Two years ago I found out my cholesterol was high and I needed to start some exercising to get it down. I live 30 minutes from the gym and knew I wouldn't stick with that, so we went treadmill shopping. Not only are treadmills expensive, but they are huge.
So, when we found the Cardio Stride PLus, I thought it was perfect. It's small enough to fit in the corner of the room, and it was only $100. Much to my surprise, it's also a much more effective workout than a regular treadmill. Because it's a manual treadmill, you have to work twice as hard to get the belt moving. The first week I was on it, I could only walk for 5 minutes at a time. My husband made fun of me until he got on it and realized he couldn't walk very far either.
Even now that I run a couple of miles a day, this treadmill still kicks my butt. I only have a few complaints. You can not change the incline. It's at a very small incline but I really would like to option to rise or lower it. The only other complaint I have is about the monitor that came with it. I don't think it reads speed, mileage, or calories burnt very accurately. It also resets every couple of months for some reason. It didn't say anything about that in the book.
WE have used this treadmill for 2 years now and my husband continues to use it every day. It's a great workout for a fraction of the cost of regular treadmills.