We have compiled Runner's World Reviews as well as some other extremely credible sources to help guide you through the buying process of treadmills...
Spirit XT 485 Treadmill
Plus: The XT485 provides a comfortable, stable surface underfoot for runners of all sizes. The controls for speed (12 mph max) and incline (0-15%) are conveniently located on the handrails, but can be turned off if you frequently hold on to that area. From the easy-to-read console, speed and incline can be set using any of the 0-9 "quick keys", press either the speed or incline button, then one or two digits corresponding to your setting; "quick speed" plus 6 and 5 would set the belt speed to 6.5 mph. This is easier than pressing an up or down button to scroll through to your desired setting.Minus: The most common complaint we heard from testers was that the cup holders on the XT485 are too shallow, causing a water bottle to bounce around.
Tester Says: "The speed/incline buttons on the arms were nice."
ROBERT REESE, 28, a 2:53 marathoner from Emmaus, Pa.
Besides being Consumer Reports #1 Rated machine the past 4 years, Runner's World also highly recommends this machine. If the only complaint found is that the cup holders are not deep enough for a big water bottle then you have a Home Run of a machine.
You can finally get a commercial grade machine in your home for $1999....
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Landice L7 Treadmill
Runners World Magazine published the results of their customer satisfaction survey of over 2000
readers who owned or used a treadmill at health clubs or corporate
fitness gyms. The readers were asked to rate the treadmills on a scale
of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest rating. The following is a list of
the top results:
"If you want the best and can afford it, the L7 is the bad boy."
Precor 9.23 Treadmill
"No frills, no gadgets, no gee-whiz-look-at-me console. The 9.23 is meant to do one thing: perform. You want to go faster? Press the arrow up. It's one of the most responsive treadmills we tested; this machine catches up to speed changes in a hurry. And because the engine can hit five-minute pace, anyone who's not training to medal in London will find all the speed they need. Of course, when you do push the pace, be careful: There are no side handrails. If you lose contact with the console during your race simulator, you'll give new meaning to the phrase "off the back."
Minus: Speed can only be changed with arrows, so you have to press-and-hold a lot. Console has no entertainment value at all." Runners World
With no siderails, this is a head scratcher. They have since discontinued these units.
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Precor TRM 445 Treadmill
Life Fitness T5 Treadmill
"The T5 remembers your preferred settings for a quick start at any time. With just the push of a button, you'll be back at the speed and incline you were at before the kids' demand for chocolate milk came in. When you do make adjustments, the panel reacts quickly to the touch. "It was a great ride," says David Graf, RW's senior multimedia producer. "Cushioned without feeling mushy, the machine has a stable, supportive surface."
Life Fitness makes great commercial machines, but their home units are made in Asia and recently lowered their warranties. They should stick to the commercial world.
NordiTrack 2150 Treadmill
"A big, touch-sensitive color display lets you clearly see where you are going. The 10-inch tablet computer integrated into the machines console connects you to the Internet and the iFit system, and leverages Google Maps to replicate a real-life route anywhere in the world. The system automatically adjusts the speed and incline of the machine to match the terrain on-screen. Testers appreciated the one-touch keys to quickly adjust belt speed (0 to 12 mph) and incline (-3 up to 15 percent). The 3.8-horsepower motor will keep the belt spinning smoothly, even for bigger runners.
Minus: While it changes speed and incline gently, testers wished it would do so more quickly."- Runners World
FYI- This is not a commercial machine. Not even close. Look up Norditracks rating on the Better Business Bureau. We will not sell or support this brand. (It is an Icon brand.) Enough said.
Sole F80 Treadmill
Reviews from Runners World Community:
"Hi all, new to this forum. We just got a replacement F80 treadmill for one that we cracked the deck on after 1000 or so miles - fortunately we got an extended warranty. (Not impressed with this treadmilll I will say) The new one feels funny to run on and investigating shows the deck not to be level. If I put a level on it, it is not flat, it is perhaps a half inch off or so over a two foot level higher at the front.
"Well guys my deck just cracked in the middle and almost broke in half..I have put about 3 decks on this tread mill and have replaced lower power board and even sent me a new unit back in 08'..Now it appears that the front two rubber shock absorbers are loose..They pull off while the others are attached..But they are still under there the whole time however I guess the raise up and down with deck while running and that is what caused the split? Don't know but just took the deck off and looked at my old one I had from the previous change and its quiet a bit thicker compared to this..I wished all the old posts were still here so I could look back and see what all I have done to this thing. The other decks just had bad surface wear.
Be careful of these lower budget machines... Remember- They offer Commision to anyone who wants to sell them on-line- This is why people try to rate them high. A sporting goods treadmill will not hold up!
LifeSpan TR5000i Treadmill
Plus: Say you're running and the phone rings. You hop off the 'mill to answer. On most machines, the belt keeps spinning, which is dangerous especially if you have kids playing nearby. But the TR5000i has a safety-stop feature that automatically shuts off the engine when it doesn't sense a runner on the belt. During workouts the console sends data to a USB stick, tracking your heart rate (sensors on the arm-rails make this especially easy) and other vitals. You can pair the treadmill with an optional scale to record changes in your weight and body-fat percentage.
Minus: Quick keys are available only for pedestrian paces (3-6 mph). Icons on the display screen are difficult to decipher. Service on these units is non-existent.Tester Says: "Provides a quiet platform and user-friendly controls that are great for walking or jogging."
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From Runners World:
March 27, 2013 1:04
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