When shopping for a new treadmill free shipping and other added perks should be taken into consideration as part of the deal. Since these machines typically weigh 225 pounds or more, paying a standard freight charge starting at $125 can drive the cost beyond your budget.
You can choose to take advantage of this nice benefit and pocket the money, or use the money you saved on shipping to buy more treadmill than you thought you could afford, or you can opt to extend the warranty on your purchase.
Take the time to check out the shipping policies of the treadmill dealer ahead of time. Luckily, there are no hidden charges and you will be told up front all the details required for freighting heavy equipment.
It is important that you know that Residential Delivery means the cardio machine will be delivered off the back of the truck, but that’s all. It will be up to you to round up friends to help you carry the box into the house, or to unpack the treadmill and carry it in. The driver will not help you.
You can also opt for Inside Delivery, which usually carries a nominal charge of $75 or $100. While it is still free treadmill shipping, the added cost is a good choice for many single people or couples who anticipate a problem with bringing the machine indoors.
With this option, the treadmill box will be carried inside to the room of your choice (usually with a limit of one flight of stairs). You will need to assemble the treadmill yourself, but anyone who can handle a screwdriver will have no difficulty putting a treadmill together in about 30 minutes.
The final option is called Turn Key Delivery or White Glove Delivery, depending on where you buy. Fees range from $150 to $250 for the treadmill to be carried in, unpacked and assembled in the room of your choice, and tested. The technician will also take away the boxes and packing material for you.
Here are the current policies of the most popular treadmill brands:
NordicTrack and ProForm offer free shipping to your front door.
Sole Fitness also offers free shipping to your home, but also offers Ground Inside and Turn Key options, for $99 and $239, respectively.
Johnson Health & Fitness, makers of Horizon and Vision treadmills, offers free shipping and will bring the machine inside for you to the first available ground floor level.
Bowflex often offers free shipping on their TreadClimber, Max Trainer and other exercise equipment.
Yowza Fitness offers free Expedited Curbside Delivery, as well as inside for $25, room of choice for $99, professional assembly for $229 and professional deluxe for $299.
Other brands like Life Fitness offer free shipping from time to time. TRUE will delivery for free to a local dealer, but you have to pick it up yourself, or choose one of their paid residential delivery options.
You will also find a treadmill with free shipping if you buy online at retailers such as Amazon, which features brands like Weslo, Sunny, Exerpeutic, LifeSpan and some of the models from the brands above.
There are many more online merchants offering free shipping now than in years past, as well as financing options that can really make the cost of a new treadmill palatable.
So take a look at all of the shipping policies for the brands you are considering. With free shipping, payment options and special sales and deals you can really save a lot of money on your new treadmill.
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