Everybody wants to find a great deal. The problem with getting a great deal on a cheap treadmill, is many times, you get what you pay for. Where you think you’re going to save in the short term, you end up paying more for long term.
Yes, if you want quality when it comes to purchasing a treadmill, you need to be prepared to pay out quite a bit more for it than a discount treadmill. Basically, if you only want to spend $1000 or less, you’re really buying a disposable treadmill. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a year of use out of it. Pay closer to $2000 – or more – you get quality, features, and reliability. Here’s why:
Cheap Treadmills have Cheap Motors – The way manufactures that make cheap treadmills make money, is by cutting corners on components – especially motors. Cheap treadmill motors end up working at their maximum capacity, which burns them out quickly. If you smell burning wires, your treadmill is about to die. More expensive treadmills use much higher quality motors, which rarely fail, as they are designed to last.
Cheap Treadmills have Cheap Wiring – Again, to keep costs down, those that make cheap treadmills use lower gauge wiring and components.
Cheap Treadmills use Cheap Plastic Parts – Components like the gears on the incline motors may be made of much lower quality plastic to keep costs down. Quality treadmills use steel, which almost never fail.
Cheap Treadmills have Cheap System Boards – That discount treadmill is more than likely using a cheap system processor. The system processor is what senses the resistance you’re putting on the belt when you’re running, and adjust that resistance to give you a smoother workout. A quality treadmill uses processors that react quickly, so you don’t feel jerks, surges, and the sluggishness you’d feel on a cheap treadmill.
Cheap Treadmills use Cheap Belts – That belt you’re running on gets quite a bit of wear and tear when you’re running. A cheap treadmill’s belt can wear out quickly, where a quality treadmill’s belt is designed to not only last much longer, but you can even find quality treadmills that feature padded belts, that make your running more comfortable while putting less stress on your joints.
There are many more differences between a cheap and quality treadmill. Maybe an easy way to think about the difference is like this. If a cheap treadmill will last 1 year, and an quality one that costs twice as much will last 3-5 times longer than a cheap one, won’t you be saving money long-term with the quality treadmill?
And the best place to find that quality treadmill is at Fitness 4 home Superstore. We feature treadmills from the industry’s top treadmill manufactures, including True Fitness, Precor, and Spirit Fitness – all brands that you’ve seen at your local gym. Stop into any of our three Phoenix area stores to check out our selection, and find that perfect treadmill for your home workouts!