AFG 3.1 AT Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
The price increase by $100 this year wasn't what we liked seeing but it is the same solid treadmill from last year.
AFG is stepping up to the plate with better machines for less... not a bad combination! Even with the price hike.
The AFG 3.1 AT is an excellent choice at $1,099. It is very comparable to the 3.0 AT, but it sells for $200 less. The only downside is a less than stellar warranty, which isn't exactly a surprise with AFG. Still, if you want a high quality unit at an affordable price, this isn't a bad way to go.
The walking area is a decent size. The belt measures in at 20" x 55", which is a good 5" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on most of today's treadmills. This should still provide plenty of room for larger users to run on comfortably without altering their stride.
An impressive motor powers this machine. Very few models in this price range have more power producing capabilities, and several of the models that sell for $2,000 use motors that are worse than the one you'll find in this treadmill. You can reach speeds of up to 12 mph, so even experienced runners shouldn't have a problem challenging themselves.
A very nice cushioning system comes on this treadmill. Standard elastomers are used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. You're not going to find a more durable and forgiving running surface on a model that sells this low.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine does pretty well. It has a longer life expectancy than most of the treadmills in its price range. The quality of parts used isn't bad.
The warranty on the AFG 3.1 AT isn't great. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 3 years, and the motor and frame are covered for life. This type of warranty isn't uncommon on a treadmill with this price tag, but it's durable enough to deserve better coverage.