Treadmill Buyer’s Guide for The In-house Jogger

Focusing on your routine life without missing out health is very important. You should never compromise on your health because this is your ultimate wealth. But, what if you are an entrepreneur, a job holder or a housewife who is unable to focus on health due to lack of time?

You want to keep your body fit or want to lose weight but don’t get enough time for it. Don’t worry, there a treadmill can help you, there is no need to join any fitness classes or gym. If you are money conscious, then you can buy a cheap treadmill. And, foldable treadmills can help in saving your in-house space.

Selecting the right treadmill includes many important factors. In this guide, we will discuss everything about treadmills starting from its budget to its features:

1. Budget

When you are buying expensive home fitness equipment like Treadmill, the budget is the main factor that you need to consider. Deciding about the price range, it can be classified into different pricing segments: under $500, under $1000, under $2000, and above $2000.

Under $500 treadmills are very low-end. Before you buy a cheap treadmill, be sure about the warranty you will get with it. Under $1000 treadmills are very popular and they are best for a good workout.

Premium treadmills are of $2000 and above. Here, you can expect electronics warranties of up to five years. These types of treadmills are great for calorie burn and they are of very high speed for marathon runners.

2. Folding Treadmills

You will have to select from three types of treadmills: Budget folding treadmills, folding treadmills, and Non-folding treadmills. Select the one which appeals you the most. If you are space conscious, then you can go with a folded one if not, then you can avail many features from non-folded one.

In folding treadmills, you can get the benefit of more exercise programs, heart-rate controlled setups, etc. While in non-folding treadmills, you can get a sturdier deck and frame, a large running surface and a longer running belt.

3. Size

Next thing to consider is the size of a treadmill. Selecting the right size is very crucial. If you will buy a short sized, then there will be a hurdle in your workout, and if you will buy a large sized, then it will cover the additional space of your room.

To make a perfect decision, measure how much space you can offer to the treadmill. In simple words, the ideal size will be a minimum of 50″ (recommended) in belt length for walkers, 55″ for runners and 60″ for runners over 6′ tall height. The standard size of a treadmill is about 7′ long and 3′ wide, it can vary from one treadmill to other.

4. Guarantees & Warranties

Guarantees and warranties must be known before you purchase any fitness equipment (not only treadmill) because they will help you when you will face any issue in the parts or motor of the treadmill.

Most of the treadmills have their frame under the lifetime warranty. Talking about the motor, most companies provide a lifetime guarantee on motors, while less durable motors have around 25 years of guarantee. When we talk about its parts and electronics, reliable treadmill companies provide one-year warranties on parts.

5. Weight Capacity

The standard treadmills generally have a capacity of around 250 to 400 pounds weight. However, it is recommended to buy a treadmill which can handle at least 50 pounds more than your body weight. This will keep your workout and motors of the treadmill run smoothly.

If you can’t find the treadmill based on your body weight, then you must look out for a high-end treadmill which is capable of handling up to 500 pounds. To buy such a treadmill, you have to increase your budget.

6. Safety

Safety is an important aspect and you must not be compromising with it. This becomes more important to those who have pets or young children with them. There is a safety feature in many treadmills called Auto-stop.

This feature can be controlled with a key. In such feature treadmills, when you are working out, a key is attached to your body with a lanyard. If you will slip from the treadmill, the treadmill will automatically be turned off. Hence, make sure you buy a safe and secure treadmill.

7. Portability

If you have finally decided to buy a foldable treadmill, another important thing you have to consider here is the storage and portability of your foldable treadmill. There are many portable small treadmills in the market which are lightweight and have transport wheels.

A portable treadmill is very easy to store, you can store it under your bed, behind the door or in a closet. However, if don’t care about its portability, then you can go with a standard treadmill as well.

8. Returns

You have ordered the treadmill, used it, and it isn’t as per your requirements. What next? Will your selected treadmill company accept returns? Understand the returns policy of the store properly. Even if they take returns, in most of the stores you have to pay for restocking fees.

And, if you are going to buy it from any online store, then check out returns policy and know how the return shipping will be handled. Hence, make sure you check out returns policy and restocking fees charged by the company when there will be a return.

9. Extra Features

Apart from just walking, jogging or running, you might be interested in also knowing about extra features a treadmill could have. It includes water bottle holders, console fan, web browsers, music speakers, TVs, tablet holder, etc.

If these extra features motivate you to exercise consistently, then you must invest a bit extra to avail these types of features.

Final Thoughts

It is better to test out your selected treadmills in sporting goods stores and departmental stores before making a final purchase. It gives you an idea about what features and experience you can expect from a particular brand’s treadmill.

In case, if you will order it online, then check out returns policy of the company. Also, don’t forget to check out reviews of customers, it gives a basic idea of the product’s experience. So, here we have seen different factors you should consider before buying a treadmill for the in-house jogger.