How to Pick Treadmills


Making exercise more convenient is a great strategy to encourage increased physical activity. In addition, if you want to get in shape by running, a treadmill might make it possible to do so without having to leave your house or worry about the weather.

According to the NPD Group, a market research firm, treadmill sales were increasing even before the year 2020. NPD reports that the surge in sales of home exercise equipment has persisted throughout the last year. Among the many variables that have contributed to the current uptick in treadmill machines, the proliferation of treadmill fitness classes and the introduction of technological advancements have likely played a role.

However, cutting-edge innovation comes at a price; a premium treadmill might set you back $4,000. Luckily, certain premium functions may be found on more affordable devices if you’re ready to make some concessions. And for less than half the price, CR recommends treadmills with fewer bells and whistles.

Which Treadmill Is Best for You?

Think about why you want to be in shape first. Knowing your intended purpose for using a treadmill whether for improved sports performance, general health and fitness, or rehabilitation can help you narrow down your options.

Following that, think about how much money is available. A more costly machine will have better build quality, a longer guarantee on the components, a wider running surface, faster peak speeds, and the ability to climb steeper inclines. But if you don’t need the very newest and best, a cheaper model should do the trick.

Check It Out Before You Buy It:

Getting hands-on experience with a treadmill is preferable if at all possible. Listed below is our trial-and-error guide to purchasing:

  • Do the running deck’s padding and shock absorption make for a pleasant experience?
  • Do your feet bump against the motor housing while you walk or run?
  • In other words, can you stand on the side rails of the deck and comfortably traverse the width of the boat?
  • Does the screen make it easier to see what’s being shown?
  • Can you easily access and use the settings?

Here Are Four Things to Consider:


When it comes to space requirements, most treadmills fall inside a 77″ x 35″ sweet spot. When folded, the length of a treadmill is reduced by half. The treadmill has to have enough clear floor space around it for easy access and user safety.


It’s important to have a deck length that works for your stride if you plan on doing any kind of running. Think about how you feel when you’re walking or running on the machine. Select a design that fits your needs in terms of comfort and aesthetics.

Connected Features: 

Many modern treadmills are equipped with smartphone docks, USB connections, and wireless internet.


A majority of treadmills can reach speeds of 12 mph, while others may run much faster. They normally have a gradient of 10%-15%, while some have steeper inclines.

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Variables to Think About When Purchasing:

You’ve done the legwork to determine which option is best, so here are some more factors to think about before making a final decision.

Weight and Assembling: 

Treadmills weigh a lot; make sure you include them in shipping costs. Before you buy, find out whether assembly is free or costs extra.


Ideally, the warranty would cover the cost of components for three to seven years and the cost of labor for at least a year. Most treadmills will cover the engine and frame for the duration of your use.


Verify the shop’s refund policy. Even if the shop agrees to accept back the treadmill, you may have to cover the cost of shipping it back and any restocking costs. You should always check the return shipping policy before making an online purchase.

Treadmill Types:

All motorized treadmills have the same essential structure: an electric motor drives a moving belt. Treadmills may be found at a wide variety of pricing points and can have a wide variety of features and styles, therefore we have separated them here based on these two criteria: can they be folded and how much do they cost?

1. Budget Folding Treadmills:

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The running belt on these models may be shortened if it’s deemed appropriate for walkers. A monitor is showing your pace, distance, time, and calories expended, plus a place to store your water bottles. Neither a heart rate monitor nor any software to regulate it is included in most of these devices.

Pros: Less expensive options should be OK if walking is your major form of exercise.

Cons: Decks on cheaper models may be too short for a runner’s stride, and they are often made of flimsier materials that don’t feel sturdy.

2. Folding Treadmill:
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These versions often provide greater functionality than their cheaper folding counterparts, as well as a wider variety of exercise options, such as those that are heart rate-monitored and controlled. The heart rate of some of them may be monitored via a strap worn across the chest.

Pros: These treadmills are more suitable for occasional running due to their more sturdy design.

Cons: Many current versions can still have a deck that’s too short for runners with longer strides.

3. Non-Folding Treadmills:
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The deck and frame of these treadmills are more robust, and they also include a longer running belt and a wider running area.

Pros: These are the greatest option for runners who put in a lot of miles because of the heavier, more durable materials they’re made of. Common features include heart rate monitoring and management, increased top speeds, and greater maximum inclination levels. They have the most extensive guarantees and are designed for heavy users.

Cons: Although it may seem counterintuitive, some more expensive devices feature fewer preinstalled apps. Suppose you’re tight on square footage, every inch matters.

Treadmills Features:

Manufacturers of exercise machines continually experiment with new features to make treadmill workouts more engaging. Your mission is to ascertain precisely what functions you’ll need and to prevent overspending on capabilities you won’t ever use.

Think about how you train as an example. To keep you motivated throughout your exercise, do you require music or other distractions, or do you find satisfaction in constructing new fitness goals for yourself? If the former is true, then fun extras and convenient software may take precedence. In such cases, extras like a digital heart rate monitor and interval training routines should take the lead. To achieve your cardio fitness and health objectives, you need to keep in mind that a treadmill is only a tool.