Cheers Debra! I appreciate your first point about trying machines but it is a real issue for us here, hence the post. We have been using that website to read up, do you or anyone else know of and recommend any others? Good to hear about your Horizon machine as well. Thank you.
apologies for starting posting with a "typical" question. BUT after getting fit again over the last few years, starting on Gym treadmills, then running outside, we have come to a point where we realise we probably do need to buy a treadmill for home in order to keep on top of fitness due to remote location, and life/work commitments.
What are people's experience of machines in our price bracket, especially the functionality and reliability of the two listed?
As I said above, I have been trying to research all the options over quite a few weeks, have set a notional budget of £600 (not including delivery which is likely to be high in our location. We are notwell off, but based on the frequent advice that, within reason, we will get the best the more we spend) read as many forums and reviews as we can find, have experience of commercial machines, but we live in a remote island location off the north coast of Scotland so really cannot get access to any domestic machines to try them out.
I/we are open to any suggestions/recommendations but my research so far seems to point to good reviews for the Reebok machine being well built for price but the Nordictrack model having the "whistles and bells" attraction of iFiT to keep us interested over the long winter nights! Real life experience comments welcome on these two or other models (even if it is just trying them in the shop).
(As far as suitability for us personally goes: I am male, the heavier but medium-fit doing 10Ks and aiming at half marathons, 13st 10lb, my wife would be looking for more general/slower fitness regimes. So, we expect it to be used 4-10 times a week for 0.5-1.5 hour sessions. We have 10 and 13 year old sons that might be interested in using it.)