Manual treadmills are called manual for a reason. That reason is because there’s no motor underneath the treadmill belt. The only motor is something called your legs.
There are very few choices when it comes to manual treadmills on the market. The two most popular ones are the Edge 500 manual treadmill and the Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill. This review compares the two treadmills.
Both treadmills are backed by a 90 day warranty on parts but the Phoenix 98516 Easy Up Manual treadmill does provide a one year warranty on the frame. In terms of size, they’re quite similar with the Edge 500 measuring at 47*50*23 and the Phoenix 98516 measuring at 46*50*21. In other words, in terms of space usage, they’re nearly identical.
In terms of weight and weight capacity, you really have to wonder how they expect to support users up to 250 pounds as they claim when the machine itself is less than 100 pounds. Both the Phoenix 98516 treadmill and the Edge 500 treadmill are after all, just manual treadmills so you really can’t be expecting the sky from them. It’s safe to assume that if the user is over 200 pounds, either of these treadmills are better off not being bought.
The main advantage that manual treadmills have over motorized treadmills is how safe they are. If you’re nowhere near the weight capacity of the machine, then you can exercise safely since the treadmill stops as soon as you stop. There’s no fear of flying off the running surface.
The Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual treadmill features the ability to fold upright and allows you to store it away. This is especially handy for those that have limited space. The Edge 500 manual treadmill however, features 3 levels of incline. This incline feature is something the Phoenix manual treadmill doesn’t have.
The bottom line is that if you’re buying a manual treadmill, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. When motorized treadmills are selling for anywhere from $400 to $4000, you should reconsider the quality of a manual treadmill especially since it’s only worth a little more than a $100.Quick Links :
Phoenix 98516 Manual Treadmill
Edge 500 Manual Treadmill