Fancy treadmill with fancy coaching
The Peloton Tread is a fancy treadmill with sleek modern design and a 32" touchscreen display that looks like an iMac.
It offers a more realistic feel to running compared to traditional treadmills with thin belts and too much cushioning. Some users describe it like running on a track.
Rail-mounted knobs on each side makes controlling speed and incline fast and easy.
The huge screen can be used to connect to trainers for a guided running and strength training workout with leaderboards and achievement badges to keep you motivated. You often find yourself pushing harder during a class especially if you are competitive.
Unfortunately, there is no option to use screen for streaming Netflix or watching TV.
Is it worth it?
For $4,295 you can get the Peloton Tread with a 1-year warranty. If you want all the extras, which includes resistance bands, free weights, exercise mat, wireless earbuds, glass water bottles, and a heart rate monitor, the price goes up to $4,844.
Then there's a monthly subscription fee of about $39 for the coaching.
There are many treadmills that are a lot cheaper than the Peloton Tread. If you're looking for a cheap treadmill, you can find one for about $200 like this one here from Amazon (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases).
Compared to cheaper treadmills, high-end treadmills like the Tread are a lot more sturdier and don't shake while you're sprinting through intervals.
As for high-end treadmills, the Tread is not the most expensive treadmill out there. The Woodway 4Front has a small screen and retails for about $12,000. The cheaper Woodway Curves doesn't have a motor and cost about $6,000 (the Tread has a Free mode that doesn't require using the motor.) Prices may vary wildly depending on the retailer.
NordicTracks' Commercial X32i has a 32" screen like the Tread and cost $4,248.
So is the Peloton Tread worth it?
One reason why treadmills turn into clothes hangers at home is that owners lose interest in using them. A cheap treadmill can become quite an expensive hanger.
An expensive treadmill can become an even more expensive hanger if you don't use it too.
However, the high price itself can be motivating, at least for some people. The trainers, the training programs, the social aspect, the leaderboards, and achievements built into the Peloton Tread can also encourage you to use the treadmill more. When you see the results of your training (recorded on the Tread), it can even be more encouraging to use.
Yes, the Peloton Tread is worth the price in my opinion. No, we are not affiliated with Peloton.
If you barely afford your rent, the Peloton Tread is not for you. Don't ask from your parents and don't take a loan out to buy it. But if you have the money and love running or want to get into running, it might be worth the $4k+ price tag. It's a well made treadmill that would look good in the living room. If the coaching and all the motivation built into the treadmill didn't work out, at least you'll have a good looking clothes hanger.