To loose weight effectively, you need the right equipment. And, since exercise machines are notably expensive, it's only natural you want to get the best value for your money. In other words, it pays to do the research prior to reaching for your credit card.
Unfortunately, getting an unbiased opinion on exercise equipment is difficult nowadays, amidst the overload of information and sales propaganda.
Therefore, Med-Solver chose to do the work for you: To spare our readers long hours of research and tedious reading, we compiled a list of highly effective treadmill models
to suit any budget. So, take a moment to browse through the info below and see if anything strikes your fancy.
Listed below are some of today's best and most popular treadmill brands:
- Smooth Treadmills
- Bowflex Treadmills and Treadclimbers
- Sole Treadmills
- Landice Treadmills
- Nordic Track Treadmills
Each brand offers a large variety of models. We will review the models we consider to be best buys – based on features, cost, expert ratings and consumer reviews.
But first, here's a list of desirable features in a treadmill. Regardless of the brand you choose, always look for these features when you shop:
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- Motor 2.5 HP or higher
- Incline 12% or higher
- Unit weight 180 lbs or higher (for stability purposes)
- Belt width 20'' or wider (to ensure a comfortable workout)
- Folding feature (in case space is an issue). Keep in mind that some of the heavier,
commercial treadmills do not fold.
- Reasonably quiet deck
- Good suspension system and adequate belt cushioning (to reduce impact on your joints)
- Heart monitor and calorie counter are a nice perk to have, although not indispensable. A
heart monitor is especially important for those who are seriously overweight, badly
deconditioned, or suffering from medical problems that increase cardiac risk.
- Last but not least, warranty is an important feature. A lifetime warranty (for the motor at
least) is highly desirable. Higher-end treadmills may offer lifetime warranty on other
parts as well.
All things considered, we believe these treadmill models constitute the best overall value for your money. They offer the best features for the price, and have highly favorable consumer reviews and expert
The models are listed below in ascending price order. The price indicated for each model represents the best price we could find on the market as of this date. Follow the respective links for a full review of each model.
Note: This list is being updated as new models come out on the market. The goal is to give our readers a handy digest of the best treadmill buys in each price range.
- Smooth 5.25 Treadmill - $899 (on sale by manufacturer): Rated "Best Budget-Buy" on About.com
... see review
- Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill - $1499 ... see review
- Sole F83 Treadmill - $1799,99 (on sale by manufacturer) ... see review
- Nordic Track Apex 8500 - $1,999 (on sale by manufacturer) ... see review
- Bowflex Treadclimber TC5000 - $ 2,299 (on sale by manufacturer) ... see review
- Landice L770 Home Pro Sports Trainer - $2,795 ... see review
The prices above-mentioned refer to new (unused) models. You should be aware that pre-owned models can usually be purchased at discounted prices (sometimes as low as 50% of the original price tag). However, pre-owned models usually come without a warranty (or with a a limited warranty at best), and this may pose a problem in the event of equipment failure.
For more treadmill options, and in-depth exercise machine reviews, follow the link below:
home-exercise-machines.com - a site dedicated to reviewing only the best quality home exercise machines, at the best prices, taking into consideration every budget...
Please note: Although the information on this page is correct to the best of our knowledge, no guarantee is made as to its accuracy or completeness. Please verify all data with an official vendor prior to making a purchase.
Note: It is prudent to consult with your doctor prior to starting an exercise program, especially if you are new to exercise, suffer from any medical conditions, or are a woman over the age of 50 or a man over the age of 40.
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