Treadmills are a popular way to get in shape, stay active, or lose any weight you might be looking to ditch. They are especially useful if the weather is bad or you just can’t get to the gym (or just prefer to work out at home). But you’re probably thinking to yourself, “what should I look for when buying a treadmill?”
When making a big purchase, there are a lot of things to consider. For example, treadmills can take up a lot of space. It is a good idea to figure out if and where you have the space for a machine before you order it. It would be a major hassle to only find out just out of the box that your machine doesn’t fit your space and have to send it back.
You have probably heard you should measure a space before you even start to look at products, and it is good advice. Be sure to measure all the dimensions of the space you want to use: length, width, and yes, even the height. When purchasing any large piece of machinery or furniture, having the measurements on hand is convenient and a real time saver.
Another element of space when it comes to a treadmill is the size of the belt or tread (the part that moves around the machine). Typically, a 22-inch belt is ideal for runners while a 20-inch belt will do for walkers. Some may be able to run just fine on a 20-inch belt, but there is less room for error and we have all seen how that works out for people on the internet.
The belt length is yet another factor. Most runners should be good with a 55-inch belt, but if you’re over 6 ft (or just generally have a long stride) a 60-inch belt may work better for you. A 50-inch belt should suffice for walkers nicely.
The amount of power you need for a treadmill depends on the type of user you are as well. If you are a runner, a machine with 3.0 CHP or higher is recommended, however, if you are more of a jogger or walker, a machine with a 2.5 CHP should do nicely.
People over 200 lbs will likely want to go with a machine that is 3.0 to 4.0 CHP to keep the motor working its best without wearing it out. These machines can be pricey and it is not an item you’re going to want to replace any time soon.
Your price range will likely depend on your needs. If you are intending to use it often and heavily, you likely want to look at machines over $1,000. If you are intending on walking on it and using it a little less frequently, you could probably get away with a machine under $1,000.
Machines over $1,000 are likely going to come with more features and warranties. If you are not on a tight budget or looking for all the features and extras you can find, there are machines over $2,000 that may suit your needs and wants.
Since we’re talking about features, nowadays there are many ways that running in place can be much more exciting and interesting than you thought. Some treadmills come with all kinds of features to enhance your experience
Many treadmills are now coming with different built-in workout programs that you can customize to your needs. These can be through the form of interactive videos or previously recorded videos. Some programs even simulate running through a street, park, woods, or anywhere else you want to run through a screen.
There are many options out there that try to sell you on built-in TV sets, but there are now other options for entertainment when running. Some treadmills now come with an accessory pack that allows you to mount your tablet on the front of the machine so that you can just mount your already purchased media device on the machine.
Heart Rate Monitor
You can go with a traditional treadmill with the handgrips that give you your heart rate, which is more expensive, or there are some with a strap to wrap around your chest and sync to your machine.
We have laid out a ton of things to think about before purchasing your first (or next) treadmill. While getting a bargain and saving money is always ideal, so is getting a quality product. Make sure whatever you spend your money on is going to hold up, especially if you plan on using it a lot. So, if you decided that a treadmill is indeed worth it for you, perhaps your next step is looking at some product reviews.
Written by Andrew DAmour