Are Peloton treadmills worth the money?

Customers are worried about how the Peloton subscription for the Tread+ has changed

Woman on treadmill
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The Peloton Tread only launched last year - but it hasn't been a very smooth ride.

Now fans of the fitness empire are concerned about how the Peloton subscription for the Tread+ has changed - meaning you can't just jump on the treadmill and start running if you don't have their more expensive all-access package. 

If you've heard murmurings of it on Twitter there's no need to worry though, as the 'Just Run' feature is coming back. It's down to a software update and safety feature, Treadlock, that the company has installed on the treadmills.

Better still Peloton is aware of the impact on its non-all-access subscribers and is offering them the full package for the next three months - for free. It's not the first time Peloton Treads have been under fire though - with the Tread+ being recalled in May after serious injuries were reported.  

There are many other options for at-home treadmills, other than Peloton though, so if you're worried about this feature, check out our guide to the best treadmills. 

Man on a Peloton tread

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So, at nearly $4000 are Peloton Treads+, which are only available in the US, and their access-all subscriptions worth it?

The luxury treadmills feature a 32-inch HD touchscreen, a shock-absorbing slat belt and speeds that go up to 12.5mph. The immersive experience is also big for them - with access to thousands of classes, meaning you won't just be running, but can sign up to live and on-demand marathon training, sprints and incline training classes - with an instructor encouraging you every step of the way.

While the all-access subscriptions, which are priced at $39, and can be used by your whole household, gives you access to the live classes, with leaderboards, giving you the effect of being in a real class. The cheaper subscription gives you access to all the on-demand classes, including a tread Bootcamp and running classes. And even if you don't own a Peloton bike or tread you can still benefit from the subscription - with on-demand fitness classes and audio running tracks.

Peloton also launched their smaller tread this month in the US, with a smaller screen. The tread, which is available in the UK, is nearly half the price of the Tread+ at $2495.

Sarah Finley
Sarah Finley

Sarah is a freelance journalist who writes about fitness and wellbeing for the BBC, Woman&Home and Tech Radar. During lockdown she found her love of running outside again and now attempts to run around 50 miles a month. When it comes to other fitness, she loves a sweaty cardio session – although since she’s been working out from home she’s sure her downstairs neighbors aren’t too happy about it. She also loves to challenge herself - and has signed up to do hiking holidays, intense bootcamps and last year she went on her dream activity holiday: paddle boarding around deserted islands in Croatia. On her rest days, she loves to recover with a simple yoga flow session – the perfect antidote to her active fitness schedule.