How to Find a Cheap Treadmill

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If you like to run for exercise, the CDC suggests that you jog for at least 75 minutes a week to meet your recommended cardio requirements. But if jogging outside isn’t viable for you, a treadmill is the perfect way to get some cardio in the comfort of your own home. However, the cost of this fitness machine can be a real obstacle, especially if you’re on a budget. A good treadmill can range anywhere from $500 – $1500. It’s a good thing you can often find cheap treadmills locally or through online resellers. After you’ve found one that’s affordable, if you’re buying it used, you’ll need to evaluate its condition so that you can be certain you’re investing in a worthy machine.


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How to Find a Cheap Treadmill

Inquire at your local gym(s). Gyms frequently phase out old equipment with newer models. However, you should be especially wary when evaluating a machine you’re interested in buying from a gym. These treadmills are frequently used, and may not be worth the investment.

  • Even if your gym isn’t currently selling treadmills, they may be upgrading soon. Ask if the gym is planning on selling any in the near future, and mention that you’re interested.

How to Find a Cheap Treadmill

Look for treadmills at moving, rummage, or yard sales. Treadmills can be a pain to move, making them popular items in moving sales. Additionally, unused treadmills are fairly common rummage or yard sale items, making these places ideal for your hunt for a cheap treadmill.

  • As an added bonus, many of these treadmills are lightly used. This means the machine will be more likely to be in good condition.


How to Find a Cheap Treadmill

Check classified adds in your local paper. Brand new, treadmills are quite expensive. Many individuals try to recuperate this cost by selling their treadmill directly to an interested buyer. The classified adds of your local paper(s) will provide you with details to contact people like this.

  • It may be some time before you see a listing in the classifieds for a treadmill that suits your preferences. It helps to be patient when using the classifieds.
  • Buying directly from another individual also gives you a chance to negotiate the price of the treadmill. This could further lower the cost.

How to Find a Cheap Treadmill

Investigate sports/exercise equipment resale stores. There are many national and local stores like these, and you may be able to find an affordably priced treadmill at one. However, these stores can be hit or miss. Since it’s a resale store, you’ll have to wait until someone sells a treadmill to the store.

  • Treadmills are popular self-improvement gifts that are frequently sold to these kinds of stores. It’s highly likely that a treadmill will be sold at one.
  • If there are no treadmills that meet your preferences, ask the clerk when you should stop by next. New shipments usually happen on a regular schedule.

How to Find a Cheap Treadmill

Visit thrift stores to find cheap treadmills. Many treadmill sellers wishing to forego the hassle of actually selling their machine will donate it to charity. These treadmills are then sold at an associated thrift store, like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and so on.

  • Much like other resellers, you may have to visit regularly before a treadmill that suits your preferences arrives.


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How to Find a Cheap Treadmill

Find cheap treadmills on auction sites. Online auction sites will offer you a tremendous array of treadmills to choose from. However, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to do a physical check of the machine beforehand, which means there is a higher risk of buying a defective treadmill.

  • Shipping can be quite expensive, as treadmills are quite heavy. To cut down shipping costs, only buy from local sellers.

How to Find a Cheap Treadmill

Connect with sellers through online classifieds. These function much like newspaper classifieds, putting you directly in touch with the seller. Depending on the individual, you may even be able to negotiate a better price.

  • Visiting the seller in person to evaluate the treadmill will help prevent you from buying a worn out machine.
  • When visiting a seller in person, be sure you inform friends and family where you’re going first. This way, if an emergency arises, someone will know where you are.

How to Find a Cheap Treadmill

Peruse flash-sale websites. Some websites have special arrangements with manufacturers where overstocked items will be sold for a reduced price on the site. You may have to visit these sites frequently before a treadmill that suits your tastes is posted to one.

  • Flash-sales often happen fast and go out of stock quick. You’ll need to keep a close eye on flash-sale sites if you hope to get the deal in time.


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How to Find a Cheap Treadmill

Prioritize highly rated models from trusted brands. Lower quality models generally have a shorter life expectancy, so buying one of these used is less than ideal. Beyond that, trusted brands develop their reputation through the strength of their products, so it’s more likely one of these will hold up better than a no-name brand.

  • Some highly regarded models include: AFG, Gold’s Gym, Horizon, Landice, Life Span, Livestrong, NordicTrack, PaceMaster, Precor, Proform, Sole, and Vision.
  • If you find it difficult to choose the best brands to hunt for, you might ask a person at your gym who is knowledgeable about treadmills.

How to Find a Cheap Treadmill

Learn the history of the machine. History matters a great deal when buying a used treadmill. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about its usage, how well it runs, and features the seller liked and disliked. After all, even with a good deal, it’s likely you’ll be investing a good chunk of money in this purchase.

  • Generally, ask questions to find out how much the treadmill has been used. The less it’s been used, the better, as this means there will be less wear and tear on the machine.

How to Find a Cheap Treadmill

Test out the treadmill. Since you’ll be running on the treadmill for exercise, it only makes sense to give it a test run before you buy it. But first, be sure to ask sellers if they’d mind you giving it a spin. If a seller refuses you a test run, this is a huge red flag and you may want to consider buying a different machine.

  • Avoid hopping on and hopping off the treadmill. This won’t give you an adequate experience. Give it at least 5 to 10 minutes to see how to it feels.
  • Make sure the treadmill has speed and incline options so you can get more versatile workouts.

How to Find a Cheap Treadmill

Locate wear and tear. Look the treadmill over from top to bottom and front to back. Pay close attention to anything that looks broken, cracked, or worn out. This could be evidence that the treadmill was dropped or mishandled, which could harm its internal performance.

  • The most important feature when looking for wear and tear is the belt. If you notice fraying, tears, or if it looks worn out, seriously consider a different model.
  • Cosmetic damage, like a chipped cup holder, won’t effect the performance of your machine very much, but you could use it to help negotiate the price even lower.



  • Used treadmills rarely have warranties or guarantees. If your machine needs repair in the future, it can be quite expensive. Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • Manuals aren’t frequently included with used treadmills. You can, however, usually find this information on the manufacturer’s website. Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • Taller people often require a more expensive treadmill, as these are generally more accommodating for variable length strides. Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0


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