Bodyguard T460XC Treadmill Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
Go to a dealer and get on a high end True or go to a local health club and walk on a high end Star Trac or Lifefitness. Why would you buy a Bodyguard at this price? Their real strength for the longest time has been around the $2k starting point and going up to about $3k. At $4.5k commercial models start making more sense.
Overall Rating: 7.40
Good drive system but Bodyguard has suffered the same illness as SportsArt. Put a bunch of quality into the machine and damn the price. The problem is that it damns the product too. Even with a small price reduction this year, this dog simply needs to be put down.
The Bodyguard T460CX isn't a great option. At $4,699, you should start looking for commercial models. They'll give you much better quality for the cost. If you can get a major discount, this treadmill would be worth considering. The quality and warranty are certainly qualities that should be admired, just not at this cost.
The walking area is a good size. The belt measures in at 22" x 60", which is a good 2" wider than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on many of today's treadmills. Larger users with a wider stance may find this model to be more accommodating than most.
A decent motor powers this machine. Unfortunately, it's not very impressive at this price. You can find plenty of treadmills selling for $1,700 less that have similar power producing capabilities. Speeds of up to 12 mph are attainable, so even experienced runners should have no problem challenging themselves.
An okay cushioning system comes on this model. BDS cushioning is used to reduce the impact that running has your joints and back. There are a few models selling as low as $2,000 that have more forgiving and durable running surfaces.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine isn't great. You could save $2,000 and get a treadmill with a similar life expectancy. The quality of parts used isn't bad at this price.
The warranty on the Bodyguard T460XC is great. Labor is covered for 3 years, parts are covered for 10 years, and the motor and frame are covered for life. The coverage is very nice, but it doesn't make up for the discrepancy in quality among this treadmill and others in this price range.
Bodyguard has some of the best Chinese produced treadmills on the market, but their big problem is becoming more and more common in this business. In some cities it is impossible to go look at one. They have tied their wagon to a distribution channel that is, to put it charitably, not doing well. Bodyguard has only been manufacturing treadmills since 1995, but they have used the same quality construction that's been their trademark since 1969. Their parent company is Procycle, a large Canadian company.
Quality / Philosophy
Their design philosophy is to build a good treadmill and then price it according to the cost of the quality level. This philosophy forces them to abandon low price points but ends up benefiting the consumer. Many other manufacturers like to pinpoint the price point they want and then build the treadmill to the price point, which causes them to cut corners in order to hit the sales price.
Bodyguard has weathered the economic downturn better than we expected. Quite honestly, our opinion here was that they would no longer be in the treadmill and elliptical business. They have fewer dealers than many other brands, especially what we consider the top level brand names, so in many places it is impossible to see one of their machines, unless you plan on driving quite a distance to the closest dealer.
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