The last thing you want in your exercise equipment is frequent breakdowns, no matter whether the machines are still covered by warranties or not. Breakdowns, frequent or occasional, increase the redundancy rate of your machines besides causing upsets to your workouts' routines, and not to mention the cost of repairing (do not forget that many a parts of your equipment are not covered under "Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty ").
How to check the quality exercise machines When you do not know, the first step to take in your quest to ascertain the quality of exercise equipments is to compare similar machines from different brands checking different points. Better it is if you can do this across a couple of dealers.
However, for your information, reputed manufacturers produce, test and control quality of their products by adhering to quality management standard for sports and medical devices (ISO 13485), a standard set by ISO. This ISO standard requires the manufacturers to follow and document their adherence for future review.
Although there are no ways you can replicate the same tests at a shop, there are quite a few things you can check (apart from the ISO stamp) that indicate quality.
- ISO requires that outsourced parts and sub-assemblies must be from ISO certified sources. The usually outsourced parts are electronic gadgets / consoles, motors and other electrical circuitry, rubber bushes etc. Although you can not open a part to see whether they meet this requirement, it is still safer to go by the reputation of their respective manufacturers. The understanding behind this is renowned manufacturers do not risk their reputation for anything.
- Good brands, irrespective of their ISO statuses, gather customer feedback employing various ways; asking you to fill a feedback form is one of them. If you are asked to fill one form, do not hesitate to do it. This, other than being a way of giving feedback, is your opportunity to formally lodge your views. The deeper and greater the feedback form it is better and easy for you to develop your confidence.
- You can read and crosscheck a few feedbacks. While at it, make it a point to talk to those who had left negative feedbacks also. I must add a point here, while not all negative feedbacks are about problems with the machines, they can be after-sales service grouses also. This tells you whether to buy from the same store or move on.
- All machines are designed and fabricated for millions of repetitive operations and this is sample tested in their labs. To have a fair idea of this, you can focus your attention on critical links, joints and all moving parts that operate repetitively. Ask questions as to why they are like what they are.
Discuss the routine maintenance with the sales person and check whether lubricating points are accessible despite being sufficiently covered to prevent spillage. Another last thing you would like in exercise equipments is oil spillage.