If you are reading this article, then you might be planning to buy a treadmill shortly. Am I right?
For most people, a treadmill can be a significant investment, especially for those who are more concerned about their fitness but cannot spare much time to exercise and workout in their busy routine.
You might consider purchasing a treadmill to be part of your home gym or, if you do not want to make a huge investment in one go, then you might prefer renting as a treadmill for rent is another way to stick to your fitness plans while saving the expense of joining a gym.
If you think that running on a treadmill will only help you to tone your body and get you in the desired shape, then you are wrong! Besides being great for toning your legs and improving your cardio fitness, there are plenty of benefits that one can avail besides running on a treadmill. As it is a considerable investment and directly affects your health and fitness, you need to be somewhat conscious before purchasing this type of equipment.
If this is your first try and you do not know what to consider then do not fret! In this article, you will learn some of things which will help you to make a better or more informed decision.
Okay, let’s get started.
Know your Budget
This is probably the first thing that you will consider before purchasing a fitness machine like a treadmill. First, you should analyse your budget and set yourself a maximum to spend. Once you get to know the actual amount you can spend on a treadmill, it will be much easier for you to decide which product to buy. This is because treadmills are available at a range of different prices, starting from a one to hundred dollars, right up to thousands of dollars for the all singing all dancing types.
As a buyer, you will get what you pay for – price can be a sign of the service you will get and the quality of the machine, although with some treadmills you are paying for fancier functions. But, if you want to purchase a basic machine having standard configurations, then I guess it is useless to pay 5000 dollars just for the sake of running!
Additionally, if you have a limited budget, then consider buying a refurbished or a machine having limited features. Meaning, conduct proper research, and read the reviews and prices of various treadmills, before making a purchase.
Measure the Space for Treadmill
Whenever you want to buy a treadmill for your home, do not forget to measure the space where you are going to put it. Sometimes the treadmill can appear smaller in store than it will in your home – even more important when shopping online.
If you do not have much space you could buy a folding treadmill, as it can be folded away when not in use, sometimes up to half its size. However, remember, you will still need to measure the space (both folded and unfolded). If this is for you, there are a variety of space-saving compact folding treadmills one can choose from.
If you are lucky enough to have a lot of space, then you may not need to make any special arrangement or move anything around. Even if you place your treadmill in the garage/shed, you are probably going to have to move something.
So, when you are planning to buy a folding treadmill check the space you want to use and measure to ensure it will fit.
Make sure you know the Manufacturer’s Warranty and Return Policy
Before sealing the deal, consider what you will do if the treadmill breaks or is damaged when you receive it.
Make sure you look at the terms and conditions (and the ‘small print’ in general) to become familiar with the treadmill’s warranty/manufacturer’s guarantee and return policy. This will make it easier sort out any issues with the treadmill that may arise.
Further, enquire about the maintenance of the treadmill as some of the manufacturers offer lifetime free services, while some provide paid services (sometimes as a fixed fee or as a percentage of the treadmill price).
Some things that might be included:
- Immediate accidental damage cover; and
- Breakdown cover for your product after the manufacturer’s guarantee has ended.
Things unlikely to be included:
- Loss, theft, cosmetic and deliberate damage; and
- Breakdown or accidental damage covered by another guarantee or warranty.
Thus, knowing what is in the warranty will help you to judge the quality of the treadmill that you are planning to purchase.
So, whenever you go to buy your treadmill, do not forget to find out the coverage of the equipment and make sure the warranty looks sufficient.
Have an understanding of Minimum Specifications
Whenever you buy a treadmill, you should attempt to learn all about it. For example, you want to buy a treadmill without spending too much money – then you should know the minimum specifications that a basic treadmill should have. Factors that you might want to consider include:
- Belt size.
- Mains or self-powered (non-motorised).
- With no motor to start it you create the movement by simply starting to run or walk.
- Folding or non-folding.
- Folded vs non-folded.
- Running surface.
- How many levels?
- Some are set at a fixed incline.
- Control panel.
- Think display functions.
- For example, feedback on your speed, time, distance, calories, and pulse.
- Maximum weight rating/user weight.
- Treadmill weight.
- Does it have transportation wheels?
- Is it self-assembly?
- Does it have an auto stop safety system/function?
If we talk about the standard belt size of a treadmill, then it should be a minimum of 18 inches wide and 48 inches long. The average speed of the treadmill should move up to 10 mph or higher.
Also, the control panel should be easy to use, and the treadmill should be willing to absorb the shock. Thus, try to do proper research and get familiar with minimum features that a treadmill should have, in order to make the best decision.
Do not forget to Consider Safety
Whenever you plan to buy a treadmill, make sure you consider the safety of the product. Try to purchase a treadmill which includes all the (standard) safety features. If you are working out alone, then the safety features will act as a safeguard.
Some treadmills have a child-lock system and do not start until the user gives a command. This way, the probability of risks reduces and the chances to use the machine more comfortably enhances.
Over to You
Once you get your treadmill home, then you can start experiencing the joys of running. Purchasing a treadmill is not an easy job – buying a safe, secure, and efficient treadmill at a minimum price is a real challenge.
But, if you consider all the above points before making a purchase, then you will be able to buy the best machine for you, at a price that will help you fulfil your running desires.
Hopefully, these tips will help you to choose the best treadmill for your home. If you still have any queries or some additional ideas that will help the buyer to purchase a perfect treadmill, then feel free to share in the comment section below.