Last Updated on May 24, 2021 by Jeff
Let’s Get Started – Treadmill Review
The Avari A450-261 Adjustable Height Treadmill is the perfect machine for anyone who is looking for something fairly small that does not need a power source and can be folded up for storage when not in use. With zero motor, this treadmill can still give you a great workout and uses eight levels of magnetic resistance, plus the energy created by your own body. You will have to work harder than you would on an electric treadmill, so you may reach your goals even faster.
Lightweight and easy to assemble, you can pack this treadmill into a closet when you are done with it and save yourself on the space. Even if you leave it out, this is a pretty small machine that won’t eat up your entire floor.
- Height: 50”
- Width: 27”
- Length: 50.2”
- Item weight: 54 lbs
- Max user weight: 250 lbs
- Belt length: 41.75”
- Belt width: 12.5”
- 8 Levels of magnetic resistance with dual weighted flywheels. The resistance is created by your own power so the harder you work, the harder it becomes to work.
- 3 levels of incline from 8 degrees at the lowest to 5 degrees at the highest.
- Folding design is easy to move to one side, stash in a closet or behind a door.
- No motor to burn out, no electric needed. Move this treadmill out on a porch and workout in the fresh air even if you cannot run around the block.
- Battery operated monitor
- Tracks speed, distance, total distance, calories burned.
- Scan feature scrolls through all information
- Three buttons for easy operation
- Frame: 3 years
- Parts: 90 days
Shipping and Assembly
No matter where you buy your Avari-A450-261 Adjustable Height Treadmill, you want to get the best deal for yourself. For most people, that means looking for deals like free shipping or at least the option of having it shipped to a local store for fast and free pickup. Because it does not have a motor, this is a pretty light machine and should be easy enough to load and unload if this is what you need to do to get the best price. At under $200, this still falls within the lower price range for treadmills, even if you end up paying for shipping and handling.
Assembly is pretty simple with only a few bolts to tighten and a wiring harness that clicks in to place. The monitor’s batteries are easy to install and change, and the whole process should take the average person less than one hour to complete.
What We Love About this Avari Treadmill
Runs on Trainee Power
With a standard treadmill, you push a button and then trot along on a moving belt. With the Avari-A450-261 you trot along on a belt that only moves as fast as you move it. You want to go faster? You better dig deep and move those feet because you are the treadmill’s motor.
Running this way provides a much more intense workout. In fact, athletes often use an unplugged or turned off standard treadmill to train. They call it “deadmills,” and it forces them to put all-out effort in their routine. Add in the incline to increase the intensity even more.
Easy to Move and Store
At only 54 lbs, this folding treadmill is easy to move wherever you need it and can be stashed away in closets or wherever you need it to go in between workouts.
This is a tiny, tiny belt both in terms of overall length (41.25”) and in width (12.5”). For reference, the average Barbie doll is 11.5 inches tall. People with larger feet or with a spread-out gait will not be able to comfortably use this machine.
Ask a competitive level athlete about deadmill days and they’ll tell you it’s an intense workout. Now imagine that you are a beginner level trainee and you just bought this new treadmill to get your exercise plan started. Even at the lowest incline this can be a difficult thing to get started. Once you have the belt moving it does become easier, but finding your starting rhythm can be rough, especially if you are a beginner trainee.
How the Avari-A450-261 Adjustable Height Treadmill Compares to the Avari Magnetic Resistance Treadmill
Both models have adjustable, magnetic resistance. Both use the same style of monitor with the same metrics. Neither has a motor or uses electricity and both are pretty lightweight. But, the Avari Magnetic Resistance Treadmill is slightly smaller in all areas with the same size running belt at a higher price. No one is going to pay more for a treadmill with a belt this narrow when they can buy one for around $50 cheaper.
Final Word on the Avari-A450-261 Treadmill
As great as the concept is, there are some major drawbacks in the design and execution of this treadmill. A machine this small is probably going to appeal to people who live in smaller homes or apartments. It may also be what someone who is new to exercise is going to think they need. If they are not ready for how difficult it can be to move the belt, they may be frustrated and give up right away.
Even if everything else was perfect, there is still the problem of the super tiny belt. Trainees with average-sized feet are going to be stepping on themselves and potentially falling, and that’s with just average-sized feet. It is at the lower end price-wise, but a treadmill that cannot be safely and comfortably used is not a bargain at any price. There are much better options out there and it shows why it is super important to do your careful research and read all dimensions when shopping for any equipment.