If you're purchasing a treadmill you'll probably be making several treadmill comparisons when doing your research. Here are 3 things you must know when comparing treadmills in order to find best one for you.
#1 Compare Apples To Apples
Don't compare prices between treadmills online and treadmills sold at a store. They are two different marketplaces, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
When I was selling a Proform treadmill many years ago, gentleman buying it had gone online and seen same model for less. I had to explain to him that this price was an online price only. Buying a treadmill online can sometimes be considerably cheaper, depending on manufacturer, sales, closeouts, etc.
So when comparing treadmill prices side by side, make sure you compare online treadmills to online treadmills and store treadmills to store treadmills.
Also make sure you're comparing same treadmill models. It sounds obvious but some brands have so many similar sounding models in their line-up it's easy to get confused!
#2 Know Key Ingredients to a High Quality Treadmill
Make sure you know top 4 key ingredients to a quality treadmill:
- Motor Power
The motor is heart of your treadmill and adequate motor power is extremely important. Most experts recommend at least a 1.5 HP motor although I prefer a 2.0 HP or higher to ensure you don't burn motor out (and then have to pay costly repair fees).