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Can I Buy A Treadmill For Under $100 - Treadmills For Less Than $100

Updated on February 24, 2012

A treadmill represents a significant investment for most people when they are putting together a home gym. Commercial models, like those seen in professional fitness clubs, will set you back in the high four figures and beyond whilst a good motorised model will still cost $500+ if you want more than just the basic features.

Can you buy a treadmill for under $100? Well, no probably not but there are some models for under $200 which may suit your needs just as well.

A Selection Of Treadmills For Under $200

Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill
Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill

This offering from Stamina is available for around $80 cheaper than the list price at the time of writing which puts it around the $160 mark. This is a well reviewed machine which features a 42 inch textured, non-slip running deck suitable for short and long strides and an on board computer which monitors calories burned, speed, time and distance. This is a space saving treadmill which will fold away when not in use and it is one of the lighter folding treadmills too so no struggling to move it around. Stamina makes good budget price fitness equipment and this machine is no exception. It is a self powered treadmill, aka manual or self-propelled, which means you are providing the means to move the belt rather than relying upon a motor. This makes it a quieter offering, ideal for the home environment as there is no motor noise and vibration to disturb other household members.


Is A Cheap Treadmill Under 100 Dollars Right For Me?

The answer to that question will depend on what you want out of your machine.

The kind of super cheap manual treadmills for around $100 - $200 in price are stripped down to the bare minimum specs for a home running machine. You basically get a frame with stability handlebars and belt which moves when you exert pressure on it...and not much else.

For many, that's absolutely perfect and allows you to get in a cardio workout in the comfort of your own home without spending a fortune on an expensive piece of exercise equipment. For others, the stark difference between a $100 or $150 manual treadmill and the kind of commercial quality machine seen in a gym environment is too jarring and they'll never be happy with their purchase.

Gym treadmills feature lots of built in programs, push button controls, powerful motors, cushioned running decks and a wealth of technological advancements which place them at the pinnacle of the fitness market. They also cost many thousands of dollars. The difference is huge, but a budget treadmill does perform the same functions if you are willing to accept the stripped down format.

Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill
Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill

This is another relatively well reviewed stripped down basic level treadmill. The walking surface on this budget treadmill is 41.5 inches by 13.5 inches and has a 250 pound user limit which is quite generous for this level of machine. A heavy duty flywheel provides a smooth operation and a relative quiet one too. Again, the treadmill is manually powered which means you provide the intensity of the workout not an electric motor. Some argue this allows you to workout at your own pace rather than trying to 'catch up' to whatever speed the motor is running at and therefore, it is not only the cheaper option, but also a better one.


Getting The Best Treadmill For Under $100

Sometimes buying used can be an easy way to shave hundreds of dollars off the price of exercise equipment. It's not unheard of to find a superb price on a lightly used treadmill at places like eBay and Craigslist. Keep an eye out and you will often find a $500 machine retailing under $200 with very little wear and tear. It is not recommended to try to save a few bucks by buying a model which started out under $200 used because these are not designed to pass through multiple owners and you may be buying more trouble than it is worth.


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