I was recently contacted by Reviews.com, a research team dedicated to finding the truth behind products, about their research into treadmills. The team had gathered data on sixty five treadmills designed for a living room and not a gym. Whilst I am not a treadmill user, I know others are, and I was thus keen to share the article as it includes some very good points and possibly could help make the machine have a little less 'dread' for others.
The key points identified by the Reviews.com team were that when choosing which treadmill is best for you it is important to ask: What is the treadmill like to run on and will it meet my individual needs? When selecting a treadmill you want to evaluate your options based on versatility, portability, and technology; you also want to aim to physically test each model. Since a runner's needs can vary from run to run (for example, some runs are longer distance and other runs might be shorter sharper efforts) keep these three key factors in mind: speed and incline, maximum weight, and running surface area. Shock absorption, the ergonomics of the running bed and controls, and overall comfort should also be considered. As an outdoor runner I particularly enjoyed the article's section on the difference between road running and treadmill running, which will help me think about my training should I ever find myself on the treadmill belt.
If you would like to take a look at Reviews.com full guide click here — their treadmill testers even began a marathon training program while they conducted their research.