Manual Treadmill Reviews and Comparison

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If you're looking to buy a manual treadmill, then you're in the right place...

We've carefully researched and tested most of the popular manual treadmill models on the US market. So, we can now provide you some answers or guidance to help make your buying decision wiser and easier.

To begin, lets talk a little bit about treadmills in general...

Treadmill workout has become very popular nowadays. In fact treadmills have evolved to become the most popular and one of the most used of all indoor fitness equipment. Why? Because walking or running on a treadmill is one of the easiest and most effective ways to achieve a regimen of regular exercise. Unlike outdoor walking, treadmill fitness walking has the benefits of shock absorption and the convenience of exercising in the comfort and safety of your own home, in all weather conditions, in front of a TV or just listening to your favorite music.

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There are two types of treadmills:

An Example Manual Treadmill - Stamina InMotion II The simpler, lighter, and cheaper version of this machine (see picture on the left) is commonly referred to as a manual treadmill, which has a moving platform with a wide conveyor belt. A manual treadmill does not have a motor. It moves only when the walker pushes the belt with their feet. The rate at which the belt moves is the rate of walking. Thus, the speed of walking may be controlled and measured.

Note: Manual treadmills are sometimes called magnetic treadmills.

Most of the more popular manual treadmill models on the market are relatively inexpensive, costing around $100 to $200. There are also some manual models costing more than $200 -- Exerpeutic 100XL Magnetic Manual Treadmill and Avari Manual Treadmill are two typical examples.

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An Example Motorized Treadmill - LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill Whereas the much more expensive, heavy-duty versions are motor-driven, often called electric or motorized treadmills (see picture on the left). On most motorized treadmills, you can easily adjust the speed and incline by pushing a button, while you are still walking or running.

An average motorized treadmill for home use costs anywhere between $400 to $1,000. Some advanced models may go as high as $5,000 each!

Drawbacks of manual treadmills:

You probably have been told that manual treadmills have many drawbacks as opposed to the motorized ones. Manual treadmills are often difficult to get moving without using an extreme incline, and once moving you can't change the incline. You must get off the machine to adjust the incline...

Manual treadmills are very basic. They don't have all the extra features of the motorized cousins...

Anyone can go on and on to talk about the 'pros' of motorized treadmills vs the 'cons' of the manual ones...

Don't get the wrong impression...

Manual Treadmills DO have an undeniable place in the world of aerobic exercises for the following benefits:

  • Manual treadmills are affordable to most people ($100 to $200). Don't have to spend big bucks.

  • Cheaper to exercise with a manual treadmill because no electricity needed.

  • Manual treadmills are environmentally friendly and ecologically sound since the equipment doesn't require any electricity to operate.

  • Manual treadmills offer a quieter workout environment since the equipment doesn't have any electric motor.

  • A manual treadmill doesn't take up much space in your home and can be folded and stored away easily.

  • And yet manual treadmills offers great benefits for walking workouts at home. In fact if you just want to do some regular workouts to keep fit or lose fat around your hips and abdomen, a manual treadmill is the perfect choice since it's your own body that's driving the machine.
  • It's a proven fact that a regular cardiovascular exercise program can improve the physical and mental health for people of all ages, body types, and fitness levels. Too often, our busy lifestyles limit our time and opportunity to exercise. A manual treadmill provides a convenient, simple and inexpensive method to begin your assault on getting your body in shape and achieving a happier and healthier lifestyle.

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    List of Manual Treadmills Reviewed

    Avari A450-255 Magnetic Treadmill 3.6 of 5

    Avari A450-261 Adjustable Height Treadmill 3.8 of 5

    Confidence Fitness Magnetic Manual Treadmill 3.9 of 5

    Cory Everson Manual Treadmill *

    Exerpeutic 250 Manual Treadmill 3.5 of 5

    Exerpeutic 100XL Manual Treadmill 4.0 of 5

    Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill 3.6 of 5

    Phoenix 98510 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill 3.7 of 5

    ProGear 190 Space Saver Manual Treadmill 3.6 of 5 New!

    ProGear LX225 Cushion Deck Manual Treadmill 3.8 of 5 New!

    Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill 4.0 of 5

    Stamina InMotion T3000 Manual Treadmill *

    Stamina InMotion T900 Manual Treadmill 3.5 of 5

    Sunny SF-T808M Manual Treadmill 3.5 of 5

    Sunny SF-T1407M   Feb. 2015 New Release

    Sunny SF-T1408M  Feb. 2015 New Release

    Sunny SF-T1409M  Feb. 2015 New Release

    Weslo Cardiostride 3.0 Manual Treadmill 3.5 of 5

    Weslo Cardiostride Plus Manual Treadmill *

    *Notes: Models that have been discontinued by manufacturers.

    Top 5 Best Manual Treadmills Priced Below $200

    Unlike motorized treadmills, there are not many manual treadmill models on the market that you can choose from. We've carefully researched most of them and finalized a list of the Top 5 Best Models (Updated August 2014) as shown below:

    1. Stamina InMotion II

    2. Confidence Fitness Magnetic

    3. ProGear LX225 Cushion Deck

    4. Phoenix 98510 Easy-Up

    5. Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up

    Comparison Chart : Top 5 Best Manual Treadmills Priced Below $200

    DescriptionStamina InMotion IIConfidence FitnessProGear LX225Phoenix 98510Phoenix 98516
    Our Rating4/53.9/53.8/53.7/53.6/5
    Approx. Price$160$155$175$150$145
    Weight Capacity250 lbs220 lbs270 lbs250 lbs250 lbs
    Walking Deck
    (Belt Surface)
    42" x 17"40.2" x 15"44" x 14"41" x 13" 41.5" x 13.5"
    Incline2 positions: 8 & 10 degrees Fixed incline2 positions: 8 and 11 degreesFixed inclineFixed incline
    MonitorElectronic Multi-function, battery-operated. Tracks distance, time, speed, and calories.Multi-function computer displays speed, distance, calories, odometer, time and scan functions.Computer displays elapsed time, distance, calorie burn, speed and heart rate monitoring.Electronic, Single-button tracks speed, distance, time, and calories.Electronic, Single-button tracks speed, distance, time, and calories.
    Open Dimensions46.5"L x 26"W x 43.5"H47.2"L x 19.1"W x 48"H49"L x 26"W x 49"H 46.5"L x 21.1"W x 50 "H 46"L x 21"W x 50"H
    Weight56 lbs46.9 lbs60 lbs45 lbs44 lbs
    Special FeaturesTextured, non-slip walking/surface.8 adjustable levels of magnetic resistance to tailor your workout level.Cushioned Deck; Heart Pulse Sensors.NoneNone
    Warranty90 days parts 1 year frame12 months1 year limited90 days parts 1 year frame90 days parts 1 year frame