Once you’ve make up your mind to buy a treadmill, one of the choices comes between a folding and a non folding treadmill where both have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Fundamentally, people prefer to save space as much as possible while buying a home treadmill or any other home exercise equipment for that matter and a folding treadmill is a good choice because it can be easily folded and stored after each use. This really is a great advantage as against a stationary treadmill. But this plus point should not be achieved on compromising other features for instance, the stability of the treadmill.
There is a common myth that folding treadmills are less stable than non folding ones, which is not true. There is no big difference in the construction between the two models except for the design in the frame parts and the two are almost identical. There are constant improvements in the design of the folding treadmills to improve the durability and quality.
So, when buying a folding treadmill, there are certain features that have to be considered. The first and foremost is the stability and this can be tested by trying to walk and jog on the treadmill and trying to find how it absorbs the impact. Generally, most of the folding treadmills are equipped with hydraulics so that they are made easy to fold up and down and some may need power lifting. Folding treadmills have another advantage over the others- they make cleaning much easier as they can be just folded up and the floor area can be vacuumed or cleaned easily.
Most of the folding treadmills are invariably designed to move and the effort needed to move them depends upon the weight of the folding treadmill. If it weighs more than two hundred pounds, say, then it may be required to tilt it on two wheels in order to move it. It should be checked whether the weight of the folding treadmill is good enough to withstand the impact of the weight of the person using it.
Nevertheless, a folding treadmill that has a warranty of one year service, two year parts and a five year motor warranty can be considered to be a good one and as always, a good warranty is a clear indication of the good quality of the folding treadmill. If the intention of the user of the folding treadmill is to use it on a regular basis, then it is worth to spend a few more dollars on it and pay around thousand five hundred dollars that can be used for both jogging and running.
Folding treadmills give the convenience of workouts right from the comfort of the home without having to allot large space and compromise on other comforts.