Peloton Tread+ Treadmill Review – Pros & Cons (2024)

April 12, 2024
  • Sydney Kaiser
    Product Reviewer, Content Writer, Certified Personal Trainer

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The Peloton Tread+ is back with safety features.

Peloton Tread+ Treadmill Review 2024

Star Rating: 4.4
MSRP: $5995
Overall Rating: 75
Workout Experience 8
Specs / Features 8
Dimensions / Storability 4
On-Board Workouts & Apps 8
Build Quality 8

A premium treadmill with a flat, slat belt for streaming Peloton’s workouts.

Summary Peloton Tread+ Review: The Bottom Line

The Peloton Tread+ is back, after being recalled, with new safety features on the original treadmill from over 2 years ago. We had the Tread+ before the recall so we know exactly how this version of the Peloton Tread+ performs and functions. We don’t have this treadmill in our studio anymore, but here is what you can expect.

The Tread+ is very expensive for a home treadmill. It is priced at around $6000. It’s unique to most treadmills though because of its flat, rubber slat belt. The rubber slat belt is a firmer surface to run on with no give in the deck like regular belted treadmills, such as the Peloton Tread. It feels more like running outside on a track. The belt can be disengaged from the motor though. “Free Mode” as it’s called, allows you to manually push and control the belt pace. This is another way to amp up your training in addition to the 12.5 mph max speed and 15% incline.

The Peloton Tread+ is a large and heavy non-folding treadmill. It has an AC motor to handle a lot of use, but it is most notably known for its training content. Subscribing to Peloton’s All-Access Membership is a big reason to buy this treadmill. Peloton has thousands of trainer-led workouts available on the Tread+. The instructors are the big draw to the fitness classes. They are like mini celebrities and the classes have a large community of followers all competing and high-fiving each other on the leaderboard. The Tread+ is your premium treadmill option from the brand and streaming from the 32” touch screen, along with the high-quality training features, makes this an engaging (although very pricy) pick for those who love Peloton.

Editor’s Note, 4/12/2024: This Peloton Tread+ Treadmill review has been updated after the re-release of the Peloton Tread+. We used this treadmill before it was recalled and we’ve updated our review with the safety features and content updates Peloton has added in recent years.
What We Like
  • The 32” touch screen is massive for streaming Peloton’s subscription training content. The content offers live and on-demand workouts led by world-class trainers.
  • The rubber slat belt and AC motor make this a treadmill for serious training with Peloton’s content.
  • The Peloton All-Access Membership includes thousands of guided workout videos, competing on the leaderboard, Lanebreak workouts, and streaming from apps like Netflix and YouTube TV.
  • The belt can be disengaged during “Free Mode” for even more training options in addition to the 12.5 max speed and 15% incline.
  • This is the ultimate treadmill for training with Peloton’s instructors.
Areas for Improvement
  • This is an expensive treadmill, plus in order to get the most out of it, you’ll need to pay each month for the subscription content.
  • This is a large and heavy treadmill. It is hard to move and not realistic for some homes.
  • There isn’t any give in the deck, so it feels firm to run on and might not be best for those with joint sensitivity.
  • This treadmill hasn’t gone through any updates besides added safety features since it was released over 2 years ago.

Before The Recall, We Put Miles On The Tread+

Before it was recalled, we had the Peloton Tread+. This treadmill has only been updated since then with added safety features, so it is the same treadmill that we had before the recall. This review shares our experience using the Tread+ (as well as our old photos of it) and our thoughts on the safety features that have been added since having it. We also have used Peloton’s training content for years, and continue to use it in the app on our phones and on other equipment like the Peloton Tread, and Peloton Bike and Bike+.

Peloton Tread+ vs Similar Treadmills

Here is a quick overview of how the Peloton Tread+ compares to other popular treadmills.

Treadmill Peloton Tread+ NordicTrack X32i Sole ST90 Freemotion t22.9 REFLEX Peloton Tread
Price (MSRP) $5995 $4,499

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Star Rating 4.4 5 4.5 4.7 4.5
Bottom Line The flat, slat-belt makes this a challenging and interactive treadmill to use with Peloton’s training content. With the massive 32” touch screen for streaming iFit and the impressive 40% incline, this premium treadmill has it all. The flat slat-belt, powerful motor, and streaming from Netflix make this treadmill very versatile for home use. A powerful, interactive, and comfortable commercial treadmill to stream iFIT and train for miles on. This premium, non-folding treadmill offers streaming of Peloton’s workout classes directly from the touch screen.
Ratings Peloton Tread+ NordicTrack X32i Sole ST90 Freemotion t22.9 REFLEX Peloton Tread
Overall Rating 75 88 80 87 75
Workout Experience 8 10 8 8 8
Specs / Features 8 10 8 8 8
Dimensions / Storability 4 5 5 4 6
On-Board Workouts
& Apps
8 10 8 8 8
Build Quality 8 9 8 9 8
Paid Programming – Cost Peloton All-Access Membership – $44/month iFIT – $39/month N/A iFIT – free & $39/month Peloton All-Access Membership – $44/month
# of Onboard Workouts 1 2 17 thousands 1
Netflix / 3rd Party Apps Netflix, Disney+, Max, YouTube TV, NBA N/A YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Max, Peacock, Hulu, Spotify, ESPN, CNN, Audible, Kinomap N/A Netflix, Disney+, Max, YouTube TV, NBA
Display 32″ HD touchscreen 32″ HD touchscreen 15.6″ touchscreen 22″ HD touchscreen 23.8″ touchscreen
Dimensions (In Use) 75″ L x 36.5″ W x 72″ H 76.5” L x 40” W x 73” H 82.5″L x 38″W x 66″H 87″ L x 34″ W x 66″ H 68″ L x 33″ W x 62″ H
Dimensions (Folded) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Treadmill Type Non-Folding Non-Folding Non Folding, Slat Belt Non-folding Non-folding
Treadmill Weight 455 lbs 462 lbs (in box) 326 lbs 619 lbs 290 lbs
Weight Capacity 300 lbs 300 lbs 400 lbs 400 lbs 300 lbs
Running Surface 20” x 67” 22″ x 65″ 20″ x 60″ 21.5″ x 60″ 20″ x 59″
Deck Height (Step Up) N/A 15” 8″ Coming Soon! 8”
Deck Height At Highest Incline 18″ 31″ Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon!
Ceiling Height Required(6’ Tall Runner) 8’6″ 9′ 6″ Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon!
Motor Size 2.0 HP AC 4.25 CHP 2.0 HP AC 5.0 HP AC 3.0 HP
Incline/Decline 0 to 15% -6% to 40% 15 incline levels 0 to 15% 0 to 12.5%
Min / Max Speed 0 to 12.5 mph 0 to 12 mph 0 to 12 mph 0 to 15 mph 0 to 12.5 mph
Frame Carbon steel steel steel solid steel Carbon steel
Roller Size N/A 2.5″ 7.44″ 3.5″
Warranty 5-years frame, drive motor, and belt, 1-year touch screen, 1-year most original components 10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor lifetime frame, lifetime motor, 3-year deck, 3-year parts, 1-year wear parts, 1-year labor, 90-day cosmetic items 7-year frame, 7-year drive motor, 6-month cosmetic & wear items; high usage: 2-year parts, 2-year console, 1-year labor; low usage: 3-year parts, 3-year labor 5-years frame, 3-years drive motor, 3-years belt, 1-year touch screen, 1-year most original components
Connectivity Bluetooth, Apple Watch, Garmin, Fitbit, and Strava Bluetooth, WiFi Bluetooth, WiFi, Sole+, Garmin Bluetooth, WiFi, HDMI, Coax Bluetooth, Apple Watch, Garmin, Fitbit, and Strava
Heart Rate Sensors Bluetooth, ANT+ compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors EKG pulse grips, compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors EKG pulse grips, ANT+, Polar HR compatible Bluetooth, ANT+
Additional Features Free Mode, Auto-Incline, Lanebreak, tray, cupholders, roller knobs & jump buttons, speakers, headphone jack, USB-A charging port., 5 megapixel front-facing camera, microphone, Stacks, Leaderboard, heart rate zones, body activity tracking AutoAdjust, AutoBreeze fan, dual 3″ digitally-amplified speakers, ActivePulse, SpaceSaver Easy Lift Assist, OneTouch controls, Google Maps Workout Technology, Integrated Sled Push, Sled Push Bar, integrated cup holders, soft cushioning wireless charging, Bluetooth speakers, device rack, cup holders, small item compartments, fan, speed/incline switches, manual training mode 1-Step controls, precision quick speed controls, free iFIT, Google Maps Technology, closed captioning, bouncy & soft running deck, double layered belt, AutoBreeze fan, USB charging port, cup holders, phone holder, removable inserts, AutoAdjust Auto-Incline, Lanebreak, tray, cupholders, roller knobs & jump buttons, red centerline, 4 speakers, headphone jack, USB-C charging port., front-facing camera, microphone, Stacks, Leaderboard, heart rate zones, body activity tracking

In-depth Peloton Tread Treadmill Review: Testing & Analysis


Workout Experience

Here is an overview of what it is like to use the Peloton Tread+. Once you step up on the deck and select a workout in Peloton’s library, you’re ready to go. There are a lot of classes to choose from, but the search bar and suggested workouts are helpful to narrow down your choice. The 32” touch screen is large and bright. Once the belt starts moving, you feel a little bit of the vibrations underfoot from the motor that is tucked under the deck. When running, it feels firm underfoot. There isn’t a give in the deck like regular treadmills. Instead, it feels more like running on an outdoor track at a high school or college.

When the belt is disengaged, you have to push against the front handle to move it. It requires a good amount of hamstring activation to move the belt in Free Mode.

While running, there isn’t much foot noise, instead, the noise comes from the motor which gradually gets louder at higher speeds. Adjusting the speed and incline is easy with the roller knobs. They are easy to adjust the treadmill quickly, but it’s hard to get to specific speeds and inclines. The Tread+ adjusts between the speed and incline levels fast, so it’s good for interval training.


Dimensions/Storability

The Peloton Tread+ is a large treadmill. It doesn’t fold up and it requires a designated space for it to be used and stored. The Tread+ weighs 455 lbs. It is extremely heavy. When we had our model, it would take a couple of us to lift up the back end to engage the wheels and move it around. There are 2 front transport wheels, but they’re small, and lifting the treadmill to use the wheels, is challenging. Make sure to have a spot for the Tread+ to stay.

Its dimensions are 75” long, 36.5” wide, and 72” tall. Peloton suggests keeping 24” to the left, right, and front of the treadmill, as well as 78.7” of space at the rear cleared when you’re using it. You’ll need to factor in all of these dimensions to determine if you have enough floor space.

When inclined, the Peloton Tread+ is 6’8” tall. The deck is about 18” tall at the front when fully inclined. We recommend adding around 30” to your height to determine if you have a tall enough ceiling to use the Tread+.

Onboard Workouts & Apps

Most treadmills that include touchscreens, also come with subscription training content. The Peloton Tread+ comes with trainer-led workout videos available to stream directly from the touch screen. Peloton is arguably most known for its training content. It is a big reason to consider the Tread+ since it is one of only 2 treadmills that Peloton offers to stream their membership directly from the screen and utilize all of the features included with the membership.

Peloton All-Access Membership

Here is what you can expect from Peloton’s All-Access Membership. First, it costs $44 per month. It’s a little higher in price than other subscription training platforms like iFIT. The training content has a significant following though, with dedicated members.

peloton membership content

You’ve probably seen Peloton’s content.

It features an instructor in front of a camera often riding an exercise bike or running on a treadmill. These studio workouts are what Peloton is known for. Peloton is especially known for its instructors. Many who are recruited from smaller gyms all over the world, make Peloton as popular as it is. Most of the trainers have significant followings outside of Peloton, too. The instructors make you feel like you know them. They’re like having a personal trainer in the comfort of your own home, while also having a friend to workout with. This is at least how Peloton makes most members feel while using the membership. If you’ve taken some Peloton workouts, you probably have a favorite instructor or a few favorites.

peloton tread+ class library

The workouts are filmed live and on-demand.

Each workout has a leaderboard on the side so you can see who else is taking (or has taken) the workout as well as how you rank. The leaderboard is for competing and creating a sense of community. You can give and receive virtual high-fives, which is a nice way for people to connect and cheer each other on.

The library mainly consists of indoor, studio workouts on the treadmill, exercise bike, rower, and on the mat for strength training, yoga, and more. There are outdoor-filmed workouts that follow one of Peloton’s instructors through real-life locations as they run or hike. There aren’t as many of these workouts though.

When you don’t want to follow along with a trainer, you can take Peloton’s Lanebreak workouts. These are games where you hit specific targets as your avatar rolls down different lanes. You change your speed and incline to change lanes to hit the targets to collect points. Each game is structured as a complete workout with a warm-up and cool-down.

All of Peloton’s workouts, including the Lanebreak workouts, feature curated playlists of music. Peloton even has Artist Series that focuses on specific musicians. Peloton really does well with its music. Most workouts have a theme that revolves around the music too like Pop Runs, and 90s Dance Runs.

Also included with the membership are preloaded streaming apps. These include Netflix, Max, Disney+, YouTube, TV, and the NBA app. You must be subscribed to Peloton’s All-Access Membership to stream these directly from the Tread+’s screen. You then log into each app with your account for each of the apps.

The “Just Run” mode is the treadmill’s manual mode where you can do your own thing while tracking your metrics on a blank screen.

Onboard Workouts

I think a big reason to get the Peloton Tread+, is to use it with the subscription training content. Peloton only has 2 treadmills in their lineup, and the Tread+ is the premium model with more training features that are often utilized in the running workouts.

You can use the Tread+ without a subscription. The “Just Run” mode is available to do your own thing and there’s a featured Peloton trainer-led workout available to take. This is it as far as content on the screen though. You can’t stream from Netflix or the other 3rd-party apps, you have to subscribe to the membership to use them.

Console

The console is similar to the Peloton Tread, but it has a large 32” touch screen. The screen is of nice quality, although it hasn’t been updated since the treadmill was originally released a few years ago.

peloton tread+ screen tilting

It tilts up and down so you can point it at you, depending on your height.

This screen is one of the largest on home treadmills. The NordicTrack X32i also has a 32” touch screen. The screen doesn’t pivot to either side, like the NordicTrack 2450. It would be nice if it did for the Peloton mat classes. You still should be able to see the instructor just fine while standing behind the deck for those classes though.

The console is really streamlined, just like the Peloton Tread. It has a stop button to stop the belt and wake the treadmill when it is in sleep mode. There is also a button for the speaker volume.

peloton tread+ roller knobs

Other than these, the Tread+ has roller adjustment knobs on either side of the handles.

The roller knobs are to roll your palms over to adjust the speed (on the right) and incline (on the left). They’re a little sensitive and harder to adjust to specific speed and incline levels.

When you press the middle of the roller knobs, you can jump to even metrics. So, if you’re at 3.3 mph, when you press it, it will increase to 4 mph. You can set 3 preset speeds to adjust quickly on the touch screen in the workouts, too.

The Peloton Tread has an Auto-Incline feature that adjusts the grade of the deck based on the instructor’s cues. I’m assuming the Tread+ will have this. It was added to the Tread with a software update, so it should be easy to add to the Peloton Tread+.

The speakers are clear and adjustable to listen mainly to the instructor or the music or balance between them.

peloton tread+ storage tray

The console has minimal storage.

There is a tray with 2 cupholders for your water and phone. The tray is made out of plastic and it’s pretty flimsy. Water bottles tend to rattle while running. There isn’t a device rack to watch content from your phone or tablet.

The Peloton Tread+ now has a Tread Lock which locks the screen and puts the Tread+ to sleep after 45 seconds of inactivity. You’ll create a 4-digit passcode to unlock it. This is an added safety feature.


Build Quality

The Peloton Tread+ has a sleek design like the Peloton Tread. It features a flat, slat belt though, which definitely adds more training options. The belt is similar to treadmills like the Sole ST90, Technogym SkillRun, and Woodway 4Front. The Technogym and Woodway are commercial treadmills that are made for public use. The Peloton Tread+ is for home use.

The Peloton Tread+ has a 300 lb weight limit. For a treadmill that weighs around 450 lbs, we expected the weight capacity to be higher. This weight limit is the same as many smaller and lighter treadmills that fold up, like the NordicTrack 2450 and 1750. Even Sole’s entry-level folding treadmill, the F63, has a 325 lb weight limit.

Frame

The frame is made out of carbon steel, like the Tread. It supports the deck with 4 adjustable leveling feet underneath so you can prevent it from rocking. Solid steel beams reinforce the deck and the slat belt offers good support. The uprights are made of steel to support the console and handles.

There is some screen wobble. The screen attaches to the console with a single steel bar at the back. When you run at higher speeds, the screen shakes, just like on the Peloton Tread. Unfortunately, sleeker designs sometimes mean less support. The Tread+ is solid in the deck, but the console and large 32” touch screen could be more stable.

The handles are very similar to the Tread. They extend along the sides of the deck and are pretty slim. The front handle is also one continuous piece so it’s easy to grab.

peloton tread+ side of deck

Along the side of the deck is a zipper storage pocket.

It isn’t very deep but it could hold some resistance bands. It isn’t big enough for dumbbells or anything like that.

Motor

The Peloton Tread+ has 2.0 HP AC motor. AC motors are commonly found in commercial treadmills. They are built for heavy use, like the foot traffic that treadmills in public gyms have. They perform better than DC motors, which are found in most home treadmills.

Considering its price, this motor is appropriate. Even the Sole ST90, which is priced at about $2000 less, has a 2.0 HP AC motor. AC motors are louder than DC motors, so just keep this in mind. The Tread+’s motor is pretty loud when it is increased to its highest speeds.

The motor moves the belt up to 12.5 mph. This is just under a 5-minute mile running pace. This is pretty comparable to most home treadmills.

peloton tread+ inclined

The Tread+ also inclines up to 15%.

It doesn’t decline at all and the incline is lower than other treadmills like the NordicTrack X32i.

Deck

The deck is the most unique feature that the Tread+ has. There aren’t very many flat, slat belt treadmills on the market. The deck is 20” wide and 67” long. There is plenty of room to run for all stride lengths. This deck length is actually longer than most treadmills, including the X32i which has a 65” long running surface.

peloton tread+ belt

The belt is made out of rubber slats that absorb the shock when your feet land.

It feels different to run on than regular belted treadmills though. The slats are absorbent, but there isn’t any give in the deck. This is the bounce felt while running on treadmills with regular belts. It feels firm to run on, some of our experts describe it as running on an outdoor track. When we had the Tread+, many of us would get some discomfort in our legs after running on it, because of the lack of give in the deck.

You’ll most likely find the deck to feel pretty firm and you might fatigue faster while running on the Tread+ than when you run on other treadmills or even outside. When I run on flat, slat-belt treadmills, I find it easier to run when I shift to a mid or forefoot strike, rather than my default heel strike pattern.

Because of the slat belt, I think the Tread+ is for people looking for a serious workout. Whether you’re a runner or you want to challenge yourself, this is a treadmill for that.

Another challenging feature is “Free Mode”. This disengages the belt from the motor, so you can move and control the pace of the belt with your feet. You have to hold onto the front handle and push from it to get the belt moving. The belt is heavy, so it’s hard to move without the momentum from pushing off from the handle. You can’t incline the deck in Free Mode like you can with the Sole ST90 Treadmill though.

Safety Features

With the Peloton Tread+ being recalled in the past because of safety issues following the death of a child and other reported injuries, you’re probably wondering if the Tread+ is now safe. Peloton has included a safety guard at the back of the deck. We haven’t tested this to see exactly how effective it is, so we can’t say for certain that the Tread+ is now safe.

The big issue before was the slat belt causing people and pets to get caught and pulled under the treadmill. Slat belts in general have the potential to catch fingers, hair, or paws between them, unfortunately. Because the Tread+ is motorized, it is more dangerous than manual treadmills. All motorized treadmills can be dangerous, so it is important to keep the area clear from children and pets when using any treadmill.

With that said Peloton has implemented a safety guard at the rear of the deck. It is designed to immediately stop the belt when the guard is pulled. The way it is designed, it should prevent anything and anyone from getting pulled under the deck. We are glad that Peloton has implemented this safety feature, along with the locking screen that locks the treadmill after 45 seconds of inactivity, which I mentioned earlier.

It is important to know that the Peloton Tread+ is the same treadmill that was recalled before, it just has safety features now. This isn’t a new treadmill.

Warranty

Considering how pricy the Tread+ is, it only comes with a 5-year frame, motor, and belt warranty. It also comes with a 1-year warranty for the touchscreen and most components. Many treadmills that are priced a lot lower come with better warranties.

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The Peloton Tread+ is back. This isn’t a new treadmill, but it has added safety features that will hopefully make it safer for users. The Peloton Tread+ is more expensive now than when it was available years ago.

Is it for you? The Peloton Tread+ is one to consider if you love Peloton’s content and want the most amount of training features. The Peloton Tread+ is the premium treadmill model from the brand, so if you want a treadmill with the most training options from Peloton, this one is it. I think the Tread+ is better suited for athletes and workout enthusiasts who want a challenging treadmill. The flat, slat-belt design will probably have you fatiguing faster than other treadmills and maybe even the road outside. The Free Mode adds even more training variables and the powerful 2.0 HP AC motor can handle a lot of use.

Keep in mind that the Tread+ is very large and heavy, so it’s best kept on the first floor and in a designated spot. It is also louder than most home treadmills with DC motors. If you are only interested in Peloton’s training content then the Peloton Tread is probably the better choice for you, it’s lower in price and more compact. If you don’t care about competing on the leaderboard and using Peloton Lanebreak, then I would consider checking out our list of the best treadmills on the market. There are plenty of treadmills that offer subscription training content, as well as ones that you can use with the Peloton App.


Peloton Tread+ Review Q&A / FAQs

Why did Peloton get rid of the Tread+?

Following several reported injuries and the death of a child, Peloton recalled the Tread+. The Peloton Tread+ is now back on the market. It is the same treadmill as before but with safety features. It features a safety guard at the back of the deck that stops the belt when the guard is pulled to prevent pulling objects or people underneath the deck. The Tread+ also locks after 45 seconds of inactivity and requires a 4-digit passcode to unlock.

Can you watch Netflix on the Peloton Tread+?

You can stream from Netflix when you subscribe to Peloton’s All-Access Membership on the touch screen. You will need to log into your account for Netflix after subscribing, but Netflix is available with Peloton’s training content.

What was the design flaw of the Peloton Tread+?

The Peloton Tread+ has a rubber slat belt that fingers, hair, paws, or other objects could get caught in. The original treadmill before it was recalled didn’t have a guard or safety feature to stop the belt, besides a safety key. This caused children and pets to get pulled under the deck.

Is our Peloton Tread+ Treadmill review a paid review?

We were not paid to create this review of the Peloton Tread+. When we had the Peloton Tread+, before it was recalled, we purchased the Tread+ ourselves to test it out. That way we could provide you with this review.

About the Author

Sydney Kaiser, ISSA-CPT, ISSA Nutritionist Certification
Sydney is a certified fitness instructor, personal trainer, and sports nutritionist who combines her passion for fitness, health, and wellness with her passion for writing. After graduating from UC Riverside with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, she began teaching indoor cycling and Lagree Fitness group fitness classes to people of all ages and abilities. Raised in Central Michigan, Sydney grew up training and competing on the Arabian Horse Association circuit through both Regional and National levels in Dressage and Sport Horse classes. In college, Sydney went on to compete at the collegiate level as a Division 1 equestrian athlete. Here at TRG, Sydney relies on her extensive background in fitness when reviewing and recommending all kinds of fitness, recovery, and health-related products.

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