It's important to match the features on the treadmill you buy to your fitness needs. Look for a continuous horsepower rating that's high enough to keep the belt running smoothly. A CHP of 1.5 is sufficient for walkers; those interested in interval training or jogging need more power. The belt size should accommodate your stride, which will be longer if you are tall, of course, or if you are running. Electronic consoles provide preset workouts that vary the speed and incline, along with readouts of what you've accomplished, including time elapsed, speed, distance, and calories burned. A cheap treadmill's weight capacity is a good indication of its sturdiness and stability. The warranty is another benchmark of quality.
|CHP||Belt Size||No. of Programs||Console Display||Weight Capacity||Warranty|
|Horizon Fitness T101 estimated price $599||2.25||20 x 55 inches||9||Time, distance, speed, incline, calories, heart rate||300 pounds||Lifetime on frame and motor, 1 year on parts and labor|
|ProForm Performance 400 estimated price $599||2.25||20 x 55 inches||15||Time, distance, speed, incline, calories, heart rate, race track. Also iFit Live compatible||300 pounds||Lifetime on frame, 25 years on motor, 1 year on parts and labor|
|Merit Fitness 725T Plus estimated price $400||1.25||18 x 45 inches||7||Time, distance, speed, incline, calories, heart rate||250 pounds||Lifetime on frame, 2 years on motor, 90 days on parts and labor|
|Gold's Gym GG480 estimated price $377||1.5||18 x 50 inches||8||Time, distance, speed, calories, heart rate||300 pounds||5 years on motor, 90 days on parts and labor|