This week, we advise on how to buy a good treadmill and what to look out for:

  1. Step 1: Assess your needs and decide on the number of hours you would use the treadmill for, will you be:
    • Walking for a few minutes a day (If you are planning on walking or doing light jogging daily, you might just love the Horizon Citta Treadmill with a treadmill desk? It is ideal for working out whilst catching up on work or social media.)
    • Running for a few minutes a day (The Horizon Adventure series could be your perfect fit, they are also compatible with the passport player that enables you to run global virtual active routes, have a look at the Horizon treadmills.)
    • Training for a Race and Running for a few hours a day (You will definitely love the Matrix TF30 Treadmill that is the closest to a commercial quality treadmill that you will find in a home space.)
  2. Step 2: Make a note of the following features and be sure to ask the sales consultant about them when you go an test the treadmill you are interested in:
    • Size of the running deck (especially if you are a tall person or if you are planning on sprinting on the treadmill)
    • Strength of the treadmill motor: The treadmill can be worn out easily if it does not have a strong motor. First, check to see what rating terminology the manufacturer is using. Terms like “treadmill duty” and “peak duty” have been used to mislead consumers in the past to raise the rating number (remember the assumption that bigger is better). What do each of those mean?
    • Treadmill Duty – somewhere in between peak and continuous. Treadmill duty measures the likely horsepower for an average user at an average speed over an average period of time. But because it is an average, it is not a true representation of power.
    • Peak Duty – Maximum horsepower a motor can generate when working at its hardest. This is only sustainable for a short time. Or Peak duty motors measure power at the highest possible rpm with minimal load. But since an efficient motor is not going to run at this high rpm all the time, it is not an accurate horsepower measurement.
    • When shopping for a treadmill, look for a Continuous Duty Rating (CHP). A continuous-duty motor measures the minimum horsepower delivered at all points during a workout and is a commercial-grade standard applied to treadmills used in health clubs and higher quality home treadmills. Continuous duty motors are the highest quality available. They are more powerful, they last longer, and they deliver smooth performance
  3. Step 3: Lastly, be sure to ask the supplier about their after-sales service and warranties. This is as important as any other feature, as the service and maintenance of your treadmill will increase the lifespan of the treadmill and ultimately makes your money go further.