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Gold's Gym Trainer 430i Treadmill Review

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How long will the Gold's Gym Trainer 430i last?

When considering these types of basic treadmills, it's important to keep your expectations low. Blockbuster has a better chance of coming back than the Trainer 430i has of lasting multiple years. Treadmills of this quality will simply not withstand constant use from even a moderate user. If you are a casual walker, then you have a good chance of seeing a few years. Nevertheless, if you must buy in this price range, the Trainer 430i is your best option as you will be able to enjoy a durable build accompanied by a few extra perks. Please keep in mind that it is important to ensure an ideal environment for your treadmill even if it is a basic machine. Taking a few steps like lubricating when needed and keeping at a controlled temperature can help to ensure the life of your machine.

Brief Overview

We have named the Trainer 430i the 2020 Best Buy for the $399 and Under category. We applaud Gold’s Gym ability to strive for quality even in this price range. While we will discuss the qualities that helped the Trainer 430i treadmill become a 2020 Best Buy, we will also help you to decipher between important features like the warranty and build and the not so important features like the SpaceSaver Design and AirStride Plus feature. We like to knock some of the less important features out of the way that may have caught your eye, but are not actually all that important to the Trainer 430i treadmill's overall quality.

Take the SpaceSaver Design, for instance. This is a frilly term given to all folding treadmills. We do not speak about the folding feature often because it is indicative of a cheap frame. If you think about it, in order to have the folding mechanism, the Trainer 430i treadmill's frame does not have to be one solid piece of steel. Sure, you can put it in the corner, but you have to consider the fact that the Trainer 430i's frame now has a weak spot. The AirStride Plus indicates a change in the shock intensity. Simply put, you can lessen the impact of the Trainer 430i's shock absorbers to make it feel like you are running on asphalt or increase the impact and simulate the feeling of softer dirt. This does not necessarily improve your workout and on a cheap treadmill such as the Trainer 430i, the difference is more than likely undetectable. Additionally, the Quick Touch Controls mean that Gold's Gym included buttons on the Trainer 430i treadmill that control the incline and speed instead of manual mechanisms. Lastly, the iFit compatibility is something that we do not even bother to bring up because it is honestly an annoying Icon brand inclusion. Sure, the iFit Coach is valuable and helpful. But it's not like Icon (i.e. Gold's Gym's parent company) is footing the bill. They just allow you to be able to use your Trainer 430i with your iFit subscription. This is similar to those vehicles that have Sirus XM compatibility. You do not get the subscription, you can just use it in your car if you do pay for the subscription.

Consequently, these heavily advertised features do not actually add any additional value. Most of these features are common to all treadmills even in this price range and they are fancy ways of describing basic or insignificant features that most treadmills have.

Overall Quality

No one expects their kid to bring home a replica of the Mona Lisa. But when your little one walks in with every color still in the lines, then you hang it on the fridge and shame those other toddlers who can’t get it together. While the Gold’s Gym Trainer 430i is no Mona Lisa of treadmills, there are a number of features that help put it above the other treadmills in the $399 and Under price range. The Trainer 430i has sixteen built-in workout programs and a 10% incline capacity. Unlike other treadmills in this price bracket, this machine also provides a good balance between style and substance as Gold’s Gym has made one of the sturdiest starter treadmills. We usually evaluate the build based on the motor capacity, weight, and weight capacity. Yet, we are always a little cautious because we know that some companies fudge the motor and weight capacity numbers a bit. This is not to say that the Trainer 430i treadmill cannot reach 2.5 mph and cannot hold a 300-pound person. The real question is how long can the Trainer 430i maintain this max level of stress and how did Gold's Gym decide to measure the Trainer 430i's motor and weight capacity? It is hard to know if their testing was accurate. This is where the Treadmill Doctor's experience comes in. We have been around treadmills for quite some time and can take these various factors into account in order to accurately assess a treadmill's build. <br/_><br/_> Why does this all matter? Well, it is a good way of explaining why we say that the Gold's Gym Trainer 430i has a better build than other $400 dollar treadmills. As the specifications show, the Trainer 430i weighs about 132 pounds, can hold up to 300 pounds, and has a 2.5 mph motor capacity. As we described, the last two stats should be taken with a grain of salt. But when you look at these three numbers as a whole, you notice that most treadmills in this price range have about a 2.2 mph motor capacity and can only hold a 250-pound person. Combine that with the fact that the Trainer 430i treadmill is about two pounds heavier than the next treadmill, and you can see that Gold's Gym Trainer 430i has a build that is likely to be more durable than the other treadmills in this price range. <br/_><br/_> Additionally, It is important to give credit where credit is due. Gold’s Gym even added the heart rate grips as opposed to thumb plates like the other treadmills in this range. They call them EKG Pulse Grips; basically, there are two metal plates on the handlebars that detect your heart rate. Though these metal plates are not amazing, they stand out amongst the others with just the thumb grips and we like to see quality when possible. <br/_><br/_> Still, there are a few drawbacks with the Trainer 430i. Comparatively, we have seen better warranties on machines with the same price tag. If Gold’s Gym is going to all this effort to help the Trainer 430i stand out, one would think that they would at least back it for a few more months. Furthermore, the Trainer 430i only has a sixteen-inch walking area which is not the best even among the other $399-dollar treadmills. Icon has moved onto different models leaving the Gold's Gym Trainer 430i in the past, which is possibly where it belongs. Similar to cars, treadmills that are not updated get left behind and their value begins to depreciate. Since the Trainer 430i had, arguably, $400 dollars worth of quality to begin with, you can imagine there how much the Gold's Gym Trainer 403i's value has gone down. If you do find a Trainer 430i for sale, maybe keep looking for some newer models or consider a gym membership to test out treadmills you might like to purchase someday. <br/_><br/_>

Things we like

  • Sturdy Build
  • More Workout Programs
  • 10% Incline Capability

Things we dislike

  • X
    Not the Best Warranty
  • X
    Narrow Walking Belt


Number of Programs 16
Heart Rate Sensor and Type EKG Grip Pulse
Horsepower 2.5
Speed Range 0 - 10
Incline/Decline Range 0 - 10
Weight Capacity 300 Lbs
Belt Size 16 x 50
Footprint 55 x 28.9 x 64.7
Folds Yes
Warranty 5-Year Frame & Motor, 90-Day Parts & Labor
Weight of Unit 132


In the last few years, we have warned against purchasing a treadmill for less than $500 and expecting quality. We have found the Gold's Gym Trainer 430i to be a basic treadmill not good for anything other than light use. With that said, the Trainer 430i did win our 2019 Best Buy Award for the $399 and Under category.


In comparison to the other basic treadmills, the Trainer 430i certainly stands out with a sturdier build, more built-in workout programs, and the ability to reach 10% incline. While we are a tad disappointed in the warranty and narrow walking belt, we have awarded the Gold’s Gym’s Trainer 430i the 2020 Best Buy Award for the $399 and Under price range. We recommend this baseline machine for a first-time user not looking for a huge financial risk or for the casual walker.

Customer Reviews

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Freeman- P.O.SMar 02, 2019

Brand new out of the box and it doesn't even work. The belt will not move and the sound of the buttons is stupidly loud and cannot be adjusted. It was easy to set up. I really don't have a solid answer as to why I bought the "Gold's Gym" brand. They have a piece of paper in the box that says "Don't return this product back to the store, let us help you". The answer to that is "no, it's being returned, I'm getting my money back, and forcing them to deal with the P.O.S that they're selling". I Will not buy Gold's Gym brand anything ever again.

Jones- Worst Jan 27, 2020

Worst purchase ever. You have to active it. It is locked. So you go to website to active and it asked for credit card number. I already pay for the machine in full. Very easy to put together but why do they need my credit card number I call the 1800 number no answer they only work Monday to Friday. It doesn’t tell you anywhere in the box that you have to pay to use the machine!!! Can someone please tell me what is going on, I’m confused. Select star rating what a joke.

Disappointed- Working from homeMay 11, 2020

Got it home and unpacked. Cut up the box for recycling. Used the credit card as required to activate. Incline works. Console works. No belt action. Called the service number and got message I hadn't registered and couldn't be helped. Went to the website as required. Clicked the link to read while I waited the predicted hour for 26 in queue. Came back in a few minutes and was disconnected. May eventually be worth it all. Not now.

Mel- Basic, not worth itJul 19, 2020

The treadmill does not have a backlit display which makes it difficult to see. Also, there is no place to set my weight or even set the time for the manual workout. I have to set my own timer on my phone so I don't have to keep removing my iPad to see the display. The belt seems to lag a bit unless I get to speed over 2.5. The only things I like about the treadmill are the incline and the fact it's compact and can be folded for storage. If you choose to use the ifit feature it will run you $180 a year for a single person. I live in Alaska and this treadmill cost $453...it will def be returned.

Laura- Belt Broke ImmediatelyJul 28, 2020

The belt broke after using it for 3 months about 3-4 times per day. We had owned a previous gold's gym treadmill that lasted us over 10 years. This is poor quality, please save your money.

Joe Blow- Not badAug 23, 2020

You don't have to use a credit card. just hold down the ifit button for 30 seconds. Then it will work. If works fine for walking. Its not going to be as nice as a 1,500.00 treadmill. Don't expect it to.

Gerry- NoiseOct 22, 2020

Not bad for the price but os noisy AF , i am about to burn it in my driveway.... the squeaky and clicking noise it have me tired and is since i bought it. I kind of hate it.

Darty Sandchez- Lousy ProductNov 02, 2020

IMHO, this product is not of good quality. The belt and deck get hot after a few months of use. The manual says not to lubricate the belt. The motor is beginning to smell like its burning up from the possible friction. Also had to search around online to find out how to activate it for use. I should have returned it, but I will contact them for sure if the motor burns up. I will not be purchasing from Golds Gym again.

John Janik- JUNK!Dec 06, 2020

Just burned out my second one in five years! Unfortunately, where I live it was the only thing available. At 67 years old, one would think a treadmill would have the same endurance that I have. JUNK--JUNK--JUNK................DO NOT BUY, A COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY!! Rated at 1 star as a negative star wasn't available

Mom of 5- Love it!Dec 30, 2020

I've had this treadmill for years! Used it every day to do at least 30 minutes of walking. Love the incline, love the built-in workouts, the price was great. I recently moved and left it behind, but love this treadmill so much planning to buy another. I've used many treadmills in the past. All much more expensive that did not have the incline of this one. All my other treadmills died while this one is still being used daily by my tenants where I left it behind. Definitely would recommend it. See others say you can't use it without the ifit set up, that is not entirely true. I didn't seem to have issues with it in the years I used but not sure on the new models.

Carlos- Don’t buy it unless it’s for walkingJan 27, 2021

I was unfortunate enough to use the 430i at my parents' house for a few months. I’ll admit it’s fine for walking up to 4mph (7kph). But run —at any speed— and this thing sounds like it’s going to fall apart. It creaks so loud I can hear it with w/noise-cancelling headphones. It has zero grips on hard flooring; any run beyond 7mph (11kph) and the machine will shift from its position. The belt starts to slip after 7mph even when tightened to spec, and my wrists took quite a beating against the side handles since the running area is only 16” wide. I can’t believe Gold’s Gym put their name on it.