Should you buy a treadmill online or in a physical retail store?

Short Answer: Typically, buying a treadmill online will result in a better deal for you in price and selection.

However, there are always exceptions. This article explores the buy a treadmill online vs. in a physical store debate.

Advantages to Buying Online

1. More selection online

It's easy for treadmill manufacturers to offer all of their treadmills on their website. Moreover, pretty much every treadmill manufacturer has a website.

Physical stores do not stock every treadmill on the market. Moreover, for the brands they sell, they will not carry every model all the time.

Moreover, there are some treadmill makers that do not sell their treadmills in physical stores.

2. Save money

You'll be more likely to get a larger discounted price buying a treadmill online. For example, you can check out the Treadmill discounts featured on this site, which discounts are not likely available in physical stores.

That said physical stores also have sales and do buy in bulk from the manufacturers which results in some cases, better deals.

At the end of the day, if you have a treadmill retail store in your area, go there and note the prices. Then compare prices online.

Be sure to look online, because like I said above, not every treadmill brand is sold in stores. This is done intentionally to eliminate the costs of selling at physical locations.

3. Shipping

Even if a physical treadmill retail location is near your home, you do not want to have to load it into your vehicle and drive it home. If you shop at a physical location, be sure to ask about delivery.

Buying a treadmill online offers shipping for sure. However, not all treadmill retailers offer online free shipping. You'll want to inquire about this before buying online.

4. Convenience

I love buying stuff online. If you do not care to shop in physical stores and prefer shopping in the comfort of your own home, then ordering a treadmill online could not be more convenient.

Advantages to buying in a physical store

1. You can test-drive treadmills

Actually, you do not need to buy in order to try. One approach to buying a treadmill is trying them at a physical location, and then seek out a better deal online.

2. Physical location to deal with problems and returns

There's peace-of-mind knowing that there's a physical location to which you can go if you have problems with your treadmill after buying it a physical store.

When you buy a treadmill online, your recourse if problems arise is calling customer service. That's not always a picnic.

3. Salesperson assistance

In a physical store you can get help with getting the right treadmill for you. That said, you can still visit a physical location to get help and then buy a treadmill online. Talking to sales people does not obligate you to buying at the store.

4. Instant gratification

If you can haul your treadmill purchase away from the store, buying at physical location means you can get your treadmill home on the day you buy it.

When you buy a treadmill online, you must wait for it to be shipped. However, if you get it delivered from a physical location, you'll also have to wait.


At the end of the day, whether you purchase a treadmill online or at a physical store is a personal decision. There's not necessarily a better option. I suggest visit physical stores and compare pricing. If you get a better treadmill deal online, then order online. If a physical store can give you a better deal, buy at the store.