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Folding treadmills are great when you have limited amount of space to put a treadmill in. In general,
treadmills can be very large, and in some cases very heavy. They also tend to have a large footprint. Especially
the ones made for running on. To be able to run on a treadmill, the top surface, or belt size needs to be bigger
, longer really. So then they take up even more room. Also, if people have longer legs, they will need one that
is a little big longer. All those little bits add up, and you end up with a big treadmill taking up all
the space in a room that you also need for other things.
With a folding treadmill, you can just fold it up when you are done, and put it someplace out of the way. Keep in mind
that even when they are folded up, they are still kind of big, they don't fold up into some teeny little space. Much
smaller than when they are not folded though.
Many of the different popular brands of treadmills make some models that fold up. Many times on their web site they will
also tell you how much space the treadmill takes up when it is folded too, so you can plan where you will store it when
you are not using it ahead of time.
If you decide to buy one in a store in person, not only can you measure it, but you can also try folding and unfolding
it. This is especially important if someone who will be using or putting away the treadmill is a smaller sized person,
some are not so easy to fold up or unfold.
Sole makes some really great folding treadmills. Their treadmills are used in many hotels, and as they say on their
web site, they needed to be made so that they could be folded up easily. They are a good choice for a folding treadmill.
Also, they make sure that theirs are as strong as those that don't fold.
I've noticed that many of the really expensive treadmills do not seem to be folding ones. Not sure why this is.
My best guess is that they figure if a person has enough money to be able to afford the really expensive ones, they
probably have enough money to also have a house that is big enough that they wouldn't need to fold it to create more
space. But that's just a guess!
One more thing to keep in mind, with so many treadmills being the kind that fold, don't assume they all do, and make
sure to check or ask before buying!
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