Buyer Guide

How to Find Affordable Treadmills

Treadmills can be broadly categorized into four types, based on their market price.

These categories are:

  1. Budget treadmills
  2. Mid-range treadmills
  3. Quality treadmills and
  4. Commercial treadmills

Budget or economy treadmills are at the lower end of the price range. These budget treadmill models are often referred to as affordable treadmills.

Affordable treadmills are usually used, refurbished, manual and discounted treadmills that are available at pocket-friendly prices. Used treadmills are available at prices that are  reasonable compared to new models.

Refurbished treadmills are generally completely re-made, cleaned up and checked for defects, if any. Re-conditioned models enable a customer to procure a quality product at a cheaper price.

Many treadmill manufacturers often sell treadmills at discounted prices. Companies such as  Image, Sole, Bowflex and Lifestyle sell their treadmills at quite affordable prices. Manual treadmills are cheaper fitness alternatives than their electronic counterparts.

Affordable treadmills are the best choice for budget-conscious buyers. These products may often be a good buy for fitness amateurs, who may wish to try a hand at cheaper models before actually spending money on a more expensive version.

These reasonable treadmills are also a perfect alternative for users with simple workout routines, who require only basic functions and features in a treadmill. Such users may not wish to pay extra for features that they do not require.

However, there are also some disadvantages of buying inexpensive fitness products. Though good for beginners and the budget-conscious, these machines are not equally suitable for more rigorous and strenuous workouts.

At times, cheap treadmills may also be low in terms of quality, durability and performance. In such cases, money spent on these affordable treadmills may prove to be a total waste.

A careful and discerning look at some basic points may help a prospective buyer to pick a good-quality product, which justifies its value in terms of the money spent. One must look at the treadmill motor, belt and deck. The horsepower of the motor should be apt for the intensity of the user’s workout. Belt must be of a size appropriate for the user.

Many treadmills offer added features such as heart rate monitor, pre-set workout programs, handrails and safety features such as automatic shut off and panic button. A potential buyer must be clear about his or her fitness requirements. The added frills help to beat monotony out of daily workouts and the safety features may be very useful in case of an emergency.

The warranty offered on the treadmill and its parts provides an idea about the quality of the machine and its components. It may also help to try out a treadmill before actually buying one. Reading expert reviews too can provide valuable assistance.

A consumer who picks up a treadmill after research and due diligence may be certain enough to pick an affordable treadmill machine that shall provide durable, lasting and quality performance.