When you are looking for a treadmill there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, are you going to be running very fast or walking? Second, do you have a lot of space or this going to be an issue for you? Thirdly, what is in your price range?
Everybody wants to have the industrial size tank type treadmill, but that just isn’t really the best option all the time. If you are looking to walk rather than run, having a treadmill with a 2 HP motor really isn’t going to be a problem. As soon as you start running 8 MPH or more though, it is highly advised that you get a machine with 2.5 HP or more, otherwise you will be taking advantage of whatever warrantee you bought with your fragile treadmill. Treadmills with 3 HP or more are used mainly by athletes that train every single day.
Space is a big concern too, if you don’t have a lot of room you may want to get a treadmill with folding capabilities. The only bad thing about this is that any folding treadmill is going to cost a few hundred more than its non-folding counterpart. Some people think that the convenience and space is worth it, and then, of course, those who don’t worry about folding up their treadmill after every use.
You should be able to find a nice durable treadmill with a strong motor and decent incline capabilities for around a thousand dollars. I wouldn’t suggest spending more than that. But, if you have your heart set on a treadmill that cost more than that, I guess I won’t be able to convince you not to buy it.
Hopefully that gave you a little bit of an idea of how to go about looking for a treadmill that will work for you. I know when I first started looking into treadmills all the different specs and technical jargon made no sense. So I thought I would try to give you guys a leg up on how to search for a good treadmill.