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How to Buy a Treadmill

Asking yourself  How to Buy a Treadmill? One of the first questions people ask is what do I have to learn about treadmills before I purchase one. There are newer models that come out every year so you have to choose wisely.

When you shop around for a treadmill, you can find one at a price that fits into your budget because of manufacturers competing for the most customers and to be number one. But most consumers don’t know exactly what to look for. One that will last a long time and offer the most benefits including ease of use, and maintenance.

Step #1 – Features

What is your goal?  Do you want a daily one mile walk, or train for a marathon?

Look at the options or features of best treadmills provide. First of all the motor has to have enough horsepower to run the belt. You should not purchase one with less than 2hp. The stronger the motor,the longer it will last because it has to work less. Next up is the belt. Since this is the second most important item of a treadmill, make sure you get one that is long enough to provide you with walking, or jogging, and running.

Check and see if it has an incline adjustment on it. This is beneficial in adding a higher degree of resistance. Also check to see if it has any type of cushioning. This will help your joints from the pounding they will receive. See if it has a folding feature of any type. This can be really handy in small homes or apartments where space is compromised in some way. Quite a few treadmills are narrow. This can cause an instability issue. Check for the width of the machine or see if it has any type of supports to keep it stable.

Make sure you shop for a treadmill that will give you exactly what you need.

Step #2 – Price

What is your budget? Many personal trainers suggest spending as much as you can because usually, though not always, you will get more for your money. However there are good machines in the lower price range which is considered under $1200.

How many people in your house hold are going to use the treadmill? Will it be just you, or you and your spouse. How about your kids if you have any. This means more wear and tear, so you might have to buy a more expensive unit. How much can you afford to spend on a treadmill? Even though you will be getting a lot of exercise and use out of it, and especially benefits, you could save some money by purchasing a lower priced unit and start jogging around the park, or your neighborhood.

Step #3 – Space Available

How much space do you have? You must first measure the area where you are going to put the treadmill. Make sure you have enough room. This is very important as most treadmills are heavy and you don’t want to move it around. You want to be comfortable on the treadmill and have enough room to swing your arms.

Do you need a fold up machine? How much space do you have? Does it have wheels? How much does the machine weigh? Many treadmills represent themselves as portable but actually moving it, especially on carpet, can be a hassle. You don’t want anything to prevent you from using it. Remember your initial goals.

Step #4 – Warranty

Warranties vary from store to store than from the manufacturer of the treadmill. Read everything carefully before making your purchase.  If you really like a treadmill and can get it at a good price, you should not let a 1-year warranty stop you from buying it.


Step #5 – Weight

You need to consider your weight. Each machine has a maximum weight limit. Some people overlook this. Be conservative here. If you weigh 250 pounds, buy a machine with a 300 pound maximum.

So here are the few basic steps needed to start your search and to answer your question on How To Buy a Treadmill. Now all you have to do is start checking out reviews on what people have actually purchased on this website. One option would be to go to YouTube and watch some videos on what and how people are using machines,and what brands are being used.