Treadmill Buying Guide

There are many factors you need to consider when choosing a treadmill for 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 treadmill buying guide to get some tips on what to look for.

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Even if you're looking for the walking treadmill for your home, the options could quickly turn overwhelming. You have such a lot of 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 no. of 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.

1. Types of Treadmill

  • Now that you have decided to be more health-conscious, why not involve the whole family. If you are buying it for general fitness, this exercise equipment is suitable for all, and a healthy family is better than a fit individual. Buying a motorized 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.
  • If you are buying it to enhance your athletic performance and use it in your training program, then you have to buy a fast treadmill with a powerful motor that can match your running pace and the time you run on it.
  • On the other hand, if you are buying it for doing 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 specialty fitness store.
  • Treadmills only for walking with a maximum speed of 4 mph. 
  • Treadmills for obese individuals which have a maximum weight capacity of 450 lbs

2. Expensive Treadmill

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

Price is an important factor while buying a treadmill but does not make it the most crucial factor as investing in your health and fitness. A reliable treadmill is more important, keeping the injury and durability of the piece of equipment in mind. A high-quality treadmill will cost more than a popular home treadmill.

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.

3. 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 70 degrees slant to the floor occupying less space.

Others become absolutely 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 more heavy duty than required, expensive, and consume more electricity.

4. Manual Treadmill

Manual treadmills are also available, which can be used without electricity. But a treadmill user has to apply more force to use them. 

5. Budget Treadmills

Treadmills are available at various price points. But keep in mind that it has a lot of mechanical parts. For it to last a decade, you have to buy a sturdy machine. Its easy to make a cheap treadmill. One just has to install a smaller motor, an uncushioned track mat, small rollers, a small console, a sub-standard frame. You might injure yourself running on it, and it might give away after a year. Looking for a best budget treadmill, make sure you check it on all the mentioned parameters.

Buy an entry-level treadmill if you want to buy an inexpensive one. It will be without any bells and whistles but still sturdy enough

6. Treadmill Weight Limit / Why are treadmills so heavy?

The more settings and functions required of the motor, the heavier it will be. This makes 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 donot wobble even when a heavy weight person is running or a person is 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.

7. Treadmill Size

If you are 6′ plus and are buying a treadmill for running, you need one that is almost 84 inches long and 36 inches wide. First, fix a place at home where you are going to keep it. Folding ones also require nearly the same place when being used. Portable treadmills are also available nowadays, which occupy less space and can be pushed under the bed after use. 

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

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

8. Treadmill Workout

Workouts are usually running, jogging, and walking. You can make various programs according to your fitness levels—for example, five minutes running and five minutes walking for thirty minutes. Modern treadmills come equipped with pre-programmed workouts. 

9. Console

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 blue teeth to attach your phone or tablet, listen to songs, or watch a movie while the workout is on.

10.Treadmill Mat

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. 

11. 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. 

  • Walking – 2 CHP
  • Jogging – 2.5 CHP
  • Running – 3 CHP

12.Treadmill Belt & Rollers

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

Roller size varies between 1.5″ to 3.5″. A smaller roller means more wear & tear of the track. So as far as possible, opt for bigger rollers.

13. Lubrication

It is very important. Lubrication has to be done every couple of months. Please understand from the company the proper lubrication process. Rather try it out at the store. Newer treadmills do not need any lubrication as they are infused with silicon or other such lubricants.

14. 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. One percent incline works almost the same as running outdoors. Normally the incline is up to 10 or 15%, but some have as much as 40% incline.

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

15. Safety Key

All treadmills have one basic feature an auto stop key which can be attached to the runner's clothes. The key gets pulled out in case the runner trips or is about to fall down and stops the treadmill. The safety feature is useful when elders are using the treadmill.

16. 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.  

17. Assembly Requirement

Generally, assembly is not required as these come as pre-assembled. But sometimes, when necessary, the treadmill maker sends company personnel to do the same. Do not buy from a company if they want you to pay for installation.

18. Treadmill Warranty

This is the most crucial part of any equipment. The warranties vary from lifelong to six months. There are three different warranties.

Treadmill Frame – Lifetime Warranty Motor – 2 years to a lifetime warranty Other Parts including Electronic – 3 months to 5 years in most cases Labour – Some companies offer free labor in case of a break down ranging from 6 months to 2 years.

19. User Reviews

A good quality treadmill can work for 8 to 10 years if maintained properly. Check the treadmills online first—Shortlist 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 to one or two models, check their price 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.

20.Will You Use It?

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


I will have to re-emphasize buying a treadmill is not enough. 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. It is important that we make our workouts as interesting as possible so that we want to do those, day in and day out.