Treadmills, which are machines used for walking or running while staying in the same place has become a very important machine in helping individuals improve and maintain their fitness and health. Almost every gym has a treadmill machine that you can utilize. The treadmill provides a moving platform with a conveyor belt typically driven by an electric motor. The technologies of the treadmill machine has evolved tremendously over the past decade that has seen many new and exciting features added to the modern day treadmill. The treadmills for sale on market nowadays can be folded, have heart rate monitoring capabilities, can be inclined, tracks and records speed, time, distance and calories burned, and even comes with preset workout programs! Many also come with built-in speakers just so you can listen to your favorite tunes (without headphones) while working out!
Selecting the Right Treadmill
Often individuals get overwhelmed with sensory overload when selecting a treadmill. In other words, there are so many factors that come into play while selecting the best treadmill for sale that it makes it difficult to weigh in the pros and cons. This usually results in paralysis by analysis if you overanalyze everything.
Some of the common things that individuals get held up on selecting the right treadmill for them are: i) too many different brands to pick from, ii) unsure of the features that are needed or feel the need to “want” every available feature and iii) price / budget constraints. Some even doubt their choice in deciding to purchase a treadmill in the first place with the primary doubt being if it would be worth the money. Indeed, treadmills for sale currently run from a couple of hundred to a few thousand dollars and that’s a huge chunk of money. However, health and fitness really has no price and many treadmill users will tell you that a treadmill machine is worth every penny.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry, we’re here to help with this process! We created this website so that we could share our knowledge on treadmills for sale and to go over the factors that one should take into account before purchasing a treadmill. We have done some market research to save you time on which treadmills have the best reviews, the features that come with it as well as the warranty period for the various components of the treadmill machine.
Benefits of a Treadmill Workout
A treadmill is considered as a “cardiovascular machine.” It was actually first designed to help diagnose heart and lung disease. Research conducted and published in 1968 showed the benefits of aerobic exercise which in turn supported the development of the home treadmill. Some of the main advantages of having a treadmill machine at home include:
- You can set up an exercise regime that you can follow irrespective of the weather. This one is quite obvious; it is unlikely that you will go for a jog in the park when it is raining outside.
- You feel less impact when running on the treadmill (most of which has cushioned conveyor belts) when compared to running on outdoor services. Treadmills for sale nowadays come with rubber or elastomers belts. This can make a world of difference especially if you have joint or knee problems.
- Incline treadmills provide means for the user to continuously run or walk uphill which in turn allow for an “uphill” training regime to be planned.
- Preset rate settings and speed settings force you to run at a consistent pace.
- Your progress on the treadmill can be tracked. Certain treadmills allow users to save data such as distance, calories burned and heart rate onto a USB drive. This can allow you to accurately track your progress of your fitness regime.
In addition to these “general” benefits of treadmill workout, you also can also follow the different types of treadmill workouts to suite your needs. An example of this workout is the High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT for short. The HIIT treadmill workout as its name suggest, focuses on the user to carry out a high intensity workout for a short period of time followed by a period of recovery. There are also different workouts which are suitable for beginners or to maximize calorie burning/weight loss.
The Treadmill Market – What Treadmills are for Sale?
In this section, we’ll present our findings on our market research for treadmills. We’ll go over some of the treadmill brands, features, price range and a comparison table of the treadmills for sale on market now.
First things first, treadmill brands. There are more than a dozen different treadmill brands: Nordic Track, Yozwa, Landice, Proform, Weslo and so on. Selecting a treadmill brand is usually the first things that potential treadmill buyers have to decide on. Some treadmill brands have been making treadmills for decades while others have done so only for a few years. If this is your first time purchasing a treadmill, there are two things you could do. The first is to reach out to your family and friends who own a treadmill machine themselves or have consistently been using one. They will be able to tell you from their firsthand experience what they liked or disliked about a given treadmill. Secondly, you can do a quick overview of the reviews treadmill brands get on sites such as Amazon. This is a great way to figure out what brand stands out given Amazon is worldwide, and therefore, you’re basically getting free information from individuals from around the world! By looking at the overall rating for a given treadmill, you will fairly accurately be able to tell if the brand is a good one.
The next thing you should look into are the specifications of the treadmills as well as the different features that come with each of them. Treadmills have come a long way, from the time when they were just constant speed, non-folding, non-programmable treadmills, to the present day where treadmills have tons of features. While it would be nice to have a treadmill loaded on the different types of features, the truth is, you can certainly make do without some as well. You can also think of buying a treadmill to be similar to buying a new PC. While you could buy a fully loaded PC which has the best graphics card and processor, you may not even need them if all you intend to do is browse the internet and check your emails. An average graphics card and processor will do the job just as well.
Some of the features that are commonly found in treadmills for sale today include folding, incline, data monitoring and tracking, built-in speakers, as well as preset workout programs. If you have limited amount of space for your treadmills, a foldable treadmill would be a perfect fit for you. Foldable treadmills, although not as sturdy as non-foldable treadmills, have a smaller footprint that can help you snuck the treadmill in a storage area. For example, Lifespan’s TR1200i folding treadmill measures 74” x 33” x 54” when it is unfolded and only 39” x 33” x 66” when folded. This is about a 35% reduction in volume and space saved. How space efficient!
Incline treadmills are treadmills which comes with a separate motor that will help the treadmill move along the high and low inclines, mimicking the motion of running uphill. This in turn will in turn cause your body to work harder, resulting in the burning of more calories. Why should you consider incline treadmills? Well, they offer a different variety of workouts you can try and the increased work that you have to do on an incline treadmill also results in quicker improved cardiovascular health. Treadmills for sale nowadays can usually be inclined between 0 – 15 degrees. Some incline treadmills such as the Proform Pro 7500 can also have decline degrees; which will allow you to mimic the activity of jogging downhill.
Other features that usually come with treadmills for sale today include built-in speakers for mp3 players and iPods, heart rate, speed, distance and calories burnt monitors, LCD screens to display your progress, preset workout programs, preprogramed routes that mimic different terrains in the world and different apps that you can connect with to see your workout progress. Note that many of these features are found in most of the different treadmill brands.
Aside from determining which features are important to you, below are a few other factors that you should keep in mind before purchasing a treadmill:
- Motor horsepower (HP): A higher horsepower motor on your treadmill also means that it has a higher weight capacity and can achieve higher speeds. Weight capacities are often stated in the specifications of the treadmills.
- Treadbelt dimensions: A larger treadbelt means more room for you to jog or run on the treadmill.
- Warranty: Most treadmills for sale nowadays have different warranty periods for different components of the treadmill. These warranty periods are usually broken down into the warranty for the frame, motor, mechanical and electronics, and labor. In general, the higher the price of the treadmill, the longer the warranty period for these items. Warranties for the frame and motor are typically longer when compared to the warranty on labor. What this means is that if your treadmill starts running into some failure, you will most likely have to fork out some money to cover labor costs.
- Price: As described, treadmills can cost anywhere between a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. The difference would be in the build quality and the number of features available. Again, this does not mean that you should purchase the most expensive treadmill, but rather, you need to find out the best bang for your buck based on the features you need (not want).
Feeling overwhelmed? We’ve compiled a list of treadmills which shows the brand, model number, price, and rating on Amazon, number of reviews, motor HP, treadbelt dimensions, weight capacity, dimensions, speed rating, warranty periods and features based on the data available. That way, you can easily compare these treadmills and make a decision on which one you would like to pursue! Note that we’ll continuously update this table as more products come to the market.
|Name||Picture||Price ($)||# of Reviews||Avg. Rating||Motor HP||Treadbelt Dimensions (inches)||Weight Cap. (lbs)||Incline (Y/N)||Foldable (Y/N)|
|Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill||287||483||4||2.25||16 x 50||250||Y - Two Levels||Y|
|LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill||999||286||4.5||2.5||20 x 56||300||Y - 15 Levels||Y|
|LifeSpan TR4000i Folding Treadmill||1799||35||4||3.25||20 x 60||350||Y - 15 Levels||Y|
|Nautilus T614 Treadmill||869||3||5||2.75||20 x 55||300||Y - 0 to 12 degrees||Y|
|Nautilus T616 Treadmill||1799||3||4.5||3||20 x 60||300||Y - 0 to 15 degrees||Y|
|ProForm Performance 300 Treadmill||479.99||6||3||2.75||18 x 50||300||Y - 0 - 10 degrees||Y|
|ProForm Performance 400 Treadmill||599||3||3||2.5||20 x 55||300||Y - 0 - 10 degrees||Y|
|ProForm Power 995c Treadmill||889||83||3.5||3||20 x 60||350||Y - 0 - 15 degrees||Y|
|ProForm Power 1495 Treadmill||1350||10||3.5||3.5||20 x 60||350||Y - 0 - 15 incline degrees and 0 -3 decline degrees||Y|
|Proform 505 CST Treadmill (2014 Model)||588.99||311||4||2.5||20 x 55||300||Y - 0 - 10 degrees||Y|
|Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill||1499.99||81||4||3.5||22 x 60||375||Y - 15 levels||Y|
|Sole Fitness F65 Folding Treadmill||1299.99||17||4.5||3.25||20 x 60||350||Y - 15 levels||Y|
|Sole Fitness S77 Non-Folding Treadmill||1699.99||13||4.5||4||22 x 60||400||Y - 15 levels||N|
|Yowza Fitness Lido Treadmill with IWM||999.99||7||4.5||2.5||17 x 51||250||N||Y|
|Yowza Fitness Smyrna Transformer Non-Folding Treadmill||1699.99||4||4||3||20 x 60||300||Y - 0 - 12 degrees||N|
|Yowza Fitness Sebring Transformer Treadmill with IWM||1384.99||3||4||3||20 x 55||350||Y - 0 - 12 degrees||Y|
|Horizon Fitness T101-04 Treadmill||799||163||4||2.25||20 x 55||300||Y - 0 - 10 degrees||Y|
|Horizon Fitness Adventure 5 Treadmill||1299.99||N/A||N/A||2.5||60 x 20||325||Y - 0 - 12 degrees||Y|
|Horizon Fitness Elite T7 Treadmill||1499.99||N/A||N/A||2.75||60 x 20||350||Y - 0 - 15 degrees||Y|
|Horizon Fitness Elite T9 Treadmill||1999.99||N/A||N/A||2.75||60 x 20||350||Y - 0 - 15 degrees||Y|
If you are still having troubles picking from this list, and if you’re comfortable with an above average, but not the best treadmill for sale in the market, we’d highly recommend the TR1200i folding treadmill by LifeSpan. You can purchase this treadmill for just under $1,000. It has about 286 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.0 in Amazon, which can be considered a good rating. In addition, it is both a foldable and an incline treadmill which are the two main features most individuals look for in a treadmill. The warranty on this treadmill is outstanding: lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, 3 years on parts and 1 year on labor. It also has standard features which could be useful such as a heart rate monitor, speakers and headphone plug-in some preset workout programs.
If you have more money to spend on a treadmill and would like some additional features, the Proform Power 1495 priced at $1,350 is iFit enabled, which allows you to run on different terrains in the world, has a 10” full color display and a EKG Grip Pulse that monitors heart rate. Or if you’re on a tighter budget or am just getting casually started on exercising on the treadmill, the Weslo Candence G 5.9 is a great option. This treadmill is priced at under $300, has about 500 reviews on Amazon, with an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5.0. What’s nice is that at this entry-level price point, it has two levels of incline you can set and is foldable! It even has a heart rate monitor and a display that tracks your speed, time, distance and calories burned. While it doesn’t have other “cool” or “nice to have” features, the Weslo Candence G 5.9 does the job just fine at a very nice price point.
It is now up to you to figure out what you actually need versus what you want and what you can afford. In conclusion, be sure to consider the factors discussed and make use of our comparison table above to compare the various different treadmills for sale today.