Lifespan TR200 Compact Treadmill Review

When you’re buying an expensive piece of exercise kit, you need to know that what you’re buying is top quality. The market is awash with different types of equipment, but the treadmill is certainly one of the most popular. If you’re looking for quality, the Lifespan TR200 Compact Treadmill is definitely one to consider, and arguably one of the best on the market. Let’s check out what’s so special about it.

LifeSpan TR200 Compact Treadmill
List Price: $699.99
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Specifications

The word ‘compact’ basically sums up the Lifespan TR200, because it stands at 13.5” when lying flat, and 59.5” when standing. Measuring 30.5 x 51.5 x 60.5” (W x H x D), this piece of kit will fit into smaller spaces, without getting in the way. The belt size is 17 x 48”, with a 1.5 horsepower continuous motor. With a weight capacity of 250lb, this compact treadmill means moving it from room to room, if you should so wish, won’t be the biggest problem.

Features

The LCD console which tracks time, calories, steps, speed, incline, and distance, is a major bonus in helping you reach your fitness goals, and the built-in speakers will help you distract yourself from the exercise at hand! Of course, you can plug your iPod in to the headphone port, and make use of the contact heart rate grips for extra information on your workout.

The quick start speed button and incline button is easy to use, taking you from 0.5 mph to 6mph quickly enough, with 10 incline levels to work your way through.

Pros

You can easily move this treadmill around, as it isn’t large and bulky, and folds up to compactly fit into a closet or underneath the bed. This is also a mid-price range piece of equipment, and at under $1000 it has won several awards, including the 2010 Treadmill Doctor “Best Buy” award, and the 2010 Fitness professor “Best Treadmill under $1000” award. Coming up against many other brands in this category, the fact this particular one won these prestigious awards should speak volumes.

Cons

There isn’t really a lot wrong with this particular choice, however the fact it is compact and easily moved does mean that it occasionally feels a little ‘flimsy’ – there doesn’t feel to be a lot of weight to it, compared to some more static models, which don’t feel like they’re going anywhere.

The warranty is also lifetime on the frame, however only 5 years on the motor, and just 1 year on parts and labour. If something does go wrong with parts, you’re going to have to pay for them if your piece of equipment is one year old or more.

Summary

Put simply, this is a great buy for anyone wanting to get fit in the comfort of their own home. Sitting within a very reasonable price range, you can easily fold the treadmill up and retrieve it when the mood takes you, or sit it in a room in a corner, ready for use, without getting in the way of your daily routine.

 

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