Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Treadmills: Compare

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Inexpensive with excellent warranty and many of the bells & whistles seen on higher priced models; adequate belt size; quiet and powerful motor; heavy steel frame won't shake; speed and incline ranges provide lots of combinations to vary the intensity of your workout; fan keeps you cool; easy to use
Inexpensive with a good warranty; no assembly required; better incline than other compact, budget treadmills; folding design great for people with limited space; easy to use; purchase includes 4 months of free access to LifeSpan Fitness Club, which is a great way to kick start fitness routine
Affordable motorized treadmill; folds for easy storage; RaceTrack™ feature helpful motivator; heart rate monitor
Machine is large and doesn't fold up all the way, so not great for small spaces; many users expressed frustration with the set-up and especially with the belt, which needs to be lubricated initially and then again every 150 miles; some users were annoyed that the power switch is at the base of the machine instead of on the console; treadmill will trip GFCI breakers; console does not show you miles per minute
Good for walking and light jogging but not great for intense workouts given the motor size, belt size and lack of cushioning; slight burning smell noted by some users after 30 minutes of use; some users didn't feel the speakers were very good; doesn't have a built-in fan, reading shelf or cup holder
Very short warranty; some users had a difficult time setting it up; manual incline with only 3 options; narrow belt
Budget Treadmill
Budget Treadmill
Budget Treadmill
Price (est.)
Lifetime limited warranty on the frame & motor; 1-year limited warranty on parts & labor (extended warranties are also available)
Lifetime limited warranty on the frame; 5-year limited warranty on the motor; 1- year limited warranty on parts & labor
1-year limited warranty on the motor; 90-day limited warranty on the parts & labor
Manual or Motorized
Motorized (2.25 CHP)
Motorized (1.5 CHP)
Motorized (2.25 HP Impulse™ Motor)
Yes, it uses the FeatherLIGHT™ lift system for easy folding and unfolding.
Yes, it folds down to 11" in height and can be stored vertically or horizontally.
Yes, it can be folded when not in use.
Dimensions (L x W x H)
71" x 33" x 55"
60" x 31" x 52"
65.5" x 28.4" x 53.2"
Weight (lbs)
200 (est.)
135 (est.)
120 (est.)
Belt Size (L x W)
55" x 20" (sufficient for those of average height or less)
48" x 17" (small compared to other budget treadmills)
50" x 16" (narrow compared to other budget treadmills)
Max Weight Capacity (lbs)
0 - 10 mph
0 - 6 mph (also has Quick Start Speed control)
0 - 10 mph (also has QuickSpeed™ controls)
Automatic incline from 0 - 10% (.5% increments)
Automatic incline from 0 - 10% (1% increments). Also has Quick Start Incline control.
Manual incline at 5°, 7° and 9°
Belt Cushioning
2-ply belt is 1.4 mm thick and features PerfectFLEX™ cushioning technology.
Not specified
Yes, it has Comfort Cell™ cushioning technology.
Progress Tracking
The console tracks your progess using 3 orange LED windows, LED brickyard, and target/workout LED indicators.
The console has a blue LCD display screen that shows your progress in terms of time, calories, distance, heart rate, speed and incline level.
The console has a blue-tinted LCD display screen that monitors your speed, time, distance, pulse and calories burned. It also has a RaceTrack™ display, so you can watch your progress as if you were running along a ¼-mile track.
Workout Programs
It features 9 program options that are based on a target (time, distance or calories) combined with a workout (manual, interval or weight loss).
It has 3 speed programs and 3 incline programs.
It features 4 different "Personal Trainer Workouts".
Heart Rate Monitor
Yes, it has a hand grip heart rate monitor.
Yes, it has a hand grip heart rate monitor.
Yes, it has a Easy Pulse™ monitor that measures your heart rate through your thumb.
Built-In Audio
Yes, it has Sonic Surround™ speakers that allow you to listen to your favorite music with or without headphones.
Yes, it has speakers and a plug for headphones.
Built-In Fans
Yes, it has the COOLfit™ fitness fan (not adjustable).
Reading Shelf
Yes, it has a reading shelf.
Cup Holder
Yes, it has 2 cup holders.
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