Treadmill Buying Advice

Treadmills are extremely popular as training equipment in the gym or for fitness training at home. 

The movement sequence while running involves a considerable part of the body’s muscles, which ensures a powerful training effect.

 This makes a treadmill ideal not only for endurance training but also for losing weight and increasing fat burning.

With the purchase of a treadmill, you can also carry out your running training regardless of the season, the weather, and the lighting conditions. 

But what should you watch out for if you want to buy a treadmill? Our treadmill buying guide provides answers to precisely these questions.


Product Name

Speed (Max.)

Weight Capacity



11 MPH

325 lbs

84″ x 35.5″ x 58″

10 MPH

300 lbs

73"  x 36"  x 54"

12 MPH

300 lbs

39.15” x 79” x 71.4” 

12 MPH

386 lbs

84″ x 35.5″ x 58″

12 MPH

350 LBS

72.5"x 35.25" x 57.75" 

12 MPH

400 Lbs

84.5" x 38.5" x 54.7" 

12 MPH

309 lbs

78.8" x 39.2" x 63"

16 MPH

420 LB

83" x 35" x 62" 

12 MPH

300 LB

 35"× 27.6"× 54.7"

When buying a treadmill, you should first be aware of how intensively you want to use the fitness equipment. If your training is:

  • Power walking,
  • easy jogging or
  • intensive running training

Keep in mind that every step depending on the weight of the runner and his speed can put hefty loads on the treadmill. 

Therefore, you should pay attention to quality, stability, and motor performance when buying a treadmill.

The motor power of the treadmill

The motor of a treadmill should be chosen as robust as possible. A strong engine runs quietly, evenly, and has a longer service life. 

Please note that the motor power is usually the motor’s continuous power and not the peak power.

Our tip for the treadmill purchase:

Your new training device should have at least 2 HP continuous output. We advise you to have even higher engine power depending on the runner’s weight and speed. 

This way, your treadmill is guaranteed not to stall, and you still have scope for your training success.

The frame – a stable construction for a pleasant fitness workout

The frame construction is one of the most critical components, and you should not underestimate its importance when buying a treadmill.

The frame determines how stable and quiet a treadmill is.

A robust frame construction absorbs vibrations and thus ensures a pleasant feeling of training.

A-frame construction that is too weak can often be found on very cheap treadmills.

Pay attention to the weight of the treadmill.

This should be at least 80 kg. Heavy runners over 90 kg body weight and runners who train intensively should buy a treadmill that weighs at least 100 kg.

Make sure you have proper cushioning when buying a treadmill

Running is the most natural form of exercise and it can strain the joints also. When comparing treadmills, ensure excellent cushioning.

Numerous different cushioning systems vary depending on the manufacturer.

The cushioning systems of the  proform, sunny, cardiostrong, Vision Fitness, and Horizon Fitness have proven particularly useful to the user.

Furthermore, in our treadmill purchase advice, we advise you to include the running mat .

An “Orthobelt” running mat contributes significantly to good treadmill cushioning. 

Particularly well-cushioned treadmills have a running mat that is a few millimeters thick.

The slope

Almost all treadmills can now be inclined to simulate an increase in running. This function lets you enrich your running training at home with a new dimension.

 It is not only increasing the load by the speed but also by train hill runs and steep climbs. More muscles are trained in the process.

Depending on how much the angle of inclination can be adjusted, the training load can also be increased. 

The incline should be adjusted electronically so that the training does not have to be interrupted when setting the slope.

The tread

You should also compare the treadmill’s size before you buy the treadmill: the larger the tread, the safer and more comfortable it is.

Especially for beginners, but also for fast runners, a wide tread provides surefootedness. 

The length of the tread is particularly crucial for fast runners and tall people because there is a much longer stride.

A tread of 140 x 50 cm is suitable for most beginners, for advanced and more extensive runners we recommend a more significant (from 150 x 50 cm).

Treadmill with heart rate measurement

With the heart rate measurement, you keep an eye on your performance, and you can actively control the effects of your endurance training on the treadmill

Methods of pulse measurement for treadmills are the hand pulse measurement and the chest strap.

 We recommend that you take the pulse measurement using a chest strap due to the dynamics of running training.

 Also, the chest strap measurement is significantly more accurate and reliable.

As part of our purchase advice for treadmills, we would like to recommend heart rate control for treadmills

With the help of heart rate controlled training programs, you can easily set a pulse range in which you want to exercise. 

The treadmill adjusts the training load either via the incline of the running deck or the height of the speed so that you always train in the desired heart rate zone.

 In this way, you can reach your training goals quickly and use every minute of your endurance training efficiently.

Test verdict: treadmill

Sport puts every fitness machine through its paces.

Our team, consisting of sports scientists, competitive athletes, and service technicians with many years of experience, evaluated the articles in different categories. 

With the Sport-Tiedje test verdict, you can easily compare the products with each other and find the right device for your training.


The equipment of a treadmill includes, among other things, the motor power, the tread size, and quality. 

These ensure a more comfortable movement and more safety at high speeds or larger runners.

 A computer with many training programs offers you more variety in your workout. 

Extras such as direct selection buttons, folding mechanisms, fan, and transport wheels make your training much more comfortable.


The tread thickness and the number and quality of the shock absorbers are essential for the insulation properties of a treadmill. 

Excellent cushioning is easier on the joints and prevents premature signs of fatigue.

Smooth running

The engine power, the running mat, the shock absorbers, and the frame construction contribute to smooth running. 

A device with excellent smoothness causes almost no background noise and thus enables watching TV or listening to music while training.


In addition to the frame construction, the dead weight, and the size of the stand area ensure high security. 

The more stable the treadmill, the higher the maximum weight-bearing capacity and the longer-lasting the device.

Treadmills with high confidence are much safer during intensive training sessions. 

Large rollers also reduce wear on the entire drive system.

Leave a Comment