There’s something related to human nature that I’ve come to realize lately. And that is our fascination with the words free, cheap, budget-friendly, economical, so on and so forth. Not only have I observed others in this behaviour but have found my own thinking to be along those lines. And this applies in all walks of life. So as a fitness enthusiast who’s short on time to be devoted to a run outside, I go online and search for treadmills that are cheap, budget-friendly, economical, etc. Just a natural tendency to look for the cheapest option available is shocking to an extent. Let’s consider figuring this out though.
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Things To Consider
It goes without saying that price is the most important factor while choosing cheap and economical treadmills. Treadmills are available at different price points. You can get something for under $500 and you can go up to $4000 too if you’re really into gadgets and features of the treadmill. Speaking from experience though I would suggest you stick to something available around $1000 for a decent treadmill that’ll last.
Price and Warranty goes hand in hand. Warranty is nothing but a free pass for any damage to the product within a set time period committed by the company. However, it has been observed that a cheaper treadmill will generally have a shorter warranty. Most good ones on the market offer a 5 year parts and 2 year labour warranty which is sufficient enough
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The power of the motor may vary depending on the type of activity you engage in on the treadmill. Generally, activities like running a more powerful motor than walking. A 3.0 CHP motor suffices for most workouts and it would benefit you to not go below this if you are planning on using the machine on a regular basis.
Extras are nothing but fringe benefits offered around the core functionalities of a treadmill. It may be workout programs, built-in TVs, music players, or a built-in browser to surf the net.
Some Possible Cons Of Cheap Treadmills
Like I pointed out earlier, the cheaper the treadmill, the lesser the warranty of the product and as a result, they turn out to be very high maintenance in the form of belt lubrication, oiling and waxing once in a while. The belt might need adjustment from time to time as it may stretch due to continuous use. Another problem with cheap treadmills is that they are generally very noisy as they have a sub standard motor, a noisy moving track and a bad absorption for footfall on the deck. Add to that low horsepower, rickety frames, low top speeds, small tracks, poor electronic panel displays, and you have a struggling product that no one wants to use in the gym.
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Top 7 Economical Treadmills
The Weslo Cadence Treadmill features 6 trainer workouts, 2-position manual incline and Comfort-Cell Cushioning. An incline which is easy to change, this machine is the perfect answer to weight loss and optimal performance. Add to that the fact that it is foldable and you have a winner here for just under $300
· The treadmill can be saved and folded to be kept in a corner of the house when not in use
· The price offered is good
· It is easy to set up (actually takes less than 30 min) and has 6 run presets for that run.
· The warranty is only for 90 days
· The belt begins to slip after continuous use
The SF-T4400 from Sunny Fitness takes it a level higher. With easy folding mechanisms, handrail controls, 9 built-in workout programs, LCD display, and a phone/tablet holder make it one of the most rounded treadmills on offer
· Great value for money in terms of features provided for price
· Good and convenient for home use
· The motor is not noisy
· It can only support a user weight of 220 lbs
· Some of the parts are low quality
The ProForm 505CST is the perfect option if you are looking at a full fledged option at a decent price. The 505CST offers a 10% automatic incline to add challenge to your workout while the 2.5 CHP motor provides enough horsepower to make it last for your tough sessions. It has 18 built-in workouts and a large LCD window to throw your workout stats at you. Certainly one of the sophisticated machines out there.
· The design is great and helps save space
· 18 built in workout programs and music port add tremendous value to the overall product
· Installation manual comes along with product
· The treadmill is a bit heavier than other treadmills out there.
· The belt tends to stop working after regular use
· Customer service is not up to the mark
The Best Choice Folding Treadmill features a multi-function display allowing the user to track his speed, distance, calories burned, etc. It has a 500 W motor that i extremely low on noise and makes the treadmill well balanced. The fact that it can be folded easily and tucked away in a corner also helps.
· The treadmill works as advertised in the product description
· Easy to set up with the manual and can be done in less than an hour
· Great treadmill for the price offered
· Can’t take big strides while running as the mat doesn’t roll as smoothly under your feet
· It is a bit smaller for users on the heavier side
The Merit Fitness 715T Plus is one of the most complete treadmills with respect to the features. It has 4 fitness programs that include weight loss, rolling hills, intervals, and manual. The solid motor and belt cushioning system ensure you have a safe run. You can fold it when not in use.
· The maintenance costs are almost negligible
· There is almost no sound of the motor
· The treadmill is light so it can be moved around easily
· Incline has to be set manually which is cumbersome. Most variants available have an automatic incline system
· Thumb press heart rate monitor is not accurate
· Shuts down automatically after an hour when operated manually
The Nordic T 6.5 S helps you reach your fitness goals easily. With iFit compatibility, the user can access a ton of workout programs, Google Maps training routes, and it tracks the stats automatically too. The speed and the incline levels can be easily adjusted with the touch of a button. There is a 25 year warranty on the motor and 1 year warranty on the labour and parts
· The build quality of the treadmill is excellent
· The machine is compatible with the iPhone
· The delivery was quick
· The customer service is not great
· Assembling the treadmill takes long
The Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill comes with a 2.5 CHP drive system and a comfort cell cushion deck. Designed for saving space, it comes with a dual position adjustable incline.
· The treadmill is great for walking and jogging
· Can be easily folded and stored when not in use
· Not meant for heavy usage
Choosing an economical treadmill is always a hassle given the thousands of variants and options available out there. However, do review as many options as you can to ensure you make the right decision.