AFG 5.0 AT Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
The worst value of the AFG lineup. Unless you needed the foldup capability, why would you buy this one over the 7.1AT? If you did want the foldup capability, why wouldn't you buy the 5.1AT for $500 less???
Don't buy this one at list price. I don't know how much more blunt I can get than that.
The AFG 5.0 AT is a confusing model. Confusing in the sense that we don't understand why it exists. The 7.1 AT sells for the same price and is better in every category. The only drawback is that it isn't a fold-up model. If you want a fold-up model, however, the 5.1 AT sells for $500 less and offers similar quality along with a better warranty. There really is no good reason to purchase this model.
The walking area is a good size. The belt measures in at 20" x 60", which is the standard size walking belt on most of today's treadmills. This should provide plenty of room for larger users to run on comfortably without altering their stride.
A decent motor powers this machine, but it's pretty easy to find a treadmill with better power producing capabilities in this price range. Speeds of up to 12 mph are attainable, so even experienced runners should be able to challenge themselves.
A nice cushioning system comes on this model. An orthopedic belt helps to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. Very few treadmills with a comparable cost can match the durability and feel of the running surface this one has to offer.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is disappointing. Almost all of the models in this price range have a longer life expectancy. The quality of parts used also leaves a lot to be desired.
The warranty on the AFG 5.0 AT is not very good. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 3 years (5 years with online product registration), and the frame and motor are covered for life. With 3 years on parts, this coverage is awful. With 5 years on parts, it's okay.