or Folding Treadmills
When you are looking
to purchase a treadmill, you will find that you
have a huge range of options. There are computerized and
manual treadmills, as well as models that range anywhere from about a
hundred dollars up to thousands of dollars. There will be a
lot of bells and whistles to choose from, but one of the major
considerations that you will have to make is whether to purchase a
model that can fold up or one that is non-folding.
Differences That You Ought to Know
Let’s take a look at each type and examine the fundamental
Space Requirements and Storage
One thing that makes many people opt for a folding treadmill is the
ability to easily fold and store it. While a solid treadmill
can be a great option if you have a plenty of space or your own
dedicated gym, but for people living in apartments or who are space
challenged, they can be cumbersome. Folding
easily fold and fit under a bed or into a closet, making them ideal for
people with storage needs.
But What About Stability?
One of the biggest issues with older folding treadmills is that they
were significantly less stable than their counterparts. This
can still be true for lower end and cheaper treadmills, but the
construction of folding treadmills has come a long way over the
years. A good quality built folding treadmill can be every
bit as stable as a regular one.
It is important to note that there are many excellent folding
treadmills on the market that offer solid stability while still
remaining easy to collapse, fold, and store after use.
Quality Is Essential
There is nothing wrong with opting for a folding treadmill, and you
will find that if you need space, it may be your only option.
Keep in mind that quality is of the essence and will make all the
difference to your treadmill workout. It can be difficult to
find a folding treadmill that is lightweight without being cheaply
built. It’s a fact that heavier treadmills
typically offer more stability and function and are thus more highly
recommended. However if you need to move the treadmill for
storage, you may have to look for options such as wheels that can be
popped out to allow easier movement.
In many cases, low end treadmills also sacrifice quality for cheap
pricing and easy portability. This means that many of the
devices offer the ability for easy storage by implementing features
such as kickstands to increase grade or hold the treadmill at the
proper angle. Ideally, you want a machine that is designed
for easy and safe adjustment and that does not require the use of cheap
plastic parts to keep it upright.
Now you’re probably wondering how much a good quality folding
treadmill is going to put you back. Many sources would say
that you need to spend over $1,000, but I recently reviewed the Horizon
T101-04 Treadmill and found it to be a good quality, solid
the best in its class for under or at around $700. Generally,
owned the Horizon folding treadmill found it solid and stable with good
The Bottom Line
Ultimately, the correct treadmill for you will depend largely on your
needs. Cost can certainly be a consideration, but you will
find that in this area, you may benefit more from choosing a used high
end treadmill than to purchase a new one that is of low
quality. Both folding and solid models can offer adjustable
speeds and inclines, programmable workouts, and much more.
At the end of the day, your decision will likely come down to space and
storage needs. If you want a treadmill that you can move or
put away at the end of the day, a folding model will certainly be best,
but if space is not an issue, the improved stability of a solid model
may prove to be the right choice for you.
About the Author: Jacquie Cattanach
loves running and has
been an avid marathoner and triathlete for more than a quarter of a
century. On her website and blog – Online Running
Gear, she offers the latest news and reviews on anything to do with
running. Visit her site to see the latest folding