Buying a treadmill is one of the best decisions you can make for your personal health. However, when shopping for one, you will be presented with two different types. Below, we will be going over what each is and some of the pros and cons associated with each.

Automatic vs. Manual Treadmill


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A manual treadmill is a treadmill that requires your own movement and the friction you create to move the belt. As a result, it will require a lot more effort to move the belt with a manual treadmill.


1. Better Workouts At Lower Speeds

Because you will need to move the belt manually, you will be able to achieve a much better and more effective workout even at lower speeds than with an automatic treadmill. An automatic treadmill doesn’t require any exertion on your part to move the belt. Instead, you expend energy trying to keep up with the speed in which you selected.

2. No Need For Power

With an automatic treadmill, you need to power it with electricity. You won’t need to do the same thing with a manual treadmill. Instead, your feet and effort will ‘power’ the treadmill. This can make it much easier for those that might not have an outlet where they have space for their treadmill or for those who want something more power-efficient.

3. It’s Safer

You are generally going to have a much safer treadmill when you have one that is manual. After all, the treadmill’s belt will cease moving as soon as you stop running or moving. Therefore, it has a built-in safeguard inherently in its design.

4. Cheaper

You are generally going to save a lot of money by going for a manual treadmill because they cost less to make. After all, they don’t require a motor which is what typically makes an automatic treadmill expensive. Also, because they won’t have a motor and motorized and moving parts, you won’t have the same maintenance costs.


1. More Stress On Your Joints

This is a major one for a lot of people. Treadmills are already harsh enough on your joints. If you invest in one that is manual, you will really strain your muscles and joints which can cause issues for many.

2. Features

You are not going to get the same features you would normally be able to expect on an automatic treadmill.

Automatic Treadmills:

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Automatic treadmills are powered by a motor that puts the treadmill’s belt in motion. Therefore, you set a speed and you work out by keeping up with it.


1. Less Joint Discomfort

You won’t have the same kind of joint discomfort because you won’t be responsible for keeping the belt moving.

2. Versatility

You can use automatic treadmills for a lot more use-cases. Therefore, it is much more versatile for those who want to use it to walk and run.

3. Features

You will find a lot more features with automatic treadmills.


1. Higher Cost

The main con associated with automatic treadmills is the high price tag. You can expect to pay a lot more for the privilege of having a motor in it.

2. Not As Safe

While there are built-in safeguard measures like a safety cord, they are never going to be as safe as a manual.

As you can see, there are plenty of pros and cons to each. Identify the type that offers you the most value for your money.