Beginner guide to buy a treadmill
The good weather is here, but being honest with ourselves we know that in England that sunshine would not last longer. It is always a pleasure running outdoors with this amazing weather, but for those raining days where you cannot be bothered to go outside for a run, a treadmill seems a good choice.
There are so many running machines on the market that make very hard to decide which one is the best answer to our needs. Plus some specifications are quite hard to understand. So I decide to write this guide trying to solve all doubts that arise when you decide to purchase a treadmill. Hope you will find this guide helpful.
First of all, you should know that in the market there are two types of treadmill’s controller:
- Analogue control treadmill changes the speed faster than the digital control ones, but the sensor can over time be interfered with via external impacts like overheating, dust…
- Digital control treadmill has a high durability and cannot be affected with external impacts, making it much better and safer. Thanks to this control system the speed changes smoothly. JLL’s treadmills operate with digital control system and provide the slowest start speed on the market with 0.3 km/h.
Secondly, think about how much you would like to spend in your purchase to get a robust design and quality piece of equipment which will serve you and your family for years to come.
Lastly, think about the use you want to give to the running machine: lose weight, tone up, rehabilitate… Who will use the treadmill, number of users and their weight? That will tell you the length of the running belt or the quality of the running machine. Also think about the warranty and the maintenance that every treadmill needs, that will help you to prevent any problem in the future. All this may seem confusing, but no worries, I am here to help you to find the best treadmill for you!
Keep in mind your financial limitations
Calculate how much money you could spend in a treadmill and keep in mind those financial limitations.
Be honest with yourself and think about which use you will give to the treadmill. For example, if you use the treadmill just for walking, a basic model would be suitable for your needs. If you use the treadmill a lot, you should go for a high durability treadmill.
Think about who will use the treadmill
This will dictate the size of the machine and running belt. For example, a tall person will have a bigger stride and would benefit more from a larger running space.
The number of users will tell you how heavy duty the machine should be and a model with variety of programmes could be a good choice for different needs.
Also you have to keep in mind the weight of the people who will use the treadmill.
Decide where the treadmill will be
If you live in a reduced space, purchasing a treadmill that can fold up into a standing position for easy storage may be your best option. In addition to the size of the unit itself, it also is important to leave some space around the machine while it is in use.
Determinate how the treadmill will be used
Depending of that you can decide the speed range more adjustable to your needs. If you use the treadmill just for walking, a basic model would be perfect for you and JLL offers the slowest start speed available at 0.3 km/h. This is also great for individuals with disabilities or those in rehabilitation (from injuries). On the other hand, if you love running, a treadmill with a high speed is the machine you are looking for.
Think about workout time, a normal use would be around 30 minutes per day for two people. For every extra 30 minutes you should go for a better quality treadmill because the simplest one may not respond your needs.
Features of a treadmill
The features of a treadmill are also very important. Here are some hints and tips to make sure you get the right level of quality for your running machine.
Power: The motor ensures you a good exercise and a long life out of your running machine.
Running belt: It should not be any larger than necessary and stay away from overly thick belts. Most people only need 132 cm of length and 45 cm width. The more belt surface area you have, the harder the power system has to work to keep it all going.
Shock absorption: A cushioned running deck with good shock absorption is essential for reducing wear and tear on your joints. Make sure the running deck has a shock absorption system with a minimum of 6 pads.
Incline: One of the benefits of using inclination is that you will burn calories much quicker.
There are two types of inclination:
- Manual: every time you use the treadmill you should manually adjust it to change the level.
- Automatic: Use a motor that change the inclination for degree with a variation.
Noise: All treadmill makes noise, but a reasonably quiet machine generally means less friction and wear.
Heart Rate Control: get a treadmill that measures your heart rate, this is vital information to see when you exercise. The best option is a running machine with heart rate sensors.
Programmes: provide variation in your workout. If you just want the running machine for walking or running at the same speed, you will not need a treadmill with variety of different programmes.
Folding: You may think it is not essential, but you never know when you are going to move furniture around your place or even move out. A folding treadmill makes storage and transportation pretty easy.
Maintenance: You must know that every running machine needs to be maintain, you just need to follow simple steps: Balance, Cleaning, Adjust running belt and lubricate. If you want to find more information about the maintenance procedure, visit Service and Parts page.
Warranty: Look for a lifetime frame warranty and the longest extension of time on motor, parts and labour. For example, JLL offers a 5 years motor warranty for all our home treadmills. For light commercial running machine, JLL offers a Lifetime Motor for home use. Plus, 2 years machine warranty for JLL home treadmills and light commercial. For fully commercial treadmills, 3 years motor and machine warranty.And a lifetime treadmill frame warranty in all JLL treadmills selection.
If you want to know more about treadmills, read our Buying Guide to get a better idea of what machine is more suitable for your needs.