Beware of the Warranty
There is one feature that cuts through the hype and really reflects the quality of the machine. It is the warranty. It can’t be masked with fancy trademark name. A warranty is what it is. A wimpy warranty suggests a machine that is cheaply built and not design for sustained use. An extensive warranty generally reflects a machine that is durable and constructed for the “long run.”.
Companies compete to have the best warranties, because that is an important feature for selling treadmills. But they have to weigh the extent of the warranty against the potential cost of repairs. It is not profitable to have an extensive warranty on a machine that is likely to breakdown. A company would lose money if they must constantly repair the treadmill.
Here is a good example of two different warranties and what they imply. The Weslo Cadence 255DR Treadmill has a 90-day parts and service warranty. In comparison the NordicTrack Commercial 2450 treadmill has a lifetime motor, lifetime frame, 5 year parts, and 2 year service warranty. You don’t need to be a mathematician to figure out which treadmill is better.
When you get a treadmill with a 90-day warranty, the company is more or less saying, “We didn’t build this machine to last and after 90 days – good luck! “
Of course, there are other considerations like: will you use the treadmill for walking or running; do you want heart rate control; and do you want folding or non-folding. Overall, the warranty should be the single most important factor in
your purchasing decision. The coverage reflects both the quality of the components and the durability of the treadmill.
We always recommend you purchase a treadmill that has at least a 1 year service, 2 year parts and 5 year motor warranty.
Who Has the Best Warranties?
Sole Fitness has some of the best warranties available. Their machines are extremely durable and low maintenance. Also, check out NordicTrack, ProForm, Horizon, and Bowflex for strong warranties.
Check out our Treadmill Buyer’s Guide for more information on what to look for in a new machine. Plus, check out our Best Buy Treadmills list.