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How to Buy the Best Treadmill for Home Use

Updated on September 22, 2011
Buy the Best Treadmill
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The best treadmill is one that you and your family will use regularly to get and keep fit. This almost always means a quality treadmill that is made to last and has the basic functions that most people like in a treadmill. Whether you need to lose weight or are just determined to get fit you will not be sorry if you buy the best treadmill you can afford. Regular aerobic workouts have many health benefits and every adult should accumulate at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week to attain most of the health benefits of physical activity.

Learn the Key Factors in Choosing a Quality Treadmill

According to industry sources and personal experience, a good quality treadmill will have the following features:

  • 2.0 HP continuous duty motor or greater (for walkers; runners should have a 3.0 HP motor)
  • Deck length of 52 inches or more (54 inches plus for running)
  • Deck width of 19 inches or more
  • Elevation from 0 degrees to 10 degrees or higher
  • Speed up to 10 mph or more
  • User weight up to 300 pounds
  • Warranty of at least two years
  • A manufacturer with a good reputation.

Other factors that you need to consider are where in your house or apartment the treadmill will fit. You shouldn’t use an extension cord with a treadmill so you need to carefully plan its placement.

Do Research on the Web and Read Reviews of Treadmill Models

Doing you own due diligence will help you make a good decision on the best treadmill for your home. Try to avoid making an impulse buy before you’ve done a fair amount of homework. Also, do not buy a treadmill that has no motor! There are relatively inexpensive “non-motorized treadmills available but experts warn against them because they do not work very well.

Visit Local Sporting Goods Stores to Try Out Acceptable Quality Treadmills

An important part of treadmill shopping is actually using them before you buy. Visit sporting goods stores because their employees tend to be more knowledgeable and such stores can often service the treadmills they sell. Carefully examine and walk or run on the treadmills that meet your quality standards. Make sure that you are satisfied with a treadmill’s construction and features before purchasing it.

Calculate the Total Cost and Compare It Creatively with the Benefits

A cost-benefit analysis can be very illuminating and can help you decide to spend what is really needed to buy the best treadmill for home use. The relevant cost is the total cost of the purchase, including delivery charges and any extended warranty that you bought. This total cost should be divided by the treadmill’s useful life – five years for example, or perhaps ten if it will only be used for walking. Here are examples:

  • A $2,000 treadmill with a useful life of five years has an annual cost of $400.
  • A $2,000 treadmill with a useful life of ten years has an annual cost of only $200.
  • A $1,500 treadmill would have annual cost of $300 or $150 for a five year and ten year life respectively.
  • If more than one person will use the treadmill you can compute an annual cost per person.

Benefits of a treadmill at home might include such things as:

  • Savings on gym memberships
  • Savings on transportation costs to a gym or park
  • Savings on future health care costs (many thousands of dollars by avoiding heart disease, diabetes and some cancers) – this is the grand slam benefit.

Buy the Best Treadmill You Can Justify

Now that you can appreciate the benefits of a treadmill at home, it should be easy to justify spending up to two or three thousand dollars on a high quality treadmill for home use.

Once purchased, you’ll need to establish the habit of using it every day to get the most benefit from it.

A treadmill at home is a great boost to one’s health and fitness if it is used regularly. The best habit to form is one of daily use.


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