Features to consider while choosing a treadmill
Before settling for any model, make sure you consider the important features we have listed and explained comprehensively below.
Manual or motorized
There are two primary types of treadmills – manual and motorized. With a manual treadmill, you simply need to use your feet to drive the treadmill, causing the belt to start moving. A motorized type, on the other hand, rolls the belt automatically at a pace you electronically set, so you only need to keep that pace. Obviously, the motorized type is the better, more convenient type, but it’s very hard to find a motorized model that’s priced below $200, but you will have better luck with the treadmills under 300$. We’ve found one though and it’s great for its price. The only issue is that its running surface isn’t as wide as in manual models.
The maximum weight capacity shows the amount of weight a treadmill is capable of bearing, so it’s also an important feature to consider. Of course, the best models are always selected depending on how high their rated weight limits are. Most of the best models on this list can accommodate up to 200 pounds, but there are some that can accommodate up to 250 pounds of weight, such as the US STOCK Samury Folding Treadmill and the MaxKare Manual Walking Treadmill. But in such price range 250 lbs weight capacity is rather rare to encounter, no matter if you are up to a treadmill or best elliptical under 200$.
While speed is an important factor, if you’ve ever used a treadmill at the gym, you’ll have noticed the ability to automatically adjust the incline of the belt. Whether you want a slight incline to mimic outdoor running, or a full-on hill, incline is important to the modern treadmill runner.
Sadly, in this budget range, your options for incline are very limited. The majority of running machines we have featured don’t include it at all. Some do, although you will have to manually adjust this before you start moving.
You also need to check the dimensions before buying a treadmill. Small models usually consume less space, but large models will give you sufficient room to run comfortably. So, before making a choice, you need to ask yourself if you’re ready to sacrifice a wide running surface for a compact size and easy storage, or not. It depends on your preference.
Length of belt
The belt’s length is important as well as users are different in terms of stride lengths and heights. If you have a long stride, you are likely to be feeling cramped if the belt is short, so you must take this factor seriously. You must keep in mind that the belt’s length has to handle both runners and walkers.
Folding units are fairly common nowadays, thanks to the way they significantly improve your efficiency. A fold-up treadmill will also help you save some valuable room in the house, especially if you are limited on space. This way, one machine won’t just take up a whole room just to remain idle the entire day. You should consider transportation wheels as well, especially if you will possibly be moving the machine around a lot. The Best Choice Products Portable Fitness Treadmill is an example of a good foldable model with transportation wheels.
Most manual treadmills are likely to come with a small display monitor, but some of them will not. Fortunately, all the models that made this list are equipped with display monitors. These monitors are super-important as they typically show time, speed, distance, and number of calories burned. To be honest, there’s no reason to buy a model without an LCD display as this feature doesn’t even affect the cost that much.