Gold's Gym 480 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
Not a bad effort for $500. This is purely a walker's machine and it certainly is a beautiful package. Won't be one that will last forever though.
When you consider what it costs to put a treadmill together, it is nearly impossible to make a decent machine for $500 but Gold's Gym makes a good effort.
The Gold's Gym 480 sells for $499. This low of a price guarantee some flaws in your treadmill, but if there is anyone who should be familiar enough with affordable models to make it work, it's Gold's Gym. It's a nice looking machine, which is a plus. As long as you only plan on using this model for light walking, it should suit your needs just fine.
The walking area is a bit small. The belt measures in at 18" x 50", which is significantly smaller than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on most of today's treadmills. This should provide enough room for the average user, but larger individuals who are used to the standard size walking belts may feel a bit cramped on this treadmill.
A very weak motor powers this machine. At this price, it's common to see motors like this, but there are models with greater power producing capabilities available at this price point. You can reach speeds of up to 10 mph, but we wouldn't recommend it. The structure and drive system on this treadmill weren't made to handle anything more taxing than occasional, light walking.
The cushioning system is okay. AirStride Plus Cushioning is used to reduce the impact that walking has on your joints and back. This is one of the most forgiving and durable running surfaces you can get in this price range, but that's not saying much.
Projected reliability is the weak spot of this machine. Most models that cost this low don't have a particularly long life expectancy, but this one won't last much longer than an unrefrigerated glass of milk. The quality of parts used is also unimpressive. These are the kinds of sacrifices you have to deal with when you buy treadmills that are this cheap.
The warranty on the Gold's Gym 480 is awful. Parts and labor are covered for 90 days, while the motor is covered for 5 years. You'll have a hard time finding a warranty with worse coverage.