When looking at the features and accessories available today, motorized treadmills will likely be at the top of your list. As they have become more popular, treadmills that include an electric motor for speed and acceleration have become more affordable. There are many different types of motors available for both manual and motorized treadmills. Although the benefits of having a motorized treadmill can certainly be worth the initial investment, the disadvantages can often outweigh the benefits. Here are some of the main disadvantages to consider when deciding on a motorized treadmill:
* Speed and acceleration – The speed and acceleration of motorized treadmills can vary greatly from one model to the next. With a manual (non-motorized) treadmill you generally push the deck with your own body weight. With a motorized treadmill, you either keep pace as your treadmill motor speeds up, or you stay still as the treadmill belt moves the deck for you.
* Calories burned – A motorized treadmill will generally not allow you to vary the incline of the deck, which limits your workouts and makes for poor calorie burning. Even a manual treadmill will allow you to vary the incline. The lower the incline, the more calories burned. As a result, many people prefer the ease and less stress of using a motorized treadmill.
* Weight capacity – While most people would classify a treadmill as being a moderate to heavy use machine, many manual treadmills are only rated on the number of calories burned. Often this is ignored and consumers assume that a higher number of calories burned indicates a better quality motorized treadmill. However, this can lead to inefficiency in the motor and a lack of quality parts. This is not the case with motorized treadmills, which allows them to offer a more comfortable ride. Some people do not enjoy running because of the discomfort of using a belt that is very heavy.
* Durability – An important feature that a motorized treadmill must have is its durability. A treadmill made from quality materials should be able to last for many years while remaining durable during use. A study found that a motorized treadmill was as durable as a manual treadmill and that the difference in quality was only slight.
* Versatility – While motorized treadmills tend to cost more up front, they often prove to be much more versatile in the long run. This is because they offer a wide range of workout options. A manual treadmill usually only offers one or two and may only offer some of the features that are available with a motorized treadmill. A motorized treadmill will allow the consumer to mimic running outside, jogging or walking when needed and also provides a full body workout. Some manual treadmills do not have heart monitors and other functions that can add to the price.