Treadmill Buyers Guide

Are you spending time at the gym pounding the treadmill hour after hour? Then maybe it’s time you considered investing in a treadmill you can use at home. Because by doing this you can save so much time by not traveling back and forth to the gym, avoiding what we all find from time to time that when we get there , there is no machine available to use.

Adding Value To Your Life.

Providing you don’t look towards purchasing an absolute top of the range treadmill, payback for your investment can be achieved in a few years, or if you accelerate your workout time even quicker. There are also a number of other reasons a home treadmill can add real value, one benefit is  that you can workout comfortably in your own surroundings, avoiding any issues or insecurities you may have about working out at the gym, whether that be the way you feel about how you look or just generally training in front of others.

More Benefits To Time Management

Daily Time management can also be improved , no need to watch tireless boring tv simply because there is nothing else to do. Put that time to good use  to do a decent 20-30 minute cardio workout, or mark off today’s or tomorrow’s workout during this period, but instead of heading off to the gym tonight or tomorrow morning use that time to have extra social time with your partner or the kids or friends.

Calorie Burning.

Running is the best exercise for burning calories without question. Introduce specific workouts built for that purpose into your schedule, and you will shed those pounds in no time. For example High Intensity Interval Training ( HIIT) and basic interval training are both great for calorie burning.

Want to lose fat and make your heart healthier, feel more efficient in movement , gain endurance, but not quite sure how to achieve it. There really is no better experience than walking, jogging or running to get you feeling both fit and good about yourself. There is no doubt that running or jogging outside can have great benefits fresh air, nice environments, people, good weather, but for some running outdoors just doesn’t work distractions such as traffic, lack of space , poor neighbourhood environment etc.

You can step up your workouts to accommodate a cardio routine that includes walking, jogging, running and sprinting. Developing a combo such as this will improve weight loss, heart health, muscle gain, and overall endurance.

Treadmill Types.

There are manual treadmills and motorised treadmills.

A Manual Treadmill is driven by your movement driving a belt assembly, the more you pace up the faster the belt turns with you, which means the machine will only go as fast as you do, but slow done your pace and the track slows with you. Because they are less expensive than motorised treadmills they do not have the feature bells and whistles that motorised treadmills do. These are not the machines that you use at the gym, so bear this in mind whilst looking around.

Motorised Treadmill.

Motorised treadmills are much more in demand than Manual. That said they can be large in size and heavily built with robustness in mind, to withstand the various experiences that training programmes provide variable terrains, inclines, and speeds etc. So extra investment is required in buying a motorised machine, but the user does gain full control with the motorised machines, self targets can be set at the click of a button, and the high tech features which are always welcomed to add variation and challenge to any workout.

Speed Jargon.

Treadmill manufacturers talk in value of CHP or HP motor speed. Knowing this is important to obtain the correct powered machine for your workout goals.

A Good Reference Guide Is:

2.0 CHP  – Minimum Motor Power For Walking

2.50 CHP – Minimum Motor Power For Jogging

3.0 CHP  – Minimum Motor Power For Running

Deck Sizes

A larger running deck is required if you intend to run on your Treadmill, as the stride you achieve when running is much longer then when walking.

If you are a walker, and don’t see yourself doing anything more than this, then a smaller one would be more suitable and save some expense on purchase.

A Good Guide Is:

55” long and 20” wide or more – Ideal Size For Comfort

50” long and 18” wide (125 x 45cm) – Ideal Size For Running

47” long and 16” wide (120 x 40cm) – Ideal Size For Jogging

43” long and 14” wide (110 x 35cm) – Ideal Size For Walking

Treadmills are ideal for completing these workouts , as these exercise programmes tend to raise the heart rate quickly, helping the body use more oxygen which in turn burns more calories than a standard normal workout.

Programs & Features

Pretty much all Treadmills have built in programs. However you do need something that is smart and clever enough to help you achieve your objectives / goals. When programs are developed they are normally developed for a specific niche ie: cardio, weight loss, climbing etc.

When buying look out for for features that will enhance the workout experience such as health metrics display, heart rate monitoring, IPod / MP3 compatability sound system, good shock absorbion, wifi, usb ports, and blue tooth connectivity.

Computer Features.

Computer programmed workouts are in the main designed by personal trainers. Some Treadmills will connect to the maufacturers own website or to other fitness apps, benefits of these can include downloads that allow them to build an exercise data plan tracking your improvements.

Heartrate Monitors.

There are a few applications to monitor heartrate on a treadmill. Thumb Sensors, Contact Sensors on the grips, and Chest Straps. Chest straps are deemed to be the most convenient and accurate giving you more flexibility in your workout.

Cardio Workout.

As we know HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) improves metabolism and fat burning getting the heart rate going for that real intense workout, building stamina and endurance.

Joint Impact Advantages.

Those who run regularly will no doubt endure injury or lower joint pain, impacted by running on tarmac , paved or concrete surfaces. Treadmills are built to reduce and eliviate a lot of the impact to our joints, which are sustained when running on these surfaces.


As with most things in life, it is important you get a good quality Treadmill for your money. Your intention will be to use your machine a lot and need something that is both robust and has quality components. Things to consider are the size of the motor, most are within 2.0 – 4.0 (CHP). The bigger the motor in power delivery, the more powerful the treadmill. Belt quality is also of importance. So check what’s applied to the treadmill, is the belt single or double ply. The stronger it is the longer it will last.

Nordic Track X22i Treadmill

  • Motor: 4.25 CHP DurX- Commercial Pro Motor;
  • Speed Range: 0-22kph (0-13.7mph) with 1-Touch- Speed Keys
  • Console Feedback: Incline Level, Vertical Gain, Vertical Loss
  • Heart Rate Measurement: Dual EKG Pulse Grips
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 10-Year Motor,

The Nordic Track X22i Incline Trainer comes with the latest version of the ifit coach, namely the ifit coach plus. The ifit coach plus offers custom workouts which are led by personal trainers from around the globe all delivered on the “22” HD touchscreen present on this model, pretty much doubling the size of previous touch screen on older models.

The adjustable incline of the Nordic Track X22i has an impressive tilt range of -6 up to + 40 degrees, impressive as it’s in it’s capacity almost double the tolerance of standard treadmills.

This can add new variations to a workout, and contribute to strength training and if weight loss if your desire,  it can benefit towards almost a 5 x calorie burn off during a workout.

It also has a generous total of 44 built in workout programmes and additional apps, offering a ton of variation to your routine workout.

The design of the Nordic Track X22i incline trainer reflects the features on board, it has a speed range of 0 – 22km/h , dual EKG pulse grips, Bluetooth smart wireless receiver , heart rate measurement, complete with a very sturdy frame design , powered through a 4.25 CHP motor.

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Nordic Track X9i

  • Max user weight 145kg  
  • 44 Programmes 
  • Package weight 161kg 
  • MP3 input
  • Nordic Track X9i Incline Trainer Treadmill, has no less than 44 workout programmes . The built in entertainment system, incline capabilities, electronics and overall design lift this model to premium level, within the treadmill market place.

Additional to this the Nordic Track X9i Incline Trainer, is compatible to ifit coach, and for a monthly subscription , access to exercise , activity tracking, sleep and nutrition can be obtained, to help with your  long term goals.

A slope range of -6% to 40% is also included motivating you to burn calories faster if weight loss is one of your key objectives.

It is suggested that walking on the Nordic Track X9i Incline Trainer at 40% incline, will naturally burn calories approx. 5 times quicker when compared to doing the same on flat surface.

With the Nordic Track X9i you have a full colour “7” touch screen display at your disposal, which is ideal for viewing and participating in the 44 pre-set programmes installed, you can also check social media , view your emails etc as you workout.

It also comes with a tablet shelf, so if required you can view your own tablet computer at eye level with the adjustable computer ledge fitted as standard.

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Nordic Track C100 Treadmill

  • 2.5CHP DurXTM Motor 
  • Pulse Grips and Polar Compatible HR Receiver with Chest Strap Optional 
  • FlexSelect Cushioning with 20 Workouts 
  • Max User Weight 125kg

The Nordic Track C110 Treadmill is great value for the price of purchase. It has a considerable powerful motor for a mid – range treadmill, boarding a 2.75 CHP to 3.5 peak horse power Dur X unit.

It produces a speed of 0-20km/h, boasting an achievable incline level of up to 10% ,  which is good for those who want to include endurance in there workout.

A one touch click key, will adjust both speed and incline command via a simple touch.

20 programmes are pre-installed with the Nordic Track C110 Treadmill to vary your workout, and all are easy to navigate whilst doing the workout. The LCD Console Display will call up real time stats, such as distance, incline level, speed etc.

Another feature included are the pulse grips, which both track and display your heart rate, along with the built in sound system for your enjoyment.

A comfortable or intense workout can be selected, with a simple click on the one touch console quick key pad, giving you the choice of a workout that is a simulation of a firm and stable surface, or a softer surfaces that reduces joint impact.

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Bowflex BXT226 Treadmill

  • Motor: 3.75 CH 
  • Speed: 0.8-20 km/h
  •  Incline: 0 – 15 %
  •  3 Ply Belt: 2.5mm thickness; light commercial tyre belt
  •   Running area: 51 x 152cm

The Bowflex BXT226 folding treadmill has many exciting features. The “7.5” full colour console holds many exciting and motivational workout options. Included are the innovative and motivational burn rate which displays your calories burnt off on each workout activity, to the level of each moment of exercise. Which is a great motivator to improve performance on a minute by minute basis.

The console also has engaging lights and sounds which interact with you during your workout.

Other features include 9 built in workout’s which include fat burn, 5K and 16 minute interval, or optionally use the Bluetooth connectivity to synch with the free results and others such as Daily Burn , Run Social etc.

The Bowflex BXT226 also delivers in excellent build quality. Besides the robust frame, comfort tech cushioning helps keep you really comfortable, together with a 3.75 CHP motor that offers a 20km/h top speed, whilst a generous 15% max incline provides the extra intensity to meet the climb challenges.

The Bowflex BXT226 Treadmill folds safely and easily for storage effortlessly.

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Branx Elite Runner Pro

  • Now with ‘Bluetooth’ and The Perfect Running Area: 140 x 48cm (1400 x 480mm)
  • Foldable treadmill with cushioned ‘Dual Shock 10-Point Absorption System’. Quality assurance & zero defect production rates. Branx Fitness excels in product quality & reliability.
  • Superb 23km/h Max Speed (13mph)

The Branx Elite Runner Pro Treadmill comes with a top speed of 23km/h. It is a leader in a treadmill for those who enjoy sprinting. Together with an automatic incline function of 22 degrees to the feature list it really is in the bracket of a Gym Quality Treadmill.

The programme menu equipped with the Branx Elite Runner Pro offers a lot of variety to  your workout. Both manual and preset programme menu’s offer the capability to track your personal time, distance, heart rate and calorie burn off.

The programme menu has plenty of features to keep you interested whether you are a seasoned treadmill user or a near novice trying out your equipment for the first time.

The construction of the Branx Elite Runner Pro, results in a very low noise treadmill due to the cushioning of the suspension system and effort put into achieve a good quality of cushioning on the deck.

It has MP3 compatability and a dual shock 10 point absorption system, a generous 160 kg weight allowance and a user friendly folding mechanism.

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JTX Sprint -9 Treadmill


The JTX Sprint – 9 Treadmill presents itself as a gym standard treadmill. It comes with a high end design and a large programme value pack. There is a large range of settings and function options with the machine, with a number of different programs from the simpler controls for the 15 incline settings, inline with the offered speed setting of up to 20 km/h.

The JTX Sprint – 9 has a sturdy feel to it, easily supporting a maximum user weight of 28 stone.

It is powered by a 3hp motor and a soft – drop folding for storage. Overall there is an extensive range of settings and programme options to the JTX Sprint – 9 Treadmill, focusing on speed , incline and heartrate, with the opportunity to design and customise your own programme if you feel experienced and confident enough.

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JTX Sprint-7 Treadmill

With it’s high end specification the JTX Sprint – 7 Treadmill is another high feature and sturdy product from the JTX family. Complete with a cushionstep running deck, the JTX Sprint – 7 is one of the best out there to assist in increased shock absorbsion  and overall noise reduction. It also has a 24 step pre-programmed workout menu, which you can choose from 15 different incline levels, supporting a maximum body weight of up to 160kg, with a maximum speed of up to 20 km/h. The JTX Sprint – 7 also complete with a number of extras from phone / tablet holders to a sweat rack and cup holders. The console programme is also generous with 99 pre-programmed options, 4 user programmes and an option of 3 programmes that you can build yourself. It is an ideal purchase for the marathon trainer, built on a heavy gauge steel frame, and high grade ABS braking system parts. The “7” blue LCD user console screen displays your speed, incline, heart rate , pace , time, and estimated number of calories burned. The JTX Sprint – 7 is a treadmill for those who want to improve their workout which comes really close to gym standard Shop Now

Lontek Folding Treadmill

  • Shock-absorbing springs will protect your knees while you run.                  If you are looking to maximise your living area
  • It is an everyday, durable treadmill
  • Motor Power-1.75HP DC   

The Lontek Folding Treadmill comes with a number of features which include handrail controls that allow you  to control speed and monitor your heartrate, 3 manual incline levels 0, 3 and 5% percent, more than adequate for most user needs.

A maximum user weight of 220lbs.

A built in cooling fan which assists users to keep cool during time on equipment.

The Lontek Folding Treadmill also has a top speed capacity of 14km/h, it is compatible with the Gfit running app, with 11 built in workout programs.

The equipment can be easily folded up and stored neatly for next time use.

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Horizon Fitness Elite T7.1

  • High quality damping system for joint-friendly training
  • With TV, Sozialem network and fitness app range
  • Passport ready for virtual real fitness training

Designed for both joggers and runners the Horizon Fitness Elite T7.1 Treadmill comes in with a very generous running deck 153 x 50 cm, a variable responsive cushioning system, and a powerful 3CHP drive motor.

The Horizon Fitness Elite T7.1 Treadmill has a viafit connect which synchs to the internet. This web app helps chart distances covered, calories burnt off etc during your workout.

Music can be streamed to the built – in speakers and connecting to your Bluetooth heart rate device is also available.

Folding the Horizon Fitness Elite T7.1 Treadmill cannot be easier. The one-step hydraulic system does all the heavy lifting for you as it gently lowers the deck and raises it with ease when your done. 

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