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Finding the Right Treadmill for You and Your Family

Updated on August 26, 2011

Buying a Treadmill the Whole Family Will Use and Enjoy

Finding the right treadmill for you and your family is not a difficult thing to do. However, taking a few simple steps can help you avoid buying a treadmill that is just not the correct fit for you and yours.

Modern treadmills have advanced beyond the simple devices they were in the beginning. Now they come with computerized display consoles, speakers that attach to your iPod or MP3 player, running and walking decks that adjust in speed and incline, and even on board connections to the internet.

It can all become not only exciting but a bit overwhelming when you start to shop in earnest for a new treadmill. The treadmill you select will likely be taking up residence - and occupying a significant amount of space - in your home or apartment. It is a significant purchase and one worth taking a bit of time and preparation with. In this hub, we'll take a look at several factors you should consider before you buy your next treadmill.

How Much Are You Prepared to Spend on a Treadmill?

New treadmills can cost anywhere from about $100 all the way up into the thousands of dollars. Used treadmill also can be found across a broad price range. You might even be able to find one that someone is giving away.

While you can luck up and get a treadmill from a friend or relative that has grown tired of theirs and just wants to free up some space, you'll most likely have to shell out some of that hard won cash. Just how much your willing to spend will have a big say in the type of treadmill you'll end up with.

Let's say your budget is set from $100 to $200. In this price range, you'll be able to find several nice manual treadmills. These non-motorized treadmill use you as the power source. That can be good news in that your powering the unit will help you burn calories and you can always chug along at the speed you choose.

Of course at this budget price range a lot of bells and whistles will not be included. Options such as computer consoles and incline changes will be limited to non-existent. Highly rated treadmills in this price range include the Phoenix Easy Up Manual Treadmill and the Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill.

With a budget of $200 to $500 you start to get into some motorized treadmills. Watch carefully their features and specifications - especially if you plan on using your new treadmill for running and training. Be sure to especially check the user capacity and the size of the running surface. You can find some pretty good treadmills that can meet certain peoples needs in this price range.

Two highly rated treadmills in this price range are the Merit Fitness 725T Plus Treadmill and the Horizon Evolve SG Compact Treadmill. They are at the high end of this range of prices. A highly rated treadmill toward the cheaper end of this range is the Stamina 1000 Manual Treadmill.

Willing to 'pony up' $500 to $1000 for a new treadmill? Well, all right then! You can find some sweet treadmills in this range. Now you're getting into power and performance. Many of these treadmills are powered by a motor that boast some horsepower. This is the power plant that lets your treadmill respond quickly and smoothly to increases and decreases in speed and changes you incline levels up and down.

Treadmills in this range should offer you a broad range of workout choices via the console and other methods. You should expect a roomy running surface and a broad range of speed and incline levels. Highly rated treadmills in this price range include the LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill and the Horizon Fitness T202.

Treadmills over $1000. In this price range, you will find a huge variance in performance. Just because a treadmill is expensive does not mean it will run great and be trouble free. Be sure to do your homework and carefully read the reviews here. Smooth Fitness, LifeSpan, and Sole all have several highly rated treadmills in this category.

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What Features on a Treadmill are Most Important to You?

Treadmills today have countless features to make your experience with them pleasant and productive.Going through a quick survey of some of the most popular treadmill features before you shop can give you a clearer idea of what you and your family must have on your next treadmill.

If you can only dedicate a small amount of space to your treadmill, a fold up deck may become an essential feature for you. There are even treadmills on the market that can be folded down into a low, compact profile that can be stored under a bed when not in use. The Horizon Evolve Compact Treadmill is one such treadmill.

What are you planning to use the treadmill for? Will you be using your new treadmill for a few minutes of walking several times a week? Will you be training for a marathon or triathlon? Will the whole family be using it?

Questions such as these will direct your shopping process. There is little use in buying a cheap treadmill that will not do the job you intend fot it.

Do you want lots of feedback and a good choice of workout programs and options? If so, you'll find many treadmills that offer console displays that can show you your speed, calories burned, distance traveled, and more in an instant. Other treadmills, such as manual treadmills, may only have a few readout available - some offer none at all.

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