Sunday, June 23, 2024

Treadmills: Compare

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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
Extremely affordable; lightweight and portable; folds for easier storage; simple set up; energy efficient
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
Short warranty; manual treadmills can take some getting used to; some customers have reported issues with the rear bearings coming off and the belt slipping to one side; some customers felt it was noisier than other manual treadmills; doesn't have a very stable frame for heavier individuals; belt is shorter and narrower than other budget treatments; manual incline with only 2 options
Budget Treadmill
Budget Treadmill
Price (est.)
$158 - $190
Lifetime limited warranty on the frame; 5-year limited warranty on the motor; 1- year limited warranty on parts & labor
3-year limited warranty on the frame; 90-day limited warranty on parts
Manual or Motorized
Motorized (1.5 CHP)
Yes, it folds down to 11" in height and can be stored vertically or horizontally.
Yes, it folds up to 18" x 26" x 47.5" (L x W x H).
Dimensions (L x W x H)
60" x 31" x 52"
47" x 26" x 44"
Weight (lbs)
135 (est.)
56 (est.)
Belt Size (L x W)
48" x 17" (small compared to other budget treadmills)
42" x 17" (small compared to other budget treadmills)
Max Weight Capacity (lbs)
0 - 6 mph (also has Quick Start Speed control)
N/A - self powered
Automatic incline from 0 - 10% (1% increments). Also has Quick Start Incline control.
Manual incline at 8° and 10°
Belt Cushioning
Not specified
Not specified
Progress Tracking
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 battery-operated monitor that tracks your distance, time, speed, and calories burned.
Workout Programs
It has 3 speed programs and 3 incline programs.
Heart Rate Monitor
Yes, it has a hand grip heart rate monitor.
Built-In Audio
Yes, it has speakers and a plug for headphones.
Built-In Fans
Reading Shelf
Cup Holder
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