For anyone on a really tight budget or unsure of their commitment to exercise, a manual treadmill like the Stamina InMotion II might be the way to go -- as long as you understand what you're getting. A manual treadmill is powered by the user's feet, so it takes a bit of work to get the thing going. Some users posting Stamina InMotion II reviews point out that this can be seen as an advantage because it adds to a workout. Many users have trouble keeping a steady pace, according to reviews, but find the treadmill works pretty well once they get used to it.
The Stamina InMotion II is easy to move and use anywhere. As a manual treadmill, it doesn't need to be plugged in. It also folds up, has wheels, and weighs a relatively light 56 pounds. While the manufacturer asserts that its lack of a motor makes it dead quiet, many users posting Stamina InMotion II reviews at Walgreens and Amazon beg to differ.
The Stamina InMotion II operates at an eight- or 10-degree incline (although some users posting reviews at Walgreens put blocks under the back to make it flat). A few tall users comment that the handlebar is a bit too short. The belt measures 17 x 42 inches, wide for a manual treadmill but short compared with the standard treadmills on our list, another reason not to attempt a run on this machine. The belt also seems to have trouble staying centered, according to users posting treadmill reviews at Overstock.com, but that can be easily remedied with an Allen wrench. The Stamina InMotion II comes with a battery-powered monitor that displays distance, time, speed, and calories burned. It has a 250-pound weight limit, and several users posting reviews on Amazon suggest taking the limit seriously. Most people seemed to find the Stamina InMotion II easy to put together in under an hour. It comes with a limited one-year manufacturer's warranty.
This is obviously not an adequate piece of equipment for a serious exerciser -- you really can only walk on it. However, it's an extremely low-budget choice for consumers looking for an entry-level treadmill.