9 Key Tips to Buying a Treadmill

If you’re in the market for a used treadmill, the first question you ask yourself is probably “what to look for when buying a treadmill”? There are dozens and dozens of different treadmill brands in gyms and stores, so we’ve give you some quick tips on how to choose the best model for yourself.

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  1. Figure out what you will be using your treadmill for. Walking, jogging, running or maybe all of them? Different treadmills have different built in programs that cater to certain crowds.
  1. Test out different treadmills at the gym. The best way to ensure that you like a treadmill is to actually use it.
  1. Research entertainment options. Some treadmills have televisions built in with their own channels and programming system. Others have iPod and phone connectivity. Newer model treadmills even come with built in touchscreens.
  1. Set a budget. Home units can range from $100-$500 depending on them brand, model and features. Commercial grade units retail from $5,000-$10,000 but used models can be found for $500-$1,000 if you find the right place.
  1. Pay close attention to the size of the treadmill and if it will fit in your home. The footprint of a treadmill varies greatly and you want to be sure that it will fit comfortably in your home. Also research whether you have the proper electrical configurations for your treadmill since some units require dedicated lines.
  1. Decide on whether you want a commercial grade or retail unit. This varies upon your budget and how often you plan to use your machine. If you are a casual exerciser who is anticipating on using their treadmill around two to three times a week, then a home treadmill would be more than enough. Otherwise, you should opt for a commercial grade treadmill. Commercial grade treadmills are the same models that are found in the gym meaning they are more durable and have better parts. They are usually a few hundred dollars more than retail units but can be found heavily discounted if bought used.
  1. Look up different brands. There are many different brands of treadmills on the market so it is important to do extensive research on each of them. Precor and Life Fitness are two of the leaders in treadmill manufacturing and you can’t go wrong with any of their units.
  1. Consider if you want incline. Incline can make a world of difference between treadmills. If you are a more casual runner then you can afford to buy a treadmill without an incline/decline feature. More experienced fitness fanatics and people who crave variety in their cardio should look for a unit with incline options which can increase intensity and even simulate hiking.
  1. Look at fitness tracking and programs. Most treadmills come with built-in displays that can tell you information such as calories burned, distance run, time of exercise, power output and much more. Some treadmills also come with heart rate monitors built into the handrails. If you don’t enjoy monotonous one speed running, some treadmills also come with programs that can vary your workout.

These are the most crucial factors you should consider when buying a treadmill. Once you’ve figured out what you want in yours, browse our selection of commercial treadmills!

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