Whether you’re interested in the convenience, ability to work out in your home, or a long-term investment to save on gym membership fees, treadmills are a popular choice for staying fit and healthy at home.
One popular option is the Peloton treadmill, which claims to offer a workout experience that keeps you returning for more with its library of workout classes and high definition (HD) touchscreen display.
However, despite its growing popularity, you may wonder whether the Peloton treadmill delivers on this claim while offering dependability against the wear and tear of regular use.
This article provides a detailed review of the Peloton treadmill so that you can decide whether it’s a good fit for you.
Known for its flagship stationary bikes that are rigged with HD touchscreen displays that stream live and on-demand workout classes, Peloton has since expanded its offerings to include the Tread and Tread+.
Like the stationary bikes, the treadmills are equipped with HD touchscreens for streaming thousands of workout classes.
Led by several instructors, these workout classes vary in length and difficulty. Classes go beyond traditional treadmill workouts to include strength training, yoga, stretching, and more.
For the classes led off the treadmill, you can follow along using the touchscreen or cast the workouts to a nearby smart TV for viewing.
If you prefer to work out on your own without an instructor, you can choose from several scenic walks, runs, or hikes to complete at your own pace.
Through their all-access membership, Peloton provides individual profiles for household access that allow members to view and track workout metrics like speed, mileage, and heart rate.
Peloton is currently making safety updates to the design of its treadmills, with the hope that the Tread will be available by August 2021. However, if you’re interested in the Tread+, you may have to wait until 2022.
The Peloton Tread and Tread+ feature large HD touchscreen display that stream a variety of workouts.
There are many factors, including some that may not be so obvious, to consider when deciding which treadmill is the best fit for you and your space.
Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs for the Peloton Tread and Tread+:
At this time, neither the Tread nor Tread+ are available for purchase from Peloton.
However, before the recall, both the Tread and Tread+ included delivery and assembly as well as training on how to use them.
They also came with a 1-year limited warranty for the touchscreen and “most original components” as well as a 5-year warranty for the frame, drive motor, and walking belt.
When deciding which treadmill is best for you, consider factors like who will use it, its measurements, and space requirements as well as its performance and other technical aspects.
Peloton’s website includes the following pricing information, though the prices may be subject to change once the Tread and Tread+ are back on the market.
The Peloton Tread+ starts at $4,295 plus tax.
If you qualify, you can set up a payment plan to pay $111 per month for 39 months at a 0% annual percentage rate.
Peloton also offers the Tread+ in these three package deals:
- Tread+ Essentials ($4,565) includes a workout mat, resistance bands, heart rate monitor, and choice of two sets of dumbbells ranging from 5 pounds (2.2 kg) to 30 pounds (13.6 kg).
- Tread+ Works ($4,665) includes everything in the Essentials package with the addition of wireless headphones and a glass water bottle.
- Tread+ Family ($4,865) includes everything in the Works package plus an extra glass water bottle, heart rate monitor, a pair of wireless headphones, and third set of dumbbells.
The Peloton Tread costs significantly less, starting at $2,495.
Peloton also offers an interest-free monthly payment plan of $64 per month for 39 months to those who qualify.
With the purchase of the Tread or Tread+, you must also pay $39 per month for the all-access membership to unlock Peloton’s fully integrated library of live and on-demand workout classes.
While this subscription isn’t required to use the treadmill, the touchscreen — aside from some basic controls like speed — would be useless, as Peloton prohibits users from downloading apps like YouTube and Netflix or accessing other websites.
That said, plan on paying the $39 monthly all-access membership fee if you choose to purchase the Tread or Tread+.
People who don’t have a Peloton treadmill can pay $12.99 per month to access the same library of workout classes through the Peloton app to work out on a standard treadmill or wherever they choose.
The Peloton app is included in the $39 monthly all-access membership, allowing you to take workouts outdoors or on the road.
The Peloton Tread+ starts at $4,295, while the Tread is significantly cheaper at $2,495. These costs are in addition to the $39 monthly subscription fee to unlock Peloton’s live and on-demand workout classes.
Due to safety concerns, Peloton is not currently selling either of the Treads. However, the company has made it clear that they’re working on improving the design of the treadmills to make them safer for consumers.
Once you’re able to purchase the Tread or Tread+, the main consideration comes down to whether you feel that their high-tech features are worth the price.
After all, as they start at $2,495, neither treadmill is a small investment.
However, if you regularly attend studio fitness classes, which can cost between $30 and $50 per class, the Tread or the Tread+ may be a good alternative to save money in the long run.
Alternatively, if you prefer to work out independently and don’t enjoy or rely on instructor-led fitness classes for motivation, your money may be better spent on a standard treadmill.
Still, for the number of training options and special features that it includes, the Tread provides excellent value for the cost.
Though, if you have the budget for it, the Tread+ does have a few advantages over the Tread, including a larger screen, steeper incline, and longer slat running belt.
In either case, Peloton offers a home trial program to first-time buyers.
If you’re not satisfied with the treadmill, you can schedule a free pickup for a full refund within 30 days of its delivery. This refund also includes the $39 access membership fee.
In some U.S. states, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as parts of Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany, the home trial is not offered (1).
If you purchase either treadmill outside of the home trial program, you can still return it within 30 days of receipt for a full refund minus a $300 return shipping fee.
Despite the seemingly customer-focused return policy and mostly positive reviews, there have been several poor reviews about the treadmill’s quality and repair service, which you can read in the review section of Peloton’s website.
Peloton’s treadmills are loaded with training options and special features to keep you challenged and entertained during your workout. Unless you’re interested in a larger screen or running deck, the Tread offers many of the same features as the Tread+, but at a more affordable price.
Peloton’s Tread and Tread+ feature large touchscreen displays that stream thousands of live and on-demand workout programs.
They’re also equipped with several impressive training features, including speeds of up to 12.5 mph (20 kph) and inclines up to 12.5–15%.
While the Tread+ is one of the more expensive treadmills on the market, the Tread offers many of the same features but at a considerably lower price.
Keep in mind that until the company makes necessary safety improvements, you can’t currently purchase either treadmill directly from Peloton. However, the Tread may be available as soon as late summer 2021.