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Kristen - Guru Team

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  1. At 250lbs, you may find the City L6 or Echelon Stride to have limited cushioning and deck space. The Sole F63 is still a good budget option and folds up to reduce floor space when you're finished. Sole is consistently one of our top recommended brands due to their structural integrity and quality build. They don't have many of the bells and whistles of Nordictrack treadmills, but they last forever. If you have the budget and space for it, check out the F63 or F80 - either would be a great option! 

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  2. Nordictrack doesn't currently have any models on their website listed for under $1000. You can find some from private retailers, but if $1000 is your budget, we recommend looking at the ProForm treadmills. They are also made by ICON fitness and feature iFit content. The ProForm Carbon T10 is a great option - as part of ProForm's Plus program, you can get the treadmill free if you sign up for iFit for three years. The Carbon T7 is also a good budget option. It's priced right at $1000. The Sole F63 is also $1000 and one of their most popular models. Below $1000, you run into quality issues, so we don't recommend many treadmills below that price point. The ProForm City L6 is a compact folding option and the Horizon T101 is another budget option. But do lots of research on any treadmill priced under $1000 - it's murky waters in that price range. 

  3. The Sole F63 is a good option. It has a low step up height and is still usable even when fully inclined. A lot of it depends on the actual height of your ceiling. We recommend adding 6-12" to the height of your tallest user at the maximum incline to account for bounce while running. That will give you the best idea of which models will actually fit. 

  4. Based on your size and intended usage, we'd recommend one of the Nordictrack Commercial treadmills. The 1750, 2450, or 2950 are all excellent treadmills for running. Nordictrack has lots of detractors who love to bag on the brand - but truly, these three treadmills feature the best cushioning of any model we've used. The Sole F80 or Sole F85 are also good options. They are much simpler, don't off the same subscription content, and the console is a bit dated - but functionally, they're excellent. Depending on your budget and space parameters, we recommend starting with these options and narrowing it from there. Let us know if you have any other questions! 

  5. Yes - it will support that usage just fine. You may find the cushioning to be a bit less than on more expensive treadmills. At 200lb, you're right around where that cushioning begins to make a big difference. If you have the budget, maybe take a look at the Sole F80 or F85. They have roughly the same functionality, but they do provide more cushioning and a larger motor. But - you can't really go wrong with any Sole treadmill. They are all well-built. 

  6. The Elite 5750 is a special model designed just for Sears. We haven't had a chance to test that one in person. The 1750 is Nordictrack's top selling treadmill and kind of the best all-around treadmill for the price. Depending on the price of the 5750, we'd recommend investing in the 1750 unless you are able to save tons of money. The lower-priced treadmills do tend to lack some cushioning and don't have the same structural integrity as the Nordictrack Commercial line.  

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  7. I prefer the Nordictrack 1750 over the Sole F80. While some people love subscription content and others don't want to pay for it, you are getting a quality treadmill either way on the 1750 - and you don't have to pay for a subscription if you don't want it. Training for a half-marathon will require lots of time on the tread, and the 1750 has more cushioning as well. There's nothing wrong with the Sole F80 - it's a great treadmill. It's just a bit simpler and has less cushioning than the 1750. Let us know what you decide! 

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  8. To be honest, you don't really notice. Because you are running and moving, the bounce of the screen isn't overly distracting. In fact, I notice it much more when I'm off the treadmill watching someone else run, than when I'm on it running myself. I wouldn't rule the Tread out due to that issue. 

  9. Hey Sonia, 

    We agree that "dancing" on the bike is not always in line with what cycling is designed to be 🙂 I love the Bowflex C6 bike for a simple, durable cycling experience. It's kind of the perfect combination of features: It has 100 digital resistance levels; it's quiet; it's easy to ride; the digital computer seems accurate and provides a read out of all necessary metrics; it's well priced; it doesn't include a touchscreen or require subscription content. In my opinion, it's the best bike for the money if you are looking for a non-subscription based option. Let us know if you have any other questions! Regards, Kristen 


  10. The ProForm R10 is a great option! It's a great all-around rower with preset magnetic resistance levels and a nice 10" touchscreen. We find it to be the perfect balance of features for a great price (esp. if you got it through the Plus+ program). Let us know what you think about it! We'd love follow-up info! 

  11. We recommend clipping it wherever is most convenient for you. I try to find a spot on my clothing where it doesn't get caught and accidentally come detached - but will still stop the belt if I step off. There's no specific rule as to where you should place it. Just find an area of clothing that works best for you. 

  12. It depends on your price range. A great budget option is the Horizon T101. It is very simple and basic, with limited functionality. But it's small and usually priced right around $600, so it's affordable. The Sole F63 is another great option. It's heartier and has impressive durability. You only get a handful of preloaded programs, but it's a nice option at right around $1000. Any running treadmill can be used for walking. If you have sensitive joints, the Nordictrack x32i is a great option. But it's expensive and doesn't fold up, so a lot of it depends on your budget and what you're looking for. 

  13. The decline setting is more for active recovery, gentle downhill training, and strengthening your knees and quads for balanced conditioning. However, it obviously is not as challenging as running on an incline. Some treadmills offer it to provide increased training variables and it does provide a nice recovery after a long, hard run. But it certainly isn't going to change your overall conditioning like running uphill. 

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  14. The calibration process is slightly different for each treadmill. That information will either be in the manual or you can ask customer care about it when you purchase the machine. Most treadmills come pre-calibrated, so only a few will need this service. Treadmill maintenance is highly impacted by your local humidity, how often a treadmill is used, and the ambient temperature of where it is placed. For example, if you have a treadmill in a cold, damp basement or garage, it will probably need to be lubricated more often than if it's indoors in a temperature-controlled room. 

  15. Hey Sunshine, 

    When you get under $1000, treadmill quality tends to decrease. However, there are a few options. I'd start with the Horizon T101. It's inexpensive but a good starting treadmill. 

    Typically, treadmill speakers are sub-par at best. Most people use Bluetooth headphones. However, for overall sound quality we'd probably recommend the Peloton Tread or Nordictrack x22i. The speakers on both these treadmills are better than lower-priced models. 

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  16. Ellipticals are gentler on your knees and joints in general. Since your foot stays connected to the elliptical pedal at all times, there's little to no impact or jarring with each step. Many ellipticals also include adjustable pedal height so you can modify the angle of the pedal based on your height (we highly recommend looking for a model with this feature - it reduces toe numbness that often occurs with elliptical use). Ellipticals are also quieter - but tend to take up a bit of space, so verify your ceiling height, and make sure you have enough area in your room. 

  17. Non-folding treadmills tend to be sturdier and can offer a few features you won't find on a folding treadmill. For example, non-folding treadmills often have the motor at the base of the deck rather than the top. Since you don't need to lift and fold a non-folding treadmill, it doesn't matter where the motor is located. This reduces the size of the motor hood on the front. Incline trainers such as the Nordictrack x22i or x32i have little to no motor hood. The same is true of manual treadmills such as the Assault Runner Elite. Non-folding treadmills can often be longer and/or larger since they don't need to fold up. The Nordictrack x32i is 22" wide and 65" long - compared to most folding treadmills which are 20-22" wide and max out at about 60" long. 

    If you have the space and budget, we recommend non-folding treadmills since they are heavier and studier. Just be aware they can take up quite a bit of space and are difficult to move. 

  18. Sole treadmills are sturdy and well-built. They feature a full lifetime warranty on the frame. You should be fine with 4-5 days of use on the Sole F63. Ongoing maintenance includes lubricating and adjusting the belt when needed. You should keep it free of dust and debris that can get caught in the rollers, and maybe cover it if you store it in a cold location (garage, basement, etc.). Otherwise, there isn't much maintenance unless you have a specific repair that is needed. We'd expect a Sole treadmill to last close to 10 years if treated correctly. 

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