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Weslo CardioStride 3.0 Treadmill Review 2017

The Weslo CardioStride 3.0 is a great piece of home exercise equipment.

At a very affordable price, it is sturdy enough to provide a decent workout, and it is perfect for limited spaces as it can be folded and stored easily.

However, it has some drawbacks such as a bumpy track and an uncomfortable incline.

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Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Foldable, easy to store
  • Sturdy

Cons:

  • Track does not glide smoothly
  • A bit noisy
  • Incline is fixed and too steep

Features

SpaceSaver Designweslo-cardiostride-3-0-folding-treadmill

I can make the most of my limited workout space with the Weslo CardioStride 3.0.

When not in use, I can easily fold the deck and store it vertically in one corner.

It has no wheels but it weighs just 60 lbs. so moving it around is still convenient.

Incline

Manual treadmills push me more than electric ones because I need to exert extra effort to propel the belt.

The Weslo CardioStride 3.0 provides further resistance with its fixed incline of 15%. However this incline might be too much for some users.

It’s supposed to decrease the amount of stress on your joints, but I feel no difference with this incline. It just feels harder to run.

Easy-to-Read LCD

I can track my progress through the LCD screen.

It displays speed, time, distance, and calories burned. The screen is powered by 2 AA batteries.weslo-cardiostride-3-0-lcd

Design and Specifications

The Weslo CardioStride 3.0 is a light and compact manual treadmill which measures 46L x 23.23W x 48.5H in.

It has an average weight capacity of 250 lbs.

It has a powder coated steel frame which means that it’s sturdy enough to take whatever you want to throw at it.

I am also very particular with the hand grips of manual treadmills.

They need to be extra comfortable because I rest a lot of my weight on them,and constantly use them for balance. The hand grips of the Weslo CardioStride 3.0 are stable and covered with foam, which means that they’re perfect for me.

One of the letdowns of this treadmill is its tread belt.

Aside from limited space of 17in x 41in, it does not have cushioning so the impact with every step is strongly felt.

In addition, it does not run very smoothly despite regular maintenance.

It comes with 90-day warranty for parts and labor, which is acceptable considering its price.

F.A.Q.

Is it manual or electric?

It works manually and is not motor-powered.

What is the maximum speed that I can go on it?

None. It is self-propelled so the user controls how fast the tread runs.

Can I run on it?

Yes but it will take more effort than on a regular electric treadmill.

weslo-cardiostride-3-0-inclineDoes the belt run smoothly?

The belt does not run very smoothly. It stops abruptly at times which makes it difficult to maintain a constant stride.

I then have to exert extra effort to get the tread belt to run again.

Is the incline adjustable?

No. It has a fixed incline of 15%.

Can it be stored under a bed?

No. It sits at an angle when folded and the handles extend upward. It would be too high to fit under a bed.

Other Options

It can be difficult to find a cheaper and better alternative to the Weslo CardioStride 3.0.

However, the Best Choice Products Manual Folding Treadmill is a possible option.

It costs just a bit more but the belt works better.

Another manual treadmill which you should consider is the Confidence Fitness Magnetic Manual Treadmill.

For only $50 more, you can enjoy a quiet and smooth magnetic resistance with 8 adjustable levels, that provide multiple options for a challenging workout.

We also have a list of great affordable treadmills here if you’re interested.

Conclusion

The Weslo CardioStride 3.0 is an affordable treadmill which can easily fit into small spaces.

Its manual operation and 15% incline provide a challenging workout.

However, the same manual operation also contributes to its lack of smooth operation. Some also find its non-adjustable incline too steep.

Overall, it still serves its function and is a good entry-level manual treadmill to consider.

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Weslo Crosswalk 5.2T Treadmill Review 2017

The Weslo Crosswalk 5.2T is a mid-range treadmill that gives me a full body workout through its built-in programs, crosswalk feature, and incline options.

It is also easy to fold and store. However, it is not sturdy and durable enough compared to other treadmills within its price range.weslo-crosswalk-5-2t-treadmill

Pros:

  • Crosswalk for upper body workout
  • Easy folding and storage
  • Incline options

Cons:

  • Difficult to assemble
  • Some reports of damaged parts upon delivery
  • No backlight on LCD screen
  • No accessory for holding water bottle, book or smartphone/tablet
  • Not sturdy enough
  • Quite noisy
  • Limited warranty

Features

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I purchased this treadmill primarily because I don’t always have the time to go to the gym.

I like that it maximizes my workout time by also targeting my upper body. It has movable handrails which I can adjust depending on my preferred resistance level.

However, there are times when the handrails seem unstable, and the arms workout isn’t as strong as I’d like it to be.

Comfort Cell Cushioning Technology™

This Weslo exclusive technology protects the joints by absorbing impact with each step.

It also helps me maintain my balance while walking or jogging, which is helpful for us clumsy people. 🙂

4 Built-in Workout Programs

There are programmed workout options which I follow in rotation.

It keeps my workouts interesting and challenging – perfect when I lack motivation due to monotony. However, there are other treadmills within this price range that offer up to 13 workout programs.

Others

  • Thumb Pulse Monitoring System helps me keep track of my heart rate, although it can be difficult to keep my hand, much less my thumb in place as I walk or jog.
  • 2 manual incline options of up to 10%
  • Silver and black LCD screen which displays distance, speed, calories burned, elapsed time, and heart rate. However, one of my biggest disappointments is its lack of backlight.
  • Easy fold-up and storageweslo-crosswalk-5-2t-lcd-panel

Design and Specifications

The Weslo Crosswalk 5.2T Treadmill is powered by a 2.25 HP motor which enables it to operate smoothly.

It measures 65in L x 32in W x 48in H and has a 16in x 50in tread belt.

It can go as fast as 10mph for a more intense and challenging workout.

The maximum weight capacity is 250 lbs. However, its frame feels quite shaky and unstable so users around that weight level are advised to look for more sturdy alternatives.

It does not have a space to hold water bottles or smartphones/tablets which might be inconvenient for some users.

It provides only a 90-days warranty for parts and labor. This might say something about the manufacturer playing it safe with a not-so-durable machine.

F.A.Q.

How easy is it to set-up?

Although not very complicated, setting-up can be quite a challenge. It should take two people and about 1-2 hours to completely assemble it.

Does it incline?

It inclines manually to 2 options, to a maximum of about 10%.

weslo-crosswalk-5-2t-comfor-cell-cushioning-technologyWhat is it ideal for, walking or running?

I recommend it for walking and light jogging. The maximum speed is 10mph, although I feel a little bounce as I get halfway there. Heavier users may have problems running at full speed.

What are the upright handles for?

The upright handles are for working out arms and shoulders. They can be adjusted to provide different resistance levels. They can also be completely tightened so they stay put if I opt not to use it.

Is it quiet?

Its motor produces a significant noise when in use.

Does it have shelves?

No. It does not have accessories to hold water bottles, books, or smartphones/tablets.

Other Options

The Weslo Crosswalk 5.2T can be attractive mainly due to its price and it’s the second treadmill on our affordable treadmills list.

However, there are a lot of alternatives if budget is not a concern.

We recommend saving up for a more reliable treadmill like the LifeSpan TR 1200i.

It may cost twice as much but at least you get a more spacious running belt, 21 exercise programs, a data-saving feature which enables you to view your exercise progress from your computer or smartphone, and lifetime warranty on both the frame and motor.

If reliability, performance, and price are major considerations, the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 may be a good option.

While cheaper by about $100, it is easier to assemble, more quiet, has a lit LCD, and longer warranty coverage.

Conclusion

There are better alternatives to the Weslo Crosswalk 5.2T Treadmill.

Its promise of a full body workout is outweighed by all the negatives that it comes with.

Being lightweight works to its disadvantage because it has less stability and durability.

Combine that with a very limited warranty, and this treadmill is not something that you should purchase.

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ProForm 505 CST Treadmill Review 2017

The ProForm 505 CST is perfect for fitness enthusiasts who want a treadmill that can give them a gym-like experience at home.

It effectively fuses challenge with comfort and safety.

It is not the most affordable home treadmill, but I am very happy with its performance and I consider it a wise buy. However, if price is a big concern, check out our list of cheaper treadmills to find the perfect one for you.

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Pros:

  • Comfortable cushioning
  • Quick speed and incline controls
  • 18 built-in workouts
  • Powerful motor
  • High weight capacity
  • Wide treadbelt
  • Sturdy and stable

Cons:

  • A bit heavy
  • Poor customer service
  • Some people experienced motor problems upon delivery or after a few months

Features

ProShox Cushioning

I am not a professional runner or an athlete, but I like to challenge myself with an intense workout every now and then.

proform-505-cst-proshox-cushioningThe ProForm 505 CST has a comfortable deck which puts less stress on my feet, ankles, knees, and hips even if I run fast or set a high incline.

18 Built-in Workout Programs

It has 18 pre-programmed workouts that were designed by certified fitness professionals.

The variation and intensity of the programs are interesting.

I can say for sure that the programs are carefully planned to give a comfortable experience that yields favorable results.

Incline

It has a maximum incline of 10%. I like that there are buttons to quickly adjust the incline.

I can easily change it without the hassle of having to get off the track.

Sustaining momentum is very important, especially while working out with specific fitness objectives.

QuickSpeed Control

There are times when I want a heart-pumping workout and there are also times when I just prefer brisk walking while watching TV.

Its quick-select speed control allows me to shift from one mode to another with a single push of a button.

Others

  • It is compatible with iFit, a smart fitness technology that provides a personalized experience. However, it is purchased separately and has an annual subscription fee of $99.proform-505-cst-led
  • I stay energized with my workout playlist in the background because it has an audio system with iPod and mp3 compatible ports and two built-in 2-inch speakers.
  • Keeping track of my performance is easy with the its 6-inch backlit display screen that is simple and easy to read. It shows mileage, speed, calorie burn, heart rate, and time.
  • It monitors heart rate through the built-in handgrip sensors.

Design and Specifications

The ProForm 505 CST has a 2.5 continuous horsepower motor which makes it run smoothly and quietly.

Its 20in x 55in tread belt is stable and its sturdy frame can hold up to 300lbs.

Its incline level can be automatically adjusted between 0 to 10% and the speed ranges from 0-10mph.

F.A.Q.

Does setting it up need to be done professionally?

No. It is rather easy to assemble, although I recommend two people to do it because of the treadmill’s weight.

The only difficulty I encountered was the lack of proper labelling for some screws and bolts.proform-505-cst-folding-treadmill

Is it quiet?

It is not completely silent but the sound it emits is reasonable for an electronic treadmill.

Does it fold?

Yes it does, but not very tightly. I suggest storing it in a place where nobody will get hurt in case it unexpectedly unfolds.

Does it run smoothly?

Yes. I have not encountered any problems with either the motor or the belt.

Does iFit come automatically with purchase?

No. It has to be purchased separately and an annual subscription of $99 must also be paid.

What devices can be connected to the sound system?

An iPod or any player with a standard 3.5mm jack can be connected to it.

Does it have a fan?

No, it doesn’t.

Other Options

If you are looking for a more advanced treadmill, the NordicTrack C990 is a possible option

It costs about $400 more, but it has a web-enabled touchscreen, a higher maximum incline, 32 pre-set workout programs, and a longer tread belt.

On the other hand, a more affordable yet also efficient alternative is the ProForm Performance 300i Treadmill.

Except for a less powerful motor, it has about the same features but costs $200 less.

If you’re looking for a cheaper treadmill, but haven’t found one yet, look at our list of the best cheap treadmills on the market right now!

Conclusionproform-505-cst-treadmill

If you are looking for a treadmill with functions comparable to gym equipment but you don’t have thousands of dollars to spare, the ProForm 505 CST is perfect for you.

Its powerful motor, 18 built-in workouts, quick speed and incline controls, comfortable cushioning, high weight capacity and wide tread belt are enough to yield a pleasant but effective workout.

While people reportedly experience motor problems and have problems with customer service, they are in the minority. Overall, the majority says that this treadmill is a worthy investment.

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Best Choice Products Pink 500W Treadmill Review 2017

The Best Choice Pink 500W is a very basic treadmill which fits small spaces and limited budgets.

It can provide a light workout when going to the gym is not possible.

However, it also comes with drawbacks such as a lack of incline and programmed workouts, just to name a few.

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Pros:

  • Light and compact
  • Space saving design
  • Low noise

Cons:

  • Reports of a few broken parts upon delivery
  • Poor assembly instructions
  • No workout programs
  • No incline options
  • Limited running area
  • Motor stops suddenly for some people
  • Poor customer service

Features

best-choice-products-pink-500w-folding-treadmillSpace Saving Design

The Best Choice Pink 500W is ideal for small spaces as it can be easily folded and stored.

I expected it to fit under a bed but it couldn’t. However, it is very lightweight at just 53 lbs and has wheels which enable me to easily transport it for storage.

Easy Assembly and Storage

I can be clumsy at times, and while I’ve never fallen off the treadmill before, I don’t want to take the risk of it not stopping if I do.

The emergency stop key prevents me from injuring myself because the machine automatically stops every time I slip or fall.

Emergency Stop Key for Safety

I can be clumsy at times, and while I’ve never fallen off the treadmill before, I don’t want to take the risk of it not stopping if I do.

The emergency stop key prevents me from injuring myself because the machine automatically stops every time I slip or fall.

Comfortable Handrails

Its handrails are covered in soft foam and they’re quite comfortable to use.They also help me maintain my balance.best-choice-products-pink-500w-led

Others

  • LED screen which displays the speed, distance, time, and calories
  • Has a holder for a water bottle, although it is quite small
  • Comes in a cute, feminine color combination of pink and white

Design and Specifications

The Best Choice Pink 500W runs on a 500W power motor which is just right for a home treadmill to function effectively.

It weighs just 53 lbs., is foldable, and has wheels for easy storage.

It has a surprisingly high weight capacity for its size. The maximum user weight is 250lbs.

However, its limited runway size of 39.75” x 13.5” makes it hard to use this treadmill for taller people with a longer stride.

F.A.Q.

How easy is it to set up?

It may be a simple machine but it can be slightly difficult to set-up due to very poor assembly instructions.

Does it incline?

No. It has a fixed slight incline when assembled and it cannot be adjusted.

Can this foldable treadmill fit under a bed?

No. However, it’s very light so it can be easily folded and stored in an upright position.

Does it measure distance in miles or kilometers?

It shows the distance in miles.

best-choice-products-pink-500w-portableWhat is the maximum speed?

The fastest that one can go on this treadmill is 10 mph. However, some reviews say that it measures speed inaccurately.

Is it good for running?

The motor packs enough power for its size.

However, it is only recommended for walking or very light jogging because the frame is not very sturdy.

In addition, the runway space is limited so running on it may be uncomfortable.

Is it good for running?

It can hold up to 250 lbs.

Other Options

Similar features can also be enjoyed with the Fitnessclub 500W Folding Treadmill or any treadmill on this list at a lower cost.

Still affordable but worth just about $100 more is the Sunny Health and Fitness Treadmill.

It has better features such as an easy folding mechanism, soft drop system, more spacious treadbelt, built-in workout programs, and 3 incline level options.

Conclusion

The Best Choice Pink 500W is attractive to people with limited workout space and budget.

It is nothing fancy but you can still use it to exercise lightly.

However, its lack of incline, built in programs, limited running area, plus reports of a few broken parts upon delivery, sudden motor trouble, and poor customer service overshadow its very limited features.

I recommend not buying this treadmill and searching for better alternatives.

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Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill Review 2017

The Weslo Cadence R 5.2 is a light, compact machine that delivers the basic performance expected from it.

It has a sturdy frame and comfortable deck despite its size. It also has pre-programmed workouts and incline options if you like variety or a challenge.

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Pros:

  • Reasonable price
  • Easy to assemble
  • Space saving
  • Powerful motor
  • Sturdy frame
  • Incline options
  • Pre-programmed workouts
  • LCD with workout matrix display

Cons:

  • Inconvenient location of the power switch button
  • Control panel has no lighting
  • Limited warranty
  • Poor packaging quality

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Comfort Cell Cushioning Technology

This Weslo trademark technology absorbs impact and protects joints to reduce the risk of injury.

It also gives me comfort in every step regardless of my speed and intensity.

6 Built-in Programs

It offers different workout options for weight loss and intensity. It may not be a lot but it is enough to put some order into my workout as opposed to just doing things on my own.

Knowing that these are put together by Certified Professional Trainers, I can be sure that my workout will yield favorable results.

Incline Positions

Incline can be manually adjusted to 1.5% or 6%.

This option provides several benefits such as increased heart rate, calorie and fat burn, and strengthened ankles, calves, and thighs.

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  • Space Saver Design for easy folding and storage
  • QuickSpeed controls on the console adjust speed in ½ mile increments for comfortable acceleration
  • LCD screen displays statistics such as distance, speed, heart rate, and time. I specifically like the matrix display because I can track my performance at one glance.
  • Sensor-powered heart rate monitor

Design and Specifications

weso-cadence-r-5-2-folding-treadmillThe Weslo Cadence R 5.2 has a motor power strength of 2.25 HP. This means that it is made for light to moderate home workouts.

It weighs 118 lbs. so you need to exert extra effort to set it up, fold it, or move it around.

The running area measures 16in x51in. It allows comfortable walking or light jogging as long as you are under 250 lbs.

One red flag is its limited warranty coverage. It only provides 90 days warranty for motor, parts, and labor.

F.A.Q.

How easy is it to assemble?

It can be set-up in about 20 minutes, although some heavy lifting is required and a few screws may not fit in instantly.

Does the treadmill fold?

Yes. It may be a bit heavy to fold but it can be locked safely in place once upright.

Does it run quietly and smoothly?

It’s not completely noise-free but it won’t cause any disturbance to other home activities like watching TV. Its power motor enables it to run smoothly.

Does it have a heart rate monitor?

Yes. Its Easy Pulse technology enables me to monitor my heart rate through the thumb sensor.

What is the maximum speed of this treadmill?

It says 10mph. I haven’t gone full speed on it yet. However, I can comfortably go as fast as 7.5mph.

Other Options

While this treadmill is number 4 on our list, you might be looking for something different, so here are some other options:

A more advanced and consequently more expensive option would be the ProForm 505 CST Treadmill.

Save up about $250 more and you can enjoy better features such as more workout programs, a more powerful motor, higher user weight limit, and an iPod-compatible port. It also folds and stores easily.

For even more affordability with just the same features, a worthy alternative would be the Fitnessclub 500W Folding Electric Motorized Treadmill.

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For a treadmill at this price, the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 performs on par with expectations.

Its pre-set programs, incline options, speed controls and deck cushioning are enough to give a decent home workout experience.

Understandably, it has minor flaws like the inconvenient location of its power buttons, LCD screen without backlight, and poor packaging quality.

If regular, light exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle is all that you are after, this treadmill may be a good buy. Just be conscious of its limited warranty so you won’t get caught off-guard.

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Confidence GTR Power Pro Treadmill Review 2017

While scouting for a standard treadmill that can take the place of expensive gym memberships, I came across the Confidence GTR Power Pro.

At less than $300, it serves its purpose and covers all the basics, and is one of our favorite treadmills under 500.

It has pre-set workout programs and incline to provide variation to my routine.

It can also be easily folded, moved around, and stored.

The Confidence GTR Power Pro is ideal for people who have limited budget and are not after advanced or sophisticated features.

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Pros:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to fold and store
  • Lightweight
  • Quiet motor
  • Treadmill desk set-up
  • Pre-set workout programs
  • Incline options
  • Safety emergency stop feature

Cons:

  • Shorter belt length
  • Can be shaky and unstable
  • Motor stops suddenly for some people
  • High maintenance belt
  • No screen light

Features

Treadmill Desk Set-up

I like to maximize my time so I try to inject as much activity as possible while working out.

Because of its size, it fits perfectly under my installed work desk so I get to squeeze in some tasks.

Incline

The Confidence GTR Power Pro has 3 manual incline options.

If I feel unchallenged walking on flat, I simply get off and adjust the incline.

Some may find it inconvenient, but it is a minor drawback expected from a treadmill at this price so I don’t mind at all.

12 Pre-set Workout Programs

I can create a basic workout plan with its programmed options.

Each program is split into 20 segments and is set to run for 30 minutes, although this can be set between 5 and 60 minutes.

It’s always good to have several options, especially because working out at home can get quite boring.

Safety Emergency Stop Feature

Whether at the gym or at home, accidents can happen.

It is comforting to know that this inexpensive treadmill has a safety feature.

It has an emergency stop clip which I attach to my clothing. If I fall, it will pull the stop plug from the machine so it will automatically stop and turn off.

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  • Large, multi-functional LED display which shows speed, distance, time, calories burned and heart rate. However, it can be difficult to read when natural or room lighting is low because the screen does not have a backlight.
  • Quick-select settings which can adjust speed to 3kph, 5kph, and 7kph. These buttons are different from the speed adjustment options which can be controlled from the console or the handrails. Most treadmills reflect speeds at mph and not kph so this can be a concern for some users.

Design and Specifications

The Confidence GTR Power Pro is very lightweight at 62 lbs.

It runs on 1.5 HP motor which is powerful enough to sustain a decent home workout.

The runway space measures 43.5in x 15.75in. Its length could be a little bit of a worry for people with long strides.

The speed ranges from 0.5mph to 7.5mph. The speed reflected on the screen is km/hr so this can be concern if you are used to the more common m/hr reading.

It has two cup holders located on each side for that much needed hydration during workout.

The parts and motor are covered by warranty 1 year from the date of purchase.

F.A.Q.

confidence-gtr-power-pro-folding-treadmillWhat is the maximum user weight?

This is not specified although given its size, I do not recommend it if you are over 220lbs.

How easy is it to assemble and store?

It takes less than 30 minutes to set-up. Storage is also not a problem as it easily folds and has wheels.

How far above the ground is its maximum incline?

Maximum incline is 10 inches off the ground.

Is it durable considering its price?

If the usage and maintenance instructions are followed, it should work well and last long enough.
However, keep in mind that this treadmill is suitable for home use and not for heavy-duty workouts.
Some people also experience motor trouble after a few months.

Is it quiet?

The motor runs quietly, although the console’s beeping sound may be quite annoying.

How comfortable is the walking or running surface?confidence-gtr-power-pro-motorized-electric-treadmill

Some reviews mention a slippery belt. It can feel shaky and unstable at times, especially at higher speed.

It also does not have cushioning under the deck so you may feel the impact when your workout is fast or intense.

Its shorter belt may also be disadvantageous for taller users with long strides.

Does it require high maintenance?

The belt tends to slip after a few months of use.

There are instructions on how to adjust it. However, you should regularly lubricate it to maintain a smoother walking experience.

Other Options

Depending on your budget, there are other treadmills under the Confidence label that you can consider.

If you can add around $200 or more to your budget, you can consider purchasing the Confidence TXI Heavy Duty Motorized Electric Folding Treadmill. It has built-in speakers, electronic incline, and hydraulic assisted soft folding design for easy storage.

If you are looking for a lower-priced machine, the Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill is a good choice.
It can also be folded and easily stored away and has about the same user weight limit.

Conclusion

The Confidence GTR Power Pro Motorized Electric Treadmill is a wise purchase for budget conscious people who need a basic workout machine.

It is a lightweight treadmill that can be easily assembled and stored.

It can comfortably fit under a desk so you can be more productive while working out.

Its 12 pre-programmed workout options are enough to give variation to daily home workouts.

It also has a safety emergency stop feature in cases of slipping or falling.

Overall, it provides basic and effective functionalities at an affordable price.

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Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill Review 2017

The Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill is an affordable, space-saving machine perfect for home use. It even managed to snag the number 5 spot on our best cheap treadmills list.

For its price, it has limited features but delivers just what it is meant to do.

It is recommended for users who are looking for a steady, low intensity workout.

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Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Easy to set-up
  • Easy folding and storage
  • Space-saving
  • Option to set-up as treadmill desk
  • Prompt and gracious customer service

Cons:

  • Low motor power
  • Limited runway size
  • High maintenance
  • No programmed workouts
  • No incline option
  • No pulse reader
  • Automatically switches off after 30 minutes
  • No warranty

Features

Easy Folding Design

It does not take much effort to fold this 53 lb. treadmill.

Its compact size and wheels enable me to transport and store it easily when not in use.

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The top front frame can be removed and set up as a treadmill workstation.

I can workout while making sure that I do not miss out on urgent work tasks.

Others

  • LCD Console that displays calories, time, distance and speed
  • Generally quiet operation, although some tolerable sound comes from the control panel.

Design and Specifications

The Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill runs on a moderately powered 1.5 HP motor.

confidence-power-plus-folding-treadmillIt weighs just 53 lbs. Being lightweight and foldable, storing and moving it around requires minimal effort.

The runway is rather small and measures just 38.5” x 14”.

The maximum weight capacity is 250 lbs. However, you may find it uncomfortable if you are near the weight limit as the treadmill can shake and rattle a bit.

It does not incline but it can provide enough challenge with its speed options that range from 0.6mph to 6.2mph.

F.A.Q.

How easy is it to assemble?

It can be set-up easily in about 20 minutes.

There may be some unclear instructions in the manual but its design is fairly simple so it should not be difficult to figure out.

Can it be used for running?confidence-power-plus

It can go as fast as 6.2mph, although I recommend it mainly for walking.

Its runway space is limited and the belt tends to slip left and right so it can be uncomfortable and unsafe to run on.

What is the maximum weight and recommended height for users?

The maximum user capacity is 250 lbs.

Due to its tread belt size, you may also be uncomfortable if you are over 6 feet tall.

Is there an option to set the per-session limit to more than 30 minutes?

No. This treadmill runs on just 1.5 HP and is not made for long, heavy-duty workouts.

The automatic shut-off allows its motor to rest. Let it do so for a while and just turn it on again.

Does it operate quietly?

The motor is quiet but some noise comes out of the control panel.

Unfortunately, the volume cannot be turned down.

Does warranty come with the purchase?

Unfortunately, it does not. Warranty is something great to have but may be too much to expect at this price.

Remember to keep it lubricated regularly to at least not worry about the tread belt not running smoothly.

Other Options

If you want a more advanced desktop treadmill, you should save up for the Exerpeutic 2000 WorkFit High Capacity Desk Station Treadmill.

It has a higher weight capacity, a wider desktop area, and motorized incline adjustment.

On the other hand, if you just need a basic home treadmill and budget is a concern, the Sunny Health and Fitness Treadmill is a good buy.

For just $100 more, it is also compact and lightweight but has a more powerful motor, 3 incline options, and handrail controls.

Conclusion

At under $200, the Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill understandably has some limitations.

It has a low power motor, limited runway space and no incline options.confidence-power-plus-electric-treadmill

However, it is a wise purchase if you are just looking for a simple treadmill that will allow you to maintain your workout routine at home.

It can also be set-up as a standing desk treadmill and while it’s not perfect, you should still consider buying it if you’re on a tight budget.

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Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill Review 2017

The Sunny Health and Fitness Treadmill has all of the basic functionalities that allow me to have a decent workout at home.

For a reasonable price, it has pre-programmed workouts, incline options, and convenient handrail controls.

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Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Easy to assemble and store
  • Wheels for easy transportation
  • 9 workout programs
  • Handrail controls for quick adjustments
  • 3 incline level options

Cons:

  • Limited weight capacity
  • Some squeaking sounds
  • Some people received a damaged unit or defective parts

Features

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Handrail Controls

I love that the Sunny Health and Fitness Treadmill has a built-in handrail control that

makes it easy for me to access quick speed buttons, safety lock and power save buttons, and pulse monitors.

It might not be a clincher for some, but I consider it very clever! There’s no need to take my hands off the handrail to make quick adjustments, which is very nice.

Built-in Workout Programs

I can choose from 9 exercise options programmed in its system.

The options focus on weight loss, heart rate and endurance.

Incline

There are 3 manual incline options to personalize the level of my workout intensity.

It inclines to just about 5 inches above the floor, but it is enough to make each workout at least a bit different.

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One of the reasons why I bought this treadmill is the limited space that my apartment has.

True to its promise, I can properly store it when not in use because it folds and unfolds safely and easily.

It also has wheels which make it easy to move around.

Others

  • Large, easy-to-read LCD display where I can check time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse.
  • It also has a body mass indicator which is not common for treadmills in this price range.
  • Holders for smartphones/tablets and cups for added comfort and accessibility

Design and Specifications

The Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill is an adequately-powered machine just right for home use. It runs on a 2.20 HP motor.

It has a running surface of 16n x 49in.

It has a relatively limited weight limit. People over 220 lbs. should look for bigger and sturdier alternatives.

The speed ranges from 0.5mph to 9mph. It can be adjusted in .1mph increments for a gradual and comfortable acceleration.

This treadmill comes with 1-year warranty for the frame and 90 days for parts.

F.A.Q.

How easy is it to assemble?

It can be easily assembled in just a few steps.

The total assembly time should not take more than 30 minutes. Aside from instructions, it also comes with standard tools.

Does it hold up well despite its size?

It is rather small and narrow compared to the usual home treadmill, but it is sturdy and stable.

What is the maximum incline?

The max incline is 4% or 5 inches above the floor. However, exact figures of the 3 incline options are not available.

sunny-health-and-fitness-lcd-display-and-cup-holdersWhat is the weight limit?

The maximum user weight is 220 lbs.

If you weigh more than that, a more heavy-duty treadmill is advisable.

Does it have holders for personal items that I would like to have while working out?

Yes. There are slots for 2 cups and a holder for a smartphone or a tablet.

Other Options

This treadmill is one of the best budget ones on our list, but if your budget is really limited, the Confidence Power Trac Pro is a wise choice.

For about $100 less, it also has quick-select speed controls and 3 incline options, but it has a wider range of programmed workouts.

A slightly more expensive option would be the ProForm 300i.

Add a few more bucks and you can enjoy additional features such as one-touch controls for quick incline and speed adjustments without interrupting your rhythm.

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I am after a decent workout for a reasonable price, and the Sunny Health and Fitness Treadmill answers that need.

It is not fancy but it has most of the essentials at a high quality.

However, be conscious of the weight limit as this treadmill’s size could pose problems for bigger people or those with a wider stance.

There are some reports of damaged parts or defective unit upon delivery, but my unit came completely new and worked perfectly.

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NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill Review 2017

The NordicTrack T 6.5 S is a mid-range treadmill with smart computer programs and settings to make my workout not only effective but also uncomplicated.

While it fits and stores conveniently in home spaces, it has desirable features that are comparable to gym-quality equipment.

However, some people have reported negative experiences like missing parts, occasional belt slowdown, and poor customer service.

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Pros:

  • Digital incline adjustment
  • 20 Built-in workouts
  • iFit Technology Compatible
  • Wide belt
  • Console sound system
  • Sturdy

Cons:

  • The belt moves inconsistently, occasional 1-2 second slowdown
  • Software has additional monthly charge
  • Missing parts or items upon delivery
  • Short motor life
  • Poor customer service

Features

Built-in Workouts

20 workout programs are built into the system.

These programs are designed by certified personal trainers so I can be sure that they address my specific fitness goals such as calorie burn and endurance-building.

Additional programs can also be tailored for me through the iFit app.

iFit Technology Compatible

The NordicTrack T 6.5 S is compatible with iFit Technology which enables me to access their vast collection of workouts or have some specifically-designed for me.

You get these in addition to the 20 workouts pre-programmed in the equipment.

It can also be integrated with Google Maps. You can select a route and it will be simulated through automatic deck and incline adjustment.

However, you need to purchase it separately and pay an annual subscription fee of $99.

nordictrack-t-6-5-s-flex-select-cushioningFlexible Cushioning

I specifically like this feature because it allows me to “experience” different environments without having to step out of the house.

I select Flex-Select Cushioning for a more comfortable deck which helps reduce impact on the joints. If I feel more like running on the road, I choose a firmer deck.

Incline

It raises to a maximum of 10% with a single button press.

I love that it does not have to be done manually. However, I prefer it to be a bit higher so it is more challenging and beneficial.

Others

  • EasyLift™ Assist uses hydraulic shock for easy folding and storage.nordictrack-t-6-5-s-lcd-display-and-one-touch-controls
  • SpaceSaver® Design makes it ideal for limited workout areas.
  • 5-inch backlit LCD displays speed, time, distance, heart rate, and calories burned. With iFit, these stats are analyzed to personalize workouts for me.
  • CardioGrip Heart Rate Sensors built into handles.
  • Incline and speed adjustments can be done with one-touch controls.
  • It has ports compatible with iPod or mp3 players so I can workout while my favorite tracks are playing in the background. There are also built in speakers.

Design and Specifications

The NordicTrack T 6.5 S operates on 2.6CHP.

It has a wide tread belt which measures 20in x 55in. This spacious running area and cushioned deck provide support with every stride.

Its speed ranges between 0 and 12mph.

It has a high weight capacity so users up to 300 lbs. can use it without having to worry about it holding up.

There are compartments in each side to hold cups or water bottles. A phone or a small towel will also fit here.

It is covered by a lifetime warranty on the frame, 25 years on the motor, and 1 year on the parts and labor.

F.A.Q.

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How easy is it to assemble?

Assembly is pretty easy. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

This machine is quite heavy so it is ideal to have 2 people set it up.

Is it foldable?

Yes. Despite its weight, it’s easy to fold because of the EasyLift™ Assist feature which uses a hydraulic shock for easy folding and storage.

Does it incline?

Yes. It has a maximum incline of 10%.

Is there a place where a book or iPad can be placed?

Yes. There is a shelf where a book or an iPad can sit.

However, it will partially block a part of the display so it might be a bit inconvenient.

Does it run quietly?

Some noise comes from the motor but it is not really loud.

How does it monitor heart rate?nordictrack-t-6-5-s-handgrips

Heart rate is monitored through sensors located on the handgrips.

Accurate reading may be difficult to achieve while running or jogging.

Do I need to subscribe to iFit to maximize use of this treadmill?

Not really. It has enough built-in programs and features which can provide challenging workouts and effective results.

Other Options

For a little over $200 more, there is the ProForm Pro 1000 to consider.

It is also iFit-compatible, runs on a more powerful 3.0 CHP Drive System, and has 22 workout programs.

On the other hand, a more affordable alternative with comparable features is the ProForm Performance 300i Treadmill which almost made it to our top 10 treadmills under 500 list.

Conclusion

The NordicTrack T 6.5 S is a premium treadmill that has smart features such as flexible cushioning and iFit technology.

It is ideal for people who are bored with just running on plain home exercise equipment.

While people may have experienced letdowns such as an inconsistently moving belt or short motor life, this treadmill is still worth the investment.

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Goplus® Electric Treadmill 800W Review 2017

Affordability is the main advantage of the Goplus Electric Treadmill 800W. After all, it is not very common to find an electric treadmill worth less than $200.

It has the bare basics and can serve its purpose. However, its size makes it rather difficult for me to maximize my workout.

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Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Minimal assembly required
  • Foldable design plus wheels for easy storage
  • Low power consumption
  • Manual and auto function

Cons:

  • Too small
  • Limited runway space
  • Slippery belt

Features

2 Mode Functions

Manual and electric treadmills have their own pro and cons.

Thankfully, I have the option to switch from manual to automatic and vice versa with the Goplus Electric Treadmill 800W.

Easy Assembly and Storage

Being a very basic machine, it requires minimal time and effort to set-up.

It is very lightweight and folds easily. I can also swiftly move it to a corner or under a bed because of its wheels.

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I use it at home but that doesn’t mean that I do not keep track of my workout.

It has an LED display where you can check the time, distance, calories, and speed.

It is worth noting that speed is shown as kilometers per hour and not miles per hour.

Others

  • It is energy efficient.
  • It has a safety key which I attach to myself. It will pull immediately to stop the machine in case I slip or fall.

Design and Specifications

The Goplus Electric Treadmill is powered by an 800W motor.

Its speed range is between 1 and 12 kilometers per hour and it accelerates in 1 kph increments. There is no option to show the speed in miles per hour.

Its runway size measures 14” x 39.4”. Aside from this limited space, the belt has a tendency to slip so it can be both uncomfortable and annoying.

It can hold up to 220 lbs. of user weight. However, it is very lightweight and may not be sturdy enough for users near the weight capacity.

F.A.Q.

goplus-electric-treadmill-800w-easy-assembly-and-storageIs it easy to set-up?

It is easy to set-up because very minimal assembly is required. It comes out of the box almost completely assembled.

Is it quiet?

Yes. I get to watch TV without having to turn up the volume.

It comes with a small bottle of silicone oil which needs to be used every three months to avoid noise as well as friction.

What is the shipping weight?

The weighs just about 60 lbs. The delivery person didn’t have a hard time at all.

What is the user weight capacity?

The weight capacity is listed at 220 lbs. although it is best for people under 200lbs.

Can I run on it?

Yes. Running up to 12 kph should be possible. However, it’s such a small treadmill that I feel apprehensive to push it to its limit.

Are there cup holders?

Yes. There are cup holders on both sides.

Other Options

Another treadmill in the same price range is the Fitnessclub 500W or any of the treadmills listed on this page.

It has more or less the same features but has a better deck which provides cushioning for more comfort.

If you’re looking for a more expensive treadmill, the Amazon best-selling Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill is a good option.

It has a more powerful motor, pre-set workout programs, two-position incline, a heart rate monitor, and a cushioned deck.

Conclusion

Aside from the occasional instability and limited space of its runway, it does not have major flaws. Unfortunately, not much can also be expected from it as well.goplus-electric-treadmill-800w-runway

With its performance, it is still safe to say that it is good for those looking for one of the most basic and affordable electric treadmills in the market.