Shopping for treadmills is sure to bring up a question or two. Fortunately, FitRated as put together a list of some of the most common frequently asked questions to hopefully answer all of your questions. Of course, like always, you can also contact us directly if you did not find the answer below.

Treadmill FAQ…

What is the major difference between folding and non-folding treadmills?

Folding treadmills are great for storage and consumers who lack a lot of floor space but sometimes sacrifice features for this coveted spec. Non-folding treadmills, meanwhile, usually have more features and are usually more stable. Almost all “commercial” treadmills are non-folding but that does not mean all folding treadmills are inferior. It just depends on personal needs in terms of balancing space and features/specs.

What does “CHP” mean when you refer to a motor?

It stands for “continious horse power”. The vast majority of treadmills sold these days are equipped with a CHP motor so rarely is it a concern but CHP motors are considered to be fairly quiet and more effective than its predecesors.

Is a $3,000 treadmill really that much better when compared to a $499 treadmill?

Of course. Basically like any other product on the market you get what you pay for. High-end treadmills feature industry leading specs and all the hottest features. They are also built-to-last and usually are backed by outstanding warranties. However, that is not to say that “budget” treadmills will not be appropriate for certain consumers. It’s all a matter of personal opinion and what you can afford.

What are the dimensions of an average running surface?

In 2010 we witnessed a lot of treadmills equipped with a 20″ x 55″ deck while a few were slightly smaller or slightly larger. Most users will find the 20″ x 55″ running surface to be adaquate.

What is the difference between LCD and LED?

LCD stands for “liquid crystal display” while LED is short for ”light-emitting diode”. Both are common forms of display for 21st century treadmills. Generally, LCD or LED screens are used to display crucial information and/or personal data about the workout.


  1. June 1, 2011

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  2. Kay Chmielewski
    January 23, 2013

    We recently purchased the SOLE F85 and are going to use it in our basement on a hard concrete floor…… do we need to put a treadmill mat underneath it?


  3. Kyle
    January 24, 2013

    Hi Kay,

    Great choice! My wife and I love our F85.

    If it will be on a concrete floor, I would recommend a treadmill mat to reduce impact and noise.

    Have a great day!

  4. Kay chmielewski
    January 25, 2013

    Thank you for response! Your website is great! It really helped us with our purchase!

  5. Duane
    February 15, 2013

    We have a three year old 9.35HR. It iss probably time to lubricate the belt and other maintence that needs to be completed. Can you direct me to the guide that will tell what and how? Thank you for your help.

  6. Kyle
    February 15, 2013

    Hi Duane,

    I just looked it up, and here’s what the 9.35HR manual says about it:

    “The walking belt has been pre-lubricated at the factory. However, it is recommended that the running deck be checked periodically for lubrication to ensure optimal treadmill performance. Your treadmill should not have to be lubricated usually within the first 400 hours of use.

    Every 2 months of operation lift the sides of the walking belt and feel the top surface of the running deck as far as you can reach. If you feel signs of silicone, no further lubrication is required. If it feels dry to the touch, follow the instructions below.

    To apply lubricant under the walking belt:

    1. Position the walking belt so that the seam is located on top and in center of the walking board.
    2. Insert the spray nozzle into the spray head of the lubricant can.
    3. While lifting the side of the walking belt, position the spray nozzle between the walking belt and the board approximately 6″ from the front of the treadmill and as far to the center as possible. Apply the silicone spray to the walking board, moving from the front of the treadmill to the rear. Repeat this on the other side of the belt. Spray approximately 1/4 bottle (supplied with treadmill) each time.

    Allow the silicone to “set” for 1 minute before using the treadmill.”

    If you don’t have the original lubrication that came with the treadmill, here’s a good one.

    Have a good day!

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