Specifications to Look for Before Buying a Treadmill

Specifications to Look for Before Buying a Treadmill

Working out from home has become more common, and when doing home workouts it can be intimidating to know what equipment to invest in. One of the most common cardio machines you may find in a gym that you may want in your home for convenience is a treadmill. Whether you are interested in walking while watching your favorite show or you want the convenience of running indoors in in-climate weather, a home treadmill may be the right investment for you. However, when buying such a large and important piece of equipment, it is important to know what specifications to look for before buying a treadmill, and what qualities you may want to avoid. 

What Specifications to Look for Before Buying a Treadmill

specifications to look for before buying a treadmill


Budget is important when considering any new household item, especially one as expensive as a treadmill. A reasonable price range if you are looking for something that will last you a while starts at around $1000, but some higher end models with added features could run as high as $3000. 

When deliberating how much you are willing to spend, make sure to factor in the number of people that will use the equipment, as well as your planned amount of usage. It may seem unreasonable to spend more on a treadmill you will only use once a month, but if the whole family plans on using it every day, it may be worth spending the extra money in exchange for durability and longevity. 

Overall, it is likely that you will be spending at least $1000 on your treadmill, however there are other options that may offer a good deal like buying used online or through a fitness store. These may offer cheaper options because of light use. Also, if the option is offered, con\sider testing the treadmill to make sure it seems to be running smoothly before purchasing regardless of the price or place you purchase it at. 

Warranty, Delivery and Ease of Set-up

There are several different warranty lengths that are ideal to look for when purchasing a treadmill that offer great insight into the quality of materials and the manufacturer. Firstly, a good indication of the manufacturers confidence in their product is a lifetime warranty on the motor and the frame of the treadmill. Anything under 10 years for either of these may be a red flag on quality. 

In addition, there may be warranties offered for electronics or parts in the treadmill. Ideally, parts should have no less than a two year warranty, and electronics should not have a warranty that is less than five years. 

Something else to consider when making the purchase is how they will deliver the treadmill to you and how much that may cost. It is important to keep in mind that the delivery cost is almost never included in the listed price of the treadmill. If you are confident in your ability to get your treadmill to your workout area you may not need to worry further than your doorstep, however if you need help moving the treadmill once it arrives at your house, know that their may be an additional fee involved for moving it, or that service may not be offered at all. 

Finally, it may be important to note how much set-up may be required once you get the treadmill to your work-out space. It is common to find that newer models require some assembly besides simply taking the equipment out of the box. Although most treadmills should come with manuals, you could also look into seeing if the company delivering also offers an assembly service, but keep in mind that this could also add to your bill. 

Belt Size

Most treadmills have a minimum belt size requirement they must fulfill in order to be considered a safe piece of equipment, but taller buyers should be cautious as people over six feet often require a longer belt for safe use. The minimum length requirement is four feet by eighteen inches, however, taller buyers may require up to a fifty-four-inch belt if they plan to use it for running. 


Although running on the treadmill may seem similar to the experience you would get running on the road, a treadmill must also provide some level of cushioning or shock absorption to assure you are not at higher risk for overuse injuries. Another important factor of cushioning and shock absorption is that the belt you are running on should be locked in and should not be able to shift side-to-side as your foot strikes it. 

Size and Weight

Treadmills have standard belt sizes, but the overall build and dimensions can vary by model. Take extra care to measure your exercise area in order to be sure the model you order will fit. Also, take note of the weight of the treadmill as a heavier treadmill can usually accommodate larger forces from faster speed or heavier users. 


The features on your treadmill can range from basic, such as simple buttons and speed and incline adjustment to the inclusion of music pairing capabilities, included LED screens that can display stats or movies and TV, and even an attached fan. As with any piece of equipment, it is important to note that an increase in features is usually accompanied by an increase in price. 


Buying a new piece of equipment, especially one that is going to cost you a decent amount of money is always intimidating. However, when you know what specifications to look for before buying a treadmill, you can properly assess your needs and how that relates to the best treadmill option for you.

Written by Tess Howard

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