Your Complete Guide to Treadmill Components
Treadmill Buying Table of Contents
Get To Know Treadmill Motors
While you will find manual treadmills that don’t use a motor, they are not the standard type of treadmill you will find. Most treadmills are motorized and you will probably be looking at those for your home instead of a manual treadmill. Manual treadmills are great if you’re on a budget, but you can find motorized treadmills that will probably fit into your budget as well.
If you have no intention of running on your treadmill, then the horsepower of the motor won’t play a big factor in your decision. However, for runners, you want your treadmill to keep up with you, so your motor will be a factor in your treadmill buying decision.
When you read the horsepower on a treadmill, it may say continuous horsepower. That means that the horsepower that is listed, for instance 2.5 hp, will be sustained throughout the time the treadmill is on and you are walking or running on it. For someone who intends to use their treadmill for running, getting continuous horsepower is important as it allows them to vary their speed and go faster.
Treadmill Deck and Belt
These components on your treadmill come in different lengths and widths. If you have a long stride, whether you are walking or running, you will need a treadmill with a longer deck. The belt fits onto the deck, which includes the frame and console, so the longer the deck is, the longer your belt will be. The same goes for the width.
The standard size for a treadmill deck is 19 inches wide by 50 inches long. While that is a good size for a walker, a runner will probably need a wider and longer belt. That in turn means getting a longer and wider deck. You don’t want to take the chance on running on a smaller belt because you could end up falling off the treadmill and injuring yourself.
When you are looking at the specifications of a treadmill, you will usually see the deck size and the running size listed. Occasionally, you will see the belt size listed, but as the belt fits on the deck, it isn’t very customary. Remember, if you intend on running, look for longer decks.
You will also want to consider the comfort of the deck on a treadmill. This you will determine when you test them out, but look to see if the information includes a customized cushioning feature on the treadmill. If more than one person is going to be using the equipment, the ability to adjust the cushioning could be important. However, look for a cushioned deck even if it isn’t customizable, as it will make walking or running on the deck less difficult on your body.
You will probably want a monitor to note the progress of your workout on your treadmill. However, whether it is a backlit monitor or a LED monitor will be your preference. Try out both types on treadmills you’ve selected, if available, to see which you like better.
Remember to factor in these components when looking for a treadmill for your home.