Tip #1: Buy a reputable brand. If you don’t see it in a large fitness centre, there is probably a reason. Companies change products every year and its best to research products before making a big decision on a product that hasn’t been around or you don’t have access to parts or service easily.
Tip #2: Look for good warranty, parts and labour. Make sure company that sells product has service company that takes care of product and is certified in the products they sell. Its best to find out if the company stocks basic parts for their products as well to minimize downtime if your machine does have any issues.
Tip #3: Cost versus quality. There is no way to compare cost as every manufacturer has different models and options just as purchasing a vehicle would. But again, research the costs of service and parts before making choices because even if product looks good or salesperson says it’s the best, parts and service can be quite expensive if the product you choose doesn’t hold up.
Tip #4: Low end product problems. The biggest thing I see is people buying a “fantastic” treadmill for example for their home and it not feeling like their machine at the gym they use, and then not using it. The very low end machines, don’t feel like “real” machines and people seem to get discouraged easier on them. A larger person if the machine is used on a regular basis, will typically find the machine will have a tougher time, especially treadmills, running normal or keeping up to speed.
Tip #5: The long and short of purchasing equipment is you get what you pay for typically. Every company has different features and different feels to the equipment. Make sure you like how it feels, the movements it does and it has the features you want. Buying a higher end machine with longer warranty and making sure that there are certified technicians to take care of you if you have any problems is a must.