 lbs range I would suggest starting out slow on a walking treadmill to build up fitness.
This treadmill has the widest running mat that I could compare in this category. Measuring in at 22 inches wide and is pretty soft landing which is rather important for our extra large bodies. The features and specs for the F85 are enough to keep me entertained and interested. However it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, which I find tend to overwhelm people at first and may even lead to distraction. Plus it’s still a moderately priced treadmill compared to the one you may find at your local GYM and does just about the same job from my experience.
The F85 was the best quality home treadmill we could find in this price category. But in my opinion, it should be recognized as a club level standard treadmill. Very high quality machine that has just the right amount of features and training programs to keep me working out. Without having to spend a fortune either. Something else I should mention is the hydraulics system. I think it’s up there with some big names in this industry, if not the best from my point of view.
I found it easily yet smoothly raises and lowers the running platform so it can be packed away into storage. So less fear of children or pets getting squished beneath a falling treadmill. Plus its weight capacity rating of 400 pounds makes this the perfect treadmill for the heavy person. Do note that if you get this treadmill shipped to your house to have an extra person around to help you assemble it. As it is quite big and heavy to drag by yourself. Especially across carpet.
Treadmills with 500 lbs weight capacity are few and far between. They are usually the very high end commercial treadmills you can find down at the Health Club. However some are available to buy to the public. But be warned prices can get a bit crazy to say the least. Star Trac are a common name in the field for these super heavy weight capacity treadmills. These treadmills are phenomenal and have a boat load of features and attributes that make them the ultra premium treadmills they are.
Most home treadmill users may not need or want to buy these 500 pound weight capacity treadmills in my opinion, most likely because of the rich price tag. Its a fair ask for many people to simply afford one. While they do boast extra abilities such as 15 mph walking speeds (Which is far higher then needed for a big person I say) I find most people will simply have to settle for a much cheaper 400 lb treadmill. Or perhaps consider a re-manufactured club Life Fitness 95Ti Treadmill which has a 450 lb weight capacity limit and is usually cheaper.