Treadmill Buying Guide

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What's Included
  • Compare with other brands
  • Compare to gym memberships
  • Guidance on buying
  • Tips on equipment care
  • Reviews of each model
  • Details of treadmill components
  • Optional features to consider
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Treadmill Buyer's Guide
Treadmills Buying Guide

This treadmill buying guide was written to help educate people who are looking to purchase a treadmill for home use. Unlike other resources, this document comes from an industry leader. In the interest of full disclosure, Smooth Fitness is the industry's largest direct-to-consumer treadmill manufacturer and we're in the business of making and selling treadmills. Treadmill reviews and buying guides create the best type of customer -- a knowledgeable one, and it's our goal to help educate you as a buyer so that you are better equipped to avoid the industry tricks and traps and end up purchasing a treadmill that fits your workout needs for the right price.

First, you'll be happy to know that treadmills have been the largest selling category of cardio products for the past 20 years. Treadmills allow for a natural running/walking motion that the human body is well suited for. Motorized treadmills automatically pace the user. For this reason, treadmills enjoy a significantly lower drop-off rate than any other workout machine. Once you get into a routine, you're more likely to stay with it. But you already know you want a treadmill, so let's dig into what to look for.

Before exploring how to research various manufacturers, makes and models, let's go over a few DOs and DON'Ts:

  • DON'T make your decision based on just one person's opinion.
  • DO look at many treadmill review sources available online such as (owned by the New York Times), Epinions, Bizrate and Consumer Guide online (which is now part of
  • DON'T get too hung up on the specs and horsepower ratings (we'll explain in more detail below).

Where to Start?


►Folding vs. Non-Folding:

►User Weight:

Treadmill Components







Optional Features to Consider during Your Treadmill Review

►Ball Bearings VS Bushings:

►Orthopedic Belts:

►Extended Warranties:

Tips for Maintaining Your Treadmill

A well maintained treadmill will perform better and last longer. Fortunately the maintenance of a treadmill is a relatively simple and inexpensive task. Any reputable manufacturer should be happy to answer your maintenance questions long after your purchase.

To provide you with years of great workouts we recommend a four-pronged approach to caring for your treadmill:


►Keep the treadmill level:


►Deck Lubrication:

►Belt Alignment:

Time to Start Treadmill Shopping

We hope that this treadmill buying guide helps to dispel some of the mysteries of purchasing a treadmill and provided some insight to make your search for the right treadmill significantly easier.

It's important to conduct thorough treadmill reviews to know what features you should be looking for and then invest in a product from a manufacturer who's committed to using top-quality components, providing strong customer service and backs up their treadmills with great warranties.

Now, informed by this guide, you are well-equipped to judge which models offer the features you need for the price you plan to spend.

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