Treadmills with built-in LCD monitors or TVs are becoming more popular for those in the market to make a purchase for their homes or fitness centers. When choosing the best treadmill with TV, it is important to consider spending budget, exercise space, and body size. You may also be interested in extra features, which can both enhance your — or your customers' — workouts and affect your bottom line.
When purchasing a treadmill with TV, expect to spend no less than $1,000 USD for new or $500 USD for a used model. Manufacturers build a 7-inch TV screen onto the basic model, which can more than double the price of the treadmill alone. These are flat screens with goal-oriented workout programs that are compatible with iPods and other mp3 devices. Note that not all treadmill TV screens will stream television and movies.
Higher-end models can cost over $7,000 USD and can include integrated 17-inch LCD screens or larger. These models offer both workout goal programs and entertainment options on the screen and run at up to 12 mph (19 kph). Incline adjustment is also an option on midrange to high-end models.
The cheapest way to obtain a treadmill with TV is via rummage sale or an online trade site, such as Craigslist, where price negotiation is possible. Here, sellers are more ready to release their items at lower prices. Buying used from an independent seller can save purchasers more than half of what they would pay at a retail outlet. You can, however, find the newest, top-of-the-line models at major sporting good outlets and online. Shipping is commonly free on significant purchases.
Also, consider exercise space when purchasing a treadmill with TV. Cheaper models are usually smaller and fit easier in closer quarters. Larger models work well if the buyer is looking to fill a fitness center. In this scenario, bulk discounts are almost always possible for treadmills with TVs.
If the buyer, or exerciser, is a larger person, note that smaller treadmills have thinner runways and can make exercise more dangerous if the user is running at faster speeds with longer strides. Lower-end models, while serviceable for the average user, may not stand up to the vigorous use it may have to endure in a fitness center. When spending over $3,000 USD on a treadmill with TV, you are likely to get a larger runway and an LCD screen between 13 and 17 inches.