- UK and Ireland
Finding which treadmill is the best for you is often difficult, with so much choice available, even at the premium end of the market. This short buyer’s guide helps you to understand more about buying a high-end treadmill for your home, and what you should consider before making any purchase.
A high quality treadmill is functional, easy to use and, when used correctly, provides an ideal way to burn calories, manage weight and enhance your cardiovascular system.
This depends upon your budget, but generally speaking the more you spend the better your workout experience will be, and the more similar it will be to the experience you would have in a gym environment . The high-end price range of the home treadmill market generally spans from approximately £1,000 to £5,000. Generally speaking, beyond this price-point you are in to the realms of commercial machines.
Many of the best treadmill brands manufacture both home and commercial equipment. The benefit of choosing one of these brands is that the technology and design experience garnered from making equipment for commercial gym environments is usually also employed in ‘home’ versions of the equipment.
Whilst a commercial treadmill is undoubtedly the most robust option, these machines are designed for heavy use in a club environment and so, in mostly all domestic circumstances, a high-end home treadmill will suffice.
Firstly, and importantly, consider your goals and the goals of other potential exercisers in your home. Most families will have more than one individual that will likely be using the equipment. For example, ‘under buying’ a low quality, underpowered treadmill that will be used by both a 60kg and a 90kg person is a common mistake.
Adequate Motor - This has become one of the most confusing points of all. Don't be fooled by the "bigger is always better" rhetoric. In reality, a 2.0 and above continuous duty HP motor is sufficient for virtually any user if the other components are high quality (continuous duty is a measure of horsepower under regular anticipated use and is far more meaningful than "peak" horsepower).
A good cooling mechanism reduces heat on the motor and other key components - extending the life and wear on these parts. A large motor with a poor cooling mechanism makes for a bad combination that will likely result in premature wear and tear on parts as well as poor performance. Look at the treadmill as a system with matched components, not just a unit with a ‘big’ or ‘quiet’ motor.
Shock absorption system - Look for a manufacturer that provides compelling, research-based, evidence on why their cushioning system works.
In addition to cushioning, some treadmills even go so far as to make automated adjustments to belt speed in order to compensate for minor variations in foot speed during workouts - a technology that proposes to make your session more comfortable and easier on your body.
The basics from a fitness point of view when deciding which treadmill are elapsed time, distance, speed, and incline. Having a measure of calories burned can also be motivating for some. Consider what additional information or features will help keep you motivated day after day.
Some of the most useful added features include:
It’s also important to think about the environment your machine is going to be in. It’s a piece of electrical equipment, so it must be kept in a cool, dry environment, which of course will also be conducive to a good workout for you.
Finally, this new machine is going to be part of your home and so ensure you’re happy with the look and design. Choosing a machine which is best for you biomechanically is the most important factor, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be happy with how the exercise machine looks in your home.
In compiling this buyer’s guide, grateful acknowledgement is made of the contribution from Gregory Florez, founder and CEO of First Fitness Inc. Gregory is one of the United States’ leading experts in several health and fitness categories, including personal coaching and training, product trends, and fitness technology.