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Top Rated Treadmills 2016

Updated on November 15, 2015

These days we live very busy lives, but we still need to exercise to keep healthy. A good treadmill will give you a good convenient workout in the privacy of your own home.

In top rated treadmills 2016 we will review some of the best new treadmills on the market. We selected the top treadmills in each price category based both on professional and owner reviews.

What to look for in a treadmill:

  • The treadmill motor: This is the most expensive part of the treadmill and also the most expensive part to fix. It's worth getting a treadmill with a reliable engine.
  • The warranty: A standard warranty covers the frame for 5 years, the engine for 2 and parts and labor for 1 year. I wouldn't buy one with less than that.
  • The belt: The belt should be at least 17 inches in with and at least 51 inches in length. If you are tall get one that is 56 inches in length.
  • The frame: Treadmill frames should either be made from steel or aluminum, never plastic. Steel is heavier, more durable and more expensive. Aluminum is light, cheaper and not as durable.
  • The extras: Examples of extras are: a heart rate monitor, built in workouts, the ability to record your workouts over time and a built in fan. You need to decide what you want and what you are willing to pay for.

Top rated treadmill 2016
Top rated treadmill 2016
Series 7 folded up
Series 7 folded up

Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill

The Bowflex Series 7 is our pick as top treadmill of 2016, it is similar to those that can be found in a reputable health gym. The Series 7 is definitely worth the expense, especially if you are considering upgrading from an economy treadmill.

Following the instructions, which are both comprehensive and clearly written, this treadmill is easy to assemble; the parts all fit together very securely, making for a smooth, safe ride. The Bowflex 7 Series Treadmill has 15 workout programs as well as grip and telemetric heart rate monitoring. It is a very sturdy machine, although as a direct consequence this means that it is rather heavy to handle. It comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty; which includes a 15 year frame warranty and a 10 year motor warranty; proving how confident the manufacturer is in it's product.

Lifespan good value for money treadmill
Lifespan good value for money treadmill

LifeSpan-Fitness TR200

The fact that it is a ready-assembled piece of equipment means that the LifeSpan-Fitness TR200 Fold-N-Stor-Treadmill could appeal to those people who do not have the time or expertise to cope with self-assembly products. The simplicity of this treadmill is very impressive: buttons are featured so you can directly achieve the speed and incline that you need; there are six exercise programs on offer, all of which help you to vary your exercise routine, a very important factor for people trying to get in shape; the blue LCD console can count calories, distance and time; and also included are built-in speakers, a headphone port and contact heart rate grips. The framework even comes with a lifetime warranty. The portability and compact storage of this machine are extra bonuses, which help to make this a great overall workout device.

Lifespan folded up
Lifespan folded up

Merit Treadmill

The Merit Treadmill, manufactured by Horizon Fitness, is a quality product and extremely good value for money, particularly if you are on a tight budget. It is easy to assemble, having been manufactured with sturdy mechanisms, and has 7 different workout programs. Distance traveled, time, incline, and heart rate displays are all provided, which mean that daily progress can be easily monitored. The machine is also of a good size; although it is lightweight and not too large like some treadmills; and therefore it can be conveniently stored, without taking up too much space.

Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill

It takes time to learn how to use a manual treadmill. I would only recommend this treadmill for walking, not running. The treadmill is fairly noisy, something you can fix by using a good silicone lubricant like the one we review below.

On the up side manual treadmills, such as The Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill, offer a less expensive option when purchasing a piece of exercise equipment. This particular model is a very good machine and unlike an automatic treadmill, it means that you have to exert yourself far more to keep the belt moving, giving yourself a harder workout. It necessitates using more muscles, including arms and hips, thus increasing the physical benefits of using a treadmill. There are other advantages to be gained from using a non-motorized machine, too: there are no trailing cables leading to a power socket, which means that you can position it wherever you wish, even outdoors; there is no noise coming from a motor, so you can watch your favorite DVD or listen to your music without having the volume on at full power; and the machine is energy-efficient, helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Also, with fewer components, the assembly of this machine is very quick and straightforward. Another advantage of The Stamina is that it is not as heavy as its motorized counterparts, so it folds up neatly and can therefore be stowed away more easily.

Silicone Treadmill Belt Lubricant

If you are concerned about the increasing friction between the running belt and deck on your machine, then you should consider purchasing a lubricant to keep the treadmill working smoothly. The LifeSpan-Fitness-Silicone-Treadmill-Lubricant is 100% silicone; it gives excellent odorless results; it's universal pump sprayer makes it easy to apply; and, depending on the frequency of applications (only 4 per year should be necessary), this product which comes in a 4oz bottle should last for approximately one year. Good maintenance of your treadmill will extend its life, thereby saving you the cost of a new replacement treadmill.

Treadmills are designed to provide an at-home workout to people who desire a toned physique without frequenting gyms. The best fold-up treadmills are those that are easy to maintain; are affordable; and provide a beneficial workout. The information provided here should enable you to make the right choice, according to your financial and personal requirements.

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      bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      i have not used a treadmill. this reminds me that i have to be back to my routine! :-(