What Features You Need To Check Before Buying Treadmill For You ?
Check Belt Size
An ideal treadmill belt size should be at least 48 inches long & at least 16 inches wide.
Check Treadmill Motor & Horsepower
Treadmill motor is it’s heart. If your motor is 1.5 to 3.0 Horsepower then it is better for you. A treadmill machine is largely be dependent on it’s Horsepower & motor.
– Check Speed Limits
Every treadmill offers various speed.
A range of speed that a treadmill can operate may be 14 km/h to 20 km/h.
If you plan on running really fast, then a faster treadmill is the one you should choose.
-Check Auto Inclination and Manual Inclination
A treadmill with good inclination is a necessity, especially for those who want to lose weight, walk or run. Normally it is up to 10%.
A manual adjustment means that in order to change the incline, you have to physically adjust the angle of inclination by adjusting the treadmill.
In automatic incline, the angle inclination can be adjusted at the push of the button. No manual adjustment is necessary.
From a usage perspective, the automatic adjustment is better. You can adjust the incline even while running.
The treadmills with automatic incline adjustment will be more pricey than treadmills with manual incline adjustment.
Cushioning is basically it helps to absorb the shocks of your weight.
The type of treadmill you buy, must offer incredible stability, make sure it doesn’t shake when you walk or run on it.
The control panel of a treadmill must be easy to use and operate. You should not struggle to be able to press a button while you are running on it. Make sure the functions are basic and simple.
Fly Wheel :- A fly wheel does the work of controlling the consistency and the speed of the treadmill. It will allow you to perfectly maintain your speed without any jerks and abrupt stops.
Treadmill Rollers :- Generally treadmill rollers help to reduce the tear an wear on the treadmill belt as well as the motor. It is there to provide adequate support to your treadmill belt.
Treadmill Frame :- It is recommended to choose an aluminum frame as they are stronger and allow you to run more. Also they do not catch rust and easily support more weight.
When you are planing to purchase a best treadmill for your home use. Then you need to watch, it has a motor that can manage a capacity of 125 kg or more than 125 kg in weight.
Space and Size
Check About Warranty
Search a treadmill that has at least 10 years warranty or lifetime warranty especially on its frame or motor.
Many running decks come with a roller each end that helps you to easily operate the rubber belt.
However the more expensive models offer more cushioning that is much better if you wish to do a lot of running.
If you have an average stride, then a minimum deck size of approximately 20 inches by 60 inches should suits you well. But if your stride is longer, then you will require a treadmill with a larger deck running area.
The most important part that needs to be taken care of in a treadmill is the running area lubrication.
The rollers on the treadmill can get rusty and cause problems. Some treadmill models have auto lubrication feature. These treadmills will not require maintenance.
Other treadmills require manual maintenance and will have to be lubricated regularly.
Remember to check how much power your treadmill motor uses. A high powered motor will shoot up your electricity bill.
Most treadmills have some computer programming to provide speed, distance, heart rate, pace, calories burned, laps taken, time escaped, incline which should be displayed in a LCD.
-Tracking (Calories, Heart Rate, Pulse, BMI)
Most new treadmills have the capabilities of measuring your heart rate, calories burnt and BMI.
-Pre Sets & Pre Built Programs
Treadmills can also have pre programmed routes and other settings. Some example of these settings would be :
Imitation of terrain for a 1 km and then running on a flat surface.
Running at high speeds for 2 km then slow speed for 2 km then speed up again.
Brisk walking at an incline for 20 mins then fast running for 20 mins at a constant speed.