How Do I Choose the Best Treadmill with TV?

Erik J.J. Goserud

Treadmills with built-in LCD monitors or TVs are becoming more popular for those in the market to make a purchase for their homes or fitness centers. When choosing the best treadmill with TV, it is important to consider spending budget, exercise space, and body size. You may also be interested in extra features, which can both enhance your — or your customers' — workouts and affect your bottom line.

Woman posing
Woman posing

When purchasing a treadmill with TV, expect to spend no less than $1,000 USD for new or $500 USD for a used model. Manufacturers build a 7-inch TV screen onto the basic model, which can more than double the price of the treadmill alone. These are flat screens with goal-oriented workout programs that are compatible with iPods and other mp3 devices. Note that not all treadmill TV screens will stream television and movies.

Higher-end models can cost over $7,000 USD and can include integrated 17-inch LCD screens or larger. These models offer both workout goal programs and entertainment options on the screen and run at up to 12 mph (19 kph). Incline adjustment is also an option on midrange to high-end models.

The cheapest way to obtain a treadmill with TV is via rummage sale or an online trade site, such as Craigslist, where price negotiation is possible. Here, sellers are more ready to release their items at lower prices. Buying used from an independent seller can save purchasers more than half of what they would pay at a retail outlet. You can, however, find the newest, top-of-the-line models at major sporting good outlets and online. Shipping is commonly free on significant purchases.

Also, consider exercise space when purchasing a treadmill with TV. Cheaper models are usually smaller and fit easier in closer quarters. Larger models work well if the buyer is looking to fill a fitness center. In this scenario, bulk discounts are almost always possible for treadmills with TVs.

If the buyer, or exerciser, is a larger person, note that smaller treadmills have thinner runways and can make exercise more dangerous if the user is running at faster speeds with longer strides. Lower-end models, while serviceable for the average user, may not stand up to the vigorous use it may have to endure in a fitness center. When spending over $3,000 USD on a treadmill with TV, you are likely to get a larger runway and an LCD screen between 13 and 17 inches.

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@Laotionne - I think we are all too spoiled. Do we really need to watch TV while we work out? Some of the prices mentioned in this article confirm what I already thought, and that is that I don't actually need a TV while I work out. Surely, I can go for 30 minutes or an hour without watching TV--no pain, no gain.


@Laotionne - I like the convenience of the all in one TV and treadmill. If I want to move the machine, I am moving one piece of equipment instead of two, and the TV-treadmill combination takes up less space. We have a small enclosed porch that we have converted into a workout room.

With the limited space we have, putting in a separate TV would be difficult. The treadmill is facing a wall and we would have to mount the TV in a corner somehow. I don't even want to think how much extra work that would be.

For us, the extra expense of the treadmill we have is worth the price. We have a used one that we bought online, but we are looking to upgrade with a newer machine as soon as we can afford the cost.


When I work out at the gym, the TVs are on the wall and you can watch them while you are on the treadmill running or walking. This works fine for me. I really don't see an advantage to having a treadmill with the TV screen included. Am I missing out on something or this an unnecessary expense?

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