What We Like:
- Convenience: How you get your treadmill is your choice! When you buy certain treadmill brands from Sears, you can either have the equipment shipped directly to your home or you can pick it up directly in-store. However; you’ll want to check with your local store because this offer is not available in all areas. If you choose in-store pick up, there is no additional cost to you but if you choose to have the treadmill shipped directly to your home, you’ll have to pay shipping cost that ranges in price depending on the brand and if any sales/deals are going on.
- Price: Sears tends to offer competitive prices and frequently has sales. To take advantage of these competitive price tags, look for seasonal sales that compete with the manufacturer offers. Still, sometimes customers can get the treadmills for less by buying directly from the manufacturer.
- Selection: The Sears collection of more than fifty treadmill lines means that something is available for every consumer. From Weslo to NordicTrack, they offer machines that hit almost all price points so you should be able to find at least one machine to fit your budget.
- Website Navigation: The Sears website makes it easy to narrow the selection logically by being able to search by brand, current offers, discounted treadmills, new arrivals, price, user ratings, etc. Their easy to use navigation system makes it fairly simple to look through their wide selection of treadmills, but it can also be overwhelming to some people who aren’t quite sure what they want just yet. For example, you can only search by brand and not by features, so if you know you want a folding treadmill you have to look through all of the brands yourself, at every individual machine, to find the features you want.
- Special Payment Options for Sears Customers: Sears will offer special financing deals, seasonally. Offers vary from month to month, so you’ll need to check with Sears fairly often, but some of these deals might include options like no interest if paid in full within 24 months when you use a qualifying Sears card on all fitness equipment over $599. Other special financing options are also available that might not be offered by the manufacturer.
- Additional Accessory Options: On certain models, Sears will offer “bundles,” which just means that you get additional items with your treadmill purchase for a deal. For example, you can buy some treadmills as a “bundle” and get an exercise mat included with your purchase. It’s just a way to get a little extra with your purchase. And if you don’t want to choose a bundle, you can also shop their treadmill accessories that range from iFit Live to treadmill maintenance kits.
What We Don’t Like:
- Pick-up: Some treadmill models can be shipped directly to your home, but others are only shipped to the nearest Sears store and require customer pick-up. As we mentioned above, it’s great to have options but not when the only option is in-store pick up.
- Expensive Warranty Options: In addition to the manufacturer warranty, Sears offers warranties of their own, but they are quite steep in price. For example, on one of their NordicTrack models, a 3 year warranty will cost you $185 and a 5 year will cost you $275. This might not be much to some people considering that you get a nice strong warranty for years ahead but it’s a cost that not everyone is interested in.
- Lacks Unbiased Reviews: For one, not all machines even have reviews which makes it difficult to know if the treadmill you’re buying is worth the money; but what’s worse is that many of the reviews left for shoppers tend to be either paid reviews or unhelpful reviews. There are a few helpful reviews among the bad, but it’s hard to know and hard to trust only “personal reviews.” For such a big ticket item like fitness equipment, this can be a problem!
- Older models: For some lines, Sears does not carry the latest model They also lack full series of particular models/brands.
Sears offers a great range of treadmills, from models that cost as low as $350 on sale to high-end luxury treadmills. A manufacturer’s website might offer better deals – and newer models – but the Sears collection can be worth checking out if you want to feel the machine. Just make sure that you don’t get caught up in extra costs!