Treadmills Reviews & Comparisons 2014

Treadmill is considered as one of the best exercise equipment for various reasons. Choosing and using a home treadmill is certainly one of the most rational decisions to make, especially if your life is sedentary. Below are some leading treadmills compared.

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Specifications
Height 58.5 56 58 36.5 68 54.6 73.5 71.5 69
Weight 252 231 265 241 181 169 300 350 319
Length 81 78 80 74 73 70.8 80 79.5 81
Weight Capacity 350 350 375 350 325 300 350 400 400
Width 36.8 34 35 46.75 36 33.1 36 37.75 36
Incline 0-15 1-15 0-15 - 0-10% 0-10 0-15 0-15 0-15%
Roller Size - 2.5 2.75 - 1.9 - 3 3 2.75"
Motor HP 3.25 CHP 3.25 3.5 CHP 2.25 2.5 2.25 CHP 3.25 CHP 4.25 CHP 3.5
Speed 0-12 0.5 - 12 0.5-12 0.4-4.0 0-10 0-10 1-12 0-12 0-12
Features
Heart Rate Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Folding Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sound System Yes Deluxe Yes N/A None Yes Yes Yes Yes
Workout Display 10" Color Touch BackLit LCD 7.5" LCD Digital LED 6" backlit display 5" Backlit LCD 8" Backlit 10" Color Touch 7" Color Touch
Chest Pulse Strap No No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Programs 26 25 10 N/A 20 30 24 42 40+
Unique Features Many Yes Yes Many Many Many Many Many Many
Warranty & Guarranty
Motor Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime 3 Years 25 Years Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime
Electronics 5 Years 7 Years 5 Years 2 Years 1 Year 1 Year 5 Years 6 Years 5 Years
Labor 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years 2-Years
Frame Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime
MoneyBack None 60 Days 30 Days N/A 30 Days 30 Days None Yes 30 Days
Treadmill Features
Free Shipping Yes Yes Yes Free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2
Company ICON Fitness Smooth Fitness SOLE Treadmills LifeSpan ICON Fitness Horizon Fitness ICON Fitness ICON Fitness ICON Fitness

Points to Consider for Buying the Most Suitable Treadmill for Your Home

The manner in which two people exercise is distinct, as the style of breathing, holding hands, and running is different. Each individual, perhaps, has different needs and goals. In order to fulfil these goals, the health market is filled with several fitness equipments; of which many are meant for home purpose. One of them is a treadmill.

Even the fitness experts recommend treadmills more than other home exercise machines for staying fit. This is because these machines are fully functional with diverse and interactive workouts, easy to use, and are capable of burning calories and improve the cardiovascular system. However, the treadmills are available in different varieties. In order to choose the most suitable one, here are some features to consider.

Sufficient Motor Power

More is better - this idiom is not applicable in all conditions. When it comes to choosing a treadmill, a duty HP (Horse Power) of 2.0 and above is adequate for any trainee virtually, provided the other electronic parts are of high quality. For instance, the motor should be backed by a good cooling device to alleviate heat for extending its life. Otherwise, having a 3.0 HP noiseless motor with a poor cooler makes an unsuitable blend that will lead to the premature depreciation of the parts and resulting bad performance. Therefore, consider having a treadmill with compatible and supporting components.

Power

Further, do consider your needs for choosing the right HP. If you walk rapidly at a higher incline frequently in a week, 2.5 to 3 HP is an ideal choice. Similarly, if you run many times a week for more than 30 minutes, 3 to 4 HP is perfect. However, if you only need a treadmill for walking, then 2 HP is more than enough.

Foldable Design

This actually depends on your needs. If you live in a home where space is a problem, you will surely need a treadmill that you can fold and unfold. In case your home is big enough to allocate a dedicated and generous space, a platform treadmill is fine.

Incline

More treadmill incline is good for burning more calories in less time, many treadmills offers option to incline treadmill for upto 0-15%. You must consider treadmills which offers incline as a part of their features.

Heart Rate Monitoring

Most treadmills today offers heart rate monitoring, which is good idea to keep eyes on heart rate while excersising. The heart rate is usually tracked using chest straps or hand grips which are provided with treadmills.

Treadbelt

The treadbelt should be wider and longer than what you require but should also not be overly thick. Too thick belts retain heat due to which electrical consumption is increased as well as the components wear out rapidly. The extra belt weight pressurizes even the roller bearings to work harder. Finally, even the belt wears out prematurely.

It is a fact that a few runners require more belt space but the more belt area you have, the more is the pressure on the power system to keep the belt going. Therefore, choose a belt size that is comfortable. Further, the cushion level should be such that the impact on the joints is reduced significantly.

The treadbelt should also have a shock absorption system that should protect you from different jerk effects without compromising on deck firmness and stability. It should not be too spongy or make you feel as if you are on asphalt.

Fixed and Custom Programs

Choose a treadmill that comes with several workouts to keep boredom at bay and work out with freshness. For more fun, you can look for Android-based built-in browser that can help you run on world-famous trails via Google maps. If you wish to work out with famous trainers, you can choose the treadmill with the iFit LIVE technology.

ID-based Tracking

If your entire family will be using the treadmill, then it makes sense to store and track progress details as per individual IDs. This will also help in recalling the workouts.

Warranty and Guaranty

Most new treadmills today comes with lifetime motor warranty and lifetime to limited warranty options for parts, electronics and labor. You should go with treadmills which offers such warranty to avoid costly repairing in future. Many treadmill manufacturers also provide free shipping and money back guarantee too.

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