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.