Freemotion 730 Treadmill Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
With the much shorter warranty and some component downgrades, we would go with the 790 Interactive if you like this one.
Overall Rating: 6.31
Unless you can get a big discount on this model go with the 790 or 795 model.
The Freemotion 730 is a treadmill that doesn't really stand out in the Freemotion line at $1,799. For only $200 more, you can get the 790 Interactive, which has a more spacious walking area, a better motor, better cushioning, higher quality parts, and more extensive coverage from the warranty. Those benefits are certainly enough to offset the increase in price.
The walking area is a decent size. The belt measures in at 20" x 58", which is only 2" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on most of today's treadmills. This should provide plenty of room for larger users to run on comfortably without altering their stride.
A nice motor powers this machine. Very few models in this price range have greater power producing capabilities, and many of the models that sell for more than $2,000 use motors that are inferior to this one. You can reach speeds of up to 12 mph with this treadmill, so even experienced runners should be able to challenge themselves.
You'll get a decent cushioning system on this model. SRS, or Surface Response Suspension, is used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. If you know where to look, you can find some treadmills that cost several hundred dollars less than this one that offer a more forgiving or durable running surface.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is just okay. It's not hard to find to find treadmills in this price range and below that have a longer life expectancy. The quality of parts used is also lackluster.
The warranty on the Freemotion 730 isn't very good. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 3 years, and the motor and frame are covered for life. At this price, you should really be seeing a better warranty.
Freemotion was acquired by Icon around the turn of the century and at that time was, unfortunately, named Ground Zero Fitness. Needless to say, the name had to be changed, so they changed it to Freemotion, which was the name their strength product at the time. It was a successful changeover and many clubs swear by, not at, their Freemotion units. For the home, the quality is on par with NordicTrack which is good, but you also get the infamous Icon service.
Quality / Philosophy
Freemotion is produced by Icon, a company with thousands of employees and large resources. Put simply, their machines have the best design in the business. Icon has a long, storied history that provides an example of how the big keep getting bigger. Icon used to be the mass-market darling because of their cheap prices, but they had the quality to match. These days they put quality into the machines and pack them with features. Freemotion has not been as emphasized as a brand for home fitness as it has been in the past few years.
Icon is the largest fitness equipment producer in the world with over $1 billion in sales. If the fitness industry were a solar system, Icon is so powerful that they would be the Sun. In terms of stability they are the best, but overall their customer service isn't up to the standards of any of the lower volume producers. They have promised an improvement on this and have new management in the service department, so we hope this helps. Although you get a value price for the product, you also get value service, so keep this in mind when buying their machines. Due to the sheer number of units they produce, we pick up support in many cases where this factory leaves off.