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Hi I’m Alex and welcome to treadmill-reviews.co.uk the unbiased treadmill reviews site. Here you will find independent reviews of the top treadmill brands & models, from Reebok Fitness, Vision Fitness, Life Fitness, NordicTrack, Horizon Fitness and many many more.

I used to work as a service engineer for a major sports company so know a lot about the mechanics of treadmills and other equipment. I’m also an avid runner and have a real passion for fitness. Due to the success of this site I also created a cross trainer reviews website.

NordicTrack T7.2 folding treadmill review

NordicTrack T7.2 treadmillPrice: £599
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Overall Rating: 4
Build Quality: 3.5
Ease of use: 4
Console Features: 4
Comfort: 4
Value for Money: 4

The NordicTrack T7.2 is a really good value treadmill. At £599, you get a really great machine for your money.

Technology focus

What I find really appealing about the NordicTracks is their technology focus. They’re well known for being innovators in the industry and this machine is great if you want lots of ways to bring variety into your training. With 20 workout apps to choose from to help motivate and track your training, it really helps to make running more fun, and means you can track your goals more easily.

Another key selling point for this treadmill is its iFit Live compatibility. By purchasing the iFit Live module, you’ll be able to take your training pretty much anywhere in the world by connecting to Google Earth. I really enjoyed running around Paris with my favourite running tracks playing on my iPod (the treadmill has an iPod compatible port). The Jillian Michaels personal training program is particularly impressive. I thought this was a really great program. Easy to follow, you can tailor it to you and it’s definitely one to get you motivated!

The module costs about £99, but you could check out higher spec models such as the NordicTrack T9.2 folding treadmill, which comes with iFit Live included when purchased through Fitness Superstore. It’s a bit pricier at £699, but a superior machine so you do get more for your money.

Comfortable training

The T7.2 includes the innovative cushion-deck, provided by DualShox cushioning which marries a cushioned strike area with a firmer take off very well. Of course, the higher spec models still offer a more comfortable experience but, for a treadmill at the lower end of the price scale, it’s certainly more than adequate.

Another good feature is the gym-width belt – 51cm wide by 140 cm long. What’s really good about a wider belt is that you have less chance of stepping off the belt, which can be dangerous. Lots of us tend to drift slightly when we run, so I really do recommend a belt of this width. Although the belt length area isn’t as long as a treadmill you’d find in a gym, it certainly caters to most. Only the exceptionally tall would have any difficulty. So if you are over 6 feet, you might want to consider alternative machines or at least test it out before buying.

With a 2.25 CHP DurX Motor, it has a self-cooling drive system with an axial fan, which reduces noise. Not the quietest treadmill ever, but certainly not offensively loud. Again, in this price range, I rate it as fairly good.

Safety

NordicTrack T7.2 treadmill folded

There are some good safety features with this treadmill, namely the EasyLift assist, which makes the treadmill easier to manage. The great design also allows the treadmill to be stored vertically, which is a great space saver and prevents it from being a hazard.

The standard warranty is 1 year parts & labour. However, you can get this extended free of charge to 2 years parts & labour if you register it with Nordic Track by warranty card or via their website within 28 days.

Summary

Overall, a really good value treadmill in this price range, ideal for most users, though you may want to look at treadmills with a longer belt if you’re really tall. I also strongly recommend purchasing the iFit module to boost your training as this is what makes these treadmills stand out from the crowd.

 

NordicTrack T9.2 folding treadmill review

NordicTrack T18 TreadmillPrice: £699
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Overall Rating: 4
Build Quality: 4
Ease of use: 4
Console Features: 4.5
Comfort: 4
Value for Money: 4.5

If you’re looking for a good value treadmill that delivers in terms of technology, I would recommend the NordicTrack T9.2. At a price of £699, the T9.2 has much to offer including iFit Live technology compatibility, a wide range of programmes so you can adapt your workouts and good safety features.

Far superior in terms of spec in comparison to other treadmill brands in this price range, I was particularly impressed with the inclusion of iFit Live when purchased via Fitness Superstore. Although I’ve tried this out before on the NordicTrack T7.2, I had to purchase this as an additional module to reap the benefit of it.

If you’ve not used iFit Live before, you really should give it a try. It’s certainly helped me get through a 15k run when I’ve not been in the mood. Basically, it allows you to log onto the web and connect to Google Earth. You can then choose any destination to run in, taking your training pretty much anywhere you like in the world. I’ve tested out loads of pre-programmed destinations via my TV (you can also use your computer/laptop), such as the Sydney Harbour, but you can try pretty much anywhere. It definitely beats staring at a wall!

Comfortable training experience

NordicTrack T9.2 treadmill belt

Comfortable belt with DualShox cushioning

With a cushion-deck, provided by DualShox cushioning, this is definitely one of the softer treadmills on the market in this price range. The result is a comfortable, smooth running experience, whether it’s a light jog or a run. However, when really sprinting, it did feel a bit uncomfortable and was quite noisy so serious runners may want to look at alternative, higher spec models.

The motor size is really good with a top speed of 20kph, which caters for most runners. Despite the larger motor, I also found the T9.2 treadmill quieter in comparison to earlier models, though still quite noisy compared to other treadmills.

The treadmill belt is a nice size. At 51cm wide by 140 cm long, it’s the width you’d find on treadmills at the gym. The benefit is that it caters to most (except the really tall) and also means you don’t need to worry about slightly drifting as you run, which is very common. With a 150kg maximum user weight, the overall feel was very sturdy too and though I’m only 85kg myself, I feel confident it would provide a comfortable running experience even if you’re closer to the weight limit.

Peace of mind

A key feature of this folding treadmill is definitely the soft drop lowering system. When folding the treadmill away, it effectively self-lowers, making it far more manageable, meaning less chance of damaging the machine or yourself. I tested this out by asking my wife to fold it away. At 5 feet tall, she managed it without any problems at all.

The standard warranty is 1 year parts & labour. However, you can get this extended free of charge to 2 years parts & labour if you register it with Nordic Track by warranty card or via their website within 28 days.

Summary

Overall, a really good treadmill in this price range, ideal for most users. However, if you’re very tall, I would suggest looking for a longer treadmill belt (longer than 140cm) and trying before you buy. Serious runners may also want to look for a stronger model too to get superior comfort.

Tunturi T80 Endurance Treadmill Review

Tunturi T80 TreadmillPrice: £1,990
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Overall Rating: 4.5
Build Quality: 3
Ease of use: 3.5
Console Features: 4
Value for Money: 5

 

The T80 Endurance folding treadmill is the flagship model from Tunturi’s product range.  Widely touted as one of their best ever treadmills, it really is a fantastic machine. Powered by a 3.5HP continuous duty motor, speed of 14 mph are easily achieved without excessive noise and changes in both speed and elevation feel smooth and responsive.

A large running deck (52cm wide x 152cm long) will provide ample space for any size individual and will ensure users feel safe and secure even when they are running at high speeds. Tunturi’s trade marked T-Flex shock absorption system provides good levels of cushioning for joint protection and the welcome addition of an orthopaedic belt really lessens the impact and makes for a quieter running experience.

As one of the few truly prestige treadmills to offer a folding mechanism, the T80 stores easily with a hydraulic assist reducing a large footprint of 210cm long x 91cm wide to a far more space conscious 114cm length.

There is also a safe double locking system which immobilises the belt for a child friendly environment. The large sturdy steel frame will handle weight up to 150kg and the low instep frame helps to keep everything incredibly stable so regardless of your running style, size or stature you always feel secure.  Classed as a light commercial product, the T80 can be used in a small corporate gym or personal training studio where the amount of use would naturally be more excessive, with no issues whatsoever.

Tunturi-T80-Treadmill-ConsoleTunturi back this up with a 1 year parts and labour warranty subject to a 5 hours per day maximum use. Hand built in Europe, the quality really shines through and if used in a domestic residence, Tunturi are happy to provide a 3 year parts and labour warranty with 20 years on both the frame and motor. The console is feature packed from a programming perspective, including 35 programs and upto 4 user profiles.

The control keys are large and easy to reach with the combined LCD/LED profile display and scrolling info bar providing feedback and an intuitive control system.  All the program variations are fully scaleable which means there are an almost infinite number of workout combinations and accurate heart rate control programs are included using the hand pulse grips or via an optional wireless chest strap.  Designed with hardcore runners in mind, Tunturi’s patented Positional Speed Control (PSC) is perhaps the pinnacle of this treadmill’s sophistication.  When runners are wearing a Polar T31 chest strap, the speed can be controlled simply by the user speeding up or slowing down, providing the ultimate hands free speed control system.

PROS

  • Quiet, powerful, responsive motor
  • Innovative console including PSC and many different workouts
  • Great impact reduction system
  • Great built quality and the bonus of a folding capability

CONS

  • 12% incline less than non folding alternatives capable of 15%
  • No entertainment features on the console

In summary then, if you are in the market for a high end, quality home use treadmill or even looking for a light commercial machine which folds then the T80 does it all.  Serious runners will love the variation in workouts and the durability.  This is a lot of treadmill for the money and warrants serious consideration when compared to similar priced alternatives.

Price: £1,990
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

NordicTrack T18.0 Treadmill Review

NordicTrack T18 TreadmillPrice: £899
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Overall Rating: 4
Build Quality: 3.5
Ease of use: 4
Console Features: 5
Comfort: 4
Value for Money: 4

 

The T18.0 is a treadmill from the upper end of the NordicTrack range.  As a brand Nordic are well known for being innovators in the fitness industry, often the first to include the latest technology on their products.

Starting with the 3.0 CHP Durx TM  Commercial Pro motor, it is dynamically spin balanced which provides superior performance, claiming to reduce both vibration and noise. With a peak power output of 4.5HP, this motor is well capable of propelling users up to a maximum speed of 22km/h with a maximum incline of 15%. This puts it near the top of the pile in terms of out and out performance amongst the majority of folding treadmills. You would normally associate these sort of figures with non folding or even commercial machines.

The belt is large (51cm wide by 152cm long) and well capable of accommodating users of any height and the 160kg (25 stone) maximum weight capacity means the T18.0 really does cater for everyone.

The result of a treadmill this large and robust is that it takes up a fair amount of space at 210cm long by 97cm wide when in use.  The impact reduction control TM cushioning system is well sprung, reducing impact by 15-33% and incorporates a movable isolator to allow users to change the support from mimicking road running to providing a softer, joint friendlier workout.

The deck is foldable, using the patented Spacesaver design with Easylift TM assist and soft drop mechanism so that despite its substantial size, literally anyone can fold or unfold it very easily indeed.  The console is large, but then it does incorporate a lot of features.

NordicTrack T18 Treadmill ConsoleThere are 28 different preset workouts utilising speed, incline or both at the same time and calorie burn, all designed to get maximum results. The LED display shows all the feedback and program profiles clearly and brightly and there is a Polar heart rate sensor and included chest strap to go with the pulse grip sensors on the handles. These will only monitor heart rate however, as there are no heart rate control programs included.

If that isn’t enough variety for you then there is also the option of subscribing to iFit Live as reviewed in more detail on other Nordic Track models. A years subscription will cost £99.95 including the wireless module. An ipod compatible music port with speakers is the icing on the cake for this feature packed console.  As is often the case with NordicTrack products, specification is the first priority, sometimes at the detriment to build quality.

Not so here, this is a lot of treadmill for the money and with the standard 2 year parts and labour warranty with 10 years on the motor you do actually feel as though it would stand the test of time which is not something you can say about all of the Nordic range!  One annoying gripe I did have however, was that there is nowhere on the console to put a water bottle!

PROS

  • Massive amount of specification
  • Huge motor and belt size suitable for all user types
  • Easy to fold

CONS

  • Very large treadmill for the home market
  • No water bottle storage facility

In summary then, if you have the room for a big treadmill, want to spend less than £1000 and you want loads of program options, entertainment features, a soft adjustable running deck and the ability to run at very fast speeds in absolute stability then look no further.  Just remember you will have to get off every time you want a drink of water!

Price: £899
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Reebok T3.2 Performance Treadmill Review

Reebok T3.2 Performance TreadmillPrice: £649
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Overall Rating: 3
Build Quality: 2.5
Ease of use: 4
Console Features: 3
Comfort: 3
Value for Money:2.5

 

 

Reebok’s T3.2 folding treadmill is the entry level model in their performance series range.  As a well known global brand, Reebok have been producing fitness equipment for the home market for many years.

One of the key selling features for this particular model is the ease with which it is assembled.  It arrives in the box over 90% pre assembled with just a few basic bolts required to put the upright columns on and attach the console means you could be up and quite literally running within 20 minutes.

A 2.0 horse power motor (HP) provides enough grunt to take 130kg (20 stone) users to 10mph and there is a maximum motorised incline level of 12% to really push user’s fitness levels.

The treadmill is fairly compact at 169cm long by 86cm wide although this is in part down to the slightly small running belt which comes in at 45cm wide by 130cm long.  This does restrict functionality however as running on a treadmill at reasonable speeds really requires a belt size of 50cm wide by 140cm long due to most people’s tendency to drift slightly and extend their stride, the faster they go.

Essentially, if you are under 6ft tall and plan to spend your time mainly walking or light jogging then this treadmill will be fine. Serious runners may want to consider alternative machines.  The cushioning system is quite unique as Reebok have incorporated swing arm suspension technology in addition to the standard elastomer cushioning found on most treadmills.  This results in the entire deck moving to absorb impact, with the maximum levels of cushioning occurring at the front of the deck where the heel strikes and a minimum amount at the rear providing a solid base to push off from.

This system does provide a comfortable surface but I did find it to be a bit noisy.  The console has a blue backlit LCD screen which displays program profiles and workout feedback and there are 8 preset programmes for variety.  These revolve around target based activities using speed, time, distance and calories to provide goals with various levels of intensity available within the speed and weight loss programmes.

They have included a basic heart rate control option although the required Polar compatible chest strap is not included as standard.  Folding is straightforward and a pop up trolley wheel means that moving this treadmill around is a lot easier to do than other models.  The build quality seemed ok although some of the extensive plastic trim did have a tendency to creak when jogging.  The warranty covers parts and labour for 2 years and the motor for 10 years.

PROS

  • Easy to assemble and transport
  • Effective impact reduction system
  • Compact

CONS

  • Build quality has a slightly cheap feel to it
  • A small running belt limits functionality

In summary then, the T3.2 has some good points, it’s compact, easy to build and has a good cushioning system.  There are however, better spec treadmills available at this price with larger decks and you do feel that you may be paying a little over the odds because of the Reebok brand.

Price: £649
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Life Fitness CST Club Series Treadmill Review

Life-Fitness-CST-TreadmillPrice: £4,395
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Overall Rating: 5
Build Quality: 5
Ease of use: 5
Console Features: 5
Comfort: 5
Value for Money:5

 

For those who are looking for the health club experience at home and  for whom budget and space are not limited, the Life Fitness CST treadmill is the ultimate home use treadmill. Based on the commercial model, the CST provides a genuine health club quality workout.

The patented flexdeck absorption system works very efficiently as you would expect, reducing impact levels on the joints and muscles by up to 30% when compared with running outdoors.

The 4-HP AC Continuous Duty Motor with MagnaDrive™ propels users quietly and easily to the top speed of 12mph and it also feels responsive when required for some of the more vigorous interval training programs.

A 15% motorised incline is included and the overall product weight of 195kg ensures there is complete rigidity in the frame for even the heaviest runners as the maximum user capacity of 180kg would suggest.

Life-Fitness-CST-Treadmill-ConsoleThe control layout is the same as the health club model and incorporates the GoSystem Quick Start feature which remembers your preferred walk, jog and run speeds so you can launch your training sessions at the touch of a button.

The integrity display is a smart yellow on black LED readout advising program profiles coupled with separate display windows for times, speed, distance, calories and heart rate.  They have also incorporated an ipod connectivity system which allows your ipod to sit in a purpose built in dock on the console allowing you to control track changes and volume levels with the integrated controls.

PROS

  • Amazing stability, particularly when compared with folding treadmills but even when compared to other brands of non folding machines.
  • Incredibly comfortable to run on
  • Quiet, smooth and responsive motor performance regardless of speed and incline levels.
  • Easy to read display with good variation of programs and the inclusion of ipod connectivity and controls is a real bonus.

CONS

  • A little disappointing that no wireless chest strap is included considering the price of the treadmill however this is a small concern on an otherwise pretty faultless performance.

Summary

In summary then, if space and budget are no object then this is the treadmill to purchase. It performed brilliantly in testing and finding fault was nigh on impossible. The only trouble is that a price tag of over £4,000 and the fact that it is non-folding means it has a limited market place for UK customers.

The programs are varied, all the usual suspects are there with Fat Burn, Heart Rate Hill, Heart Rate Interval, Extreme Heart Rate, Random, Hill, 5K, 10K and speed interval training.  The Lifepulse™ digital heart rate monitoring hand sensors are conveniently placed on the easy-to-grip Ergo™ bar to provide walkers with precise heart rate monitoring, and Polar® telemetry provides runners with accurate, hands free heart rate monitoring although this method does require an optional chest strap.

Having used the full commercial model club series treadmill in various gyms on many occasions I have to say that I couldn’t find a difference in the running experience when testing the Life Fitness CST. The cushioning and stability felt identical and the console has a familiar feel to it. In essence, the only differences between this model and its commercial sibling are the unseen parts, the components used in construction due to the greatly increased usage a commercial model would have to endure.

Best Price: £4,395
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

NordicTrack T9.1 Treadmill Review

NordicTrack-T9.1-TreadmillPrice: £699
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Overall Rating: 3.5
Build Quality: 3
Ease of use: 3
Console Features: 5
Comfort: 4
Value for Money: 4

 

The NordicTrack T9.1 folding treadmill is the entry level model in the Nordic track range to embrace the iFit live concept. The old version of iFit consisted of pre programmed SD cards designed to give users motivational instruction with their workouts. The latest concept works in conjunction with Google earth whereby users can log onto the web and choose a location to run in.  By using your laptop or tablet pc and the wireless module plugged into the treadmill you can take a run almost anywhere on earth!

The treadmill adjusts incline according to the contours of the terrain and you can select street view which is pretty impressive as motivational programs go.  I tested the feature running around Sydney harbour which made a nice change from staring at the TV or out of the window.

NordicTrack-T9.1-Treadmill-ConsoleThere are many other facilities with iFit live too.  Apps for your mobile phone including exercise diary and dietary recording options all come as part of the subscription. This costs £99 for the module and 1 years use except for some of the higher spec models in the Nordic range which have the module included.

In addition to iFit there are also the usual variable intensity programmes available pre built into the console and an ipod compatible music system.

The 2.5Hp commercial grade motor is reasonable and capable of 20km/h although it was quite noisy at higher speeds. There are one touch hot keys on the console for adjusting speed and the 10% motorised incline.

The belt is a healthy 51cm wide by 140cm long so suitable for all but the tallest users and the FlexResponse cushion deck claims impact reduction levels of upto 15%.  I did feel that the sprung deck was a little bouncy as I am quite a heavy footed runner and this made running at speed quite noisy when compared to some of the orthopaedic belt model treadmills from other manufacturers at this level. Despite this, the deck did otherwise feel pretty sturdy and the 150kg maximum user weight should cope comfortably with the vast majority of users.

Nordic’s warranty of 2 years parts and labour with a 10 year motor warranty is somewhat lower than alternative brands at this price point but in terms of purely spec and console sophistication the T9.1 treadmill scores pretty well.

PROS

  • Fantastic innovative programming with iFit live surely will provide motivation to anyone.

CONS

  • The deck is quite bouncy for heavier runners creating higher noise levels compared with alternative brands.
  • Quite a short warranty and not the greatest build quality.

Summary

In summary then, if you want the latest motivational and entertainment facilities provided as part of a treadmill then the T9.1 is for you. If comfort, noise levels and build quality are more important features then there are other treadmills out there that will be more suitable.

Best Price: £699
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Tunturi T40 Treadmill Review

Tunturi-T40-TreadmillPrice: £1,299
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Overall Rating: 4
Build Quality: 4
Ease of use: 3
Console Features: 5
Comfort: 4
Value for Money: 4

Tunturi Fitness are well known in the industry for producing quality, high performance fitness equipment and the T40 is no exception. Certainly, they are priced towards the upper end of the market however the price would seem to match the features that this treadmill has to offer.  A speed range of 0.8km/h to 20km/h will definitely cater for all levels fitness as will the 12% incline on offer.

The 3.0hp continuous duty motor ensures that runs are smooth regardless of the speed the treadmill is running and the power of a Tunturi motor ensures that the treadmill never feels as if it is straining and it also reduces the level of noise quite considerably.

The running deck is quite large, in fact it is oversized in length at 150cm long by 51cm wide so there are no problems for even the tallest and most awkward runners.  Despite the extra length in the deck, the T40 folds upright easily and the set of 4 transportation wheels makes manoeuvring the treadmill incredibly easy for anyone to do.

The T-Flex cushioning system also features an orthopedic belt which ensures that impact levels are kept to a minimum.  As a Scandanavian company, Tunturi have always made the aesthetic design of their product ranges an important feature resulting in an uncomplicated, but stylish look. Previous models were criticised on occasion for outdated console displays but the T40 certainly doesn’t suffer in that department.

Tunturi-T40-Treadmill-ConsoleA large straight forward LED display clearly shows you a profile of the program whilst the window displays surrounding offer up the basic feedback information covering time, speed, distance, calories and heart rate.  It is here that the sophistication of the console really starts to shine through.

The T40 contains the patented proactive program PSC (Positional Speed Control).  This intelligent program controls the speed and adjusts the pace when necessary.  Walking faster automatically means a higher speed and vice versa.

Proactive, hands free, very comfortable and safe, PSC offers 100% effective training because it reacts proactively to the user.  It does this via the supplied wireless heart rate strap. The T-Pulse heart rate control programs are able to adjust both speed and incline to vary the intensity of the workouts which is in itself unusual and not something found on the majority of treadmills. T-Scale enables users to choose and adjust the level of intensity during a program without interruption at the touch of a button resulting in infinite profile variations.

There are no compromises with the all round build quality of the T40 either, with a 15 year frame and motor warranty and 3 years parts and labour also provided as standard.  Tunturi also include a delivery and installation service with all their machines using their own teams of qualified technicians.

PROS

  • Really well made with a great warranty.
  • Innovative proactive user programs.
  • Comfortable, cushioned running deck.

CONS

  • Maximum user weight is only 21 stone which is a little light for a machine in the price point compared to alternative products and there are no entertainment features.

Summary

In summary then, the T40 may lack some of the bells and whistles of other treadmills in its class but it certainly delivers on build quality and intelligent, interactive features.

Best Price: £1,299
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Horizon T4000 Premier Treadmill Review

Horizon-T4000-TreadmillPrice: £899
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Overall Rating: 4.5
Build Quality: 4
Ease of use: 4
Console Features: 5
Comfort: 5
Value for Money: 4

Having reviewed both the Elite 507 and the T5000 models from the Horizon range, it was difficult to envisage exactly what the T4000 would bring to the table. The answer in a nutshell is a slightly smaller, less expensive alternative to its bigger cousins.

So, what exactly has been sacrificed with the launch of the T4000? Well in truth, all of the important features are all present and correct. It has the same 2.5HP digital drive motor and the same 4.4mm thick orthopaedic belt and VCS cushioning system.

Horizon-T4000-Treadmill-ConsoleWhat Horizon have done is effectively remove some of the bells and whistles. There are still 10 programmes including heart rate control and custom design options and the pulse grip and polar console chip remains. (wireless chest strap an optional accessory) The feedback via the LED display is easy to read and navigation is very similar to the 507.

There are no ergo jog wheels, no ipod dock like the T5000 and the running belt is slightly shorter. But, at 51cm x 140cm this will only potentially be an issue for users over 6ft 4 or those with a particularly long stride.

It is still a robust performer with a 25 stone weight capacity, although at high speed there was some movement in the frame and the console did vibrate a little.  This however, seems a relatively small compromise when you can purchase the T4000 for £300 less than either a T5000 or an Elite 507. This makes for a very comfortable, well made treadmill on the right side of £1000.

This puts it in a different price category and frankly seems to offer quite a lot more than the competition at this level.  Other manufacturers seem to have focused more on motivational features, like Nordic Tracks iFit Modules and SD card programmes and ipod docking systems but then compromise on the overall build quality as a result.

Horizon Fitness have maintained great build quality (the same 5 year parts and 3 years labour warranty applied to all their models) and brought it into a very competitive market place without many compromises at all.

PROS

  • Great cushioning system, very comfortable running surface.
  • Compact and easy to fold.
  • Solid, class leading build quality with a great warranty.
  • Price tag, a lot of treadmill for the money.

CONS

  • Some motor noise and frame vibration at high speeds with heavy users.

In summary then, the T4000 treadmill represents great value and is certainly one of the best treadmills around for the price.  In terms of comfort, reliability and build quality, three of the most important priorities when choosing a home treadmill you will struggle to find anything better. It may not be the most sophisticated console but there will be more than enough features and variation for most people.

Best Price: £899
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Life Fitness T5-5 Treadmill Review

Life-Fitness-T5-5-TreadmillPrice: £2,795
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Overall Rating: 4
Build Quality: 5
Ease of use: 5
Console Features: 3
Comfort: 5
Value for Money: 4

 

Ok, so in the UK most people will need a folding treadmill due to space restrictions. Manufacturers recognise this and subsequently there are many more folding machines available than there are non folding. In fact it is really only the prestige brands that cater for this smaller niche market which means consequently you are unlikely to find a non folding treadmill unless you have a pretty substantial budget.

The T5-5 treadmill then, is a pretty serious piece of fitness equipment, packed full of the specification and features you would expect to find on a model costing over £3,000. With an oversized running belt (56cm x 152cm) you can run in complete comfort via the flex deck cushioning system no matter how tall you are.

It has a maximum user weight capacity of 180kg which tells you that this is an incredibly stable machine. The 3.0HP Magna drive motor will propel users to 20kph and a 15% motorised incline gives you the same level of options available on many full blown commercial treadmills.

The display has an extremely easy to use navigation system where the keys are touch sensitive and back lit.  The individual information windows present all the feedback detail in a coherent very user friendly manner.

Life-Fitness-T5-5-Treadmill-ConsoleThere are 15 pre programmed workouts including classic, daily and sports training with 4 user profiles to store personal fitness data and to preset your workouts specifically to your own profile. For those technically minded you can even custom design your own programmes.

Heart rate control programmes using the trade marked Heart Sync (the most accurate heart rate monitoring system on the market) are also available complete with the included wireless chest strap as standard.

Life Fitness also provide all their products with a 3 year onsite, parts and labour warranty so you can feel confident in the level of build quality.

PROS

  • Oversized large running deck
  • Very solid, stable machine
  • Complete running surface, workouts are smooth, impact free and effective
  • Masses of variable programming options for all fitness levels.

CONS

  • This treadmill is a very large heavy product and therefore difficult to move around. You really need a purpose built room to accommodate it.
  • No folding capability.
  • No entertainment features.

In summary then, the T5-5 is an expensive treadmill but it really delivers on all fronts and if you have the money this is definitely the treadmill to go for.  The lack of entertainment features like an ipod dock may put some off but frankly this performs so well as a treadmill I don’t think it is an issue. Whatever your fitness level, there aren’t many better machines out there.

Best Price: £2,795
Buy From: Fitness Superstore