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The Best Folding Treadmills

In this post I want to talk about some recommendations for the best folding treadmills to use in your home.

A folding treadmill is something to consider if you’re looking for a way to exercise more while in the comforts of your own home  and you don’t want something too bulky that takes up too much room.

These days treadmills that can fold up come packed with a range of different features.

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How to Choose a Folding Treadmill

When it comes to choosing the right option for your home here are some things you should consider:

Portability

When you’re in the market for a folding treadmill it’s likely you’re looking for something portable that can be easily folded up and put away when not needed.

Most of the folding treadmills these days come with wheels to make it easier to move them around but each machine comes with its own benefits and drawbacks when it comes to how portable it is.

It’s possible that some machines can weigh more than 200lbs so it’s also important to consider a weight and size of a machine in regards to how easy it is for you to fold it up and put it away.

Keep in mind that depending on the layout of your home you might not need to move the treadmill that far once you fold it up.

Another thing to remember is to make sure there is enough room in your home for the machine and ensuring that it will fit into your preferred workout area before deciding on a specific one.

It’s a good idea to add about 8 to 12-inches of clearance on the sides and at the back of the machine to avoid any issues with using it.

Durability

When it comes to the durability of the machine you’re interested in there are a few things to consider.

Try to determine whether or not there are any warranties for the parts, motor, or the frame of the treadmill.

I suggest models that offer a lifetime frame and motor warranty and avoiding ones that come with short (one-year or less) warranties on just the parts but it’s ultimately up to you to decide.

Don’t forget to check the weight capacity of the machine as this offers some additional insight into the overall durability.

A machine that’s able to handle higher weights is typically going to be more durable than those that are only able to handle lower weights but it depends on the brand and make though it’s still something to keep in mind.

Horsepower

I’ve noticed that many cheaper folding treadmills simply don’t offer as much motor power as the better quality ones.

I suggest looking for a treadmill that offers a minimum of 2.5 CHP if you’re looking to do just walking and if you want one for running then I would recommend looking for something with 3.0 CHP or more.

Lower weight motors might not run as efficiently or smoothly when you’re changing speeds during a walking or running workout and cheap, low horsepower motors have a tendency to burn out when they get too hot from extended use.

Quiet Operation

I have noticed that the better quality of treadmill that the quieter it is and there are even some models available that specifically boast about their quiet operation.

Some of the factors that have an impact on how noisy a machine is include:

  • Track roller size – The larger the rollers the more likely it is that the belts will run much quieter
  • The material and thickness of the belt also has an impact on how quiet the machine is when you’re exercising. The belts are usually made from a variety of different materials like silicone, PVC, and rubber. Cheaply made belts are usually just a single (one-ply) layer of a cheaper material and the better quality machines take advantage of a double (two-ply) layer with better materials.

Deck cushioning is yet another factor to consider and it’s what helps to deflect shocks when you’re exercising.

Not only does the cushioning absorb the impact every time you land it also helps to absorb sound – resulting in a quieter operation.

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