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Epic A42T Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

Best Buy winner for best new treadmill! HUGE motor designed with some high quality parts and great features make for a great treadmill. Adjustable tilt and height of the console is a nice feature, especially for taller users.

Epic A42T Treadmill Review

MSRP:

$2199

Walking Area:

8.5

Power:

8.2

Cushioning:

8

Reliability:

7.2

Noise Level:

6.5

Quality:

7.2

Value:

5.9

Warranty:

8.5

Overall Rating: 7.43

The ability to change the console height and tilt are interesting features and we've already heard from consumers that love it.

The motor in this treadmill is quite powerful. For $2,099, you certainly can't complain about it. While companies such as Freemotion, HealthRider, and Livestrong can generate a similar amount of power for a comparable, and sometimes even lower, price, they often make sacrifices in other areas to keep the cost of production down. Other companies routinely charge around $3,000-$5,000 for treadmills with a motor of this quality.

One unique feature of this model is that it has an adjustable console. The height and tilt can be manipulated to fit an individual's size and preferences. This may benefit people who are tall or plan on sharing this treadmill with other users of varying sizes. It's possible that this will help prevent some people from straining their backs or their necks. We find this property to be interesting, and we've already heard from customers that love it.

The Energy Return Cushioning was big factor in this treadmill cracking our Best Buy list. It works by offering a soft strike zone to absorb some of the force as your foot lands. The push-off point is firmer to provide stability. There are only about 5 other models that we reviewed with comparable impact absorbing abilities in this price range. All of these were made by Icon, the same manufacturer, and it is the best cushioning system for the price.

One slight complaint we have about this model is the noise it makes during its operation. It's not horribly noisy, but it's nothing to brag about either. When operating at lower speeds, it's actually really good in this department. It's when you get to 6 mph or more that it starts to hum. Much cheaper treadmills do just as good a job, if not better, at keeping the noise levels low. The real noise issue, however, is with the fan. If you use the fan to keep yourself cool, you might find yourself wondering if the treadmill is about to take flight. With as much attention as they put into the other aspects of this machine, it would have been nice to see them put the same effort in this area to really push this treadmill ahead of the pack.

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