A running belt that measures at least 20 by 60 inches: This leaves plenty
of room for even tall, long-legged users to run without feeling cramped.
A motor with a continuous-duty rating of at least 3 horsepower: Walkers can get
away with a weaker motor, but it should still be rated for continuous duty as
opposed to peak horsepower. The latter isn't a reliable indicator of a motor's
A deck that's at least a quarter-inch thick: A strong, thick deck is less likely to
crack under heavy, prolonged use.
Responsive controls: Look for controls you can operate quickly and safely without
breaking stride. "Quickset buttons" allow users to change settings
like speed or incline without holding down an arrow button.
A large, easy-to-read display: You'll likely prefer one that shows all the information you
need at once; some scan through workout metrics one at a time.
A lifetime warranty on the motor, deck and frame: The best warranties also offer up to
five years of coverage for parts, and two years of labor coverage.
Know before you go
Do you have enough space for a treadmill? Measure the space you have available,
then check out each treadmill's size specifications. If you plan to walk or run
at a steep incline, measure the vertical distance, too. Add your own height to
make sure you have plenty of ceiling clearance.
Can you maneuver the treadmill box into position when it arrives? Many delivery
companies will take the box only as far as your door, or in some cases the
curb. If you're not sure you can handle a 200-to-300-pound box, consider paying
extra for inside delivery.
How much do you weigh? Each treadmill has a maximum user weight. For the smoothest
ride, make sure the heaviest person who will use the machine weighs much less
than that limit. If you're heavier than the treadmill's weight limit, you'll
most likely void its warranty.
Are you a walker or a runner? Don't forget to consider any others who might use the
treadmill. If a unit suits the fastest or heaviest user's needs, everyone else
should be happy, as well.
Are you committed to exercising regularly? If so, look at treadmills that will
meet your progressing fitness needs, even if you're not pushing the limits just
Cost of ownership
No treadmill is completely maintenance-free, and some even
require regular maintenance to protect the warranty. Most treadmill maintenance
is relatively low-cost. Plan on adjusting bolts to keep the belt in line,
vacuuming or wiping down the belt and deck and, in some cases, lubricating the
belt and deck. Some decks are specifically designed not to be lubricated, so check your owner's manual first for
maintenance requirements and limitations.
Watch the video
To learn more, watch this About.com video on how to run on a treadmill.
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