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The Difference Between Home Treadmills vs. Health Club Treadmills
While treadmills for commercial are built like a tank to stand constant daily usage and can run for up to 10 hours/day, home treadmills may only get used a few hours/week. The below guidelines may be necessary if you are going to purchase a home treadmill. Try to buy the right treadmill now so that you won’t have to buy another one a few years later.
How Much to Spend for a Home Treadmill?
It is quite hard to find a good treadmill with a cheap price. If you are not sure how much a home treadmill is, please don’t look at the several-hundred-dollar Icon treadmills in Wal-Mart and think that is the price of a good home treadmill.
It’s going to be a significant investment if you want sturdy and long-lasting home treadmill. You know, these machines take an excessive beating if used regularly. You can have a good treadmill for regular use from $1,000. But if you just plan to walk occasionally, there’s no need to spend up to$3,000 to end up having a big and luxury toy.
How Will You Use the Home Treadmill?
Think about your purpose. If you need a treadmill just for casual walking, you can save a couple of thousand dollars than when you need it because you are training for a marathon.
- Treadmill for Marathon or Half-Marathon Training: A treadmill with long deck, strong motor and very sturdy construction is for users training for a marathon. Many different challenging programs and additional features are needed as motivation and enhancement for their performance.
- Treadmill for Exercise Walking: People need a treadmill for moderate use can choose models which have a medium size motor with an 18″ wide belt. That treadmill doesn’t need to have a long deck and its overall design just needs to accommodate occasional walking.
What are Your Short-Term and Long-Term Fitness Goals?
Some users at the beginning plan to use their home treadmill to walk just a few times a week, but finally after a short time, they start to “love to exercise” and could start walking everyday. So you’d better think of it now and spend a few hundred extra dollars for a stronger treadmill. Doing that is much easier than to getting rid of your current model when it can’t withstand your fitness goals any more.
What is the Weight and Height of the Treadmill User(s)?
You should know that it is a standard practice for manufacturers to exaggerate their treadmills’ weight capacity. So you’d better minus about 50-75 lbs. The impact when you run is 2 ½ times your body weight and that impact is considerably less when you walk. So those who weigh in over 200 lbs should choose models which can handle the additional impact to make sure it is stable and endurable.
- Treadmills for Users Over 250 Pounds: Model that claims its weight capacity to at least 300 lbs is a good choice for you. And try to avoid models with ½-inch deck, it may break from users in this range. You’d better look for a 1″ thick deck.
- Treadmills for Taller Users: Treadmills with longer walking surface is recommended. While walkers who are over 6-foot should look for treadmills which offer a 53″ walking surface at least, runners with the same height should look for 54″ models. For users who are higher than 6’2″, stretch models which offer a 60-62″ walking surface can be considered. You may notice that there is a part of the deck that is covered by plastic shrouds, and some manufacturers rate the length of their treadmills by the deck. So, make sure you distinguish between the length of the deck and the length of actual walking surface. Usually, the later may be several inches shorter.
How Many People will use the Home Treadmill?
Two or three users means the treadmill is double or triple used. Cheap Treadmill can’t last if it must go through such an abuse when used frequently. That’s the reason why their warranties are relatively short. Below are general guidelines:
- Two Walkers: At least $1,000.
- Two Joggers: At least $1,500.
- Two Runners: At least $2,000.
- Multiple Profiles: Models that allow users to store their profiles and call up previous used programs and can be a good choice.
Treadmill Warranties Reflect Quality
You should never forget that the warranty is always a good indication of the quality of the treadmill. If a treadmill has poor construction and cheap component, it is impossible for the manufacturer to offer you a long-term warranty. It is very important to purchase treadmills with reasonable warranties (at least five years on motor, 2 years on parts one year of service)