7 Tips Before You Buy a Folding Treadmill

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A treadmill is the known to be one of the most popular home exercise machines. Before making this major investment, and getting one for yourself a person should be sure they will use the machine and stay committed to their workout. Treadmills can easily become an expensive ornament or statue at the center of your room, never to be used and only to be seen.
One less expensive option may be a folding treadmill from Amazon.com, to save space. A folding treadmill is one that takes up less space when you aren’t using it. They also have wheels so you can move it to and from an area of your choice. As a treadmill industry expert user, let me offer you a few things to think about and hopefully make your decision that much easier.

7 Tips to Consider Before Buying a folding treadmill (collapsible treadmill)

We recommend you consider these 7 tips when you start looking to buy one to use in the comfort of your own home.


Price is usually one of the first things people consider when buying a collapsible treadmill or any treadmill for that matter. Treadmills are generally available at many price points, starting at
about $500 and going up to $3,000 or more. If you plan to have the machine around for a reasonable amount of time, and intend to use it very often, then you are going to need to invest a few bucks. A less expensive treadmill may be a good choice for someone who doesn’t plan to use the machine often or wants a very basic machine. You should remember that one usually gets what one pays for, and it’s always a good idea to look for sales before making a final decision on which folding treadmill to buy.


Check the space requirements for when the treadmill is both folded and also when it is in use. Always make sure you know how much space you have, know exactly where you want to put the machine. Exercisers should remember that they need to leave space all around their treadmill so that there is less chance of injury if they fall off of the machine. Using a tape measure is a great start, one thing to remember is to measure twice, and hopefully end up buying once. Another top tip is to remember that you have a ceiling and you should keep height in mind as you will be raised up several inches on the folding treadmill. If you are using it in a room with a low ceiling, you may have to duck when in use.

Weight & Weight Capacity

You will always need to check the weight of the machine and combine it with the weight of the heaviest person you know, and make sure that the floor on which the machine will
be placed is able to withstand that amount of weight. A damaged floor is never good and always an eye-saw. The weight capacity is usually listed by the manufacturer but is sometimes more than it really should be. Always double check with the retailer, so that you use a more reasonable weight limit, this way the folding treadmill will last longer. Heavier users take more of a toll on the motor, belt, rollers and bearings.

Size (Folded/Unfolded) & Storage

When buying a folding treadmill find out both the folded and unfolded dimensions. If you plan to store it in a cupboard, the first thing that pops into your head should be, is the treadmill foldable? Of course it is, so definitely consider the height as well as the width. If you are planning to push the folded machine into a cupboard or corner for storage how much the machine weighs is an important consideration. If you are going to want to move the treadmill around try to look for a lightweight one or one with wheels. Make sure that the wheels are lockable when the treadmill is
folded out and in use.


Just like running shoes or most things for that matter, there is no one folding treadmill to fit everyone’s exercise needs. All treadmills are not created equal and every treadmill is different, and therefore also affects the person’s body differently. Testing out a few models in the store is the best way to ensure that the collapsible treadmill is the one for you. Treadmills can vary in construction, belt width and arm rail placement. Each person should test the treadmill in their workout shoes to make sure that the walk feels smooth and the belt is wide enough for their stride. The rule of thumb in life is that the cheaper a treadmill is, the less quality you get. Walk, jog, and jump on the folding treadmill so you can see if it will give you a stable ride.

How Easy is it to Fold and Move the Treadmill

The treadmill may say it folds easily, but it may be difficult do so at first.  Not only can it be difficult to fold the treadmill up as it may be stiff, it can also be a struggle to control the treadmill when unfolding. If it is constantly drop on the floor, then this can place wear and tear on the parts. Therefore leading to a short life span and a more expensive replacement cost.
Look for treadmills that have an easy fold/unfold feature (always a top tip) using hydraulics. It works best to try this in person. If you can only shop online, reviews and post questions from real-life users should be your own pre-buy bible.

You may want a folding treadmill so you can move it with ease and get it out of the way the rest of the day, out of sight, out of mind. If this is the case, then how easy it is to move will be an important factor. Many treadmills require you to tilt the heavy treadmill back on two wheels to push it around.  Again, try this in person or post questions online. Better yet, look for models where four recessed wheels come out when the treadmill is folded, this makes it much easier to move.


Most most home folding treadmills don’t need to have the ability to sustain daily vigorous exercise. A continuous duty rating of 1.5 to 2.5 is sufficient for most collapsible treadmills, but you should always look for the model that carries the best warranty. Warranties can vary according to where you buy the machine, even when the same model is purchased. Every model should offer a motor warranty of at least one year, with three years being preferable. You generally have to look no further than the warranty to know whether you are getting a better-quality treadmill.

A recommended minimum warranty of one year of service, two years for parts, and five years for the motor is the way to go. Don’t even consider a machine that has only a 90 day warranty.

Which is The Best Folding Treadmill?

There are a number of excellent brands of folding treadmills. Sole as a good brand for quality. Whatever choice you make, what is important is that you use the treadmill to get healthy exercise and stay fit. These can literally change your life. Why Wait?!

Check out our review of the best folding treadmills of 2018.

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