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These treadmills are a step up in class

ProForm Pro2000 is an efficient and budget-friendly treadmill.

ProForm Pro2000 is an efficient and budget-friendly treadmill. Credit: CBS Interactive

Treadmills have always been one of the most popular pieces of at-home workout equipment, but when gyms shut down in 2020, demand for a home treadmill went through the roof. As such, most home fitness brands have responded by developing better, more advanced models than their predecessors. Many of the best home treadmill options now have smart features, like full integration with streaming services, preset workouts and access to live workout programs with live incline and decline.

If you're looking to add a new piece of fitness equipment to your home for a great cardio workout that helps you meet your fitness goal, read on to find the best treadmill for you.

WHAT Bowflex Treadmill 22

THE COST $2,699

AVAILABLE FROM bowflex.com

Built like an absolute tank, this treadmill has a 4-horsepower motor, a 22-inch-wide by 60-inch-long running path and Comfort Tech deck cushioning that helps absorb shock even at higher running deck speeds. It has the largest incline range on this list, going from -5% decline up to a 20% incline to simulate running up and down hills, and supports the highest weight (400 pounds).

It also has an adjustable 22-inch touchscreen that allows you to follow along with trainer-led workouts or lets you stream your favorite shows from a handful of popular streaming services. At 85 inches long, 39.6 inches wide and 70 inches tall, it's fairly large but it does have a SoftDrop folding system that reduces its total footprint by more than 40%.

WHAT NordicTrack Commercial 2950

THE COST $2,499

AVAILABLE FROM nordictrack.com

The 2950 is equipped with a 4.25 continuous horsepower commercial motor and a 22-inch deck that sits on top of 2.5-inch precision nonflex rollers for frictionless movement, even at higher workout speeds. The RunnersFlex cushioning in the deck allows you to choose between a real road-feel or engaging dampers that soften impact on your joints and reduce the risk of injury.

Like the Bowflex, this treadmill has an ultra-large 22-inch touchscreen, but one thing that gives the NordicTrack an edge over the others is the live control offered through its iFit subscription. During live workouts, the treadmill will automatically adjust from a -3% decline to a 15% incline to simulate whatever you're following along with on the screen. The iFit membership is a (worthwhile) additional monthly cost, but if you purchase this machine directly from the site, you'll get a free monthly membership.

WHAT ProForm Pro2000

THE COST $1,499

AVAILABLE FROM proform.com

The Proform Pro has a 10-inch smart touchscreen embedded right into the console so you can follow along with trainers as you run while simultaneously tracking your calories, speed and heart rate.

At -3% decline to 12% incline, it has a narrower incline range than the NordicTrack and a slightly less powerful 3.25 continuous horsepower motor, but it's more than sufficient for most runners (or walkers). The 20-inch tread belt is equipped with ReBound Pro Cushioning, ProForm's patented shock-absorbing system that reduces impact and puts less stress on your feet, ankles, hips and knees.

The following CNET staff contributed to this story: CNET contributor Lindsay Boyers and copy editor Jim Hoffman. For more reviews of personal technology products, visit cnet.com.

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