What Makes a Good Treadmill

There are many models of treadmills available and if you are not a professional trainer, you hardly know which one is the best model that can assure you safety, comfort, and efficiency. To help you choose the right treadmill, here are some of the most important criteria you should consider when you decide to purchase a treadmill.


The average treadmill is 6.5 feet by 3 feet and the folding ones are about half the length and you should pay attention to this detail when you shop for a treadmill. Also consider that you will need two feet in both sides and in the back to get on and off safely and try on the treadmill before purchasing it to make sure it is wide and long enough for you to feel safe and comfortable.


A treadmill that measures your heart rate is what you should look for if you want to make sure you stick to your heart rate range while you exercise. Besides being very efficient in showing your progress and making sure you reach your goals, a treadmill with a heart rate measurement will also make sure you will not injure your heart. Another important safety aspect is the key that attaches to your clothing and stops the machine if you fall off. This key is also useful if you have children and you don’t want them to play on the treadmill and get hurt.


According to many customer treadmill reviews, ergonomics are very important for a comfortable workout session. The way you grab onto the handrails and the console grips is an important aspect of both comfort and safety. Make sure you can use the treadmill without hitting and touching the handrails, see if they are ergonomically placed so that you can hold onto them when you start and stop the treadmill and make sure the deck is long enough to allow you to walk and run on the treadmill. You can also choose a folding model to save space and make sure the deck is not too heavy for you to lift it.


Many treadmills consist of features that are not necessarily useful, but attract the user and make it feel like the treadmill can do a lot of things. When you look for a treadmill for you and your family, search for features that are motivational and help you develop your work-out routine, like interval programs, specific user IDs that keeps a database and can be personalized for each family member, programme memory for storing past exercises and records, interval training that combines various intensities and quick start functions that allow you to preset and customize your schedule. While some features are important, others are ireelevant, yet they purposelessly increase the price of the treadmill. Read some customer treadmill reviews in order to be certain that you will not be paying for features that you will never use.

Ease of use

The last thing you want to get is a treadmill that looks like a spaceship that you don’t know how to drive. The easily navigable console, the explicit buttons, and the large displays are a must-have if you want to make sure you will understand how to use the treadmill.