If you are shopping for exercise equipment on a budget, you may be considering a manual treadmill. Manual treadmills are less expensive -- most cost under two hundred dollars -- and more space-efficient than their motorized counterparts. The fact that you must use leg power to move the belt ensures you will get a quality walk or run. However, manual treadmills tend to be less stable and more cumbersome for you to control pace and incline. To minimize these shortcomings, you should consider the size of the deck—it should be long enough to accommodate your stride length—as well as the maximum weight capacity. If possible, practice walking and running on the treadmill before purchasing to ensure your comfort with the machine.
Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill
This treadmill has a 17-inch wide, 42-inch long deck—among the longest of manual treadmills—and a 250lb weight capacity, making it a good choice if you are taller and heavier. It measures 46.5 by 43.5 by 26 inches (W x H x D) when fully assembled and weighs 56 pounds, but it folds up for convenient storage. Other features include 2 incline settings, a slip-resistant running surface, and a battery-operated monitor that tracks distance, speed, workout time, and calories burned. The double flywheel provides smooth resistance. It is backed by a one-year warranty on the frame and a 90-day warranty on parts.
Weslo Cardiostride Plus Manual Treadmill
Like the InMotion II, the Cardio Stride Plus has a 250-lb weight capacity and folds easily for storage. Two key features of the Cardio Stride Plus is its easy-to-read LCD screen with a Step-by-Step feedback console for monitoring workouts and has three different incline settings between 13-20 percent. It is less expensive than the InMotion II; however, the Weslo only has a 90-day warranty on parts and labor.
Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill
This Phoenix manual treadmill is another good choice if you are a taller, heavier user, as it has a 41.5-inch long belt and a weight capacity of 250 lbs. However, the belt is narrower than the Stride II — 13.5 inches on the Phoenix versus 17 inches on the Stride II — which may lead to a feeling of instability in some individuals. The Easy-Up also features a single-button electronics display that tracks speed, distance, time, and calories burned, and folds up for easy storage. Phoenix offers a 90-day warranty on parts and a one-year warranty on the frame.
Cory Everson Manual Treadmill
The Cory Everson has the same length belt as the Stride II, but is only 13 inches wide and has a lower weight capacity — 220 pounds — than its previously mentioned competitors. Key features of the Cory Everson include a cushioned deck for shock absorption, LCD display computer that shows time, speed, distance, and calories burned, protective wheel cover and belt covers, water bottle and holder, and folds up for storage. Unlike the Phoenix, the Cory Everson requires some self-assembly.
Elite Fitness Deluxe Manual Treadmill
The two weighted flywheels on this treadmill create smoother resistance as compared to those treadmills with only one flywheel. The rear incline adjustment provides two incline grades, and the treadmill has an electronic display providing information on your time, speed, distance, and calories burned. The treadmill has a weight capacity of 250 pounds.
Phoenix Denise Austin 98510 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill
Phoenix’s Denise Austin 98510 has similar features and the same one-year frame warranty as the 98516 at number three: it tracks your workout information on its electronics display, folds for storage and supports up to 250 lbs. It also comes with an instructional video and is about 25 dollars cheaper than the 98516.
Stamina InMotion T3000 Manual Treadmill
This manual treadmill is considerably less expensive than the InMotion II at number one; however, the shorter belt and lower weight capacity of the T3000 may compromise its value for larger users who need the additional size and stability. The belt is relatively wide at 17 inches, and it does offer two incline positions.
Sunny Manual Treadmill SF-T808M
The Sunny Manual Treadmill is relatively inexpensive and has many of the features of the other treadmills on this list: a 42-inch long by 13-inch wide running space, computer display showing speed, time, distance, and calories burned, anti-slip stickers on the side rails, and folds easily for storage. However, you must assemble this treadmill yourself, and its maximum weight capacity is lower than some of the other treadmills—220 pounds.
Roger Enterprises Manual Foldable Walking Treadmill
This treadmill from Roger Enterprises has 41.75-inch long by 13-inch wide belt, a computer that shows time, speed, distance, and calories burned, and is foldable. However, the single flywheel may not feel as smooth as a treadmill with a double flywheel, and the weight capacity is only 220 pounds.
Healiohealth Manual Folding Treadmill
This treadmill has a 42-inch long by 13-inch wide belt with a computer display, and is foldable. Unlike other manual treadmills, a combination of gravity and your walking action drive the mat, and therefore the steepest incline position actually makes it easiest to drive the mat with your feet. The weight limit is on the low side — 220 pounds — and the treadmill only has a 3-month limited warranty.