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 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.
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 storage
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 65 in L x 32 in W x 48 in H and has a 16 in x 50 in tread belt.
It can go as fast as 10 mph 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. Most competitors offer longer warranties.
How easy is it to set-up?
Although not very complicated, setting-up can be a challenge for some. 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%.
What is it ideal for, walking or running?
I recommend it for walking and light jogging. The maximum speed is 10 mph, 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.
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 better alternatives if budget is not a concern. We recommend saving up for a more reliable treadmill like the LifeSpan TR1200i.
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 also be a good option. While cheaper by about $100, it is easier to assemble, more quiet, has a lit LCD, and longer warranty coverage.
Weslo Crosswalk 5.2t Treadmill: Conclusion
There are better alternatives than the Weslo Crosswalk 5.2T Treadmill. Of course, they do cost a bit more. This is a great option for the price, but its promise of a full body workout is outweighed by all the negatives that come with it.
Being lightweight works to its disadvantage because it has less stability and durability. Combine that with a lack of bottle holders and a limited warranty, and this treadmill becomes less attractive. If you are on a budget, it is a great option. But if you can afford to pay more for a higher-quality model, you should do that.