More than 37 million people use a treadmill! Treadmills are great because they mimic an exercise that is both familiar and comfortable. After all, most of us know how to walk or run, right? Using a treadmill in a gym is one thing, but buying one for your home is different. Treadmills cost a good deal of money, so consider your budget and, if you can, buy the highest quality machine you can.
Here’s what you need to know about buying a treadmill.
Types of Treadmills
There are two main types of treadmills, motorized treadmills and non-motorized treadmills.
With motorized treadmills, a motor powers the treadmill. With a non-motorized treadmill, the exerciser powers the treadmill.
Within these two categories, treadmills can also be differentiated according to the following factors and functions:
• The size and storage space of the treadmill. There are also fold-up treadmills, which use hardly any space. On the opposite side are big, bulky treadmills that are more suitable for gyms.
• The size of the walking area. This includes the length and width of the treadmill. Some treadmills are available that have a double deck, allowing you to walk your dog at the same time.
• The sturdiness of the treadmill. Some treadmills are available for children, which would not take an adult’s weight. People who weight a lot will need to make sure they get a treadmill that is designed for their weight.
• Treadmill that are designed for specific purposes. For example, some treadmills are specifically designed for walkers, whereas others are designed for joggers.
• Special functions. Treadmill functions include emergency stopping, automatic slow starting, pulse recording and timing functions. Many treadmills also come with inbuilt treadmill workouts.
How Much to Spend on a treadmill
For a decent treadmill, plan on spending at least Rs. 40000/- and, for a better than decent treadmill, between Rs. 50000- 10000. There are some so-so models that fall under that price range but, if you buy a cheap treadmill, that’s exactly what you’re going to get. Choosing the right treadmill will depend on:
1) How much money you have,
2) Any extras you want (programming, heart rate monitor, etc.),
3) What kind of motor you want and
4) How much space you have in your house.
Points to be taken care before buying treadmill
• Check space availability at your home.
• Check your commitment for exercise.
• Evaluates your needs.
• Check your budget.
• Check products availability
• Check for the branded dealer
• Don’t go for grey market
• Money wise be wise
Consumer Guide to buying treadmill
Questions to ask from Treadmill dealers
• Make of the equipment (Country of manufacturing)
Most of the equipments either made locally in India or in China although they have US or European premium brands. We suggest you to pay price accordingly to make not as per brand.
• If products are assembled in India or China or some other country check for motor’s manufacturing country. Motor is the life of all cardio equipments.
We suggest either go for European make or for US make.
• Ask for the maximum weight limit of machine (Maximum weight machine can wear).
Don’t go for cheaper equipments just because you are saving money.
We suggest you to check the maximum weight machine can wear, almost machine have a maximum weight limit & this depends life and performance of machine.
• Get information about Guarantee /warranty policy
Our suggestion is go for comprehensive onsite warranty. Because if it’s not onsite then not feasible most of the time to carry equipment to the dealer’s place or to service station.
• Check who is responsible for warranty its dealer or company
If company is responsible then get information about company service station availability and read the terms and condition very carefully written on Guarantee /warranty policy.
• Green Power Tech Motors
Green power tech motors consume less power. Green power tech efficiency means respect for environment.
• Cushioned running Platform
Cushioned running platform is a essential feature, as it provides a smooth running surface.
• Maximum Usage limit per Week
Checkout the maximum usage limit per week of equipment. Some cheaper models have maximum usage limit of just 5-7 hrs a week, which will not work out for a family, or if you are a serious runner.
• Running Area on Treadmill
Get a wider surface for more relaxed workout
• Get information about Annual maintenance contract
Our suggestion is go for comprehensive onsite Annual maintenance contract. Because if it’s not onsite then not feasible most of the time to carry equipment to the dealer’s place or to service station. If Annual maintenance contract is not available then don’t buy it. Every machine requires regular servicing and technical checkups for better lifetime and for better performance.
Check Annual maintenance contract prices then compare it with other options available, because sometime charges of AMC makes a machine costlier after few years even if it is cheaper now.Author Information