SHOCK ABSORPTION: Exercising on the low step-up height treadmill is made easy with its sizable (44L x 19.5Winches) running deck that supports up to 295 lb. The included shock absorption technology in the running deck reduces the impact on joints when walking or jogging on its surface.
CAPABLE MOTOR: Walk and jog between 0.6 mph and 5 mph by using the 2.5-peak horsepower motor on the indoor treadmill. Make quick speed adjustments by using the speed buttons on the console.
TRANSPORTATION WHEELS: This portable treadmill can be moved from room to room with its front-mounted transportation wheels. Its low-profile design makes the fitness equipment easy to store.
USER-FRIENDLY CONSOLE: The simple design keeps you focused on your workout. A glance at the console to track your duration, distance, calories burned. Use the mode button to personalize workout goals during each exercise session.
EXTENSIVE HANDRAILS: Use the multi-grip handrails that sit along the top, middle, and sides of the low-deck treadmill for extra support. Maintain a comfortable grip with the thick and padded handlebars.
FITNESS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: The 7'' full-color display features an easy-to-use touchscreen with three unique dashboards, and your results are graphically highlighted in the view of your choosing.
FIND YOUR PERFECT WORKOUT: Meet your fitness goals and conquer challenges everyday by choosing from 38 preset programs. This treadmill offers 15 levels of incline, and speeds up to 12 mph. Ideal for users of all levels.
WHISPER-QUIET MOTOR: The 2.75HP commercial grade motor is guaranteed to power you through years of exercise. It’s also whisper-quiet, so you can get your daily dose of cardio workout without disturbing your downstairs neighbor.
BUILT TO LAST: With 2.5'' rollers and a 1'' thick deck, the TR3000i is designed to simulate a real road-running experience. 8 independent compression shocks reduce noise and absorb foot strike, taking stress off your knees, back and joints.
TRAIN SMARTER WITH BLUETOOTH: Built-in Bluetooth speakers make sure you never get bored. Burn more calories while listening to your favorite songs and podcasts. You can also charge your smartphone simultaneously by using the USB charger.
Review: This is a more expensive version of TR1200i above with the main differences being the very slightly larger deck size, the 12 mph max speed (instead of 11), 350 lbs weight limit (instead of 300), 8 compression shocks instead of 6, and the 2.75 CHP motor (instead of 2.5).
15 incline levels.
21 built-in programs.
Lifetime warranty on frame and motor.
EZfold technology for space saving when not in use.
Only allows for one user’s information to be stored.
An upgraded version of the TR1200 with a slightly smoother, more stable ride to go with the higher price point.
Convenient Folding Design — Merax treadmill is conveniently sized for home use with reliable folding design and two rolling wheels for easy portability. And a modern folding treadmill doesn’t necessarily mean compromise on durability standards. A minimum 10 minutes required for assembly.
500W Powerful Motor — Quiet but powerful motor delivers speed from 0.62 – 6.2 MPH for different fitness goals with Merax treadmill. This fitness machine also features a 4-layer PVC blend 15” x 43” running belt for an impressive springy feeling and less stress on the motor.
Digital LCD Display — An easy to read display helps monitor the speed, distance, heart rate and calories burned for efficient workout routine. 3 built-in auto programs to meet your different running goals: cardio training, weight loss and muscle toning.
Safety Design — Emergency stop key connects you to the machine, protecting you during workouts. Merax electric running machine for home safely supports up to 220 LBS. Assembled size: 54.7" x 20.5" x 42" (L x W x H); Folding size: 54.7" x 24.4" x 9.5 (L x W x H)
Review: If you’re really on an extremely tight budget, a safer option than a budget electric treadmill is a manual treadmill which doesn’t run the risk of the motor breaking down.
You won’t be able to use it for pre-programmed interval training but you can still get a really solid workout.
You have to get used to a different running style but once you’ve nailed it, a workout on a manual treadmill can actually be harder than on an electric treadmill.
Much smaller, lighter and easier to move around than electric treadmills.
Less to go wrong and break down.
8 different magnetic settings for varying intensity.
Not suitable for interval training.
12 month warranty is a little low.
A manual treadmill is a very different animal to an electric treadmill but it’s worth considering and might just become your favorite piece of equipment in your home gym.
Benefits of Having a Treadmill in Your Home Gym
There are many benefits to having a treadmill in your home gym.
Most of the reasons come down to practicality but also comfort.
1. Owning your own treadmill will mean that your cardio doesn’t have to disappear from your workout routine in the Autumn. Lack of daylight and nasty weather won’t need to stop you from working out.
2. For people who live in cities or places where there aren’t great options for running outside, running on a treadmill can also be a safety thing.
You don’t have to worry about traffic, air pollution, or stepping in dog poo… it happens!
As if that’s not enough…
3. Running on a treadmill can give you a more intense workout than going for a run outside, as unless you deliberately slow or stop the belt, you will be running at a consistent pace with no interruptions.
There are few places outside where you can run for more than 10 minutes non-stop without having to negotiate obstacles or stop to cross a road.
4. Treadmills can also be great from a motivational perspective.
They say the hardest part about going for a run is getting out of the door. Well, with your own treadmill in the comfort of your living room, you don’t have to overcome that barrier to getting a cardio workout in!
5. Finally, most of the time people talk about weather and daylight when it comes to treadmill advantages, but for the introverts among us, owning your own treadmill can mean so much more than that.
On the days when you really can’t handle going to a busy gym and being faced with loud music and too many perfect bodies, having your own treadmill can mean privacy and some peace and quiet if you prefer letting your mind clear while you run.
Types of Treadmills
All treadmills are not built equally.
They all have pros and cons and there are definitely some lemons out there.
But there are also treadmills that are designed with very specific uses in mind.
Folding Treadmills – Folding treadmills are extra convenient if you have a small space for working out and need to be able to tuck your treadmill out of the way when you’re not using it.
The catch is that they tend to be a little lighter and less stable than non-folding treadmills.
Incline Treadmills – Treadmills that let you adjust the incline can offer the most intense workouts. The incline will either be manual, meaning you have lever the deck up yourself, or electric, meaning you can hit a button and not stop your workout while your deck gets steeper.
Electric inclines are more expensive but manual inclines are less likely to break down.
Manual Treadmills – Manual treadmills are very different from electric treadmills as the deck will always be at an incline.
Manual treadmills don’t work when they’re flat as they rely on gravity together with your feet and body weight to keep the belt moving.
They can be a pretty tough workout, require a slightly different technique to regular walking, and can use more muscles.
Treadmills Under $1000 – Not all treadmills need to cost thousands of dollars. With treadmills, you do get what you pay for, so it wouldn’t be recommended to go too cheap (less than $500), but there are some decent treadmills out there for under $1000 that are worth considering if you’re on a budget.
Treadmill Desks – These treadmills are the gold standard of walking treadmills. They are designed with different motor specs to running treadmills so they will literally go forever without burning out and will often be quieter when in use as well.
Remember that they don’t just need to be for people who work from home. Setting one up in front of your TV could be a great way of walking for hours each evening!
Treadmills for Walking – As mentioned above, treadmills for walking need slightly different motors than treadmills for running.
While treadmills desks are perfect in this regard, there are some regular treadmills that will cope with a lot of walking as well as a little jogging and running.
What to Keep in Mind When Choosing Your Treadmill
Aside from the obvious quality and durability factors, the main things to look for when choosing a treadmill are:
Generally speaking a 2-2.5 continuous horsepower (CHP) is more than adequate for most treadmills.
Less than this and you’re probably looking at a treadmill designed for walking and jogging with a max speed between 4 and 6 mph.
More than this and there may not be much of an advantage as most people’s homes don’t supply enough power to support the extra CPH.
Length of the Warranty
This is a good indication of the quality of the treadmill and how much the manufacturers stand by their product.
Treadmills are expensive and parts will wear out. It pays, literally, to have a warranty to help with this.
This depends on your height, stride length, and the kind of workout you’ll be doing.
Anything less than 50” in length is getting a bit tight for running and is only really suited for walking.
Most of the treadmills on the list above have really good deck sizes (20” x 60”).
The more expensive and better quality treadmills have a maximum weight between 300 and 350 lbs while the cheaper treadmills hover nearer the 250 lbs mark.
As a general rule, the maximum weight limit on a treadmill should be at least 15% more than your body weight.
If you’re a heavier person, unfortunately, you will need to invest in a more expensive treadmill.
It pays to know what kind of speeds you want to be able to run at because if you’re never going to go above 6mph, you could save yourself a lot of money by getting a treadmill with a max speed of 6 mph instead of 12.
Most max inclines are between 12 and 15%.
Again, it pays to know what kind of incline you want.
The best way to figure this out is to go to a gym and experiment. 12% is still pretty steep and will make for a solid workout.
Electric vs Manual Incline
This is mostly a convenience thing but will also affect price, as treadmills with automatic inclines are more expensive.
The advantage of electric inclines is that you don’t have to get off the treadmill and interrupt your workout to adjust the slope.
But, as mentioned, they will be more expensive and end up being another thing that could break down on you.
Folding or Non-Folding
This depends on the size of your home and whether you need to be able to shift the treadmill out of the way when you’re not using it.
Folding treadmills tend to be lighter and less stable than non-folding treadmills but it’s really a personal preference.
This isn’t something most people would think to immediately check, and since the manufacturers aren’t going to tell you if their treadmill’s engine is noisy, you’ll have to rely on reviews.
But the noise level of your treadmill could be a deal breaker if you want to be able to watch TV or not annoy your neighbors by pounding away on their ceiling every morning.
One of the advantages to running on a treadmill is that it’s easier on your joints so there’s no point in investing in a treadmill that doesn’t help cushion your landings sufficiently.
Running doubles the load placed on your knees compared to walking so a good amount of shock absorbance will save your knees a lot of stress.
Built-in Workout Programs
The number of built-in programs tends to be in line with the price. More expensive treadmills have more programs.
It depends what you prefer.
But remember there’s always the Youtube option!
There are so many other features available that it can get a bit ridiculous.
After all, do you really need built-in speakers if you’re running in your own home where you probably have a sound system anyway?
The same goes for heart rate monitors. If it’s important to you, you probably already have one.
Regardless, some features are deal breakers for some people, and that’s ok, because you’re going to be the one using them every time you workout!
There are some great videos on Youtube to get you started with treadmill running.
You don’t need to worry if you’re lacking motivation.
Youtube will take care of that!
Consider trying some treadmill workouts – you can experience all the benefits of a class with an instructor yelling at you without actually having to go to the gym!
Michael is a fitness expert and professional home/garage gym builder. His tutorials, guides, and reviews are backed up by his own experience and will definitely help you achieve your goals. He also loves putting mayo AND ketchup on the pizza for some reason!