Treadmills Buying Guide
The treadmill scores high with fitness enthusiasts because it's so easy to use. From a leisurely walk to a heart-pumping jog or run, the workout level is up to you. Whether you're looking to increase your fitness level, lose a few pounds, or finish a marathon, Canadian Tire makes it easy to find an electric treadmill to meet your needs.
What To Consider When Buying a Treadmill
Who will be using the treadmill and how often?
If intended for regular workouts or multiple users, look for a more powerful motor and longer warranty.
How much do you want to spend?
By spending more, you may get:
- A quieter, more powerful motor
- A larger walking/running surface
- More add-on functions
- More programs
- Greater speeds and inclines
- A longer warranty
What will you be doing when you work out?
If you watch TV or read during your workouts, a more powerful motor means the treadmill runs more quietly.
Is space a concern?
- Most treadmills can be folded
- Higher-quality machines include "lift assistance" - hydraulic shocks that make it easier to lift and lower the treadmill
Key Treadmill Features:
- Motor - The larger and heavier the motor, the more durable the treadmill. Look at the Continuous Duty rating, where the higher the rating, the more powerful and quiet the treadmill will be. Continuous Duty is the maximum horsepower the motor can deliver 24 hours a day without overheating.
- Horsepower (HP) - Measurement of power of treadmill motor.
- Incline - Treadmill incline raises running surface to simulate walking or running up a hill so you burn more calories and increase muscle tone. Most models offer a powered incline.
- Deck/Belt - The thicker the deck, the more cushioning and comfort it offers to your legs/joints. Belt widths range from 16" to 20", while lengths vary from 45" to 55".
- Cushioning System - A treadmill should offer cushioning and support that feels firm, not bouncy.
- Speed - Most treadmills offer speed setting from 0 to 10mph.
- Electronic Controls - Range from simple odometer and speedometer to pre-programmed workouts and storage capabilities. Electronic controls can provide feedback such as speed, distance, heart rate, pace, calories burned, laps taken, time elapsed, incline and more.
- Frame - The frame should feel durable and stable.
- Folding Treadmills - Look for stability, ease of folding, weight capacity and how easy it is to move.
Treadmills feature a frame-motor-parts-labour manufacturer's warranty.
Frame: Entire metal base frame of the treadmill
Motor: Drive motor and elevation motor
Parts: All non-motor parts of the treadmill
Labour: The cost of in-home repair
Note: Always consult a physician before starting an exercise program.