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Top Treadmills for 2013
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Under $1,000 Sole Fitness F63 (When on sale under $1,700 list price)
WOW! Money No object: Precor Premium Series 9.31
Treadmills: Consumer Reports and Brand Summary
December 8, 2012: We started our search with the 2013 Consumer Reports "Buyers Guide." No treadmills were listed so next we checked the January 2013 issue of Consumer Reports magazine. Again, none were listed in the index! OK, lets try Amazon.com and see what "the crowd" likes the best since this relies on many to select "best sellers." We checked this list of Amazon.com's Best Sellers in Treadmills and below is a summary of the top five.
The idea of walking while working at a desk is fine if your BMI is well over 30 and you have not exercised for ages but we would get something you can push yourself with and grow into. 30 minutes a day of high intensity is great to keep you healthy, once you are fit. If your BMI is high, the "walking desk" is great as your body builds endurance.
Today, we think some of the best value and tradeoffs for the money is from Sole Fitness. (We are not paid by Sole, we only get a commission if you buy using our Amazon.com links ... so PLEASE use our links the day you order if you value our help.)
We checked Consumer Reports online and found they surveyed models there, but some were not available any more. Here is a summary of the ones from Consumer Reports we could find to check against the list above of "Amazon's Best Sellers."
Brands: TOP OF PAGE
|Icon Health and
The original NordicTrack went bankrupt some
years ago and Icon bought the name. You can find
NordicTrack at Sears. Icon also builds Epic (sold at Costco to make
it appear they are not heavily discounting the Reebok
(Sold at Sears and Sports Authority), Reebok (sold at Costco) and Schwinn elliptical
trainers. Icon products are also found at
Wal-Mart and Dicks Sporting
Goods. Most elliptical review sites say
they create "innovative products with numerous
bells and whistles" but their shortfalls (in both
elliptical trainers and treadmills) are quality
components. Buying an extended warranty is a
good idea if you plan on heavy use. The better
brands offer 3 to 10 years on parts. Our top
EFX 5.33 offers lifetime on
frame and welds with 10 years on "parts and wear
items" with one year on labor. If you look
closely, some of the Schwinn models (Schwinn 431 and
Schwinn 460) only offer 90 days parts for wear on
parts. Your shoes might last longer running on
Precor was established in 1980. It is the most expensive brand but we feel you get what you pay for. "Precor has distinguished itself as a worldwide industry leader, providing state-of-the-art fitness equipment to health clubs, hotels, spas, fitness centers, and private homes all over the world. The company is proud of their hard-won reputation for producing fitness equipment that's easy for people of all abilities to use and durable enough to withstand years of use. The same experience and commitment to quality that goes into all of their commercial equipment also goes into the creation and manufacture of our home models."
Sole, Xterra and Esprit/Spirit are all made in China by the same parent company--Dyaco in headquartered in Taiwan with a US office in Jonesboro AR. Sole is mainly sold online and at Sears and Dicks Sporting Goods. Xterra has a different dealer network including some of the warehouse stores like Costco. Esprit and Xterra both have models similar to the Sole E35.
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