With such a huge number of online retailers these days, it can be a real challenge to find a good treadmill that isn’t going to turn out being a waste of time and money. It’s important to do proper research, read treadmill reviews from other customers and also have a clear picture of what you need before you buy.
We have assembled a list of some of the most popular treadmills with good feedback from customers that are suitable for a variety of budgets, so if you are looking for cheap treadmills or gym quality treadmills, you can find the right one for you.
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What to Look for in a Treadmill?
Some treadmills come packed with a wide variety of features and gadgets; others will have nothing but the very basics, so it’s useful to know what features of treadmills actually do.
Most treadmills come with this feature in some form or another, and to be blunt, I would stay clear of one that doesn’t have incline as it really limits the usefulness of your running machine in the long term.
Incline is perhaps one of the biggest variables that can affect how hard you train; even just a couple of degrees of incline can make a huge difference to how many calories you burn. Inclines can be manual or electric; manual requires you to stop the treadmill get off and set the incline, whilst electric inclines can be used whilst you are still running.
The running deck is one of the most overlooked parts of a treadmill, with a lot of buyers unaware that buying a treadmill with a running deck too small will cause them a lot of problems. Knowing your stride length (whilst jogging) will give you a good idea of the minimum length running deck you can use.
This is important for anyone who:
- Doesn’t live in a house with huge amounts of space
- Doesn’t want to trip over a treadmill in the middle of the night
- Wants a clutter-free home
Just remember to check the size of foldable treadmills in their folded up state (most product descriptions show this), as many larger ones can still take up a lot of space even when folded.
This is my favourite part of any treadmill, even though some are much more advanced than others; you’ll find most come with the ability to track time, distance, speed and calories burned. The more expensive models will normally have better displays, more data, and some can connect to the internet to store your workout data so you can see your progress over time. Make sure to check out the treadmill reviews from other customers to see if the console is any good on the model you are interested in as it can really be a make or break part of the treadmill for many people.
Accidents can happen, but there are a few features of most modern running machines that can reduce the potential for injury, such as the emergency stop clip. This works by attaching to the clothes of the user and will switch off the treadmill if you should trip and fall. Other safety features include child proof controls with either a password or key required to start the treadmill.
Two Main Types of Treadmill
There are two main types of treadmill, electric and manual. Electric treadmills are by far the most common, but manuals are still in demand for walking and light jogging without using electricity and are much cheaper overall. I would recommend getting an electric in most cases as they will give a better workout in the long term.
Finding the Best Treadmill for you
It’s important to have a clear idea of what you want from a treadmill before you buy. You don’t want to spend a large amount of money on a treadmill and only use the basic features.
Decide on the following factors before you buy:
- Your budget
- Whether you need a foldable treadmill
- Electric or manual
- Extra safety features for children?
- Check treadmill supports user weight
- Electric incline or manual?
- Size/weight of treadmill (important if you are tight on space or will be moving it regularly)
Best Treadmills from our Reviews
Below are a few of our favourite treadmills. Some of which we own ourselves! They all have solid reviews and will help you become a running machine.
Maxima Fitness MF-2000-ProFX Auto Incline Folding Treadmill
This treadmill is packed with features but comes with a hefty price tag; however it’s one of the best home use treadmills available at the moment. The running deck has plenty of room so taller users should have no problems getting full stride lengths on this machine, with a 1250mm X 400mm size. There are also a lot of pre-set workout programs to choose from, with 48 in total, so whether you are an experienced athlete or new user there is something for everyone. It has handrails and an emergency stop safety clip to reduce the risk of any accidents.
It’s quite a large treadmill but does fold up to save space and has wheels so it can be moved easily. Overall I would recommend this treadmill if you have the budget and the space, but there are some other good treadmills reviewed below so make sure to check them out.
York Active 120 Treadmill
This treadmill is about half the price of the MF-2000 above, and is best described as mid-range; ideal for new users who want a decent size treadmill with some extras too. The frame is solid and well designed supporting a 120cm X 41cm area running deck, which just beats the MF-2000.
In terms of features it has all the usual stuff like workout programs (it has 13), emergency stop safety clip and up to 12 degrees of incline. The handlebars have incline and speed controls integrated into them and it has a top speed of 16kmph, and according to the treadmill reviews from other customers, it can challenge even the fittest of runners.
Confidence Gtr Power Pro Motorised Treadmill
This is perhaps the most popular treadmill available online right now, and it has been for a couple of years now. It’s got all of the basics: 3 levels of incline (manual), folding design, emergency stop clip, 120kg (19 stone) max user weight, handlebar speed control, heart rate sensor and tracks speed, distance and calories burned.
It’s a fair bit cheaper than the other two treadmills reviewed above, but still does well to match them in most areas.