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.
Confidence GTR Power Pro Review
- Easy to assemble
- Easy to fold and store
- Quiet motor
- Treadmill desk set-up
- Pre-set workout programs
- Incline options
- Safety emergency stop feature
- Shorter belt length
- Can be shaky and unstable
- Motor stops suddenly for some people
- High maintenance belt
- No screen light
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.
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.
- 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.
What 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?
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.
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.
Confidence GTR Power Pro Treadmill: 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.