How much do you have to pay for a good quality treadmill?

When it comes to picking out a good quality treadmill that you can run hard and often on, there are a lot of choices out there. And, there are companies charging a whole lot of money for those types of machines.

So how much does a good quality treadmill cost?

According to, “A top-rated treadmill can cost a steep $4,000 and up. Fortunately, if you’re willing to make some tradeoffs, you can find some great top-end features on less expensive models.”

The latter part of that statement might as well be talking about the fantastic machines from 3G Cardio.

You don’t always get what you pay for from treadmills that are priced $4,000 and above, but you certainly get your money’s worth and then some from 3G Cardio’s Elite Runner Treadmill and Pro Runner Treadmill.

Those are my Best Buy picks for best value in high-end treadmills.

* 3G Cardio Elite Runner (Fit Prof Best Treadmill Under $4,000) — The Fit Prof says: “The Elite Runner has a 22”x 62” running surface features their upgraded Ortho Flex Shock suspension, a 12mph max speed powered by the 4.0HP motor, entertainment and programming options plus one of the best warranties in the category qualify this unit as one of the best treadmills on the market. These features, along with many more, also make the 3G Elite Runner the FIT PROF Head of the Class BEST BUY treadmill under $4,000 and why 3G Cardio is our TREADMILL brand OF THE YEAR for 2016.”

3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill

* 3G Cardio Pro Runner (Best Treadmill under $2,500-tied) — The Fit Prof says: “The Pro Runner has a 20”x 58” folding running surface that features their upgraded Ortho Flex Shock suspension, a 12mph max speed powered by the 3.0HP motor, plus entertainment, fitness testing and programming options qualify this unit as the FIT PROF Head of the Class BEST BUY treadmill under $2,500 (tied) and why 3G Cardio is our TREADMILL brand OF THE YEAR for 2016! Finally, the 3G Cardio Pro Runner is sure to literally fit into your lifestyle. It’s a Folding Treadmill that doesn’t require much space. The marathon treadmill, high-end 20.5” x 58” Ortho Shock treadmill belt gives you plenty of room to run on, but the overall footprint is just 74” x 35”. It’s a Fold Flat Treadmill that can easily be put away for storage.”

Based out of Phoenix, Ariz., the designers at 3G Cardio build their treadmills the way most people would: They provide everything you need, and nothing you don’t. The emphasis is on superior function of the treadmill, not on fancy electronic “extras” that you can add yourself for a lot less cost by hooking up an iPad or smart phone.

3G Cardio is a health and fitness equipment company led by owners with more than fifty years experience in the specialty fitness industry. They produce award-winning vibration training machines and treadmills that are carried by fitness equipment retail stores all over the country.

The list of 3G Cardio awards includes being named “2016 Treadmill Brand of the Year” by The Fit Prof, five-star ratings from and many other honors.

ASICS shoe company has opened 57 new high-end shoe stores across the USA and has chosen the 3G Cardio Elite Treadmill as their “in-store” treadmill for testing and analyzing customers running style to help them select the proper running / walking shoe.

If you want to increase the electronics and entertainment, simply upgrade with equipment you probably already own and is superior to what will ever come standard on a treadmill: hook up your iPad, table or smart phone to the 3G treadmill.

At Home Fitness offers the lowest pricing found anywhere on 3G Cardio products and has stores at the following locations:

Scottsdale (6969 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, zip 85254, phone 480-951-6951);

Ahwatukee (14647 So. 50th Street, Phoenix, 85044, phone 480-940-1022);

Gilbert (2810 S. Market St., Gilbert, 85295, phone 480-855-6044).

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at

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