When you are looking to purchase a treadmill, or any other piece of fitness equipment you will more than likely going to compare different models. While this may sound simple enough once you get into it you will find that it is not as easy as you may think.
Treadmill Comparison: How to Compare Different Treadmills To Get The Best Treadmill For You and Your Family
#1 Compare Apples To Apples
Ok, this sounds simple enough since you will be comparing a treadmill against another treadmill but it is not as easy as it may seem.
For Example: If you have whittled your choices down to two specific models because they both have heart rate functions, be sure to read the product copy slowly and thoroughly. Just because you see the words “heart rate monitor” it doesn’t mean that both will be tracking it in the same way. With some you must use a chest monitor which although the most accurate way of checking your heart rate can be cumbersome. But if you want the most accurate check then the chest strap would be the way to go instead of a finger button or hand grip model since it won’t be tracking your entire workout.
Also make sure you’re comparing the same models. It sounds obvious but some treadmill brands have so many similar sounding treadmills in their line-up it’s easy to get confused!
#2 Know the Important Elements in a Quality Treadmill
Make sure you know the most important factors to a quality treadmill:
– Motor Type and Horse Power
Your motor is the heart of your treadmill and an adequate motor for your workouts is extremely important. Most experts recommend at least a 1.5 HP motor although 3.0 or higher is best to ensure you don’t burn the motor out (and then have to pay costly repair fees).
Stability ensures that your treadmill will not shake or wobble when you start to run on it.
Your warranty will protect your investment and quality treadmills will include a warranty. This is where you will often see differences.
For Example: If your equipment needs to be repaired does the warranty cover the repairs in your home or do you have to ship it back to the manufacturer? Having service work done in your home is so worth it.
Cushioning is the ability of the treadmill to absorb the force of your step. Higher cushioning means lower impact on your joints and ligaments. Cushioning is extremely important as poor cushioning can cause injury and muscle strain. Most treadmill now-a-days do have adequate cushioning but some go above and beyond in the type of cushioning and this may make a difference in the way your joints react years down the line so don’t skip on cushioning.
#3) Know What and How Much YOU Need When Reviewing
Many people get sold on all of the ‘neat’ features of the treadmill – but don’t ever consider if they’ll really use them.
For example we’d all love to own a commercial-grade, luxury treadmill – but for many people, it’s MORE than they need. On the other hand, a serious runner might actually need that kind of stability and cushioning in a treadmill.
If you don’t really care about 30 workout programs, why pay extra for them? If you know your 6’2″ son will be running on the treadmill, remember to look for one with a longer running area and adequate user weight capacity.
By knowing what you you need before comparing treadmills, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and frustration.
So there you have it – keep these 3 points in mind when making treadmill comparisons and you’ll be well on your way to making an excellent treadmill purchase! Enjoy and have fun!