If budget is no object to you and you want to invest in a good treadmill brand then you should spend half an hour or so and do a little bit of research. Spend some time looking at reviews of Precor, Weslo, FreeMotion, Sole, Horizon, Nordictrack & Lifespan treadmills. These are the movers and shakers in the treadmill industry. Instead of heading out and spending your cash you should look for a reliable model.
To find this out read the reviews from previous owners. Most good treadmill review sites will have collated the information for you and presented it in a digestible format. Even if you have money to burn you won’t want to deal with the customer service with even some of the bigger brands. Getting through can be a nightmare with some brands, especially if they use a non-American base for their service dealings.
Then getting the company to admit liability and then pick up or repair your treadmill can take ages. You should look for a company with a proven track record of speedy repairs and replacements. Plus you should also look for a company that has a reliable product. True products can suddenly not switch on one day even if they were working fine the day before. If you find a company that treats it’s customers nicely you will get the mater resolved in a swift fashion.
Some treadmills have up to 7 year warranties on them. Look for the longest warranty possible and pay close attention to what is covered. Are electronics covered? Are part replacements covered? What about the motor? Most brands offer a lifetime on the frame as these are pretty indestructible anyway. You would have to take a sledgehammer to most to put a blemish on one and if you do you will have a hard time explaining that one to the underwriters!
If at all possible try out your treadmill before you buy it. Some have very good shock absorption systems on them but they are not comfortable to run on. You would think they have been designed as if they were a track car, very hard. Take a look at the running deck size, because luxury treadmills now have a running length of 60 inches and over. You need this if you have long strides and if you are particularly tall. If you don’t have this extra length on your treadmill you can feel like a squashed sardine as you take it for a run.