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Treadmill Buying Guide

Once you have done the initial step, you just need to decide what kind of equipment would be suitable for you. When you go on to a fitness website or store, you will see lots of products with even more technical description that is really hard to understand. There are so many treadmills at the market, each one different from the previous one and it is difficult to decide which one would be the best option for our needs. This buying guide may help you in that decision. 

First of all, you should know that in the market there are two types of treadmill’s controller:

  • Analogue control treadmill generally uses sensor technology. A sensor can over time be interfered with via external impacts like overheating, dust... Treadmills with this control system change the speed faster than the digital control ones.
  • Digital control treadmill is constant and can not be affected with external impacts, making it much better and safer. Thanks to this control system increasing of the speed is slow and smooth. JLL’s treadmills operates with digital control system and provides the slowest start speed on the market with 0.3 km/h. Running machines with this system have a high durability.

Secondly, think about how much would you like to spend in your purchase. See your treadmill as an investment and spend as much as you can 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, stay in shape, rehabilitate... Who will use the treadmill, number of users and their weight because 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, we are here to help you to find the best treadmill for you!

Keep in mind your financial limitations

Before going to any fitness equipment store, sit down on your living room and calculate how much money could you spend in a treadmill. Keep in mind your financial limitations. You may need a better treadmill, but only spend what you can afford.

Be honest with yourself and think about which use you will give to the treadmill. If you have used a treadmill before, you should not go for the simplest running machine. However, if you use the treadmill just for walking, you will not need to get an expensive one with full programmability. A basic model would be more suitable for your needs.

Think about how often would you use it and buy accordingly. That means, if you use the treadmill a lot, you should not go for the simplest one that one could be broken after six months of using because it was not prepared for that. You should buy a proper one instead.

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 shortest running area for our motorized home treadmill is 115 x 40 cm and the largest is 140 x 50 cm. The running area for light commercial treadmills goes between 136 x 46 cm and 140 x 50 cm. And in fully commercial treadmills you can pick a running area of 140 x 48 cm, 145 x 52 cm or 163 x 60 cm.

Depends on the number of users, this will allow you to consider how heavy duty the machine should be, if you want a model that provides variety of programs to suit different needs. Two people are considered normal. If you want to have an additional person, you should go for a better quality treadmill.

Also you have to keep in mind the weight of the people who will use the treadmill that makes the difference in how the treadmill runs and will help you to decide which running machine is more suitable for your needs. Our treadmill selection can support a maximum user weight between 120-150 kg for home or light commercial use (depending of the treadmill selected), and a maximum of 180 kg for fully commercial use.

Decide where will be the treadmill

If you live in a reduced space, purchasing a treadmill that can fold up for easy storage may be your best option. The benefit is that when you are finished using the folding treadmill, they fold up into a standing position. You may think it’s 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. JLL has two types of folding running machine: home and light commercial.

The average length in our folding treadmill for the occupying area is between 158 and 181 cm. Included in the measurement is the motor, the control panel and the running belt. Our home treadmills are 70 and 80 cm wide, which include the width of the running belt and the safety side assemble. And those running machines are 130 and 147 cm height. However, all those measurement makes smaller when you fold the home treadmill up. The length is between 80 and 110 cm, and the height is 141 and 173 cm which is perfect to store.

The average length in our light commercial treadmill for the occupying area is 181 cm, 75.5 and 80 cm wide and 143 and 173 cm height. The folded average length is 110 cm, and the height is between 143 and 173 cm.

If you have plenty of space and you are thinking to get some fitness equipment, our fully commercial treadmills could be an option. The average length is between 188 and 236 cm, which included the motor, the control panel and the running belt. They are 83 and 98 cm wide, which include the width of the running belt and the safety side mounts. The fully commercial running machines are 148 and 153 cm height.

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). Our home treadmills speed range is between 0.3 and 16 km/h. JLL's anti slip/skid technology is great for the less firm.

On the other hand, if you love running, a treadmill with a high speed is the machine you are looking for. JLL offers a very good quality light commercial treadmills which speed goes from 1 to 16 km/h. And fully commercial running machines have a minimum of 1 km/h and a maximum of 16 or 20 km/h, depending of the machine your choose. In all of our treadmills you can increase the speed slowly (point by point) or quickly (kilometer by kilometer).

Think about workout time, a normal use would be around 30 minutes per day for two people. For every extra 30 minutes go for a better quality treadmill because the simplest one may no respond your needs.

Usually price is related to quality

Although it is difficult to determine quality from the price of the product, it is still the best way to separate the quality levels of treadmills. Usually the price is directly proportional to the quality of the product. If manufacturers have to spend more money on a better quality treadmill, they will charge more for it as well.

Think about the number of people who will use the treadmill, their weight and how often they will exercise on the running machine. That would tell you how much money you should spend for a running machine that will cover your expectations. If you just want to use the treadmill once a week for walking, you will not need to spend a fortune in the latest model with plenty of different programs because you may not use them.

For example, if the only user is going to be yourself, your weight is over 90 kg and you will use the treadmill an hour per day, you will need a complete home treadmill such as JLL S300 Folding Treadmill or a light commercial treadmill such as JLL D500 Motorized Home Treadmill.

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 transfer of power should feel smooth. You should not hear the motor. One of the most important thing to consider when you buy a treadmill is the motor which ensure you good exercise and a long life out of your running machine. JLL home treadmills have a horsepower of 2.5 HP (1800 W), the light commercial running machines have 2.8 HP (2100 W) and the fully commercial treadmills are between 3.0 (2200 W) and 3.8 HP (2800 W) .

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 a good shock absorption is essential for reducing wear and tear on your joints. However, running/walking is a great way to exercise, impact on hard surfaces can actually be damaging to the joints. Make sure the running deck has a shock absorption system with a minimum of 6 pads.

Incline: A simple but very essential question. People generally either use incline when working out or don’t. 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 between 0-16% for home and light commercial use. The inclination on the fully commercial treadmill go from 0 to 22%, depending of the machines you pick up.

Noise: All treadmill make noise, but a reasonably quiet machine generally means less friction and wear on the treadmill. However, that does not mean that it is perfect either.

Heart Rate Control: try and get a treadmill that measures your heart rate. No matter how fit you are, this is vital information to see when you exercise. The best option is a running machine with heart rate sensors.

Programs: 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 programs because you may not use them.

Folding: All of JLL’s home treadmills are 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.

Warranty and maintenance: JLL offers a 5 years motor warranty for all our home treadmills. In case that you are thinking about purchasing a light commercial running machine, you would be happy to know that JLL offers a Lifetime Motor for home use. Plus, 2 years machine warranty for JLL home treadmills and light commercial. For all our fully commercial treadmills, we have a 3 years motor and machine warranty.

We also offer a lifetime treadmill frame warranty in all our selection of running machines.