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    Choose the Right Treadmill for You

    June 10, 2020

    Buying and using a treadmill can be one of the most sensible health decisions you can make. As fitness professionals, we recommend treadmills more than any other piece of home exercise equipment. They are functional, easy to use, and when used correctly, provide an ideal way to burn calories, manage weight and strengthen, and enhance your cardiovascular system. But buyer beware! Since treadmills are the most extensive category in the fitness industry, there are more choices than any other fitness equipment. This is a mixed blessing. The following are important tips to make sure you maximize your investment and reach your goals.

    The shopping phase is the foundation to make sure that you choose wisely and protect your investment.

    Take your time.

    • Educate yourself by doing your homework first online
    • Start with a reputable dealer or website
    • Ask the hard questions mentioned below
    • Test the equipment thoroughly at a store or other site
    • Think long term for both your goals and other family members

    Shopping for Your Treadmill

    1. Consider your goalsand the goals of other potential exercisers in your home before you start your search. Most families will have more than one individual that will likely be using the equipment. For example, “under buying” or buying a low quality, underpowered treadmill that will be used by both a 130lb. and a 200lb. person is a common mistake.
    2. Start your shopping by researching onlineto find the equipment that interests you. Find out the top rated brands through rating websites, product reviews and more. You should visit the manufacturers’ websites and even their Facebook pages to see who is using their equipment. Often the best brands also make commercial equipment used in gyms and health clubs.
    3. Find out where you can purchase the equipmentonce you find a few companies and models that interest you. Most can be purchased online through the manufacturers’ websites or other shopping sites and through retail stores. For retail stores, better quality equipment is sold through specialty fitness retailers, not discount stores.
    4. Think about the level of service that you want.The highest level of service will come from a specialty fitness retailer. Purchasing online is often less expensive, but you will need to do more research beforehand about which products you want, and often have to assemble the equipment yourself when it arrives – though this varies by shopping sites.
    5. Authorized specialty fitness retailers.Make a list of local retailers who specialize in fitness equipment and which brands they carry. Many dealers exclusively sell certain brands. This is why it is important to do your research ahead of time. Specialty fitness dealers will likely have a more educated staff, higher quality equipment and the ability to assemble and service your product more effectively. Some have financing options.  Sometimes these dealers will also have relationships with personal trainers to help you start your program.
    6. Test the equipment. If you choose to purchase online, try to find a way to test the equipment through a friend, gym, spa or hotel. The best manufacturers often sell commercial products, so you can get a feel for their equipment somewhere else. Note that it isn’t really fair to retail sales staff for you to go into their store, take up their time then go purchase cheaper somewhere else.
    7. If you go to a store, be prepared to test the equipmentin the manner in which you will be using it. Almost any unit will feel and seem adequate if you walk on it for 5 minutes. It’s only when you begin to put a treadmill through its paces by adding incline, using different programs, or jogging on it that you will start to notice major differences in quality and comfort even vibration and noise. Plan on wearing comfortable exercise clothes and walking or jogging shoes. Don’t hesitate to spend 15-30 minutes testing the equipment. A good treadmill is a major investment. Take your time.

    Must Haves

    Easily navigable console and screen with a large digital readout.Ask yourself, “does the layout make sense?” A sales person should show you some basics like start and stop, but after the first several minutes, the buttons and console should make intuitive sense.

    Shock absorption system.This is a major “hook” for almost all treadmills now, but make note. When you walk fast or run, does the deck feel firm and stable, yet forgiving? It should not feel “soft” or spongy as this type of cushioning can create knee injuries in the long run and also wear out quickly. On the other side of the spectrum, you don’t want a treadmill that feels like you are running on asphalt. Look for a manufacturer that provides compelling, research-based, evidence on why their cushioning system works. Ask the salesperson why a manufacturer chose their cushioning and how it works. There should be some methodology in the system other than simply putting in rubber spacers or dampeners.

    In addition to cushioning, some treadmills even go so far as to make automated adjustments to belt speed in order to compensate for minor variations in foot speed during workouts – a technology that proposes to make your session more comfortable and easier on your body. A test workout at the store will help you determine if these features really improve your workout. Remember, anything that will make your workout more comfortable and easier to stick with is worth considering.

    Electronic Features.Many treadmills have a spectrum of features to lure buyers ranging from fans and interactivity, to displaying calories burned. Consider what is important to you and how you will use it. The key is to look for electronic features that are both motivating and challenging. Look for an electronic package that will grow with you as you progress and one that will accommodate the needs of other users in your home. As fitness professionals, some of the most effective features we’ve found include: interval programs, quick start functions, and specific user IDs that are customizable and can store past workouts to be used in the future.

    Adequate Motor.This has become one of the most confusing data points of all. Don’t be fooled by the “bigger is always better” rhetoric. In reality, a 2.0 and above continuous duty HP motor is sufficient for virtually any user if the other components are high quality (continuous duty is a measure of horsepower under regular anticipated use and is far more meaningful than “peak” horsepower).

    For example, a good cooling mechanism reduces heat on the motor and other key components – extending the life and wear on these parts. A large motor with a poor cooling mechanism makes for a bad combination that will likely result in premature wear and tear on parts as well as poor performance. Look at the treadmill as a system with matched components not just a unit with a “big” or “quiet” motor.

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    Programming and Motivation

    The basics from a fitness point of view are: elapsed time, distance, speed, and incline. Having a measure of calories burned can also be motivating for the right individuals. Consider what additional information or features will help keep you motivated day after day. No one can answer this for you.

    Think about what has worked for you in the past and what has not. Remember all that matters in the long term is whether or not you use the equipment day in and day out.

    Some of the most useful added features include:

    Heart Rate interactivity. Measuring your heart rate (HR) is the surest indicator of progress and proper intensity. Everyone has a target heart rate range they should work within. Too high and you risk injury. Too low and you won’t reach your goals. The best treadmills will actually adjust speed while measuring your heart rate to make sure that you stay within this range. You simply punch in the desired HR and the machine will respond accordingly throughout the workout. Look for a HR control that adjusts incline at a minimum. Adjusting both speed and incline may pose some concerns for users. Often on products that adjust both speed and incline, you cannot make manual adjustments. If you are feeling uncomfortable with the settings, you have to stop and get back in to the program. Incline-only HR programs allow for manual speed adjustments to keep you feeling safe and in control.

    Pre-set and custom programs.One of the leading reasons people quit a program is boredom. Having a treadmill that provides a myriad of programs will help keep a program fresh and full of variety. The ability to customize a program for your specific needs is also a great feature. Look for some research behind the programs.

    User Profile/ID. Separate user IDs that store data for individual users are ideal for families, husband and wife, or workout partners and are great for competing against others and yourself. The user IDs allow you to keep your own odometer, store a database of your workout information, and create custom courses based on your own personal preferences and goals. This is a great way to measure progress. The best treadmills will “remember” your workouts and even those of other users in your house. Look for the ability to store workouts for two or more users in order to duplicate them again.

    Ease of Use.In the world of personal training we have found over the years that many clients are intimidated or simply frustrated with the amount of features and buttons on a treadmill. It becomes another obstacle to regular exercise. The best treadmills keep it simple. Big green buttons mean go. Big red buttons mean stop. Emergency stops should be well labeled and it should take no more than 2 to 3 “button pushes” to launch a program. Look for a treadmill that has a manual or “quick start” mode as well as the programs described above. These modes require only 1-2 pushes of a button and you go. Basically, look for a treadmill that will do the thinking for you.

    Interval training.Interval training means periods of high intensity combined with periods of lower intensity – a very effective means of increasing fitness levels quickly. Look for programming that offers numerous options for interval training. A typical program operates on a one min rest, one min work interval set-up. The programming should be set up so that all you have to do is set the rest period one time and the work period one time and the machine takes over from there.

    Fitness test. This is a great tool for motivation and measuring progression. Essentially this is a pre-set program based on a scientific set of principles that “test” your fitness level at any given time. Essentially you launch the program and the program will take you through a program that gauges fitness level based on variables such as heart rate, distance and speed, etc. Research shows us that the second biggest reason people quit an exercise program is lack of results. Accomplishing a fitness test on a periodic basis will help you see your progress.

    Safety and Maintenance

    Running and walking on an electronic piece of equipment is very effective and simple. It can also be unsafe and fraught with quality issues if you don’t choose wisely. Here’s what to look for:

    Safety features. Look for basics like a safety key and belt speed that starts and stops in small, gradual increments. Make sure the treadmill has handrails or console grips that are comfortable without being obtrusive. Can you run or walk comfortably without hitting them? Are they ergonomically located so that you can use them when you start or stop? Testing in the store for several minutes will help you choose wisely.

    Maintenance. Look for a treadmill that is maintenance-free. Although some basic care is advisable, you should not have to spend time lubricating and servicing your treadmill after every workout. A well-designed unit takes normal wear and tear into account so you don’t have to and helps save you time and hassle. Look for a deck that is reversible – meaning you can have the deck flipped when normal wear takes its course on the running surface. A reversible deck essentially doubles the life of your treadmill surface.

    Warranty. A treadmill is an electronic piece of equipment. A quality unit is a long-term investment that, with regular use, will require service at some point. Most quality treadmills will offer a lifetime warranty on the frame. When it comes to other components, look for a warranty that provides for at least 1 year of labor and a minimum of 1-3 years coverage on parts. Ask your salesperson what components are covered.

    Be sure your warranty includes:

    • motor
    • deck and belt
    • electronics

    Equally as important, does the dealer from whom you are purchasing have their own service staff who are trained and authorized by the manufacturer to service your equipment?

    About the author

    Gregory Florez, founder and CEO of First Fitness, Inc, is one of the country’s leading experts in several

    health and fitness categories including: personal coaching and training, product trends, and fitness technology. His companies, First Fitness, Inc. and FitAdvisor.com have worked with over 40,000 executives and employees of Fortune 500 companies around the world, including DuPont and Intel, to improve the health of their valued employees over the past 22 years.

    Mr. Florez’s FitAdvisor Health Coaching Services were rated as the top coaching service by the Wall Street Journal. He has published several books, served as a board member for IDEA, and is a spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. He is featured regularly as a writer, speaker, and expert in industry publications and conferences including: Health and Fitness Business, The American College of Sports Medicine, Club Industry, and consumer media, such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Men’s Health, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, and Smart Money magazine. He is also a featured columnist for Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro magazine, and The American Council on Exercise’s Professional website. Gregory is a former college and Nike sponsored athlete and participates in a variety of endurance athletics.

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    Specifications to Look for Before Buying a Treadmill

    June 8, 2020

    A home treadmill can be a great investment, giving you more options for exercise when you’re out of time, can’t get to the gym, or can’t get outside. Using a treadmill in a gym is one thing, but considering one for your home gym is another matter. A good treadmill is expensive and buying one doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll use it on a regular basis.

    Before you decide whether to but a treadmill, consider these factors:

    • Budget: How much would you like to spend?
    • Extras: Consider program options, heart rate monitors, and additional features.
    • People: How many people will use it, and how often?
    • Space: How much room do you have? Should you get a folding treadmill?
    • Usage: How you will use it—running places more stress on the machine than walking and requires a longer belt for a longer stride.

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    Watch Now: 6 Things to Know Before Buying a Treadmill

    Budget for a Home Treadmill

    Your budget is probably the number one consideration in buying any piece of home fitness equipment, especially something as big and expensive as a treadmill. It’s important to get the highest quality treadmill you can afford. A quality treadmill will be comfortable, quiet, easy to use, and will last a long time.

    If you want a treadmill that will last, you’ll likely spend at least $1,000, although spending between $1,500 and $3,000 will offer more stability, better motors, and more workout options. If you have two or more users in your household, it is wise to look at models costing at least $1,500.

    There are some so-so models that fall under $1,000, but keep in mind those may not last as long, especially for runners or if you have several people using the treadmill.

    If you have a limited budget, consider buying a lightly-used or refurbished treadmill. You can often find these for sale by previous owners as well as at some stores that sell used fitness equipment.

    Treadmill Motor Horsepower

    The horsepower delivered by the drive motor directly affects the quality of your treadmill and how your workouts will feel. Figuring out horsepower and motor specifications can be confusing.

    To make it easy, look for a motor with at least 1.5 continuous-duty horsepower (CHP). If you plan on running on the treadmill frequently, you’ll be better off choosing 2.5 to 3.0 CHP. You will also need a more powerful motor depending on your weight.

    Minimum Specifications

    Other things to look for include:

    • Belt size: For running, the belt should be at least 48 inches long and 18 inches wide. If you are over 6 feet tall, you would need at least a 52-inch belt for walking and a 54-inch belt for running.
    • Control panel: It should be within reach and simple to use.
    • Cushioning: The running bed should absorb shock and the belt shouldn’t move around with every foot-strike.
    • Incline: Get a treadmill with an incline that goes up to 10 percent or higher. If the treadmill has a decline feature, that is also valuable to give a better simulation of outdoor running conditions.
    • Maximum weight rating: This is a consideration if you are a larger person, and it is also an indication of the sturdiness of the treadmill. Look at the maximum user weight rating (which is optimistic) and subtract about 50 pounds for a realistic figure.
    • Speed: If you plan on running, get a treadmill that goes up to 10 mph or higher.
    • Stability: The treadmill shouldn’t shake when you run or walk on it and the frame should remain stable

    Space and Folding Treadmills

    A treadmill looks a lot smaller in the store than it will in your home, so be sure to measure your space before buying. A folding treadmill may seem like a good option, but it will still take up space when folded.

    Other considerations are that some models are much easier to fold, unfold, and move. You may have to tilt a heavy treadmill back on its wheels to move it, which can be a challenge. Test this in the store so you know it will work in your exercise space.   7 Things to Check Before Buying a Folding Treadmill  

    Programming Extras

    Before you buy a treadmill, think about the kinds of things you want. Before you go shopping, ask yourself a few questions such as:

    • Can you maintain a treadmill?
    • Do you want running or walking programs included?
    • Do you want a heart rate monitor included?
    • Do you want the ability to link your treadmill to apps or websites such as ifit.com for new workouts?
    • Do you want both incline and decline to simulate both uphill and downhill?
    • Do you need a treadmill that folds or do you have enough space for a regular treadmill?
    • What’s the most important feature you want in a treadmill?

    Try Before You Buy

    You may not be able to find all your treadmill choices at local sporting goods stores, but it pays to do some research and try as many treadmills as possible. Make a list of treadmills you’re interested in and call local sporting goods stores to see if they’re available locally.

    Spend at least 10 minutes on each treadmill. Make sure it’s quiet and that it doesn’t shake, even when running. While you’re there, see where the drink holder is. Is there a place to put your music player or cell phone? Can you add a book rack?

    Treadmill Warranty, Delivery, and Set-up

    The manufacturer’s warranty will often give you significant clues as to the quality of the treadmill. Look for a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, or a minimum of 10 years. Electronics should have a 5-year warranty. Parts and labor should have a 2-year warranty.

    How will you get the treadmill into your home? Delivery costs can be significant if they are not included in the purchase price. Also, consider how you are going to move the treadmill from your doorstep to your designated workout area and whether that is included or will cost extra. New treadmills usually require some assembly and you should see if that is included or requires a separate fee.

    Using Your Treadmill

    Once you get your treadmill home, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try out the different programs and get into a routine. Treadmill workouts get pretty boring if you do the same thing all the time. Be sure to take the time to explore all of the variations so your new treadmill doesn’t linger in the corner becoming a clothes rack.

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    How to Choose the Right Treadmill

    June 7, 2020

    Customizable for those of all fitness levels, treadmills are the king of the home gym. Buying a treadmill for home use can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to run you ragged. This Pro Tips guide is here to help you take the first step toward finding the right treadmill for you.

    MANUAL VS. MOTORIZED TREADMILLS

    One of the first things you should consider when buying a treadmill is the power source. While most modern treadmills have a motor, some are manual.

    MANUAL TREADMILLS

    With manual treadmills, it’s up to you to power the belt. The treadmill begins moving through the action of your feet. Manual treadmills require more effort from runners than motorized treadmills.

    Manual treadmills are more cost-effective and do not require electricity. However, there are certain drawbacks. They tend to have less features, are less sturdy, and you also have to manually change the incline. In general, manual treadmills tend to be better for walking rather than running.

    MOTORIZED TREADMILLS

    Motorized treadmills have motors powered electrically with continuous horsepower, or CHP. The CHP measures how much power the motor maintains throughout the workout.

    Motorized treadmills include more features and are suitable for longer training sessions. With various settings for speed and incline, they allow for more varied workouts. However, motorized treadmills tend to be more expensive. The higher the CHP, the more expensive the cost.

    RUNNING SURFACE

    Also known as the belt or deck size, your treadmill’s running surface is a key component. There are a few different elements of the running surface you will want to look for.

    • Running Surface Length: Lengths of treadmill decks range from 45 inches to 60 inches. Treadmills with a short length work well for walkers. Those with long surfaces are better for running. However, users with long strides may also prefer a longer deck.
    • Running Surface Width: The width of treadmill decks ranges from 16 inches to 22 inches. Treadmill users with wider frames may prefer a wider deck. Meanwhile, those with smaller frames may opt for a narrow deck to be closer to the side handrails.
    • Belt Thickness: The thicker your belt, the more cushioning and comfort provided to legs and joints. Some belts come with a built-in cushion to help provide more shock absorption as your run.

    Those with limited space should be mindful of length and width before purchase.

    TECHNOLOGY AND FEATURES

    Treadmills come with a variety of technologies and features. Some can help advance your fitness goals, while others simply provide a little more luxury.

    • App and Wireless Compatibility: Modern treadmills often have app and wireless compatibility. This allows you to track your performance with corresponding smart phone apps.
    • Built-Ins: If music helps you get into your groove, then you may want to consider a treadmill with built-in speakers. Some models feature television screens that allow you to catch up on your favorite shows as you catch up on your steps. Treadmills may also have built-in water bottle holders or cooling fans for added convenience.
    • Folding: Light on space? A folding treadmill may be best for your household. These treadmills have a deck that folds up for easier storing when not in use.
    • Preloaded Workouts: Some treadmill consoles have preset workouts with specific speeds and inclines. Preloaded workouts sometimes include displays with virtual sceneries.

    When making a big purchase, you want to tread carefully. Features aren’t the only consideration when buying a treadmill; budget plays a role, too. Learn more about what is driving the price of your treadmill.

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    TREADMILL BUYING GUIDE

    June 5, 2020

    The right home treadmill can help you lose weight sensibly, incorporate fitness into your daily life, and enjoy exercise from the comfort of your home whatever the weather. If you’re on the hunt for a new home treadmill, learn more about how to find your perfect match with the help of our free treadmill buying guide below. It covers what features to look for when browsing treadmill options and how you can save time and money along the way.

    Watch Our Video “How to Buy a Treadmill” To Get Started

    This treadmill buying guide is divided into two sections. The first part provides a treadmill shopping warm-up featuring five simple treadmill buying tips to save you time and money. Part two zooms in on the key treadmill components in more detail to help you understand how to buy a machine with the right motor power, track size and other features to suit your individual workout needs. When you reach the end of the guide and are more familiar with key treadmill terms and features, you will be ready to explore which brands and models are right for you. To help with this, the guide concludes with links to our honest treadmill reviews and overall brand reviews.

    HOW TO BUY A TREADMILL

    PART ONE: WARM UP FOR TREADMILL SHOPPING

    Why should you warm up before treadmill shopping? There’s two main reasons which spring to mind. Firstly, you want to avoid brain sprain! With a huge array of brands, models and offers on the market, treadmill shopping can be overwhelming. Warming up will help you narrow down your options and give you a clearer idea of what you are looking for. Secondly, companies play price games. If you don’t know the rules, you could end up feeling cheated instead of happy with your decision. Learn how to buy a treadmill wisely with these simple tips and tricks.

    1. CHOOSE YOUR WORKOUT SPACE AND TREADMILL SIZE

    How much room can you offer a treadmill in your home, and where are you going to put it? To save time before shopping, measure the floor space you plan to put your treadmill on. If you’re considering a folding treadmill, also measure any space (L x W x H) you have to spare for storage. Treadmill dimensions are usually published, and keeping this information handy makes you a more efficient shopper. Keep in mind that the required running space, which you can work out via the treadmill belt size, can also impact the overall footprint of the treadmill. We recommend a 22″ wide belt for runners and 20″ for walkers. Although a 20″ belt is sufficient for runners, it just leaves a little less room for error.

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    As a general rule, a minimum of 50″ in belt length is recommended for walkers, 55″ for runners and 60″ for runners over 6′ tall.

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    Once you have worked out how much space you need in your home to have a treadmill, you can start thinking about treadmill size. Standard home treadmills are about 7′ long and 3′ wide. Although there are many folding treadmills on the market which are significantly shorter, they still require lots of room when they’re in use.

    Looking for a foldable home treadmill? Luckily, foldable treadmills are now offered at every price point. Be sure to review the specs and dimensions of any folding treadmill you have your eye on before buying, and measure your space to ensure you have ample room. One example of a high-quality folding treadmill for runners is the Sole F85. If you’re looking for more options, browse our picks of the best folding treadmills when you’re ready.

    Spend too much time sitting at work? You should try a desk treadmill. They work just the same as standard treadmills whilst also providing desk space and can be great for boosting productivity at work. Depending on your weight, you can burn between 80-180 calories per hour walking at a moderate speed; that’s up to 1,440 calories in a single work day!

    2. IMAGINE YOUR TREADMILL WORKOUTS

    Do you envision relaxing walks, intense running or something in between? Answering this question will help you narrow down your treadmill selection by motor power. The heavier the exercise you anticipate, the higher powered motor you will need. We will take a look at motor power in more detail in the second section of this guide.

    Your answer to the above question can also help you choose the track size for your workout needs. Walkers can save money by choosing shorter treadmill tracks and runners (especially tall runners) will need more room to stretch out.

    3. SET YOUR PRICE

    Cheaper Treadmills: Comparing Treadmills Up to $1,000

    • Under $500

    Treadmills under $500 are very low-end, so even when $499 reflects a deep discount we’d proceed with lots of caution. In this price range, the warranties are often void after just 90 days. These treadmills can be handy for occasional walking or jogging during bad weather, but if you use them regularly or intensely they could break down within a few months. Common shortcomings include wobbly frames, noisy belts, very small workout areas, flickering data screens and minimal workout programming.

    • Under $800

    A small minority of treadmills under $800 earn high scores in our reviews. Most machines priced around $799 can serve hassle free for at least a year, especially when they’re used just for walking, but it’s difficult to supply all-round high quality at this price. Generally, shoppers need to choose between durability and engaging features. For example, you could get a manual incline here, but maybe not a power incline. You could get a contact heart rate monitor, but not a more accurate wireless pulse reader. For help sorting through the options you can see our list of best “cheap” treadmills.

    • Under $1,000

    With about $1,000 to spend at a big treadmill sale, a walker or jogger can find some great bargains. Some of these machines have full prices around $1,499 and have parts and labor coverage for a couple of years. The best buys have full tracks, modest power inclines and a good variety of workout programs. As for their displays, classic LCD monitors are most common on treadmills under $1,000, but sometimes 7-inch touch screens are available too. These treadmills usually provide speakers with an AUX port for you to stream music or listen to podcasts, and are sometimes compatible with wireless heart rate transmitters. See our list of best treadmills under $1,000 for some options in this price range.

    Better Treadmills: Comparing Treadmills Priced $1,000+

    • Under $1,500

    The most popular home treadmills for runners and serious walkers have full prices around $1,999 and up, but you can order one for $1,499 during sales. Compared with treadmills under $1,000, these cardio trainers are higher powered and more comfortable to use. They are also equipped with better features such as steeper power inclines, larger touch screens, enhanced workout options such as heart-rate controlled workout programs, and sometimes, wireless chest straps. See our list of best treadmills under $1,500 for some options in this price class.

    • Under $2,000

    Our top-rated home treadmills under $2,000 have impressive performance, cutting-edge electronics, and all the comforts of health club treadmills. The best treadmills in this price class are ideal for avid runners and for households with more than one trainee. Some of the most valuable features of these treadmills are found behind the scenes. Machines costing a bit less might look similar (with 10″ touch screens and spacious tracks, for instance) but won’t necessarily endure as long or perform as well. The best treadmills under $2,000 tend to have higher quality belts that last longer than others in their price class. These higher quality belts may also be maintenance-free as opposed to other belts that require occasional waxing. These treadmills are usually also equipped with better cushioning systems, which make a big difference to comfort and endurance and have even been shown to boost calorie burn rates.

    • $2,000 and Up

    Premium treadmills are often sale-priced at $2,000 at up, with full prices reaching $3,500 or more. This category includes incline trainer treadmills (great for calorie burn), very high-speed treadmills for marathon runners, and all-round luxury treadmills for everyday exercise at any intensity. These cardio trainers carry light commercial warranties and/or very long residential warranties. Highlights vary among the treadmill brands and models, but some top features in this top tier include: very high maximum speeds, excellent absorption of shock and sound, extra-large monitors, web-enabled touch screens, integrated television, and fitness tests in addition to standard workouts. The best-value models in this price range have maintenance-free tracks and reversible decks which give them twice the life.

    Different models within the same price class can vary in features and performance significantly. Our in-depth treadmill reviews walk you through how specific models compare with each other. You can also use our lists of best treadmills by price as a reference.

    4. DECIDE WHICH FEATURES YOU’LL USE

    Most treadmills have special features. Such features aren’t necessary for cardio training, but they can improve the exercise experience and help keep you motivated. Examples are preset workout programs, Bluetooth speakers and TVs. You should assess which treadmill extras will actually help you meet your fitness goals and which ones will go unused. Being honest about your needs for guidance and distraction during training is an important part of figuring out which treadmill is right for you.

    Here are some of the most practical special features treadmill shoppers should consider:

    1. Automated Incline

    Treadmills with inclines make exercise more interesting by varying your ride. They also have three very practical benefits: they make treadmill exercise easier on your joints, allow faster calorie burn and support better muscle definition.

    You may be thinking about how much incline you would actually use on your treadmill and how much incline you should be using to maximize calorie burn. Most home treadmills today have maximum inclines of 10, 15, and 20%. Incline trainer treadmills have maximum inclines of 40%; these allow you to burn calories at a runner’s pace by simply walking.

    2. Workout Programs

    Most home treadmills today offer built-in workout programs that control their speed and incline. Keep in mind that the cheapest treadmills only work in manual mode and that treadmill workout menus vary in size and variety. Often this programming justifies a price hike, so be sure that you would take advantage of the additional workout guidance before you sacrifice the extra dollars.

    Beyond the preloaded workout options, you can now choose to add extra workout technology to your purchase with many treadmill brands. Here are a couple of options you might want to pursue:

    • iFit offers users unlimited personalized workouts through their monthly membership, which often comes free with certain brands’ treadmill purchase for a limited time. As well as accessing hundreds of video workouts delivered by personal trainers from fitness studios around the world, the iFit Google Maps app lets you draw any route in Google Maps and virtually experience it with your treadmill! Besides being immersed in a Google Street View of your choice, you’ll experience the rise and fall of terrain as the treadmill incline/decline responds to the programming. The treadmill brands that currently offer iFit are NordicTrack, HealthRider and ProForm.
    • Passport Virtual Active workout programs are delivered through interactive videos. A Passport player works with your home TV to immerse you in scenic settings with ambient sound, and as your workout speed changes, the video and audio adjusts accordingly. Passport is compatible with most treadmills by Horizon Fitness and Vision Fitness.
    • Wireless Pulse Monitors can help you exercise more efficiently by providing accurate heart rate data. Wireless heart rate monitors offer the most accuracy, and some treadmills with wireless monitors also offer heart rate control; their preset workout programs will adjust to help you stay in your target heart rate zone.

    3. Treadmill Accessories

    Most treadmill brands allow you to personalize your purchase. As you seek out the best treadmill for your specific needs, keep in mind that there are a number of unique accessories to help you reach your unique fitness goals. Just a few extras you can consider as you weigh up your options include:

    • Treadmill Mats: A treadmill mat can improve the durability of your treadmill and the flooring underneath, especially if you plan to place your machine on carpet. They also make it easier to clean the floor around your treadmill and minimize the noise caused by the vibration of using your machine.
    • Treadmill Cleaning Materials: You want your treadmill to last. A great way to ensure this is to buy the proper cleaning materials to help it stand the test of time, including cleaning solutions and brushes specific to your treadmill. It’s best to wait until you receive your owner’s manual to ensure you purchase the appropriate materials for your machine.
    • Entertainment Accessories: Don’t want to invest in a treadmill with a built-in screen? Maybe you already have a treadmill and just want to update it with the latest accessories, or instead want to use the technology you already have. For this, you could buy a tablet holder so you can use your tablet or iPad while you workout or a reading rack so you can enjoy a book or magazine using your e-reader. You could even buy a TV stand to put in front of your treadmill so you can catch up on your shows whilst you burn calories.

    Some other special features to consider are on/off cushioning, workout fans, water bottle holders, tablet computer holders, touch screens, and HD TV.

    4. TAKE A TEST RUN AND READ TREADMILL REVIEWS

    It’s wise to try a treadmill before inviting it home for good. You can test various brands in sporting goods stores and in some department stores such as Sears. However, if you do decide to test in-store and find your perfect match, be sure to buy your treadmill online! Usually the manufacturer’s website offers the best deal once you consider online discounts, sales tax, treadmill delivery and consumer protections. 

    If testing a treadmill isn’t feasible, then it’s especially important to read honest reviews featuring feedback from real customers; this is something we take seriously in our review process. We’ll give you the inside scoop about which home treadmills you should put at the top of your list, which ones seem like quality health club treadmills and so forth.

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    Energy-Efficient Appliances For Your Kitchen

    June 1, 2020

    When you’re considering replacing appliances, one of the first things that come to mind is energy-savings. Having eco-friendly appliances is just as important as the look and function. Not only can it help you reduce your carbon footprint, but changing your kitchen appliances to a more eco-friendly model can help you reduce energy bills.

    But, it seems to be information overload when you start looking into the details of energy-efficient kitchen appliances. For any homeowner, new or old, this can be very stressful. Let me help you simplify the process with a few of ImproveNet’s top energy efficient appliances for your kitchen.

    Once you’ve made your decision, you may need some help with installing your new kitchen appliance. Contact a kitchen contractor to help you with the installation. ImproveNet can connect you to pros in your area, for free!

    What Are Energy Star Appliances?

    When you begin researching energy-saving appliances, it’s likely you’ll come across Energy Star. According to their website, “Energy Star is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions.” This can help you determine the energy efficient appliances that have been backed by the EPA. All you need to do is look for the Energy Star symbol, meaning that the product has passed the Energy Star certification requirements.

    Cost Of Energy Efficient Appliances

    Often, the cost of an energy efficient appliance will increase or decrease based on the number of features it has. Energy-efficient kitchen appliances could cost more than other, simpler models. However, when shopping for kitchen appliances, keep in mind installation costs as well. The average cost to install kitchen appliances is $185, with most homeowners spending between $129 and $185.

    Keep reading for our energy star appliances list below.

    For complete transparency, please be aware that this blog post contains affiliate links and any purchases made through the links below will result in a small commission for ImproveNet, at no extra cost for you.

    1. Energy-Efficient Refrigerators

    From door styles to freezer placement, I always feel like there are many varieties when it comes to choosing a refrigerator. I personally enjoy the side-by-side style, as it can typically fit into any kitchen and makes viewing what food I have much more accessible. For an energy-efficient option, check out the LG Electronics Side-By-Side refrigerator in stainless steel for a chic look.

    2. Energy- Efficient Dishwasher

    Not only do dishwashers use water but they also use power, making this an area of the kitchen you’ll want to focus on when considering energy efficiency. However, one interesting fact you should know about energy efficient dishwashers is they often are more eco-friendly than handwashing dishes. In fact, an Energy Star certified dishwasher uses 3 gallons of water, compared to the approximate 27 gallons used when dishes are hand washed, according to the National Resource Defense Counsel.

    3. Energy-Efficient Range Hood

    While you may not think of it until you need to use it, the range hood over your stove runs on energy to remove smoke and fumes while cooking.  Like other kitchen appliances, you’ll want to look for ones that are Energy Star certified. However, I’m sure you’ll also want a range hood that adds a sleek look to your kitchen. The Air King Stainless Steel Undercabinet Range Hood looks excellent in almost any kitchen and can remove cooking smells and smoke without draining your energy bills!

    4. Energy- Efficient Microwave

    Microwaves are a great addition to any kitchen. However, they often use a lot of power, especially older models. While there is no Energy Star certification for microwaves, there are still energy-efficient models available. Generally, the higher the wattage, the more power is used. A smaller microwave, delivering between 600 and 800 watts of power is recommended for those looking for energy efficiency.  For a space-saving solution as well as energy-saving, check out the Summit Appliance Built-In Microwave. A perfect fit for your kitchen island.

    5. Energy-Efficient Freezer

    If you’re anything like me, there never seems to be enough freezer space available. That’s where a second freezer can come in handy. A smaller size freezer can change your kitchen storage for the better, but can also make a difference in your energy bills if you’re not careful. Thankfully the Energy Star certified Frigidaire Frost-Free Upright Freezer provides you with plenty of extra space, without the additional cost.

    Bring It Home

    While it’s essential to have the right appliances for your kitchen, you must pay attention to the energy efficiency of your products. Keep in mind, for the appliances to work properly they must be installed correctly. That’s where we can help. 

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    Open Concept Kitchen Ideas

    May 31, 2020

    Spend an hour watching HGTV and you are bound to hear two words, “open concept.” Rooms with open concept floor plans are all the rage because they offer more space, better functionality, and a more pleasing design. But how? I’m here to help answer your burning questions about open concept kitchens and more.

    Ready to transform your kitchen into the open concept you’ve been dreaming of? Contact a kitchen remodeling contractor today and get quotes from pros in your area, for free!

    How Does An Open Concept Kitchen Work?

    An open concept kitchen floor plan eliminates barriers in a home, opening it up to other rooms of the house, typically common areas like the dining room or living room. Instead of having walls to support the weight of the ceiling, open concept homes will have load-bearing beams. Installation of these beams removes the unused space that walls and doors take up, making even the smallest of spaces feel large and roomy.

    Open Concept Kitchen Storage

    Are you short on space in your kitchen? Are you wondering where you can fit all your pots, pans, and garbage cans? These small open concept kitchen ideas will do the trick!

    Walls Of Storage

    A Pot Rack

    Walls are a storage solution that is often overlooked. A simple pot rack or even a mug rack hung on the wall can free up space in cabinets and drawers, leaving them free for storing things you’d rather have off display. Want a DIY solution? Hang a pegboard in a color of your choice and kitchen theme.

    Drawers, Cabinets, and Shelves, Oh My!

    Do you have an extra wall between your kitchen and other common areas? Adding sections of cabinetry and shelving into an unused wall can give you additional storage. Dividing it into three distinct sections of drawers, cabinets, and shelves will add visual interest, making it look like more than just a place to stash your stuff.

    Vertical Storage

    Pull Out Pantry

    Say goodbye to digging through your pantry for the paprika. Keep your sugar, spice, and everything nice in a pull out pantry. This device allows for easier access, greater visibility, and optimal usage of the space in your kitchen. With the right materials, you can even DIY it!

    Hanging Storage

    A Tiered Basket

    With your kitchen on full display, a clear countertop can make a huge difference in maintaining the orderly look of your open home. A hanging, tiered wire basket can provide an out of the way, yet accessible home for your produce.

    How To Maintain Your Wide Open Concept Spaces

    As the Dixie Chicks sing, you need wide open spaces, room to make your big mistakes. Kitchens tend to be that place in a home. Whether you’re baking a cake or cooking some stir fry, the kitchen can get messy. And, with an open concept plan, this mess can be seen from the rooms beyond. So, how can you keep your wide-open space clean? Here are some tidying tips.

    Always Clear Off Countertops

    A clutter-free space is the first step in maintaining the cleanliness of your open kitchen. Though you may want to add some decorative items to your kitchen, it is best to utilize the space with only functional and essential elements. It is also vital that you do not make the counter space your drop off spot as this just adds to the clutter.

    Keep Your Kitchen Items Behind Closed Doors

    Your kitchen is open, but your cabinets should stay closed. Though you may be a fan of open shelving, neatness can be more challenging to maintain. Cabinets allow you to hide your clutter, mismatched dishware, and other non-aesthetic kitchen necessities. If you still prefer open cabinets, just make sure you keep them more minimalistic in style and be intentional in the placing of items. If you’re still debating the idea of open shelving, check out this video.

    “Don’t Put It Down, Put It Away”

    Done cooking? Put the dishes in the dishwasher or the sink. Finished with the chips? Put them back in the pantry. Having an open concept kitchen, it is best to tidy as you go to make sure it always looks spick and span from your couch or your dining room chair.

    Clean A Little Every Day

    Deep cleaning your house can be exhausting. Save your energy to clean a bit every day. An evening and night tidying routine is an excellent way to ensure your kitchen stays squeaky clean without the hassle of a weekly scrub done.

    Is An Open Concept Kitchen Right For You?

    Like anything, there are pros and cons to an open concept kitchen. If you find that an open concept kitchen layout is right for you, ImproveNet can help. Get up to free quotes from remodeling companies near you who can give you the wide-open space you deserve.

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    Trend Alert: Black Matte Countertops

    May 27, 2020

    Luxury kitchens have long been a status symbol when it comes to home decor. While this typically meant traditional shiny marble or granite countertops, there’s a new trend in the luxury kitchen sphere: black matte countertops. Combinations like white cabinets with black countertops are now staples of modern design and are inspiring home remodels across the country. Black kitchen countertops give any space a bold, dramatic flair and can elevate bland areas.

    Black matte countertops are an upgrade that’s forecasted to be popular for many years. So what are you waiting for? Get the look with the help of a kitchen remodeling contractor. ImproveNet can help connect you with contractors in your area, for free! Get started.

    What Are Black Matte Countertops?

    Matte countertops aren’t made from a specific type of rock or laminate; rather, it is a finish that can be applied to nearly any material. Compared to other glossy finishes like polished granite, matte countertops are not as shiny or reflective. Often called a honed finish, matte countertops are smooth and have a soft, satiny feel to them. Though they don’t reflect as much light as glossier options, black matte countertops redistribute some surrounding light, creating a charming rustic beauty.

    Pros Of Black Matte Countertops

    Aside from the modern, chic look of black matte countertops, they also offer the following advantages:

    • Hides scratches: The natural, subtle look of a matte finish conceals scratches and imperfections. This is because it lacks the reflective quality that seems to magnify blemishes on glossy surfaces.
    • Hides dirt and dust: If you’re not big on daily cleaning, having a black countertop can help conceal dust, dirt, and foodstuff buildup on your kitchen counter surface.
    • Creates texture in the house: It can be easy to get overloaded with glossy surfaces, especially with open concept floor plans. Matte countertops offer a textural difference to a room, giving the area a level of sophistication.

    Cons Of Black Matte Countertops

    Though the black matte looks beautiful, it does come with a few disadvantages that you should be aware of:

    • Smudges and fingerprints: Compared to their glossy counterparts, fingerprints and similar oily smudges show up more easily on dark matte surfaces.
    • Require resealing more frequently: Matte countertops made from concrete or natural stone are more porous than their polished counterparts, and therefore are more susceptible to staining; they also require resealing more often.
    • Doesn’t make a space feel bigger: Most of us want our kitchen to appear bigger. Unfortunately, matte countertops don’t help with that. Because absorb more light than they reflect, they don’t create the illusion of space.

    What Materials Are Best?

    Black matte countertops can fit most budgets and be found in just about any material, therefore your main decision lies in the types of countertops out there.

    Out of all of the material options, laminate will be the most affordable. It is easy to clean and durable, but if it becomes damaged, it is difficult to repair. Ceramic tile is also fairly inexpensive and gives you a lot of options between styles, patterns, and color shades. You can prevent grimy, discolored grout by sealing it or choosing larger tiles that require less grout.

    Due to the cost savings that many people find, concrete is a growing trend in countertop choices. Because it can be stained, you can customize it to the exact shade that you want in your home. Synthetic solid-surface counters like Corian require little maintenance, are non-porous, and are very durable. Still, some people will prefer the classic stone like granite, quartz, and marble.

    Each material comes with its own set of pros and cons. The key is to choose the style that best fits your needs, is within your price range, and works for your home. It’s not hard to be on your way to having your dream kitchen!

    Pairings Matter

    It’s not hard to get carried away with dark surfaces in a room, creating a drab, uninviting space. Since black matte countertops absorb more light than they reflect back into the room, it’s important to have something in the room that does bounce light around. In both traditional and modern kitchens alike, black countertops pair well with white cabinets. The contrast creates a stunning pop, and the white cabinets open up your space.

    To add color, consider adding a playful or bold backsplash. Incorporating accessories like rugs and window curtains are another way to break the monotony if you aren’t a fan of the greyscale look.

    Hiring a Professional

    Unless you have experience with DIY projects, hiring a contractor is your best bet for a job well done when it comes to kitchen countertop installation. They’ll have the tools necessary to cut and hold the materials in place, and can ensure that the counters are sturdy and level. But not all contractors out there deliver the same quality work. When looking for someone to install your countertops, find one with good references, credentials, and good communication skills.

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    Why should you buy Auto Clean Chimney for Kitchen?

    May 25, 2020

    The primary role of chimneys is to remove smoke from the kitchen. The traditional vents were quite tough to use because in using them, a lot of maintenance needed. Hence, auto clean chimneys are boon because they make life easy.

    The modern auto clean chimneys help in keeping the kitchen grease-free and hence a lot of efforts would be saved on your part. There are so many good things about an auto clean chimney for the kitchen.

    Why buying an auto clean chimney would be a good decision?

    The auto clean chimneys have individual oil collectors. Thus, the smoke and oil would be separated, and thus the kitchen would be spared to become oily and greasy.

    The smoke would deal with, and thus the fumes would be out, and the internal air of the kitchen would be purified. These things will be good for your health. The smoke that used to affect the individual present in the kitchen will not affect the person if an auto clean chimney gets installed in the kitchen.

    The work of the suction filter is simplified; this would elongate the life of the suction filter and the chimney.

    Why should you say no to the traditional chimneys?

    Life is fast these days, and couples do not have time to maintain the kitchen chimneys or house as such. Thus, the items and appliances that are easy to use, easy to clean and easy to keep are the ones that would be preferred. Traditional chimneys have high maintenance and would take more time.

    In the times when families use modular kitchens, the designs of the traditional chimneys would not match with the modern look of the furniture and the modular kitchen.

    Top five reasons why you should use the auto clean chimney for the kitchen

    With the above discussion, it is clear that auto clean chimneys are good for modern kitchens. So, here are the five best reasons why you should opt for an auto clean chimney.

    • Good quality auto clean chimneys would help in reducing heat in the kitchen. Thus, even in summer if you are working, you will not feel slogging. You will be fresh and happy working even in summer. The modern auto clean chimneys come with oil collectors. The task is almost maintenance-free.
    • Once you invest in a good brand of auto clean chimney, you will be able to retain it for years and hence there would be good savings as well. The life span of the stack would be good enough, and it can be a helpful thing.
    • Since in the modern auto clean technology for chimneys, there will be fewer servicing issues, the overall maintenance and operating costs will also be less. For busy people, who think that they would not find time to clean the traditional chimneys, they should invest in the best brand of auto clean chimneys.
    • With the above mentioned best reasons, it is clear that you should use an auto clean chimney for the kitchen, it is for sure that you have understood many different aspects too. So, always make the right decisions while investing in such vital appliances which would help you to save your time and energy.
    • Every innovation that would come brings in a better quality of life. Hence, whenever you are planning to buy a good and automated appliance, it would be better to check out the options and buy the same after doing thorough research.
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    Kitchen Appliances You Must Have

    May 22, 2020

    Your kitchen is a space that should look great and be functional too. That’s why your kitchen appliances are so important. However, when you’re looking for the best appliances, there are so many options to choose from. You’ll also have to think of the purpose. Are you a home chef that loves to cook? Or are you a busy parent on the go? There are kitchen appliances for everyone.

    With some help from our friend Carly Pupillo at LaMantia Design & Remodeling, we’re bringing you the best kitchen appliances to include. See more below.

    Are you looking to install a new appliance in your kitchen? Contact a kitchen remodeling pro today and receive quotes from contractors in your area, for free!

    Cost Of Kitchen Appliances

    When you start thinking about upgrading your kitchen appliances, the first thing you’ll want to do is create a budget. Often, homeowners choose to upgrade a few appliances at once to get the latest technology. However, don’t forget about the installation costs. It’s always good to try and find a store or company that will install for free with purchase. But, be prepared to accommodate these costs in your planning. The average cost to install kitchen appliances is $185, with most homeowners spending between $129 and $185. 

    Macro closeup of modern luxury gas stove top with tiled backsplash

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    Picking Out Your Kitchen Appliances

    The next step to finding your new kitchen appliance is to evaluate their use. As I mentioned earlier, consider how you use your kitchen. Do you feed a big family? Do you love using new gadgets for intricate dishes? Think about the ideal cooking area and what equipment you’d want to use. Pupillo suggests starting with refrigerators and cooking elements before moving on to smaller appliances.

    “These appliances have the largest variation from brand to brand, so you want to make sure you love the features they offer,” she said. “Try to select the same brand for larger appliances that are physically near each other. Every brand has its own color variation of stainless, white, black, etc. When you place two large appliances near each other, you may notice the coloration difference if you do not use the same brand.”

    1. Large Ranges

    If you do a lot of cooking and hosting, a new large range is just what you need for your kitchen upgrade. “Large ranges are [popular] right now,” Pupillo said. “These ranges are often 48” wide and have 1 full oven and 1 half-sized oven. The half size oven is great for casserole dishes, baking, etc. The top of the range has the ability to hold up to 8 burners, or an option for a griddle or grill surface. It gives people a lot of flexibility for cooking options!”

    For home chefs, the Thor Kitchen Professional Gas Range is a dream come true. A cooktop for every item and plenty of oven space to feed a crowd. Can you imagine how great this would be in your kitchen?

    2. Steam Ovens

    If you love having the latest and greatest in your kitchen, look no further than the steam oven. “The hottest must-have appliance right now is a steam oven,” Pupillo said. “It cooks food using convection heat and interjects steam at the appropriate times cooking food quicker than a typical oven and keeping food moist. It is great for reheating leftovers and making them taste just as great as they did the first time you made them!”

    I love reheating leftovers, and if you’ve forgone the microwave in your home as I have, a steam oven can be an excellent solution for you. Check out the Single Electric Wall Oven With Steam Cook by Samsung to include in your kitchen appliance installation.

    3. Smart Refrigerator

    Smart technology is invading every area of the home, and for a good reason. In the kitchen, it can make life easier by helping you keep track of your groceries, multitask with the weather and plan out your weekly meals. The top-of-the-line smart refrigerator right now is the Samsung Family Hub. Not only can you use it for notes, calendars and music, but you can actually see inside the fridge without opening it up, saving energy. How cool is that?

    4. Microwave

    Many homes choose to have a microwave for convenience cooking. It’s a great way to heat up a quick lunch or defrost dinner before cooking. However, they can often be big and bulky. If you’re trying to save countertop space, look for a model you can put on a shelf or cabinet.

    “I would advise against a microwave that sits on a countertop,” Pupillo said. “These take up a lot of space and are not usually the greatest quality. Try to build the microwave into a cabinet for a less cluttered look and free up a lot of countertop space!”

    The good news is, microwaves don’t have to be big to be powerful. Check out the affordable Frigidaire Built-In Microwave that can easily fit into your cabinet space or above your range. It will make a beautiful addition to your kitchen without stealing the spotlight from your décor.

    5. Dishwasher

    If you don’t have a dishwasher, put this on your upgrade list. You’ll save so much time by having the dishwasher do the hard work for you, rather than doing it by hand. Check out the KitchenAid Built-In Dishwasher with stainless steel tub, window, and lighted interior. This allows you to see the deep clean your dishes are getting, as it happens!

    Conclusion

    New kitchen appliances are big decisions and finding the best fit for you is essential. As every kitchen is different, be sure to find the right appliance for your lifestyle and budget, that you can enjoy for years to come.

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    5 Must need Appliances for your Kitchen

    May 20, 2020

    What are the five most necessary kitchen appliances everyone should own?

    Microwave

    A microwave is the most convenient appliance in your kitchen. When you think about a microwave oven, you’re probably thinking about a device that heats instant BBQ, as well as the remaining delicious food you made the day before. Yet, a microwave is much more than a useful appliance. Did you know that a microwave constitutes less of a risk for burns than other types of cooking appliances?

    Because of cooking at low temperatures, microwave cooking prevents the increase of char and tars. Using a microwave to heat food before moving the food to a stove or grill considerably reduces cooking times. Spinach retains approximately all of its healthy folate, while a microwave loses about 77% of the healthy nutrients.

    Dishwashing

    Washing dishes by hand or in a machine is the most effective way to clean pots, pans, spoons, plates, and silverware. You can make the point that washing dishes by hand is better for the ecosystem, with fewer chemicals leeching into the soil and less energy consumption by working with your hands. However, in today’s time fast and busy society, hand washing dishes is not very common.

    Technological advancements have made dishwashers much more eco-friendly. The Dishwashers do an outstanding job of cleaning dishes, and we’re not just talking about remaining food particles. We’re also talking about dirt and bacteria. Moreover, dishwashers will save your money on the monthly water bill.

    Blender

    Many mixers are more effective than juicers to give you one of the most adaptable appliances in the kitchen. The blending process is speedy, and it takes less energy to load the ingredients for your favourite eatables like ice cream. Blenders represent one of the most precise measuring tools, which is a necessary task for anyone interested in cooking by the recipe. You never have to worry about adding too much or not enough of one or more ingredients.

    Multiple blenders allow you to select each mixer for a particular purpose. Instead of going with a specific number of ingredients, you expand your cookery horizons by adding more elements into a blender. If you want to count calories, a blender can make just about every type of weight watching mixture.

    Slow cooker

    Ah, the delegate, juicy pieces that fall off a side of boiled beef is about the only reason you need to make a slow cooker one of the essential appliances you add to the kitchen. Slow cookers create tasty meals that pack much nutrition. Think a slow-cooked pot roast choked in several different vegetables.

    Slow cookers save your time, but not by cooking food quickly. The time-saving characteristic comes from the less time you have to spend over a hot stove cooking for the family lunch. You can run tasks, work out at the gym, and even spend the whole day at work, while a slow cooker finishes your culinary sensation.

    Slow cookers are great to have throughout the year, not just during the winter months when hot soups and stews rule the dinner table. The crucial kitchen appliance consumes a lot less energy than other kinds of cooking appliances that include standard microwave ovens. Do you hate cleaning down the stove after cooking a pot roast? With a slow cooker, you can wash away the whole, as well as have to clean as many kitchen attachments.

    Electric stove

    First, an electric stove is more economical to install and maintain. Second, electric ovens are much easier to scrub because of the lack of nooks that collect hard to get rid of germs and bacterias. Third, electric stoves with smooth tops construct a more stable cooking surface for pots and pans.

    Besides, electric ovens are easy to turn on and off, and you never have to worry if you left off on one of the gas burners. Last but not least, electric stoves are safe in usage than gas stoves, as well as just as safe as using a slow cooker.

    Note:

    Buying new kitchen appliances is a big decision and finding the best fit for you is essential. As every kitchen is different, be sure to find the right machine according to your lifestyle and budget, that you can enjoy for years to come.