A Treadmill Buying Guide.
Buying your first treadmill? Confused by needs and speeds? Don’t worry we know there are so many models to choose from, but we are here to help you pick the one that is best for you. This treadmill buying guide will provide you with hints and tips as well as tell help you to think what you need to make the right decision.
This home treadmill is for you, so the treadmill needs to suit you and your families needs. All to often people purchase a running machine where they don’t use certain functions. Or worse, they wish their machine had something that it doesn’t. There are so many machines on the market today that you should be able to find one that fits all your needs.
#1 What is your budget? Be realistic, you are not going to get an all singing all dancing machine for a value range price. A key point to remember is sale time. Dependent of when you want your home treadmill, look in the sales. As this is an item costing from a couple of hundred to several thousands of pounds, dropping on a good sale can mean you save a large chunk.
#2 Where is the electric treadmill going to go? Measure the space as there is a huge variety of different shapes and sizes on today’s motorised treadmill market. Space also leads on to…do you need a folding treadmill? A large percentage of home treadmills are folding treadmills, which really helps with limited space and transportation.
#3 Who is going to use the machine? If it’s just you, that’s easy! If it’s for the family what do they need? For example
-Is it for weight loss? You should get one with incline. Your burn calories 2-3 times faster by running/walking with incline.
-Is one of the family a good runner? You may need to get a model that goes up to a higher speed.
-Are younger or older people going to be using it? If so you might want to think about a low start speed i.e 0.3km.
-Finally how much do the users weigh? Always look at the maximum weight the running machine can withhold.
You need to think of it like when you purchase a car. Are you wanting just the basic model or do you want all the extra’s?
#4 Extra’s? You can by a home treadmill that does what it says on the tin. Do you want it to play music? Have an inbuilt fan? Entertainment system? A water bottle holder? The more extra’s you want the more the machine will generally cost.
Finally the technical bit…
Avoid sensor technology, these can be unstable and pose potential safety issues. Instead aim for a digital control or inverter treadmill.
Always aim for a horse power of a minimum peak power of 4.5 (3350W). This is an investment and you want quality.