Treadmill Buying Guide

There are many factors you need to consider when choosing a treadmill for your home. After all, home treadmills aren’t cheap, and you’re investing in your health. Before you go out and buy the first treadmill you see, please read the following guide to buying a treadmill to get some tips on what to look for.

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Even if you’re looking for a walking treadmill for your home, the options could quickly become overwhelming. You have many options for features, price points, and brands, and it’s all too easy to overlook the essential elements you need. Here’s a list of features to look for, so you can discover the best treadmill for walking.

Please also check Treadmills for heavy persons.

Today, hundreds of walk-exercise machines are available on the market and even more reviews. If we check all the reviews, we will be more confused about what to choose and what not to choose. It would be best if you chose the treadmills keeping the following points in mind.

What to look for in a Treadmill Buying Guide?

When you think of a treadmill, you probably think of two things: a huge piece of exercise equipment and a quick, boring way to get in your daily workout. While treadmills are still often seen as the best way to get in that run or walk you need to get, they have come a long way in design and style.

Today’s treadmills are sleek and stylish, and they come in a variety of configurations so you can get the most from your workout. To help you buy a treadmill that is both functional and fashionable for your home, here are some helpful tips that tell you what to look for when buying a home treadmill.

Types of Treadmill

Now that you have decided to be more health-conscious, why not involve the whole family? If you buy it for general fitness, this exercise equipment is suitable for all, and a healthy family is better than a fit individual. Buying a treadmill for the whole family, even if only you will use it, is better in the long run as others will eventually try it too.

Manual Treadmill

Manual treadmills are the least expensive treadmills. These can be used without electricity. But the user has to apply more force to use them. So, in a way, these are more effective. However, the number of features and functions available is limited.

Manual Curved Treadmill

It is another category of the treadmill which is the most expensive. These are for athletes and are very sturdy and heavy. Each footstrike propels the belt behind the user to walk or run on a curved treadmill. The method uses vertical and horizontal curves to draw the belt down and back from the walking or running stride, eliminating the need for an electric motor. 

Budget Treadmills

Treadmills are available at various price points, starting as low as $125 and increasing to $10,000. But an inexpensive machine is not built to last, and it will start giving problems in six months. Keep in mind that it has a lot of mechanical parts. For it to last a decade, you have to buy a sturdy machine. Buying a treadmill based on your requirements, company service, and warranty is a better idea. Price, of course, is important, but keeping it as a second priority is better. 

Buying an entry-level treadmill in any segment is a better idea than buying an inexpensive one. It will be without any bells and whistles but still sturdy enough.

Walking Treadmills

These go up to a maximum speed of 4 to 6 mph, so you can walk or jog on them. Suitable for senior citizens or obese citizens. These are less expensive, but some are very sturdy with a weight limit of 400 lbs.

In the case of treadmills for obese people, you first need to understand the need. You have to decide in every individual case what the best treadmill is for an obese person. Every overweight person has a different need depending on height, weight, age, and other complications.

Running Treadmills

If you buy it to enhance your athletic performance and use it in your training program, you have to buy a fast treadmill with a powerful motor that can match your running pace and the time you run on it.

It is the biggest segment, and you may buy one based on your current running performance and ambitions. For normal running, a 3 CHP treadmill is good enough, but if you are a fast runner or a marathon runner, buy a 3.5 or a 4CHP treadmill.

Some of these have an incline and decline feature. The incline can range between 10% and 40%, and the decline, if available, can be up to 5%. Running on an incline, depending on your speed and incline percentage can burn 3 to 4 times the calories you burn while running on a flat surface. 

Foldable Treadmill

A folding treadmill is always better if your space is a constraint and there are various options available. There are ones in which the running track stands at a 70-degree slant to the floor, occupying less space.

Others become upright, using even less space, and there are still others that can be folded and pushed below the bed. But make sure these are sturdy enough. Expensive treadmills have hydraulic controls, so the track goes down slowly by itself.

Do not buy a commercial treadmill for your home. They are heavier duty than required, more expensive, and consume more electricity.

Rehabilitation Treadmills

If you buy it for rehabilitation exercises, then there is a separate lineup of low treadmills, which are easier to get on and off and with long handrails for support and large displays. These are generally available at a speciality fitness store.

Features of a Treadmill

Expensive Treadmill

They come with a long and wide running mat, a TV in front, various pre-programmed features, a cushioned running track, and are sturdy enough to last a decade. But you will still have to do periodic maintenance. These will be suitable for a marathoner, with a maximum user weight of 450 lb and a top speed of 15 mph.

A high-end treadmill even has Google maps and various running tracks in the world. So you can visit any city or country on the screen and get the feel of running with the runners or celebrities in that country while running on your treadmill.

Treadmill Weight Limit / Why are treadmills so heavy?

The more settings and functions required by the motor, the heavier it will be, making the treadmill even heavier. If we assume good-quality materials are used in the motor’s construction, it will undoubtedly increase the weight and feel of the treadmill.

The heavier treadmills are more stable and do not wobble when a heavy person is running or running too fast on them.

The user weight capacity should be at least 20kg more than your body weight. Rather, it should be 20kg more than the heaviest person at home. Even if you aren’t buying it for him now, you never know when he will want to try it out.

Treadmill Size

If you are 6 feet plus and are buying a treadmill for running, you need an almost 84 inches long and 36 inches wide. First, fix a place at home where you will keep it, and folding ones also require nearly the same space when used.

For running, the width of the treadmill deck should be 22 inches, and for walking, 20 inches will suffice. The length should be 55 inches. But for a tall runner, say a 6-foot plus person, 60-inch belt size is better, and it could be 50′′ for walking.

I suggest buying a treadmill for running only, and you can always walk on it too. There is usually a person at home who feels like running if there is a treadmill at home.

Treadmill Workout

Workouts are usually running, jogging, and walking. You can do various programs according to your fitness level, for example, five minutes of running and five minutes of walking for thirty minutes.

Modern treadmills come equipped with pre-programmed workouts where the number of workout programs ranges from 10 to 50. Besides, various apps like iFit by Nordictrack offer you hundreds of programs, guidance, coaches, etc., to make your workout as interesting and strenuous as possible. 


Consoles have a lot of information depending on the type of treadmill you have bought. For example, you can see the time, distance, speed, calories burnt on a basic treadmill. In addition, you can have heart rate control on advanced models, fix targets for distance and time, and more.

You can initiate pre-programmed workouts from the console. Some have speakers and Bluetooth to attach your phone or tablet, listen to songs, or watch a movie while the workout is on.

Treadmill Mats

It is very important to check what type of mat is there on the track. A better-cushioned mat saves the knees and other joints from any injury due to running or jogging. It is especially important if you are buying it for seniors. Some mills come with as many as 5 or 7-layer cushions, or better cushioned at points where your footfalls while running.

Treadmill Motor

Residential treadmills don’t require heavy motors and have DC motors. You may opt for an AC motor treadmill if you live in a joint family. Generally, gyms use AC motor treadmills. If you are up to 100 kg in weight, we recommend the following CHP (Continuous Horse Power) motors. Consider continuous horsepower while buying a treadmill rather than peak horsepower. PHP is the maximum that the mill can go up to.

  • 2 CHP for walking
  • 2.5 CHP for jogging
  • 3 CHP when running

Treadmill Belts and Rollers

Check the belt before you buy the treadmill. The thicker belt tracks are better, and they keep the treadmills quiet too. Track thicknesses range from 1ply to 2ply and 3ply. A thicker ply treadmill will be better and durable as well. Manufacturers usually do not mention the ply, only mentioning “a thick track belt.”

The roller’s size, which ranges from 1.5″ to 3.5″, is also important. A smaller roller means more wear & tear of the track. So, as far as possible, opt for bigger rollers.


Newer treadmills do not need any lubrication as they are infused with silicon or other such lubricants.

But for other treadmills, lubrication has to be done every couple of months, depending on your running time on them. Please understand the proper lubrication process from the company, and I’d rather try it out at the store. 

Treadmill Incline & Decline

Most treadmills come with an incline option. There are motorized and manual incline treadmills, which give you the experience of hill running. A one percent incline works almost as well as running outside. The incline is typically up to 10% or 15%, but some have as much as a 40% incline.

For the same purpose, there are mills with decline features and a normal 5% decline.

Key to Safety

All treadmills have one basic feature: an auto-stop key attached to the runner’s clothes. The key gets pulled out if the runner trips or is about to fall and stops the treadmill. The safety feature is useful when elders are using the treadmill.

Extra Features

Look for a heart rate monitor on a treadmill nowadays. You get many additional features on treadmills, like a water bottle holder, Bluetooth to connect with your phone, built-in speakers, etc. Of course, at an extra cost.

Assembly Requirement

Generally, assembly is not required as these come pre-assembled. But sometimes, when necessary, the treadmill maker sends printed assembly instructions or in video form. For an extra charge, they send company personnel to do the same.

Treadmill Warranty

It is the most crucial part of any piece of equipment. The best treadmill warranty can extend to even a lifetime. There are three different warranties for every treadmill.

Lifetime Warranty on the Treadmill Frame

Motor: Varies from a two-year to a lifetime warranty.

Other parts, including electronic components, typically last 3 to 5 years.

Free Labor: Some businesses provide free labour in a breakdown, ranging from 6 months to 2 years.

A good quality treadmill can work for 8 to 10 years if maintained properly. Check out the treadmills online first, and then narrow down your choices based on features and user reviews. You get a fair idea from the reviews about the features, quality of equipment, company service, etc. Then, visit the local stores to try out the machines physically. They shouldn’t be wobbly and should be silent while running. After further shortlisting of one or two models, check their prices online. Mostly, treadmills are bought online nowadays due to heavy discounts. If your local store is offering you the same price, you may buy it from there.

Will You Use It?

A treadmill is the fitness industry’s most common and expensive fitness equipment that people use to achieve their fitness goals. But it is not too difficult to find a treadmill owner who bought it six months ago but is now using it as a clothesline. Be sure you are going to use it for workouts. I suggest developing the habit of exercising over three months before you buy a treadmill. That way, you will be sure to use it regularly.


I will have to re-emphasize buying a treadmill guide is not enough. Resolving to use it every day is important. Buying is only the first step towards a healthy tomorrow. Most of the people buying it later stop using it out of lethargy or boredom. We must make our workouts as interesting as possible so that we want to do those, day in and day out.