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.
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.
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.
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.