Best Commercial Treadmills
Commercial treadmills are designed to withstand heavy traffic. Compared with residential treadmills, commercial treadmills are generally built with higher quality materials and tend to require maintenance less frequently. Check out our top commercial treadmill picks.
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Commercial Treadmill Buying Guide
Commercial treadmills are the highest quality treadmills available. These fitness machines are built to withstand many hours of daily use in a paid gym, a hotel fitness room or a physical therapy clinic. For most manufacturers a "commercial treadmill" warranty is valid when the machine serves for up to six hours per day. "Light commercial" treadmills are covered for up to three hours of use per day. Additionally commercial cardio trainers are low-maintenance. Sometimes home treadmill shoppers ultimately opt for commercial treadmills because of their long-term value and top-notch performance.
Commercial treadmills can meet the needs of almost any trainee. They have high weight capacities (sometimes exceeding 400 pounds) and are almost always suitable for avid runners as well as walkers. Commercial cardio trainers tend to feature a good range of workout program variety and creature comforts too. Sometimes manufacturers offer commercial machines with a choice of consoles, with options including streamlined and advanced workout technologies.
Key Features of Commercial Treadmills
Commercial treadmills are generally priced from about $3,000 and up. To the novice shopper they might appear indistinguishable from cheaper residential treadmills, but superior construction justifies the price difference. Here are descriptions of three main parts of a treadmill and related standards for commercial cardio trainers.
1. Treadmill Belt
The quality of a treadmill's belt or track has a big influence on machine maintenance and longevity. The better the belt, the less frequently it will need maintenance and the more miles it will serve before retiring.
The best commercial treadmill belts are infused with silicone or otherwise treated so that lubrication is needed rarely (if at all). The more smoothly the track turns, the less strain is put on the drive and the longer the machine can endure. The best track materials are virtually stretch-free too. The less a belt stretches with use, the less it needs to be adjusted.
Good commercial treadmill belts can serve for about 15,000 miles or more before replacement is needed. A few very high-end treadmills on our review site have belts and decks that can serve for 150,000 miles before replacement is recommended.
2. Treadmill Deck
Deck size should be considered when you're comparing treadmills. Some decks are longer and wider than others, and commercial treadmill decks tend to be especially large. The benefits of larger decks are that they help a treadmill accommodate more weight and they have more spacious workout surfaces. The drawback of large commercial treadmill decks is that they aren't practical for home use.
In addition to size, deck composition matters. Treadmill decks are largely responsible for how comfortable a treadmill feels to the runner. Commercial treadmill decks can generally absorb a lot of impact compared with outdoor running surfaces (grass, asphalt and pavement) than cheaper home treadmills. Some have adjustable cushioning to suit different preferences.
As for durability, many commercial treadmill decks are reversible. These have twice the lifespan of comparable non-flippable decks.
3. Treadmill Motor
Commercial treadmill motors are higher powered than most home treadmill motors. Without overheating or lagging, they can run for hours a day while supporting high speeds. (Top speed on commercial treadmills is typically 12 mph or higher.) Commercial treadmill motors also tend to operate especially quietly.
About 4.0 CHP is a good guideline for treadmills that will be used in commercial settings. If you're purchasing a commercial treadmill for lighter residential use though, then less motor power could be sufficient.
Best Commercial Treadmills: The Rundown
In-Depth Commercial Treadmill Reviews
Described above are three key elements of treadmills as used on commercial models. Also important to most shoppers are inclines and declines
, preset workout variety
, monitor size
and other treadmill features. If you have further questions about setting up a commercial space, we can help! Just send us an email on our Contact Us page
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