Buying a Treadmill

Buying a treadmill can be very intimidating if you are not well prepared & the fact that there are a lot of different models does not help at all. Some people go to the gym just to use a treadmill for walking or running which is not a bad thing but getting a gym membership just to use a treadmill will be expensive in the long run. Plus, you will be saving the time you spend to go to the gym to do other things with friends or family or just have some wellness time for yourself. But before buying a treadmill there are things you should consider. Things such as location, size, cost, & programs.

Treadmills are expensive & before buying one you should stop to consider how often you will be using it & if you are the only one that will be using it or other family members will be using the treadmill as well (durability will be important if other family members will be using the treadmill). If you will be using it extensively, then you can proceed to pick out a location for the treadmill.

Location

Treadmills should be located in a safe & accessible space. After picking a location, use a tape measure to check the available floor space. Having the measurements will be more efficient for you while shopping since treadmill dimensions are usually published. The ideal space dimensions for a treadmill are:

1. A clearance of 2″-3″ on either side of the treadmill. There shouldn’t be a problem if you can’t get the 2″-3″ clearance on both sides as long as the treadmill is placed in a safe location by a wall.

2. Treadmill belt should have a minimum width of 20″ to 22″ with a minimum belt length of 60″ for runners & 55″ for walkers.

Cost & Warranty

Treadmills are expensive. Before buying one, you should determine how much you are willing to spend. A good treadmill will cost about $1,500, but there are treadmills that you can buy on the cheap if this price range is not for you; chances are they will not last long.

Along with looking at the cost of the treadmill, you should pay attention to the warranty. A treadmills warranty will give you insight into the durability of the machine you are looking to purchase. Four parts are usually covered in the warranty: frame, motor, parts & labour.

1. Most frames & motor are under lifetime guarantees.

2. Parts warranties is where the difference really kicks in. Having a worthwhile warranty depends on the price of the treadmill & the treadmill manufacturer. For example, Cheap treadmills might have a 90-day warranty or no warranty at all while the best parts warranties come in at least 5 year parts warranties.

3. Labour warranties also depend on price & treadmill manufacturer. Labour warranty is not included on cheap treadmills while with high cost treadmills, labour warranties vary depending on which treadmill you buy.

Programs

Having a variety of programs will keep you interested & will be challenging to try different programs which will be good for you. The programs usually control speed & incline of the treadmill. The more programs a treadmill has the more expensive it will be. While looking at the programs offered, be sure to look at how easy it is to use the control panel to change programs & how easy it is to reach the control panel.

Try It Before You Buy It

Since this will be a huge investment for you, make sure you test it before buying. Testing before buying allows for one to get a feel for what they will be buying & how they like it. Try to find a local gym or hotel that has the equipment you want to buy & try it out. If you are not comfortable with this, you can go to a store that sells the treadmill you want & test it there before buying. Be sure to compare the price online vs the store to see where you will get a better deal.

Other things to consider

1. Cushioning of the belt to absorb shock.

2. Belt should not move around when treadmill is in use.

3. Frame should remain stable when running or walking on the treadmill.

4. The most important features to you.

5. Be sure to check the weight capacity.

6. Look for a treadmill that will require very little maintenance.

7. When it comes to the motor, bigger is not always better. A good treadmill will have a motor that produces between 2.25 and 4.25 with continuous Horsepower.

Conclusion

Treadmills are a great way to stay in shape. The good ones that will last long are expensive but worth their price. Before buying a treadmill pick a good location, consider how much you are willing to spend & the type of warranty that comes with the treadmill & the types of programs that come with the treadmill. Other things to consider are the frame of the treadmill, weight capacity, cushioning on the belt, maintenance required & the motor on the treadmill. If you live in an area with snow, purchasing a treadmill will be a good investment since you can use it during winter. If you own a treadmill, please share your experiences with owning one by leaving a comment below.

24 thoughts on “Buying a Treadmill”

  1. Tez Impossible says:

    Very interesting read. I never realized there are a lot of things to consider before and after purchasing the right treadmill, so those 7 points will definately help me in the future when I’ll be buying one for my own. Overall the article is well put together, short and sweet, listing the main points about treadmills without listing unnecessary information.

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Thanks Tez, glad you enjoyed the article.

  2. drinkteahub says:

    Good review which covers the main points of what you need to consider. We’ve had a NordicTrack model for some years now and it’s proved completely reliable and very useful when it’s too cold (or too hot) to exercise outside. I’d just mention safety too. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 8,700 documented injuries to children every year caused by exercise equipment. Treadmills can cause injuries to the hands and arms of children who are curious about them and put their hands on the belt or between the belt and the rest of the machine. It is best for parents to only use their treadmill while their children are being supervised by another adult.

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      The point about safety is a very good one, I’ll update my article to reflect this.

  3. Sondra M says:

    I am so glad that I found this guide explaining things to consider when buying a treadmill.    I had not considered measuring the space available in the room where the treadmill will go.    That was a great suggestion.   Otherwise I would have simply been hoping that the treadmill I wanted would fit in the space.    Yet, knowing exactly how much room I have would save possible frustration of the treadmill being too big and my needing to return it.   

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Glad you found the article to be informative. 

  4. Roland says:

    Great article and I like it for its preciseness and conciseness. To be honest, I never knew that there could be so much considerations and factors to put into place before buying a treadmill. Since it is a casual gym equipment, I thought it would be just normal to get any. Thankfully I did my research before buying one. Since I would be using it in my home minigym, it would be better that I checkout for the one I like more at a gym before making my buying decision. Thanks

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Glad you found the article informative. Good luck when buying a treadmill.

  5. dreamgirl93 says:

    Hello,

    I am about to buy a stepping at this period and I read your article about buying a treadmill.

    Which do you think is better: a stepping or a treadmill? I prefer a stepping because I run with different speeds, I speed up and I speed down. I run while listening to music and I run according to the rythm of the music. While with a treadmill I can just run on a steady speed. 

    I also have a question about the location of such an exercise equipment in your home. Do you think it’s better to put it in the living room, bedroom or anywhere else in your apartment? 

    I am also surprised by the price of a good treadmill, $1,500 seems like a lot.

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Hey dreamgirl93, thanks for visiting. To answer your questions, I would say a stepping is better for a treadmill if your are looking for something more challenging & fun. As for location, that depends on where you have room & how easily accessible will it be for kids; your own or relatives kids. If I had to pick I would say bedroom/ fitness room. $1,500 is a lot of money but it is worth it down the road.

  6. Henderson says:

    Just as much as registering at a fitness centre can be expensive, buying a treadmill can be daunting as well. I love the treadmill when I go to the gym so I have been trying to set up my own home gym, already gotten some little equipment but the treadmill will probably be one of the last few because it is expensive. I will keep all this in mind when I finally gather the money. Nicely written here.

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Thanks! Glad you liked the article.

  7. Willy says:

    Thanks for this enlightening article. I have been advised to  get a trademill by my gym instructor and that is why I hit the internet to know little prerequisites involved but I’m super impressed with the added and bonus information i have gotten from this review. Measuring the space of where I would like to put it would not be in my mind at first. I would be more concerned with quality but I’m glad I am fully informed. Thanks

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Thanks for visiting Willy, Glad you enjoyed the article. 

  8. Glen says:

    Thanks for a good all-around review for buying a treadmill. One important factor to consider is delivery and set up. I have considered buying a treadmill for home instead of renewing my gym membership. However, I do like using a commercial model treadmill in the gym. Buying one for use a home probably would require someone to assemble and set up a commercial-sized machine.

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Glad you enjoyed the article Glen. Nice point about the set up, its something for one to consider. 

  9. Mahasin1 says:

    I believe all the facts you made were valid but my favorite one was the programming of the treadmill. I mean I’ve seen different treadmills and as a kid probably played on a number of them but I never know they had different exercise programs that can help you through your workout. Thanks for the tips. 

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Hey Mahasin, glad you found the article informative. Thanks for the comment. 

  10. Jake says:

    Nice review, I like how it focuses on the main points of what you need to think about. I used to run on a treadmill for several years. It is reliable and helpful when it’s too cold or if you do not like running outside.You can always switch up the programs on the treadmill to keep things interesting . “Variety is the spice of life”. You can also use it for 5-10 minutes then do some pushups, sit ups, chinups, dips, ect. To make it more like a crossfit session.

    I say this because running on a treadmill can get boring, and then people stop using it, then it becomes a big heavy expensive thing that takes up space. Which is not what you want to happen. So make sure no to just “run” when you are getting bored of it. Switch up your exercise programs regularly and keep it fun. Thanks for this great article,

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Hey Jake, thanks for the comment. Glad you enjoyed the article.

  11. Abagatan says:

    I remember when I was advised by the doctor to go for a stress test and that was the time I saw a treadmill. I thought that’s only for hospital use but reading this review you can have one for your own.

    I would subscribe to the idea of having this kind of equipment, especially when you live in a crowded place and you don’t have good places to run and when time and weather don’t permit.

    I like the warranties provided by the company.  This only means that you are assured of a quality product. Good to save for this health-boosting machine. 

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Hey Abagatan, nice you found the article informative. Buy a treadmill is definitely a good investment. 

  12. Mahasin1 says:

    I think all your tips were good but the one that caught my interest was the programming. I was unaware that treadmills had programs to help a person out with their workouts. I don’t know for some reason I just thought that the information displayed on the panel was just how long a person ran or how far a distance a person ran. So it was very informative to know the advancement of treadmills. Thanks for the tips this was a good read.

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Hello Mahasin, glad you found the article very informative. 

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