How to Choose a Treadmill for Walking
How do we choose the best treadmills for walking? Here are a few criteria that we consider. By keeping these points in mind as you shop, you can make a good choice. You can learn more about what to look for by reading any of our treadmill reviews or our treadmill buyers' guide.
As mentioned above, walkers (compared with runners) can generally spend less on a treadmill and still be satisfied. Especially during online sales events you can expect to find a high quality option for $1000 or less. Often you can get a $1000 treadmill for walkers that carries 1 year warranty. Keep in mind that the more motor power you choose though, the more you can also jog or run on the treadmill without straining the machine.
The industry standard for home treadmill motors is 2.0 CHP. All of the treadmills on our "best treadmills for walkers" list above have at least 2.0 CHP, but really this standard is more than sufficient for most walkers. Since horsepower adds to the overall machine cost, walkers with not-so-high fitness budgets can typically get away with treadmills with 2.5 CHP instead. Staying with higher power is a good idea, however, if one of the regular users weighs more than 200 pounds or if the machine will be used heavily.
Once reserved for high-end treadmills, an automated incline is now standard on treadmills in most price classes. In our reviews treadmills with inclines have an advantage because they add variety and challenge to workouts. Walking on an incline, you can burn just as many calories as runners do on a flat track! Incline training also adds a cardio challenge and supports great muscle definition. Included among our best treadmills for walkers is an incline trainer. With a maximum angle of 40% it doubles the max incline of the best traditional treadmills.
Workout programming varies significantly from brand to brand. While some treadmills provide about six workout programs including manual mode, others provide dozens. Additionally some of the best treadmills for sale this year have wireless connections for building upon preloaded workout options. With these models a trainee can download new workouts and/or automatically track workout statistics and sync the data with mobile apps. Some brands allow for workout expansion with virtual reality workout videos featuring the sights and sounds of scenic destinations.
Some extras you can expect on the best treadmills for walkers are iPod compatibility, a secure holder for a tablet computer, a cooling fan and a water bottle holder. The more you spend, the more likely you can own a walkers' treadmill that performs well and also has special electronic perks Examples are a touchscreen and a built-in web browser.