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5 Best Treadmill with Auto Incline in 2021

Let’s face it; a treadmill with auto incline is a must have for any workout buff. One of the benefits of this treadmill is it allows for hiit workouts which according to the latest research burns more calories per minute compared to when exercising on a traditional treadmill.  

Below, we cover 7 best treadmill with incline function. These treadmills offer incline ranges between 0 – 15%. They are well cushioned to minimize impact and stress on joints and back.

 You’ll also enjoy preset workout programs that take the guesswork out of your exercise journey.

Our top recommendation is the Bowflex T216. It can handle anything you throw at it. And, if you are on budget, the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7515 is a nice pick. 

However, its incline range, weight capacity, and speeds are lower compared to what the Bowflex treadmill with incline offers. To start off, here are our top three picks.

Product Name
Budget Option
Sunny Health & Fitness…
Best Premium
Bowflex BXT216 Treadmill
ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill
Sunny Health & Fitness...
Bowflex BXT216 Treadmill
ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill
• 12 preset programs • Backlit LCD • Foldable frame • Bluetooth connectivity
• 11 workout programs • Contact and Telemetry heart rate monitoring • 9-inch backlit display • Power incline
• 32 onboard programs • 7-inch HD screen • iFit enabled • EKG grip sensors
Weight capacity
250 lbs
300 lbs
Budget Option
Product Name
Sunny Health & Fitness…
Sunny Health & Fitness...
• 12 preset programs • Backlit LCD • Foldable frame • Bluetooth connectivity
Weight capacity
250 lbs
Best Premium
Product Name
Bowflex BXT216 Treadmill
Bowflex BXT216 Treadmill
• 11 workout programs • Contact and Telemetry heart rate monitoring • 9-inch backlit display • Power incline
Weight capacity
Product Name
ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill
ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill
• 32 onboard programs • 7-inch HD screen • iFit enabled • EKG grip sensors
Weight capacity
300 lbs

1. Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7515 Smart Treadmill

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+ 12 preset programs

+ Backlit LCD

+ Foldable frame

+ Bluetooth connectivity

+ Soft Drop system

+ EKG grip sensors

+ Shock absorption


+ Frame Size: 64.5 x 28 x 50.5 inches

+  Running deck: 49.5 x 16.5 inches

+  Motor: 2.2HP

+  Speed: 1 – 8 mph

+  Incline: 0 – 12%        

+  Weight: 121 pounds

+  User capacity: 250 lbs

+  Warranty: Frame 3 years, parts 90 days

Sunny Health & Fitness has for over 2 decades designed and produced some of the best exercise equipment for home use. I especially love their Asuna fold flat treadmill.

 For this review, we’ll look at a treadmill that is very similar to the Asuna treadmill, the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7515 Smart Treadmill. The key difference between these two treadmills is this particular model comes with the incline feature.

Frame: When choosing a treadmill with auto incline, you have to consider three things; frame design, size, and weight. The design, foldable or non-folding, and size determines the space it takes while the weight determines its portability and how much weight it can support.

The SF-T7515 treadmill with incline comes with a frame that measures 64.5 x 28 x 50.5 inches. We found that this frame does not need a lot of space. It’s also foldable, making it easy to stow away. For portability, the manufacturer has added transport wheels to the base of the frame.

This Sunny and Health treadmill with auto incline weighs 121 pounds which is light enough to move around and support users up to 250 pounds.

Running deck: With a tread measuring 49.5 x 16.5, this treadmill with auto incline offers enough space for walking, jogging, and running. The tread is made up of several layers including a shock absorbing layer that absorbs impact, reducing stress on your joints and back.

Motor: This folding treadmill with auto incline comes with a 2.2 HP motor. Honestly, this motor is ideal for light exercising only. We recommend you use it for walking, jogging and light running exercises. If you are looking for a treadmill that can handle serious training, look at the next treadmill on this list.

Console: The SF-T7515 comes with a basic console. But, it’s well lit and easy to read. It allows you to keep an eye on calories burned, distance and time. You can also select a workout program from the 12 onboard programs.

Incline: Now, for intense workout, you have to make good use of the SF-T7515’s incline function. It offers incline between 0 – 12%. Incline on a treadmill feels like climbing up a hill which makes you work harder and exercise more muscles.

What we like

  • Bluetooth connectivity and speakers allow you to listen to music or your favorite podcast
  • Frame foldable to save space
  • Soft Drop system makes it easy to unfold the treadmill
  • Comes with handrails for stability and built-in pulse sensors for heart rate monitoring

What we didn’t like

  • Does not come with cooling fan
  • No wireless heart rate monitoring

2. Bowflex T216 Treadmill with Auto Incline

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+ 11 workout programs

+ Contact and Telemetry heart rate monitoring

+ 9-inch backlit display

+ Power incline

+ 4 user profiles

+ JRNY compatible

+ Three-ply running belt

+ Zwift compatible

+ Water bottle holder


+ Frame size: 85 x 39 x 55 inches

+ Running deck: 60 x 22 inches

+ Motor: 4.0 CHP

+ Speed: 0 – 12 mph

+ Incline: 0 – 15%

+ Weight: 341 lbs

+ User capacity: 400 lbs

+ Warranty: Frame and motor 15 years, Parts and electronics 5 years, labor 2 years

If you are a serious runner looking for treadmill that can handle intense workouts, the Bowflex T216 is the right treadmill for you. This beast comes with a powerful 4.0 CHP motor that works efficiently without overheating.

As for the frame, it’s pretty heavy. Weighing around 341 pounds the guarantees users of stability when exercising. It supports up to 400 pounds, making it perfect for heavy persons. 

Compared to the previous treadmill’s frame, this frame is larger, 85 x 39 x 55 inches, which means you need to set aside more space.

The frame is foldable for space saving, but honestly, with its weight it’ll be cumbersome to keep folding it and unfolding it whenever you want to exercise. So, our recommendation is you set aside enough space.

For the running deck you get a large 60 by 22 inches three-ply tread. This belt is large enough for walking, jogging, running and sprinting. If you want to try high intensity interval training on the treadmill, this treadmill with auto incline is perfect for hiit training. The deck is maintenance free.

Earlier I mentioned the 4.0 CHP motor, and this is what most commercial treadmills come with. The powerful motor ensures the treadmill can withstand intense training sessions.

When it comes to the upper part, console, you get a large 9-inch backlit display. This large backlit screen makes it easy to view your workout profile, keep track on your stats, pick a program or incline level. For programs, you get 11 preset programs that are ideal for different fitness levels.  

Apart from the onboard programs you can access JRNY app by Bowflex. With this workout app you can customize your workouts by selecting any route in the world and get fitness tips from coaches.

Lastly, this treadmill with power incline enables you to monitor your heart rate as you work out. It comes with a telemetry chest strap and built-in pulse sensors on the handrails for heart rate monitoring.

Other premium features you’ll enjoy include built-fan to keep you cool as you work out, a bottle holder so you can keep hydrating as you run, and speakers for entertainment.

What we like

  • Frame equipped with Soft Drop system for easy unfolding
  • Comes with a USB charging port for your devices         
  • Comes with a strong warranty
  • Support more weight than most treadmills with auto incline
  • Tread well cushioned to prevent injury

What we didn’t like

  • Quite heavy to move around
  • Takes time to assemble  

Here is more on the Bowflex T216

3. Sole F63 Treadmill

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+ 10 preset programs

+ LCD display

+ Cushioned flex whisper deck

+ Bluetooth audio speakers

+ USB port

+ Tablet holder

+ Contact pulse sensors

+ Easy Assist folding mechanism


+ Unfolded  size: 33 x 75 x 58 inches

+ Folded size: 68 x 43 inches

+  Running deck: 60 x 20 inches

+  Motor: 3.0 CHP

+ Speed: 0 – 12 mph

+  Incline: 0 – 15%

+  Weight: 260 lbs

+  Use r capacity: 325 lbs

+  Warranty: Frame lifetime, Parts and electronics 3 years, labor 1 year

The Sole F63 treadmill is another awesome treadmill with auto incline. It comes with loads of features and is quite affordable.

Its frame is lighter than the Bowflex T216’s treadmill. So, yes, it’ll hold less weight. However, it can support up to 325 lbs which is enough for most people. The frame is foldable to save space.

When it comes to the running deck, it features Sole’s CushionFlex technology which reduces impact by up to 40%. Your joints, back, and ankles will be well protected. The deck is large, 60 x 20 inches, and allows for intense trainings.

This folding treadmill with incline comes with a powerful 3.0 CHP motor which ensures the treadmill runs quietly. This motor is kept cool by built-in flywheels which make sure it lasts longer than its competitors.  

The F63 comes with a basic well-lit console. This 6.5-inch LCD console lets you track distance, calorie burn, speed and time and pick a program. 

Speaking of programs this inclining treadmill offers 10 onboard programs; 6 guided workouts where the treadmill will automatically incline and set the needed speed, 2 programs for heart rate monitoring that pushes your cardio endurance, and two that allows you to customize your workout based on your BMI (Body Mass Index)

For speed, the F63 incline treadmill speeds range from 0 – 12 MPH. the average man has can run up to 8 mph while a woman has speeds of up to 6.5 mph.

The speed range makes it perfect for treadmill sprinting. And the with powerful motor, you can be assured your workouts will be smooth.

Automatic incline ranges between 0 – 15%. These ranges are great for people of different fitness levels. The higher the incline level, the harder your body will work, toning your lower body faster.

What we like

  • Sole F63 is compatible with most wireless chest straps
  • Comes with a very strong warranty
  • Comes with cooling fans to keep user cool
  • Bluetooth audio speakers for entertainment

What we didn’t like

  • Not compatible to workout apps such as iFit
  • Accelerate slowly compared to the Bowflex T216 treadmillfY

4. OMA Home Treadmill

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+ 3 workout programs

+ 3 LCD screens

+ Folding frame

+ Accessory tray

+ Manual incline

+ Pulse reading feature

+ Safety key


+ Unfolded size: 27 x 62.4 x 51.6 inches

+ Folded size: 27 x 43 x 53.1 inches

+ Running deck: 50 x 16.5 inches

+ Speed: 0.5 to 8.1 mph

+ Motor: 2.25 CHP

+ Weight: 104 pounds       

+ User capacity: 220 lbs

+ Warranty: 12 months

Oma is a less known brand compared to brands such as Sunny Health and Fitness. But, we were really impressed by the versatility and performance of their home treadmill. This fitness machine is perfect for anyone on a budget.

Its ships preassembled and comes with instructions for easy assembling. The frame is light, 104 lbs, so you don’t have to worry about moving it plus it’s foldable for easy storage. Unfortunately, being light means its weight capacity is lower than most treadmills with incline. It can support up to 220 lbs.

Its tread almost the same size as the SF-T7525’s treadmill and is well cushioned to absorb impact and protect your body. The tread is slip resistant and runs on a 2.25 HP motor.

The motor provides a smooth workout experience for up to 40 minutes. If you want to extend your workouts for longer, it is advisable you give it at least 10 minutes to cool.  This motor allows speeds from 0.6 mph to 8.1 mph.

For the console, the Oma treadmill with incline comes with a basic console. The LCD display indicates time, speed, heart rate and distance only. No Bluetooth connectivity or fitness apps. For heart rate reading, you have to hold onto the handrails while exercising. The handrails come with built-in pulse sensors.

For guided workouts, this smart treadmill with auto incline treadmill offers 36 preset workout programs that will help you tone different muscle groups.

This Oma treadmill is integrated with incline function. It offers 3 incline positions. The drawback is that the incline can only be set manually. This means you have to get off the treadmill to set your preferred incline level.

What we like                                              

  • Integrated with a safety key for emergency stops
  • Easy to assemble and low maintenance
  • Energy efficient
  • Controls on the handrails for easy reaching

What we didn’t like

  • Does not offer features such as cooling fan and USB port
  • Device holder not strategically placed. Covers the LCD window

5. Gold’s Gym Trainer 720 Treadmill with Power Incline

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+ 18 workout programs

+ LED window display

+ IPod compatible

+ Dual speakers

+ Cool Aire workout fan


+ Frame size: 73 x 36 x 56 inches

+ Running deck: 55 x 20 inches

+ Motor: 2.6 CHP

+ Speed: 0 – 10 mph

+ Power incline: 0 – 10%

+Weight: 203 pounds

+ User capacity: 300 lbs

+ Warranty: 25 years Frame, 1  years parts and labor

The Gold’s Gym Trainer 720 Treadmill with Power Incline is another awesome treadmill for home use. This versatile treadmill is competitively priced, making it perfect for anyone on a budget.

It ships preassembled. You need to put together the handrails and it’s an easy job. When fully assembled, this treadmill with auto incline measures 73 x 36 x 56 inches and weighs 203 lbs. it’s not small, so make sure to leave enough space.

At 203 lbs, the frame is heavy to move around but thankfully the manufacturer has integrated it with wheels for easy portability. Apart from wheels, the manufacturer has added rubber stabilizers on the base to ensure user stability regardless of the type of floor.

You’ll love the Gold’s Gym Trainer 720 Treadmill with Power Incline’s deck. Measuring 55 x 20 inches, it’s slightly smaller than what the T216 offers but it’s still large enough for most exercises. 

The 1 ply tread is integrated with AirStride cushioning technology to ensure it minimizes impact on joints by up to 25%. You can exercise without worrying about long term injury.

The Gold’s Gym 720 treadmill comes with 2.6 CHP motor. This commercial grade motor allows you to exercise for close to 1 hour without chocking or overheating. The motor allows for speeds of up to 10 mph and operates quietly. You can control the speeds via the console.

Speaking of console, this particular Gold’s gym model comes with a monitor that is divided into three parts. These parts indicate time, heart rate, speed, incline, distance, and calorie burn. From the console you can also pick a workout program for the 18 onboard programs.

These programs are further divided into 4 different categories with the treadmill set to automatically change the speed and incline depending on the program you choose. 

For heart rate tracking, the handrails are integrated with pulse sensors, which means you; have to hold the handrails to get accurate readings.

Other features you’ll enjoy include the built-fan to keep you cool, automatic incline, and accessory holders.

What we like

  • Comes with a strong warranty
  • One touch control make it easy to change speed and incline
  • Workout programs help you burn more calories

What we didn’t like

  • This folding treadmill with automatic incline is not telemetry enabled
  • Short labor and part warranties

6. Proform Pro 2000 Treadmill

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+ 32 onboard programs

+ 7-inch HD screen

+ iFit enabled

+ EKG grip sensors

+ CoolAire fan

+ EasyLift Assist

+ Dual speakers

+ Media shelf


+ Size: 80 x 40 x 63 inches

+ Running deck: 60 x 20 inches

+ Motor: 3.5 CHP

+ Speed: 0.5 – 12 mph      

+ Weight: 230 lbs

+ User capacity: 300 lbs

+ Warranty: 10 years frame, 2 years parts, 1 year labor 

The Proform Pro 2000 treadmill is one of the best treadmill with auto incline. Proform is one of the brands that can hold a candle to Bowflex. It offers high quality, affordable fitness products. 

Their Pro 2000 treadmill can give the Bowflex treadmill with incline a run for its money. Here are some features you’ll enjoy if you opt for this treadmill with auto incline.

Frame and deck: Heavy duty and stable just like what Bowflex offers. The frame is foldable, integrated with EasyLift Assist to make the process easier for users, and can be stored in an upright position to save space. 

This frame supports users up to 300 lbs. it’s deck is spacious enough for comfortable walking, jogging, running or sprinting.

 The tread is integrated with ProShox cushioning technology to minimize stress on joints and back. This deck runs smoothly and quietly, allowing you to workout for extended periods.

Motor: One of the components that ensure this treadmill with auto incline is quiet and operates for long is the 3.5 CHP motor. Together with the 2.5 inch rollers, this motor makes sure the belt moves efficiently without chocking.

Also, it allows speeds of up to 12 mph which allows for exercises such as hiit on treadmill.

Console: This Proform treadmill with incline features a 7-inch HD display. It helps you track the basics; time, speed, calories, distance and heart rate. On top of this you can use it to access workout programs and iFit.

Guided workouts: To help users take the guessing out of their workout routine, this inclining treadmill comes with 24 preset workout programs and iFit.

We recently discussed iFit on this article of treadmills with iFit. A simple explanation is, iFit gives you access to customized workouts for more calorie burn, access to world class trainers via online classes, customized trail running via Google Maps. In short, you’ll never have a boring, unfruitful workout day.

Intense workouts: Now, the Proform Pro 2000 offers both incline and decline function. Decline up to -3% and incline up to 15%. These two functions are controlled via the console and will help you burn more calories than when using a traditional treadmill.

Heart rate monitoring: For heart rate monitoring, this Proform treadmill with automatic incline has EKG pulse heart rate sensors integrated into the handrails and also comes with a chest strap that can be paired with the treadmill via Bluetooth.

What we like

  • Has coolaire fans that provide a cool breeze for cooling body
  • Features an auxiliary port and speakers for entertainment while working out
  • Comes with 1 year iFit family membership so you can share treadmill with members of your family
  • The Pro 2000 is a incline decline treadmill 

What we didn’t like

  • You’ll have to pay for iFit membership after the trial period

7. Nautilus T616 Treadmill

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+ 26 on-board programs

+ RunSocial App compatible

+ SoftDrop folding system

+ StrikeZone cushioning

+ Cooling fan                   

+ Bluetooth enabled

+ Telemetry enabled

+ USB port


+ Size: 77.2 x 35.2 x 57.6 inches

+ Running deck: 60 x 20 inches

+ Motor: 3.0 CHP

+ Speed: 0.5 – 12 mph

+ Power incline: 0 – 15%

+ Weight: 215 lbs

+ User capacity: 300 lbs

+ Warranty: 10 years frame and motor, Electronics and Parts 2 years, Labor 1 year

If you are looking for a treadmill that can handle heavy training, the Nautilus T216 is made for this. It offers adventure, intense training, and comfort.

Its frame is solidly built for safe, stable workouts. It supports up to 300 lbs and is ideal for tall users. The base also features floor stabilizers for added security. 

To accommodate users of different strides, it comes with a large 60 x 20 deck.  The belt is rugged to prevent slipping and integrated with StrikeDeck Zone cushioning protect your joints and back. 

The deck runs on a 3.0 CHP motor that ensures all workouts are quiet and smooth.

For the console, you get two LCD monitors that help you track speed, time, distance, heart rate and calorie burn. Also, can access the Nautilus T616’s preset programs via the console.

Now, if you love adventure, this treadmill with incline enables you to travel the world from the comfort of your home. All you have to do is pick any route in the world from the RunSocial app, download it, and you are good to go.

Through the RunSocial app you can also run with friends on long or short courses or join an existing event and enjoy the company of other runners around the world. Apart from RunSocial you can pair this inclining treadmill with other apps such as MyFitnessPal.

Incline on the T616 is another feature runners use to intensify their workouts. This inclining treadmill offer incline ranges from 0 – 15%. The controls are on the monitor for quick access.

What we like

  • 2.0 mm thick tread for user comfort
  • Telemetry enabled so you can use a chest strap for heart rate monitoring
  • Built-in cooling fans bring down your body temperatures when things heat up
  • Frame fold for easy storage

What we didn’t like

  • Heavy to move around

Benefits of Treadmill incline

Using a treadmill incline is equal to walking up a hill. This comes with innumerable benefits to the body. Here are the top 5 benefits of treadmill incline

1. Intensifies workouts:

There is something a treadmill with incline offers that a traditional treadmill cannot offer, intensity. If you’ve ever walked up a hill you can attest that your body worked harder against the force of gravity.

 A treadmill with auto incline engages your body in the same you. It makes sure your body uses more muscle group as it pushes its way up the tread.

2. Burns more calories:

When pushing your body against gravity, you will automatically use more strength which engages more muscles and burns more calories. So, if you  want to burn more calories per session, ensure to up that incline level.

3. Burn more fat:

As you burn more calories, the body will slowly start burning fat deposits in your body. This enables you to shed off weight faster than when using any other type of treadmill.

4. Builds muscles:

As your body sheds off fat, muscles will become more predominant. And as you continue to exercise, your muscles will become more defined.

5. Improves your health:

There is no doubt that you need to exercise for good health. Working out on a treadmill allows you to exercise at your own pace from the comfort of your home. As you shed off the pounds, your health improves drastically.

How to choose a treadmill with incline

Choosing the right treadmill might be somewhat difficult especially for first timers who are unsure of the features to look out for. But, we’ve got your back. Here are five things you should look out for which choosing a treadmill with power incline.

Frame: Most inclining treadmills are heavy; mostly between 200 and 350 lbs. the size of the frame ensures user stability while using the incline function. 

Also, it determines the amount of weight a treadmill can support. When choosing an inclining folding treadmill, make sure to check its weight capacity, foldability of the frame, and ensure the base has built-in transport wheels for portability. Also, ensure the frame is coated with paint for durability.

Tread: For the running belt there are two things you need to consider; its size and the cushioning. For jogging or light running, treadmills with smaller belt (40 x 16 inches) are okay. 

But, if you are looking for a treadmill that can handle serious exercising, opt for treadmill with a larger belt; anywhere from 50 x 17 inches would be okay.

Motor: Not all motors can handle intense exercising. After determining the types of exercise you’ll be doing on your treadmill, make sure the treadmill you pick has enough motor power to support that kind of exercising.

 In short, treadmills with CHP from 1 to 2.75 are ideal for walking, jogging and light running. You’ll also notice most are not compatible with serious workout apps such as iFit or RunSocial. 

For serious training, opt for treadmills with over 3.0 CHP. A motor with a continuous horse power of over 3.0 can operate without overheat and allows for higher speeds.

Console: Some treadmills with power incline come with basic consoles others come with powerful, full color HD console. The treadmill’s price dictates the type of console it comes with. 

Premium treadmills such as the Bowflex T216 and Nautilus T616 come with large screens that are easy-to-read and swipeable. Budget treadmills come with simple monitors that show the basis only; time, speed, distance and calorie burn.

Budget: If you want a treadmill with premium features, you’ll have to dig deeper into your pockets. Also, premium options offer power incliner or automatic incline.

Some budget options offer powered incline while others manual incline. While shopping for a treadmill, check out the features first and then ensure its within your budget.

Final thoughts

Working out from home is not only trendy but it ensures your safety, comfort and enables you to workout throughout the year.  A treadmill with auto incline is the perfect treadmill for intense workouts that ensure you burn more calories per minute.

The inclining treadmills above offer varied levels of incline, are well cushioned for comfort, and some are compatible with fitness apps. Any treadmill from this list is a worthy pick.

Last update on 2021-01-21 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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