Gold's Gym Trainer 410 Treadmill Review
Overall Rating: 4.17
This is common with Gold's Gym... make the accessories a big part of the machine and maybe the public will forget about the treadmill that stinks.
The Gold's Gym Trainer 410 isn't exactly a great treadmill. It is, however, packed with accessories, and since no treadmills in this price range are particularly impressive, it was the 1st runner up for our Best Buy award for treadmills sold under $399.
The size of the walking belt is pretty good. At 18" x 50", it's pretty much what you'd expect in this price range, although you can find some models that cost a similar amount and provide a larger belt.
The engine in this machine is mediocre, at best. Still, it can produce a similar amount of power as many of the models that sell for a couple hundred dollars more. In any case, you're not going to be able to use the full amount of power this treadmill can generate. Gold's Gym claims the max speed is 10 mph, but if you want it to last, we don't recommend going at a pace faster than a brisk walk.
The cushioning system is pretty good for the price. Gold's Gym uses Air Stride Plus Cushioning to alleviate some of the stress on your joints and back. You can find some sub-$1,000 treadmills that do a better job in this area, but it's not the norm.
We don't expect this model to hold up to the stress of daily exercise very well. There are only a few treadmills that we project to have a shorter lifespan than this one. We're almost hesitant to comment on the quality of parts used for this machine because it forces us to use the word "quality". This is probably the biggest drawback of Gold's Gym placing so much emphasis on frills.
The warranty might be the weakest spot on the Gold's Gym Trainer 410. Parts and labor are covered for 90 days, while the motor and frame is covered for 5 years. That type of coverage is pathetic, and it's extremely rare for a company to offer anything less than this. We can't say we blame them, though. We don't trust this machine to last any more than they do.
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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