Gold's Gym Trainer 315 Treadmill Review
Overall Rating: 3.70
Not a good treadmill at all. You are better off getting a gym membership than buying this machine.
The Gold's Gym Trainer 315 is not a treadmill that we would recommend. At $299, that's not very surprising. It's almost impossible to make a quality machine that can be sold this low. Given the severe lack of competition, this was the 3rd runner up for our Best Buy award in the $399 and under price range.
The walking area of this model is ridiculously small. It's one of the smallest you'll find on today's market. The belt measures in at 16" x 50", which is significantly less walking space than the 20" x 60" belts we've come to expect. If you have a wider stance or a long stride, you might feel a bit cramped on this machine.
The motor in this treadmill is pitiful. That's not uncommon at this price. A lot of the sub-$1,000 treadmills have similar power producing capabilities. It's not going to matter much, either way. If you're a heavier person, you won't be able to use this machine, so you don't need a powerful motor to make the belt move. Top speed is also not a concern. If you try to do more than walk on this model, you're going to wear it out quickly.
There aren't many treadmills out there with a worse cushioning system than this one has. Of course, it's also one of the cheapest treadmills you can find, so there's no reason for you to expect any better.
The projected reliability of this machine is awful. There are only a handful of models that have a life expectancy as short as this one. The quality of parts is equally disappointing. When you consider that we sell some replacement drive motors that cost almost as much as this model, it's easy to see why they had to sacrifice quality in order to make a treadmill at this low of a selling price.
This machine is also very noisy. You can find a few models that are less quiet than this one during their operation, but it's quite unusual.
The warranty is sad for the Gold's Gym Trainer 315. Parts and labor are covered for 90 days and the motor is covered for 5 years. We can't blame Gold's Gym for skimping on the coverage. Would you back a product you expect to fail?
This is another licensed brand for Icon Health & Fitness. They put this brand in Wal-Mart over the past few years, and they have sold like hotcakes! Some of the newer models at the higher price points are on par with Proform and the entry-level NordicTrack units at a bargain price. If you buy their sub $400 units, you are getting what you deserve: a piece of junk for $400.
Quality / Philosophy
Gold's Gym 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. Many of the quality upgrades that made it into Icon's other lines didn't make it into the Gold's Gym line.
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.
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