Buying a treadmill is a big investment—maybe not as much as buying a puppy or a new SUV, but there’s still substantial commitment involved. Here are a few things to consider before bringing home your first (or next) treadmill:
Know the Dimensions
Most home gym equipment takes up significant floor space. That’s doubly true for treadmills. Check the dimensions of any treadmill you’re currently shopping. Be sure to add at least 1-2 feet in every direction and three feet or more behind the treadmill (the area you step on) for maximum safety.
One thing buyers also tend to overlook is the height. You’ll want at least 15” inches above your own height. So, if you’re 5’10” (70 inches), make sure your ceiling height is 85 inches or more to give you plenty of head clearance, especially if you’re planning to use your treadmill for running.
Keep it Stable
This might seem obvious, but double-check that all four points of contact under the treadmill are firmly in contact with the floor. Many home floors aren’t 100% level. You want to make sure that your treadmill is well-planted to minimize the risk of slippage, shifting, or tilting.
Mind Your Neighbors
Treadmills can—and often do—make a lot of noise, especially for your downstairs neighbors (if you live in an apartment) or housemates (if you live in a multistory house). If you think this might be an issue, consider a treadmill mat to help minimize the noise. As the name implies, they’re simple and usually affordable mats designed to deaden the sound and vibration underneath a running treadmill.
Let the Experts Move It
Moving a treadmill into a confined space, like a small bedroom or basement, can be challenging. Often, it makes sense to hire experts to do it for you. If you’re the handy type, you can opt to disassemble the treadmill. Start by moving, then reassembling the deck, then the uprights, then the console, in that order. Just be sure to allow the minimum recommended clearances we mentioned above.
Be Mindful of Your Power
Treadmills—especially large and commercial models—can draw significant power. If your home’s electrical setup allows, dedicate one circuit to just your treadmill. This will help ensure that other power-hungry devices potentially on that same circuit don’t blow a fuse.