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How to choose a treadmill

A treadmill is a great investment in your health. Whether you want to walk, jog or run, there’s a model that fits your needs.

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55-inch belt

Standard treadmill belts are 55 inches. These models work well for people of average height who want to walk, jog or run.

50-inch belt

If you are only going to be walking on your treadmill, you can get away with the more compact models with 50- inch belts, since your stride will be shorter.

60-inch belt

If you are taller than average or plan to run frequently on your treadmill, a 60-inch belt will be more comfortable and give you plenty of space.  

Surrounding space

Don’t forget to consider the size of the room. You’ll need 2 to 3 feet on each side and in front of the treadmill, plus at least 6 feet to the rear of the machine. You’ll also want to make sure that the ceiling is high enough to accommodate your height when you’re standing on the deck of the treadmill.


Most standard treadmills have motors that run around 2.5 CHP, which stands for continuous horsepower. This will allow you to walk, jog or run an average amount.

If you plan to use your treadmill often, particularly for jogging or running, you may be better served with a stronger motor, generally 3.0 CPH or higher. 

And if your treadmill will only be used for walking, you can get away with a CPH of less than 2.5.

If you want to watch TV while using the treadmill, keep in mind that more powerful motors will run more quietly.

Cushioning on the belt

If you are regularly jogging or running you will want to look for a model that includes cushioning on the belt, to makes things easier on your joints and help prevent injury. All mid- to high-end treadmills will include cushioning to different degrees, but treadmills on the lower end of the price spectrum generally do not. 

Screen size

Lower end models will only give you small, black and grey screens that offer basic information like time, calories, distance and speed. As you move into more premium treadmills, you will get larger LED and LCD screens, including web-enabled touchscreens that give you additional information and more options.

Mobile enhancements

By connecting your tablet or other device to a treadmill with an integrated sound system, you can enjoy all your favourite media while you work out. You can also manage your programs and track your fitness goals on your device.

Preset programs

While all treadmills will offer some sort of preset workout programs, consider your training style to find the one that’s right for you. You may just be just looking for the basics, like interval programs or hill training. Or, if you like to be entertained or distracted during your workout, you can find higher-end models that connect to web-based workout apps for more interactive options.

Speed and incline options

While most treadmills will go up to either 10 or 12 mph and have an incline grade of up to 15%, some models do offer you additional speed and incline options.

Weight capacity

Don’t forget to check the weight capacity on your treadmill before buying. Lower end models generally handle around 250 lbs while higher-end products can go up to 325 lbs.

Product warranty

Warranties differ depending on the manufacturer, but make sure you’ve got one that works for you. If you plan to use the treadmill frequently or there will be multiple users, a more comprehensive warranty might make sense.

In-home repair service warranty

In addition to the parts and labour warranty from the manufacturer, Canadian Tire also includes a free In-home Repair Service Warranty. For more details, speak to a customer service representative.