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Don’t forget to check ceiling and treadmill deck height before making a purchase

One of the most overlooked aspects of buying a treadmill is height.

  • What’s the height of the treadmill deck from floor to the top of the belt?
  • What’s the height of the ceiling above your treadmill?
  • And, of course, how tall is the user (don’t forget to measure your height with your shoes on)?

We’ve heard lots of regrettable tales over the years of people who take the time to buy a treadmill, get it set up and then realize they’re too tall to walk or run on it due to a low ceiling height.

Many people have ceiling heights at or below 7-feet and that can be an issue for users who are big and tall – 6-foot or over.

Not many treadmill review sites discuss required ceiling heights for treadmills. It starts with knowing the “step up height” for a treadmill. 

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Big Guy Treadmill Review has “ceiling height” covered, too, as part of our incredibly in-depth, extensive project.

We measured the step up heights and here they are: 3G Cardio Elite Runner (7.5 inches), Pelton Tread 3500 (8), 3G Cardio Pro Runner (6.5), Life Fitness Club 95T (10), Bowflex T10 (10), OMA 6134EAI (8), 3G Cardio 80i Fold Flat (5.5), Echelon Stride (5 1-4), Life Fitness T3 Track (6.5) and Nordic Track Commercial 1750 (10).

A person will get shorter on a treadmill the faster they walk or run because their knees bend and their legs spread.

If you are really short on ceiling height, the 3G Cardio 80i Fold Flat Treadmill has the lowest step-up height at just 5.5 inches. That means your feet are closer to the floor and you’ll be farther away from the ceiling than on most other treadmills. Those few inches the 3G Cardio 80i Fold Flat Treadmill saves can make all the difference

Big Guy Treadmill reviews gave the 3G Cardio 80i Treadmill a Best Buy Award and is really worth checking out, especially if you have a small workout room.

It’s popular for people who want a treadmill in their office, garage, small apartment, RV, yacht or boat or wherever else space is at a premium.

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The 3G Cardio 80i has twice been named Consumer Reports “recommended buy” and received various other awards along the way.  After testing out all the other treadmill brands, most of which we have never set foot on before, we came to one big conclusion about the 80i.

It has one of the best feeling suspensions we have ever tried.  The only way to describe it is that is absorbs your impact but does not bounce or spring back.  Now if you watch the video, the treadmill certainly looks like it bounces a bit (when you stick Big Mike on it at 298lbs) but it does not feel that way.  Almost as if the 80i Fold Flat Treadmill simply “deadens” the impact.  It really has a nice all around feel.

Of course, being a small, fold flat treadmill it does lose some of the stability of bigger machines and it has a very basic upper display. It has clunky program operations for any things other than a manual program.  While it may not be the sexiest treadmill in the bunch, it certainly holds its own for performance and feel.

The dual-folding feature is nice, but this is still a very heavy duty treadmill and not super easy to slide around.  It is a good idea to buy some furniture slide discs to put underneath the frame in the even you want to move the treadmill around.