Vision T10 Treadmill Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
Then entry level Vision is not very competitive with what Sole and NordicTrack are building at this price point.
Overall Rating: 6.06
Good looking new machine with a nice design but it lacks many of the features and component quality that you see in other makers at this price point.
The Vision T10 is a bit overpriced at $1,499. Other treadmills that have a comparable cost use better quality parts and have a much more extensive feature list. We would suggest looking at the offerings from Sole or NordicTrack if this is your price range.
The walking area is a decent size. The belt measures in at 20" x 54", which is a good 6" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on many of today's treadmills. This should still provide enough room for larger users to run on comfortably without altering their stride.
A respectable motor powers this machine. Several treadmills in this price range use similar motors, but you can find quite a few models that have much greater power producing capabilities that don't cost any extra. Speeds of up to 10 mph are attainable, so most users will have no problem challenging themselves.
An unimpressive cushioning system comes on this model. 8 variable-durometer elastomer cushions are used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. There are many models at this price point that offer a more forgiving and durable running surface.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine doesn't stack up well against the competition. Most of the treadmills that have a comparable cost have a longer life expectancy than this one does. The quality of parts used is also beaten out by competitors.
The warranty on the Vision T10 is good. Labor is covered for 2 years, parts are covered for 5 years, and the motor and frame are covered for life. This kind of coverage displays a lot confidence in this treadmill on the part of the manufacturer. It might be enough to help overcome some of this models deficiencies if it weren't for the fact that many of the superior machines in this price range offer similar warranties.
Vision is an import brand made by Johnson. They are known for making a high value treadmill. They were formerly owned by Trek Bicycles but were sold to management, and now, Johnson is the sole owner of the brand. For years Johnson Health Tech operated Vision as a separate brand but two years ago decided to merge its' operations with their other North American operations.
Quality / Philosophy
Vision is a high quality product that has really upgraded their treadmill lineup this year, except for the handrail design where it looks like an engineer sneezed when he drew it. They are putting high quality parts and are abandoning the lower end of the market. We gained a much greater understanding of Johnson's business in the past few years with our visit to their headquarters and facilities in Taiwan and China. Johnson is the most integrated manufacturer of fitness equipment in the world. This can be both good and bad. The good is that you are in control of almost all aspects of production. The bad is that you are in control of almost all aspects of production, if you mess up there is no one else to blame. They really seem to be focused on doing things the right way so it appears that this is a case where it is good overall. Overall, we were impressed with their quality procedures, design, and testing processes and the reviews will reflect our better understanding of their operations.
Vision, who once helped shut down many US factories with their innovative manufacturing approach, is now the victim of their own success by pushing some of the quality to their other brands like Livestrong and AFG. They are making a firm move to the higher end of the market to try to challenge True. We will see how that works out for them. We find many of the Vision machines in light commercial use.
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