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Gold's Gym Trainer 315 Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

Noisy and cheap! What else can you ask for in a treadmill?!?

Gold's Gym Trainer 315 Treadmill Review

MSRP:

$299

Walking Area:

3.5

Power:

2.5

Cushioning:

5.1

Reliability:

3.2

Noise Level:

4.8

Quality:

3.2

Value:

4.2

Warranty:

2

Overall Rating: 3.7

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?

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