Things to Consider When Buying a Treadmill

Running on a treadmill is a popular form of exercise with a number of health benefits ranging from burning calories to cardiovascular health. When looking to purchase a treadmill for your home, there are a number of things to consider. Here are some things to look at when comparing treadmills on the market.

The Price

Treadmills are usually a big expense, but as with most exercise equipment, you get what you pay for. In general, treadmills can be found in three distinct price ranges. The cheaper treadmills run between $500 and $1,500 while the next tier can range from $1,500 to $3,000. The top tier treadmills can run anywhere from $3,000 and up. Within these ranges, you’ll want to find the best treadmill available in the given bracket. Be sure to check for sales or discounts that may be available as you compare prices.

The Mechanics

Not all treadmills are made equally; there will be differences in the mechanics from one treadmill to the next. First, the motor of the treadmill should be considered as this will have an effect on the intensity of a workout. Some treadmills use horsepower ratings, but this can be perplexing. Instead, look at the continuous duty rating which can ranger between 1.5 to 2.5 horsepower continuous duty. Also, look for a treadmill with the longest warranty for the motor. You should also look for something with a direct current motor since they’re quieter and more suitable for a home.

You will also want to decide between folding treadmills and freestanding ones. Usually, the freestanding models are considered the better option, but the folding models have seen a lot of improvements since they were first developed. When looking at a folding treadmill, look for one that isn’t complicated to fold and unfold, look for stability, and weight capacity as these aspects can vary and make or break a purchase decision.

The Features

Treadmills provide a great workout, but a standard treadmill can be boring after a while. To shake up this sometimes mundane workout, look for a model with extra features that can make your workout better. Some treadmills will have pre-set workouts or programmable ones that will vary your pace or your incline during your run. Other models can hook up to the internet and provide you with new workouts.

With a variety of workouts available on some models, look for a treadmill that can easily be adjusted from the console in terms of speed and incline. For convenience, you may want a model with a book rack or a water bottle holder. By having a simple book rack, you can keep your mind occupied as you run so you won’t feel bored with a simple workout.

Other features that you can look into are pulse rate monitors and audio or video connections. These connections can allow you to connect to a television, computer, or stereo/MP3 player.

Stability and Smoothness

If you’re buying a treadmill in person, try it out in your workout shoes. If the treadmill is shaky while you’re running or walking on it, move on. You’ll also want to see that the rails of the treadmill are properly positioned for your arm motion and that the belt is wide enough for your particular stride. If you’re looking at treadmills online, like on websites like, try to read reviews and see what other people are saying about the treadmills in regards to the stability of the model in question.

Noise and Size

Finally, you should take your own home into consideration. Think about where you plan to put your treadmill and find a model that will fit that space. You should also see how hard it is to move the treadmill just in case you have to move it to another spot once you get it set up.

The amount of noise the treadmill makes will also have an impact on your home. If you’re setting up your treadmill in a room that others may be using at the same time you’re working out, choosing a quieter model might be better than one with a loud motor. In the same vein, a loud model won’t allow you to properly listen to music or watch television while you work out.

These are all considerations that you should look out while comparing the various models of treadmills.

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By Brandon.wiggins (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


By Brandon.wiggins (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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