Endurance T3i Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
Makes a very strong argument at $999. These were retailing for $1700 a few years ago but we think they didn't sell many and that's why they turned them over to Sam's Club.
At $1000 some of the other Sams and Costco units still make more sense but "most people" cannot ignore a model that is selling for nearly 1/2 price. Don't be "most people".
The Endurance T3i isn't a bad option. At $999, the price isn't bad. It used to sell for almost twice the price, which is a compelling reason to consider it. Still, there are stronger treadmills being sold for this price, and we think it would be wise to stick with one of those over this one.
The walking area is a bit small. The belt measures in at 18" x 50", which is 2" narrower and 10" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on many of today's treadmills. Users that are used to the standard walking area may find this model to be a bit cramped.
An okay motor powers this machine, but many of the treadmills in this price range have greater power producing capabilities. Speeds of up to 10 mph are attainable, but we wouldn't recommend using this model for running. The structure and drive system will hold up much better if you stick to walking.
A nice cushioning system comes on this model. A 6-point deck suspension system is used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. There are treadmills selling as high as $2,000 that have comparably forgiving and durable running surfaces.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is pretty bad. The life expectancy of this treadmill is what you should see on a model that costs $500. The quality of parts isn't bad in this price range.
The warranty on the Endurance T3i is great. Labor is covered for 1 year and the frame, parts, electronics, and wear items are covered for life. Don't let this impressive coverage lead you to believe this treadmill is more durable than it actually is.