Freemotion 730 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
With the much shorter warranty and some component downgrades, we would go with the 790 Interactive if you like this one.
What we can say in favor of the Treadmill...
A great motor with ample power generating capacity
An excellent 3 HP motor does the honors in this treadmill. Extremely good power generating capability for this price band, and there are models priced above $2,000 that are inferior to this motor. You can comfortably attain speeds up to 12 mph and even experienced runners will find it easier to challenge themselves. Motor enjoys lifetime warranty coverage.
Very good running surface and inclines add variety to workouts
The walking area is a decent sized 20" x 58", which is marginally 2" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt found in most treadmills. Even then, it's a good surface providing plenty of leg room for larger users running comfortably without altering their stride. The 15% inclines add variety to workouts and encourage calorie burn.
The cushioning system is OK, nothing mind blowing, and provides decent protection to joints and back. But throw a cursory glance at some other brands lower down the price ladder and you are likely to find better and more forgiving surfaces.
Decent component quality with an average warranty
In this warranty labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 3 years, and the motor and frame are covered for life; not a very generous warranty considering the higher price tag.
Points to ponder...
Pricey for the casual or infrequent users with a tight budget
Breaking the $1,000 barrier is not easy for the average householder on a tight leashed budget, and overall one wonders whether this treadmill offers enough incentives to shell out $1,300.
Icon's customer service could pose headaches
If the service personnel take their time to pick up and respond your calls and spares and servicing are time consuming, you might be left ruing your decision to buy this treadmill.
Longevity is not much better than many treadmills priced lower than $1,000 and lack luster component quality does impact performance.
The Freemotion 730 isn't breaking the mold to showcase anything mind blowing at its $1,300 price point. The better option would be the NordicTrack C1600 Pro that is made by the same factory with many of the same parts offering a better motor, improved running area, and a stronger warranty.Unless you can get a big discount on this model go with the NordicTrack C1600 Pro model.