Buyers Guide

Treadmill Buying Guide

Right about now you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed with all of the information you have to consider when you’re thinking about purchasing a treadmill, and I can definitely relate. When I first got the thought in my head that it was time to get in shape and that a treadmill would be a good way to do that, I had no idea where to start. Fortunately for you I’ve spent tireless hours searching the web to find out what goes into a good treadmill and what you should be looking for when you decide it’s time to buy one yourself.

You might have started out by thinking “I’ll just go down to the local department store and see what they have, or perhaps I’ll take a quick look online and see what’s on sale.” I must admit, that’s probably where my mindset was when I started looking around for a treadmill, but I soon discovered that there’s a lot more to it. On this page I briefly introduce you to some of the main factors you might consider when buying a treadmill; if you want to learn more just click on the links to access more detailed information on each sub topic. I hope you find this page helpful – good luck!


Consider the Cushion

If you’re under the impression that a treadmill is better for your joints and ankles than walking on asphalt because of the cushioned surface of the belt, you might be surprised to find that this is not necessarily the case. On a good treadmill this should definitely be true, but there are a lot of factors you have to consider before you can be sure that that treadmill you just bought really is better for you than walking on pavement. For a more detailed look at what goes into making a low-impact treadmill click here.

Sole Fitness F80 with Low Impact Deck

Sole Fitness F80 with Low Impact Deck

Does it Have Enough Horsepower?

Who would’ve thought the amount of horses running around your treadmill would be important? Just kidding about that – what I’m talking about is actual horsepower, or the power output, of the motor in your treadmill. Think about the pounding you’re planning on putting this treadmill through with each and every step you take, and you’ll start to realize why horsepower is important. The longer you run and the faster you go, the more strain you’ll put on the motor of that treadmill you just bought. Take a look here to get an idea of what you’ll need in terms of horsepower in your new treadmill.

Nautilus T614 - 300LB Capacity

Nautilus T614 - 300LB Capacity

How about the View?

For some of us, all the extra bells and whistles that treadmills sometimes come with aren’t that important. If you’re one of these people then you probably won’t be too concerned with the type of LCD screen that comes built into your treadmill. But for most people that little display is a vital link to important information for helping them track their progress. If you want to know what to look for in a treadmill screen, you might want to take a look at my thoughts on the subject here.

Schwinn 830 with large LCD Screen

Schwinn 830 with large LCD Screen

Tracking Your Progress

If you’re like me you probably have an insatiable need to track your progress while you’re working out. I can’t just step on a treadmill, stare off into space, and zone out until a little beeper goes off telling me that my workout’s over. I need to keep myself busy; I need to be reminded of how well I’m doing and what kind of progress I’m making. Generally, those little LCD screens we’ve already talked about above display this type of vital information, and if you click on the link here I’ll explain some of the things you should be looking for.

ProForm 1000 With Integrated Touchscreen

ProForm 1000 With Integrated Touchscreen

Play Safe

I remember while growing up, being inundated by commercials urging kids to play safe – just because you’re grown up now doesn’t mean you should forget this lesson. Safety should be a key consideration when purchasing a treadmill. These machines have a lot of moving parts and if you’re not careful you could put yourself at risk of serious injury. Most treadmills have some built-in safety features and here are some things you should be looking for.

Exerpeutic 100XL With Built-in Heart Rate Monitor

Exerpeutic 100XL With Built-in Heart Rate Monitor

Manual Versus Electric

I started out thinking that any treadmill that wasn’t automatic wasn’t of any interest to me but, after spending hours checking out the different available treadmills on the market, I’ve come to realize that there are certain benefits to manual treadmills that shouldn’t be ignored. Take a look at this article to find out if you’re better off with a manual or an electric treadmill.

Phoenix 9815 Manual Treadmill

Phoenix 9815 Manual Treadmill

It’s All about the Belt

Believe it or not, treadmill belts come in all different shapes and sizes and they’re definitely something you want to think about when you’re purchasing a treadmill. Is there an absolute best type of treadmill belt for everyone? The short answer is no. Each of us has our own unique workout goals, and determining what those are will help you decide on what type of belt you should be looking for. In this article I look at some factors you might want to take into consideration.

Go Plus 800W With Adjustable Belt

Go Plus 800W With Adjustable Belt

Gadget Central

Treadmills run the gamut from extremely low-tech to extremely high-tech; what’s best really depends on what you’re actually looking for in a piece of home workout equipment. Personally, I love gadgets – consider it a personal weakness. In a perfect world I’d be looking for a treadmill that has a huge integrated screen with a built-in Wi-Fi connection to the Internet and a whole lot of other bells and whistles. Unfortunately, reality and budget are things you also have to consider. Here I take a look at some of the bells and whistles you might find on a treadmill.

LifeSpan TR1200 with Fully Functional Desk

LifeSpan TR1200 with Fully Functional Desk