The New 2019 Treadmills – What You Can Expect This Year
Well it’s that time of year again, right before the Christmas holiday rush, that we start thinking about what the new year will bring.
What will the 2019 treadmills look like? Will it just be a carryover from 2018, or are there new models coming out?
Last year saw a lot of new developments in the industry, from entertainment options to touch screens to workout tracking capability. All of the major brands, including NordicTrack, ProForm, Horizon, Sole and Life Fitness, introduced new treadmills to their lineups.
So we’re expecting a bit of a slow down as far as new models are concerned…but, we do expect some serious upgrades as far as features and capabilities, as competition between the big brands is fiercer than ever.
Let’s jump in to see what’s in store for 2019…..
2019 Treadmills – Brand New Models To Choose From
Why yes, it turns out there are. Let’s start with the most popular treadmill brands and work our way from there…
All of the major specs are the same…22″ HD Smart touch screen, 6% decline, 40% incline and a ton of built in workout programs.
But the machine has been redesigned, and now has a brand new feature called the Sled Push, which adds a strength exercise element to the workout with the machine set to 1mph. We’ve never seen that before, and it will be interesting to see how that is received.
There’s also a brand new top of line model called the X32i Incline Trainer, which has an incredible 32″ Smart HD touch screen display. It’s very similar to the X22i otherwise, but adds a few more workouts as well for a total of 50!
Moving on to the Commercial Series, it looks like only the popular Commercial 1750 treadmill gets an overhaul for 2019.
There are a lot of nice upgrades here which should make this one even more popular than it already is…a jump up from a 7″ touch screen to a 10″ one, a stronger 3.75 CHP motor replaces the 3.6 CHP one, and you now have an incredible 50 built in workouts, as opposed to 38 on the previous Commercial 1750 treadmill.
And what about the entry level C Series? Well it looks like those are gone and replaced by an all new 2019 NordicTrack T Series, including the T 6.5 S, T 7.5 S, T 8.5 S and possibly a T 9.5 S. All of them are upgraded versions of their C Series counterparts, with touch screen displays, stronger warranties and free iFit Coach for a year.
So that’s the extent of the new 2019 treadmills from NordicTrack. A new X32i and an upgraded X22i, X11i and Commercial 1750. The rest of the lineup remains the same with a few minor upgrades.
Let’s move over to ProForm to see what they’re doing in the new year….
There’s a few more changes happening at ProForm, as much of their lineup seems to be getting a facelift…
Starting with the popular Pro Series, the 2000 now has the SMART label, meaning the company gives you one free year of iFit Coach before you have to start paying a membership fee.
The ProForm SMART Pro 2000 retains most of its already impressive specs, but adds a new 7″ Smart HD touch screen display, 50 built in workouts now instead of 32 and a more adjustable tablet holder.
The touch screen opens up a whole new world, as you can tap into iFit Coach right on the treadmill instead of having to use your tablet or smart phone. It makes for a much more enjoyable experience, just like it is on the up-level Pro 5000 and Pro 9000 treadmills.
In the mid-range Power Series, the up-level SMART Power 1295i gets a redesigned console with new Bluetooth speakers that help you enjoy entertainment on your tablet, as well as some cosmetic changes.
In the affordable Performance Series, the 400i gets a new touch screen and additional workouts. You’ll also find the only new 2019 treadmill here, the SMART Performance 800i.
This new treadmill has a 14″ Smart HD touch screen, the first of its kind on a entry level machine, plus the addition of decline capability that you simply don’t find elsewhere. This one is sure to be a big hit as it combines the value of a beginner’s treadmill with the features of a more advanced one.
That’s it for ProForm 2019 treadmills…let’s see what Sole has in store…
Sole doesn’t change things very often, as they have a tight lineup of solid treadmills that sell very well. You know the old saying, if it ain’t broke…
The TT9 is an absolute beast of a treadmill, with a 4.0 CHP motor, 15 incline levels, 6 decline levels and accommodating up to 450 lbs.
Of course, it’s not for everyone, but if you want a powerhouse machine that can take a beating and last forever, the TT9 is definitely worth considering.
The TD80 is a treadmill desk, so you can work while you work out. The generously sized desk is attached to the same top quality deck that you find on the rest Sole’s lineup, which makes it different than the typical flimsy desk treadmill.
Moving on to Horizon Fitness…
Horizon has been making a lot of changes to their entire lineup, and have started adding some new 2019 treadmills as well.
You have two new ones here…the T202, which improves upon the popular T101, and the 7.0 AT, which is a step up from the T202 and bridges the gap between the entry level models and the more advanced Elite Series.
There’s some great new features here, and as always Horizon keeps the priced in check so there’s a lot of value there.
Those are the most notable 2019 treadmills, but there are some other things worth noting for the new year…
1) Bowflex upgraded their Max Trainer lineup for 2019. The base M3 remains unchanged, but the two upper level models, the M5 and M7, are now the M6 and M8, with a new system called the Max Intelligence Platform. This is a new subscription based app, similar to ICON Health’s iFit Coach, that provides on demand workouts, tracking capability, fitness assessments and more.
2) Technically not a 2019 treadmill as it was released earlier in the year, the Life Fitness Club Series + treadmill is worth mentioning as the company is phasing out their older Club Series machines to make way for the more modern, more advanced Plus models. This is across the board, and includes the elliptical machine and exercise bike Club Series as well.
3) Another new release comes from Matrix Fitness, a relatively new player in the high end residential market that has been giving Life Fitness and Precor a run for their money. They’ve added a more commercial-grade treadmill to the lineup called the T130. This one has a large 22″ x 60″ running area, a powerful AC motor, and a choice of two advanced consoles.
2019 Treadmills – What to Expect
So there you have all of the new treadmills that you’ll find out there in 2019. You’ll notice for the most part that the changes involve improving the technology rather than the workout itself.
What do we mean by that? Well in previous years it was all about the machine itself. The cushioning…the durability…the belt thickness. Now the focus is more on the workouts, the tracking, the entertainment. That’s the next phase of attracting buyers.
NordicTrack and ProForm have had their iFit Coach program in place for some time, and other companies are slowly catching onto the “interactive workout” trend, offering their own versions of iFit.
The closest so far seems to be Bowflex’s Max Intelligence currently only found on their Max Trainers. Sole added Bluetooth tracking and their own app in recent years, but has yet to offer something more robust.
Horizon does have Passport interactive videos and ViaFit tracking capability, as well as a brand new fitness app on their newer treadmills. Life Fitness added more touch screen models that can sync with their LF Connect as well as various fitness apps.
Of course you’ll find 2019 treadmills with roomier decks, more cushioning, perhaps even decline capability that wasn’t on a pervious model…but most of the improvements and upgrades will be technology-based…that’s where the industry is headed.
So check out all of the new 2019 treadmills from NordicTrack, ProForm, Sole, Horizon, Life Fitness, Matrix and other top brands and see if one of them appeals to you. If not, you can always choose from the carryover models from the pervious year.