If you're anything like me, you have a hard time making a purchase decision when it comes to expensive items. When I know I am going to make a significant investment in something, I like to take my time and make sure that the product I purchase is going to offer me the best value possible. Buying a treadmill for the home qualifies as a significant investment. Some of the higher quality treadmills can run up to 7 or 8 thousand dollars. So, how do you choose the best home treadmill for you?
The best home treadmill for your household is one that can function properly for up to about 7 years or more, no matter what type of usage it gets. Consider the following three factors when choosing your model.
1) How much abuse will the treadmill take? When running, a person puts about 12 times their bodyweight into the treadmill. When, walking it's about 4 times your body weight. How heavy are the people who will be using the machine and will they be running on it or walking on it? Read the manufacturer's specifications to get an idea on how much weight the frame, running path, and shocks are able to handle.
2) How big is the motor? A 2 horsepower motor will have to work twice as hard as a 4 horsepower motor. How fast will you be consistently going on the treadmill, for how long, and how often?
3) Warranty. It's amazing how much of a difference there can be in warranty terms and length, even between the higher end treadmill models. For example, one treadmill I reviewed offered a twenty year unlimited warranty. It cost about $2500. Another one, that cost about $2000 offered a five year limited warranty. Make sure to weigh the difference in warranty terms against the price when searching for the best value treadmill.