Exercise is an extremely important component of living a healthy life, both physically and mentally. But sometimes, exercising at the gym is really not the best option. It might be that you are short on time or it might be that you do not want to shell out $40 per month for a gym membership. Well, the good news is that you don’t have to join a gym to get in a good cardio workout. Treadmills have gotten extremely cheap to the point that buying a treadmill for your home is often cheaper than a year’s worth of membership at a gym. Thus, the following serves as a guide to buying a home treadmill, including what to look for and recommendations of the best ones.
What to Look for in a Home Treadmill
When you are looking for a treadmill for your home, you don’t necessarily want the same model the big gyms have. There are different needs for a home treadmill versus a gym treadmill. First, a treadmill at a gym is expected to be used for 8-12 hours a day. However, if you have a home treadmill, you will not use it anywhere that long. For that reason, you do not need an expensive treadmill built to withstand 8-12 hours of activity per day. Second, your home treadmill is going to take up space in your home. Thus, it is important that your home treadmill either be small and light-weight so you can move it or fold it when you need space. Although your home treadmill needn’t be big, bulky, or expensive, it needs to be durable to last a long time—getting ride of a broken treadmill is a pain in the butt. So we have taken all these factors into consideration when we compiled this list of the best home treadmills.
Review of the Best Home Treadmills
Here is our review of the best home treadmills money can buy.
The Weslo Cadence G 5.9 treadmill is a lightweight (75 pounds) and portable option, ideal for those whose home is already cramped. The treadmill comes with six workout modes and two incline modes. The treadmill is foldable and has wheels so you are able to store it somewhere after working out. This gym is also known to be easy to set up; most users took well under an hour to set up. Your purchase will get you a 1 year motor warranty, along with a 90 day parts and labor warranty.
The Lifespan TR 1200i is the ultimate in luxury home treadmills. This treadmill is on par with many of the top treadmills at gyms. It’s multicolored LED console helps you keep track of your time, distance, calories, heart rate and much more. Like many treadmills at gyms, this treadmill has an incline of 15 percent. The speed lets you go as slow as 0.4 mph and as fast as 11 mph, which is 1 mile above many typical treadmills at the gym. Although it is a little heavier than many home treadmills (at 198 pounds), it still has wheels and it is foldable so you are still able to store it away after you are done.
If you want a cheap treadmill, there is no better option for a home treadmill than the Phoenix 98510 manual treadmill. Like any good home treadmill, this treadmill folds, locks, and has wheels to store away. This treadmill is the lightest treadmill on the list, at 45 pounds. Because this is a manual treadmill, it is the user that powers a treadmill, not a motor. So you can run as fast or as slow as you want. One drawback to this manual treadmill is that it has a 12.5 percent incline, and there is really no way to adjust that. Thus, even walking at a slow pace may still be tiresome to some. Thus, this manual treadmill is ideal for those who are already fit, or those who want to become really fit—it is not for the faint of heart who do not like challenging themselves.
The Nautilus T614 is a great treadmill for anyone that wants a standard model with just a few extra bells and whistles. Unlike most other gym treadmills, the incline only goes up to 12-percent. However, this difference is pretty negligible in practice. To make up for this lack of incline, though, the Nautilus T614 features 22 different programs, Strike Zone cushioning, and Goal Track. The 5.5-inch LCD panel tracks your speed, time, distance, and calories burned so you can monitor your training stats. Once you’re done with your training for the day, you can even quickly and easily fold up this treadmill for convenient storage.
As far as treadmills go, the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603 is another affordable option for those wanting a basic treadmill without many bells and whistles. It has an adjustable manual incline with three different incline settings. The speed of this treadmill goes up to 9.0 mph, so it does top off earlier than some models. However, 9.0 mph should be more than enough for most people—the only people who might surpass this speed are seasoned runners and those wanting to do intense interval training on their treadmills. This treadmill has a simple digital display that will show basic stats (such as speed and distance). This treadmill is also capable of keeping track of your heart rate through the handlebars. This treadmill is also lightweight and capable of being folded for easy storage, but it can only reliably handle runners up to 220 pounds.