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Five Cheapest Treadmills For You

Updated on November 4, 2010
A Treadmill
A Treadmill

Treadmills are an important part of gym equipment, and any decent personal gym should have one. Most trainers insist on using the treadmill as a warm-up for any exercise session. Treadmills provide the easiest way to burn off some calories and getting you into the mood for some more strenuous exercises like strength training. If you are short on time, or are too lazy to venture out to do some actual jogging or running, then a treadmill is the perfect machine for you.

Usually treadmills would be seen only in gyms. But these days, with them becoming more and more affordable, you can have one and use it at the privacy of your home. Let us check out five treadmills that you can buy, without burning too big a hole in you pocket.

Criteria for judging a Treadmill

Ok, now that you are interested in buying one, what are the features that you should be looking for in a treadmill? Well, here are some,

  1. Is it manual or motor driven?
  2. What is the maximum speed and inclination?
  3. What is the maximum weight it can take?
  4. What extra accessories does it come with?
  5. And finally, what is its price?

Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill

This is a manual treadmill, that is among the cheapest available in the market. You can set it to incline at 8 and 10 degrees. Has a sturdy steel frame, and is foldable, so you don't have to waste space in your room. It needs a battery if you wish to use its display, that can be set to show the distance run, the calories burned, or the duration of the run. It can take a maximum weight of 250 pounds, and itself weighs only 56 pounds.

Phoenix Denise Austin 98510 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill

Yet another manual treadmill that is highly affordable. Provides very quiet and smooth operation. Has a battery operated (needs 2 AA batteries, that are included in the package), single button display to show several metrics about your jogging session. This too is easily foldable, using a spring loaded pull pin, so that it can be stored in a closet. It weighs about 45 pounds and supports up to 250 pounds. It has a 1 year warranty.

Merit Fitness 715T Treadmill

This is one of the cheapest motor driven treadmills available. It has a 1.25 horsepower motor, that lets you run up to 10 miles per hour. It supports a maximum incline of 5 percent. It also has a built-in heart-rate monitor. It is very easy to jog on this treadmill, as it is less harsh on your knees and hips. It has a quick key interface, that lets you choose from 4 programs. This too is easily foldable.

Horizon Fitness T101 Treadmill

This is among the more powerful and advanced treadmills, and slightly costlier than the above. It has a 2.25 horsepower engine that is very smooth and silent. An additional motor, allows you to adjust the incline from 0 to 10 percent. It supports a maximum load of 300 pounds. Has an advanced 3 LED panels based interface that lets you choose from a variety of programs and configurations. Also comes with an inbuilt speakers and heart-rate monitor.

Schwinn 840 Treadmill

Being a high-end treadmill, this is 2.5 HP motor driven and ultra-silent. It uses a cushioned suspension on the running belt, to reduce the impact on your knees, ankles and hips. It is even ideal for the elderly. It supports maximum running speed of 10 miles an hour and an inclination of up to 10%. Has several extra features, like an integrated workout fan, heart-rate monitor, water bottle holder, magazine holder among others. Also uses a 2 LED user interface that lets you choose from over 15 preset programs and goals. With so many features, it is definitely priced well as it is still just a little over 500 dollars.

There you have it! The top 5 highly affordable treadmills that you can buy, and keep in your house. All of them are easily foldable, so they don't eat up too much space. Also, they are all safe to use as they have several safety mechanisms built into them. So, go ahead, get one and start running.

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