A treadmill can be a major investment as the best ones tend to cost well over $1000. Personally, that’s a little bit more than I want to pay; fortunately there are some affordable options out there. One such option is the Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill, which normally retails for well under $500 and is widely available. It’s not the most feature-packed technological marvel of the treadmill world, but it’s very functional and reliable.
I’ve considered just waiting a little while and saving up for a more expensive machine, but recently I’ve decided that it’s time to get started on a healthier path and that means looking for something with a budget under $500. In this price range the Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill seems to be one of the better options. This isn’t one of those fancy machines with a high definition screen and virtual tours of the world’s best running paths, but it is a machine that will give you a great workout, which is what really counts.
One of the biggest complaints with cheaper treadmills is that the construction materials are often poor quality and don’t handle wear and tear very well. Most of the reviews of this treadmill suggest that it’s actually quite sturdy, although there are few dissenting voices that don’t share this opinion. Overall, it does seem to have more positive reviews than negative ones and it does claim to be able to handle up to a 250 pound weight capacity, so it’s potentially a good fit.
If you’re going to invest in this machine I’d definitely wait until it’s on sale as I don’t think it’s worth the suggested retail price of $550. If you’re patient and can wait for it to go on sale it’s got a lot of upside. For one thing, the treadmill is motorized which isn’t often the case with cheaper treadmills – in most cases these are manual.
When you’re working out at home you don’t generally want a big, bulky piece of equipment that takes up a lot of space, unless of course you’re lucky enough to live where space isn’t at a premium. For the rest of us, leaving the treadmill out isn’t an attractive option, so you want a piece of exercise equipment which you can easily get out of the way when you’re not using it. The Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill is a machine that folds away easily for convenient storage. It also has wheels to help you push it out of the way, which is great news for your back! You can easily store it in a closet, or in a corner of the room where it’s not in the way.
There are treadmills that make all kinds of noise, which can be a major distraction especially if you’re working out early in the morning while your spouse is still asleep. A quiet treadmill that doesn’t disturb the rest of the house is an important consideration for me; the manufacturer of this machine as well as most of its reviews suggest that it runs pretty quietly. I was pleasantly surprised to find this in such an affordable model.
The Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill isn’t anything fancy by any means. It does have a basic LCD display that allows you to track standard items such as your calories burned, the elapsed time of your workout, and your distance traveled, but that’s really about it. If you’re looking for some built-in workout routines this is not the machine for you. The only other feature that it does offer is a safety key that attaches to your belt and which will automatically stop the machine if you happen to fall and pull the key out.
There are some features I’m looking for in a treadmill that are unfortunately absent from this model. If you’ve used a treadmill at the gym you’ve probably been spoiled by some of the great options it comes with. These machines often have large screens with Wi-Fi integration that allow you to surf the Internet. These usually provide a lot of different built-in workout options as well. This machine doesn’t have any of these things, although I wasn’t really expecting that in a less expensive model like this.
Some features that I’m not willing to do without, though, are things like cup holders and a place to store my sport smart phone. That’s where this machine’s falls short – it doesn’t have any kind of storage space at all. The LCD screen is placed in the middle of a basic set of handlebars and that’s all there is to it. This was a bit of a deal-breaker for me.
This isn’t a bad machine for the money, but I don’t think it’s the one I’m looking for. The price is certainly right, but its lack of the basic conveniences such as cup holders, or any kind of storage space, really put me off. I was impressed with its foldable convenience and the fact that the treadmill is motorized, but that wasn’t enough to sway my opinion.