The market for treadmills can be confusing at times due to the broad array of products on offer. There are so many different brands, prices, quality levels, properties and more that we need all the help we can get when we are considering buying a new treadmill for our homes.
Sure, there’s the internet on the one side, and yes, it is a convenient tool to help you narrow down the options and streamline the considerable amount of information. And maybe you have friends who have recently bought a treadmill, and they are over the moon with the new workout toy that they cannot stop touting about its benefits and the fun they are having.
However, both avenues can be confusing – on the one hand, the web is crowded and on occasion stuffed with misleading information and one the other hand, friends may be highly subjective.
That leaves you with the buying and information guide. And that is where we step in. In this article, we aim to set you up with an in-depth buying guide and our favorite treadmill selection. So, read on to become the happier fitter you.
Purchase from a Trusted Brand
As in most markets, brands play a vital role in determining the purchasing criteria, and this is no different for the treadmill. A brand is a symbol that conveys a company’s message in terms of quality, price, mission statement and what the firm and their products stand for.
All of us believe in trusted brands. In some cases, they have been with us since we were kids. Think of Coca-Cola, for example, we all know what that firm stands for and what products they deliver – we create either a positive or a negative association, and it invariably stays with us forever unless something radical happens.
Getting back to treadmills, we can safely say that reputable brands with the matching reviews will be a safer bet when you are looking for your new workout machine. It does not matter if you have no clue about the market because others, in the know, will have done most of the work for you.
NordicTrack offers some of the best sporting equipment in the market today. This company has a reputable brand that many happy consumers trust. When it comes to treadmills, you cannot do much wrong with this equipment.
In short, NordicTrack produces high-end walking or running machines that cater to both workout types. They use a continuous motor, that depending on the model you choose, can reach three horsepower and has added cooling for extended training sessions. It’s a great all-rounder for your home if you want to up the ante.
Also, most models have unique cushioning properties on the track to reduce the pressure applied to the joints when you are running. Couple that with a state-of-the-art display with myriad options and you have an excellent machine.
This company may not have as many products on offer as NordicTrack, but their signature Sole F80 treadmill can really pack the heat for high-intensity runners who need a stable and durable running surface with the best shock absorption.
As with the NordicTrack, you will find that the Sole treadmill has incline and decline levels at fifteen and three percent respectively for the more intense training of the leg muscles. And the quality of the frame and motor can deal with the vibration and increased speed.
The onboard computer with seven-inch display has all there is regarding workout programs, mapping, heart rate technology and progress-related capabilities so that you can track your performance from one workout to the next.
And to boot, you can fold the frame and move the machine like a hotel room service cart.
The ProForm Company has a wide array of treadmills in their product offering, and all of them have high-intensity motors that can pack a punch. They have anything above three horsepower all the way up to four for even more performance. In addition, all of their machines’ motors have the best cooling systems for a more extended and more reliable training session.
As is the industry standard for top-quality equipment, the ProForm treadmill offers incline levels up to fifteen percent and a decline of three percent. You will definitely get that leg muscle workout on this baby. Just be careful not to tire yourself out too much lest you fall off.
But don’t worry an emergency stop key halts the machine the moment it notices that you are wavering concerning the track’s speed. Overall, a great offering with various prices for most budgets.
Important Things To Buyer’s Should Keep In Mind
Size and the Workout Space
Before buying your new treadmill, you should keep the amount of space at your disposal in mind. Very few things are more frustrating than staring at a fitness machine that takes up half the space in your living room or bedroom.
Study the product guides to get a better idea of the measurements. If you have serious space constraints, consider buying a folding treadmill to save space. You can horizontal that fold down to the running track or vertical that folds upward to the control panel and handles.
Your budget is crucial when it comes to buying a new treadmill. As you have most probably discovered, there are so many different items on offer for you to buy that it can get confusing at times. We recommend getting the best bang for your buck.
And it is not that difficult, especially if you’re in the process of reading this guide. You already taken the first step.
First, decide your budget – do your research to know the market – determine what you need and don’t need in terms of features – research again to find your favorite brand – have fun buying – be happy with your purchase and the money you spent.
What Features Do You Need?
This is a highly subjective matter. For some of us, it is all about the motor for speed and continuance and the ability to track your workout. And for others, it is more about being able to hook up your smart device for music or running close to the sea with the help of the Google Maps option.
We would say that you should determine the level of features on your budget, the way you workout and the amount of space you have in your home – you may need to pay more if you want a high-end folding device.
Other than that, shake a leg and enjoy the vast array of options on offer.
Are You a Runner or Walker?
Whether you are a runner or a walker will have a considerable impact on the price and performance when you are buying a treadmill.
Runners require longer tracks of about sixty inches or more to handle the greater stride of the legs when at full sprint. Also, the motor needs to be stronger – 3 to 3.5 horsepower is ideal. And don’t forget the cooling capabilities if you’re on the belt for longer durations.
For walkers, shock absorption need not be as high due to less pressure. A track length of about fifty inches is enough for walkers. And the motor need not have more than two horsepower to cater to lower speeds.
Our Final Thoughts
You are now at the end of our treadmill buyer’s guide, and we hope that you have a lot more information on the treadmill buying process. As you have seen there is quite a lot to take in – so, when you finally commit to buying make sure you reread this article to be sure that you are on the right track.
Other than that, we commend you on your running and walking goals and hope that we gave you a head start. Even though daunting at first, you are bound to find the perfect exercise machine for your needs.