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Treadmill With TV - What To Know Before You Buy

Mar 21, 2008
Looking for a treadmill with TV? If you've been to a health club lately, you've probably seen the latest rage in treadmills - built-in TVs.

The demand for treadmills with TVs is skyrocketing and the good news is that you don't have to pay a commercial treadmill price just to get a built in TV.

However, there are some things you should be aware of before you go looking for a treadmill with built in TV.

There are 2 main types of TV treadmills. The first has a television built directly into the console. The second has a TV attached separately to the console that sits above it (more in line with your eyes).

The first version of treadmills usually have smaller screens (around 7-12 inches) and are the more affordable options (these treadmills can range from $1000 - $1500).

The second version comes with larger screens (around 15 inches) and are similar to the design you see in health club treadmills. They are usually more expensive ($2500+) and harder to find in a home treadmill - but they're still out there and will probably become more affordable in time.

There are advantages and disadvantages to each.

Built into the console TV treadmills are much more affordable. You can choose to watch your program and track your workout statistics (Time, MPH, Incline, etc.) at the same time, or you can just choose to watch TV. However the downside is that on some machines - if the TV breaks it can sometimes render the treadmill useless - not always, but sometimes. Another downside is that if you're doing heavy running - especially on the cheaper units - the screens may shake or wobble a bit.

Separate TV treadmills are more expensive however the screens are larger and usually the TV can be removed easily for repair without disrupting the treadmills operation. Also, because of the subframe design, even if you're doing heavy running, the screen will not shake or wobble.

Almost all TV treadmills come with some type of built in speaker system and many of them also allow you to listen to your iPod of mp3 player as well. They come cable and DVD ready. Regardless of which type of treadmill with TV you choose, one thing you do want to consider is the warranty coverage on the TV (i.e. the electronics warranty). Obviously the longer the better. If you're concerned about it, you can also usually buy extra warranty coverage on checkout.

Also, a TV is a great feature to have - but it's not essential. Make sure your treadmill has the essentials of a high quality machine first like a strong motor power, excellent cushioning, high stability, lengthy warranty, etc. Then the other features are icing on the cake. Another alternative to a TV treadmill is to just buy a well-built treadmill and then set it up in front of your TV - it may not look as cool but it's what people have been doing for years.

So those are a few things to know before you buy a treadmill with TV. Hopefully it will save you some time and help you to find your best treadmill option.
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Vienna Miller writes for Treadmill Comparison - offering easy treadmill comparison charts & treadmill reviews. For an easy way to compare TV treadmills visit the Treadmill with TV page
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