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Treadmill Rating Sources

Total of 13 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests 33 treadmills, including both folding and non-folding models. Testers use a rotating drum to simulate a half year of running on each unit, then inspect them for wear and tear. Editors rate each treadmill's ease of use, ergonomics and more. Recommended treadmills and best buy treadmills are named.
2. Runner's World
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Fall 2014 Treadmill Reviews
by Jeff Dengate and Editors of Runners World
Our AssessmentRunner's World tests 20 treadmills in the fall of 2014 and names eight as the best choices for different runners and different budgets. Reviews are short, however, and only the eight top choices are discussed. Many, but not all of the write ups are augmented by brief videos. This page also includes informational articles on treadmill accessories, running shoes for treadmills and why buying a cheap treadmill is a bad idea. Links deeper into the site lead to more treadmill-related information as well as some additional treadmill reviews.
3. TreadmillDoctor.com
As of December 2014
Treadmill Best Buy Awards
by Editors of TreadmillDoctor.com
Our AssessmentTreadmillDoctor.com is a fitness equipment services company with divisions for parts, extended service plans, on-site service, and consulting. This is one of the most prolific treadmill review sites on the Internet, and an explanation of their testing and rating criteria is available on the FAQ page. That's good, because the individual reviews are sparse: just numerical ratings on a variety of criteria plus a line or two on what makes a treadmill great -- or not so great. There's also good information about the manufacturer and the quality of its products and customer service. Punches aren't pulled, and many lower-priced treadmills -- including ones it names as top picks in their price categories -- get brutal reviews.
4. Pulse by Treadmill.com
As of December 2014
Treadmill Reviews
by Michael Jackness
Our AssessmentOwned by an Internet treadmill retailer, Treadmill.com, Pulse is a "community site for runners," with tips and occasional product reviews. With that in mind, the reviews here appear to be balanced and appropriately critical. Michael Jackness's write ups do rely a little too much on an analysis of features, but there is also ample evidence that he has tested out most if not all of the treadmills covered. No treadmills are specifically recommended, but there's enough variation in ratings to help readers zero in on top choices.
5. Amazon.com
As of December 2014
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is a great source for user reviews of treadmills. While some models only get a handful of reports, others get feedback from hundreds of users. Many write-ups are detailed, and reflect usage over a long period of time. Comments regarding durability and customer service can be particularly helpful in identifying top choices.
2014 "Best Buy" Treadmills
by Fred Waters
Our AssessmentThis site rates and reviews more than 100 different treadmills, with the top models featured on this Best Buy list. The overall assessments are based on the author's research, including interviewing treadmill manufacturers and dealers, as well as customer comments. Best Buy rated treadmills are also personally tested. Individual write-ups are critical and steer buyers away from underperforming models. Site author Fred Waters is a former executive of Smooth Fitness.
7. DicksSportingGoods.com
As of December 2014
by Contributors to DicksSportingGoods.com
Our AssessmentDick's Sporting Goods offers more than 25 treadmill models. Most treadmills receive just one or two user reviews, if any, though others get dozens.
8. Sears.com
As of December 2014
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentSears.com carries a variety of popular treadmill brands including NordicTrack, ProForm and LifeFitness. Again, most garner just a handful of comments from owners, although others draw enough feedback to be meaningful.
9. Walmart.com
As of December 2014
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com sells treadmills of all types, though budget models costing less than $500 get the lions' share of reviews -- hundreds in some cases. Comments tend to be brief, but owners can leave a bottom line assessment on whether or not they would recommend a specific treadmill to a friend.
10. About.com
Dec. 10, 2014
Best Budget Treadmills - Readers' Choice Awards
by Wendy Bumgardner
Our AssessmentWendy Bumgardner recaps the winner and finalists for best budget treadmill in About.com's Readers' Choice Awards. Each model was nominated by users; the winning model received the most votes. The vote was held in 2013, and the article was updated in late 2014, but some of the treadmills listed are discontinued. Links to Readers' Choice treadmills in other price categories (mid-priced and premium) can also be found here.
11. TreadmillReview.net
As of December 2014
Our Top Best Buy Picks
by Amanda Brooks and Editors of TreadmillReviews.net
Our AssessmentTreadmillReviews.net is a prolific reviewer of treadmills in all price ranges, with the site's four top picks appearing on this page. We would rate this site higher except that there's no information on how -- or if -- site "running guru" Amanda Brooks or anyone else personally tested any of the reviewed treadmills. That said, the advice here seems sound and based on good knowledge of treadmills in general, and there's sufficient variability in ratings to lend the recommendations here some credibility.
12. Livestrong.com
Feb. 9, 2011
The Top 10 Manual Treadmills
by Gina Battaglia
Our AssessmentMost reviewers don't look at manual treadmills but this round-up at Livestrong.com gives some basic information regarding the available options. Though it's older, most of the manual treadmills covered here remain available. There's no sign, however, that any of these treadmills have been tested by the author.
13. Viewpoints.com
As of December 2014
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints is an independent user-review site where users can post opinions about products that they own, including treadmills. Currently, the site has feedback for more than 150 treadmills, though most only get a comment or two. Others receive a dozen or more reports. Most feedback is brief, though some longer reviews can be found as well.
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