How to Choose a Treadmill
A treadmill is a great investment in your home and health. Whether you are training, or want to walk, jog, or run, there’s a perfect model to suit all of your needs.
55-inch belt: Standard treadmill belts are 55 inches. These models work very well for people of average height to want to run, jog, or walk.
50-inch belt: If you are only going to be walking on your treadmill, you can purchase a more compact model, such as a 50-inch belt, since your stride will be shorter.
60-inch belt: If you are taller than average or plan to run on your treadmill, a 60-inch belt will be more comfortable and give you plenty of space.
Surrounding space: An important factor to consider when purchasing a treadmill is considering the size of your space. You’ll need 2 to 3 feet on each side and in front of the treadmill, plus at least 6 feet behind the machine. You’ll also want to make sure your ceiling is high enough to accommodate your height when you’re standing on the deck of the treadmill.
Most standard treadmills have motors that run around 2.5 continuous horsepower (CHP). This will allow you to run, jog, or walk an average amount.
If you are regularly running or jogging, you will want to look for a model that includes cushioning on the belt to make things easier on your joints and help prevent injury. All mid- to high- end treadmills will include cushioning to different degrees, but treadmills on the lower end of the price spectrum generally do not.
Low end treadmills will only give you small screens that offer basic information like time, calories, distance, and speed. As you move into more premium treadmills, you will get larger LED and LCD screen, including web-enabled touchscreens that give you additional information and options.
You may just be looking for the basics, or if you like to be distracted during a workout you can find higher-end models that connect to web-based workout apps for more interactive options.
While all treadmills offer some sort of workout program, also consider your training style to find the treadmill that is right for you.
While most treadmills can go up to 10 or even 12 mph and have an include grade of up to 15%, some models offer additional speed and incline options.
Some treadmills provide tablet and other device capabilities with an integrated sound system so you can enjoy your favourite shows when you work out. You can also manage your programming and fitness goals on your device.
Don’t forget to check the weight capacity on your treadmill before purchasing. Basic model-treadmills can generally handle around 250 lbs while higher-end models can hold up to 325 lbs.
Warranties can also be a factor. They can differ depending on the manufacturer, so make sure you’ve got one that works for you. If you plan to use the treadmill frequently, a more comprehensive warranty will make sense.
In addition to a parts and labour warranty from the manufacturer, Canadian Tire also provides a free In-home Repair Service Warranty. For more service details, speak to a customer care representative.