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Treadmill Buying Guide and Review
Below is our treadmill buying guide for you in case you are looking for a treadmill and need these things to consider more carefully.
We all feel that it is quite tedious to find the best treadmill that suits your budget and satisfy what you are looking for. After many studies, we found out that because it is natural to walk or run, people can make use of a treadmill more than other fitness equipment. That’s why people tend to use it longer for each session as well as keep using the treadmill itself in a longer time.
Generally, we have 3 price ranges: budget ($500-$1,500), mid-range ($1,500-$3,000) and quality (higher than $3,000). We all know that we get what we pay for, but for most of us, it is such an investment to buy a treadmill, no matter which price range we choose. Make sure that you have considered some significant sales and discounts and select the best in that price range.
Treadmill Motor and Horsepower
You may be confused when looking at the horsepower (HP) ratings. Remember that the “peak duty” rating is less valuable than the “continuous duty rating”. You should shop for 1.5 to 2.5 HP “continuous duty.” Between the continuous duty and the peak duty falls the “treadmill duty”. If you prefer quiet motor, you can choose DC (direct current) ones.
The motor is quite important because it gets the heaviest workouts, so try to look for at least 1 year warranty on the motor.
Treadmill Stability and Smooth Ride
You should wear your workout shoes and clothes when testing treadmills. First, check if the belt is wide enough and long enough for your stride. Second, the hand rails should be in the position which is convenient for you to grip and does not block your arm motion. Moreover, if you get a shaky or jerky ride, or you feel the hand rails are not sturdy enough, you should reconsider.
Treadmill Workout Features
You should choose a treadmill which offers many interesting features so as to not kill your workouts with boredom. Different pre-set and programmable workouts, a pulse monitor, a water bottle holder and a book rack can satisfy you. You may find it is convenient to have the incline and speed easily adjusted from the console. You can also try a treadmill which has a media jack or allows you to access to the internet for new workouts.
- Treadmill Accessories, Books, Video
Noise and Space
If you have the habit of enjoying some movies or music when exercising, you’d better choose a quiet treadmill. One more thing is that some treadmills look quite small in the store or showroom but when you bring them home, they might become a huge elephant. So, make sure that you have carefully checked its size when folded or stored, as well as tested if it is easy to move or not.
Manual Treadmills vs. Motorized Treadmills
Most of us tend to buy a manual treadmill because of its low price. But manual ones often have difficulty in getting moving without using an extreme incline. It is also inconvenient when you can’t change the incline while you are working out. Besides, when the price is low, the construction might be less solid.
Treadmill Bargains and Alternatives
In case you have some financial problem and can’t afford for a brand-new treadmill, you can try some alternatives to find some bargain ones. You can look through some tips on how to have a good treadmill without a big sum of money, or to use someone else’s good treadmill. Besides, you may like trying elliptical trainers which give a lower impact workout while you are having a full-body workout. You will love to hear that best quality elliptical trainers have the same price with bargain treadmills, so you get more out of an elliptical trainer than a treadmill.
Folding Treadmills vs. Non-Folding
Nowadays, there are some folding models beside the stationary treadmills. If you have limited space, you can consider a folding treadmill which is easy to move and easy to fold, but still have acceptable stability and weight capacity.