Wow, 2020 was a special one, wasn’t it? With the pandemic raging on, more people than ever have turned to at-home fitness solutions, however for some it has taken the approach of 2021 to really start thinking about a reset, and about focusing on both physical and mental health in the new year. In many places gyms remain closed, and in places where they’ve opened back up, many are reticent to set foot in the door so long as the pandemic continues.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to shopping for a new home treadmill, regardless of your needs, budget, or overall fitness level. Many brands have turned to streaming training as a programming solution in recent years, and this new service is proving to be a quality alternative to spending time at the gym with a personal trainer.
We’re excited to share this year’s best treadmill deals. New Year’s treadmill sales make high-powered cardio trainers affordable for more shoppers, and treadmill technology is of course better than ever. Device compatibility has become standard at all price levels; wireless data tracking is widely available; and in the New Year’s treadmill sales for this new year you’ll see machines with high-definition touch screens for workout programming and digital entertainment. Prefer a simpler “classic” treadmill? That’s available at the budget through luxury levels too. Read on for New Year’s treadmill shopping overviews for walkers and runners.
Not all treadmills are created equal, and there’s a significant pool of options for you to sift through; not to worry, that’s where we come in! Choosing the right treadmill is much like choosing the right car in many respects. Depending on your needs, skill level, and personal interests, what’s right for you won’t necessarily be right for your neighbor, cousin, or co-worker. With every review of the latest new treadmills, we break down the pros and cons, helping you make the best and most educated decision.
New Year’s Treadmills for Walkers
Treadmills for walkers cost less, on average, than treadmills for runners do. That’s because walkers’ treadmills can be less robust yet still support great training sessions at lower intensities. With New Year’s treadmill discounts you can even bring home a good unit for less than $1,000.
But treadmills for walkers vary widely in terms of intended use and performance. Along with general-purpose walkers’ treadmills, here are two special categories represented in New Year’s treadmill sales: desk treadmills and walkers’ treadmills with inclines. You can also follow links for the best treadmill values by price tier including year-end closeout prices and free shipping in the continental US.
Treadmills for Power Walkers
For the best of both worlds — calorie burn and comfortable training — walkers can use treadmills with inclines. Walking on a tilted surface you can burn calories especially quickly like runners do, but your knees won’t suffer harsh impact. Other benefits are targeted muscle toning and extra cardio challenge.
The steeper the slope, the more dramatic the challenge and the metabolic boost. The best treadmills for power walking this year have maximum incline settings of about 15 percent to 20 percent. Also featured in New Year’s treadmill sale ads are treadmill alternatives with especially steep slopes. With maximum slants of 40 percent, plus the option of a downhill slope, these can be great options for advanced power walkers.
Traditional vs. Interactive Training — Is It Worth It?
This will be one of the more polarizing considerations when it comes to picking your next treadmill. While some like to be encouraged, some like to go at their own pace. While some want to compete with a leaderboard to track their progress, others just want to hit go and zone out while listening to their favorite workout playlist. I will say that the advent of iFit and other interactive/streaming training programs has been hugely well received overall, but it’s not for everyone (nor is carrying the additional $30-$40+ monthly fee for the service). Once again, this is something we make sure to call out with each review — Keep an eye out for the number of “built-in programs” in our reviews. That’s what you’re able to use straight from the machine without any internet connectivity or subscriptions.