After reviewing several treadmills, my wife and I decided on this one. We based our decision on other reviews and seeing it in person at the store. The device is well packed in its container, making it easy to inventory and remove parts as you need them. It is quite heavy, over 200 lbs if I remember right, so help is necessary to get it from your car to the house.
Putting it together took me longer than most, but then I'm disabled and need frequent breaks. Without the disability, my guess it would have taken about an hour to completely read the manual and to put it together. It is not at all difficult to assemble, just a little bulky. Having an extra pair of hands to help hold the console is a big plus.
I bought this machine for my wife as her doctor told her she needs to walk more. She has now used it a few times and says she's still trying to find a valid reason not to use it. She can't find one. She says the machine passes with flying colors and goes beyond expectations.
The most important in our case, you can't feel the rollers under the pad. Feeling the rollers on a treadmill can beat your feet to death and feel very uncomfortable as you walk or run. The pad is smooth and comfortable.
The console is nice and large! I don't like those small space saving consoles because they are so hard to read as you are running or briskly walking. This console is easy to read no matter what speed you are moving.
There's a cooling fan for the user with a low and high speed. I read where some users were not happy with it so I wasn't expecting much. I think it's great! It isn't an air conditioner, it's a fan.
The speakers are quite nice for being in an exercise machine. It has its own volume controls that boosts the volume well over the sound of the machine. My wife watches movies from Netflix on her Kindle while she walks and has no problem hearing the movie with the speakers.
Heart Rate Monitor! This was a big selling point for me. My wife had a heart attack and a few stents installed. Cardio exercise is important for her! All she has to do is grab the handles and she gets a readout of her heart rate. Very nice accessory!
18 preset programs for you to choose from.
And of course manual instant speed and incline buttons. You don't have to repeatedly press an up arrow. You press the number you want and there it goes.
Emergency cut off key. I read a couple of reviews that said the lanyard was too short. I'm not sure why they would think that as the one we have allows you to get right next to the end of the treadmill. The key attaches magnetically and comes off easy enough if there is a problem, yet not too easy that it falls off if you don't want it to. I think it's a nice safety accessory and am glad it's there.
It isn't as quiet as I was expecting from other reviews. That may be the difference between sound muffling carpet and having it on hard tile (like we do). I'm guessing. It isn't too loud, just louder than I was expecting.
Now the beeping, that's loud! When you press the buttons, a loud beep is presented to let you know you pressed the button. During the preset options, it will beep repeatedly to warn you it's about to change speed or incline. This is not something you want to do with someone sleeping in the next room. But, it is nice to have the warning, so I don't fault it completely.
The 18 preset programs (a pro and con) are not explained anywhere, at all. It's under pro because they have them. It's under con because they don't explain them. The instructions say to look at the graph presented when you press the button and see how often speed and incline changes. For a product that has had this much thought and quality put into it, I would expect much more thorough descriptions on the available programs, especially when you consider how important it is when exercise is done properly.
All in all, we are very pleased with this purchase! Had they provided information about the programs, maybe a guide for those starting out, and turned the volume down a bit on the beeping, I would have given them 5 stars. The only thing left to do is decide whether I want to buy the preventive maintenance and extended warranty plan. The plan allows a preventive plan where someone comes to your home once a year to make adjustments and check everything out for optimum performance. In addition, if anything stops working during that time, it covers all costs of unlimited, in home, repairs. If you're looking for a good quality machine for staying in shape or getting in some cardio activity, we would recommend this machine. Compared to the others that were on display the day we purchased, this machine far surpassed the others!
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