If you’re looking for a running machine that doesn’t take up too much space and costs less than $200, the Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill could be the perfect choice for you.
This review takes a look at exactly what it means to be a ‘manual’ treadmill, the differences compared to motorized designs, customer reviews, and a quick comparison with the bestselling Phoenix 98510.
If you’re thinking about buying a new treadmill for home workouts, two of the biggest constraints that often hold people back are budget, and the space they have available.
This is why the Stamina InMotion II was created. To provide a way to run indoors, without taking up too much space, all for under $200.
But it’s important to bear in mind that this is a manual treadmill, which does explain some of the reason for the lower price tag.
Essentially this means that there isn’t a motor, only a pair of flywheels and a running belt that runs around them. This allows the running belt to automatically adjust to your current walking, jogging, or running pace.
There’s also no power incline settings available, but you can still adjust the running deck to an incline position before you start your workout.
There are two settings to choose from; 8 degrees and 10 degrees. The maximum incline of 10 degrees actually isn’t far off the incline settings we’ve come to expect from treadmills closer to $1000.
Despite having no motor or integrated cushioning system under the running deck, you can still power your own workouts with your own running motion.
Although many people enjoy running on a treadmill, it’s important to take into account the size of the running area.
Measuring 42″ (L) x 17″ (W), this probably isn’t going to be enough space for taller users to build up to their natural running stride without feeling restricted.
That being said, it’s still an effective way of creating a walking or jogging workout from the convenience of your own home, or even running for users that are closer to 5ft in height.
Stamina InMotion II – Features Summary
- Quiet, self-powered treadmill that lets you set your own workout pace
- 42-inch-long walking/running deck accommodates long and short strides
- Multi-function, battery-operated monitor tracks distance, time, speed, and calories
- Heavy-duty steel frame
- 2 incline positions (8 and 10 degrees)
- Folds for storage
- Textured, non-slip walking/running surface
- Foam-padded front and side rails
- Skid-resistant rubber floor protectors to maximize stability
- Doesn’t require an electrical outlet, so you can put it just about anywhere
Display console design
If you’re more used to using the treadmills you find in commercial gyms, it’s worth remembering that those machines would have likely cost thousands of dollars.
Due to the entry level price point of the Stamina InMotion II treadmill, the display console has been scaled down to only provide the most essential feedback on your training.
In fact, the display console itself is probably small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and as such requires a button to scroll through each individual workout statistic.
This includes your speed, distance, time, and calories burned.
As we have pointed out in previous treadmill reviews, the calories burned will often be inaccurate unless you are able to input at least your bodyweight.
Extending from the display console you also have the set of coated handles.
Due to being a manual treadmill, these handles have two main functions; one being to help you maintain your stability on the belt when running, and the other is to provide a force to push against when you’re getting the running belt moving and to help it retain its speed.
Unfortunately, due to the lack of incline and speed settings, and limited built-in computer functions, there aren’t any preset workout programs available with this machine.
Customer reviews and review ratings
Whenever we review any piece of fitness equipment, we always try to make some comparisons with equipment that offers similar features, or is in a similar price bracket.
In this case, the closest match we came across in terms of both features and price was the Phoenix 98510.
Despite also being a manual treadmill with similar features, there’s a big difference in the number of reviews.
Although the Phoenix model has a larger, more functional display console, there’s not a great deal of difference, and the Stamina InMotion II even has a larger running area (Stamina: 42″ L x 17″ W vs. Phoenix: 41″ L x 13″ W)
In our opinion, the combination of incline positions and larger running area set the Stamina model ahead in terms of value for money and being able to provide an effective workout.
But with hundreds of reviews currently available for each machine and such similar average ratings, it’s difficult to determine which design comes out on top.
To help save time, we’ve provided a summary of the pros and cons from the reviews of the Stamina InMotion II in the lists below.
You can find similar lists in our separate, in-depth review of the bestselling Phoenix 98510 treadmill.
- Entry level price
- Compact size, both when in use and when folded away
- Light enough frame to move around easily if you need to
- Basic workout statistic feedback provided through the display console
- Comprehensive user manual provides easy to understand assembly instructions and contact info for customer support if needed
- You’re able to position the treadmill almost anywhere, as it doesn’t require an electrical outlet
- Quick and easy to assemble
- Incline settings available to increase the intensity of your workout
- Louder running belt motion than some of the higher priced motorized designs
- Running belt can drift to one side, rubbing against the flywheel. Belt tension screws are fitted to the back of the deck for fixing this issue.
- Feedback on calories burned is often inaccurate
- Requires you to hold onto the hand rails if you want to build up to higher speeds on the running belt
What’s included with the warranty?
- Frame: 1 year
- Parts: 90 days